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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Song of the Week! 28 July 2018


In light of the really galvanizing news from yesterday, here's a double theme song feature for you!

 Tsunagare! Hinogare! Uchi-agare! (つながれ!ひろがれ!打ち上がれ!)
Version
Allx4 (209)x5 (314)x7 (466)x9 (776)
 Taiko 0 Y, Taiko PS4
 150
 none
 psf1op


I've been writing on this blog for quite a long time, so it's safe for me to assume that there's no exaggeration to state that the freshly-announced console games ports for the Western market is one of the most important progression steps for the franchise as a whole, coming out a whole 14 years since the PlayStation 2's very own Taiko Drum Master release. It's only fitting to feature the theme songs of the two Taiko games that are going to share some shelf space in stores this coming November!

Starting from the older title release, we have the theme song from Session de Dodon ga Don, the title that will be known as Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! outside of Japan. Its title song called Tsunagare! Hinogare! Uchi-agare! (lit. 'Connect! Fathom! Come On!'), a track which was also ported to the Yellow Version arcade firmware as part of a launch window tie-in event, together with the DLC songs Kaichu Teien o Motsu Shoujo and Konamono☆. The song was composed and lyricized by Takehito Sasaoka (笹岡武仁) of the Taiko Team, starring the nick-named MANA as the singer.

It's been a long while in Taiko gaming that a theme song's base Oni mode broke the 8-star ranking limit but sure enough, the PS4 title's theme song has managed to trample such feat! With a note-dense notechart starring both short and long clusters in continous succession, there's always room for error in a song charted as an almost-pure 1/16 challenge. Mind those mono-color 1/24 note spikes, too!

 Furi-furi♪Nori-nori♪ (フリフリ♪ノリノリ♪)
Version
Allx3 (112)x4 (161)x6 (317)x7 (386)
 Taiko Switch
 190
 none
 sw1op


Jumping to the latest console Taiko release, we have the onomatopoeic-sounding Furi-furi♪Nori-nori♪, the theme song of the Nintendo Switch game that will be known in the West as Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!. It also happens to be performed by the same singer as the PS4 theme song, no less!

Born in Tokyo, nothing much is known about the female singer of the song as of now, going online by the nickname of MANA. She's an artist who was formerly affiliated to the LOVE×TRAX joint company, which had to leave on May 2018 due to personal reasons; since then, MANA still performs as a freelance singer for a number of projects spawn by entities, including the Addictive Crews Inc. doujin circle and Bandai Namco for the Taiko no Tatsujin series. Another song credit for MANA in the Taiko series lies in the Don Challenge-debut Namco Original Day by Day!, of which she's the singer. Further infos about the artist can also be found on her personal blog.

Sporting an averagely-faster tempo than Tsunagare! Hinogare! Uchi-agare!, the Switch debut title's theme song lies on its swing-ish rhythms for a pure 1/12 Oni notechart, mostly starring note couples and mono-color small clusters in general, with some drumroll-affine special notes being sprinkled in.

  Furi-furi♪Nori-nori♪ (フリフリ♪ノリノリ♪)
Version
All---x9 (665)
 Taiko Switch
 190
 none
 sw1op


Just like Kimi to Hibiku Harmony from the first 3DS Taiko release, here's another theme song that made its playable debut with an Ura Oni to boot! With longer and more intricate cluster sections to deal with, it's quite fair to compare this 9-star notechart as the harder take on Namco Original Off Rock's modern Oni notechart. Just mind those note clusters shifts to the 1/16 spacing, near the beginning!

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