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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Session de Dodon ga Don Website Now Open!

One week after the teaser page's posting, the website has now officially opened its digital gates to Internet surfers from all corners of the Globe! There's nothing much to talk about it, however, as it mostly rehashes news bits we already reported in the past few days.

At this point, only the Song List and About pages are active, with the former showcasing all the song titles known thus far (with no additions of sorts) and the latter hosting sub-sessions dedicated to the game's signature modes: Guest Session (with mentions to the Doraemon-related content) and Ghost Session.

Click here to check out the website for yourselves!

Namco Taiko Blog (22 June 2017) - Behind the Notechart: Geki-un! Shichifuku Happy Crew

Notechart talk is back at the Taiko Team's official blog, but rather than making a new charter-focused feature post like in the past few instances of the previous months/years, a tangent of chart features is introduced instead, in which single songs' charting process is discussed by its own creator.

Today marks the beginning of this feature cycle, starting with the Yellow Version songs from the Summer Rewards Shop. Hear Marimo Institute talk about her work on the latest IOSYS original!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

[RANDOM] - Not-Namco Idols with Namco Artists, Take 2

It happened 2 months ago and it's happening again: yet another NAMCO SOUNDS-related artist has been spotted on foreign grounds, as one of the Irorimidori (イロドリミドリ) tracks' composer.

This time around, the CHUNITHM series' in-house idol unit has employed the talent of the nick-named Jesahm (自営山) for the latest solo-idol song: Spicy Swingy Style, which is coming to stateside arcades tomorrow. The scoop comes from this tweet, which also includes a Youtube link for the full in-game version of the song.

Here in Taiko, Jesahm is better known as the composer of old-time Namco Original classics like Taiko Session ~Live Version~ as well as a few choice Classic arrangements (most notably Nocturne Op. 9-2).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Twitter Snippets (19 June 2017) - A Godly Crossover

One bit of news that has escaped our scope yesterday concerns the song-sharing relationship between the Taiko no Tatsujin and Synchronica series once more, this time around involving one of Synchronica's original boss songs coming to Taiko arcade grounds!

Previously announced in the latest Synchronica TV Youtube broadcast (link), kyo's God Ray will be appearing on Yellow Version at the end of this month, on June 30th. If you're curious to hear how the song sounds like, click here for a related Synchronica gameplay video.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Uso'uso-doki Lyrics

Artist, Vocal: Bona Inoue (井上ぼな)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Song Series Showcase: YMY RPG Songs

Mostly known by the YMY nickname, Bandai Namco musician Yukiko Yamamoto (山本由貴子) has contributed to the creation of a wide variety of songs throughout the Taiko no Tatsujin series' existence. Among here creations, we can find a collection of pure-instrumental tracks that meld together melodies from air/stringed musical instruments and a peculiar geographical location being mentioned in its title, as to give magic properties from the mentioned landmarks to these songs. Yukiko Yamamoto is also the one figure in charge of all songs' notecharts.

The name for the series we take here is directly referencing the SongID root being shared among all of the following songs (starting with the titular ymyrpg), which is likely made in turn from the key contributor Yukiko Yamamoto's YMY alias. Note that here we consider Zastohl no Madousho as only a direct sequel to Desert de Yakiniku (Sahara ver.) and not part of the YMY RPG Series unlike some sources. Once again, that is also noticeable from its SongID (niku2), diverging from anything ymyrpg-related.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Twitter Snippets 2 (15 June 2017) - Bandai Namco's New Arcade Music Game? [Addendum 2017/06/18]

As if the announcement of a new Taiko game headed to Sony shores wasn't enough, apparently there's a brand new Bandai Namco rhythm game in the works as well!

Coming from the AM Jam Jam Tsukuba arcade room's Twitter handle, the tweet above is eager on showcasing the many music game titles that will become operative this coming week, including -according to the same tweet- Bandai Namco's latest arcade game, going by the name of Technoberk (テクノベェルク). No official statements of sorts from the developing company have been made about said title's existence/play-testing or other specs but sure enough, it's planned to be put into the arcade store.

How is it played? Will it involve some Taiko no Tatsujin support? Are the two arcade lines collaborating? There's a good chance that some of these questions will be answered at the arcade center's opening, next Tuesday/Wednesday (June 20/21).

