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Kow Otani (大谷幸, Ōtani Kō, born May 1, 1957) is a prolific Japanese composer, arranger and pianist from Tokyo.
He’s known for the music behind several anime (like Gundam Wing, Haibane Renmei, Eyeshield21 and Shakugan no Shana), several japanese movies (for example 咬みつきたい, Gamera and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah) and some video games (like Shadow of the Colossus, Sky Odyssey and Philosoma).

Soon after graduating from university he became one of the founding members of IMAGINE (currently known as IMAGIN), a company dedicated to producing high-end music for anime and anime-related video games.

Otani’s first appearance as music producer would be as composer for the anime シティーハンター. Soon after he’d be composing the music for several anime like Spy Games (1988), The Ultimate Teacher (1988), The Yadamura Waltz (1988), Future GPX Cyber Formula (1991) and You’re Under Arrest (1994). In 1995 he composed the music that would make his name more known internationally with the music composition for Gundam Wing and 2 years later for Gundam Wing Endless Waltz.

Several successful and lesser-successful anime would follow after that, among which Eyeshield 21, Outlaw Star, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, aBe’s Haibane Renmei and Shakugan no Shana.

But he wasn’t only famous for his work on anime. In 1991 he composed the music for the movie 就職戦線異状なし about several students trying to find a job at the end of the 80s when japanese companies tried to hire only the best.


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