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Saturday, June 16, 2018

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!

 Onigiri wa Doko Kashira♪ (おにぎりはどこかしら♪) Yomii feat. Hatsune Miku
Version
Allx5 (242)x7 (367)x8 (613)x9 (854)
 Taiko 0 W, Taiko 3DS 3, Taiko Switch, Taiko +, CD CC-3
 176
 none
 onigir


The Takoyaki sondtrack's main flair is the high-relevance role held by the songs from the Vocaloid song genre, as great part of the Taiko-exclusive Vocaloid songs are featured alongside othe rNamco Original tunes. The vast majority of the synth voice-enhanced songs come from CreoFUGA contests of the past, and such is the case of this very song! Composed by Yomii (よみぃ) of D's Adventure Note fame, Onigiri wa Doko Kashira♪ (lit. 'Where's Your Onigiri♪') is one of the winners in the latest Taiko-fueled CreoFUGA contest to date, made for the World Championship 2016 tournament.

Unlike for his piano-based Namco Original's creation, Yomii has made the song to be tailored more to the Taiko drum hit for his second contest-entry song, a factoid which was shared by the author himself in the original song entry on the Japanese music-making website (link). Since the song's contest victory, said song's author comments have been updated with more persional impressions and anecdotes, such as the piano piece recorded by Yomii himself at the beginning being from a first version of the song (more piano-based, as opposed to guitar-influenced final version) and his enjoyment of making all kinds of sounds jam so well with the lyrics he wrote, up to recall episodes of people recognizing his song while humming it by himself! Contest judge Linda AI-CUE has praised Yomii's progression between CreoFUGA contests to point out seeing indie composers' progression being one of his favorite parts as a returning song-contest judge; however, Onigiri wa Doko Kashira's contest victory is entrirely owned to the popular vote choices, as it's one of the two Donder's Choice winners, with a really slim vote advantage over a_hisa's Rin, the 2nd-placed track.

We haven't seen Yomii in action on other Taiko no Tatsujin songs since this latest CreoFUGA victory, but the artist has been spotted somewhere else in recent memeory in the Japanese musig gaming network, being one of the composers of SOUND VOLTEX's Khionos TiARA. This is a 'vs' collaboration track "against" the nick-named Ellim Gnirps, who is highly speculated to be an alternate nickname for the also-spotted-on-Taiko-fields Kaneko Chiharu (かねこちはる).

Onigiri wa Doko Kashira's Oni chart feels very much in commune with D's Adventure note, only a bit lighter on the average note cluster length for a more small-cluster-based challenge. Worry do not, however, as longer clusters and 1/24 note spikes are still lurking from the shadows for some cheap errors to be made!

 Gunslinger Cinderella (ガンスリンガーシンデレラ)
Version
Allx5 (298)x6 (402)x7 (640)x9 (861)
 Taiko 0 Y, Taiko 3DS 3, Taiko PS Vita, Taiko PS4, CD CC-4
 167
 none
 gunsln


Alongside the Namco Original shore of the CLARICE/City Connection 8-fold Taiko soundtrack project, many of the songs that were spawn from the JBG Conservatory have also their chance to shine! More to the point, the 4th album includes one of the latest releases: Gunslinger Cinderella, composed by TiS from the independent Cineraria Studio (link) and sung by the nicknamed Hisui Rika (ヒスイリカ).

The most notable thing to mention about this DLC-debut song is that it has spawned quite the curious Twitter Hashtag campaign last year, since its inclusion on arcade shores: #ガンスリンガーシンデレラのソフランをカッコ良く叩く委員会 (roughly translated as '#GunslingerCinderella'sCoolCommiteeToHitTheSofuran'), where people have been posting their custom dance moves to anticipate the hit of the Oni mode's scrolling-sped-up big Don note after a generous note-less section.

Not that the rest of the Oni notechart isn't something to talk about either, as Kijikiji (キジキジ)'s Oni chart blend for the song is one of the toughest full-combo trials in the 9-star tier! Filled to the brim with small mono-colored clusters to quench the players' stamina, the repeating chart portion in the beginning and the end portions has some of the most dense 1/24 note spikes in the difficulty tier.

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