Sunday, May 21, 2017

Twitter Snippets (19~21 May 2017) - Color-Changing Synchronica's Screenshot Quiz of Ruin

Following up from last week's Synchronica screenshot quiz on Twitter, a new guess-the-song round for May 25th's new releases has been made, once again featuring rosy-inspired backgrounds and different Taiko no Tatsujin guessing alternatives to choose from.

If you want to play along before knowing the name of the next Taiko-related song to be ported into the series, here are the four-option vote guesses that have been listed in another tweet:
  • Sacred Ruin
  • Blue Rose Ruin
  • Yuugao no Kimi
  • Inu no Omawari-san
Read the answer announcement on today's Synchronica tweet or click 'Read More' to know what's the correct answer!

Sympho-Neighbours - When Two Worlds Collide / Rhythm Game Version

This is a continuation to another feature we've had last year (link), but while the former was focused on collaborative efforts that could cater to a wider public through the magic of pop culture, this Sympho-Neighbours page is for all those hardcore music players that would love to see some of their favorite series get along with other parties in foreign field, be it for mere song sharing or something a little bit more expansive...

Before we started conceiving the idea of a collaborative network of rhythm games since the Tenkaichi Otogesai's inception (and even after!), here are some of the most remarkable get-along parades between different franchises in recent history.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Song of the Week! 20 May 2017

Due to the recent song lot announcement, we're about to have yet another double-pick week, this time around being all about... rabbits! ...kinda.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Twitter Snippets (18-19 May 2017) - The Great Post-Update Artists Round-Up

Between yesterday and today, there have been lots of composers chiming in the official Taiko Team's Twitter feed, being related to either yesterday's original song lot announcement or other future-related means.

If you want a quick refresher of the songs, you can check the newly published "Summer '17" version of the Medley for the Busy People that the Team posted on Youtube alongside the other song previews, but after that... see you after the jump!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog 2 (18 May 2017) - Yellow Version's Summer Rewards Shop Appendium

太鼓の達人 イエローVer. 最新情報!

For something a little bit different from our usual formula of spotlighting Taiko Blog updates, in this blog entry we're taking a look at the Summer Rewards Shop songs that have been announced in today's main post, featuring both an early clip video from the Bandai Namco Youtube channel (as well as yet another secret blog entry that was posted today) and the song introduction that was provided by either Etou or the song's creator.

With that out of the way, let's get started!

Namco Taiko Blog (18 May 2017): Summer Clash! Yellow ver. Version 3.xx Update and Rewards Shop Yellow ver. Summer Update

太鼓の達人 イエローVer. 最新情報!

Woohoo update! Woohoo new songs! It may be hot (depending on your location) but it is still time to celebrate and hype!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Across Japan: Of Dragons and Men: May 2017 Facebook Tournament

Following the pre-announcement and hint to unlock one of the songs, here are the full reveal of the May Facebook Tournament. Good luck!

Note that the results will have to take one more day to prepare for this month, and be out on May 25 (Thursday) instead. Follow the official Facebook fan page then.

Facebook Tournament: May 13~21 2017
竜と黒炎の姫君 Ryu to Kokuen no Himegimi (Oni ★8)
+♂(プラス男子 Plus Danshi) (Muzukashii ★6)
   ギガれをる feat. 鏡音レン Giga/Reol feat. Len Kagamine

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Twitter Snippets (16 May 2017) - A Genpei Toma Den Anniversary Soundtrack

Back in the 80ies, Namco launched the original Genpei Toma Den video game and 30 years later, its modern company assessment is up to celebrate its release with the so-dubbed "Sorcerer Anniversary Soundtrack".

Being printed by Sweep Records (link here), this end-of-June release is set to include music from anything related to the gaming series, including some choice cameo roles... So much so that both the iconic KAGEKIYO of Taiko medley lore and SAMURAI ROCKET (from the Ridge Racer series) will be included as bonus tracks. Everyone's invited to this musical tribute!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Twitter Snippets (12~14 May 2017) - Freshly Picked Rosy Screenshot Quiz

Due to Synchronica's visual design being much more unique between songs compared with Taiko no Tatsujin, holding screenshot quizzes is a logical way to tease new songs, just as in the installment for this May. The first hints includes the rose-adorned gothic backgrounds and the textual clue of a much-anticipated high level notechart.

