YMMV: Yoko Kanno
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The Cowboy Bebop soundtrack, for starters. It's probably her best known work, due to the show's large fandom and longevity in The United States.
- Fandom Rivalry: Fans of Yuki Kajiura and fans of Kanno can really battle it out. But each side has its friendlies for both women.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: She's quite well-known for making these. There are even several YouTube videos claiming that Yoko has plagiarized from several composers. Despite this, the majority of her catalogue consists of original works.
- Macross Plus' "Go Ri A Te" directly borrows from Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Thousand Knives."
- "The Borderline", also from Macross Plus, sounds near-identical to a couple of songs off of Julee Cruise's album The Voice of Love, including "She Would Die for Love", a song used in the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, a film that the Japanese have an obsession over. (Another song off that album, "Up in Flames", contains the famous bassline that "The Borderline" paid homage to.)
- Several other songs fall into pastiche territory, such as Stand Alone Complex's "CHRisTmas in the SiLenT ForeSt" hinting at Björk's work; or, her most damning piece, Cowboy Bebop's "On the Run," which is even named after the Pink Floyd song that it references.
- Averted by Cowboy Bebop's song "Mushroom Hunting," which is nearly identical to DJ Food's song "Let the Good Shine". This is actually because DJ Food gave away the song for Kanno to use. They later contributed an official remix to the theme song, "Tank!".