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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Twitter Snippets (September 29 2018): Autumn Reitaisai Stole the Exclusive Song Preview

Thanks to Deadwantsha for letting us know on the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord.

We told you about Taiko no Tatsujin returning to the Touhou scene earlier this month with the Autumn Reitaisai 2018 on October 14 (link), and now we have more info to follow up with that.

The event catalogue on sale starting yesterday (September 29) of course contains crucial information for Reitaisai goers. The part that concerns us is the dedicated page/section for Bandai Namco promoting Taiko no Tatsujin and Synchronica and their Touhou Arrangement line-up. At the top of the page is the reveal of the upcoming addition that is slated to make an exclusive preview first at the event grounds:

Blue ver. Exclusive Preview at Autumn Reitaisai: October 14 2018

Marisa Stole the Precious Thing NEW!
  Touhou Project Arrange/ARM+Yuuno Yoshimi (IOSYS) feat. Karin Fujisaki
  東方Projectアレンジ ARM+夕野ヨシミ (IOSYS) feat. 藤咲かりん

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Song of the Week! 29 September 2018

Once again, our Song of the Week... is quite literally, the song addition for this closing week! Strap in and see for yourself what the latest Namco Original has in store for us...

Friday, September 28, 2018

Twitter Snippets (September 28 2018): An Arabian Series-identity Crisis

We are back with surprise Saturday song additions! But would this go into God Collection or Historic Figures Series...?

Blue ver. Song Addition: September 29 2018

Shining☆Abracadabra ~Alajin & Magical Lamp Princess~

Thursday, September 27, 2018

First Video: Don't say "lazy"

Donder Pack 12 Addition: September 27 2018

Don't say "lazy" K-On!

For one Anime song we're about to lose for good, here's a newcoming addition for the same genre! While we've already talked in the past about the originating series's noteworthy feats of popularity, there's not that much to say about its official Taiko cover's Oni notechart, aside from its unusual high note count for the rating/song genre combo.

Rest assured that our previous Song of the Week feature has been accordingly updated with the video above!

Namco Taiko Blog (September 27 2018) - The Duel Settles: AC0 Blue ver. Song Removal

The eventual probelm for licensed picks on the 3rd-generation arcade is that Taiko Team would be required to remove the song as the licensing deal ends. The Namco Taiko Blog post today is one such example:

Blue ver. Song Removal: October 23 2018

Groovy Duel★3★5★7★10

Other removal details are as follows:
  • Collab title "Amphibious" (水陸両用) and outfit Acguy (アッガイ) cannot be newly obtained starting October 23, but those already got them can still use them
  • Usage of this song in Donder Hiroba tournaments and challenges are terminating earlier, starting October 5 00:00
  • Scores and rankings on Donder Hiroba will be closed off starting October 23 07:00
  • If you have set this song as a favourite, the slot will be change back to unspecified as of October 23 07:00
  • Crown totals are not adjusted as of now but at a suitable time later
Link to original post (wow that post number)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Song of the Week! 22 September 2018

Today's double feature is another fine occasion for me to talk about how the Saturday song features are usually planned ahead by me, as well as to talk about when planning changes have to be made due to varying reasons.

This feature's story, however, is a bit too long to explain pre-feature up here, so see you after the jump for the full story...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Twitter Snippets (18 September 2018) - Returning Rare Lunar Gorgeousness on Blue Ver.

For some filler that is spread from the official TnT Twitter feed, the Butou song Gekkabijin is coming back as a time-limited song list addition for everyone to enjoy, from tomorrow (September 20th) to October 8th.

If you want to play the track on the latest arcades and you haven't purchased it from the permanent Rewards Shop, now it's your chance... yet again!

Twitter Snippets (15 September 2018) - Doing Again Novelties

It's a news-less week beginning yet again for Taiko... How about some fresh fillernews trivia?

