Kohei Tanaka (composer)

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Kōhei Tanaka (田中 公平 Tanaka Kōhei?) is a Japanese composer, arranger and singer. He is affiliated with the music production company Imagine. He has created numerous musical scores for famous anime TV series, OVAs, movies, computer games and tokusatsu series. Tanaka was born in Ebisubashi, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture on February 14, 1954.

Career[edit]

Tanaka has played the piano from an early age. After graduating from the Osaka Seiko Gakuin High School, Tanaka attended Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Music faculty - composition department), studying under Tomojirō Ikenouchi and other professors. Tanaka worked for three years at the advertising department of Victor Music Industries after he had graduated. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts for two years after he left Victor. After returning to Japan, Tanaka started his activities as composer in earnest.

While employed playing the piano in a hotel lounge, he was requested to arrange a song in Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX, a 1982 TV anime, and it became his first work as a composer. Afterwards, he produced some songs and arrangements for the Super Sentai series and his first work as the main composer was for the TV anime Konpora Kid (コンポラキッド Konpora Kiddo?) in 1985.

His compositions are especially known for the "hot" strings and piano that he combines masterfully. He often produces orchestral compositions with brass instruments and the timpani that are simple and easy to listen to, and these are often used as the background music in TV programs. Because his early works were a little on the heavy and rock-ish side, it came to be that people would only request such music from him. This disappointed him for a while, as he wanted to create more varied music, but with the computer game Sakura Wars he was finally able to compose freely and prove his talents in other genres as well.

Notably, the background music in Gunbuster made his name and talent very famous among anime fans and is recognized as one of his most important works.[1] He also handled the composition of Diebuster, a sequel series of Gunbuster, and showed a peculiar arrangement to his own work 17 years ago.

Another one of his most important works is often said to be The King of Braves GaoGaiGar, a 1997 TV anime, and GaoGaiGar Final, 2000 OVA.

He hosted the Dai Anime Hakurankai radio show on Tokai Radio together with the voice actress Konami Yoshida from April 1993 to September 1994. His discussions with Toshio Okada and Hiroshi Yamamoto about anime, originally published in the hm3 voice acting magazine, have been republished in book form.

On February 14, 2008, he opened an official web site and announced his intention to work also as a singer in the future. On July 4, he released his first album called Kokorone song 1st.

Personal[edit]

Tanaka occasionally introduces himself as Monrio Erricone Jr. (a reference to the Italian film composer Ennio Morricone who he respects). He is not only a composer but also very good at singing and he is able to reach four octaves. He often sings in the chorus parts in his own orchestral compositions.

Tanaka claims to do the Donald Duck voice well. The current Japanese voice actor for Donald, Kōichi Yamadera, has reportedly requested Tanaka to succeed him in the event that he dies.

He was asked to do the soundtracks for Pokémon and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, but could not accept the offer because he was busy with other work.

When he worked on the music for Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh, he told about his experiences with an earlier robot anime that he composed the music for. He put his heart and soul into the music used in a scene where the robot combines into a more powerful form. Later, however, he was devastated when the producers asked him to create another piece of music with even more "punch" for a new type of combination.

He is net-savvy, as can be seen in the fact that he sometimes posts about 2channel and Nico Nico Douga on his personal blog.

He is said to be synesthetic, that is, he experiences sounds as colors and vice versa.

When he attended the Berklee College of Music, he studied English at the same school as Akio Toyoda, who later became the president of Toyota Motor Corporation. The two used to hang out together during that time.

His great grandfather is Kazuo Kojima, a Japanese politician and journalist in the Meiji and Taishō eras.

The voices in the eyecatches of Gunbuster and Diebuster are provided by Tanaka.[2]

Works[edit]

Tanaka is the main composer unless otherwise noted.

