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Background information
Also known asGenjitsutouhi-P (現実逃避P)
Born(1987-11-04)November 4, 1987
Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
DiedApril 5, 2019(2019-04-05) (aged 31)
Occupation(s) Composer, lyricist, arranger, vocalist, guitarist
Instruments Hatsune Miku, Fender Telecaster
Years active2009 - 2019
Labels Balloom
Associated actsHitorie

Wowaka (stylized as wowaka, Japanese : ヲワカ; November 4, 1987 April 5, 2019), [1] also known as Genjitsutouhi-P (現実逃避P), was a Japanese musician best known for his Vocaloid music and his vocalist role in the band hitorie. He has made many internationally acclaimed songs in the Vocaloid industry, and is considered highly influential. [2]

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Vocaloid singing synthesizer by Yamaha

Vocaloid is a singing voice synthesizer software. Its signal processing part was developed through a joint research project led by Kenmochi Hideki at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain in 2000 and was not originally intended to be a full commercial project. Backed by the Yamaha Corporation, it developed the software into the commercial product "Vocaloid".

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Wowaka was born in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan on November 4, 1987. [1] He was interested in joining rock bands since his middle school, starting as a guitarist, he joined bands in his high school and college. He was an alumni of University of Tokyo, and was the leader of the music club "Toudai Onkan"(東大音感). [3] In college, he began composing original musics for his band. [4]

Kagoshima Prefecture Prefecture of Japan

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Wowaka's first contact with Vocaloid music was in December 2008, when he listened to livetune's song Last Night, Good Night. Taking a liking to the song, he was shocked to learn that this song was one-man's work. He then quit his band, and began creating Vocaloid music using Hatsune Miku in April 2009. [5] [6] Wowaka began his musical career in May 2009, by uploading his original Vocaloid music titled In the Gray Zone.(グレーゾーンにて。) to the Japanese video-sharing website Niconico Douga. In the video of In the Gray Zone, trying to convey the image of the song without using illustrations of Vocaloid characters, wowaka used his own drawing instead, and, for consistency, he kept this style in all his later Vocaloid works. [4] His songs published on Niconico are characterized by obscure lyrics depicting thoughts of young women in fast-paced melodies. [5] He has said that although he initially wanted to make music that can only be made using Vocaloid, he later realized the advantages of Vocaloid music. [7] He became known under the name "Genjitsu Touhi P" after writing in music descriptions the phrase "Escaping from reality, how nice!" (Japanese : 現実逃避って、いいよね!) [4]

Livetune is a Japanese electro band which formed in 2007 as a dōjin music circle signed to Toy's Factory. The band originally consisted of two members, Kz and Kajuki P, but Kajuki P left the band in March 2009. Livetune started out by making use of the Hatsune Miku singing synthesizer to produce vocals for songs submitted to the Nico Nico Douga video sharing website. The popularity of the songs led the band to release the independent album Re:package at Comiket 73 in December 2007. Livetune made its major debut with Victor Entertainment with the professional release of their Re:package album in August 2008, which was updated with more songs. Livetune began collaborating with other artists in 2009, and has since composed music for such artists as Kotoko, ClariS, Maon Kurosaki, and fellow dōjin musician Ryo of Supercell.

Hatsune Miku humanoid persona

Hatsune Miku is the name of a Vocaloid software voicebank developed by Crypton Future Media and its official moe anthropomorph, a 16-year-old girl with long, turquoise twintails. She uses Yamaha Corporation's Vocaloid 2, Vocaloid 3, and Vocaloid 4 singing synthesizing technologies. She also uses Crypton Future Media's Piapro Studio, a singing synthesizer VSTi Plugin. She was the second Vocaloid sold using the Vocaloid 2 engine and the first Japanese Vocaloid to use the Japanese version of the Vocaloid 2 engine. Her voice is modeled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita. Miku's personification has been marketed as a virtual idol and has performed at concerts onstage as an animated projection.

An online video platform (OVP), provided by a video hosting service, enables users to upload, convert, store and play back video content on the Internet, often via a structured, large-scale system that can generate revenue. Users generally will upload video content via the hosting service's website, mobile or desktop application, or other interface (API). The type of video content uploaded might be anything from shorts to full-length TV shows and movies. The video host stores the video on its server and offers users the ability to enable different types of embed codes or links that allow others to view the video content. The website, mainly used as the video hosting website, is usually called the video sharing website.

