franchise is perhaps one of Konami's most expansive franchises. As a Rhythm Game
franchise with over one hundred
games (and that's without counting ports!) across thirteen
different series, eight of which are currently active, it's no surprise that Konami's had to call upon not only licensed music to make their games succeed, but also commissioned and in-house talent.
This is a page dedicated just to the groups and composers who provide the BEMANI series with original music. Not only do these musicians produce plenty of original tracks for the franchise, but some of these have gone on to produce their own albums, albums that contain not just long or full versions of songs from BEMANI games, but in some cases, original songs that have never appeared in a BEMANI title before.
To gush about BEMANI music you like, see the corresponding Awesome Music page
and its subpages.
A more thorough list can be found on RemyWiki here
Entries are in alphabetical order of each artist's most commonly-used stage name, with their real name (if known) after the hyphen.
Individuals and Units with their own pages:
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96 — Daisuke Kurosawa
A key part of the GITADORA
series, 96 also appears as guitarist in songs which were not composed by him. He has one album, called BLACK ALBUM
- Goroawase Number: 96 is read as "kuro". As well as being the first part of Kurosawa, it sounds like the character 黒 (black). Leads to a Lost in Translation moment of brilliance when you consider the name of his album, BLACK ALBUM.
Debuting in jubeat
saucer, little is known about him.
- Altum Videtur: His solo releases, if not titled in Japanese, are always titled in Latin.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: In Private Bemani Academy, he has a rather feminine appearance. Yoshihiko Koezuka, latching onto this, wears a blond wig and Guyliner in the PV.
A rock/metal musician, known prominently for his works in the GITADORA
series. He has produced two albums, Shinkyoku
- all lowercase letters: His name is rendered as "asaki", in lowercase, in English-language games. Some of his songs ("uo hi ni nobori kagayoite") get this treatment too.
- Epic Rocking: The full version of "Tentei" lasts over 10 minutes. It was cut down to a more manageable 2 minutes for its Reflec Beat appearance.
- Large Ham: In the refrain for "Okome no oishii takikata...", he screams about rice and its nutritous benefits, before concluding with a subdued "Okome oishii!TL "
- Long Title: "Okome no oishii takikata, soshite okome wo taberu koto ni yoru sono kouka." Meaning "how to cook delicious rice, and the effect of eating rice".
- Mundane Made Awesome: the above rice-related song. Heavy metal with a Large Ham vocal... and it's a song about eating rice.
- Reclusive Artist: He does not appear to be fond of public appearances. There are very few photos of him in circulation, and he does not show up at BEMANI-related events. He doesn't even reveal his full name. In Private BEMANI Academy, he and his collaboration partner 96 are the only two participating musicians who use stand-ins rather than their actual faces - in particular, Asaki's is a Caucasian male who (presumably) looks nothing at all like him.
かめりあ (Camellia) — Masaya Oya
A member of Alstroemeria Records, he has joined beatnation RHYZE.
- Final Boss: His song "Bangin' Burst" was first unveiled at the final round of the Sound Voltex championships at KAC 2013. It is considered one of the two hardest songs in the game.
- Spiritual Successor: 猫叉Master (self-described as having remarkably similar sound) meets Sota Fujimori (similar genre tendencies, being mainly electronic with a tendency to fade into Dubstep on occasion). He was Sota's pick to join beatnation RHYZE.
Des-ROW — Osamu Migitera
Started out as a sound analyzer for pop'n music before he wrote his own. He was the sound director for 5-key beatmania during its final instalments.
- No Pronunciation Guide: According to him, his main alias is not pronounced "dess-row", but "dee-srow".
- One Steve Limit: Averted with Osamu Kubota, who also has composed for IIDX and pop'n music.
A member of HARDCORE TANO*C, he has contributed to the most recent beatmania IIDX games.
- Ascended Fan: Absolutely. He is a brilliant IIDX player himself, having achieved Full Combos on both ICARUS [黒] and 卑弥呼 [黒]. He says he was first inspired to compose music by hearing legendary That One Boss 冥.
