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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Song of the Week! 9 February 2019

With yesterday's official Taiko blog entry, the games' team has officially ruled out the last of the 'Taiko Sisters' on the PR side... quite regrettable, considering how many songs in the franchise's legacy have included sisterly bonds in some way or another.

Here's one these for today's feature!

 Do You Want to Build a Snowman (雪だるまつくろう) Frozen
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 Taiko 0 Mu to 0 Y, Taiko 3DS 2, Taiko Wii U 2, Taiko Switch, Taiko +

The mouse is back in the house, with another Anime-labeled Disney song to be featured under these lines! As we've already talked about the movie featuring this track and the always-popular Let It Go in a former Song of the Week feature (click here!), today's trivia content are all about the second song playable in Taiko from the 2013 animated hit Frozen. It's extra relevant to do this kind of feature in 2019 as well, seeing as the movie is about to get a direct sequel later this year!

Created by the husband-and-wife couple of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Do You Want to Build a Snowman mirrors the likes of Let It Go on the singing-role side, with the two songs being performed by one of the two sisters in the movie, with Elsa for the latter track and Anna for the former. During the movie's production, the snowman song's inclusion into the Disney flick was a highly-debated decision due to its overly-expository natury and its initial version's more sad tones when compared to the movie's flow, but it ultimately made it into the movie thanks to the cumulative demands of Disney studio employees. Reaching high-place peaks in worldwide musical charts (with 1st and 2nd-placed ranks in many US billboards) and getting Platinum and Gold seller certifications across the world, the song's original version is also reguarded today as one of the best-performing Christmas/holidays digital single sellers as well, boasting a strong 2nd place with over 1.6 million download, only traliling behind Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You, from 1994.

In Japan, the song got a local-language-friendly dub with three different singers filling the role of Anna over the different age stages being displayed in the movie for the performance: Natsuki Inaba (稲葉菜月 -5-yrs Anna-), Sumire Morohoshi (諸星すみ -9-yrs Anna-) and Sayaka Sanda (神田沙也加 -Anna at 15yrs and 18yrs-). The Japanese cover also managed to break some grounds in the Rising Sun land's charts, peaking 34 at the Billboard Japan Hot 100 for two months in 2014 and achieving the platinum-seller status from the RIAJ the year later, counting over 250k downloads overall. As usual, the Japanese cover of the song from a Disney movie is used in Taiko no Tatsujin for playable means, but the original version in English has also had its share of the lion in the general videogame landscape, with its most recent outing -together with Let It Go- being the PS4/xOne game Kingdom Hearts III!

Making its debut in the 2nd Wii U game as a time-limited download perk, Do You Want To Build a Snowman's JP cover cut has reached a number of different games between arcade and console shores, all being discontinued at some point from distribution (aside for the recent Nintendo Switch DLC release, at the time of this writing). The Oni notechart follows the piano hits up until the final Go-Go Time's more intricate charting section which, combined with a small note count, was the deciding factor for its 7-star rating.


As previously announced, the latest Pokemon song medley release has been added in its related Song Series Showcase page. Check it out!

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