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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Song of the Week! 17 September 2016

This week it was revealed that the Taiko Team is holding a couple of week-long Twitter campaigns for the next livestream session, with the latter of the couple, #譜面ジャー組み合わせ (lit. '#MusicSentaiCombination'), being about a poll to decide which among three recurrent notecharters in Taiko games will get to collaborate for a future forked-path song.

While I'm still not that much versed on frequently using Twitter, I might as well join the voting fun by having my pick as our latest Song of the Week feature! ...will the vote count this way, too?

 Donut Hole (ドーナツホール) Kenshi Yonezu
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Personally-speaking, if there's a reason behind me occasionally booting up the first Taiko game for the Playstation Vita, 8 times out of 10 will be just for re-playing this Variety track by the hands of Vocaloid producer Kenshi 'hachi' Yonezu (米津玄師), of which we already talked about on these lines a few years back for one of our end-of-the-year special features.

At first, Donut Hole made its debut on the Internet as a Vocaloid song on October 28th, 2013 starring Megpoid GUMI as its digital singer, almost three years after his last Vocaloid hit Panda Hero. With Yu Suto at the bass and Masaki Hori as the drummer, Hachi's 19th single made it to become the closing track of the artist's second studio album: April 2014's Yankee, the second in his discography which only stars songs that are both performed and sung by Yonezu himself, rather than using Vocaloid voices. To give out an additional piece of trivia, the same album also stars a track called Hyakki Yakou (百鬼夜行), which -bare in mind- isn't the same Hyakki Yakou featured in Taiko gaming by Kagumi Nishikomi!

Both the original Donut Hole with Vocaloid singing and the "artist-sung" version of the song share the same lyrics and topic, telling the tale of a girl that spats out some random gibberish in her attempts to remember the name of a person she saw in the past. Despite of the GUMI version piling over 10 million views combined between NicoNicoDouga and Youtube, the playable Taiko cut comes from the Kenshi Yonezu version that comes from the self-published album.

By doubling the original song's base BPM, Donut Hole's Taiko incarnation manages to become the current song with the highest base BPM of the Variety genre, trumping Oshiri no Yama wa Everest Ura's BPM value of 236. The notecharts by Shika@ni~San (しか@に~さん) make the catchy tune to be played with an higher care due to the high note count and occasional 1/16 clusters that still aren't close to become brutally-difficult spike traps to make some cheap hit misses, while also squeezing in some Soflan magic to lower and rise the scrolling speed half-away through the play by x0.5 and x1.5 times the regular speed respectively.


If you haven't already done it, check out the updates we did yesterday for the School Matters and God Collection song series showcases, now featuring Houkago☆Magician and VICTORIA!

For some more fresh updates, however, today we've added Abandoned Temple Final 2nd to the Tekken showcase!

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