DJ Mass MAD Izm*
DJ Mass MAD Izm*
A DJ infamous for producing scratch-heavy songs. He began composing for the series in the late 2000's, starting in beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD
. He produced songs exclusively for IIDX
, although he has not been seen since beatmania IIDX 19 Lincle
He has an album, I AM NOT A DJ
- Gimmick Level:
- His songs are notorious for having copious amounts of scratches, not just in the tracks themselves but also in their IIDX charts. "Shakunetsu Beach Side Bunny", the One More Extra Stage of beatmania IIDX 18 Resort Anthem, is one of the most infamous examples; of the 1719 notes in its another chart, scratches make up 667 of these notes.
- In REFLEC BEAT, the aforementioned "Shakunetsu Beach Side Bunny" uses a large quantity of TOP notes; of the 843 notes on Hard, 325 of them are TOP notes.
- Sampling: One of his other schticks.
- Sequel Song: "Watch Out Pt.2", a collaboration between Izm* and DJ YOSHITAKA. It is significantly faster than the original "Watch Out!!".
- Signature Style: Scratches. Lots and lots of scratches. See Gimmick Level above for what this leads to when his songs appear in BEMANI games.
dj nagureo — Reo Nagumo
Also known as: tiger YAMATO, reo nagumo
One of BEMANI's earliest talents. He composed a handful of songs for beatmania
, and some others for IIDX
. He left Konami in 2006, after composing his final song for the franchise, "tiger YAMATO".
- Animal Theme Naming: Anything credited to tiger YAMATO.
- Meaningful Name: "20,november" refers to his birthday.
- Sequel Song:
- "19,November" to "20,november", although that was composed by good-cool.
- "5.8.8.", to "5.1.1."
- The "R" series: "R3", "R5", "R10k", "R2".
DJ Noriken — Kento Oizumi
More info and tropes to come.
dj TAKA — Takayuki Ishikawa
Also known as: D.J. Amuro, Lion MUSASHI, 金獅子 (Kinjishi)
A longtime composer for the BEMANI series, dj TAKA composed songs for 5-key beatmania
starting with beatmania 4thMIX
and for beatmania IIDX
since its beginning. He is particularly well-known for his extensive use of piano melodies in his songs.
He has produced two albums, milestone
(2007) and True Blue
- Animal Theme Naming: Lions. Lots and lots of lions.
- Lion MUSASHI.
- "Kinjishi", which means "golden lion".
- In MILITARY SPLASH, he along with other artists took up an alias based on an animal-related mech boss. TAKA's was - you guessed it - Lion.
- Final Boss / True Final Boss: Several of his songs are One More Extra Stage songs in IIDX, as well as the final unlock in some cross-series BEMANI events. Considering that he was a sound director for IIDX for much of the series' history, it makes sense. Specific examples:
- "Kakumei" in 7th Style, as a collaboration with Naoki.
- "quasar" in 9th Style, as a collaboration with TaQ.
- "One More Lovely" in 10th Style.
- "Mei" in Happy Sky, as a collaboration with Tatsh.
- "Nageki no Ki" in DistorteD's CARDINAL GATE Extra Stage system, under his Kinjishi alias.
- "Tenkuu no Yoake" in Lincle's Lincle Kingdom Extra Stage system.
- "Elemental Creation" in the multi-series Private BEMANI Academy event, as a collaboration with DJ YOSHITAKA.
- "IX" in the multi-series Nettou! BEMANI Stadium event, as a collaboration with DJ TOTTO.
- "Broken Sword" in PENDUAL's "Chrono Seeker" event, under his Kinjishi alias, this time with an artist known as Kirin.
- Goroawase Number: ".59" and its Sequel Song "G59" are read as "tengoku" (heaven) and "jigoku" (hell) respectively.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: "V" is a remix of part of "Winter" from The Four Seasons. Doesn't stop it from being one of the most loved tracks in BEMANI (and the series' original That One Boss, by virtue of being the first 12).
