Music: Hyadain

Hyadain is a Japanese singer, arranger, composer and music producer, well known for his work on game music, with often very liberal (and frequently hilarious) interpretations of characters in the games. He posts all his work on both Nicovideo and Youtube.

His most famous works are probably the various songs he did for Mega Man 2 (6 out of 8 Robot Masters, so far), where each Robot Master sings a song basically professing his love to Mega Man (except for Bubbleman, who's just incredibly lonely, and Heatman...who just seems to be a giant man-slut). He also has a large number of songs that are arrangements of various Dragon Quest songs (and as a bit of trivia, his nickname is derived from the Japanese spell name of "Kacrack"). He also sang a good number of covers of old anime songs. He does all the voices himself, using computer editing to make the female voices.

He eventually revealed on his blog that he is in fact Kenichi Maeyamada, a professional composer in the Japanese music industry, which was suspected by a good many of us due to the incredible quality of his work. He signed under the management Stardust Promotion, which also the home of Natsuko Aso and Momoiro Clover Z, sources of his main works and his biggest hits. Because of his distinct happy upbeat musical style, his works often involves various Idol Singer, such as the two mentioned above, AKB48, YuiKaori and Koharu Kusumi of Hello Project, 9nine, Dempagumi Inc. and Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku. He has worked on a LOT of Japanese anime theme songs, including te 10th opening for One Piece, "Share the World", and remarkably Nichijou's theme where he actually made his names among foreign fans. He switches between a good number of styles, though the majority of his songs are intended to be funny or cutesy, with lots of puns everywhere else. he can also do heart-wrenching ballads and darker-themed songs.

His professional website lists his complete discography outside of his game music arrangements.

His work provides examples of:

