Tanaka, Kouhei

Tanaka, Kouhei

Given name: 公平
Family name: 田中
Birthday: Feb 14, 1954
Website: http://ameblo.jp/kenokun/
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Kouhei Tanaka 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.

He has created sweeping orchestral works for a range of formats, from anime audio CDs to Japanese game soundtracks.

Tanaka attended Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Music Faculty, Composition Department), studying under Tomojiro Ikenouchi and other professors. Tanaka worked for three years at Victor Music Industries after he had graduated. He attended the Berklee College of Music for two years after he had left Victor. After returning to Japan, Tanaka started working as a composer.

Though he had playing at the hotel at first, he was requested to compose an inserted song of "Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX", a 1982 TV anime, and it became his first work as a composer. Afterwards, he handled some compositions of the inserted songs for the Super Sentai series and did the composition of the background music for a TV anime, Konpora Kid, in 1985 for the first time.

Notably, the Top o Nerae's (Gunbuster) BGM made his name and talent very famous among anime fans and is recognized as one of the his most important works. He also handled the composition of Top o Nerae 2 (Diebuster) and showed a peculiar arrangement to his own work 17 years ago.

His composition is especially known by the hot strings of that. Another his most important work is often enumerated Yuusha Ou GaoGaiGar (The King of Braves GaoGaiGar), a 1997 TV anime, and GaoGaiGar Final, 2000 OVA.

In 2002, he won the first Tokyo Anime Award for Best Music for the music of TV series Overman King Gainer.

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.

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Jigoku-Master1 | 12 hours ago
imo , i think he is the most overlooked/underrated anime composer,i my self didn't notice how good he is and his music before ... when I wasn't yet into the big brassy orchestral music,definitely he is one of The heroes that made one piece a great anime, although I may prefer Bastard!,Overman King Gainer, GaoGaiGar Soundtrack

AlehPoersch | Apr 30, 7:39 AM
O cara que conseguiu criar a trilha sonora perfeita! O anime de One Piece seria muito pior sem você!

Shinigami_Joe | Apr 28, 9:01 AM
O cara já é um deus e ainda por cima fez a nova música da Marine, simplesmente outro nível

Sakuta002766 | Mar 21, 2:03 AM
Thanks for one piece ost

TheKillerAngel | Mar 14, 3:18 PM
Needs to have Princess Connect: Re Dive added to his credits.

But yes a god-tier composer.

jeanbokai | Aug 14, 2021 2:37 PM
Akiba girls soundtrack is drippin

Leysoh | Aug 12, 2021 5:59 AM
love hyouka's osts.

Xirai | Jul 13, 2021 6:36 PM
I like his music for D_Cide but it doesn't really fit the show at all lol

YeeYeeAss | Apr 17, 2021 11:13 AM
Such a god. Has made so many great osts and songs.

Katastrofico | Jan 17, 2021 6:22 PM
Diebuster OST is a masterpiece. This guy is truly a genius.

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