Wowaka's works gained particularly large popularity on Niconico Douga. After releasing his self-published album CDs, He help founded Balloom, an independent record label, along with other musicians popular on Niconico Douga, on March 4, 2011. His first Album under this label was Unhappy Refrain(アンハッピーリフレイン), which was released on May 18, 2011. [8] [9] His magna opera included Two-faced Lovers, World's End Dancehall, Rolling Girl, and Unhappy Refrain. [10]


Balloom is an independent Japanese record label that was created in 2011. Until 2013, it focused on releasing music by musicians who were popular on video streaming service Niconico Douga, especially those who used Vocaloid software, and people who created Dōjin music.

Wowaka was the composer and lyricist of And I'm Home, one of the ending theme songs of Puella Magi Madoka Magica . The song was released on August 24, 2011 along with the show's BD/DVD version.

<i>Puella Magi Madoka Magica</i> 2011 television anime and manga

Puella Magi Madoka Magica, commonly referred to as simply Madoka Magica, is a Japanese anime television series that was produced by Shaft and Aniplex. It was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and written by Gen Urobuchi, with original character designs by Ume Aoki, character design adaptation by Takahiro Kishida, and music by Yuki Kajiura. The story follows a group of female middle school students who choose to become magical girls and must battle surreal enemies called witches. They consequently learn of the anguish and perils associated with their new roles.

In 2011, he joined the rock band "hitorie" as the vocalist and guitarist, [1] and remained mainly active there. He released his last Vocaloid song Unknown Mother Goose(アンノウン・マザーグース) on August 22, 2017, about six years since his previous Vocaloid music. The song was created for Hatsune Miku's 10-year anniversary compilation album Re:Start. [11] On October 23, 2017, he released his own vocal cover version of the song under hitorie. [12]

Cover version later version of a song already established with a different earlier performer

In popular music, a cover version, cover song, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song.

In a 2017 interview, wowaka credits Hatsune Miku for getting him into making music. Commenting on his song Unknown Mother Goose, he said that "I heard the theme for [the Miku 10th anniversary] compilation is 'gratitude,' but personally, I made a song themed around love, [...] It's a bit embarrassing to say, but this is the first song I've ever made in my life themed around love. I never gave it a second of thought 10 years ago as I posted songs, but no matter how you look at it, Hatsune Miku is the one who got me to start music. Miku is sort of like a mother figure to me." [13] [14]


Wowaka died in his sleep on April 5, 2019 due to heart failure, at the age of 31. The death was announced on hitorie's website on April 8, 2019. [15] After his death, the band announced the cancellation of planned concert tours, and that it has not yet decided its future activities. [16] A private funeral was held by his family members. [1]


Various Vocaloid artists have made music with Wowaka as an inspiration. [13] His songs like "Rolling Girl" and "World's End Dancehall" are considered widely influential, and, along with other songs of his, inspired others to make covers and derivative works. [2] Musician Kenshi Yonezu, also known by his stage name Hachi when creating Vocaloid music, was a close friend of wowaka. After wowaka's death, Yonezu praised wowaka for having a deep impact on the concept of "Vocaloid-esque" music among Vocaloid creators, and that since his own music was also influenced by wowaka, he held his greatest respect for him. [17] Aiden Strawhun wrote on Kotaku that "For those who've been part of the Vocaloid community since Hatsune Miku's early days, Wowaka's name carries more than just the weight of nostalgia. It carries a teenage-angsty resonance thanks to songs such as the turbulent, cacophonic 'Rolling Girl.' [...] Where there is Hatsune Miku, there is Wowaka. [...] With his passing, we've not only lost a huge, immensely influential part of the community but a monumental part of our history. His work, though, will live on. Wowaka did more than create music for a generation. He created magic." [2]

Following his death, fans of Wowaka paid tribute to him on various social media to commemorate his musical and vocal capabilities. [18]


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak positions
the monochrome disc
World 0123456789
  • Released: February 7, 2010
  • Label: Hinichijou Records
  • Formats: CD
  • Released: November 14, 2010
  • Label: Hinichijou Records
  • Formats: CD
Unhappy Refrain(アンハッピーリフレイン)6
"—" denotes items which did not chart in that region.

