Yugo Kanno

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Yugo Kanno (菅野 祐悟 Kan'no Yūgo) is a Japanese composer and musician known for his work on various anime, TV series, and movies. He composed the soundtracks for the TV Anime adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, from Stardust Crusaders to Stone Ocean.

Kanno was offered the position of JoJo's composer by the series sound director, Yoshikazu Iwanami, during their time working together on Psycho-Pass.[1] Other animated series he has composed for include Birdy the Mighty, Gundam Reconguista in G, and Ajin: Demi-Human.


Early life

Kanno was born in Saitama, Japan in 1977. Due to his father being a music enthusiast, he grew up listening to jazz and classical music from his childhood. He began to learn piano at the age of four and became passionate about soccer and piano at elementary school. He attended middle school in Kawagoe and spent a memorable childhood period such as taking charge of percussion instruments in a brass band. After entering high school, he started to teach composing lessons before later moving to Takanezawa for university.[2]

Professional work

In 1997, he entered the Tokyo Department of Music Composition. After graduating from the Tokyo College of Music, department of composition, film scoring course, he started offering music to artists.[3]

In 2004, he made his debut at the age of 27 in a Fuji TV drama called Last Christmas. After that, he became active in a wide range of music production including movies, TV dramas, animation, and documentaries.[2]

On December 14, 2007 he held his first orchestral concert which has since become an annual event.[4] In 2012, he began work as a painter after casually painting a portrait of a friend who came by while he was in the studio.

JoJo discography


Cover Name Composer # of Tracks Release Date
1 Departure OST.jpg Stardust Crusaders 「Departure」
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 23 July 30, 2014
2 SCVolume 2 (AnimeBlu-ray).jpg Stardust Crusaders 「Journey」
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 13 August 27, 2014
3 SCEgyptVolume 1 (AnimeBlu-ray).jpg Stardust Crusaders 「World」
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 20 April 22, 2015
4 Destination OST.jpg Stardust Crusaders 「Destination」
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 27 May 27, 2015
5 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure genration cover.jpg JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
Theme Song Best「Generation」
Various Artists 8 August 23, 2017
6 Good Morning Morioh Cho OST.jpg Diamond is Unbreakable
~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 23 July 27, 2016
7 DiUVolume 2 (AnimeBlu-ray).jpg Diamond is Unbreakable
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 9 July 27, 2016
8 DiUVolume 7 (AnimeBlu-ray).png Diamond is Unbreakable
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 10 December 21, 2016
9 GoodNight.png Diamond is Unbreakable
~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 25 December 21, 2016
10 Overture.png Golden Wind: Overture Yugo Kanno 26 December 19, 2018
11 Intermezzo.png Golden Wind: Intermezzo Yugo Kanno 26 March 27, 2019
12 Finale.jpg Golden Wind: Finale Yugo Kanno 28 August 14, 2019

Other Notable Works



Video Games

  • Nioh(2017) - Composer
  • Nioh 2(2020) - Composer (alongside Akihiro Manabe)


  • Kanno had read JoJo as a kid during Part 4's publication in Weekly Shonen Jump, however, he notes that he didn't really notice how much depth the series had until he reread it as an adult.[1]
  • While working on the Part 4 soundtrack, Kanno had the hardest time figuring out the character themes for Shigekiyo Yangu and Ken Oyanagi.[1]



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