->''"You have ''got'' to hear this shit. It's like she's hitting you over the head with a sock full of WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest!"''
-->--'''Alternate John Williams''', ''John and Yoko''

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Yoko Kanno is a famous [[UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} Japanese]] composer and musician, known primarily for her work on {{anime}} soundtracks. Her name being attached to a project has caused much rejoicing moments for many fans.

Born in Japan in 1964 and having began her career composing {{video game}} soundtracks in the late 1980's, she has written or otherwise contributed to the soundtracks of a large number of anime, including (but not limited to:)

* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' ([[Anime/MacrossPlus Plus]], [[Anime/{{Macross7}} Dynamite 7]] and [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Frontier]])
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' (along with ''Music/HajimeMizoguchi'', her former husband)
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' (with her backing band ''Music/TheSeatbelts'', probably her most famous and critically acclaimed soundtrack)
* ''Anime/RahXephon'' (she composed the opening song "Hemisphere" and the movie theme ''Tune the Rainbow'', both performed by Creator/MaayaSakamoto)
* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' (''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Stand Alone Complex]]'', ''Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG'', and ''Solid State Society'')
* ''Anime/EarthMaidenArjuna''
* ''Anime/WolfsRain''
* ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion'' (as well as its sequel, ''Anime/AquarionEvol'')
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''
* ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight'' (she composed the opening, ''Kiseki no Umi'', performed by Creator/MaayaSakamoto)
* ''Anime/BrainPowerd''
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam''
* ''Manga/SakamichiNoApollon''
* ''Anime/TerrorInResonance''

Besides soundtrack work for movies, TV, anime and video games, Kanno has occasionally ventured into pop music; she has released two solo albums, and has served as producer for several albums from other musicians (including writing at least four of Creator/MaayaSakamoto's albums). She sometimes sings under the pseudonym of "Gabriela Robin," which for many years was her SecretIdentity. She publicly revealed herself as Robin by singing one of Robin's songs at a venue that Robin was slated to perform at, though she has not otherwise publicly acknowledged the alias.

Kanno can write in any genre known to mankind -- and even a few that haven't been invented yet. She is the master of the NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly. Surprisingly enough, she isn't a One Woman Band, something that would make her even more awesome. She is a keyboardist and frontwoman of The Seatbelts, a {{jazz}} fusion band created exclusively for the soundtrack to ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.

AlternateUniverse Music/JohnWilliams has [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/memberimages/johnandyoko.wcn.725.gif a shrine dedicated to her.]] A slightly more in-depth biography can be found [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoko_Kanno here,]] and a slightly more in-depth discography can be found [[http://musicbrainz.org/artist/5ffb73c0-b739-4231-ba22-f8d361be1d45.html here.]]

Not to be confused with Music/YokoOno. Or YokoOhNo: This one is more like "Yoko Hell Yeah."

!!Tropes associated with Yoko Kanno:

* GenreRoulette: ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s soundtracks are a perfect example of this. While the series' music is anchored around bebop and {{blues}}, Kanno spun the wheel and added HardRock, drum and bass, {{chiptune}} and HipHop to the score (not to mention several forms of jazz other than bebop.)
* GratuitousEnglish: Her titles sometimes slip into WordSaladTitle territory.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The Seatbelts has 37 Japanese members, 19 [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] members, 7 [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} French]] members, and featured 18 guest vocalists. On the ''Seatbelts Live 2001@Shibuya AX'' disc included in the CD box set, 15 musicians and 6 vocalists are credited.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly
* SecretIdentity: ''Gabriela Robin''. This was pretty much an OpenSecret for years, though Kanno has not explicitly confirmed nor denied this. In 2009, she announced that Robin would perform in front of a live audience for the first time. During said concert, after conducting the orchestra, Kanno turned around and sung Robin's song "Moon" from ''Anime/TurnAGundam''. This was her only public acknowledgement of her secret identity.
* SpeakingSimlish: Kanno has written gibberish lyrics for several of her soundtracks and most of these are sung by ''Gabriela Robin''. Her use of it in ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' is credited to the Zentraedi race present in that work.
* WordSaladLyrics: When she writes lyrics, this can happen. And sometimes what ''sounds'' like word salad is actually a nonsense language. The Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex soundtrack in particular has a lot of this.
** The ''big'' exception to this trope is her most famous piece, ''Anime/Cowboy Bebop'''s "Tank!"
-->"I think it's time we blow this scene, get everybody and their stuff together. Okay 3 2 1, Let's Jam."