Musicians

While many of the musicians involved in Ranma have not stood the test of time, they are still remembered fondly, and their music is still heard thanks to the continuous airing of the show. Here you can read about the musicians, their non-Ranma work, and what they did after the show.



Hideharu Mori
Hideharu Mori was a member of the J-pop group Picasso. Mori also wrote background music for the Maison Ikkoku film and the first eighteen episodes of Ranma , as well as Yawara.



Kenji Kawai
Kenji Kawai is one of the composers for Ranma . He is considered a top composer in the anime world, and has worked on such classic series as Maison Ikkoku and Ghost in the Shell. Mamoru Oshii, director of Ghost in the Shell and Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer has worked with Kawai three times, which only goes to further show his immense talent.



Akihisa Matsuura
Matsuura composed much of the later music for Ranma , after Junji Nishimura came on as director. His sound makes extensive use of synthsizers, and moved away from the Chinese influences of the show. Now Matsuura works as an arranger for many bands and runs SAI Project, a music and dance collaboration, with Kunitomo Suga.



CoCo
members: Azusa Senou, Maki Miyamae, Reiko Miura, Erika Haneda & Mikiyo Ohno
CoCo is the group that DoCo took it's name from. They debuted on September 6, 1989 with the album Strawberry which included the single Equal Romance. Azusa Senou went solo in 1992 and recorded Mo Nakanaide (Don't Cry Anymore) also used in Ranma , and CoCo called it quits on August 3, 1994. Azusa later retired from the entertainment business as well. They released ten albums over the course of their existance as a group.



Ribbon
members: Aiko Sato, Hiromi Nagasaku & Arimi Matsuno
Ribbon debuted December 6, 1989 and released albums such as LUCKY POINT (which contained their debut single Little Date) and Jessica. Ribbon released their final album on March 18, 1994.



Etsuko Nishio
Etsuko Nishio was born on March 9, 1973 and sang the first opening song for Ranma , Ja Ja Uma ni Sasenaide (Don't Make Me Wild Like You) and later recorded Don't Mind China Boy. Etsuko debuted in April of 1989 when she was only 16. In 1988 she won the "Suppan Girl of the Year" award. After Ranma Etsuko did quite a bit of nude photography.



Kaori Sakagami
Kaori Sakagami was born in Nagasaki on July 29, 1974. She recorded Platonic Tsuranuite (Let's Keep It Platonic) which is featured early in the Ranma series. Kaori retired from the industry after only two years at the age of 15. Her career lasted from August 24, 1988 until July 25, 1990. Kaori also did nude pictorals after her singing career.



Azusa Senou
Azusa was originally a member of CoCo, but left the group and went solo. Her first single was Mou Nakanaide (Don't Cry Anymore), and she released two albums as a solo artist, Crystal Eyes and Horizon in 1992 and 1993. Has she done a tasteful nude pictoral like other former Ranma singers? Indeed she has.



Yoshie Hayasaka
Yoshie Hayasaka (whose real name is Yoshie Hirada) was born on September 25, 1975 in Okinawa, Japan. She debuted October 24, 1990 with the single Zettai! Part 2 (No Way! Part 2). Her final release was June 19, 1994. Yoshie also did a commerical for Kissmint chewing gum.



Kusu Kusu
members: Jirou, Mu, Say & Makoto
Kusu Kusu released Earth Orchestra in April of 1991, and shortly thereafter released their fourth album "Cajon". The members are Jirou, Mu, Say, and Makoto. Most of their recordings have a tropical or World Music sound.



Tokyo Shonen
members: Michiru Sasano, Katsuhito Teshirogi, Hideo Nakamura & Akira Minakami
Tokyo Shonen released their first album on November 21, 1988. They released 5 albums, 2 best of compilations, and 7 singles including Shy Shy Japanese and Harmony. Their final album was released August 21, 1991. Sasano went solo and eventually came out as a homosexual, releasing the albums Coming OUT! and Girl Meets Girl.



YAWMIN
YAWMIN has recorded two songs for Ranma , which are Friends and Love Panic from the OVA series. It's believed that Yoko Takahashi who sang Neon Genessis Evangelion's theme song is acutally YAWMIN, because she might have wanted to hide her idenity when she recorded anime songs. Yoko Takahashi is shown in the image.



Michiyo Nakajima
Michiyo Nakajima was actually slated to be a member of Ribbon, until she was replaced by Aiko Sato. She was also friends with CoCo member Maki Miyamae who she met in cram school. She also did music for other anime including Hana no Mahou Tsukai Mary Bell, and Soar High! Isami, and D.N.Angel. Her other singles include Stay With Me and she did a photo book called Nudes.



VisioN
members: Kitsuko Komuro, Miyabi Yuki & Teru Take
VisioN sounds a good deal like the English band Queen, especially on their b-side to Love Seeker (Can't Stop It). Any other info on them would be much appreciated.



Miho Morikawa
Miho Morikawa was born May 5, 1968 in Osaka, Japan. Her first album was released in 1985 and she released her single Positive on December 12, 1991. Some of her other singles include Real Mind, Be Free, Pride, and Lovin' You. Miho is also one of the few musicians that worked on Ranma that still makes music.



Piyo Piyo
members: Chiaki Mori & Optim
Piyo Piyo is Chiaki Mori, she made her debut in 1992, but was unsuccessful. In 1996 she formed the group Optim and released two albums, Onumie and Kotobuki.



Rabbit
members: Tomoharu Iwasa, Toshiya Noshita, Yasuhiro Shibakoshi & Toshiyuki Hayashi
Rabbit sang It's Love, for the first film. They released their first single, Good Time & Bad Time in 1989, and some of their albums include Eat Here Or To Go?, Mr. Dream, and Mainstream.



Picasso
members: Tetsuya Tsujihata, Hideharu Mori & Junji Azuma
Picasso is probably the best known of all the musicians that have worked on Ranma on this side of the Pacific. Picasso has had a huge number of hits not only on Ranma , but also on Maison Ikkoku with such songs as Fantasy, and Cinema. Tetsuya Tsujihata is the vocalist, Hideharu Mori plays keyboards, and Junji Azuma plays bass. Some of their albums include Marmalade Kids, Champion's Nostalgia, Shopping List, and Breakfast Newspaper.



DoCo
members: Megumi Hayashibara, Noriko Hidaka, Kikuko Inoue, Minami Takayama & Rei Sakuma
DoCo is the band made up of the Japanese voice actresses for Akane, Nabiki, Kasumi, female Ranma, and Shampoo. They had two albums as well as a single, and individually sang on many Ranma songs. Within DoCo Noriko Hidaka, Megumi Hayashibara, and Rei Sakuma make up the musical group Ties.

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