- Sequel Song:
- ".59" is followed by "G59". "G59" also serves as a sequel to "嘆きの樹".
- The Renaissance series of songs: "A", "AA", "F", and "ZZ".
DJ TECHNORCH — Yutaka Yamashita
A hardcore music producer who has seven albums under his belt.
- Ascended Fan: He was first inspired to compose music by L.E.D.'s "HELL SCAPER", featured in one of the 5-key beatmania games.
- Final Boss: Two. "KAMAITACHI" (final song of the IIDX GOLD CS Kaiden course, with GUHROOVY) and 888 (Dance Dance Revolution X2).
DJ TOTTO — Yoshihiro Tagawa
Also known as: DJ Totoriott, 兎々 (Totto), 二代目朱雀 (Nidaime Suzaku)
Announced as the composer of the final boss of Reflec Beat colette -Winter- in 2013, he later joined the Reflec Beat staff. He leads the "next generation" beatnation records label, beatnation RHYZE.
- Ascended Fan: He plays IIDX himself and on Single Player he is at Kaiden rank, the highest dan rank in the game.
- Final Boss: of several Reflec Beat events. "Valanga" and "Chaplet" are two examples. He also produced "IX" with dj TAKA in the multi-series "Nettou! BEMANI Stadium" event.
- Signature Sound Effect: Like DJ YOSHITAKA before him, he uses the "Suzaku scream" in songs under his Nidaime Suzaku alias.
- Spiritual Successor: To DJ YOSHITAKA. He is a sound director of Reflec Beat, as Yoshitaka was, he took on the Suzaku alias from him (二代目朱雀 meaning "Second-Generation Suzaku"), and was chosen as part of beatnation RHYZE by Yoshitaka himself. He's even taken up the slack in terms of producing boss songs for the series.
DJ YOSHITAKA — Yoshitaka Nishimura
Also known as:
Lucky Vacuum, 朱雀 (Suzaku
One of BEMANI's most prominent staff in recent years. He became part of BEMANI staff in the mid-2000's, and started out by producing a variety of songs for the beatmania IIDX
series. His most well-known songs include the "HARD RENAISSANCE" and "TRANCE CORE" series of songs from jubeat
and ''REFLEC BEAT.
Currently, he the head producer for beatmania IIDX
, pop'n music
, REFLEC BEAT
, SOUND VOLTEX
, and BeatStream
. On top of that, he's also the director for REFLEC BEAT
. He even plays REFLEC BEAT
himself, with a player ID of 1.
Despite his heavy involvement with the BEMANI lineup, Yoshitaka has not produced any albums, with the half-exception of ZEUS
(as part of his involvement with VENUS).
- Arc Number: Yoshitaka seems rather fond of making songs with a tempo of 185 BPM.
- Boss Battle: A large majority of his songs get Level 10 charts in jubeat and Level 10+ charts in REFLEC BEAT.
- Flanderization: Although he used to compose a variety of tracks—from hip hop to high speed boss song pieces—nowadays the only tracks he seems to compose anymore are the "Hard Renaissance" and "Trance Core" series of songs, and once in a long while, "happy" songs under his Lucky Vacuum alias.
- Guyliner: In his more recent appearances, he tends to wear eyeliner.
- Required Spinoff Crossover: Either he or someone at Konami is really fond of putting "FLOWER" or some arrangement thereof in every single BEMANI series.
- Sequel Song:
- "VALLIS-NERIA", to "JOMANDA". The IIDX video to the former confirms this.
- "Lisa-RICCIA" to "VALLIS-NERIA".
- Signature Sound Effect: All of the songs under the Suzaku alias contain a distinct overdriven guitar note. His successor, DJ TOTTO, also uses it when composing songs under his "Second-Generation Suzaku" alias.
- Signature Style: His "TRANCE CORE" and "HARD RENAISSANCE" series of songs.
- With Lyrics: Aside from the Try to Sing Ver. series of songs, he also rerecorded vocals for Ryu*'s "I'm so Happy".