Addendum (2017/06/18): Receiving hint from this tweet, we may be able to finally shed some light onto this. Teknowerk is actually a piano-keyboard style music arcade game by Namco way back from 2000 (17 years ago!!), and this arcade room is only bringing back refurbished cabinets into their lineup. Note also that they used 再新作 (~ "refurbished title") instead of 最新作 (= "brand new title"). The next tweet of theirs also supports the conclusion, as it speaks of also bringing back some DANCE 86.4 (Dance Yaroyo) cabinets by Konami back in 2005.

Song of the Week! 17 June 2017

Away from the promised future console Taiko game for a day, I've appeared on our newly-joined Discord group about Taiko no Tatsujin (link here) in order to gather some suggestions about this week's Saturday song features.

First come, first served! Here's the first couple of suggestions I've gathered this way...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Taiko no Tatsujin: Session de Dodon ga Don! song list

Released in 2017, this is the first Taiko no Tatsujin game that is made for the PlayStation 4 console family, over 10 years since the last Sony-rooted home console game... which is also fitting, considering that its subtitle is a nod to the one of the very first Taiko console title! Unlike with Tatakon de Dodon ga Don, however, this game's flagship newcomer feature is the Session mode set that is also mentioned in the subtitle, be it with a CPU-controlled guest character (Guest Session Play) or with the 'ghost play' data coming from users' PlayStation Network friends (Ghosted Session Play).

Feature-wise, Session de Dodon ga Don constitutes a stark change from the in-game/menu layout standards set with the Taiko 0 arcade line, as the aesthetics have been completely re-worked for the PS4 debut title. Many customization elements from the aforementioned arcade line have made their debut through the game's unlock system, including customizable titles/greetings (outside of former Rank-related promotions) and Petit Chara figurines from the arcades' Kigurumi outfit model. Session de Dodon ga Don! boasts over 70 songs at launch.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

PS4-1 Session de Dodon ga Don, the Initial Famitsu Round-up


We were right about "today's Taiko Team blog post being about the newly-revealed Taiko title". What we got wrong was how much today's Taiko Team blog post is about Taiko PS4-1 (not a lot). Instead we will have to find stuff ourselves to fill your curiosities. :(

So having procured the Famitsu scans for real, we are dissecting all the noticeable changes in a nice list:
  • The J-POP genre is now named Pops (ポップス).
  • The profile might be linked to PlayStation Network profiles, seeing the account names can be alphanumeric instead of hiragana only. (Taiko no Tatsujin releases have ever only allowed only hiragana if naming is done natively)
  • Customization: obtain Don Kobans (ドン小判), use them on the Item Treasure Chest (アイテム玉手箱) for over 200 parts for your Don-chan including outfits, petit-charas (console debut!), titles and greetings.
  • Setting Favorites on the song list? Yes please.
  • What is that Bingo card anyway?
Source: this Plurk

Namco Taiko Blog (15 June 2017) - Taiko PS4 @ WHF '17 Summer

Continuing from today's official reveal rounds, Session de Dodon ga Don is already slated to a limited event in order to let people try the game in advance! Attenders of the World Hobby Fair '17 Summer (June 24-25) will be able to have an hands-on experience prior to its (still unspecified) release date for 2017's latter end.

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Twitter Snippets (15 June 2017) - Taiko PS4 Confirmed!

There's no room for doubts anymore: Session de Dodon ga Don is the real deal! Before delving into the weekly blog entry, the Taiko Team's Twitter account has hosted the first official remarks about the game's existence, including the one tweet above which addresses the game's official website (consisting of a single page with no new scoops as of now).

Expect today's Taiko Team blog post to be about the newly-revealed Taiko title, too!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tutti! Leaving V Version DLC

Yes we missed this from way back in March. And yes you just imagined this first line.

While we're on PS4-1 duty, let's check back with Don-chan's last foray into Sony hardware. In particular, the free early-purchase bonus turned paid DLC of Tutti! from Hibike! Euphonium will be taking its next and final step a DLC song will take: removed from purchase.

The removal will happen on June 30 2017, and this is a non-re-downloadable removal. But those who already downloaded can still play it.

