Top Five Favorite Anime Composers

It's Music Monday and today I wanted to give you Otakus & Geeks a list of my top five Anime composers. These composers have compose some of my favorite Anime, in addition are always in my playlist. Trust me on this you want to check out the amazing works of these five composers. Now the list is in no particular order, it's not range from most favorite they're all awesome.

1. Joe Hisaishi - Joe Hisaishi or as I like to call him Mr. Studio Ghibli. Joe Hisaishi music can be heard the most in Studio Ghibli Anime movies. He has composed many Ghibli films such as "My Neighbor Totroro", "Princess Mononoke", "Howl's Moving Castle" and many more. He also composed many films such as Hana BI and Dolls. His solo released albums Piano Stories are simply amazing and will bring you into another world. Joe Hisaishi is truly at his best when he plays the piano, trust us when we said his scores are something special, one of my favorites and one of the best in Anime.

2. Yoko Kanno - No Anime composer is quite as known as Yoko Kanno. Yoko resume speaks for itself from "Macross Plus", "Ghost In The Shell", "Cowboy Bebop", "Escaflowne" and many more. Yoko is very diverse when it comes to score, she can go Classical, she can go Jazz and when she brings in the choir it's an oh my God moment. Her diversity and her scores really make you feel the mood, the world and most importantly the emotion. Here own work "Song To Fly" is a testament to her diversity. The song "Reunion" will surely bring you to tears. 

3. Yuki Kajiura - Yuki Kaijura is another great composer. She has done works in Anime and Videogames and fans will know her best from "Tsubasa Chronicle", "Elemental Gelade", "Aquarian Age", "Madlax" and more. What I really love about Yuki is her use of strings and choir. There is song on Madlax OST called "Flames" which really shows her unique style.

4. Tenmon - Tenmon is mostly known for the Anime that's directed by Makato Shinkai. "5 Centimeters Per Second", "Voices Of A Distant Star" and more. Tenmon piano compositions are very sad, emotion driven pieces. "Voice Of A Distant Star" OST is emotional, beautiful and relaxing at the same time. Tenmon is really good at making you understand the scene, without evening watching it. They don't too much Anime's under their belt like the others, but this is a composer you can't deny.

5. Taku Iwasaki - Taku Iwasaki is known mostly for his Jazz style musical scores. However in the Anime "Now and Then, Here and There" Iwasaki show his orchestrated skills, and created an OST which is truly a classic as it is heartbreaking. Other works are "Getbackers", "Angel Heart" and "Rurouni Kenshin."

That's my top five Anime composers, give these guys and gals a listen and you too be wrapped into another world.