GUHROOVY — Akira Uchibori
Owner of the techno label of the same name. He often produces songs with L.E.D. Certain songs credited to him were also produced by fellow hardcore artist DJ CHUCKY.
- Final Boss: "KAMAITACHI", also featuring DJ TECHNORCH, is the final song of the Kaiden course on IIDX GOLD CS. The chart used in that appearance is considered a precursor to the Black Another charts.
- Hardcore Techno: Most of his contribution to BEMANI consists of this, especially Freeform / Speedcore.
A hardcore music producer who is a regular in Sound Voltex
contests. He is part of beatnation RHYZE.
- Ascended Fan: as most Sound Voltex contributors are. He takes his name from a misspelling of a track from long-time vocalist Sana's album.
- Iconic Item: His megaphone, which he is almost never seen without.
- Spiritual Successor: To kors k. He was chosen as part of beatnation RHYZE by kors k, having been part of his S 2 TB label for a while. He also produces a similar type of hardcore music.
Jimmy Weckl — Harumi Ueko
One of the first composers for GITADORA
, he continued producing output up to GF/DM XG2 in 2012. He retired from Konami soon after.
- Boss Battle: "ミラージュ・レジデンス" (Mirage Residence) was crossed over to IIDX DJ TROOPERS, where it featured in the MILITARY SPLASH boss area.
- Shout-Out: "Weckl", in addition to being an anglicisation of "Ueko", is also a reference to the jazz drummer Dave Weckl.
jun — Junko Karashima
Highly prominent in Dance Dance Revolution for a long time, she left along with NAOKI in 2013.
- Final Boss: "PARANOiA -HADES-", her remix of the long-running DDR boss song series, appeared in SuperNOVA2 and was later made into IIDX DJ TROOPERS's regular One More Extra Stage.
- Smurfette Principle: Only female sound director of a main-series BEMANI title (DDR SN 2).
kors k — Kosuke Saito
Also known as: teranoid, StripE, disconation, Eagle
One of the most popular commision artists, kors k has his own music label: S2TB Recording.
L.E.D. — Toshiyuki Kakuta
Also known as: L.E.D.-G, T.Kakuta
A long-time contributor to console versions of beatmania
IIDX games, he eventually became sound director of the series. He has produced one album, 電人K (Denjin K).
- Caps Lock: A lot of his English song names are in all caps. Examples include "THE EARTH LIGHT", "OUTER LIMITS", "WONDER WALKER", and "BLUE STRAGGLER".
- Gimmick Level: One of "STELLAR WIND"'s gimmicks is that in two of the BEMANI games it appears in, its two most difficult charts will be extremely similar to each other:
- jubeat: The Extreme chart is just the Advanced chart turned 90 degrees counterclockwise and with one less note.
- Reflec Beat: The Special chart is the Hard chart with many Top notes—particularly those that fall on the kick—replaced by Vertical notes.
- Sequel Song: His Denjin Jaeger song series.
- Signature Sound Effect: A very large number of his songs open with a "fading-in cymbal" for some reason.
- Signature Style: Several of his "hard dance" songs have very similar chord progressions.
- Theme Naming: He seems to name a lot of his more hardcore tracks after Biblical beings. "GALGALIM", "DOMINION" and "EXUSIA" all refer to ranks of angels, and "THE FALLEN" can also be taken to mean the Fallen Angels, among whom is Satan. "NEPHILIM DELTA" refers to the proto-humans who existed before the Flood.
Also known as: moimoi, MM, senya (as part of Yuuhei Satellite)
A J-Pop singer who often collaborates with Starving Trancer and Ryu☆. Touhou
fans may know her better as part of Yuuhei Satellite (幽閉サテライト), in which she performs under the alias "senya".
Mr.T — Tomoyuki Uchida
Also known as: ucchie
More info and tropes to come.
Also known as: 泉 陸奥彦
One of the all-time greats of BEMANI composition, he mainly contributes to GITADORA
. He has been around since the first Guitar Freaks title, making him the longest running active BEMANI artist.
