Hayato Matsuo

Hayato Matsuo
Native name
松尾 早人
Born (1965-08-13) August 13, 1965 (age 54)
Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
  • Composer
  • arranger
  • orchestrator
  • pianist
Instruments Piano
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts Koichi Sugiyama

Hayato Matsuo (松尾 早人, Matsuo Hayato, born August 13, 1965) is a Japanese video game and anime composer, arranger and orchestrator. He has worked on titles such as Front Mission 3, Final Fantasy XII, the Shenmue series, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Hellsing Ultimate. Inspired by his mother, a piano teacher, he graduated from the music composition department of Tokyo University of the Arts. While in college, he composed for the band G-Clef, and occasionally stood in for members. Upon graduating in 1991, he went to work under Koichi Sugiyama, the composer for the popular Dragon Quest video game series, arranging his pieces for the 1991 anime Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai.

Also in 1991, Matsuo began to work as a video game music composer himself, writing the score to Master of Monsters. Over the next few years, he worked as an independent composer on several games and anime series, including Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen. In 1995, he joined the independent music composition group Imagine. He has continued since then to compose and orchestrate works for over 40 games and anime series, as well as the television show Kamen Rider 555 and a few pieces as part of original albums.


Early life

Matsuo's mother was a piano and electone teacher, and she inspired him to enjoy classical music. She also organized concerts for local children to compose and perform music in, which he took part in. While in school, he was inspired by Yellow Magic Orchestra and Rick Wakeman.[1] He eventually attended Tokyo University of the Arts, where he focused on classical music. While in school, however, he also was involved in more popular music, and was involved with the progressive rock band G-Clef, filling in sometimes for members of the band, many of whom he was friends with.[2] He also provided some music for the band.[3] When he was near graduation, Matsuo was introduced to Koichi Sugiyama, the composer for the Dragon Quest franchise. Upon graduating, he went to work with Sugiyama.[2]


Matsuo began his career arranging Sugiyama's pieces for Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai in 1991. His first work as a composer also came in 1991, with the video game Master of Monsters. His first better-known work came in 1993 with Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen, which he co-composed with Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata.[2] Since then, he has worked on over 30 other video games, both as a composer and orchestrator.

Beginning in 1994, Matsuo has also worked as a composer for anime series. His first was Magic Knight Rayearth, which he considers to be a turning point in his career.[2] In 2003 he composed the soundtrack for the live-action television show Kamen Rider 555, and in the early 1990s he arranged pieces for orchestration for the Orchestral Game Music Concerts. While his early work was done as an entirely freelance composer, in 1995 Matuso was recruited by Kohei Tanaka to join Imagine.[2] Imagine is an independent music composition and sound effect group for video games, consisting of nine employees.[4] While Matsuo has never released an album of original works himself, he has released numerous original tracks on six albums released on Shinji Hosoe's Troubadour Records label.


Video games

Year Title Role(s)
1991 Master of Monsters Composer
Mercury: The Prime Master Composer
(other tracks by Taku Iwasaki, Seirou Okamoto and Tsushi Yamaji)
1992 Syvalion (SNES version) Composer
1993 Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen Composer
(other tracks by Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata)
Classic Road Composer
Sword Maniac Composer
(other tracks by Hitoshi Sakimoto)
1994 Super Hockey '94 Composer
1995 Classic Road II Composer
Tengai Makyō: Kabuki Ittou Ryoudan Composer
(other tracks by Yuji Saito, Hironao Yamamoto, Kazuhiko Sawaguchi and Osamu Narita)
1996 Master of Monsters: Neo Generation Composer
NiGHTS into Dreams... Theme song "NiGHTS" orchestrator
1997 Chou-Mahsin Eiyuuden Wataru: Another Step Composer
1998 Dragon Force II Composer
(other tracks by Kohei Tanaka)
Let's Smash Composer
1999 Front Mission 3 Composer
(other tracks by with Koji Hayama)
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber Composer
(other tracks by Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata)
Shenmue Orchestrator
2001 Shiren the Wanderer GB2 Composer
Shenmue II Orchestrator
2002 Fushigi no Dungeon: Fūrai no Shiren Gaiden: Onna Kenshi Asuka Kenzan Composer
Panzer Dragoon Orta Arrangement
2004 Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special Arrangement
2005 Homeland Composer
2006 Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable[5] Composer
Dragon Quest: Shōnen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon Arrangement
Final Fantasy XII Composer
(other tracks by Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata)
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Arrangement
2007 Itadaki Street DS Arrangement
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen Arrangement
2008 Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride Arrangement
2010 Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation Arrangement
Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Composer
GO Series: Pinball Attack! Composer
Arrow of Laputa Composer
2011 El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron Arrangement
2012 Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online Programming

Anime works

Year Title Role(s)
1991 Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Arrangement
(other arrangements by Motoaki Takenouchi)
1994 Magic Knight Rayearth Composer
1995 Saint Tail Composer
The Brave of Gold Goldran Composer
Magic Knight Rayearth 2 Composer
1996 Landlock Composer
1997 Haunted Junction Composer
1999 Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation Composer
2001 Spirit of Wonder Scientific Boys Club Composer
2002 Transformers: Armada Composer
2005 Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor Composer
2006 Hellsing Ultimate Composer
Yomigaeru Sora - Rescue Wings Composer & Programming
2007 Les Misérables: Shoujo Cosette Composer
2010 The World God Only Knows Composer & Piano performance
2011 The World God Only Knows II Composer & Piano performance
2012 Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called!: Me and the Space Princess Composer
(other tracks by Keiji Inai, Toshiyuki Arakawa and Akifumi Tada)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Composer
2013 The World God Only Knows: Goddesses Composer
A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion Arrangement
(other arrangements by Kenji Inai and Yasunori Iwasaki)
2014 Shirobako Synthesizer programming
2016 Endride Composer
(other tracks by Kohei Tanaka and Hiroshi Nakamura)
Drifters Composer
(other tracks by Yasushi Ishii)
Keijo!!!!!!!! Composer
2018 Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me Arrangement
(other arrangements by Akifumi Tada, Rei Ishizuka, Shingo Nishimura and Kazuhiko Sawaguchi)
Captain Tsubasa Composer
Hi Score Girl Arrangement
(other arrangements by Yoko Shimomura, Akifumi Tada, Rei Ishizuka and Shingo Nishimura)

Television works

Year Title Role(s)
2003 Kamen Rider 555 Composer

Other works

Year Album Role(s)
1991 SYNERGY MCMXCI 1991 Composer
1992 Be filled with feeling Composer & Arranger
("Chromatic Beast")
1993 Great Wall Composer & Arranger
("The Manic Depressive" & "A Planet's Death")
KAKI-IN 1993 SUMMER Composer & Arranger
("Salmon roe")
G.T.R Composer
1994 T·O·U·R·S Composer
1999 2197 Composer
("Old Pork")
2009 A NIGHT IN FANTASIA 2009 Arranger
("Radical Dreamers Symphony")


  1. ^ Matsuo, Hayato (2005-02-09). 今月の作家 (in Japanese). Japan Composers & Arrangers Association. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
  2. ^ a b c d e Greening, Chris (2010-01-03). "Hayato Matsuo Interview: Dark Orchestral Writing". Game Music Online. Retrieved 2014-11-15.
  3. ^ "Creators:imagine|株式会社イマジン" (in Japanese). Imagine. Archived from the original on 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
  4. ^ "Company:imagine|株式会社イマジン" (in Japanese). Imagine. Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
  5. ^ Greening, Chris. "Interview with Hayato Matsuo (January 2010)". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 14 May 2018.

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