  • Album Intro Track: 20112012 is opened by a track titled "19802011", it's all Spoken Word in Music and delivered in the style of Opening Narration, described Hyadain's biography.
  • Alter Ego Acting: The name Hyadain is only used when he both creates and writes the song and for his internet pseudonym; when he only composes or writes the song, he uses his real name.
    • There is also Hyadaruko, the female vocals often heard in many of his songs, although in the music videos were played by female actress (such as Natsuko Aso in "Kataomoi-C" and Akari Hayami of Momoiro Clover in "Jyojyo Yuujo"), they're actually his voice.
  • Anime Theme Song: and how, his professional job started back even before his viral youtube hits, also noted for his eccentric upbeat tunes in his works, to name a few in the early days, " “Don’t Go Baby” of Initial D, "Tan Tan Taan!" and "Happy Happy Sunday" of Kirarin Revolution, "Perfect-area Complete!" of Bakatest to the recent Bakuman。 opening.
    • And eventually he managed to become a regular in annual anime music festival, Animelo after his real debut as singer in Nichijou themes.
  • Author Appeal: Gay, puns, and weird idols.
  • Auto-Tune: He's a god at this stuff.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He happens to be a faithful music mentor figure for Natsuko Aso, Momoiro Clover Z, and Ebichu, in a friendly way as if they were companions. There were an instance when a member jokingly punched him and complained "I want more singing parts!". He even wrote several songs based on their life and their gimmicks.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Call Back: Each of the Mega Man 2 songs (excluding the first, for reasons about to be made fairly obvious) contains a brief sample of the song that came before it towards the end of them, with varying degrees of subtlety.
    • Almost all of his song for Momoiro Clover Z features call back to each other and works like above. Apparently he loves doing kind of things like this.
  • Child Prodigy: He is a true genius in music, he began playing the piano at age four and first composed with a synthesizer in middle school and only needed a single day to complete a song.
  • Chiptune: In some number of his songs, "Ano Hi no Boku He" opened with chiptune.
  • Christmas in Japan: His "Xmas? I don't know such a thing!!" is about being alone on Christmas.
  • Christmas Songs: again, "Xmas? I don't know such a thing!!" and Momoclo's "Santa-San". Bonus points that both share many public domain Christmas carols all over the place, as the latter is recycled from the former and filled with many Mythology Gag. To add the hilarity, his music video features many Momoclo's props.
  • Cool Hat
  • Darker and Edgier: very noticeable in recent Hyadain songs, such as theme for Kuroko no Basuke, "Start It Right Away" and for Bakuman。, "23:40" both feature downer lyrics and drastic arrangement changes from his usual style.
    • Taken into extreme in Momoclo's Hai to Diamond, heavy ballad, partly despair lyrics and misplaced vocals, contrast to his songs back then (when they called it Hyadain-Era Momoclo) even the fans thinks "seriously is this a Hyadain's doing?".
  • Don't Look at Me!: He doesn't like to be looked at when he is doing the recording.
  • Everyone Is Gay: The Mega Man 2 series of songs.
  • Epic Instrumental Opener: Momoclo's "Overture" and Ebichu's "Ebichure"
  • Genre Savvy: He knows what fans wants when writing song for idol groups, He often leaves parts obviously intended for fans chant or known as wotagei, in example Dempagumi's "W.W.D", Momoclo's "Mouretsu", and Ebichu's ""Houkago Getabako Rock 'n' Roll MX".
  • Gratuitous English: His English seems pretty good, but that's not saying a whole lot.
  • Ho Yay: Invoked, as good number of his songs (particularly his series of Mega Man songs, but also his Goemon and Final Fantasy 4 tracks) basically turns some or all of the characters gay. He has also done a song about two good friends, one of whom has just gotten a girlfriend, who ''may'' have feelings for each other.
    • Eloquently put by a certain Youtube commenter...
      • Crashman - Flaming homo.
      • Flashman - Romantic homo.
      • Quickman- Unsure/Coming out of the closet.
      • Metalman - Bisexual, but appears to prefer girls (we think).
      • Bubbleman - Lonely (desperate for anyone).
      • Heatman - Horny PIMP Daddy who apparently wants as much ass as possible. Sexuality? Well... we know he likes girls, at least, but...
    • Les Yay- invokedBarbariccia in his Final Fantasy IV video.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Popped out almost everywhere his songs, this becomes one of his trademark.
  • I Minored in Tropology: He is a major... in sociology.
  • Larynx Dissonance
  • Let's Duet: No, not with hyadaruko, really, a number of his songs in 20112012 are duet song with several musicians and seiyuus.
    • Solo Duet: Any songs with Hyadaruko fall into this trope, but played straight in "Start It Right Away". In the music video, however, the answer part is played by someone named Hyad.
  • Lucky Charms Title: Many of his songs feature a ☆ star symbol somewhere else, to name a few, "Hyadain no Kakakata☆kataomoi-C", "Koko☆Natsu", "Shooting☆Smile" and "Happy☆Happy Sunday!".
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Justified as he uses a digital voice modifier.
  • Medley: His "Hyadain Quest" and "Momoiro Kohaku Da Z!", a medley song for Momoiro Clover Z in Kohaku 2012 performance.
  • Never Trust a Title: "Samba De Toriko" isn't a samba, and has nothing to do with Toriko...
  • Pop-Star Composer
  • Rail Enthusiast: He's a founder of Stardust Train Club, a community of train lovers from his agency.
  • Record Producer: Specifically mentioned, he is an Idol producer. He was a producer for Natsuko Aso and Momoiro Clover Z and responsible for bringing their untarnished energetic and cheerful reputation. Now he is handling Dempagumi Inc.
  • Sequel Song: The boy that suffers unrequited love in "Kataomoi-C" finaly get a girlfriend in "Riajuu".
  • Shout-Out: As a Youtube commenter puts it:
    "I still love the fact that even after Hyadain got into the anime business, he still abuses the Yaranaika meme to no end."
    • In Dhalsim's portion of the "World Warrior" song, you can clearly hear the lyric "Gomu Gomu no Mi". Also, Zangief's section borrows one of the original Tetris background melodies.
  • Singer Namedrop: It's even dropped in the title.
  • Song Style Shift: This is how most of his works become distinctively fun, Momoiro Clover Z's "Mirai Bowl" is a good example.
  • Song Parody: "Kataomoi-C" self parodied two times in 20112012 album, first is "Kataomoi-F" which is basically a Truck Driver's Gear Change vocals from C to F (the pun on the title, duh), and "Kataomoi-Bon" sung by a drunk man in Karaoke outlet.
  • Spoken Word in Music: Also one of his trademark.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: A lot of people don't know that the "sexy woman" is actually just Hyadain with a voice program (likely to be Melodyne).
  • Stop and Go: "Xmas? I don't know such a thing!!".
  • Summon Backup Dancers: Many of his music videos.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Hamigaki".
  • Take That: He is currently producing another six color-coded idol group, Dempagumi.Inc, and created most of their singles. This is an obvious take that to Momoiro Clover Z's management after he had a problem with them.
  • Title by Number: His first album is titled 20112012, a reference to many of his major works that started in 2011.
  • Title Theme Tune: Hyadain is an expert in this, he is responsible for respective idol's main theme songs that listener will unlikely forget, The lyrics tend to describe what kind of idols they are and list the members.
    • Primary examples are Momoclo's "Kaitou Shojo" and "Z Densetsu" (the latter are the updated theme after the group lineup change), Ebichu's "Ebizori Diamond" and Dempagumi's "W.W.D".
    • Actually this practice has been carried out throughout since his Youtube mixing days, almost all of his youtube remixes lyrics are Expository Theme Tune.
    • He wrote Sphere's "Ding Dong! Ding Dong!" for their fourth album, where each member get to showcase their respective preferred solo genre (rock, J-pop, pop, and opera) all in the same song. It became the only song from that album to be voted in by fans to their Greatest Hits collection only a few months later.

Alternative Title(s):

Kenichi Mayamada