Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Michiru Oshima

Michiru Oshima Oshima is perhaps better known for her work outside of video games — working on anime soundtracks like Full Metal Alchemist, Le Chevalier d’Éon and Little Witch Academia; films including several in the Godzilla franchise, and dramas and concerts — but she has done quite a few gaming soundtracks on top of that,…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Atsuko Asahi

Atsuko Asahi Asahi is another newcomer to Nintendo’s sound team, joining in 2010 and having her first music credit for the 3DS launch title Steel Diver. She quickly expanded into many of Nintendo’s premiere Wii U and 3DS titles of the period, including Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Shiho Fujii

Shiho Fujii Fujii is a relative newcomer to Nintendo’s sound team, joining the company in 2007. After getting her feet wet with some musical support for Wii Fit and Animal Crossing: City Folk, she was asked to contribute to New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword‘s soundtracks. Once the Wii U…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Yumiko Kanki

Yumiko Kanki Kanki joined Nintendo around 1987, beginning her career of music and sound programming working on the two Famicom Golf titles for Japan. From there, she shared music duties on F-Zero, perhaps her greatest contribution to Nintendo’s musical history. She also worked on the Super Scope 6 pack-in, Tetris and Dr. Mario, Star Fox…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Kozue Ishikawa

Kozue Ishikawa Ishikawa joined Nintendo around 1993 to join the R&D1 sound team, mostly spending her career there working on notable Game Boy titles such as Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and the Wario Land series, as well as a few Super Nintendo titles such as Starfox 2, Famicom Bunko: Hajimari no Mori, and sound…

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Yoshino Aoki

Yoshino Aoki Aoki began her composing career at Capcom, where she was tasked with creating rearrangements of Kinuyo Yamashita’s compositions for the PS1 port of Mega Man X3. She also showed off her singing voice by providing vocals to Roll’s theme from Mega Man Battle and Chase, which was subsequently reused in Marvel Vs. Capcom….

Music: Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Penka Kouneva

Penka Kouneva Kouneva is a Bulgarian composer who has worked in many mediums — film, TV, video games, and other media — who began her career in 2000 doing the score for a thesis film. This led to other opportunities, including the realm of video games, where she has been the composer or orchestral lead…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Saki Kasuga

Saki Kasuga Kasuga (maiden name Haruyama) started her composing career at Intelligent Systems, beginning on the second Game Boy Advance Fire Emblem title with the series’ lead composer Yuka Tsujiyoko. She would continue to work at the company for several years, providing music and sound to Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Fire Emblem: Sacred…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Rika Muranaka

Rika Muranaka Muranaka got her start outside of the gaming industry; she was signed to Columbia Records and released four CDs of original music, produced music for commercials, advertising, governmental films and other media, and had contributed to Casio’s electronic keyboard sounds — in short, she was quite established. In 1997 she was intrigued by…