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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

First Video: Odoru Pompokorin (Ura)

  Odoru Ponpokorin (おどるポンポコリン) (9*; 504 notes)
Fresh from the latest song pack, this new Oni mode for the Chibi Maruko-chan opening theme scores a 9-star extra Oni challenge with a barrage of old-school 1/16 clusters with no modern gimmicks spliced in, for a brief yet intense stamina challenge not very much dissimilar to No Way Back's regular Oni.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dokidoki Don-chan Sawagi Lyrics

Composition, Lyrics: Torine (トリ音)
Vocal: Miki Narahashi (ならはしみき)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Song of the Week! 26 November 2016

It's been a while since our last Ura song feature on this space, isn't it?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Twitter Snippets (24 November 2016) - Random Composer Facts, Round 3

Of all the most recent external composers, Harunaba sure has quite the unique track record in Taiko games: first a composer who rose to glory multiple times thanks to multiple CreoFUGA contests, one of his Vocaloid songs starring Yuzuki Yukari has let the artist to come back years later as a commissioned artist for brand new songs featuring Chihiro Ishiguro -the human voice behind Yuzuki Yukari- as the singer!

We've seen this couple in action in the past with Ghost Mask and Tabaneito, and now they're apparently done recording their next piece at Bandai Namco headquarters, as the re-tweeted comments from the two artists also state. According to Harunaba, the song is going to be 'more progressive than usual', but in which sense?

3DS3 Update: Proudly Swing Your Bachi (in the form of styluses): December 3DS3 DLC

Following the rest of the Fuun! Bachio Sensei ramblings are other regular 3DS3 DLC items also available starting December 1.

DLC: December Free Download
ピコピコ ルイン Picopico Ruin Console debut (~2017/01/04)
   セイクリッド ルイン×サカモト教授 Sacred Ruin x Prof. Sakamoto

DLC: Winter Break Anime Pack (500 yen +tax)
EXCITE Console debut
   「仮面ライダーエグゼイド」より Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
オー!リバル Oh! Rival
   映画「名探偵コナン 業火の向日葵」より Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno
ドリームパレード Dream Parade
   「プリパラ」より PriPara
自力本願レボリューション Jiriki Hongan Revolution
   「暗殺教室」より Assassination Classroom
おどるポンポコリン Odoru Pompokolin (+ Ura NEW!!)
   「ちびまる子ちゃん」より Chibi Maruko-chan

DLC: Fuun! Bachio Sensei (200 yen +tax)
風雲!バチお先生 Fuun! Bachio Sensei
風雲!バチお先生 ロングバージョン Fuun! Bachio Sensei Long Version

Namco Taiko Blog (November 24 2016) - Blast from the Past with AC0, 3DS3 and iOS/Android


Daifuku (proud owner of Litten) brings us news about classic Namco Original songs making proud returns to the Taiko no Tatsujin scene.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Twitter Snippets (22 November 2016) - CREATE a Nice Couple with a COOL Wedding

With last Monday being as dormant as usual and tomorrow being another Japanese national holiday (Labour Thanksgiving Day), it's expected that the week that's upon us is tending to be one of the news-absent ones, with tweets and retweets from the Taiko Team to keep the climate a little bit active. It's also good to hear that for once there isn't something bad happening through a tweet communication for today in the gaming-related musical realdom!

Over the Internet is being spread that Beat Mario, founder of the Touhou-related doujin circle COOL&CREATE, is getting married and sharing the joy of the event in live broadcast form! With many of his songs appearing in rhythm gaming, the official feeds of the Taiko no Tatsujin and Groove Coaster series have sent their best regards for the happy celebration, with the one tweet above coming (of course!) from our familiar-looking grounds.

Once again, due to LTD it's been decided that the Taiko Team's Twitter activities will be suspended only to return with the next blog entry's release.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Game Music Showcase: Chain Chronicle Medleys

Released in Japan in early 2014 (and December 2014 for the rest of the world), Chain Chronicle is a portable role-playing game about monster enhancement like many others in the smartphone grounds (Puzzle & Dragons very much included), developed by gumi Inc. (a company, not the Vocaloid) and published by Sega. The game is set in the fantasy world of Yggdra, where the mysterious Black Army is raiding the land after the death of the Holy King, a peaceful monarch who managed to unify the entire world in harmony. Players take the control of their Hero character who has been put in charge of leading the Volunteer Army, an independent group of warriors and strategists who fight to repel the Black Army's troops from the land.

