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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Song of the Week! 24 November 2018

...look, I have to be honest with you guys: I don't have that much time to talk about Taiko songs in the usual length, for this week. Luckily for me, I have the right pick to close my weekly duties really fast!

 Sekai Fushigi Hakken! Opening Theme (世界ふしぎ発見!オープニングテーマ)
Allx3 (34)x4 (59)x4 (94)x7 (167)
 Taiko 3DS 3

Owners of the third 3DS Taiko game have a chance to get their hands on what currently is the shortest, non-joke/spoof playable song in the entire Taiko no Tatsujin history, landing in Dodokon! Mystery Adventure as one of its many DLC songs.

Standing tall on its miniscule lenght of 42 seconds, this is the original opening theme for the Japanese educational quiz show by TBS called Sekai Fushigi Hakken! (世界ふしぎ発見!, lit. 'Discover the World's Mysteries!') where the moderator, the show's host, will challenge one of recurring guests to a series of quizzes and other trivia-related activities about the history, cultural phenomena, climate and other wonderous aspects of a different country in each episode. Airing weekly every Saturday night since April 1986, this variety show has won a number of accolades in form of both surveys and nominal awards for promoting an interest in nature and other cultures as well as tourism as a whole. In Japan, Sekai Fushigi Hakken is the only currently-active 'longevity program', being aired weekly to this day and with no hiatuses of sorts since its inception!

The opening theme cut for the show that was made playable in Taiko gaming is taken from the original version by Hyota Echizenya (越部信義), used from the program's beginning up until 2003. This was the final free licensed pick to come for the third 3DS game's launch campaign (after Umi no Koe and PERFECT HUMAN) and as such, it was first revealed for a June '16 broadcast of the Dengeki☆Getcha! (電人☆ゲッチャ!). During said show (Youtube recording here), it was already expressed by Taiko 3DS3's game director Oosawa (オオサワ) how this opening theme would not have made the jump to the arcade scene due to its short duration, even if even shorter songs eventually made its way to arcade gaming, in some fashion or another...

Taiko Team notecharter Kirakira☆Sakamoto (of Nightmare Survivor composing fame) is behind the notechart set for this song which, given its really short length, also doubles on the dubious milestone fields as 3DS 3's lowest Oni notecount overall. For the same token, the cluster-heavy 1/16 Oni challenge give a way stricter room for errors to pass the song overall, leading to a 7* rating.

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