Being a sister Namco music game franchise and the rosy imagery, many commenters logically guessed along the lines of Zeami's Rose Series. Following the mass's first guesses, a four-option vote is compiled for a final hint:
  • 君は薔薇より美しい Kimi wa Bara Yori Utsukushii (by Akira Fuse)
  • Black Rose Apostle
  • Red Rose Evangel
  • Purple Rose Fusion
Can you guess which one of the above is the right one? Make your guess now and then go to the answer tweet to find out!

Disclaimer: Do note that we are reporting this solely because the Rose Series is prominently guessed by people and that the Synchronica Team also acknowledged here. Even if the answer is not the Rose songs we would have made this post anyway.

Postcards from Reitasai '17 - Early Anniversary Song Textual Reports

Some weeks after the latest limited events starring some Taiko no Tatsujin action, data surrounding the 9-Anniversary edition of Cirno's Perfect Math Class has begun to spread across the Internet and getting recorded on Taiko wiki wikihouse. Until we wait for visual evidence/official announcements of any kind, here's what has been (allegedly) found out so far:
  • The song's credited unit in the subtitle has been settled to IOSYS and Happy⑨Anniversary Friends (IOSYSと愉快な⑨周年フレンズ), confirmation pending for the official release;
  • Rankings for all modes are 3/4/5/9, with respective notecounts of 128/229/350/751;
  • Perceived BPM is around 350, with most of the song being played at an halved scrolling bar speed (like for FLOWER and Honey Heartbeat ~10 Stars Mix~)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Song of the Week! 13 May 2017

At long last, Dokodon! Mystery Adventure's DLC legacy ended with this week's additional content delivery. In order to give one last salute to the latest portable entry in the series, here are a couple of songs that have been featured in the game, chiming both old and new vibes...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Twitter Snippets (11 May 2017) - The End of Taiko 3DS 3 DLC Content

One regrettable piece of information about Dokodon! Mystery Adventure has escaped the general public, until the Taiko Team itself went on its way to deliver the news through the tweet announcement displayed above. Indeed, this May's DLC lot is actually the last one for the third Taiko title for Nintendo 3DS, overlapping with its 1-year milestone of montly extra content delivery.

Now, the wait is all put into the next major Taiko console installment...

Namco Taiko Blog (11 May 2017) - Want to Hear More? Notecharter Interview 13

Taiko Team memeber Yamaguchi is back on the official blog spot, not only for telling us that he could chart Genkai Toppa×Survivor without gathering 7 magic balls, but also to present to us the latest installment of the recurring notecharter-oriented feature family.

Today's protagonist is the nick-named Kohara (こはらー), one of the three currently-active series contributors who has been a regular one since the very beginning!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

First Video: OLGA BREEZE [Sun Scene]

 OLGA BREEZE [Sun Scene] (OLGA BREEZE [太陽シーン]) (3/5/6/8; 743 notes on Oni)

It's already the Thursday Midnight in Japan, which means that gameplay videos for the latest Darius-related song in action on Taiko grounds are finally here. While you're waiting for us making up room in the Taito series showcase for today's newcomer, let the exotic cluster signature mixture featured in the video entertain you, for one of the hardest 8* trials to date!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Feature: The Wear and Tear for Taiko no Tatsujin

Please, just don't.
Source: Twitter (original tweet deleted, mirrored from here)

That Taiko no Tatsujin as a franchise stood in the gaming market (mostly in Japan) for over 15 years is evident that Don-chan can take some serious wear and tear through time. But when the game ask you to literally hit on a drum, the physical equipment can and eventually will suffer from deterioration even when everyone takes very good care of it. Worse is that not everyone will necessarily be as nice to the drum as possible, especially towards an arcade cabinet drum.

