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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Twitter Snippets (20 September 2017) - Red Version's Final Dojo Ranking Results

While Taiko Team livestreams are a thing that is not happening with the same frequency as before, some of their buds are still beneath the ground, ready to resurface when the time is right. Case in point for today, here's the tweet signaling the publication on Youtube of Red Version's Dojo Ranking players, updated until said firmware board's last operative day (March 15th, 2017).

A more detailed breakdown of the overall results is also provided in tweet form, no less!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Taiko PS4 - LOSER Difficulty Ratings Reveal

Up here we have the latest Japanese trailer for upcoming PS4 games and if you can endure weird rapping up until about 1:35 (or if you just skip ahead on that portion), it's possible to track down the star ratings of LOSER, one of the new J-Pop inclusions of the game, which is rated 3/5/6/8.

Thanks to taikojoe from the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord for the find!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Song of the Week! 16 September 2017

I'm in the mood for another console-exclusive peak! Be sure to stay with us after the jump...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sonority Scouts - SDVX Sign「Perfect Effector」

The king of Touhou in music gaming is the next franchise to have a grasp on Cirno's Perfect Math Class, as the current installment of SOUND VOLTEX (SDVX IV HEAVENLY HAVEN) has received the heated 9th Anniversary version one day after its Synchronica port. While not having a max-rated difficulty, you can surely feel its high difficulty degree regardless!


Just like yesterday, I'm here to drop some clues about something that currently hidden within the blog, but if the answer still eludes you, it will be publicly revealed soon. Anyway, it turns out that the 'missing link' is tied to numbers... Make of that what you will.

I wonder if these posts have some relation to the number that has to be scouted for...

Celebrating YOU for the Taiko Time 7th Anniversary

Our Anniversary celebration could not have been complete without a showcase for the loyal readers we have, and this is for you guys!

Again, we are only three guys trying our best to bring you Taiko no Tatsujin scoop outside the mostly Japanese-exclusivity (not completely as of recently, gratefully), and we wouldn't have stayed for 7 years without your continued support, and even the occasional tip-off to stuff we ourselves missed.

As a collective gratitude, here is us dedicating one whole post on the hidden talents among yourselves!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sonority Scouts - Synchro Sign「Rezonating Fall」

True to the original intentions of IOSYS's collaboration plans, the 9th Anniversary version of Cirno's Perfect Math Class is starting to spread in other music game series, after last week's debut in Taiko fields. Its first stop is Bandai Namco's Synchronica, where the song (surprise, surprise!) has become the very first track in the series to come with a non-standard dedicated video, which is actually the anniversary track's PV that was already published on Youtube.

Much like with Taiko no Tatsujin, the Synchronica fields have doubled down this occasion with a collaboration event which includes -among other things- yet another commissioned Touhou Project arrange track about the Cirno-related music, also brought by IOSYS people.


Truth be told, this post shouldn't have come out today in lieu of some other related topics to talk about tomorrow... but it's not like that I'm using this space to include some innuendo to some stuff I hid last week on places like... I don't know, the latest SotW feature. Somewhere, say, among the italic-worded lines of such feature... ptch, how ridiculous would it be!?

Namco Taiko Blog (14 September 2017) - A3! x Taiko no Tatsujin's Collaboration Primer

Another long-ago-announced collaboration is about to move its first steps on Yellow Version grounds, as this week's blog entry is about the A3! x Taiko collaboration's future goodies.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

[RANDOM] - New TnT Medley Coming Soon to Groove Coaster

Taito's arcade branch of the Groove Coaster series is going to have a new shoot-em-up event for the reminder of September, and Taiko gaming is invited once again!... sorta.

What we mean by that is the coming of another song medley from Namco gaming that was created for the long-running drumming series! After the Dragon Spirit Medley, the Burning Force Medley is set to have its premiere in this series later this month, on September 22nd.

Taiko PS4 Update: Cross-Over Prerelease DLC Pack Incoming..?

If you happen to browse the English-friendly PSN store for Session de Dodon ga Don's page, you're now most likely to be facing this message on top, illustrating the pre-order bonuses of the digital version.