NAOKI — Naoki Maeda
NAOKI is one of the series' longest-standing talents, and perhaps the best-known amongst DanceDanceRevolution
players. His countless contributes to DDR have made him the face of the series; in fact, he was the sound director for DDR for four years. He would later go on to step down from DDR to work on Dance Masters
NAOKI no longer works for Konami, and now works with Namco
on another rhythm game, CROSS×BEATS
- Boss Battle: Produced a lot of boss songs for the series—most of the PARANOiA series and the MAX series, just to name a few examples.
- I Have Many Names: Go here and just count how many alias he uses, not counting his "feat. <singer>" aliases.
- Obsession Song: "DESTINY" featuring Paula Terry.
- Sequel Song:
- "Brilliant 2U" -> "B4U"
- The trilogy "CAN'T STOP FALLING IN LOVE" -> "BROKEN MY HEART" -> "LOVE AGAIN TONIGHT".
- Significant Anagram: "NAOKI M" is an anagram for "KONAMI".
猫叉Master (Nekomata Master) — Naoyuki Sato
Also known as: 猫叉Master+
A musician known for producing songs with "worldly" themes to them. However, he's open to produce darker, more traditional electronica, which he often composes under the 猫叉Master+ alias.
He is currently a sound director for beatmania IIDX
, alongside L.E.D.
Nekomata has done four albums: Rain drops
, Sayonara Sekai
, and Crevice
In addition to his work on the BEMANI series, he has also composed music for Elebits
OSTER project is a prominent Vocaloid
artist who has also joined the beatnation RHYZE team.
- Ambiguous Gender: Known as FutanariP in her early days and refused to reveal her gender in order to be taken seriously from the beginning.
- Ascended Fan: She herself plays IIDX and credits the series for influencing her early music career.
- Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the beatnation RHYZE team, and only the second prominent female BEMANI composer, after jun. She only became one of the regulars after jun left.
PHQUASE — Takahiro Fukase
Known in Sound Voltex
for producing charts and effects for the best known boss songs in the game. He produces his own songs too.
Qrispy Joybox / MAX MAXIMIZER
Qrispy Joybox / MAX MAXIMIZER — Tatsuya Iyama
Former sound director for the Reflec Beat
series. His two main aliases could not be any more different: Qrispy Joybox produces light and fuzzy tracks, whereas MAX MAXIMIZER is known for hardcore, aggressive music.
Remo-con — Tetsuya Tamura
More info and tropes to come.
RoughSketch — Shohei Uno
Also known as: uno(IOSYS)
More info and tropes to come.
Ryu☆ — Ryutaro Nakahara
Also known as: 青龍 (Seiryu), 雷龍 (Rairyu), HHH
Ryu☆ has written some of the most popular songs in BEMANI history. He is an executive director for EXIT TUNES and has produced seven albums.
- Arc Number: 191. Every single non-collaborative 青龍 song runs at exactly 191 BPM.
- Boss Fight
- Call Back: "BLUE DRAGON(雷龍REMIX)" contains samples used in most of the major 青龍 and 雷龍 songs up to that point ("waxing and wanding", "Time to Air", "3y3s" and "Thunderbolt").
- Contest Winner Cameo: His first BEMANI song, "starmine", appeared in IIDX 4th style as this, along with kors k's debut.
- Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Naturally, if your name starts with Ryu, you're going to base a lot of your motifs around Eastern dragons. His main alternative alias, 青龍, is one of The Four Gods, no less. The jacket for "中華急行" ("China Express") also contains this.
- Letters 2 Numbers / Leet Lingo: "3y3s", which is ostensibly meant to be read as "eyes".
- Required Spinoff Crossover: Many BEMANI series end up getting "Second Heaven" and "I'm so Happy" in some form.
- Sampling: Most of his songs do this a lot, with 青龍 and 雷龍 songs featuring it most heavily.