Genre Title Year Notes
Anime Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX 1982 arranger of background music
Anime Ai Shite Night 1983 image song
Anime Kinnikuman 1983 arranger of ending song, background music
Anime Tongari Bōshi no Memoru 1984 arranger of image song
Anime Konpora Kid 1985
Anime Yume no Hoshi no Button Nose 1985
Anime Dragon Ball 1986 arranger of opening and ending songs
Anime Doteraman 1986
Anime Lady Lady!! 1987
Anime Esper Mami 1987
Anime The Three Musketeers 1987
Anime Hello! Lady Lynn 1988
Anime Dragon Ball Z 1989 image song
Anime Warau Salesman 1989
Anime Chimpui 1989
Anime Manga Nippon Mukashibanashi 1989 arranger of image song
Anime Madō King Granzort 1989
Anime Brave Exkaiser 1990
Anime Obatarian 1990
Anime Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water 1990 image song
Anime Fujiko Fujio A no Mumako 1990
Anime Happyaku Yachō Hyōri no Kewaishi 1990
Anime Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh 1991
Anime 21emon 1991
Anime Himitsu no Hanazono 1991
Anime Ashita e Free Kick 1992 image song
Anime Fujiko Fujio A no Sasurai Kun 1992
Anime Ken'yū Densetsu Yaiba 1993
Anime Mobile Fighter G Gundam 1994
Anime Gulliver Boy 1995
Anime Brave Command Dagwon 1996 background music
Anime Violinist of Hameln 1996
Anime Baby and Me 1996 singer
Anime The King of Braves GaoGaiGar 1997
Anime Dai-Guard 1999 with Kenji Kawai
Anime Super B-Daman 1999
Anime Betterman 1999
Anime One Piece 1999- with Shirō Hamaguchi
Anime Gate Keepers 2000
Anime Sakura Taisen TV 2000
Anime Angelic Layer 2001
Anime Banner of the Stars II 2001 ending song
Anime Monkey Typhoon 2002
Anime Overman King Gainer 2002
Anime Tenchi Muyo! GXP 2002 ending song
Anime Gad Guard 2003 with Kazuhiko Sawaguchi
Anime Kaiketsu Zorori 2004
Anime Desert Punk 2004
Anime Animal Yokochō 2005
Anime Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori 2005
Anime Oh My Goddess! 2005 opening song
Anime The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final -Grand Glorious Gathering- 2005
Anime Oh My Goddess! 2006 opening song
Anime Buso Renkin 2006
Anime Hayate the Combat Butler 2007- all character songs
Anime Saa Ikō! Tamagocchi 2007
Anime Rosario + Vampire 2008 with Shirō Hamaguchi
Anime Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan 2010
Anime Hyouka 2012
Anime Jojo's Bizarre Adventure 2012 opening song
OVA Dead Heat 1987
OVA Elf 17 1987
OVA Dirty Pair 1987
OVA MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijintachi 1987
OVA Namakemono ga Miteta 1998 arranger
OVA Patlabor 1988
OVA Gunbuster 1988
OVA Assemble Insert 1989
OVA Project A-ko: Grey Side/Blue Side 1989 arranger of ending song, background music
OVA Shin Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Mashinzanhen 1990
OVA Tengai Makyō Ziria Oborohen 1990
OVA Sengoku Bushō Retsuden Bakufū Dōji Hissatsuman 1990 arranger of opening and ending songs
OVA Majū Senshi Luna Varugā 1991 singer
OVA Ariel 1991
OVA Otaku no Video 1991
OVA Blazing Transfer Student 1991
OVA Bakumatsu Shōnen Seiki Takamaru 1991
OVA Kyūkyoku Chōjin R 1991
OVA Shin Chō Bakumatsu Shōnen Seiki Takamaru 1992
OVA Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh 1992
OVA Spirit of Wonder: Chaina-san no Yūutsu 1992
OVA Kōryū Densetsu Villgust 1992
OVA Licca-chan no Nichiyōbi 1992
OVA Bastard!! 1992
OVA Dragon Half 1993
OVA Licca-chan to Yamaneko Hoshi no Tabi 1994
OVA Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team 1996
OVA Sakura Taisen: Ōka Kenran 1997
OVA Sakura Taisen: Gōka Kenran 1999
OVA The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final 2000
OVA Gate Keepers 21 2002
OVA Sakura Taisen: Kanzaki Sumire Intai Kinen Sumire 2002
OVA Sakura Taisen: École de Paris 2003
OVA Sakura Taisen: Le Nouveau Paris 2004
OVA Diebuster 2004
OVA Sakura Taisen: New York, New York 2007
OVA Ranma ½: Akumu! Shunminkō 2008
Movie Kinnikuman: Counterattack! The Underground Space Choujins 1985 arranger of ending song
Movie Choushinsei Flashman: Big Rally! Titan Boy! 1987
Movie Honno 5g 1988
