Kazusou Oda (小田 和奏 Oda Kazusō), better known as Coda, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, composer and sound producer. Born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan, Coda was originally the vocalist of the Japanese rock band, No Regret Life, before going under a pseudonym to perform "BLOODY STREAM", the second opening for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation.
Coda has since contributed other theme songs for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime: the The anthology songs 2 compilation, "JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~" for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders as part of JO☆STARS, "FINDING THE TRUTH" for the Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan OVAs, "Fighting Gold" for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, and several jazz covers of the series' theme songs as the vocalist and pianist of Coda Piano Trio.
Kazusou Oda was born in Hiroshima, Japan. Influenced from a young age by his father, a music teacher, Oda learned the basics of classical music and dabbled with various instruments such as the piano, trumpet, recorder, etc.
No Regret Life
In January 2001, Oda formed the band No Regret Life with Ryuta Hashiguchi in Kagoshima Prefecture, though the line-up wasn't finalized until the inclusion of Genta Matsumura later that year. The band went on to perform all over the country, eventually releasing their album “Tomorrow Is The Another Day” in November 2002. All the members of the band moved to Tokyo in 2004 in order to concentrate fully on their musical career.
In February 2005, No Regret Life made their first major debut with their single "Melody" under the Sony Music Associated Records label. 4 months later in June, they released their second single "Lost Word," which was used as the 9th ending theme of the Naruto TV series.
In 2011, No Regret Life left Sony and established their own label under the name Spiral-Motion. At this point, Oda would begin assisting and managing other bands. The band would go on to release 5 full albums, 4 mini albums and 7 singles before their separation in 2013.
Oda made his solo debut under the name "Coda" with his single "BLOODY STREAM". The song, written by Saori Kodama and composed by Toshiyuki O'mori, was used as the second opening theme for the 2012 anime adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. In its first week of sales, "BLOODY STREAM" sold 21 thousand units, reaching the number 4 spot on the Oricon's Weekly Album Charts.
On December 24, 2016, a collaborative version of "Great Days" was released and featured in the final episode of Diamond is Unbreakable. They used the pseudonym JO☆UNITED and Coda was one of the singers among Hiroaki "TOMMY" Tominaga, JIN, THE DU, batta, Karen Aoki, and Daisuke Hasegawa.
Coda's latest work is "Fighting Gold," the first opening of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind. The CD single was released on November 14, 2018, along with access on popular song streaming platforms.
In late 2019, he formed a band with bassist Ryosuke Tanaka and drummer Yousuke Omiya a.k.a. HAZE and himself on piano and vocals called "Coda Piano Trio", performing acoustic jazz-inspired covers of various JoJo's Bizarre Adventure theme songs. The first release was "ebony & ivory", featuring covers of songs he performed for the anime. Its follow-up album Coda Piano Trio features all theme songs from the anime, including several songs from the The anthology songs EPs.
|Cover||Album / Single Name||Artist||Use||Release Date|
|1||BLOODY STREAM||Coda||Episodes 11-26||January 30, 2013|
|2||JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~
(ジョジョ その血の記憶～end of THE WORLD～)
～TOMMY, Coda, JIN～
|SC Episodes 25-48||January 28, 2015|
|3||The anthology songs 2||Coda||Image songs||May 13, 2015|
|4||Crazy Noisy Bizarre Town||THE DU
Composition: Kazuso Oda (Coda)
Chorus: Jin Hashimoto & Coda
|DU Episodes 2-13||April 27, 2016|
|5||Great Days UNITS ver.||JO☆UNITED
(Hiroaki "TOMMY" Tominaga, Coda, Jin Hashimoto, Jun Shirota, Taisuke Wada, Jeity, Tatsu Hoshino, Karen Aoki, Daisuke Hasegawa)
|DU Episode 39||December 24, 2016|
|6||FINDING THE TRUTH||Coda
Lyricist: Karen Aoki
|Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (OVA)||July 19, 2018|
|7||Fighting Gold||Coda||JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind episodes 2-21.5, 28.5||November 14, 2018|
|8||ebony & ivory||Coda Piano Trio||Cover single||December 20, 2019|
|9||Coda Piano Trio||Coda Piano Trio||Cover album||January 12, 2021|