- The song "Do it!! Do it!!" was built around a couple of samples, one of which is the one named in the title.
- Shout-Out: In the song production information for "Second Heaven", he references Cascada's "Everytime We Touch". The two songs were then introduced to the same Dance Dance Revolution game (X2).
- Signature Style: "DANCE SPEED" as 青龍; "HAPPY HARDCORE" otherwise.
S-C-U — Shigeharu Saeki
Also known as: ショッチョー (Shoccho)
Got his start in GITADORA
, but is now the sound director of jubeat.
- Ascended Extra: Started out playing backing instruments for the unloved licensed covers in GITADORA. He's now the sound director of one of the better liked BEMANI series, and appears in many other series too.
S.S.D. — Arata Iiyoshi
More info and tropes to come.
Also known as: V.C.O., world sequence
A long term contributor to pop'n music, Seiya Murai has produced two albums: plug+program, and 0/1 ANGEL (with ALT).
- Synthetic Voice Actor: Regular "contributor" ALT is more or less a synthetic vocal track. Fittingly, Seiya Murai was the first in-house BEMANI artist to use Vocaloids in his work.
- He himself was voiced by a computer in the Private Bemani Academy PV.
SLAKE — Takehiko Fujii
Also known as: SPARKER, CALF, DEPROGRAM MAN
One of the earliest composers in beatmania, he left in 2004.
- Boss Fight: His song "SCREAM SQUAD" was the extra stage song in IIDX HAPPY SKY. Yes, that does make it the song you play immediately before legendary That One Boss 冥.
Also known as: dj MAX STEROID, SystemSF/SySF, Expander
A composer who is best known for his talents with synthesizers. He has been with Konami since the late 90's, having composed tracks for games such as Castlevania Chronicles
, and made his BEMANI debut in 2001 in the PS1 port of DanceDanceRevolution 5thMIX
. Most of his works have been for the IIDX and DDR series, though he's also composed songs for other BEMANI games.
Sota has produced five albums, all of which are part of the SYNTHESIZED
TAG — Yasuhiro Taguchi
Also known as: SUPER STAR -満- MITSURU, CAPACITY GATE, TAG Underground
The current sound director for Dance Dance Revolution
He is perhaps better known for his gig as SUPER STAR -満- MITSURU, a campy, over-the-top dancer wearing white and a pair of sunglasses.
TAG has one album under his SUPER STAR MITSURU alias, ONLY ONE ACT
- Department of Redundancy Department: "満" is simply read as "Mitsuru".
- Ending Theme: Composed the ending theme for beatmania IIDX 16 EMPRESS, "THANK YOU FOR PLAYING", which is also a playable song, complete with EMPRESS's credits in the video.
- Final Exam Boss: For DDR, he created "PARANOiA Revolution", whose Expert chart is a mashup of several previous DDR charts.
- Grand Finale: "SA.YO.NA.RA SUPER STAR". As the title (and its genre, "ONLY ONE FINALE"), imply, it is his last song under the SUPER STAR MITSURU alias.
- Gratuitous Chinese: In The Stinger of "SA.YO.NA.RA SUPER STAR".
- Large Ham
- Lighter and Softer: Of "London EVOLVED"'s three versions, version C has an ending that is "happier" than the other two versions' and would not sound out of place in a song under his SUPER STAR MITSURU alias.
- Darker and Edgier: In contrast, version B takes a darker turn, speeding up to 210 BPM and changing completely from a melodic standpoint.
- Sampling: In Sound Voltex, "KHAMEN BREAK"'s (composed by TAG) INFINITE chart plays samples from TAG's "POSSESSION" and "She is my wife".
- Signature Line: "She is...my wife!"
- Silly Love Songs: "She is my wife" seems to start off as one, but as he drops the title, the song doubles in tempo and turns into a high-speed dance piece.
- Theme Naming: In IIDX, his MITSURU songs all carry the "ONLY ONE ____" genre format.
