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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Song of the Week! 24 February 2018


Today on our spotlight are a couple of licensed picks that I'd like to classify as 'Song Series False Friends', with titles hinting to well-established Namco Original song series that are instead J-Pop tracks that have no relation with the actual Taiko no Tatsujin song series tropes and its composers.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Noushou Sakuretsu Girl Lyrics



Composer: Sasaki Kouhei (佐々木貢平) @ rerulili (れるりり) / ToushahiP (当社比P)
Vocals: Hatsune Miku, Megpoid GUMI

*credts to the Vocaloid Lyrics Wikia for the English translation of the song!*

Thursday, February 22, 2018

First Video: Rurou no Koakuhime



 Rurou no Kohakuhime (流浪の琥珀姫) (3/4/5/8; 495 notes on Oni)

February's DLC song pack for Session de Dodon ga Don has brought up a new Namco Original track from the recurring composer/singer couple of Drop and Yura Hatsuki, as testified by a tweet left from the singer herself last year (link)!

On the difficulty spectrum, this one fares on the average side of things, with the predominant 1/16 notecharting and 3/4 beat stanzas being the signature features of its Oni mode.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Game Music Showcase - Genpei Toma Den Medleys

Genpei Tōma Den (源平討魔伝, literally "The Genji and Heike Shooting Demon Tale") is an action coin-op released only in Japan and running on the Namco System 86 hardware, originally released on October 1st, 1986. In the game, players have to defeat enemies while scrolling along a Yamato painting landscape, traveling through Japan's prefecture in order to reach the headquarters of the Minamoto clan, in the far east side of the island. The game got recognition at the time due to the many different-looking sections of the game, featuring both side-scrolling platform action, over-the-head style of exploration in certain towns and 2-dimensional sword battles with bigger sprites.

The original arcade itself was never seen outside of Japan, with a Japan-exclusive home console version of the same name in 1990, made for the PC Engine (PCエンジン, aka the Japanese name of the TurboGrafx-16) and an NES semi-sequel in form of an electronic board name on October 1988, also going by the name of Genpei Tōma Den. However, the original game was later released in America and Europe in 1997 as an included game in Namco Museum Volume 4, with the name The Genji and the Heike Clans.

The original beat-em-up title's music has become a quite relevant corner-stone of the Taiko no Tatsujin series, as its score has inspired the creation of what arguably is the most popular Game Music track ever featured in Taiko history. With the time's passing, more songs have been made as a result, paying homage to both the original game and the aforementioned Game Music rendition from the earliest Taiko installments.

For the terms of this song series showcase classification, we can also consider the Game Music track SAMURAI ROCKET as an honorary member of this corner; however, as said track is already part of a much larger Game Music song series tradition in Taiko, we forward you to our Ridge Racer song series showcase for its song entry.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Song of the Week! 17 February 2018


...yeah, you've heard the news. You might have even predicted this kind of feature coming back, didn't you?

Whatever, let's just get this over with...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Namco Taiko Blog (15 February 2018) - The Blue Oblivion (Blue Version Launch Song/Features Removal)


Today's official blog entry is here not only to announce the March 15th release date of Blue Version in an official way, but also to state what the firmware change will mean for the arcade branch's pre-existing song list.

Monday, February 12, 2018

≠MM Lyrics?



Composition, Arrangement, Lyrics: LindaAI-CUE

Japanese lyrics sourced from official YouTube preview dated March 14 2017. Lines in grey are communicated through Morse Code signals.