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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Song of the Week! 21 January 2017

After the reveal of the next Namco Original whose creation was partially teased in tweet form months ago (link), I've been requested by aquabluu to spotlight a song coming from another song-making duo which has teased a future Taiko work last year in the same way.

With that said, ... there you go!

 Tabaneito (束ね糸) Harunaba feat. Chihiro Ishiguro
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Our blog admin's request takes us to the latest non-series song in Taiko to have a full-difficulty chart set for all modes (and currently the 3rd most-recent one, behind Mada Saitama 2000 and VICTORIA)! It's also a quite fitting time to feature something else made by Harunaba, considering that the nick-named composer's birthday occurred on January 18th (just like me, yay!), but since we've already taken a look in the past at some of his past music games accomplishments with our Hanaoto Ura Hyoushi Song of the Week feature (link), today we're talking about his recurrent song partner for Taiko-related creations instead.

Born January 24th, 1983 in Yubari City, Hokkaido, Chihiro Ishiguro (石黒千尋) is a voice actress who is affiliated to several entertainment agencies such as Office Anemone and (formerly) Blue 2 Production. Since her debut in 2007, the artist has been mainly employed for Anime voice acting means, while also counting radio broadcasts and CD works in her portfolio. For the contract stipulated with Voiceroid-creator agency AH-Software Co. Ltd., her identity was undisclosed for the initial distribution of Yuzuki Yukari, with the company itself only leaving the hint about Chihiro being "a woman with mellow and clear vocal". In occasion of Yuzuki Yukari's first birthday (December 22nd, 2012), Chihiro Ishiguro has revealed her role into Yuzuki Yukari's voice creation during a Nicovideo livestream. If you want to know more about the voice actress, Chihiro has her own blog page and Twitter profile, too!

Already known in Taiko for the Vocaloid tracks made for tournament-related means, Chihiro Ishiguro is the singer of the love-breakup story that is narrated in Tabaneito (lit. 'Bundle Thread'), which is also the first track in the series to feature the voice provider of Yuzuki Yukari as her true self exclusively, after the song Ghost Mask which uses voice cues from both the Vocaloid/Voiceroid and Chihiro herself. The song itself made its debut with the third 3DS Taiko game as part of its first load of downloadable content, only to be ported to Red Version months later as part of a cross-game event.

Tabaneito's charts have been made by Kijikiji (キジキジ), who certainly didn't hold himself back with the creation of an aggressive barrage of notes under the same 1/16 timing signature, exploiting the enhanced speed to give the illusion of more dense clusters! Like many other songs in Taiko before Tabaneito, in fact, the song's BPM value has been doubled up for nothechart means rather than leaving it in its original value and doubling only the scrolling speed.

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