Alongside the two already-known prerelease song perks, however, now there's something else being added to the mix, which was never heard of before from the Taiko Team... We're talking about the last-line addition: the DEEMO Pack, which is most likely referring to the namesake mobile music game by Rayark where players have a wide selection of piano-based songs to perform by tapping a variety of markers. As we are a little more than a month from Session de Dodon ga Don's release, right now we can only wait for the Taiko Team to talk in detail about this potential crossover-y course of action.

Thanks to Bankslammer from the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord group for the find!

UPDATE (15/09/2017) - Wonder of all wonders, the small blurb about this DEEMO pack has been removed from the pre-order bonus listings as of today... Was it a typing mistake or is the pack supposed to come out at a later date?

Taiko no Tatsujin Original Playlist Update (August 30, 2017): In Before Autumn Rolls Around

We are back to tell you that the Taiko Team has uploaded full-version soundbites of the newer Namco Original picks on Yellow ver. Kinda sneaky because these were actually uploaded together with the Autumn Rewards Shop previews:

Infinite Rebellion
Kagami no Kuni no Alice

Meanwhile, the playlist now expands to also include preview videos (the aforementioned Autumn Rewards Shop previews). If you are the kind that likes to use this playlist up for a listening session, that would mean more (partial) songs for you too. Yay!

Playlist's first open announcement

Monday, September 11, 2017

Taiko Plus/STH - Coin Exchange and Lottery Removal

In a less jolly manner of news delivery, last Tuesday it was declared through a couple of in-game notices that a couple of features in both versions of Taiko Plus STH are going to be removed in the coming weeks.

Taiko Plus/STH - More September '17 GTH Additions

As a follow-up to last Monday's song delivery, here are 5 more tracks!

Gakkyoku Tori Houdai Adds: September 11

 Ashita mo (明日も)
 Kiseki (キセキ)
 William Tell Overture (ウィリアム・テル序曲)
 Kuon no Yoru (久遠の夜)
 Omoi o Te ni Negai o Komete (想いを手に願いを込めて)

Netemo Netemo Lyrics

Composition, Lyrics: ☆Syoji☆ (☆しょーじ☆)
Vocal: Honoka♡Erika (ほのか♡えりか) (= Honoka Inoue & Erika Kaiho)

Japanese lyrics sourced from original Creofuga submission.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

PS4-1 Update: Alternate Language Versions Dated and more

The English, (traditional) Chinese and Korean versions of Taiko no Tatsujin Drum Session are now dated for release on October 26, 2017, the same day as the Japanese version. This is coming from the 2nd PVs in English (embedded above), Traditional Chinese and Korean just dropped on the official BNEI Asia YouTube channel this week.

We are only embedding the English trailer here, since it is the only one of the three that had gameplay footage re-recorded on some English version, outside reusing the live-action parts and audio from the Japanese trailer. And not just from the same taster version that people are seeing from conventions or events: this appears to be near full-release with DokuLO CANdy, Saitama 2000 and Mada Saitama 2000 on the song list, as well as VICTORIA in the Taiko Rank Match footage (complete with the facing alpaca costume).

While the song list has already been revealed by Taiko Team earlier and the alternate language versions appears to be safe in most regards, we do have have one new development from this announcement: The Classical ハンロック is put in English as Hung-rock on official press releases, which likely mean Hungarian Dance receiving the Tajima/Rock-omatopoeia treatment?

In other news, with Drum Session being Taiko no Tatsujin's grand return to Sony home console fronts, Sony has been putting this in their spotlight quite heavily, including PlayStation stage events in gaming conventions in greater Asia, as well as the PlayStation Experience event with exclusive producer appearance and this first clip ever of the Oni notechart for Tsunagare! Hirogare! Uchiagare! (★9, 776 notes):

Thanks Spotty Blue from the chatbox for the recording.
PS. We meant we couldn't justify well a standalone post just for this video, but a shout-out in tandem with other news is more than fine.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Song of the Week! ⑨ September 2017

... okay, you got me.

For what concerns our short-term song schedule for our Saturday features, I know that the Touhou Project lore has been invading these lines quite a lot recently, but there's one more song we need to talk about on this very day...

...I mean, it's not like September 9th is falling on a Saturday again anytime soon, right?!?