Compilation Albums

TitleAlbum details
  • Released: December 2, 2009
  • Label: Exit Tunes
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: Zureteiku(ずれていく)
EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalolegend feat. Hatsune Miku(EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalolegend feat.初音ミク)
  • Released: January 20, 2010
  • Label: Exit Tunes
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: Two-Faced Lovers(裏表ラバーズ,Ura Omote Lovers)
  • Released: March 3, 2010
  • Label: Exit Tunes
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: Rolling Girl(ローリンガール)
LOiD-02 -postrock- LOiD's MiND
  • Released: March 17, 2010
  • Label: LOiD
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: delayed verb
EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalogenesis feat. Hatsune Miku(EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalogenesis feat.初音ミク)
  • Released: May 19, 2010
  • Label: Exit Tunes
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: Rolling Girl(ローリンガール)
VOCAROCK collection feat. 初音ミク
  • Released: July 21, 2010
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: World's End Dancehall(ワールズエンド・ダンスホール)
Niconico Touhou Kenbunroku Genkyokushuu(ニコニコ東方見聞録 原曲集)
  • Released: January 5, 2011
  • Label: BinaryMixx Records
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: World's End Dancehall(ワールズエンド・ダンスホール)
Letters to U
  • Released: April 20, 2011
  • Label: Aniplex
  • Formats: CD
  • Composer and arranger
"Niconico Touhou Kenbunroku" Utattemita -Cast Vocal shuu-(「ニコニコ東方見聞録」歌ってみた 〜キャストボーカル集〜)
  • Released: April 27, 2011
  • Label: BinaryMixx Records
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: World's End Dancehall(ワールズエンド・ダンスホール)
VOCALOID BEST from Niconico Douga (Red)(VOCALOID BEST from ニコニコ動画 (あか))
  • Released: June 22, 2011
  • Label: Sony Music Direct
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: World's End Dancehall(ワールズエンド・ダンスホール)
V.I.P Append(Marasy plays Vocaloid Instrumental on Piano)
  • Released: July 27, 2011
  • Label: Dwango
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: World's End Dancehall(ワールズエンド・ダンスホール)
antinotice/hanabira(「antinotice」 /「花弁」)
  • Released: August 17, 2011
  • Label: Toy's Factory
  • Formats: CD
  • Composer and lyricist
Hatsune Miku - Project DIVA - extended Complete Collection(初音ミク-Project DIVA- extend Complete Collection)
  • Released: November 9, 2011
  • Label: Sony Music Direct
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: Rolling Girl(ローリンガール), Two-Faced Lovers(裏表ラバーズ,Ura Omote Lovers)
Kaeshi uta(かえしうた)
  • Released: November 30, 2011
  • Label: dmARTS
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: World's End Dancehall(ワールズエンド・ダンスホール)
Hatsune Miku DANCE REMIX Vol.1(初音ミク DANCE REMIX Vol.1)
  • Released: February 22, 2012
  • Label: Aniplex
  • Formats: CD
  • Composer and arranger
  • Released: May 9, 2012
  • Label: Royal Records
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: Rolling Girl(ローリンガール)
Hatsune Miku 5th Birthday Best - Impacts -(初音ミク 5thバースデー ベスト〜impacts〜)
  • Released: August 1, 2012
  • Label: Dwango
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: Two-Faced Lovers(裏表ラバーズ,Ura Omote Lovers)
Yuukei Sekai Reconstruction(有形世界リコンストラクション)
  • Released: October 17, 2012
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: Two-Faced Lovers(裏表ラバーズ,Ura Omote Lovers)
  • Released: October 31, 2012
  • Label: dmARTS
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: Unhappy Refrain(アンハッピーリフレイン)
Hatsune Miku - Project DIVA - F Complete Collection(初音ミク -Project DIVA- F Complete Collection)
  • Released: March 6, 2013
  • Label: Sony Music Direct
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: Unhappy Refrain(アンハッピーリフレイン), World's End Dancehall(ワールズエンド・ダンスホール)
  • Released: October 30, 2013
  • Label: Aniplex
  • Formats: CD
  • Composer, arranger, lyricist
HATSUNE MIKU 10th Anniversary Album「Re:Start」
  • Released: August 30, 2017
  • Label: Dwango
  • Formats: CD
  • Song featured: Unknown Mother Goose(アンノウン・マザーグース)

Vocaloid songs

List of Vocaloid songs uploaded to Niconico Douga under the names wowaka and Genjitsu Touhi-P, and the Vocaloids they were sung by.
In the Gray Zone(グレーゾーンにて。,Gray Zone nide)
(Hatsune Miku)
2009First musical work.
Two-Faced Lovers(裏表ラバーズ,Ura Omote Lovers)
(Hatsune Miku)
Sixth work. Received over 1,000,000 views.
Rolling Girl(ローリンガール)
(Hatsune Miku)
2010Received over 1,000,000 views.
World's End Dancehall(ワールズエンド・ダンスホール)
(Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka)
Received over 1,000,000 views.
Unhappy Refrain(アンハッピーリフレイン)
(Hatsune Miku)
2011Received over 1,000,000 views.
Unknown Mother Goose(アンノウン・マザーグース)
(Hatsune Miku)
2017Received over 1,000,000 views. Last Vocaloid song before his death.

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