- With Lyrics: "Diamond Dust", "UNLIMITED FIRE", "Cosmic Hurricane", and "LIGHTNING THUNDERBOLT" have vocal versions – all sung by DJ YOSHITAKA, except the latter, which is sung by DJ TOTTO. Amusingly, all four songs are credited to "TAG rejected by DJ YOSHITAKA / DJ TOTTO".
Tatsh — Tatsuya Shimizu
Also known as: dj Killer, DJ MURASAME
Tatsh made his debut in IIDX 10th style, becoming one of the sound directors in IIDXRED. He left after DistorteD, citing health problems, but returned in 2010. He has produced one album, MATERIAL
Tatsh has his own doujin music circle, Tatsh Music Circle. Most of his works as part of the circle are Touhou
- Gimmick Level: His IIDX songs under his DJ MURASAME alias are known for having multiple parts split by chart or play mode:
- "Scripted Connection⇛" has three parts: the first was originally playable on Normal difficulty, the second on Hyper, and the third on Another. All three parts got their own full sets of charts in GOLD.
- "ANTHEM LANDING", the Extra Stage of Resort Anthem, as well as "SHADE", the Extra Stage of Lincle, do the same. However, both songs have yet to be split into three different song entries.
- "仮想空間の旅人たち" ("Kasoukuukan no tabibitotachi", officially translated as "The Travelers of Virtual Space") is split into two parts, the former half playable on Single Play and the latter half playable on Double Play.
- Marathon Level: He has the only "long version" IIDX song in the entire series, "Scripted Connection⇒ long mix". It is the entire 5-minute 36-second song in one chart.
- Perspective Flip: "24th Century BOY", according to Word of God, is "RED ZONE" from the perspective of one of the girls in the video.
- Sequel Song: "reunion" to "Xepher", and "24th Century BOY" to "RED ZONE".
Togo project — Hiroyuki Togo
Also known as: Togo-chef, Bongo Mango
More info and tropes to come.
TOMOSUKE — Tomosuke Funaki
Also known as: Zektbach, Orange Lounge, 黒猫ダンジョン (Kuroneko Dungeon), Dormir (with vocalist crimm)
TOMOSUKE has produced five albums, none of which use his primary alias (marble
as Orange Lounge, three Epic of Zektbach
albums, and Petit March
as Dormir). He also leads the mixed-media HinaBitter (ひなビタ♪) project.
U1-ASAMi — Yuichi Asami
Also known as: 2MB
One of the first artists to contribute to DDR. He is currently the sound director of Miraidagakki Future Tom Tom
- Catch Phrase: "Why do you need KONAMI original songs...?" (in English) as 2MB.
- Final Boss / True Final Boss: As 2MB, he produced several boss songs for DDR, which players still dread to this day. In fact, "MAX. (period)" was initially intended to be the True Final Boss of the entire DDR series, and it holds up pretty well.
- Goroawase Number: "U1" is read as yuichi, as in his given name.
Vivian — Yasunori Nishiki
More info and tropes to come.
wac — Jun Wakita
Also known as: DJ. W, 少年ラジオ, virkato, among others...
wac is a regular contributor to and a sound director of the pop'n music
series, though he also produces songs for other series. He composes songs in a wide variety of genres.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Is almost always shown wearing a cat mask in his public appearances.
- Call Back: The long version of "neu" contains a three minute montage of clips from previous wac songs.
- The Faceless: Wears the above cat mask most of the time.
- Hidden Track: At the end of the long version of "neu", the final track of wac's Ongaku album, if you wait about 30 seconds, the long version of "uen" will start.
- I Don't Know Mortal Kombat: At JAEPO 2013, he played one of his own songs, "Ongaku", on pop'n's EX difficulty. "Ongaku" on EX is rated at level 50, the highest difficulty rating in pop'n music. His attempt ended in utter failure.
- I Have Many Names: Uses several different aliases, with his so-called "main" alias only being credited in nine BEMANI songs since his debut.
- Sdrawkcab Name: "uen", the remix / Sequel Song to "neu".
