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Monday, June 18, 2018

Oira song list


Available for download and playable on iOS and Android devices on April 1 2018 only, the Oira (オイラ) app is part of the April Fools 2018 shenanigans for Cygames' hit mobile RPG Granblue Fantasy. The ominous dimly-lit face on the title screen is that of "Oira"(オイラ), the wonky humanoid form of GF's series mascot and dragon Vyrn (ビィ) as seen in some official media like the 4-koma comics and past April Fools events. The visual premise is to roll "Oira" into a Don-chan-like drum shape (sometimes with uber-buff arms and legs), and giving all notes the "Oira" face as well.

The game features actually playable Taiko no Tatsujin-style notecharts for 15 songs from the Granblue Fantasy series. Songs that already appeared in actual Taiko no Tatsujin (Kimi to Boku no Mirai and Sora no Michishirube) also get exclusive notecharts just for this game. Unlike most modern Taiko no Tatsujin games though, most songs only have two to three difficulties. Each song either comes with a set of fully choreographed custom dancers, or features a tense battle between the Drum Master-class character and a fearsome GF enemy. After each play, you also have a choice to share your performance on your social media, with special result-image template exclusive to each difficulty (not just each song).

There is good evidence that instead of just a one-way mock-up by the GF makers, this game is also recognized by Taiko Team: Cygames has openly stated that the app is made in supervision by Bandai Namco Entertainment in an official news post, and BNE is also listed as a "Special Thanks" in the ending credits. Kinda puts it into perspective when 2018 was the most underwhelming April Fools Taiko no Tatsujin has had for years.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin Original Soundtrack - Ramune

太鼓の達人 オリジナルサウンドトラック ラムネ

The sub-titled Ramune (ラムネ) is the 4th Taiko-related official soundtrack from 2018, as well as the mid-way point of the City Connection/Clarice Disc's 8-album collection deal about the Taiko franchise's recent history. The official description of this album mention the presence of many 'killer tunes' for the joy of high-difficulty Oni fans, alongside the works of many composers who are recurrent in other music game series.

In actuality, inside the album are enclosed groups of Namco Originals who are tied to different artists in particular, alongside other miscellaneous arcade Taiko debuts. The post-No Mai series works of Zeami/Tatsh are grouped in the Ramune soundtrack, alongside the more recent works from Yura Hatsuki, Sariya-jin, AJURIKA and t+pazolite. Like the Takoyaki album before it, this soundtrack bears no long versions of sorts.

Song of the Week! 16 June 2018

With two new album tracklist reveals for this closing week, here's another double feature starring one song from each of the newly-unveiled releases!

Friday, June 15, 2018

[NSwitch] - The Placeholder Website Update

Yes, the official website for Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version has updated today (June 15), but there is little to be excited about. So before we go back to the more exhilarating stuff like Songs of the Week and Lyrics Features, here is a quick rundown:
  • More minigames are announced by name, including the 2v2 Omikoshi Battle (おみこしバトル), the slurpy rush of Janjan Wanko Soba (ジャンジャンわんこそば) and the glamorous follow-the-leader-style KABUKI.
  • The minigames have higher difficulties unlocking from completing the easier ones, and also being one key way to unlock Performance Characters.
  • The game is going to be playable on TV, handheld and tabletop modes for all your single- and multiplayer needs. But like, you have seen all of them in the main PV already.
  • Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version is starting to run the expo floors as it closes in to the release, first with Next-gen World Hobby Fair '18 Summer on June 23-24. Play the trial version and get the limited sticker gift:

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin Original Soundtrack: Ramune

Thanks once again to Deadwantsha from the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord for staying ever so vigilant on the Amazon "forests" and finding that Namco has uploaded another preliminary item entry for the eight-wave soundtrack project with Clarice Disc.

The fourth soundtrack is subtitled Ramune (ラムネ), expected to release on July 11 and is said to host 31 "cool & sparkling killer tunes, centering around works from popular artists active in music games and more". That description alone should be enough for you to guess half the track list correctly, or at least which artist they mean. In fact, before you go through the skip and check the full track list, try to name as many songs you can guess and see how many you are correct.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

[AC0] - Midsummer Afterthoughts on Issho ni Waiwai Ensou

Issho ni Waiwai Ensou updates are usually pretty low in priority on our radar. Heck, we haven't even updated Issho ni Waiwai Ensou list since last October. But at one week after the latest update to Blue ver., turns out there is enough for a featurette here.
and no Asia hasn't got the update yet

Namco Original, Finally! 
The Issho ni Waiwai Ensou mode aims more at passersby at arcades wanting a fun time with pals and family, so most hardcore Taiko songs are not supported until now. The first batch of Namco Originals to hit the mode are Nightmare Survivor (above), Antonio, Boku wa Synth, Break Line and Hello! Halloween. Yup, only five for now. :(

Do remember that in Issho ni Waiwai Ensou the notechart will adjust to your performance like a less-conspicuous Path Divergence (or Parappa the Rapper 2, if you may). And of course the clear status are not recorded.

Lucky Notes l'amore
While not encountered in the above video, AC0 did add a new heart-shaped Lucky Notes for outside collaborative efforts like Pop Team Epic and IDOLiSH7. Be blessed for your romantic, familial or friendly affection by getting a Good rating on it (in a placebo effect kind of way).

Monday, June 11, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin Original Soundtrack - Takoyaki

太鼓の達人 オリジナルサウンドトラック たこやき

The third of the eight official Taiko albums from 2018's City Connection/Clarice Disc project is the Takoyaki (たこやき), whose official description lists "pop songs you want to hum to yourself, from console game story mode exclusives to popular Vocaloid songs and so on".

By "Vocaloid songs" the selection means less of Hall of Fame-worthy licensed hits (actually none at all), but more on past CreoFUGA contest winners and later exclusive spawns. This includes an almost complete anthology for Harunaba in Taiko no Tatsujin ever since his contest-running days. The rest of the selection features recent console debuts from Vita1, 3DS2 and WiiU2, as well as artists and creators featured in more recent Namco Originals such as You'll Melt More, Mariko Takei and Sariya-jin.