Yoshinori Ono with his signature Blanka toy.

Yoshinori Ono (小野 義徳) is a producer, former sound manager and former brand manager at Capcom. He is also a musician, known to play both keyboards and electric guitar. Regarded as the driving force behind the Street Fighter series since its "revival" with Street Fighter IV in 2008, Ono is a minor celebrity for the fighting game community. He also composed the music for the obscure Mega Man: Battle & Chase, including "Kaze yo Tsutaete...," Roll's official vocal theme. In August 2020, Ono announced that he would leave Capcom.[1][2]

History[edit | edit source]

According to Ono, in junior school he would visit a large bookstore to read about programming. In high school, however, he decided to get into music and learned the keyboard. In university, he studied Architectural Mechanics in order to have access to a faculty with a supercomputer. He learned the guitar and began to specialize in 3D fluid rendering, to the point where his mentor said he could postgraduate work.[3]

Instead, he responded to a job advertisement as a composer with Capcom, as he was familiar with the company from playing Final Fight in arcades, sending in a demo tape of himself on the guitar. He was called in for interview and hired the next day. His job consisted of manually programming music in binary, with his first project being 1993's Muscle Bomber, known overseas as Saturday Night Slam Masters. He then worked on ports of Super Street Fighter II X and Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams.[3]

His transition to a management role came about the time he was working on the Street Fighter III series, where he did human resources management in addition to his regular duties. However after 3rd Strike, the series was seen as "dead" and it wasn't until Ono's promotion to producer and his grassroots campaign to get public demand up that a small budget for R&D was allocated for a prototype for Street Fighter IV.[3]

Since the success of Street Fighter IV and its updates, Ono was more or less viewed as the "godfather" of the series and he continued to promote it and drive demand.

In 9th August 2020, Ono announced that he would leave Capcom after serving almost 30 years at the company.[1] In April 2021, he announced that he would join Delightworks as its new president and chief operating officer (COO) in May 1st.[4]

Production History[edit | edit source]

  • Chaos Legion (PC Version) (2003) -- Special Thanks - Original Game Designers (Chaos Legion for PC)

Song Credits[edit | edit source]

Mega Man: Battle & Chase

  • Rockman Battle & Chase (Over the Top) ~Opening Demo~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ready for Break ~Introducing Racer Demo~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Over the Top ~Theme of Rockman~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sunshine Girl ~Theme of Roll~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Kick About ~Theme of Blues~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Go for it! ~Theme of Forte~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Otoko no Hanamichi ~Theme of Guts Man~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Through the Air ~Theme of Quick Man~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • "snow - rainbow ~Theme of Ice Man~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dark the Moon ~Theme of Shadow Man~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Storming Bomber ~Theme of Napalm Man~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Speed•Star ~Theme of Spring Man~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • I am world king!! ~Theme of Dr. Wily~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Courageous Heart ~Theme of Duo~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Over the Top (Ballad version) ~Rockman Ending~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sunshine Girl (Ending version) ~Roll Ending~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Kick About (Jazz version) ~Blues Ending~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Go for it! (Ballad version) ~Forte Ending~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ah~ Otoko Ichidai (Guitar instrumental) ~Guts Man Ending~ -- Composition
  • Through the Air (Orchestra version) ~Quick Man Ending~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Love Love Roll! ~Ice Man Ending~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • moon light ~Shadow Man Ending~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Burning Bomber ~Napalm Man Ending~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Speed•Star (Cheerful version) ~Spring Man Ending~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Kaze yo Tsutaete...(Game version) ~Roll Special Ending~ -- Lyrics, Composition & Arrangement
  • Ah~ Otoko Ichidai (Game version) ~Guts Man Special Ending~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Rockman Battle & Chase (Over the Top) ~Title Demo~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • the straight out (PS original sound) ~Character Select~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • soon... (PS original sound) ~Introducing Course Demo~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Here goes! (PS original sound) ~Setting Machine Demo~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Hold Out (PS original sound) ~Getting Parts Demo~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Shadow (PS original sound) ~Option Demo~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chasers ~Future City Course~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • dancing the eyes ~Mountain Course~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Escape ~Cavern Course~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Are you gloomy? ~Toy's Factory Course~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • dUEL ~Wily's Base Course~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • secret party ~Space Course~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • dimension shift ~Sky Course~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • standing over there ~Ordnance Factory Course~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Duo Here ~Secret Production~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Here Comes the New Challenger ~!?~ -- Arrangement
  • Black Star ~Secret Production~ -- Arrangement
  • Over the Top (Piano Solo version) ~Staff Roll Demo 1~ -- Composition
  • Over the Top (dance Mix version) ~Staff Roll Demo 2~ -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Kaze yo Tsutaete... (original Mix) -- Lyrics, Composition & Arrangement
  • Ah~ Otoko Ichidai (original Mix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Kaze yo Tsutaete... (instrumental Mix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ah~ Otoko Ichidai (instrumental Mix) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Kaze yo Tsutaete... (Piano Solo version) -- Composition [NOTE: A secret track on the game's soundtrack]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Yoshinori Ono is frequently photographed with a tiny Blanka figure in his hand. According to an interview with Nintendo Channel, Ono obtained this toy along with a few extra, from a McDonalds Happy Meal set in the Phillipines. Currently one of them is broken and Ono keeps the other close to him.[citation needed]
  • Ono is regarded by much of the fanbase as a "troll"[5][6], although whether this is perceived as endearing or not is a matter of some debate. Ono, for his part, has said that "as long as nobody stabs [him], [he] is happy to receive criticism".[3]

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