- In this Japanese name, the family name is Kanno.
Yoko Kanno (菅野 よう子 Kanno Yōko, born March 19, 1964 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan) is a famous composer and keyboardist. She makes music for anime, games, and movies. Meow on the Bridge (music office) and Captain Duckling Records (music label).
Biography[change | change source]
Some of her most famous music includes "Voices" (Macross Plus), "Tank!" (Cowboy Bebop), "Yakusoku wa Iranai" (Escaflowne), "Gravity" (Wolf's Rain), and "Inner Universe" (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). She was the singer of a band called The Seatbelts, which was created just to make the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack.
She has worked for many Koei games sold from the late 1980s to 1990s and even for a Dreamcast game. Because she worked a lot in the Cowboy Bebop anime, the game sold by Bandai also features her work.
Apart from anime and games, Kanno also makes pieces for live-action films and television commercials. She likes Grand Funk Inc. recording studio for producing for these two media. Contributions to films started in the 90s but only since 2002 has there been a trend towards the medium. Most of the latter were shown in international film festivals.
There is some rumor that one of her frequently hired vocalists, Gabriela Robin, is Kanno herself under a pseudonym.  Archived 2008-01-01 at the Wayback Machine
She was married to fellow composer Hajime Mizoguchi. They worked together to create the music for Please Save My Earth and Escaflowne.
She has gone to Otakon and Anime Expo in 1999, as well as Anime Expo New York in 2002.
On September 13, 2005, Gamespot said that Kanno had been hired by Gravity Corporation to create the music for their in-development MMORPG, Ragnarok Online 2. 
Anime works[change | change source]
- Brain Powerd
- Cardcaptor Sakura (TV opening theme)
- Cowboy Bebop
- Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
- Earth Girl Arjuna
- Escaflowne: The Movie (in collaboration with Hajime Mizoguchi)
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
- Ghost in the Shell: Tachikoma Days
- Macross 7 (some of the music)
- Macross 7 Encore (some of the music)
- Macross Dynamite 7 (some of the music)
- Macross Plus
- Memories: Magnetic Rose
- Sakamichi no Apollon
- The Vision of Escaflowne (in collaboration with Hajime Mizoguchi)
- Wolf's Rain (TV & OVA)
Movie works[change | change source]
All of the movies are live-action except for Noiseman Sound Insect.
- Ashura-jo no Hitomi (Blood Gets in Your Eyes)  Archived 2008-05-16 at the Wayback Machine
- Beautiful Sunday
- Boku wa Benkyou ga Dekinai (I Can't Study)
- Mizu no Onna (Woman of Water)
- Shimotsuma Monogatari (Kamikaze Girls)
Video games[change | change source]
- Cowboy Bebop
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms
- Storm of the Meiji Restoration
Hired vocalists[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- YOKO KANNO OFFICIAL (official website)
- Meow on the Bridge: YOKO's shop (authenticated music sheet music sales site)
- Yoko Kanno Official (@YokoKannoCH) - Twitter
- The Yoko Kanno Project Archived 2008-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
- Yoko Kanno Database_[permanent dead link]
- Voices: An EX.org Exclusive Interview with Yoko Kanno Archived 2000-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
- A Gabriela Robin Site Archived 2009-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
- Grand Funk Inc. Official Site
- Yōko Kanno at the Internet Movie Database
- Nippop Profile | Yoko Kanno Archived 2005-10-26 at the Wayback Machine