Song of the Week! 9 September 2017

Back to console-exclusivity shores for today's feature!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog (7 September 2017) - Session de Dodon ga Don's New Demo Events

More chances for Japanese event attenders arise to have some early-play experiences with the next big Taiko console release, as Session de Dodon ga Don will be available to play at this year's Tokyo Game Show, on September 23-24. All those who will come forward to join the fun will also receive the Taiko-themed memo pad that is displayed in the picture above!

It's also worth mentioning that the game will be also demoed at the Aeon Game Festival fair that is running during the very same time frame! The Taiko memo pads giveaway will be held there as well.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

First Video: Yellow ver. 6.07 New Songs

It's arcade update day once again! After the jump await all the brand new song inclusions.
Update (07/09/17): Added LQ video of FooFoo Cassette.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Twitter Snippets (5 September 2017) - Taiko x Osomatsu-San Collaboration Notice

Right at the eve of another collaboration's beginning, we're getting served another early taste of that collaboration punch through Twitter magic! In fact, the official account of the Osomatsu-san series has posted the above tweet today, mentioning a Taiko no Tatsujin collaboration coming up next winter.

Much like the previous, season-early collaboration notice, the only way to find out more about it is to wait for the appointed time frame to come...

Monday, September 4, 2017

Taiko Plus/STH - Shuwatch!

Here's a quick tidbit for today, concerning the mobile Taiko apps: with the latest Ultraman series getting a Saturday broadcast schedule, the event is being celebrated by making GEED no Akashi (its opening theme) available for the Gakkyoku Tori Houdai subscription plans of both the iOS and Android versions!

No other songs are being added today.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Touhou Corner: Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom

Released on August 14, 2015 in occasion of the 88th Comiket, Touhou Kanjuden (lit. 'Ultramarine Orb Tale') ~ Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom (東方紺珠伝 ~ Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom) is the 15th main-line vertical danmaku Touhou Project game.

Following the events of the fighting spin-off game Urban Legend in Limbo, a spider-looking probe crashes in Gensokyo, roaming around the land and withering everything on its passage. Once that the recluded-on-Earth Lunarian people living in Gensokyo found out that this attack was launched by other Lunariarns in an attempt of 'land purification', the Lunarian pharmacist Eirin Yakogoro tasks one of the game's four heroines (Reimu, Marisa, Sanae and Reisen Udongein Inaba) to stop the assault from its roots. The expedition will lead the chosen heroine to the Moon, finding out that the attempted Gensokyo offence was the side-result of a long-lasting war between Lunarians and the sagacious spirit Junko, whose grudge against the Lunarian deity that killed her son has led to her complete refinement as a spirit of pure resentment towards the pluri-millennial Moon civilization.

The main feature sported in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom is the addition of Pointdevice, a new gameplay mode to go along with the usual arcade-styled one (here dubbed as 'Legacy mode') where the usual life/credit model is instead replaced with a quick-respawn system that breaks down each of the main game's stage into chapters; every time the player dies, he/she's sent out to the most recent checkpoint instead, with the same amount of bombs and a slightly-reduced firepower stock. The scoring system is reliant on both the enemy takedown percentage and, once again, bullet-grazing action, which can reward the most skilled of players with either extra Bomb pieces (Pointdevice) or Life pieces (Legacy) once that a fixed point threshold is reached at the end of a chapter.

After the rise of a wide assortment of die/respawn games such as the infamous PC platformer I Wanna Be The Guy, Team Shanhai Alice's ZUN wanted to try to implement a similar system to one of his Touhou games while having an actual story explanation in-game as to why the player is granted the power of infinite attempts; for Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom's Pointdevice mode, that is the case of the titular Ultramarine Orb elixir that is able to grant such powers. Among the many official Touhou Project games, this is the very first one that doesn't feature English titles/subtitles for any of its overall score's tracks.

Vocaloid Corner: flower

Branded with the product name of v flower (ブイフラワ, with 'v' simply standing for Vocaloid), flower is a Japanese VOCALOID3 voice bank that was released in May 2014. While it was originally made as a collaborative effort between YAMAHA CORPORATION and Gynoid Co., Ltd. (together with the Chinese Vocaloid Xin Hua), its current VOCALOID4 iteration was entirely made by Gynoid.