We have previously talked about how much of a bad shape the cabinet-included drumsticks can be. In continuation to that, here is an overview of what the drums might do when one is out of maintenance.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Twitter Snippets (7 May 2017) - Taiko Postcards from Reitasai '17

Despite the hiatus announcement involving a communication halt for all the previous week, Takemoto has decided to interrupt the radio silence one day earlier to document the Team's experience at the Hakurei Shrine Reitasai throughout yesterday.

After the jump are the most remarkable highlights!

Natsumono☆ Lyrics

Composition: Takuro Go (郷拓郎)
Vocal: Tanqun Democracy (たんきゅんデモクラシー)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

[SITE] - Farewell to a Fellow Donder

Earlier this week, we have reported how the Taiko gameplay videos coming from one of the most recurrent Youtube uploaders were removed from the platform, due to its proprietary channel getting shut down. After some rounds of research, however, we came to acknowledge that there's a more dreary reasoning behind this situation, something that we also want to share with our readers.

We're saddened to echo the news of the death of professional Taiko no Tatsujin player Jun Kurosaki, publicly known under the Rairin (らいりん) alias. Earlier this week, one of his acquaintances has created a Jun Kurosaki Twitter account to let his followers on Youtube/social media know about the popular player's last deathbed wishes, including the closure of his rairin mnr Youtube channel as well as his social accounts related to the nostal_phobia handle that are scattered all over the Web. Rairin's decease occurred last Wednesday, at the age of 24.

While joining the online masses in order to share our condolences to his family and friends, we also want to personally thank the skilled Taiko player for the incredibly extensive video footage that was shared along the years; foreign games in general manage to get worldwide attention thanks to the work of many dedicated people, but very few of those were devoted to provide perfect-play video footage for all difficulty settings in Japanese music gaming. Rairin was one of the few people to repeatedly cover that spot for the Taiko-related communities in the past few years, so we wanted to honor his memory one last time, under the same vein of gratitude that we also held for the passing of music creators on this blog.

May his soul rest in peace.

Addendum: In light of this, many fellow Donders have paid their respects (example, example) to Rairin by playing his favorite song Dream Tide -Yume no Chouryuu- (Dream Tide -夢の潮流-) while using his special routine (getting all 良s but not hitting any yellow drumrolls) to get the theoretical ceiling score, as seen in his many videos. The song can be found in the new Taiko 0 arcade and Wii3.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Song of the Week! 6 May 2017

With this year's Golden Week ending up on the latest edition of the Reitasai convention, we've decided to make up the space for a Touhou Project double feature!

It's time to meet Gensokyo's most known girls...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Across Japan: Turning the Month in Due Course: May Facebook Tournament

Had you not noticed, we have actually stopped going through the monthly tournaments' result announcements, because there just isn't much to add from us. If you are the type to follow the leaderboards, then following the actual page at would be a good suggestion.

No, we're here to pick up from last week's results, which came with a side preview note that Ryu to Kokuen no Himegimi will be picked for the Oni department of May's tournament rounds, so here a belated reminder to get the 1500 Don Medals to unlock it in advance.

As for the actual tournament announcement (i.e. the Muzukashii selection), come back on May 10 on the fan page. And of course prepare yourselves for the actual tournament across May 13~21.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Twitter Snippets (3 May 2017) - !!!Choreography Collaboration Time!!!

The Taiko Team taking a Golden Week-sized hiatus doesn't mean that the official Taiko sources can't have some collaboration-fueled silliness in-between! Today's spotlighted tweet is about another of those times...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Game Music Showcase: Nintendo Medleys

Founded on September 23rd, 1889 in Kyoto, Japan, Nintendo is nowadays recognized as one of the world's largest video game companies, netting an over-85 billion dollars of market value. With the first activites involving all sorts of niche businesses, the company shifted its focus on toy-making since the early 60ies, up to entering the consumer electronics market during the later decade. Since then, a wide number of electronic systems, both for home and portable gaming, were realized for the general market, while also creating its own personal catalog of titles ang game series along the years and its many video game systems.