Movie Esper Mami: Hoshizora no Dancing Doll 1988
Movie Lady Lady!! Gekijōban 1988
Movie Hiatari Ryōkō! Kasumi Yume no Naka ni Kimi ga Ita 1988
Movie Dorami-chan Minidora SOS!!! 1989
Movie Anime Sanjūshi: Aramis no Bōken 1989
Movie Chimpui: Eri-sama Katsudō Daishashin 1990
Movie Toriyama Akira Marusaku Gekijō: Kennosuke-sama 1990
Movie Dorami-chan Arara Shōnen Sanzokudan! 1991
Movie Otaku no Video Gekijōban 1991
Movie 21emon: Soraike! Hadashi no Princess 1992
Movie Dorami-chan Hello Kyōryū Kids 1993
Movie Dorami-chan Aoi Straw Hat 1994
Movie Dorami & Doraemons Robot Gakkō Nanafushigi!? 1996
Movie Gekijōban Hameln no violin hiki 1996
Movie Galaxy Express 999 ~Eternal Fantasy~ 1998
Movie Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team Miller's Report 1998
Movie Pokémon: The Movie 2000 1999 image song
Movie One Piece 2000
Movie One Piece: Nejimakijima no Bōken 2001
Movie Jango's Dance Carnival 2001
Movie Sakura Wars: The Movie 2001
Movie One Piece: Chinjūtō no Choppā Ōkoku 2002
Movie Digimon Tamers: Runaway Digimon Express 2002
Movie One Piece The Movie: Dead End no Bōken 2003
Movie One Piece: Norowareta Seiken 2004
Movie One Piece The Movie: Omatsuridanshaku to Himitsu no Shima 2005
Movie One Piece The Movie: Karakurijō no Mekakyohei 2006
Movie Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori: Nazo no Otakara Daisakusen 2006
Movie Toppu o Nerae! & Toppu o Nerae 2! Gattai Gekijōban 2006
Movie One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta 2007
Movie Tamagotchi: The Movie 2007
Movie One Piece The Movie: Episode of Choppā Plus: Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura 2008
Movie One Piece Romance Dawn Story 2008
Movie One Piece Film: Strong World 2009
Game Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom (FM Towns version) 1990
Game Paladin's Quest 1992
Game Xardion 1992
Game Just Breed 1992
Game Tengai Makyō Fūun Kabukiden 1993
Game Bounty Sword 1995 with Akihiko Mori
Game Gulliver Boy 1995
Game Tengai Makyō Zero 1995
Game Lennus II 1996
Game Sakura Wars 1996
Game Alundra 1997
Game Hanagumi Taisen Columns 1997
Game Bounty Sword First 1997
Game Sakura Taisen 2: Kimi, Shinitamoukotonakare 1998
Game Kasei Monogatari 1998
Game Dragon Force 2: Kamisarishi Daichi ni 1998 main song
Game Chō Mashin Eiyūden Wataru Another Step 1998
Game The Granstream Saga 1998 with Takako Ochiai, Masanori Hikichi, and Miyoko Takaoka
Game Bounty Sword Double Edge 1998
Game Gate Keepers 1999
Game Alundra 2: A New Legend Begins 1999
Game Ōgami Ichirō Funki -Sakura Taisen Kayō Show Benitokage yori- 2000
Game Sakura Taisen GB: Geki Hanagumi Nyūtai! 2000
Game Gunparade March 2000 part of the songs
Game Sakura Taisen 3: Paris wa Moeteiru ka 2001
Game Sakura Taisen GB2: Thunderbolt Sakusen 2001
Game Sakura Taisen Online 2001
Game Sakura Taisen 4: Koiseyo Otome 2002
Game Sakura Taisen: Atsuki Chishio ni 2003
Game Sakura Taisen Monogatari: Mysterious Paris 2004
Game Sakura Taisen V Episode 0: Kōya no Samuraimusume 2004
Game Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love 2005
Game Sakura Taisen 1 & 2 2006
Game Dramatic Dungeon: Sakura Taisen: Kimi aru ga tame 2008
Game Bionic Commando Rearmed 2009 main song
Game Resonance of Fate 2010 with Motoi Sakuraba
Game Gravity Daze 2012
Tokusatsu Choudenshi Bioman 1984 background music
Tokusatsu Uchuu Keiji Shaider 1984 arranger of background music
Tokusatsu Dengeki Sentai Changeman 1985 background music
Tokusatsu Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion 1985 background music
Tokusatsu Katteni! Kamitaman 1985
Tokusatsu Choushinsei Flashman 1986
Tokusatsu Hikari Sentai Maskman 1987 background music
Tokusatsu Choujinki Metalder 1987 arranger of main song, background music
Tokusatsu Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider 1993 background music
TV drama Unmei Kōkyōkyoku Satsujin Jiken 1984
TV drama Joi no Shibōshindansho 1985
TV drama Yumemita mono wa 1987
TV drama Hyōryūsaiban 1989
TV drama Ultraman o Tsukutta Otokotachi 1989
TV drama Daichūshingura 1989 with Kei Wakakusa

