Shinji Miyazaki (宮崎慎二 Miyazaki Shinji?, born October 7, 1956) is a Japanese composer and arranger. He was born in Kobe, and lived in a variety of areas on the island of Shikoku for much of his childhood. He developed a taste for pop music, which eventually led him to study musical arrangement and piano instruction at a music conservatory. He took some time in deciding that music would become his career, but eventually decided to become an arranger, and later a composer.

His work has dealt primarily with musical scores for anime. His most well known contributions include music for the Crayon Shin-chan series and music for much of the television Pokémon anime series and most of the films in it. His work pulls from many inspirations, among them J-Pop and American pop influences, as well as jazz artist Gil Evans. Many of his compositions utilize string and brass instruments, particularly the french horn.


Miyazaki was born in Kobe, but moved to the Kamiukena District as a small child.[1] Around the age of 12, he moved to Matsuyama, Ehime.[1] His interest in music began as a child. Both of his parents worked, and often left him with a neighbor during the day. The neighbor's older child listened to pop music on his shortwave radio; Miyazaki would listen as with him, particularly to programs like Billboard.[1]


Miyazaki received no formal music training until the age of 20, when he entered a music school to study musical composition with a minor in piano education.[1] In order to pass the college entrance exam, he spent a year teaching himself the material.[1] He spent two years studying for the entrance exams required to attend a true college, but never entered one.[1]


Miyazaki first entertained the thought of making a profession in the music industry after realizing how much the songs he heard on the radio inspired him. When he first became involved with composing works for anime, he worked primarily as an arranger.[1]

Miyazaki admits to not playing the piano well, even though composing on it is his job.[1]

He is most known for his work composing much of the music in the Pokémon anime and movie series,[1] and is currently composing the music for the newest film in the series.[2] He also composed the music for the popular anime series Crayon Shin-chan.[1]

Style and methods

When asked to compose a new piece of music, Miyazaki uses a number of methods, and often works from flashes of inspiration.[1] When deadlines approach and he still has not composed a song, he tries to distract himself by looking at something he finds beautiful or unusual.[1]

He draws much of his inspiration from the songs he heard on the radio growing up, and particularly the compositions of Tōru Takemitsu.[1] He listens to the enka and kayōkyoku genres, as well as classical music, jazz, and more general American-style pop music.[1] When he relaxes, he listens to African-American music from the 1960s and 1970s.[1] Other inspirations include Gil Evans and John Williams.[1]

He tends to use stringed instruments and french horn in his compositions, as he believes they "make music with a lot of energy."[1]


The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers have given Miyazaki the International Award for his song "Pocketmonster BGM", which was cited as having received a large amount of foreign royalty distribution.[3]


Music composition

Theme song arrangement


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  3. "Regular Press Conference 2002". Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
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  5. Kimlinger, Carl (30 August 2008). "Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl Dub.DVD 1-2 - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
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