Hideki Naganuma

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Hideki Naganuma
Native name 長沼 英樹
Also known as skankfunk
Born (1972-05-16) May 16, 1972 (age 46)
Hokkaidō, Japan
  • Composer
  • DJ
  • remixer
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1993–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 most well known for his original compositions used in the Dreamcast game Jet Set Radio (Jet Grind Radio in North America). He also composed several songs for Jet Set Radio's Xbox sequel, Jet Set Radio Future. In 2003, he composed the music for the arcade skating 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. The following year, he composed 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]

Video games
Year Title Role Co-worker(s)
1998 Shoujo Kakumei Utena: Itsuka Kakumei Sareru Monogatari Voice editing
Hip Jog Jog Composition/arrangement Kenichi Tokoi[6]
1999 Sega Rally 2 (Dreamcast) Composition/arrangement Tomonori Sawada
Atsumare! Guru Guru Onsen Composition/arrangement Various others
2000 JRA PAT for Dreamcast Composition/arrangement
("Ebb & Flow")
Jet Set Radio Composition/arrangement
/sound effects
Various others
Daytona USA 2001 Sound effects
2001 Super Galdelic Hour Voice editing
2002 Jet Set Radio Future Composition/arrangement Various others
2003 J. League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 3 Composition/arrangement
("Get it to Win It")
Ollie King Composition/arrangement
/sound effects
2005 Sonic Rush Composition/arrangement Teruhiko Nakagawa
Yakuza Voice editing
2006 Sega Rally 2006 Composition/arrangement
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Composition/arrangement
("Southpole (Winter Banana Pretz Mix)")
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Supervisor Various others
Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! Composition/arrangement,[7] sound effects Various others
2010 Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō Composition/arrangement Various others
2011 Super Monkey Ball 3D Composition/arrangement Various others
2012 Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura Hen Composition/arrangement Various others
Beatmania IIDX 20: Tricoro Composition/arrangement
Yakuza 5 Composition/arrangement
("Vendor Pop")
2013 Dead Heat Riders Composition/arrangement
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Supervisor Various others
2016 WAR OF BRAINS Composition/arrangement
(opening theme)
2017 Hover: Revolt of Gamers Composition/arrangement Cédric Menendez
2018 Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight Composition/arrangement Various others
2018 Lethal League Blaze Composition/arrangement Various others


  • Gintama (2006) - "Fuusen Gum (Gintama Mix)"
  • Air Gear (2006) (as skankfunk) - "Love Sensation" and "Sky-2-High"[8]


  • Dance no Chikara (2007) (as skankfunk) - "Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree (skankfunky mix)"


  1. ^ a b Greening, Chris. "Hideki Naganuma Profile". Video Game Music Online. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2006-11-14.
  3. ^ "Hideki Naganuma Interview". Archived from the original on September 27, 2003. Retrieved 27 October 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 14 November 2015.
  5. ^ Naganuma, Hideki. "It's a contractual matter". Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  6. ^ Naganuma, Hideki. "That game is called…"Hip Jog Jog"". Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  7. ^ Naganuma, Hideki. "Just a few songs for movie scene on "Ryu Ga Gotoku Kenzan!" But those were not JSR style music". Retrieved 20 December 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 19 August 2015.

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