The official description of flower's character lists her being a Kuudere, the Japanese word describing the trope in media that indicates a person that, while appearing cold-hearted and indifferent on the outside, is actually a very sensitive and emotional individual that hides her feelings under a not-caring facade. Her own name is a testament to the character's will to let herself "bloom" like a flower among the other Vocaloids with her songs. For the time being, flower's voice provider has not been revealed yet.

flower's bloom in Taiko gaming happened during the Yellow Version arcade transition, with one of the first 1+ million views songs that star the Vocaloid.


-flower songs-

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    Saturday, September 2, 2017

    Song of the Week! 2 September 2017

    For this week's feature, we've been tasked to talk about a certain couple of Namco Original tunes that are related to each other, as a birthday gift to one of our longtime-following users...

    ...who are we to turn down such a request?

    Friday, September 1, 2017

    Across Japan (1 September 2017): Pre-Autumn's Shared Bounty


    Finally, an Across Japan feature where we can say that all songs will make the overseas jump at the same time of Japanese arcades! The Dojo Ranking mode's new trials will also be there, although the same can't be said for the returning Touhou Project campaign...

    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Namco Taiko Blog 2 (31 August 2017) - Touhou Project x Taiko no Tatsujin's Third Collaboration Primer

    Continuing from today's previous blog entry, here's a full rundown of the returning campaign that ties in Taiko no Tatsujin with the Touhou Project arrangement scene! For future reference, a dedicated website was also made with the content that is also spotlighted after the jump.

    Namco Taiko Blog (31 August 2017) - Yellow Version GV 6.xx Update Notice

    As foreshadowed a few days ago, here we are with a blog post about the next arcade update schedule! Will it only feature the Autumn Rewards Shop stuff or there's actually something more...?

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Twitter Snippets (28 August 2017) - Yellow Version's Next Seasonal Rewards Shop Renewal

    A quick tidbit for today, coming from yesterday's Taiko Team social media activity! While no dates are being spread as of now, it's been notified that the next Yellow Version software update will also bring in the Autumn Rewards Shop lineup for players of both Japan and general Asia to enjoy.

    Given that this tweet has been pinned and that the current Rewards Shop lineup was introduced almost 3 months ago, it's a safe bet to assume that further details are expectable later this week...

    Monday, August 28, 2017

    Mitsusegawa Ranbu Lyrics

    Composition: Hisui (翡翠)
    Lyrics: Yuuko Ueda (上田ゆう子)
      Ryuuteki: Hisui
      Guitar: Masato Fukuda (福田正人)
    Vocals: taka-c, Takuya Otegawa (小手川拓也), Hisui

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    3DS3 Update: Special Sticker Are Better Late Than Never

    While the console front is having field days with the Sony people, Namco decides to have another present campaign to keep 3DS3 relevant (at least until Taiko Switch comes up perhaps?)

    The present in question this time is the very mouthful "Special Sticker from which you can get in-game item". Yes, they are stickers for you to... stick on things. Yes, they reveal QR codes which you can scan with a copy of 3DS3 to get in-game items. And as a bonus, you can also have a dandy Taiko no Tatsujin themed backing sheet after all that!

    All of these could be yours starting from August 9, i.e. two weeks ago! Yes sorry but to be frank we never expect 3DS3 to still have activity up to now.

    3DS3 main site details page

    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Song of the Week! 26 August 2017

    For this year's last pick of August, let's dig out some tracks that resound with Namco's gaming library once more... quite literally too, given the subject matter!

    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Issho ni Waiwai Ensou List

    Premiered during the Yellow Version arcade firmware in both Japanese and General Asia Taiko HD arcades, the Issho ni Waiwai Ensou (いっしょにワイワイ演奏) mode is a custom mode that is triggered upon the start of a 2-player play by default, with the regular 2P variant still available to pick up.

    This mode offers a selection of songs from the full songlist normally available in public builds, with the main objective of clearing track with a shared soul gauge bar between the two players. The Issho ni Waiwai Ensou mode allows the selection of different difficulty modes among the two players, with every available song's charts on all modes being re-branded to emphasize the mode's cooperative aspect. No gameplay modifiers of sorts can be chosen while playing with this mode.

