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Music Producer of NARUTO Passes Away

by dtshyk
Jul 3, 2009 12:47 AM | 44 Comments
Kobari Katsunosuke, the music producer of NARUTO TV series and movies, passed away on July 2nd. He was 54 years old and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. He formed a rock band Musashi in 1991 and produced the sound tracks of NARUTO under the name of "Musashi Project".


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A little late on the news but it always is sad hearing that someone has dies. I always did enjoy the music. May he rest in peace

Jul 5, 2009 1:37 AM by Animegal9215

Asako said:
Masuda Toshio, who did the first season (Naruto) and Takanashi Yasuharu

Oh God, I was so worried, they're unbelievable.

It's sad, don't get me wrong. But, God, I would've flipped.

Jul 4, 2009 5:15 PM by ukonkivi


Jul 4, 2009 5:03 PM by Itachi-san

May he rest in peace.

Jul 4, 2009 2:00 PM by Laena

He was such a big contributor to what made Naruto a great anime. RIP

Jul 4, 2009 9:45 AM by Rizzle

Rest in peace, lets just hope your music will continue to grow.

Jul 4, 2009 3:56 AM by Hachirou

The perfect song for the situation......Thank you to the Person who posted Sadness and Sorrow here.
I'm sure he'd be happy if he could see that.......

Jul 4, 2009 3:44 AM by kitty_of_doom


Jul 3, 2009 11:58 PM by Corpse69

I saw NARUTO and Passes away next to each other and I was like THE MANGAKA?!!? But no... that would have been terrible...

Still sad about the music producer... RIP :/

Jul 3, 2009 10:49 PM by magentaanbu

Frenz said:
I liked the original naruto music, did he do 'Raising fighting spirit' and the battle music?

No. This is the music PRODUCER. Not the composer. He didn't make the music himself. The music producer is typically the person who would decide where to use what music for whatever scenes, not impacting the original mood of composition.

Masuda Toshio, who did the first season (Naruto) and Takanashi Yasuharu, who is composing Shippuuden's scoring are still alive, and are responsible for the actual musical stylings. You can hear this in their other works, both have fairly distinct styles that the producer obviously has no impact on.

So while the death is unfortunate, it's not going to effect the music itself in any significant way.

Jul 3, 2009 9:17 PM by Asako

Kira is on a rampage.

Jul 3, 2009 9:09 PM by TuzoAnime

Rest in peace. D:

Jul 3, 2009 7:01 PM by OverChasm


Jul 3, 2009 6:51 PM by Yandere

Dammit, last fortnight has been horrible for celebrities in general, but the music industry has now lost two great talents.

Then again, I was sure that if America was losing so many celebs lately, that the anime industry would soon get one or two. Shame it had to be this guy instead of say, one of the Sailor moon live action actors.

Inb4 Kira.

Jul 3, 2009 5:56 PM by chinlamp


The music was one of the strongest things in Naruto.

Jul 3, 2009 5:53 PM by AnotherDay

Oh man, sucks. Now the only good thing about Naruto has to die.


Jul 3, 2009 5:49 PM by panda_general

ntHai said:
Nekkro said:
This is a sad week for musicians.


So when is Naruto going to end and die? 116 eps already.

Jul 3, 2009 5:43 PM by iTom


Jul 3, 2009 4:01 PM by Bushnik

RIP ;____;
His music was so nice to hear.

Jul 3, 2009 3:54 PM by SuzyKoo

Oiyasuminasi + Rest in peace music producer-san.
If only they could keep making ur good music.
*sniff, sniffel*

Jul 3, 2009 3:18 PM by Animebug

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