Monday, January 16, 2017

Behind the Drums: Takeshi Shimajima


Takeshi Shimajima (耒嶋丈晴) has joined the Taiko Team in 2003 (sometime during the production of the 5th main-line arcade) and since then he's been put in charge of the note-charting creation for a wide number of songs (more than 120, according to a Taiko Team interview). As years went by, he coined the Kijikiji (キジキジ) Notecharter Sentai nickname for himself as well as being put in charge of the directing duties for a number of portable Taiko titles. His working portfolio in the team also includes the role of director for the first Wii U title of the series, for which he also curated the official announcements being put in the related Miiverse page under the nick of Kijima (キジマ).

From his charting beginnings with the iconic Soul Calibur II to this day, Takeshi has been seen at work on 8* Oni songs the most, putting a bigger focus on Don/Kat note alternations for handswitching segments and to aim for the creation of an accompaniment scenario that can better project the feelings of the people playing his charts for the songs they love the most.

Behind the Drums: Kubo Kenichiro

Kubo Kenichiro (久保賢一朗) joined Bandai Namco as a Taiko Team member in 2006, between the creation of Taiko 8 and PSP's Portable 2. Aside from his glasses and peculiar hairstyle, he's renowned in the Taiko Team for being a fan of idol producing and board games, two traits that earned him some roles in the iDOLM@STER series' development in the following years. One of the more-flexible Taiko Team supervisors, Kubo has taken a wide number of roles since his hiring, both in-series and in general music series talk, with him being credited as the co-composer of several arrangements in Donkey Konga 2, together with the nick-named Jesahm (自営山).

Aside from his plan to make as many surprise cameos as possible during the Taiko Team's livestream sessions, he's a long-time charter that signs his creations under the pen name of Kuboken (くぼけん). While mostly handling songs in the 6-to-8 Oni ballpark, he loves all difficulty ranges in the series without discrimination while weighting the most suitable notechart perks to assign to each, from special combo counters to repeating patterns in different permutations and difficulty spikes in otherwise Full Combo-manageable songs (his favorite quirk!). With the transition to Nicovideo livestreams for the Taiko Team, Kuboken's nickname for his subsequent cameos has been replaced with a more generic Don-Chan (どんちゃん) label, as it turned out that the Japanese video-hosting service treats くぼけん as an NG word for user comment means!

[RANDOM] Bandai Namco's Happy New Taiko Year

...okay, the New Year's Eve celebrations have already come and gone, but it's nevertheless interesting to spotlight the most recent NYE card from Bandai Namco, as the 2017 version is starring Don-Chan! Being the Chinese Year of the Rooster, the drum buddy is also sporting a suiting outfit to the coming 12-month cycle.

Shoutout to the 8-4 blog for this find!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Across Japan: Fresh Starts for a Fresh Year: January Facebook Tournament

This Facebook Tournament is like a fresh batch of cookies: it uses new songs like you use new ingredients to bake them. Happy New Year!

Facebook Tournament: January 14~22 2017
No Gravity (Oni ★10)
ゴーストルール Ghost Rule (Muzukashii ★7)
   DECO*27 feat. 初音ミク Hatsune Miku

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Song of the Week! 14 January 2017

Starting from a user request, here are a couple of songs that have been playable in the series since the 4th Taiko no Tatsujin arcade release! See you after the jump.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Taiko no Tatsujin Now DECISIVELY Coming to Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch presentation has went and gone... and despite us being caught in the fake news hurricane earlier this week, we're back to talk about it due to some officially-confirmed development!

At the bottom of the Japanese Nintendo website page that is dedicated to the upcoming software lineup for the Nintendo Switch (reference link here), it's possible -in fact- to find out that the oh-so-much-familiar Taiko no Tatsujin logo is appearing among the other big names. Also take note that after the press conference reveal of this console being a region-free platform (meaning that all consoles will be able to play titles from any side of the globe regardless of their system's geographical provenience), this upcoming (and still un-named) title for the Switch will most assuredly become the very first home console game in the series that can be played in all major continental areas!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog 2 (12 January 2017) - Want to Hear More? Notecharter Interview 10

The Taiko Team's family of features is turning into double digits! For this occasion, Yamaguchi is back with an interview to rookie Taiko Team notecharter Arihotto (アリーホット).