Yukinojo Mori

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Yukinojo Mori
Birth nameMasakazu Mori
Also known asJoe Lemon
Born (1954-01-14) January 14, 1954 (age 65)
Tokyo, Japan
GenresPop, rock
Occupation(s)Lyricist, composer, poet
Years active1970–present

Masakazu Mori (Japanese: 森 正和), better known by his stage name Yukinojo Mori (森雪之丞, Mori Yukinojō), is a Japanese lyricist, composer and poet who is affiliated with Amuse, Inc.[1] He has written over 2,000 songs[2] for numerous artists such as Kyosuke Himuro, Takuro Yoshida and Junichi Inagaki and theme songs for anime series including Dragon Ball Z. His younger brother is Hideharu Mori, keyboardist of the rock band Picasso.


Mori attended the English Department of Sophia University before dropping out and making his professional songwriting debut in 1975. His first album, Yukinojo Kenzan (雪之丞見参), was released in 1977.[2]

He contributed a handful of lyrics to the 1989 album Appare by the Sadistic Mika Band, who temporarily reunited that year.[2]

He penned the lyrics to several songs used in Dragon Ball Z, including its opening themes "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" and "We Gotta Power" and its second ending theme "Bokutachi wa Tenshi Datta", all three of which are performed by Hironobu Kageyama.[3]

Mori was hired by hide of X Japan to pen the lyrics to the first two singles of his solo career, 1993's simultaneously released "Eyes Love You" and "50% & 50%". Twenty years later, the lyricist covered "Eyes Love You" himself together with Hisashi Imai of Buck-Tick for the 2013 hide tribute album Tribute VII -Rock Spirits-.[4]

In 1996 he worked on the first solo single of another X Japan member, "Meikyuu no Lovers" by Heath, which was used as the second ending theme of the long-running Detective Conan anime.[5]

In 1997, Mori released the album Tenshi no Ita Wakusei (天使のいた惑星) which featured Hisashi Imai on several tracks. It was followed by Poetic Evolution in 1999 which in addition to Imai also featured Teru, Takuro and Hisashi of Glay, Takuya (Judy and Mary) and Kyoji Yamamoto of Bow Wow.[6] The album Words of Yukinojo (Words of 雪之丞) was released in 2006 as a tribute to the lyricist and contains covers of songs Mori wrote by artists such as Bonnie Pink and Porno Graffitti.[7]

The songwriter returned to Dragon Ball in 2009 when he wrote "Kuu•Zen•Zetsu•Go" as the opening theme for Dragon Ball Kai.[8] For 2015's Fukkatsu no F film, he wrote lyrics inspired by the series for its theme song "Z no Chikai".[3][9] That year he also penned "Chōzetsu☆Dynamic!" by Kazuya Yoshii of The Yellow Monkey, which is the first opening theme song of Dragon Ball Super.[8] Mori also wrote the lyrics to its second opening theme, 2017's "Genkai Toppa × Survivor", a rock song by enka singer Kiyoshi Hikawa with music composed by Takafumi Iwasaki.[10][11]

Mori wrote the script for the 2012 rock opera Psychedelic Pain after being convinced to do so by his friend Tomoyasu Hotei, who served as musical director.[12]

In 2013 he wrote "V.S. Myself", Show-Ya's first single since reuniting in 2005.[13] That year he also wrote the single "Kiss or Bite" off of Meg's album Continue.[14]

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  1. ^ Official Profile on Amuse(in Japanese)
  2. ^ a b c "ポップスの歴史は"森雪之丞"と共に!". HMV Japan (in Japanese). 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  3. ^ a b "Momoclo's new single is titled "'Z' NO CHIKAI". Yukinojo Mori writes the lyrics". barks.jp. 2015-03-06. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  4. ^ "hide Tribute VII -Rock SPIRITS-". cdjapan.jp. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  5. ^ "迷宮のラバーズ heath ORICON STYLE". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  6. ^ "Yukinojo Mori - Poetic Evolution". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  7. ^ "森雪之丞による詞の名曲を豪華アーティストがトリビュート!". barks.jp (in Japanese). 2006-02-20. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  8. ^ a b "Kazuya Yoshii, Good Morning America to Perform Theme Songs For Dragon Ball Super". Anime News Network. 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2015-05-19.
  9. ^ "Momoclo "'Z' NO CHIKAI" music video, short version revealed". barks.jp. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  10. ^ "Gods And Heroes Of 'Dragon Ball Super – Universal Survival Arc' Gathered For New Opening Preview Shots". Crunchyroll. 2017-02-04. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  11. ^ "Dragon Ball Super's New Opening Sequence Previewed in Screenshots". Anime News Network. 2017-02-04. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  12. ^ "Kitano Kii will become an angel for Hotei Tomoyasu's play, "Psychedelic Pain"". tokyohive.com. 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  13. ^ "全部みせます!SHOW-YA流"大暴年会"". barks.jp (in Japanese). 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  14. ^ "MEG、ニューアルバムの作家を全て解禁。表参道でのリリースパーティーも決定". barks.jp (in Japanese). 2013-11-29. Retrieved 2015-05-06.

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