Gah, I always forget Kawai did Moribito. I hear him in it now as I listen in my head. His best work, perhaps. The part where Balsa remembers her spear wielding step-father fight. 'Tis a fantastic action track. The series also has a lot of more tender instrumental pieces that throw me off the Kawai scent.The Macross Frontier stuff was also Yoko Kanno, if I recall correctly, though it was a mixed bag for me with May'n's songs easily the best part. I'm not as fond of Kanno's overall output as many but Macross Plus, as mentioned above, was a standout. It was one of the rare OSTs to be readily available in music shops in the UK back in the old days, along with - strangely - the Lodoss soundtracks and a couple of other experiments.
Kenji Kawai's best work, for me, was the music he did for Seirei No Moribito. One of the OSTs went out of print by the time I watched the show and realised I liked it so I had a devil of a time tracking it down across Japan. It was worth the wait.
Only watched Narrative because, knowing it a Sawano OST, I'd listened to it many times before. Mainly that vigilante track. Didn't help me overlook those CG robots and whatever the mess of a plot was. In Hathaway, there's a track with an almighty beat drop around a min in that probably gave me the most chills of all his stuff, watching. TracerOh hey a music thread.
Hiroyuki Sawano I've also been big on, as you can't really beat a Sawano drop. Got some of his stuff from AoT, Gundam, Promare and 86. As much as Narrative is a terrible movie, the theme song is great
Will do my bit and pimp out Masaru Yokoyama, my personal favourite and some examples of his beautiful work on
Jin Roh I'd forgot had Kanno involved. It's the main theme and end credits/not sure who vocalist but sounds like Macross Plus vocals to my ears. A beautiful song for the credits, whilst the intro set the tone.Hajime Mizoguchi
Both Mizoguchi and Yoko Kanno worked on the soundtrack for Escaflowne, and I'm not certain who composed which tracks, but this one sounds very Mizoguchi, and I expect that's probably him playing the cello.