- Stellar Name: His songs tend to have this. Balance of Asteria, Spica, Regulus, and Scorpion Fire, and Waltz of the Big Dogs refer to constellations or stars, and Ganymede and moon_child refer to moons. Not all his songs have this though.
- Team Pet: Described as the "mascot" of the pop'n music series in the credits for Lapistoria.
- Variable Mix: "neu" and "音楽" both vary between difficulties, with neu being the most noticeable - it's three parts of one 7-minute song, not unlike "Scripted Connection" in IIDX.
Waldeus vön Dovjak
Waldeus vön Dovjak — Junichiro Kaneda
Also known as: J_KANE
Composed for KONAMI since 1988, but is best known for the CLASSIC series in pop'n music. Left KONAMI in 2005.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Or, at least, like a famous foreign composer's name.
- Boss Battle: Composed the first ever 43 (at the time the highest difficulty rating) in an arcade release of pop'n music, "GALAXY FOREST 11,6&12".
- Public Domain Soundtrack: The CLASSIC series, which is made up of medleys of classical music.
A collaboration between Ryu☆ and Starving Trancer. Some of their songs include "800nm" and "Fly you to the star".
Be For U
BeForUA J-pop unit formed by Naoki Maeda in 2001, out of four contest winners: Riyu Kosaka, Noria Shiraishi, Yoma Komatsu, and Shiyuna Maehaea. Unfortunately, the group had some troubles along the way, necessiating the need for two group reboots and eventual retirement of the group.
PrimA collaboration between L.E.D. and Mayumi Morinaga for producing happy hardcore songs with high-pitched vocals.
A duet group consisting of NAOKI who composes the music and Junko Karashima who does vocals. Their music appears in all of Konami's music sims and is generally of the rock and J-Pop genres. Following how their name is stylized, most of their English titled tracks are often stylized in a similar manner.
A duet consisting of DJ YOSHITAKA and Sota Fujimori, the former doing vocals and the latter composing the track. They are perhaps best known for their songs' album art, which tend to have Homoerotic Subtext
, as well as the songs themselves, which tend to come off as romance songs.
Their songs debut in REFLEC BEAT
, with the exception of "Brand New World", which debuted in pop'n music
instead. Furthermore, in pop'n
, there is a character (duo) based off of VENUS.
In addition to original songs, they also cover a few licensed songs.
VENUS released their first mini-album
, on October 23, 2013, alongside volume 2 of the REFLEC BEAT colette
original soundtrack. It includes extended versions of their original songs, instrumental versions of those and their cover of "1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou".
- Catch Phrase:
- Cover Version: "Choo Choo TRAIN -VENUS mix-", "1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou" (the original of which is known as a Rurouni Kenshin opening theme), and "Mikazuki".
- Department of Redundancy Department:
- Gender Flip: Of the "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" concept.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language:
- Gratuitous English: Very frequently in their songs. See Catch Phrase above.
- In Popn Music, all of their songs after Brand New World have Roman numerals in their genres. Each genre's numeral is read in a different language:
- Homoerotic Subtext
- Lucky Charms Title: "Chu☆Chu☆Tonight".
- Male Gaze: In the album art for "Wow Wow VENUS"◊, Yoshitaka seems to be looking at Sota's crotch.
- Mr. Fanservice: The Duet.
- Shirtless Scene: In the album art for "Survival Games", Yoshitaka and Sota pose topless.
- Singer Namedrop: "Wow Wow VENUS".
Wow Wow VENUS, bokutachi VENUS
Wow Wow VENUS, kimitachi VENUS
Wow Wow VENUS, hitori ja JESUS
Wow Wow VENUS, futari de VENUS
- Something Completely Different: While most VENUS songs are well-known for DJ YOSHITAKA's vocals, "Squeeze" is an instrumental song, with all of three lines, all of which are samples ("I don't know how to fly" from "HAERETICUS", "Yeah! Yeah!" from "Brand New World", and "VENUS!" from "Wow Wow VENUS").