Takanori Arisawa

Birth:Apr 2, 1951
Death:Nov 26, 2005
Takanori Arisawa was a Japanese composer and arranger from Tokyo. He wrote the background music for several notable anime including the awardwinning soundtrack of the Sailor Moon anime series. He died of bladder cancer at 54 years of age. As the Music Director for Sailor Moon Arisawas first award was the 1993 Golden Disk Grand Prize from Columbia Records. He continued to compose for the entire anime series plus several video games and some of the stage musicals. In 1998 2000 and 2001 he won the JASRAC International Award for most international royalties owing largely to the popularity of Sailor Moon music in other nations. Arisawa expressed an admiration of Hollywoodstyle music drawing his initial inspiration for the tone of the Sailor Moon soundtrack from the Charlies Angels TV series. He frequently made use of symbolism when writing themes for specific characters or groups borrowing thematic elements from diverse genres and from other countries. As the series progressed his music gravitated from a pop feeling toward more classical arrangements to represent the protagonist having passed through painful experiences and grown as a person. Source: Wikipedia