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First Taiko PS4 Magazine Leaks

The foretold venture of the first PlayStation 4 Taiko no Tatsujin videogame is becoming more and more concrete by the day, as actual visual leaks are beginning to be shared across the Web. The first of these was posted earlier this day on the Taiko-themed wiki Wikihouse, from where it's also possible to view the scan above in full resolution (or through this link)

While no new songlist-related details and a more accurate release date (reported with a nebulous '2017') are supplied, we can already see that this Taiko no Tatsujin title is bound to have an aesthetic overhaul for both menus and in-game screens, the first since the ongoing Taiko 0 arcade line's coming. Mentioned up here are also some of the features that were included in yesterday's leaks, such as the custom controller and the newcomer Ghosted Session/Guest Session mode. It also appears that Doraemon will be one of the selectable guests, no less!

Always from the Wikihouse comment section, it's being reported that Session de Dodon ga Don! will launch with over 70 songs to boot, as found in three (still unnamed) different magazines.

Source (Wikihouse comment section)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Twitter Snippets (June 13 2017): Tenkaichi Otogesai 4 Expected

The folks at the helm for the Tenkaichi Otogesai events at the All Nippon Amusement Machine Operators' Union (AOU) confirms that, with the budget approved in the annual general meeting today, a fourth Tenkaichi Otogesai is to be officially put on schedule!

One of the first things to be revealed about this is the scale: the fourth Otogesai will be the biggest ever in terms of participating games with a total of six. What will be the two additional games? What antics will the AOU whip up with all the makers? Stay tuned to the official Twitter feed of @AOU_Tenkatui (and us too, duh).

[RUMOR] Taiko no Tatsujin Session de Dodon ga Don! (PS4-1)

Switch it up, as we have a rumored brand new console Taiko no Tatsujin release on... the PS4?

In case you don't know, the term session (セッション) in music means musicians gathering and playing their music together. And in Taiko no Tatsujin it implies multiplayer gameplay. Would that mean this new port will be emphasizing on powering up the current console's multiplayer setups? Only time will tell (or the next Famitsu issue, coming June 29).

Check out our rumor roundup after the jump. But be warned: because our only sources are just textual, and has no supporting images or whatever from more reputable sources like Famitsu, we are putting these solidly behind the RUMOR line.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Across Japan: We Can Do That? June 2017 Facebook Tournament

No really, can the Taiko Asia Team keep track of score out of Ranking Dojo Gaiden for the tournament? Yes? Alright, whatever you say.

By the wording they use (最大3曲通してのスコア total score from at most 3 songs), it might suggest that you do not have to clear the actual goals for the result to be counted into the tourney. Yet not being able to get to all three songs would have significantly affect the highest score you would get, so do remember to pace yourselves.

Facebook Tournament: June 10~18 2017
   Ranking Dojo Gaiden: Challenge! World Championships 2016 Area (1)
   凛 Rin (Oni ★9)
   おにぎりはどこかしら♪ Onigiri wa Doko Kashira♪ (Oni ★9)
     よみぃ feat.初音ミク Yomii feat. Hatsune Miku
   食らいむ!まうんとぱふぇ Climb! Mount Parfait (Oni ★9)

 conflict (Muzukashii ★7)

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Namco Original Showcase: Seafood Songs

Bandai Namco composer Akitaka 'AJURIKA' Toyama (遠山明孝) joined the ranks of the Taiko no Tatsujin-related artists late into the 2nd arcade generation, mostly due to some of his songs from other games being ported into Taiko titles. Like for many other artists before him, however, his Namco Original-related production is mostly tied in by a main theme, whose growing impact made it so to become an actual song series years later.

The series takes its roots from the first song, The Carnivorous Carnival, being affectionately shortened to KaniKani (蟹蟹, crab-crab) thanks to Japanese approximate-readings of the title. It only begins to develop starting from Taiko no Tatsujin Kimidori ver., when sequel songs are released with titles that are more obviously intentional in coining the gimmicky shortened forms. The name of the series takes from the "Seafood Seeker" title, obtainable since Yellow ver. that involves only Full Combo-ing songs from this series in the same credit.

