29. Honourable Mentions
Given the immense scope of the series, there are plenty of instances where a musician has only been contracted to contribute a small number of compositions to a game predominantly led by others. As it would be unfair to compare such individuals to those who have crafted huge volumes of music, a cut-off point of 10 credited original tracks has been established to warrant inclusion on this list.
This therefore precludes six of the composers that worked on the recent VII Remake – Shotaro Shima (8), Yoshinori Nakamura (5), Yasunori Nishiki (5), Takafumi Imamura (3), Daika Ishikawa (2) and Keiki Kobayashi (1), as well as seven from XV – Mitsuhiro Ohta (3), Tsutomu Narita (2), Keiichi Okabe (1), Shota Nakama (1), Tai Tomisawa (1), Tomomichi Takeoka (1) and the renowned Dutch EDM artist Afrojack (2).
Other omissions include Ryo Yamazaki (6) and Al Yamashita (1) from the original soundtrack of XIV, Ayako Sasou (5), Kairi Ohkoshi (5) and Hayato Matsuo (5), who are accomplices to series mainstay Hitoshi Sakimoto, miscellaneous individuals such as Hayata Takeda (1 track for World Of), Keiji Kawamori (2 for Advent Children), Hiroshi Kaneko (1 for Lightning Returns) and the pairing of Junpei Fujita and Ryota Tomaru, who assisted in small doses on Brave Exvius.
Many of these have long histories as arrangers of the works of other composers. Some may well be future stars. They are celebrated regardless.