CD[edit]

  • Ginga Kojiki Gundan Hyper CD Book (1992)
  • Kimi koso Waga Otaku (1993)
  • Tanaka Kōhei 20shūnen na Yoru - Toppu o Nerae! kara Yūshaō Gaogaigā made - (2001)
  • Tanaka Kōhei Concert - Sakura na Yoru - (2001)
  • Gaō Yūshaō Tanjō! 10renpatsu!! (2005 - includes the Yūshaō Tanjō! demo tape and Yūshaō Tanjō ultimate extra song)
  • Kokorone song 1st (2008)
  • Kokorone song 2nd (2009)

Books[edit]

  • Sakura Taisen 2 original game music score Mezase! Sound Creator (Doremi Music Publishing, 1999)
  • Fūin - Shijō Saikyō no Otaku Zadankai (with Toshio Okada and Hiroshi Yamamoto, Ongaku Senkasha, 1999)
  • Kaishū - Shijō Saikyō no Otaku Zadankai 2 (with Toshio Okada and Hiroshi Yamamoto, Ongaku Senkasha, 2000)
  • Zeppan - Shijō Saikyō no Otaku Zadankai 3 (with Toshio Okada and Hiroshi Yamamoto, Ongaku Senkasha, 2000)
  • Sakura Taisen 3 - Paris wa Moeteiru ka - Piano Hikigatari Kayō Zenshū (with Hiroi Oji, Doremi Music Publishing, 2001)
  • Tanaka Kōhei Sakuhinshū (1) Sakura Taisen Kakyokushū Sōfu (Satake Gakufu, 2009)
  • Tanaka Kōhei Sakuhinshū (2) Gensen Kyokushū Sōfu (Satake Gakufu, 2009)

Others[edit]