While Taiko no Tatsujin started adopting music from Nintendo games quite early in its life span, we've had to wait over 15 years since the franchise's inception for an inclusion of custom medleys that are based on its gaming past, looking at both time-honored classics and relatively-recent releases. As usual, the entries listed on this series will respect their chronological Taiko debut.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Site Announcement: Mass YouTube Linking Embed Failure

Small announcement that we have recently found a not-small number of video embeds and links going kaput, because apparently one of the uploaders whose video we frequently use "has closed their YouTube account".

We are replacing the links as we discover them. If you find any broken links or embed failures we haven't got to, especially those on a game's song list or one of our feature articles (Song of the Week, Series Showcase or Lyrics Feature), please reach us via all the normal routes (Twitter DMs, chatbox on the left, post comments, etc.).

PS. re: the song list links. With nearly 200 songs for each latest console releases and 500+ on the current arcade build, their upkeep are getting harder and harder for us. We actually have, at one point, been thinking of some way to more easily keep track of these massive lists of songs and video links, possibly involving some database magic and stuff, but that also did not go anywhere significant or practical enough. If you have this kind of expertise and want to collaborate, please also reach us.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

[RANDOM] - Chronicles of a Forgotten April Fools Stunt


While we managed to catch an admirable amount of April Fools pranks in one of our most recent Sonority Scouts features, it may happen that some of those tricky expedients may fall off our radars, mainly due to either poor visual/video documentation or us being unaware of the joke itself (or both).

For this year, one of these misreported pranks comes from Synchronica, which got a full digression in a dedicated blog entry of the Synchronica Lab.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Taiko no Tatsujin Namco Original Playlist Adds 4 (April 18 2017)

Okay, okay, I have to check back whether this was featured in the prominent social media outlets back on April 18 2017, and it was not (phew that would have been embarrassing on our part). Apparently Taiko Team will be having us put on standing duty on the main Yellow ver. site once every month or so now?

*cough* Anyway, the whole rant-y opening is to highlight that the Namco Original playlist has since added four new videos featuring full versions of songs:
Turquoise Tachometer
Negai wa Esperanto
UNDEAD HEART (Ikari no Warriors) (with official lyrics)
Sayonara Varya (with official lyrics)
Ryu to Kokuen no Himegimi (with official lyrics)
Gunslinger Cinderella (with official lyrics)
≠MM (with official lyrics...?)
Sotsu Omeshiki Full (with official lyrics)

Playlist's first open announcement

Song of the Week! 29 April 2017

Since the inception of the movie Frozen, the quota of songs coming from English-speaking countries in Taiko has seen a small bump thanks to the porting of popular tracks from the most recent animated Disney movies.

While this very week has seen the introduction of a Japanese song cover from the recently-released Moana, let's take one slight step backwards for today's feature...

Taiko Plus - Fighting Idols Collab and End-of-April GTH Additions

A double treat for both Android and iOS Taiko players was revealed right before the Taiko Team having their latest hiatus period, as the monthly Gakkyoku Tori Houdai new song supply is coupled with a mini collaboration campaign, of which we're talking about after the jump.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sonority Scouts - Hakurei Shrine's Musical Troopers / 2017 Edition

With the very last blog entry before the Golden Week hiatus being about the exclusive content that is featured in the promo Yellow Version builds being shipped at the yearly Hakurei Shrine Reitasai convention, it's time -once again- to wonder just what the other music series competitors will pull out for the returning danmaku-fueled event.

Reach us out after the jump!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Twitter Snippets (27 April 2017) - Silence is Golden (Week)

By this point, we've got used to Bandai Namco-related media taking a break as the yearly Golden Week celebrations approach, and 2017 is no exception.

From this Friday until May 7th, all Taiko Team-related activities (Twitter handle, blog entries and such) will be stopped for the nationwide celebration, only to be resuming from the following Monday onward.

