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Hironobu Kageyama

Hironobu Kageyama

Hironobu Kageyama (影山 ヒロノブ; born on February 18, 1961) is a Japanese musical artist prominent in the soundtracks for anime, video game, and tokusatsu productions. He is sometimes called Kami (Kei) by his fans. His real given name, written in kanji, is ja (浩宣).


Kageyama got his big break at age 16, as lead singer of the pop group Lazy. By the early '80s, the band split and Kageyama went solo. He found major success once he started to sing the theme songs of anime and tokusatsu shows.

Becoming immensely popular soon after, Kageyama went on to be dubbed the "Prince of Anime/Tokusatsu Songs" and is a main fixture for shows to this day. He also got the nickname "Mr. DBZ" by fans of Dragon Ball Z, as he provided a significant amount of vocal songs to the anime. In addition, he continued to sing for the franchise for more than a decade after the anime's conclusion.

Hironobu Kageyama is an original member and the current leader of the popular vocal group JAM Project. Also, along with Masaaki Endoh, he hosts Anipara Ongakukan, a TV show aired on the Kids Station Channel that shows live performances of the theme songs of recent anime and tokusatsu shows.

Dragon Ball Z

  • Cha-La Head-Cha-La (1st Opening Theme)
  • We Gotta Power (2nd Opening Theme)
  • We Were Angels (2nd Ending Theme)
  • Ikusa (I-KU-SA) / The Battle (I-KU-SA) (Ending for DBZ Movie 2)
  • Marugoto / The Whole World (Ending for DBZ Movie 3 (with Ammy))
  • “Ya” na Koto ni wa Genki-Dama!! (Ending for DBZ Movie 4)
  • Tobikkiri no Saikyō tai Saikyō! (Ending for DBZ Movie 5 (with Ammy))
  • HERO (Kimi ga Hīrō) (Ending for DBZ Movie 6, with YUKA)
  • GIRI GIRI—Sekai Kyokugen-- / At the Brink: The Earth's Limit (Ending for DBZ Movie 7, with YUKA)
  • Baningu Faito—Nessen - Ressen - Chogekisen / Burning Fight: A Close, Intense, Super Fierce Battle (Ending for DBZ Movie 8)
  • Ginga o Koete Raijingu Hai / Surpassing the Galaxy, Rising High (Ending for DBZ Movie 9)
  • Kiseki no Biggu Faito / The Miraculous Fight (Ending for DBZ Movie 10)
  • Doragon Pawâ Mugendai / Dragon Power Infinity (Ending for DBZ Movie 11)
  • Saikyo no Fusion / The Mightiest of Fusion (Ending for DBZ Movie 12)
  • Ore Ga Yaranakya Dare Ga Yaru / If I Can't Do It Who Will (Ending for DBZ Movie 13)
  • Hikari no Tabi/Light's Journey (Ending for DBZ Movie Special 1: Bardock, with KŪKO)
  • Aoi Kaze No Hope/The Blue Wind's Hope (Ending for DBZ Movie Special 2: Trunks)
  • Hikari no WILL POWER / Light of Willpower (Mirai Trunks Theme)
  • Unmei no Hi: Tamashi tai Tamashi / Day of Destiny: Spirit vs. Spirit (Gohan Super Saiyajin 2)
  • Aitsu wa Son Goku / He is Son Goku (with KŪKO)
  • Mondai Nai Sa!!
  • Super + Power = Melody ~Chouryokusetsu~
  • Kung Fu Taiso / Kung Fu Generation
  • Jōshiki Nante NA*I*SA / No Common Sense At All (with BROADWAY)
  • Ōmori Raisu Boi / A Big Serving of the Rice Boy (with BROADWAY)
  • Mirai Chizu / Future Map (with BROADWAY)
  • Tenka-Muteki no Furukōsu / A Full Course Unrivaled in the World (with BROADWAY)
  • Fly High (with BROADWAY)
  • 1 ♥ Kōnen / One Heart Light-Year (with BROADWAY)
  • Ore-tachi no Enajī / Our Energy (with Masako Nozawa as Son Goku)
  • Tamashii no Michi / Path of Spirits
  • Toki to Hikari no Shita de / Beneath Time and Light (with KŪKO)
  • MIND POWER...Ki... (with Yuka Satō)
  • Ryūsei Toshokan ~Kometto Raiburarī~ / Comet Library
  • Ōgon no Konpasu / Compass of Gold
  • Spacepeople DBZ
  • WILD DANCE NIGHT 《Yoake Made Tsuppashire》 / Wild Dance Night 《Run At Full Speed Until Dawn》
  • Nanika ga... (Michi no Chikara) / Something is... (Road of Power) (with YUKA)
  • Hoshi no Toraianguru / Triangle of Stars
  • Seiki-Matsu Banzai! / Hooray For The End of The Century!
  • Saraba Namida Yo / Goodbye, Tears!
  • Kinō no Yume, Kyō no Hikari—Sairento Naito - Mōningu Mūn-- / Yesterday’s Dreams, Today’s Light: Silent Night, Morning Moon
  • Memorīzu—Yatsu no Inai Yoru-- / Memories: An Evening Without Him
  • Growin’ Up Itsuka Mata Aeru Hi Made / Growin’ Up: Until the Day We Can Meet Again (with Team DBZ)
  • Doragon Ondo / Dragon March (with Satoko Yamano & Namec-Shachuu)


Original Albums

Best Albums



  • Kageyama, as the lead vocalist of JAM Project, performed the second opening theme for the series GARO. He also lent his voice to the character Zaruba, Garo's supernatural sidekick ring.
  • He is one of only six performers to sing the opening theme to more than one Super Sentai series with a total of three (the others being Isao Sasaki, MoJo, Kenta Sato, NoB, Hideyuki Takahashi, and Psychic Lover)
  • Kageyama briefly served as the vocalist of the band Try Force, who performed the soundtrack for the anime series Heat Guy J.

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