  • Nunokame CM song "Hiyoko no Hiyokokko" (1986-, still being broadcast, with Fusako Fujimoto)
  • Himekun Series Image Album behind (1986)
  • Yamamoto Masayuki '88 (1988, arranged part of the songs)
  • Uchū Eiyū Monogatari (1989, radio drama)
  • Yamamoto Masayuki '89 Shōnen no Yume wa Ikiteiru (1989, arranged part of the songs)
  • Seishun Radio Menia (1989-, composed the ending song)
  • Yamamoto Masayuki "Colors" (1992, arranged part of the songs)
  • Mashin Eiyūden Wataru 4 (1993)
  • Star Pinky Q (1996, CD drama)
  • Anime Giga (February 19, 2008, appeared as a guest)
  • BS Anime Yawa Top o Nerae! (March 18, 2008, appeared as a guest)
  • Inazuma Challenger (2008, supervised "Romantic Ageruyo (21st century ver.)" and "Makafushigi Adventure (21st century ver.)")
  • BS Necchū Yawa Hero Song Night (July 10 and 17, 2008, appeared as a guest)
  • BS Necchū Yawa Anisongu Night (May 22 and 29, 2009, appeared as a guest)
  • Keroro Gunsō presents "Pekopon Shinryaku Song, Daishūgō de arimasu!" (2009, arranged part of the songs)

Composed for others[edit]

Rica Matsumoto

  • Ari no Mama no Watashi de (1993, included in the album "Cluster")

Ai Orikasa

  • Kōkai wa Suteki (1995, included in the album "Shukujo Chōtokkyū")

Hiroko Kasahara

  • Fjord no Komoriuta (1996, included in the album "Saga")

Yūko Miyamura

  • Konjō Sentai Gattsuman (1996, included in the album "Kenkabanchō")
  • Tatakae! Great Gattsu Fighter, Denkō Gattai Regōmā (1996, included in the album "Space Kenkabanchō")
  • Ai nante (1998, included in the album "Tamashii")

PPP

  • Ko-ko Paradise (1999)

Junko Iwao

  • Fly over to you... Yozora wo Kakete (1999)

Yumi Matsuzawa

  • Ari no Mama de (1999)

JAM Project

  • Mizu ni Utsuru Tsuki - my heart - (2002, included in the album "JAM First Process")

Masaaki Endō

  • Kanzen Muketsu on GO Fighter!! (Theme of Endoh) (2003, included in the album "Chakuriku!!")

Kaya Matsutani

  • Bara no Namae, Hoshi ni Naru Hi (2007, included in the album "Rose Balcony")

Mie Sonozaki

  • Tea for Two - Nigai Kokoa to Milk Tea -, Kimi no Inai Valentine's Day (2008, included in the album "chocolat")

Chihiro Yonekura

  • Dream on Dream - Yume no Tsuzuki - (2009, included in the album "Departure")

Awards[edit]

Concerts[edit]

  • Tanaka Kōhei Sakka Katsudō 20shūnen Kinen Honoo no Orchestra Concert (November 1, 2000, at the Tokyo Opera City concert hall)
  • Tanaka Kōhei Sakura o Utau Hikigatari no Concert (April 16, 2006, at the Nihon University Casals Hall)
  • Tanaka Kōhei Kokorone 1st Live (July 21, 2008, at Roppongi Sweet Basil STB139)
  • Tanaka Kōhei Kokorone 2nd Live (February 15, 2009, at amHALL Osaka)
  • Tanaka Kōhei Kokorone 3rd Live (July 25, 2009, Minami-aoyama Mandara)
  • Tanaka Kōhei Sakkaseikatsu 30shūnen Kinen Concert (November 1, 2009 at the Tokyo Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, big hall)
  • Kōhei Tanaka Anime Concert in Finland (June 18, 2011 at Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile of Tanaka Kohei
  2. ^ An interview with Kohei Tanaka from the Diebuster Soundtrack (2006).

External links[edit]