Namco Taiko Blog (27 April 2017) - Cirno Project @ Reitasai 2017

Today's weekly blog entry is mainly made out of a visual reminder of the IOSYS Touhou Project arrange collaboration coming to the 14th Reitasai's promo Taiko no Tatsujin builds, alongside the other previously-released arrange songs. Also, we now happen to know what the song's official title is going to be: Cirno's Perfect Math Class ⑨ Anniversary Edition (チルノのパーフェクトさんすう教室 ⑨周年バージョン).

Once again, we remind you that this song's outing is currently scheduled to public Taiko (and Synchronica) arcades as well, set to an unspecified future date.

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3DS3 Update: Cruising Round the Sun: May 3DS3 DLC

While we are ever so close to the one-year mark of the release of 3DS3 (and also the typical active cycle of console DLCs), continue to have some brand new and familiarly exciting picks for the month of May! Available May 11.

DLC: May Free Download
D's Adventure Note (~2017/06/07)
   暖@よみぃ Dan@Yomii

DLC: Donder Pack 3 (500 yen +tax)
OLGA BREEZE [太陽シーン Sun Scene] NEW!
   「ダライアスII」より Darius II
 蒼の旋律 Ao no Senritsu (+Ura)
マリオネットピュア Marionette Pure
夜櫻ブレヰダアズ Yozakura Braiders
   ぽんきち Ponkichi
   やじゅ Yaju

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

First Video: Yellow ver. V2.07/Asia V1.05 Songs

With the update day's coming and the official Japanese update version number fully revealed, the one thing left for us to do is to cover the newcomer songs! Let's start with the sole Namco Original addition.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

[RANDOM] - Tatsu-Don's... Less Known Cousin?

As we started this week on random notes, we're also ending it on a tangent of randomness, thanks to a Taiko-related tweet made by independent composer sasakure.UK that has managed to achieve an overwhelming amount of positive attention... yes, even higher than Etou trying to sing conflict!

Basically, the artist wondered how big can a Don note get after the 'regular' normal and big variants, resulting in the doodling process of a muscle-powered creature that goes by the name of Must Don (マストドン). How would such a creature get along with the rest of the Wada family or even the Tatsu brothers? The world may never know...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Song of the Week! 22 April 2017

With something Nintendo-related making its debut next week, we might as well join the fray with a feature that is also linked to the Kyoto entertainment company!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Twitter Snippets (April 19 2017): Angel Dream ver. CGSS Dated

Following the breaking-news first announcement, another breaking-news tweet dates the addition of Angel Dream "ver. CGSS" at April 26, together with the next update.

Monday, April 17, 2017

[RANDOM] - Not-Namco Idols with Namco Artists

It doesn't happen very often to see songs from NAMCO SOUNDS composers branching out to external music game series... let alone brand new tracks, for that matter! This, however, is the scenario that is bound to happen later this month for Sega's Chunithm series.

We've seen for a while how the not-Vocaloid-related music game franchises have started to feature a proprietary idol unit in the past that goes by the name of Irorimidori (イロドリミドリ), and after some iDOLM@ster songs getting ported to the earliest maimai builds it's now the turn of one Namco musician to contribute for this cause! More specifically, Hiroshi Okubo (大久保博) has been in charge of the arrangement direction of the latest Irorimidori track (Tic Tac DREAMIN'), which is about to be publicly released later this week.

For those who are curious enough for a song preview, head over to this tweet!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Song of the Week! 15 April 2017

We've seen many success stories from different kinds of media who managed to draw attention to themselves thanks to Internet-related fame... today's featured track is about another one of them!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Across Japan: Back in the Yellow: April 2017 Facebook Tournament

The initial delay from Japanese version might be scary and afar, but now that Yellow ver. Asian version is well up and running, it's alright now! :D

Let's kick back into gear for the regular monthly happenings then! (Nope, not DonChare. We still don't get to have Donder Hiroba :( )

Facebook Tournament: March 15~23 2017
 ガンスリンガーシンデレラ Gunslinger Cinderella (Oni ★9)
 前前前世 Zen Zen Zense (Muzukashii ★6)
   映画「君の名は。」より Your Name.