    Namco Taiko Blog (24 August 2017) - Session de Dodon ga Don's First DLC Packs

    The Taiko Team's radio silence was broken by the late-day announcement of the first DLC packs for the soon-to-be-released PS4 Taiko debut title. Venture with us after the jump for the full rundown!

    First Video: Koi-kurenai

     Koi-kurenai (濃紅) (4/6/7/10; 950 notes on Oni)
    The final song of the Taiko no Tatsujin x INSPION collaboration has just hit the public arcade scene! While bearing the least amount of notes of the newly-introduced song trilogy, Koi-kurenai's Oni mode surely shows its claws in form of yet another relentless stamina-draining experience with broken-down cluster formations mostly made of short-lasting repeated bursts, not that much dissimilar to former Oni trials like the one of G Ishiki Kajou.

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Feature: God Collection and the Shinto Culture Behind Them, Part 3

    Building up from our previous two-parter feature, we take a look back to Shinto Culture as it's being told by the continuation of the Namco Original-based God Collection series.

    As this peculiar song trope is branching out to Western religions, we might or might not be having a look at those outlets, too!

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Song of the Week! 19 August 2017

    Today's feature stars two songs from the Japanese hip-hop unit that has followed the development of the ever-lasting Taiko + app family since the very beginning!

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    First Video: Infinite Rebellion

      Infinite Rebellion (5/7/8/10; 1304 notes on Oni)
    Daisuke Kurosawa's much-anticipated Yuugen no Ran arrangement has come to town and for the first time, we're documenting a new arcade song's coming through a Tokkun Mode video! As you can see, the reason for that is quite easy to figure out...

    Yuugen no Ran's concept of "super hard notechart that comes from the future" is further built on for another of Taiko gaming's hardest trials yet, as many similarly-sounding notechart portions are integrated into new cluster-dense sections that play more on different timing signatures rather that outlandishly-high BPM (even if yes, it's still pretty high). And yes, this arrangement's Oni mode also bears more notes than the original track!

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Taiko Time 7th Anniversary Quiz: The Questions

    Welcome to the annual mainstay of our Anniversary celebration! (except that one time where we turned the tables and have you ask us questions)

    This year's Anniversary Quiz consists of seven main questions with some further divided into parts, to a total of 17 possible points. To enter, please send your answers together with your nickname to be displayed via one of the following methods by the deadline of September 5 2017:
    We will reveal the answers and results on September 18 2017 at the Anniversary Conclusion post. All participants submitted an answer by the deadline will receive a little something as a token of thanks back at the submission channel you sent us (no exact delivery time as of now, but we will keep you posted).

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Across Japan (August 10 2017): Licensing Slam! August Facebook Tournament

    This month's theme is licensing, one because songs coming into the Asian ver. have to go through another level of licensing, and then there is the hot new collaboration that meme'd "licensing done" out of the picture.

    Facebook Tournament: August 12~20 2017
        Results Announcement: August 24 2017
    INSPION (Oni ★10)
       サウンド制作スタジオ「INSPION」社歌 Sound Production Studio INSPION Company Song

    最終鬼畜妹フランドール・S Last Brutal Sister Flandre S (Muzukashii ★7)
       東方Projectアレンジ Touhou Project Arrange

       ビートまりお BeatMARIO

    With the licensing issue done, INSPION's three latest contributions are also coming to Asian ver. AC0 on time.

    New Song: August 10th, 2017
     INSPION Same day as Japan
       サウンド制作スタジオ「INSPION」社歌 Sound Production Studio INSPION Company Song

    New Song: August 17th, 2017
     Infinite Rebellion Same day as Japan
       黒沢ダイスケ Daisuke Kurosawa
       原曲「幽玄ノ乱/世阿弥(Tatsh)」 Original Song [Yuugen no Ran/Zeami (Tatsh)]

    New Song: August 24th, 2017
     濃紅 Koi-kurenai Same day as Japan
       黒沢ダイスケ × 小寺可南子 Daisuke Kurosawa x Kanako Kotera

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