Kohei Tanaka (composer)

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

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 a lead composer was for the television anime Konpora Kid in 1985.

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.

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 website and announced his intention to work also as a singer in the future. On July 4, he released his first solo album called Kokorone song 1st.



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1985–86 Button Nose Music
1986 Doteraman Music
1987 Esper Mami Music
1987 Maps Music OVA
1987 The Three Musketeers Music
1987–89 Lady!! series Music Also Hello! Lady Lynn
1988 Esper Mami: Hoshizora no Dancing Doll Music Film
1988–89 Gunbuster Music
1989 Wataru Majinzan Music OVA
1990–91 Brave Exkaiser Music
1990 Obatarian Music
1990 Madō King Granzort: The Final Magical Battle Music OVA
1991–93 Matchless Raijin-Oh Music Also OVA in 1992
1991 Honō no Tenkōsei Music OVA
1992 Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring Music
1993 Hello! Dynosis Kids Music Doraemon short film
1993 Yaiba Music
1994 Mobile Fighter G Gundam Music
1995 Gulliver Boy Music
1996 Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team Music OVA
1996 Violinist of Hameln Music, Composer
1999|07|17|format=y} Pokémon The Movie 2000 Composer Insert song 1
1999–present One Piece Music with Shiro Hamaguchi
1999–2000 Sakura Wars: The Radiant Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms Music OVA
2001 One Piece: Clockwork Island Adventure Music Film


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