Yoshihisa Hirano

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Yoshihisa Hirano
Born (1971-12-07) December 7, 1971 (age 51)
Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

Yoshihisa Hirano (平野 義久, Hirano Yoshihisa, born December 7, 1971) is a Japanese composer and arranger.[1] He is best known for composing the scores for anime series, such as Death Note, Hunter × Hunter (2011), and Edens Zero.[2] He has also made the orchestration for video games, mostly in the Final Fantasy franchise.[3]


Yoshihisa Hirano was born in Wakayama, Japan, in 1971. He studied composition at Juilliard School, in 1992, with Stanley Wolfe. He later entered Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner. Some of the awards he has received include first prize in the Axia Tape Competition, in Japan, during his high school years, and New York's New Music for Young Ensembles.[4]

Hirano made his debut as a composer in 2001, in the anime series Beyblade. After that, he made the music for Tokyo DisneySea's 2002 and 2004 countdown celebrations. In 2002, Hirano paired with pianist Masako Hosoda to form the unit Bleu, releasing 3 albums since then.[5] Hirano was also responsible for some of the orchestration and arrangement for a number of Ali Project's albums.[which?]

Since then, Hirano has composed for many anime series, as well as music for concert, dance, film and radio, with compositions ranging from classical to pop and contemporary music.[6]



Yoshihisa Hirano has participated in the making of the soundtracks from the following anime works:

Year Title Note(s) Ref(s)
2001 Beyblade TV [7]
2002 Seven of Seven TV
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Ajisai Yumegatari~ OVA
Hanada Shōnen-shi TV
2003 Air Master TV
2004 Maria-sama ga Miteru
  • TV
  • Music arrangement
Midori Days TV
Doki Doki School Hours TV
Maria-sama ga Miteru ~Haru~
  • TV
  • Opening theme song arrangement
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Hachiyō Shō TV
Ginyuu Mokushiroku Meine Liebe TV
2006 Strawberry Panic TV
Ouran High School Host Club TV
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Maihitoyo~ Film
Silk Road Boy Yuto TV
Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars TV
Death Note
2007 Kotetsushin Jeeg TV
2008 Top Secret ~The Revelation~ TV
RD Sennō Chōsashitsu TV
2009 Hajime No Ippo: New Challenger TV
Tatakau Shisho TV [9]
2010 Chu-Bra TV
Broken Blade Film series
2011 Hunter × Hunter (2011) TV [10]
2012 Tanken Driland TV
2013 Hajime No Ippo: Rising TV
Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge Film [11]
Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission Film [12]
2014 Broken Blade TV
Ai Tenchi Muyo! TV
2021 Edens Zero TV [13]
2023 Helck TV [14]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Note(s) Ref(s)
2006 Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-
  • PS2 game
  • Orchestration
2009 Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
  • Wii game
  • Orchestration
Final Fantasy XIII


  1. ^ "College of Arts & Communications". University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Archived from the original on June 2, 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  2. ^ Phillips, Demi (April 18, 2022). "10 anime with incredible soundtracks". We Got This Covered. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  3. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael (May 2, 2019). "Montreal's Otakuthon Hosts Yoshihisa Hirano, FAKY, Rica Matsumoto". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  4. ^ "平野義久 公式サイト". Yoshihisa Hirano Official Site. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  5. ^ "Yoshihisa Hirano". VGMdb. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  6. ^ "Official 2010 Winter Anime Preview: Headless Bikers, Pantsu and Breast Feeding". Otaka Review.net. January 2, 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  7. ^ "BEYBLADE: Original Soundtrack". CDJapan. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  8. ^ "Death Note Original Soundtrack". CDJapan. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  9. ^ "TV Anime "Tatakau Shisho The Book of Bantorra" Original Soundtrack". CDJapan. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  10. ^ "Funimation UK/IE to stream Hunter x Hunter (2011 anime series)". Anime UK News. July 13, 2020. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  11. ^ ""Hunter X Hunter: Phantom Rouge (Anime Movie)" Original Soundtrack". CDJapan. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  12. ^ ""Hunter X Hunter The Last Mission (Theatrical Anime)" Original Soundtrack". CDJapan. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  13. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (January 12, 2021). "Edens Zero Anime's Teaser Video Reveals More Staff". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  14. ^ Dempsey, Liam (February 10, 2023). "Fantasy TV Anime Helck Gets Fully Equipped with Teaser Trailer, Main Staff and 20 Cast Members". Crunchyroll. Retrieved February 10, 2023.
  15. ^ "DIRGE of CERBERUS -FINAL FANTASY VII- Original Soundtrack | CRCP-40137~8 - VGMdb". VGMdb. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  16. ^ "Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles Original Soundtrack | SE-3001-2 - VGMdb". VGMdb. Retrieved June 11, 2022.

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