【Vocaloid Composer/Illustrator/DJ】鼻そうめんP (HanaSoumenP)/かんざきひろ (KANZAKI hiro)/Hiroyuki ODA

Image used for YOUTHFUL DAYS' GRAFFITI. Click to enlarge.

鼻そうめんP (HanaSoumenP) is a popular Vocaloid composer best known for songs such as インカーネイション (Incarnation) and YOUTHFUL DAYS’ GRAFFITI. In addition to being HanaSoumenP (whom I will now refer to as HSP), he is also a professional illustrator and animator known as かんざきひろ (KANZAKI hiro), which is his real name and actual profession. As well, he is a trance producer by the name of Hiroyuki ODA, and has garnered international recognition due to being acknowledged by famous Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren. HSP’s birthday is on May 5th, 1978, had wanted to play H-games before he turned 18, uses a Mac, and the only thing on his desk besides his computer are a set of speakers.

Note: I will refer to him with each of his three names depending on the subject, but keep in mind that HSP (Vocaloid composer) = kanzaki hiro (Illustrator/Animator) = Hiroyuki ODA (Trance producer).

In keeping with his DJ works, HSP’s Vocaloid music is also of the trance genre, although he has also forayed into the Eurobeat genre with YOUTHFUL DAYS’ GRAFFITI. His work is characterized by long intros, self-drawn illustrations of Miku for his songs’ videos, and generally long song length (most songs are 7+ minutes long). Despite composing songs with such strong synths and background intrumentals, Miku’s voice is not always vocoded, and the tuning for her voice is quite impeccable, an example being プラグアウト (Plug Out). Also, HSP’s P name comes from a comment he wrote on his video description after getting 4th in the niconico Rankings for the day, in which he said “うわああ気がついたら総合4位、ありがとうございます。思わず鼻からそうめん出ました。” (Uwaaa Just noticed that this got 4th overall, thank you. I couldn’t keep the white noodles from coming out of my nose.) Therefore, HanaSoumenP’s name translates literally to “NoseNoodlesP”.

Image used for Incarnation. Click to enlarge.

kanzaki hiro’s illustration style is completely of the currently popular moe-style, with huge eyes, bright colours, and ver very cute expressions. What is distinctive about kanzaki hiro’s style is that his characters have pretty big, featureless mouths, extremely lively, cheerful, and energetic poses and expressions, and simple and round eyes. As well, colours are usually very vibrant, and the black outlines are very clean and thin. (Brush size for outlines is about 4-5px, usually.) His representative illustration work is for the light novel 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawai Wake ga Nai/My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute). In addition to being an illustrator, his full-time job is actually working as an animator for studio BONES.

Hiroyuki ODA is a Trance/Progressive producer, and is known internationally to a lot of Trance music fans due to having his song “Transmigration” be named “Tune of the Week” on Armin van Buuren‘s radio show “A State of Trance“. What actually happened was that after Hiroyuki ODA posted his song on his website to share, Sevensenses recordings’ DJ Matsunaga heard it and asked him if he would play at his house. DJ Matsunaga then put Hiroyuki ODA’s song on a CD to give to Armin van Buuren while he was on tour in Japan, and that’s how van Buuren came into contact with Hiroyuki ODA’s works. Hiroyuki ODA, being one of the very few Japanese Trance producers at the time, became popular and armada music (van Buuren’s label) released Hiroyuki ODA’s tracks on a vinyl record and sold it on the web. His tracks can also be purchased through iTunes. A funny thing about the vinyl is that Hiroyuki ODA’s parents bought themselves a copy as they found it through searching his name on the internet.

Some other facts you probably don’t care about include that HSP uses Ableton Live 8, was first exposed to Eurobeat when he was at a field trip to hot springs in elementary school, and his music interests went from Eurobeat (late 80’s to early 90’s), Techno (Late 90’s), and then Trance and House music (Y2K to Current).

Essential Works – Vocaloid:
1. インカーネイション (Incarnation) (niconico link)
2. YOUTHFUL DAYS’ GRAFFITI (niconico link)
3. プラグアウト (Plugout) (niconico link) **Recommended**

Blog: http://nekomimi.tabgraphics.under.jp/ (Japanese)
Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=27557
Piapro: http://piapro.jp/tabg
HanaSoumenP’s Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/9594806
Youtube Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=0E33AF2DF358D083
Interview with ASCII.jp: http://ascii.jp/elem/000/000/413/413221/ (Japanese)
Hiroyuki ODA Discogs.com entry: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Hiroyuki+Oda