A few days ago, CreoFUGA-famed composer Yomii of D's Adventure Note fame has made a song sequel to the aforementioned, contest-winning Namco Original, going under the title of Dear Another Nova. The tweet also comes with a link to the artist's official upload of the newly-molded tune!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Densha de Densha de GO!GO!GO!GC! -GMT remix- Lyrics

Original credits:
  J.A.M. no Densha de Densha de GO!GO!GO!
    Composition: Dr. Haggy, Nakamura Joutouhei (中山上等兵)
Additional credits:
  Arrangement: COSIO
  Lyrics: DJ 87GT, COSIO, Katsuhito Ishikawa (石川勝久)
  Vocals: Chiharu Sawashiro (沢城千春)

Addendum (2018/09/17): Fixed with OST Yaki-toumokoroshi lyrics

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Song of the Week! 15 September 2018

With the original Taiko no Tatsujin official blog walking the way of the dinosaurs, it's about time we have a double feature starring some of the songs that have been charted by Takahashi (タカハシ), the original Taiko Team leader as well as the main curator of the now-deceased development blog branch for the series.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Twitter Snippets (14 September 2018) - EU Taiko Switch's Physical Bundle Set

Here's something a little bit mellow to talk about, after yesterday's gloomy news. As we've seen in the past weeks, the Nintendo Switch debut Taiko title is coming in Europe as a physically-distributed game. Today, we finally come to know how the casing for both the game-only version and the game+Tatacon bundle will look like! The pre-order of this limited set is already available at the European Bandai Namco website, no less.

Credit to Taiko no Tatsujin Discord group user cattyguy1 for the find!

Taiko Time 8th Anniversary Quiz: The Answers

Thursday, September 13, 2018

[SITE] - Old Official Taiko Media Closing Down (and what this means for us)

Not even a full 2-weeks period away from Summer's end, we're facing yet another removal-related stunt on the Internet that has quite the huge impact on a good chunk of our former features, covering the grounds from our humble beginnings up until 2-3 years ago. Without any official notice from any of the Taiko games' currently-active staff, a lot of official pages about Taiko gaming have been removed from the Internet for good; we can give you a rudimentary extimation of the losses scouted thanks to the help of the users over our Taiko no Tatsujin Discord group.

In short, the official media being impacted by the full removal action are the following:
  • The former Taiko no Tatsujin Official Development Blog, both the News (Don-chan) pages as well as the Lyrics (Kat-chan) posts;
  • The Monthly Desktop Calendar Download pages (the milestone-related wallpapers and the Taiko Wii 2 minigame rewards are still up online, for some reason).
What this means for us is that every blog post we made on Taiko Time that stars one of the images from the former branch of the official Taiko blog is now gone for good; therefore, expect to see a lot of broken-image links if you're about to go on a reading backlog.

While we're going to look after the actual scope of removals in the near future for what can be accounted as our "damage report" (as well as further progressing the Summer housecleaning being previously announced), this is our stance on our formerly-active content, for the time being:
  • The emergency fixes that we're going to apply in the coming days will only occur for what we believe to be the permanent "core sections" of our website ('How To Play' pages, song lists, selected features and so on);
  • The Downloads corner (part of the 'Others' section) will remain as it is for the time being, until the full scope of the damage has been profiled;
  • We're not going to remove our previously-released "not-permanent" blog pages which are based on content coming from the former Taiko no Tatsujin blog (mainly, the former Namco Taiko Blog news entries covered by us); the broken image links, however, will stay as they are.
We apologize in advance for such readability issues being out of our fixing reach, but we'll do as best as we can to make so that the most active corners of this blog will stay as visually-captivating as usual, despite the amount of content that we have just lost with the old Taiko blog's removal.


[First Video] - AC0B ver. 5.09's New Songs

Update time for Blue Version arcades! Let's see what's new.
Blue ver. Version Update Newcomers: September 13th, 2018

U. S. A.★2★3★5★6

Mirai Connection Pokemon Sun & Moon
  テレビアニメ「ポケットモンスター サン&ムーン」より

Ikanai de Ikaros

  DJ Myosuke

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Title Fix: Song & Artist Version

 崩冠の紅月 Houkan no Kougetsu → Houkan no Kugetsu
世阿弥 Zeami → Xeami

There's nothing else to say about the latest song title fix, as we've already addressed it in a lesser-official post update when the PS4 official localization for the song came out (reference), but we surely have to share a more meaty explanation for what possibly is the biggest name fix yet for us.

Ever since the inception of Tatsuya Shimizu's popular alias that is nowadays referenced behind the legacy of the 'no Mai'/'no Ran'/God Collection songs from the artist, we've always been aware on how this pseudonym had an ambiguous way to read it as either Zeami or Xeami, much like some other songs that we've seen in Taiko gaming along the years (Cycle of Rebirth and Night of Knights being the best examples on such a trend). As of late, however, the official English localization of the Taiko games to English-speaking audiences has started to use the Xeami name to reference the artist in the songs with the pseudonym in question when mentioned in a song's subtitle; this phenomenon doesn't stop at the latest home conole Taiko games, as the recently-released Groove Coaster videogame for Steam also seems to agree with the Xeami naming for the non-JP audiences.