Chain Chronicle's gameplay is set on a 6x3 square-checked field, where the players can move up to 5 ally units and send them to attack the enemy with a wide arrangement of allies joining the Volunteer Army, each with their special abilities and backstories/bonding to be developed by the players through a huge number of quests and Player vs Enemy modes against other Chain Chronicle players. The game was also available for Playstation Vita devices, hence the reason behind the first medley making its debut on V Version. While the main Japanese version of Chain Chronicle is still running strong, the Global version (for Europe and America players) has closed up shop in 2016, on February 29th.

Taiko no Tatsujin and Chain Chronicle have crossedtheir paths in several occasions between 2015 and 2016, thanks to a couple of special collaboration events which lead the most up-to-date Taiko games of the time to get medleys based on the app's BGMs from different portions.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Song of the Week! 19 November 2016

Pokemon Sun and Moon was released yesterday (except if you're European... *sigh*). Did you know for the longest time I kinda hoped that the new generation would have been based on the Okinawa islands?

Wait, why am I talking about Pokemon when I don't really play the games? Oh yeah: Okinawa-themed Fraud Rating Special!

Friday, November 18, 2016

First Video: Masakari Blade

 Masakari Blade (マサカリブレイド) (4/5/6/9; 687 notes on Oni)

At long last, a new rhythm game FUNGA! (Urk, I mean cross-over. What was I thinking...)

...anyway, Sound Voltex's Masakari Blade just reached AOU-affiliated Taiko arcades and, once again, we're dealing with a not-full-starred Oni challenge over here, mostly made of sparse small note clusters and dashes of 1/24 trickery to keep tensions high.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Namco Taiko Blog (17 November 2016): Want to hear more? Notecharter Interview 8

It's time for another Notecharter Sentai interview! For this instance, rookie notecharter Yamaguchi (ヤマグチ) has stepped in to write down the interview recently made for one of his more-experienced (but still relatively newcomer) colleagues: Shika@ni~San (しか@に~さん).

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Twitter Snippets (16 November 2016) - Happy 5th Anniversary, Taiko 0!

It's hard to believe how much time has passed since the coming of hi-definition Taiko arcades for the ongoing generation but sure enough, 5 years ago it was the launch day of the very first arcade successor to Taiko 14, bringing to the table a slew of new features that made the disjointed removal of arcade songs a thing of the past (... well... to an extent) while enhancing the overall experience with its many online-related features.

Here's to 5 more years for the current Taiko build and its literal color palette of firmware upgrades!

All In My Heart Lyrics

Artist: Somei-yoshino (ソメイヨシノ)
Vocals: Miyu Takaki (高木美佑) (Wake Up, Girls!)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

First Video: Red ver. V5.08 New Songs

It's an update day for a licensed-tracks parade! See what's new after the jump.

Addendum (20:31 JPT): You Got A O-tomodachi video found.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Tenkaichi Otogesai 3 Postcards, Taiko Edition

We're back again to talk about the third edition of the Tenkaichi Otogesai cross-over tournament, due to the Taiko no Tatsujin-themed special broadcast which was aired hours ago.

After the jump are the most noteworthy elements of the run!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Song of the Week! 12 November 2016

For today that is the 12th day of this month, here's a little something that comes from another kind of media that is related to the number!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Across Japan (November 11 2016): Get Spooky, Get Squishy: Red ver. Asia Version Update (V3.06)

Red ver. for Asia has been very adamant on being Same day as Japan for a while, but for the equivalent update as Japan's V5.08 on the same day the progress has been lacking. Only 2 out of 7 made it as Same day as Japan together with the Tom-nyan outfit and Ranking Dojo Gaiden goals, bummer.

But hey you know what would be a great ret-con addition during the Red ver. lifespan?

New Songs: November 15 (Red ver. Asia V3.06)
ゆーがらお友達 You Got a O-tomodachi Same day as Japan
   「妖怪ウォッチ」より Yokai Watch
エイリアンエイリアン Alien Alien Same day as Japan
   ナユタン星人 feat. 初音ミク Nayutan Seijin feat. Hatsune Miku

New Songs: November 16
紅 Kurenai
やわらか戦車 Yawaraka Sensha

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Namco Taiko Blog (10 November 2016) - Game-on! Taiko Livestream and Red Version V5.08


Today we've had a double dose of blog updates from the team, with the first one being about the Tenkaichi Otogesai-related livestream that is airing next week. They'll be playing the transplanted song Masakari Blade from SOUND VOLTEX in advance (together with 10 other Namco Originals just for fun), but aside from that nothing much is said that we didn't already know, so hit us at this link for the broadcast's scheduled beginning time and Nicovideo links.

After the jump is the content of the next blog post, featuring the new additions to Red Version!

