Kenichiro Fukui (福井 健一郎, Fukui Ken'ichirō) is a Japanese video game music composer, arranger, and performer notable in the Final Fantasy community for his work as the keyboardist of the Black Mages, of which, along with Tsuyoshi Sekito, he is a founding member.
Fukui joined Square after in 1995 after having made his game music debut at Konami in 1991. Teaming up with Sekito, after recording the experimental All Star Pro-Wrestling soundtrack in a rock style, he worked on the hard-rock arrangement of ten battle themes of the Final Fantasy series. Nobuo Uematsu, impressed by their prowess and being a long-time rock fan, decided to form the Black Mages, serving initially as the band's producer in order to show the public the arrangements.
Fukui, a very prolific musician, has worked on several projects within an without Square Co., Ltd. and Square Enix. He was the lead composer and synthesizer operator of 2006's externally developed shooter Project Sylpheed, working along with Junya Nakano, as well as others. Around the same time, he contributed the arrangement of "This is the Final Battle" performed by the Black Mages for the bonus tracks in the Final Fantasy III: Original Soundtrack. Fukui was also responsible for arranging the English version of Angela Aki's "Kiss Me Good-Bye" for Final Fantasy XII. He also worked on Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, adequating via arrangements some of the tracks by Hitoshi Sakimoto on the game's prequel. Working with Nakano once again, he conventionally arranged approximately a third of the musical themes included in the DS version of Final Fantasy IV; notably, he arranged the game's "Theme of Love" into Megumi Ida's song "Tsuki no Akari".
In October of 2007 he left Square Enix to become a lecturer, although he still works with the Black Mages.
|Directors and Producers|
|Hiroyuki Itō - Yoshinori Kitase - Yasumi Matsuno - Shinji Hashimoto - Hironobu Sakaguchi - Shintaro Takai - Takayoshi Nakazato - Motomu Toriyama - Toshirō Tsuchida - Kazuhiko Aoki - Akitoshi Kawazu|
|Artists and Art Directors|
|Yoshitaka Amano - Toshiyuki Itahana - Ryōma Itō - Hideo Minaba - Hiroshi Minagawa - Yusuke Naora - Tetsuya Nomura - Akira Oguro - Kaori Tanaka - Akihiko Yoshida - Airi Yoshioka|
|Sound and Music|
|The Black Mages - Nobuo Uematsu - Hitoshi Sakimoto -Eiji Nakamura - Masashi Hamauzu - Junya Nakano - Kenichiro Fukui - Kumi Tanioka - Masaharu Iwata - Máire Breatnach - Minoru Akao - Shiro Sagisu - Shirō Hamaguchi - Tsuyoshi Sekito - Takeharu Ishimoto - Yoko Shimomura|
|Alexander O. Smith - Ted Woolsey|
|Daisuke Watanabe - Takashi Katano - Takashi Tokita - Takeshi Nozue - Teruaki Sugawara - Hiroshi Kuwabara - Kazushige Nojima - Ken Narita - Koji Sugimoto|
|Battle Theme - Boss Theme - Chocobo's Theme - Dungeon - Final Boss Theme - Opening Theme - Prelude - Town Theme - Victory Fanfare|
|Final Fantasy I & II - Final Fantasy III - Final Fantasy IV - Final Fantasy V - Final Fantasy VI - Final Fantasy VII - Final Fantasy VIII - Final Fantasy IX - Final Fantasy X - Final Fantasy X-2 - Final Fantasy XI - Final Fantasy XII - Final Fantasy XIII - Advent Children - Last Order & Before Crisis - Dirge of Cerberus - Crisis Core - Final Fantasy Tactics - Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - Final Fantasy Tactics A2 - Crystal Chronicles - Ring of Fates - My Life as a King & My Life as a Darklord - The Spirits Within - Mystic Quest - Dissidia|
|"Eyes on Me" - "Melodies of Life" - "Suteki da ne" - "Real Emotion" - "1000 Words" - "Distant Worlds" - "Kiss Me Good-Bye" - "Kimi ga Iru Kara" - "My Hands - "Moonless Starry Night" - "Starry Moonlit Night" - "Calling" - "Longing" - "Redemption" - "Why" - "The Messenger"|
|"Main Theme" (Final Fantasy) - "Main Theme" (Final Fantasy II) - "Eternal Wind" - Final Fantasy IV Main Theme - "Main Theme of Final Fantasy V" - "Terra" - Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII - "Theme of CRISIS CORE" - "Blue Fields" - "Over the Hills" - "Zanarkand" - "Eternity: Memory of Lightwaves" - "Vana'diel March" - " Opening Movie" - "Somnus" - "Hero's Theme" - "Main Theme" (Final Fantasy Tactics Advance) - "Summer Vacation" - "Sound of the Wind" - "The Messenger"|
|"Kurayaminokumo" - "Battle with Golbez's Four Emperors" - "Zeromus" - "Clash on the Big Bridge" - "Neo Exdeath" - "Decisive Battle" - "The Fierce Battle" - "Dancing Mad" - "Those Who Fight" - "Those Who Fight Further" - "J-E-N-O-V-A" - "Jenova Absolute" - "Birth of a God" - "One-Winged Angel" - "Longing" - "SOLDIER Battle" - "Force Your Way" - "The Man with the Machine Gun" - "Maybe I'm a Lion" - "The Extreme" - "Hunter's Chance" - "Dark Messenger" - "Grand Cross" - "Otherworld" - "Decisive Battle" - "The Battle for Freedom" - "The Pervert" - "Altima, the Perfect Body" - "Surpassing the Wall" - "Incarnation" - "Cosmos" - "Chaos"|
|Angela Aki - Ayaka - Bill Muir - Emiko Shiratori - Faye Wong - Gackt - Izumi Masuda - Kazco Hamano - Koda Kumi - Leona Lewis - Máire Breatnach - Megumi Ida - Risa Ohki - RIKKI - Sayuri Sugawara - Svetla Krasteva - Takeharu Ishimoto - Tomoaki Watanabe - Your Favorite Enemies|
|The Black Mages: Tsuyoshi Sekito - Kenichiro Fukui - Michio Okamiya - Arata Hanyuda - Keiji Kawamori|
|Masashi Hamauzu - Masaharu Iwata - Junya Nakano - Shiro Sagisu - Hitoshi Sakimoto - Yoko Shimomura - Kumi Tanioka - Nobuo Uematsu|