Masakazu Mori (Japanese: 森 正和), better known by his stage name Yukinojo Mori (森雪之丞, Mori Yukinojō), is a Japanese lyricist, composer and poet who is affiliated with Amuse, Inc. He has written over 2,000 songs for numerous artists such as Kyosuke Himuro, Takuro Yoshida and Junichi Inagaki and theme songs for anime series including Dragon Ball Z. His younger brother is Hideharu Mori, keyboardist of the rock band Picasso.
|Birth name||Masakazu Mori|
|Also known as||Joe Lemon|
|Born||January 14, 1954|
|Occupation(s)||Lyricist, composer, poet|
He penned the lyrics to several songs used in Dragon Ball Z, including its opening themes "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" and "We Gotta Power" and its second ending theme "Bokutachi wa Tenshi Datta", all three of which are performed by Hironobu Kageyama.
Mori was hired by hide of X Japan to pen the lyrics to the first two singles of his solo career, 1993's simultaneously released "Eyes Love You" and "50% & 50%". Twenty years later, the lyricist covered "Eyes Love You" himself together with Hisashi Imai of Buck-Tick for the 2013 hide tribute album Tribute VII -Rock Spirits-.
In 1997, Mori released the album Tenshi no Ita Wakusei (天使のいた惑星) which featured Hisashi Imai on several tracks. It was followed by Poetic Evolution in 1999 which in addition to Imai also featured Teru, Takuro and Hisashi of Glay, Takuya (Judy and Mary) and Kyoji Yamamoto of Bow Wow. The album Words of Yukinojo (Words of 雪之丞) was released in 2006 as a tribute to the lyricist and contains covers of songs Mori wrote by artists such as Bonnie Pink and Porno Graffitti.
The songwriter returned to Dragon Ball in 2009 when he wrote "Kuu•Zen•Zetsu•Go" as the opening theme for Dragon Ball Kai. For 2015's Fukkatsu no F film, he wrote lyrics inspired by the series for its theme song "Z no Chikai". That year he also penned "Chōzetsu☆Dynamic!" by Kazuya Yoshii of The Yellow Monkey, which is the first opening theme song of Dragon Ball Super. Mori also wrote the lyrics to its second opening theme, 2017's "Genkai Toppa × Survivor", a rock song by enka singer Kiyoshi Hikawa with music composed by Takafumi Iwasaki.
- Official Profile on Amuse(in Japanese)
- "ポップスの歴史は"森雪之丞"と共に！". HMV Japan (in Japanese). February 21, 2006. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "Momoclo's new single is titled "'Z' NO CHIKAI". Yukinojo Mori writes the lyrics". barks.jp. March 6, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "hide Tribute VII -Rock SPIRITS-". cdjapan.jp. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "迷宮のラバーズ heath ORICON STYLE". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "Yukinojo Mori - Poetic Evolution". Discogs. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "森雪之丞による詞の名曲を豪華アーティストがトリビュート！". barks.jp (in Japanese). February 20, 2006. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "Kazuya Yoshii, Good Morning America to Perform Theme Songs For Dragon Ball Super". Anime News Network. May 19, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
- "Momoclo "'Z' NO CHIKAI" music video, short version revealed". barks.jp. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "Gods And Heroes Of 'Dragon Ball Super – Universal Survival Arc' Gathered For New Opening Preview Shots". Crunchyroll. February 4, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
- "Dragon Ball Super's New Opening Sequence Previewed in Screenshots". Anime News Network. February 4, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
- "Kitano Kii will become an angel for Hotei Tomoyasu's play, "Psychedelic Pain"". tokyohive.com. January 27, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "全部みせます！SHOW-YA流"大暴年会"". barks.jp (in Japanese). September 20, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
- "MEG、ニューアルバムの作家を全て解禁。表参道でのリリースパーティーも決定". barks.jp (in Japanese). November 29, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2015.