Hideki Naganuma

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Hideki Naganuma
Native name
長沼 英樹
Also known asskankfunk
Born (1972-05-16) May 16, 1972 (age 47)
Hokkaidō, Japan
Years active1993–present[1]

Hideki Naganuma (長沼 英樹, Naganuma Hideki, born May 16, 1972) is a Japanese composer, DJ, and remixer who primarily does work for video game soundtracks. Naganuma is best known for his original compositions for the Dreamcast game Jet Set Radio (Jet Grind Radio in North America). He also composed several tracks for Jet Set Radio's Xbox sequel, Jet Set Radio Future. In 2004, he composed for the arcade skateboarding game Ollie King. He was nominated to receive the Golden Joystick Award for Soundtrack of the Year for his work on the 2005 release Sonic Rush for the Nintendo DS.[2]

He also composed "Love Sensation" and "Sky-2-High" for the anime Air Gear under the alias of skankfunk. In 2012, he contributed the track "LUV CAN SAVE U" for the 20th installment of the arcade rhythm game Beatmania IIDX, produced by Konami and part of the Bemani series.


Naganuma started his musical career by playing the electronic organ, aged five, under the influence of his older sister. When he was fourteen, he became interested in western music and composed his own songs. He then decided to have a job in the music business.[3]

He was a DJ and bartender from 1993 to 1997.[1] During this time, he was also a singer-songwriter who was aiming to be in the J-pop industry.[4] He abandoned these plans and in 1998, he sent demo tapes to Sega and joined that year, doing voice editing for Shoujo Kakumei Utena: Itsuka Kakumei Sareru Monogatari and composing for Hip Jog Jog. The following year, he composed for the home version of Sega Rally 2 and Atsumare! Guru Guru Onsen.

In 2000, he had his breakthrough with Jet Set Radio, composing eight tracks. He would then go on to compose for its sequel Jet Set Radio Future. In 2004, he composed for the arcade skateboarding game Ollie King.

In 2005, he collaborated with Teruhiko Nakagawa for Sonic Rush. The following year, he was responsible for music supervision and composing two tracks for the anime adaption of Air Gear, itself being influenced by Jet Set Radio. For contractual reasons, he used the "skankfunk" alias as he was part of Sega at the time.[5]


Video games[edit]

Year Title Notes
1998 Shoujo Kakumei Utena: Itsuka Kakumei Sareru Monogatari voice editing
Hip Jog Jog[6]
1999 Sega Rally 2 Dreamcast version
Atsumare! Guru Guru Onsen
2000 JRA PAT for Dreamcast "Ebb & Flow"
Jet Set Radio
Daytona USA 2001 sound effects
2001 Super Galdelic Hour voice editing
2002 Jet Set Radio Future
2003 J. League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 3 "Get It 2 Win It"
2004 Ollie King
2005 Sonic Rush
Yakuza voice editing
2006 Sega Rally 2006 "Boosted"
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz "Southpole (Winter Banana Pretz Mix)"
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl supervisor
Yakuza Kenzan[7]
2010 Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō as skankfunk
2011 Super Monkey Ball 3D
2012 Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura Hen
Beatmania IIDX 20: Tricoro "LUV CAN SAVE U"
Yakuza 5 "Vendor Pop" as skankfunk
2013 Dead Heat Riders
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U supervisor
2017 Hover: Revolt of Gamers
2018 Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight "When The Moon's Reaching Out Stars"


Year Title Notes
2006 Gin Tama "Fuusen Gum (Gintama Mix)"
Air Gear[8] "Love Sensation" and "Sky-2-High" as skankfunk


Year Title Notes
2007 Dance no Chikara "Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree (skankfunky mix)"


  1. ^ a b Greening, Chris. "Hideki Naganuma Profile". Video Game Music Online. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 16, 2007. Retrieved November 14, 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Hideki Naganuma Interview". Archived from the original on September 27, 2003. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Naganuma, Hideki. "I had written lyrics. Long ago, I was trying 2 be a singer-songwriter in J-Pop industry. But 4 games… no plan at this moment". Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Naganuma, Hideki. "It's a contractual matter". Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  6. ^ Naganuma, Hideki. "That game is called…"Hip Jog Jog"". Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Naganuma, Hideki. "Just a few songs for movie scene on "Ryu Ga Gotoku Kenzan!" But those were not JSR style music". Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "TVアニメ「エア・ギア」オリジナルサウンドトラック AIR GEAR WHAT A GROOVY TRICK!!". Retrieved August 19, 2015.

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