With that in mind, we're going to replace the formerly-used translation for the Tatsuya Shimizu alias with the one that the official English localization has seemingly chosen in the last few years. We're still going to use either of the two names as usual for the purpose of news/update posts, but our song list pages will be uniformed with Xeami instead.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Namco Taiko Blog (10 September 2018) - September's Major Blue Version Update

This coming Thursday, Blue Version arcades in Japan get updated with a new selection of added contents to enjoy! While it's hilarious how the official Taiko media still fails to mention the subtle licensed addition of last week, let's see what's new this time around...

Kyou no Gohan wa Taiko-mori! Lyrics

Composition: Yuri Misumi (みすみゆり)
Lyrics: Shinya Satake (佐竹伸也)
Vocals: Miki Narahashi (ならはしみき)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Touhou Autumn Game Show 2018 is going to be awesome*


It's another year for the major Touhou event of the Autumn Hakurei Shrine Reitaisai, marked for October 14 2018 (banner from this year's regular Reitasai). Following the previous years' success, the Touhou Game Show feature also makes a return with the big and small makers including...

Song of the Week! 8 September 2018

We've had an arcade-exclusive pick last week, so it's only fair to have a console-exclusive track next, right?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

First Video: Surprise Lemon Is Surprising

(pitch shifted to avoid muting)

Blue ver. Song Addition: September 6 2018

Lemon Kenshi Yonezu NEW!

Surprise addition today is the J-POP tune by Kenshi Yonezu, as teased previously by Dummy Version cabinets. Did you know this is his first song on the arcades with his own voice? A glorious return to low-speed J-POP ballads and no gimmicks to the likes of Ai Uta, aside from the main skip-beat rhythm featuring 24th doubles among 8ths and 12ths.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Twitter Snippets (September 5 2018): Hype Downloading: 0/1

Taken on a Japanese AC0 Blue ver. is a small indication that it is downloading some "05.09" patch. Now what would that entail now...?

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

[PS4-1] Pittari Song 4 Outside Japan Too

Shared today by the likes of the BNEI SEA Facebook Page is the equivalent poll to the Japanese "Pittari Song 4 You" Campaign, now in English.

"Pittari Song 4 You" Campaign Poll (English):

Saturday, September 1, 2018

First Video: Hito no Okane de Yakiniku o Shokushitai!

Blue ver. Song Addition: September 1 2018

Hito no Okane de Yakiniku o Shokushitai! NEW!
  INSPION Special Collab

The last of 2018's Summer-end high difficulty contenders has landed to the arcade grounds! Before talking about the song's charts as per usual, let's pick up the time lost and provide you a couple of updates regarding the song and the creation process after the contest:

Erratum (2018/09/01): Rewritten after further fact checking.
Before anything, we'd like to correct on our report on the contest results back in November, because we have mistaken the award names there. Checking back to the contest page, the "Excellence Awards" (優秀賞) going to Takuro Kuwamura (桑村拓朗) and Okaka (おかか) are the actual top prizes (with the entailing "yakiniku on other's dime" and production opportunity). ORIhime (ORI姫)'s entry received praise as honorable mention but is not the top winner. We apologize for the mistake.

The final song, while still sticking with the base melody by INSPION's Yuuichi Tsuchiya (土屋裕一), went with the lyrics written by Desaku (デ作) for Okaka's entry which won in the Best Creative department. The song's official karaoke music video on the official INSPION Youtube channel posted on August 31 shows the three winners in the said yakiniku dinner and recording process and key members of INSPION team and familar BNEI/Taiko Team staff.

The second barbecue-themed Namco Original (after D.watt's IOSYS Aki no Nikushoku Matsuri 2014) checks in with a 7-star Oni variant mostly made of small clusters with bi-color cluster combinations and a 10-star Oni that can be best described as a merge of Taiko Time's Ura Oni and Eikyoku/Gyouan's Oni mode. Despite bearing less notes than either the two songs, both off-beat-based 1/16 cluster sections and commonplace cluster hybrids with 1/24 clusters are commonplace factors for the series' latest Ura Oni.