First Video: 3DS3's New November 2016 DLC Songs

A little bit past the Greenwich Midnight, let's see what the Land of the Rising Sun's Midnight of a few hours back has introduced to portable Taiko gaming!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Game-on! x Tenkaichi Otogesai 3 feat. Taiko no Tatsujin

Remember the follow-up livestream focusing on Taiko no Tatsujin Red ver.'s side of the third Tenkaichi Otogesai? The link is now up! The content will of course include Tenkaichi Otogesai news, and hands-on plays of Masakari Blade coming to Taiko no Tatsujin.

URL: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv279401390
Time: 2016/11/14 20:00~ (opens 19:50)
People: Etou, Daifuku and Game-on! hosts

Twitter Snippets (4 November 2016) - In a Desperate Conflict With a Ruthless Touchscreen

Just like DJ YOSHITAKA's FLOWER is for bemani rhythm games, it's becoming abundantly clear how BMS composers siromaru and Cranky's conflict loves to travel rounds across different series!

According to this tweet from last week, it looks like its next stop is with Bandai Namco's Synchronica, as some background screens from the song in action are showcased among other updated material that is about to go live sometime later this month.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Twitter Snippets (8 November 2016) - Red Version's Next Update

While Red Version's current arcade situation seems quite stale at the moment, it looks like this is going to change next week, as there will be a new update going live on November 15th! If you want to know what's inside, see you in two days for the Taiko Team's next blog entry.


We take advantage of this post to also warn you about our latest minor changes, as we've updated both the General Medley and School Matters song showcases with a couple of new song inclusions. Bare in mind, however, that the GM page update is a transitional one, as we're planning to move the Chain Chronicle songs in their own separate page, seeing how now there are 3+ songs for this medley Taiko trope.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Twitter Snippets (November 7 2016): Huis Ten Bosch Is Still On With More Songs

We are going to assume the Huis Ten Bosch 3D Projection Mapping Taiko no Tatsujin is not going to end any time soon. So here are more new songs (and some removals)!

3D Projection Mapping Taiko no Tatsujin Adds: November 2016

Silent Majority
We Can! One Piece
Paradisus-Paradoxum Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
Utsukushiku Sewashiki Danube
Amaterasu Tatsh a.k.a Zeami
Kurofune Raikou

Namco Taiko Blog (November 7 2016): Saiki Kusuo 3DS Collaboration


Following our 3DS3 DLC announcement, let's also see the collaboration efforts with the game Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan: Shijou Psi-dai no Psi-nan!? (斉木楠雄のΨ難 史上Ψ大のΨ難!?), as from today's Namco Taiko Blog.

First is the Saiki Kusuo anime's theme song Psi Desu I LIKE YOU (Ψです I LIKE YOU) available as a series debut playable song in the Super Popular Anime Pack:


The pack also comes with Kusuo Saiki himself as battle member in Mystery Adventure mode, with a skill dealing mass damage sometimes:

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In return, the Saiki Kusuo game will feature a Don-chan patterned happi coat (どんちゃん柄のはっぴ) unlockable by QR code scanning. Watch out for the upcoming issues of Shounen Jump, V Jump for the code, and the Saiki Kusuo game main site for more info on the game generally.


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3DS3 Update: Collaborating Here and There: November 3DS3 DLC

Being a part of the anime and videogame conglomerate that is Bandai Namco opens a lot of collaboration opportunities, as 3DS3 DLC will exemplify starting November 10.

In particular, see more about the collaborative efforts with The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 3DS game in a Namco Taiko Blog feature later.

DLC: November Free Download
マキシフュージョン Max Fusion NEW!! (~2017/01/04)
   ドラゴンボールフュージョンズ Dragon Ball Fusions
Outfit: サマードンチャン Summer Don-chan

DLC: Super Popular Anime Pack (500 yen +tax)
 ウィーキャン! We Can!
   「ワンピース」より One Piece
 ブラッドサーキュレーター Blood Circulator Console debut
   「NARUTO -ナルト- 疾風伝」より Naruto: Shippuden
   「斉木楠雄のΨ難」より The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
 アシタノヒカリ Ashita no Hikari
   「ワールドトリガー」より World Trigger
   「銀魂゜」より Gintama
Battle Member: Kusuo Saiki 斉木楠雄

DLC: 2001 Namco Original Pack (500 yen +tax)
 太陽もヤッパッパー Taiyou mo Yappappa (+Ura)
 ラブユー☆どんちゃん Love You☆Don-chan (+Ura NEW!!)
 オフ♨ロック Ofu♨Rock
 ゴーゴー・キッチン Go Go Kitchen (+Ura)
 地獄の太鼓事典 Jigoku no Taiko Jiten