Japan’s Heisei era, which began in 1989, comes to a close this May 1. As you might expect, there are all sorts of rankings and best-of lists marking the occasion, including this one, in which Goo has asked its readers to rank:
The best anime composers of Heisei!
Here’s the top 10, including a completely unsurprising pick for #1 (and some surprising omissions).
10. Shiro Sagisu
Neon Genesis Evangelion, Berserk films
9. Kohei Tanaka
One Piece, Gunbuster
8. Hiroyuki Sawano
Blue Exorcist, Kill la Kill
7. Toshihiko Sahashi
Gundam SEED, Hunter x Hunter (1999 version)
6. Noriyasu Agematsu
Symphogear, Uta no Prince-sama
5. Yuki Kajiura
Sword Art Online, Madoka Magica
4. Yoko Kanno
Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
3. Yuji Ōno
2. Katsuo Ōno
1. Joe Hisaishi
Nausicaa, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke
No surprise seeing Joe Hisaishi at the top—he’s scored all of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films, creating incredible, unforgettable musical soundscapes for decades. But, uh, where the heck is Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor)?! Or Susumu Hirasawa (Paprika, Berserk), for that matter?
Anyway, who are your Heisei favorites?