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A sample of a cover song by Buzz Panda
"Hello/How Are You" -Acoustic ver.-, composed by Nanou, arranged by Buzz Panda

Buzz Panda (ばずぱんだ), known professionally as Kikuchi Ryota (キクチリョウタ, Ryota Kikuchi), is a singer-songwriter and utaite with a soft, calming, mid-range voice. He is known for covering songs with acoustic guitar arrangements, which tend to add a boy-next-door sort of feel.

While he is well-known for his acoustic covers, the vast majority of his original songs also have solely acoustic arrangements - as such, some of his original songs, especially "Blue", are fairly popular among aspiring guitarists. He occasionally provides off vocals of his acoustic arrangements for other utaite to use, some of which can be found on his piapro.

He is good friends with other indie musicians such as Oshiba Hiroki (also known on NND as the composer Moja/もじゃ) and shoikeue, and often performs at concerts with them. As Kikuchi Ryota, he has released 4 mini albums to date. At the time of their initial release, all of his albums were released independently, and were only available through mail order.

On March 01, 2013, he announced that he had signed a record deal with the indie label Strobe Music. In the same announcement, he stated that he was working on a new mini album (later revealed to be titled "Blue"), and that his previous albums will be re-released and available for sale on the Strobe Music website.[3]

As Kikuchi Ryota, he has since become the "official" vocalist for indie musician and former VOCALOID producer Fullkawa Honpo, and has provided vocals for his singles "SKIRT" and "STORYWRITER", as well as for his third studio album, "SOUP".

Affiliations and Collaboration ProjectsEdit

  1. The Waltz of Anomalies (Released on September 28, 2011)
  2. Girlfriend From Kyoto (Released on November 07, 2012)
  3. (I'M)HOME e.p (Fullkawa Honpo album) (Released on August 07, 2013)
  4. Hail against the barn door with Chibita and Fullkawa Honpo (Released on October 22, 2014)

List of Covered SongsEdit

  1. "*tear*" Nv -two-step remix- (2009.12.25)
  2. "Starduster" Nv (2010.01.09) (Taken down on NND)
  3. "girlfriend" Nv (2010.01.26) (Taken down on NND)
  4. "Kawaranai Mono" Nv (Things That Will Never Change) -Acoustic ver.- (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo main theme) (2010.02.14)
  5. "girlfriend" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2010.03.07)
  6. "Alice" Nv -Acoustic ver.- feat. Buzz Panda and Sukebe (2010.03.23)
  7. "*tear*" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2010.04.16)
  8. "Yukimine" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2010.05.02)
  9. "Piano Lesson" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2010.05.28)
  10. "Bye-Bye Lover" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2010.06.24)
  11. "Hello/How Are You" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2010.07.22)
  12. "rain stops, good bye" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2010.08.27)
  13. "Starduster" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2010.09.15)
  14. "dot" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (Hata Motohiro song) (2010.10.04) (Taken down on NND)
  15. "Sayonara Midnight" -Live at Osaka Mrs. Dolphin ver.- (Oshiba Hiroki song) (2010.11.09) (YT only)
  16. "Negaigoto" (Wishes) -Live At Osaka Mrs. Dolphin- (2010.11.09) (YT only)
  17. "Super Nova" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2011.02.03)
  18. "Kokoro no Te" (Hands of the Heart) (Original) (2011.03.14) (YT only)
  19. "Vidro" Nv (Original with NioP) (Part of the NNI Original Album 『&』) (2011.04.02)
  20. "Itsuka no Hanashi" (Someday's Conversation) -Live At Kobe- (2011.07.06) (YT only)
  21. "Shin'on" (Heartbeat) -Live At Kobe- (2011.07.06) (YT only)
  22. "Bokura no Rhythm" (Our Rhythm) -Live At Kobe- (2011.07.06) (YT only)
  23. "Zutto Sono Mama" (Always, Like This) -Live At Kobe- (2011.07.06) (YT only)
  24. "Nijiiro no Oto" (Rainbow Sound) -Live At Kobe- (2011.07.06) (YT only)
  25. "Calc." Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2011.07.16)
  26. "Shin'on" (Heartbeat) (Original) (2011.11.19) (YT only)
  27. "Guriguri Megane to Gekkouchuu" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2011.12.08)
  28. "Karakuri Pierrot" Nv (Mechanical Pierrot) -Acoustic ver.- (2012.02.01)
  29. "Hanare, Banare" Nv (To Leave, And Separate) -Acoustic ver.- (2012.03.01)
  30. "Ai no Uta" Nv (Song of Love) -Acoustic ver.- (Pikmin image song) (2012.04.18)
  31. "Souzou Forest" Nv (Imagination Forest) -Acoustic ver.- (2012.04.27)
  32. "Bungaku Shounen no Yuuutsu" Nv (The Melancholy of the Young Literature Boy) -Acoustic ver.- (2012.07.23)
  33. "Just Be Friends" Nv -Acoustic ver.- (2012.09.21)
  34. "Nee." Nv (Hey.) -Acoustic ver.- (2013.02.06)
  35. "Hikarabita Bus Hitotsu" Nv (One Dried-Up Bus) (Yonezu Kenshi song) -Acoustic ver.- (2013.04.10)
  36. "Skirt" (Original with Fullkawa Honpo) (2013.08.02) (YT only)
  37. "Sayonara, Mata ne" (Original) (2013.08.09) (YT only)
  38. "Storywriter" (Original with Fullkawa Honpo) (2013.09.03) (YT only)
  39. "HOME" (Original with Fullkawa Honpo) (2013.10.01) (YT only)
  40. "Sayonara Midnight" Nv (Oshiba Hiroki song) -Acoustic ver.- (2013.12.28)
  41. "Lion Heart" Nv (SMAP song) -Arrange ver.- feat. Buzz Panda and Chomaiyo (2014.09.20)
  42. "21g" Nv (Original with Fullkawa Honpo) feat. Kikuchi Ryota, Chibita and Fullkawa Honpo (2014.09.24)


Songs on SoundCloudEdit

  1. "Yasashii Neiro" (Gentle Tone) -Acoustic ver.- (2013.08.31)


DiscographyEdit












GalleryEdit

Buzzpandatwitter1
Buzz Panda, as seen in his former Twitter icon
Illust. by horos
Buzzpanda
Buzz Panda, as seen in his user icon
Buzzpandatwitter2
Buzz Panda as seen on Twitter
Ryouta x ryou
Matsuda Ryo (left) and Buzz Panda (right), as seen in real life


TriviaEdit

  • He has stated that he doesn't mind either way whether his fans call him Buzz Panda or Kikuchi Ryota, citing his belief that what people call him doesn't change who he is or how he sings.[4]
  • He was born in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, and moved to Tokyo on his own in 2010 at the age of 18.[5][6]
  • He first got into music after joining the keion-bu (light music club) at his high school on a whim; and decided to pursue playing the guitar after watching his friend play electric guitar and thinking it looked "pretty cool". However, he was not the club's vocalist, and had never sung in public before being pushed to sing one verse of a song at a school festival. He describes his classmates as doing "a bit of a double take" in response.[6]
  • His favorite foods are dried yam snacks (芋ケンピ, imokenpi), and describes his consumption of them as an obsession.[6]
  • His favorite actress is Anne Hathaway, and considers her to be his "type". In addition, his current favorite song is her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the 2012 film version of Les Misérables.[6]
  • He is a big fan of the movie Toy Story; in fact, his name is derived from a combination of Buzz Lightyear (a character in the Toy Story franchise) and his panda phone charm.[5]
  • He has been close friends with the actor Matsuda Ryo since they were in the same class in high school.[7]

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