Note that while Taiko Time is also frequently shortened as Taitai (鯛鯛, sea bream-sea bream), it is not considered as part of this series due to significant differences, including its katakana spelling and not being created by AJURIKA (but Denji Sano).

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Song of the Week! 10 June 2017

Last year, we've been asked to handle an event-exclusive Game Music track whose later-released, limited Oni mode went completely undocumented on the Internet.

While we turned down this inquiry due to the lack of information concerning its hardest difficulty setting, there's no denial that it's highly unlikely for us to be given extra data with the song never being featured anywhere else after its last outing, so we might as well fill in the time with what it's currently known, in the hopes for completing the picture in the future...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog (8 June 2017) - Taiko x Touhou Project Phone Straps Out Today

They're cute, aren't they?

...and yes, that's about it, for the weekly Taiko Team blog entry...

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

[SITE] - June 2017 Housekeeping Plans

It's again that time of the year for us (...well... one of the two instances); as the Summer tide is approaching, we're putting an heavier focus on blog content maintenance, as well as announcing some projects to be released in the near future.

Here's what we got hold for this time:
  • Our primary focus will be on controlling the modern Taiko arcade pages, primarily updating the links leading to removed song gameplay videos due to either videos getting or major events, including unfortunate cases of channel removals due to real-life issues. On this course of action, we're also updating all the pages that are related to the most recent software updates such as Unlocks, Rewards Shop and Dojo Ranking for Taiko Yellow Version.
  • As a reminder, this month will also see the publishing of the last lyrics translations that are related to our Lyrics Request Poll format on Twitter. While we're forced to shut down the poll-voting method due to heavier real-life commitments, that doesn't mean we won't be doing them at all afterwards! Feel free to punch in your requests to us through one of our usual contact methods.
  • We've almost done the making of new song series showcase features! Two Namco Original-rooted series, no less. (Perhaps some other feature is in the air, too?)
On top of these three main topics, it's time to officially announce an additional media-related method to chat, not only with us of the Taiko Time staff but also other Taiko enthusiasts as well...

Taiko Time is on Discord! (...kinda)

While we've not opened a dedicated server on the emerging gaming-related VoIP brand, we're inviting you to join a Taiko no Tatsujin-related group where getting in touch with other English-reading Taiko players is made easier than before! We also got our own channel is said group (#taikotime_updates) where either ngitrox or me will be forwarding the links to our latest posts here on Taiko Time.

This Taiko-themed channel can be joined on the address For the time being, we've also put this link in our Links main bar on the left, simply labeled as Taiko no Tatsujin (Discord). Be it for simple lurking, chit-chatting with other Taiko fans or random shitposting like for myself, feel free to barge in!


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Song of the Week! 3 June 2017

Not every song that makes its way into Taiko gaming is already up-to-go in its more common form in order to be receiving its notechart set; some tracks, in fact, have to be reworked with minor tweaks beforehand.

Some of these song adaptations also come with title remarks to their altered status! Meet another couple of those tracks in today's feature.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Taiko Plus/STH - Early June GTH Additions

Have you been distracted by the new arcade song load of the past days to the point of not noticing that six new tracks have been added to the smartphone Taiko titles' subscription service?...

...well, so do we! Let's correct the record today.

Gakkyoku Tori Houdai Adds: June 1

 Tomo Yo~Kono Saki mo Zutto… (友よ ~この先もずっと…)
 Kimi ni 100 Percent (キミに100パーセント)
 Hikari Are (ヒカリアレ)
 Doctor X no Theme (ドクターXのテーマ)
 Boku wa Synth (ボクハシンセ)
 Tokyo Tokkyo Kyo Kyokakyoku Kyokucho!! (東京特許キョ許可局局長!!)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

First Video: Summer '17 Rewards Shop Songs

From the differently-classified 'black sheep' of genre placement to the newest Namco Original, here's what the first Don Medal Rewards Shop has to offer!

Namco Taiko Blog (1 June 2017) - Spring-to-Summer '17 Rewards Shop Changes

Shortest recap ever: today the Don Medal Rewards Shop's lineup has been changed, in line with what has been announced two weeks ago (link), with the Katsu Medal Rewards Shop receiving a 2-parter update between yesterday and today.

