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 has composed the soundtracks for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation, 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 OP7.png Great Days Karen Aoki & Daisuke Hasegawa
Composer: Yugo Kanno
3 October 19, 2016
6 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure genration cover.jpg JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
Theme Song Best「Generation」
Various Artists 8 August 23, 2017
7 Good Morning Morioh Cho OST.jpg Diamond is Unbreakable
~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 23 July 27, 2016
8 DiUVolume 2 (AnimeBlu-ray).jpg Diamond is Unbreakable
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 9 July 27, 2016
9 DiUVolume 7 (AnimeBlu-ray).png Diamond is Unbreakable
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 10 December 21, 2016
10 GoodNight.png Diamond is Unbreakable
~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Original Soundtrack
Yugo Kanno 25 December 21, 2016
11 JoJo OP7b.png Great Days -Units Ver.- JO☆UNITED
(Hiroaki "TOMMY" Tominaga, Coda, Jin Hashimoto, Jun Shirota, Taisuke Wada, Jeity, Tatsu Hoshino, Karen Aoki, Daisuke Hasegawa)
Composer: Yugo Kanno
2 December 24, 2016
12 Overture.png Golden Wind: Overture Yugo Kanno 26 December 19, 2018
13 Intermezzo.png Golden Wind: Intermezzo Yugo Kanno 26 March 27, 2019
14 JoJo OP9.png Uragirimono no Requiem Daisuke Hasegawa
Composer: Yugo Kanno
3 March 27, 2019
15 Finale.jpg Golden Wind: Finale Yugo Kanno 28 August 14, 2019
16 Heaven's falling down Cover.jpg Heaven's falling down sana (sajou no hana)
Composer: Yugo Kanno
3 December 1, 2022
17 NoPicAvailable.png Stone Ocean Original Soundtrack Yugo Kanno
Vocals: Karen Aoki
Chorus/Lyricist: Daisuke Hasegawa

Other Notable Works



Video Games

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


Manga Volume
Published August 5, 2016
👤 Yugo Kanno
Which songs would you recommend besides the character themes?

The jingle of "Morioh town RADIO" that plays throughout the series. It has a really happy and easygoing feel to it, doesn't it? I also composed a Western music-style song in English like one of those often played on FM radio stations, and it's one of my favorites. It's not often that the chance to write a song like that comes along. Speaking of Western music, the ending song is also a favorite of mine, although it's not my own song. I found out later that it was a request from Mr. Araki and was quite impressed by that. It's a bit strange to say this myself, but he has a great sense of style.

[Translated by MetallicKaiser (JoJo's Bizarre Encyclopedia)]




  • 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]
  • Yugo Kanno's favorite ending theme is Last Train Home.[5]
  • Yugo Kanno's favorite track during Part 4's productions was FAITH.


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