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Namco Taiko Blog (13 April 2017) - Announcement of Future Announcements: Game Version 2.xx

Today's choice for our weekly Taiko Team blog article feature has been made for the fact that most of the next update's content will actually be revealed some time in the future...

That, however, doesn't mean that we don't have anything else interesting to say about it today!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Almost Transient Mysteries: Soroban, Dark Turn Rises

So now that everyone knows that what Yuu-ge-ra-sai-kyou might have meant, Taiko Team deem it suitable for Yellow ver., of all timing, to renew the hidden messages in Soroban 2000.

Twitter Snippets (12 April 2017) - Marine Base's Incoming Album

In the ongoing, harsh climate of Taiko news drought, the Team has been eager on promoting the latest album release of one of its music-making contributors once again!

This time around it's the turn of Marine Base, who is including her Namco Original song contribution (Houkago☆Magician) in the soon-to-be-out Multitasking Girl (マルチタスクガール) album, set for a May 17th release. Will an extended version of the song be included, or is it going to be the 'regular' Taiko cut instead?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sympho-Neighbours - Digital Singers Concerto

...well, I got to read that message sent to me by the other blog TT blog editors last week. To sum it up, it stated that I'd have to make up for the April Fools stunt with a feature concerning a topic I tend to dislike to "balance it out", or else I might see something of mine around the Interned be freezed...

With that said, here I am, making a Sympho-Neighbours feature about Vocaloid music in rhythm gaming!
...breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Song of the Week! 8 April 2017

A couple of Namco Original tunes are on our spotlight today! Both of them were also created for tournament means, too.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog (6 April 2017) - Brother's Promo Taiko Papercraft


The mysterious "Etou-San's Agent" is back! ... and once again, it's just for rehashing old news pieces without adding nothing else new. As the Brother papercraft campaign was already tackled by us thanks to a Taiko Team tweet we talked about last week (link), just imagine at this point one of us waggling fingers at the screen to reach out our reading audience and say: "These aren't the news you're looking for; you can go about your business".

Move along, move along...

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Taiko no Tatsujin Yellow Ver. (International) Song List

The 3rd-generation Taiko arcade line's 9th firmware iteration is another distinguished step for Taiko players from the not-Japanese Asian areas to catch up with the brand new content being featured in the main build since Day 1; the feat was accomplished by porting the majority of the JP Yellow Version launch content, including the revamped unlock system (to an extent).

The Don Point unlock system discontinuation has led to the instantaneous unlock of all its related tracks for all players to enjoy, while the newcomer Don Medal system (and related unlocks) has managed to be ported unscathed. That said, however, most of the Donder Hiroba-features and their revamped counterparts (such as the Katsu Medal-based shops) are still inactive for the overseas arcade brand.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Across Japan: Yellow ver. Song Adds and Minuses

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We did not show you this last time, but here's the cross-fading Facebook cover made all exciting with the wait we've had

Now that Lokamp has had his fun *cough*, let's get back to actual news for actual Taiko no Tatsujin. Specifically, a celebratory cheer goes out to the Donders (and our readers) in the greater Asia regions for the full new song list for Yellow ver.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Taiko Plus/STH: End-of-March GTH Additions

Right before the whole April Fools charades could take place this year, the Taiko Plus STH app players can have a taste of some popular and difficult songs to enjoy between Namco Originals, some nostalgia and Touhou invasion while we're at it.

Gakkyoku Tori Houdai Adds: March 31

 Sakuranbo (さくらんぼ)
 Akeboshi Rocket (明星ロケット)
 Eikyoku/Gyouan (郢曲/暁闇)
 Kayou ~Flourishing Blossoms~ (花漾 ~Flourishing Blossoms~) (+ Ura)
 Mahou no Kissaten (魔法の喫茶店)

Sonority Scouts - Prankfully Yours, 2017 Edition

...yes, once again we've been on the fools' chariot to treat our audience for some of that delicious April Fools fondue, but we've not been the only music game-related tricksters of the town!

