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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Song of the Week! 4 December 2010


Amidst the excitement for the Taiko Wii 3 songlist, this week's feature comes from the past. Ready? 

Kaisei Joushou Hallelujah (快晴・上昇・ハレルーヤ) Yu-gi-oh! Duel Monsters GX
Taiko Anime 2x5 (181)x7 (276) x8 (401)x10 (544)
Taiko PS Vitax5 (181)x7 (276) x8 (401)x10 (544)
Taiko Anime 2, Taiko PS Vita
 yugio (Anime 2) / yugio2 (Ps Vita)

Original Opening theme

Kaisei Joushou Hallelujah is used in the opening theme of Yu-Gi-Oh GX, one of the seasons of the anime series based on the card game originally produced by Konami. But unlike the earlier seasons of the show which involved magic and Egyptian powers, the main character is an ordinary boy, Jaden Yuki, who studies on an island known as Duelist Academy, where perils and card games are daily routines.

This opening theme is composed by the band JINDOU, who have made several other songs for animated shows. JINDOU disbanded in December 2005, causing many copyright issues right after Kaisei Joshou Hallelujah made its debut on Tobikkiri Anime Special (who holds the rights for the song now that the main group is gone?), which explains why this song is never to be seen again on any other Taiko game. One of its members, Miyashita Koji (宮下浩司) made the lyrics for Maru Maru Mori Mori long after the band's members parted ways.

It's a great pity, because Kaisei Joushou Hallelujah has been the only 10* regular Oni song for quite a long time! It stayed that way until Tank! Ura was made in Taiko 13 and the song itself's Oni getting a star demotion, but it's still one of the toughest, fastest song in the genre. It starts off decently challenging with a BPM of 230- higher than Kita Saitama- and featured plain note patterns at intense speed. After the first Go-Go Time is where things take a turn for the crazy. The middle section scrolls at two times the regular speed! Unless you've memorized the notes, this part would be the most agonizing 18 seconds ever. Missing all the notes here can and will cause you to fail. Because it's only available on one game, Kaisei remains one of the rarest 10* songs in Taiko history. EkiBEN 2000 borrowed the first part of this sped-up section in its notes.

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