Kohei Tanaka (composer)
|Born||February 14, 1954|
|Alma mater||Tokyo University of the Arts|
Berklee College of Music
Kohei Tanaka (田中公平 Tanaka Kōhei, born February 14, 1954 in Ebisubashi, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture) is a Japanese composer, arranger, conductor and singer-songwriter. He is affiliated with the music production company Imagine. He has created numerous musical scores for anime television series, OVAs, films, video games and tokusatsu series including Gunbuster, Sakura Wars and One Piece.
Tanaka was a student at Berklee College of Music. 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. 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.
|1986||Dragon Ball||Music||Arrangement for opening and ending songs|||
|1987||The Three Musketeers||Music|
|1987–89||Lady!! series||Music||Also Hello! Lady Lynn|
|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|
|1991||Otaku no Video||Music|||
|1992||Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring||Music|||
|1994||Mobile Fighter G Gundam||Music|
|1996||Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team||Music||OVA|||
|1996||Violinist of Hameln||Music, Composer|||
|1999||Pokémon The Movie 2000||Composer||Insert song 1|
|1999–present||One Piece||Music||with Shiro Hamaguchi and Sakuramen|||
|1999–2000||Sakura Wars: The Radiant Gorgeous Blooming Cherry Blossoms||Music||OVA|
|2000||Sakura Taisen||Music||TV series|||
|2001||Gundam Evolve||Music||with others|
|2002||Tenchi Muyo! GXP||Music|||
|2002||Gate Keepers 21||Music||OVA|
|2002–03||Overman King Gainer||Music|
|2003||Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris||Music|
|2003||Gad Guard series||Music|
|2004–07||Kaiketsu Zorori series||Music|||
|2004||Sakura Taisen: Le Nouveau Paris||Music||OVA|
|2007||Sakura Taisen: New York, New York||Music||OVA|
|2007–08||Let's Go! Tamagotchi||Music|
|2007||Tamagotchi: The Movie||Music|
|2008||Rosario + Vampire series||Music||2 seasons, with Shiro Hamaguchi|
|2009||Hayate the Combat Butler||Composer, Arranger|
|2010–11||Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan series||Music||Demon Capital with Kazuhiko Sawaguchi and Keiji Iuchi|
|2013||Gaist Crusher||Music||with Takayuki Negishi|
|2015||Assassination Classroom||Theme song arrangement|||
|2020||Project Sakura Wars||Music|||
|1996||Sakura Wars games||Music|||
|2010||Resonance of Fate||Music||with Motoi Sakuraba|||
|2016||Gravity Rush 2||Music|||
|2018||Princess Connect! Re:Dive||Music||with others|||
|2019||One Piece: World Seeker||Music|||
|2019||Project Sakura Wars||Music|||
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- Inc, Natasha. "「ONE PIECE」ワノ国編のBGM演奏は和楽器演奏集団・桜menが担当（コメントあり）". コミックナタリー (in Japanese). Retrieved August 12, 2019.
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- "桜庭統さんと田中公平さんが『エンド オブ エタニティ』の音楽について語る [Dengeki: Interview with Motoi Sakuraba and Kouhei Tanaka]". Dengeki Online. March 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
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- "Check Out Gravity Rush 2's Latest Footage And Mini-Concert By Composer Kohei Tanaka". siliconera.com. July 29, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
- "11 minutes of Gravity Rush 2 gameplay, details". gematsu.com. December 9, 2015. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
- "Notice on Release of Anime RPG "PRINCESS CONNECT! Re:Dive"". cyberagent.co.jp. February 15, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
- http://ameblo.jp/kenokun/ (in Japanese)