Meet us after the jump for a collection of the most amusing AF stunts of this year, together with what the Taiko franchise has cooked up for this year in particular...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sympho-Neighbours - One-Butapunch Man

To round off our last Taiko Time-styled set of features before our blog overhaul in our trilogy, it's time to fall further down the rabbit hole for other glimpses of rhythm gaming glory that Tsugumi Kataoka managed to build up along all these years! This is about to become a tale for the ages...

Song of the Week! 1 April 2017

Expecting a regular feature? TOO BAD. KATAOKA TIME.

Super Mogoo lyrics

Composition, arrangement, lyrics, vocals, cheese: Tsugumi Kataoka (片岡嗣実)

[SITE] - Early Spring's Major Blog Update

Before starting this out-of-schedule update notice, as usual, I personally want to thank every single one of our readers, be it 1-time viewers or recurring visitors, who've been coming to our humble web space for the latest scoops about the Taiko no Tatsujin series; the passion and dedication to the overall music game scenario is what has inspired the inception of this very blog, but your renewed interest is what it made it flourish up to this day (and counting!).

It's also for the very same passion-driven motifs leading all of us so far that we're announcing a full blog overhaul project, so that we can further expand on one of the driving forces that are moving the entire Japanese rhythm games scenario forward.

We deem this change so important, in fact, that we're leaving our new main topic behind a jump. We invite you to delve further as we unveil Taiko Time's new raison d'etre.

The time has come. Meet the man.

Nay, the giant.

Nay, the legend.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Twitter Snippets (31 March 2017) - Brother's Promo Bandai Namco Papercrafts!

Having some spare sheets of paper and you want to make a new Taiko-themed papercraft after those old models for Don-Chan and Arumi-Chan back in the Wii2 days? Japanese printer manufacturer Brother is teaming up with Bandai Namco for the digital distribution of free paperkit models from many of the company's videogame-related IPs. As you can see, among the first models to appear there's a Taiko-themed figure to make, too!

The campaign is running from today until June 29th, after which date all the papercrafts' related PDF files won't be retrievable anymore. There's also going to be featured a second course of Bandai Namco papercrafts if the cumulative milestone of 10.000 downloads is met, so perhaps there may be more of a model concerning the same series...?

Source [Brother x Bandai Namco Campaign website]

Twitter Snippets (31 March 2017) - Into the Cinders and Back: Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls ver. Angel Dream on Yellow ver.

Due to popular demand, the version of Angel Dream that is featured in The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage will be making its way back to its roots, coming soon in Taiko no Tatsujin Yellow ver. Details coming soon.

Across Japan: Thank You for Waiting! Yellow ver. Update Announced

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And we have a date too now! April 5 2017, as shown in the above announcement image from, will be when Taiko no Tatsujin Yellow ver. applies to connected cabinets across the rest of Asia. Wonder why it took a half-month delay again, when Red ver. has managed same-day update?

As for info on new songs coming to the new version (or rather what songs did not come to Asia) and more, keep an eye on the official Facebook page as always.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

3DS3 Update: Right into Cloud Nine (and Ten): April 3DS3 DLC

Last month's real challenges is not enough for you? Get more of ★9 and ★10 picks right where it comes from starting April 6.

DLC: April Free Download
大空と太鼓の踊り Oozora to Taiko no Odori (~2017/05/10)

DLC: Donder Pack 2 (500 yen +tax)
Wings of Tomorrow (Tatsujin Mix)
   「GOD EATER 2」より
Abandoned Temple Final 2nd Console debut
   「鉄拳7 FR」より Tekken 7 Fated Retribution
チャーリー ダッシュ! Charlie Dash!
電子ドラムの達人 Denshi-drum no Tatsujin
   ふぇのたす Phenotas
タイコタイム Taiko Time (+ Ura?)

[UPDATE] - Taiko Time Ura confirmed for the pack; they only forgot to add the label on the initial announcement...