Since May 31st, the newcomer Namco Original 8OROCHI became a purchasable item together with Ramen de Yo-Men!! and the previously-limited Petit Chara Yoga-Don (ヨガドン), while today the permanent Rewards Shop has received all the Spring '17 Don Medal Rewards Shop items (songs, outfit parts and Taiko sound); if you play with the Japanese arcade line of Taiko gaming, here's another way to fetch the content you may have missed.

Tune back soon for what the first DM Rewards Shop renewal is bringing up to the table!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

First Video: Yellow ver. V3.08/Asia V2.03 Songs

It's update day for both Japanese and General Asia Yellow Version arcades! While the more licensed side is a JP-exclusive affair, there's something lurking behind the scenes for everyone to enjoy.

See you after the jump!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ouka Ranman joins Taiko no Tatsujin Namco Original Playlist (May 17 2017)

And on a coincidental stroll across the Yellow ver. main site one day before the next update, we came across an update to the Taiko Team's full-version music playlist happened back on May 17 2017 with one song:

 Ouka Ranman
 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)

By the way, if you can figure a pattern for when these pop out, tell us and we'll try to schedule more regular checks around your suggested times.

Playlist's first open announcement

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ryuu to Kokuen no Himegimi Lyrics

Composer, Arrangement: Drop
Lyrics: Yura Hatsuki (葉月ゆら)
Vocals: Hisui (翡翠), Yura Hatsuki (葉月ゆら)

Japanese lyrics sourced from official YouTube preview dated March 15 2016

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Site Announcement: Ending the Lyrics Feature Request Poll Format

After 1.5 years and over 50 Lyrics Features released by all three incarnations combined, the Lyrics Feature Request Poll format that we devised in late 2015 can likely be considered to be fruitful. Yet, as we review the balance with our real-life commitments, it is sad to say we might have to retire the format.

Of course, what is ending here will only be the poll format. A latest count reveals that we have at least 30 songs we have not yet got to for a Lyrics Feature, and as Taiko no Tatsujin games continue to release newer vocal tracks, there is still a long way to go. In the future, Lyrics Features are expected to be posted on select Mondays every 2~4 weeks.

And of course we will still be very welcoming of your suggestions or requests on what songs to do Features. Hit us up in the usual channels you can reach us if you want to do so. Reader submissions are of course also wlecome!

Now to end the format with a final poll: The Lyrics Feature of these four songs will be scheduled for posting on June 19 and July 3, 17 and 31, 2017 respectively in order of votes received (accumulated votes from past votes still count). Voting runs from May 29~June 4.

ベラボーマン Bravoman (+3)
超絶技巧系少女 Chouzetsu-gikoukei Shoujo (+0)
 うそうそ時 Uso'uso-doki
UNDEAD HEART (怒りのWarriors) UNDEAD HEART (Ikari no Warriors)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

conflict Lyrics

Composition: Ryo 'siromaru' Sakata (酒田遼), Hiroshi 'cranky' Watanabe (渡辺宏)
Vocal: Ryoko 'Pico' Watanabe (渡辺良子)

Song of the Week! 27 May 2017

...Let battle commence.

Across Japan (May 26 2017): Summer's In Store for Asia: Yellow ver. Asia G/V 2.03 Update

Quick update post on our part as greater Asia will be getting an equivalent update of G/V 2.03 as Japan's G/V 3.xx. Hopefully by this time you have learnt to not expect licensed picks to be on time, because the additional three J-POP and Anime songs really did not make it this time... yet.

What, you forgot what's on the update even though I already explicitly linked to our past post above? *sigh* Alright, see after the jump then.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sonority Scouts - Synchronica's Sacred Fusion

As foretold by some choice tweets, the Taiko lore hit the Synchronica shores once more, starring from yesterday a new couple of hi-difficulty Namco Original tracks from the drumming series.

Be it for the newly-crafted album art or the touchscreen-based way to catch up the rhythms, it's a new way for both songs to be experienced in official rhythm gaming!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog (25 May 2017) - Pre-Seasonal Change Update and the Yellow Retaliation (=more Yellow ver. Song Removals)

The weekly blog update deals with the next seasonal song list refresher for Yellow Version, as the May 31st update is up to add more than the Namco Original song march of last week...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

[RANDOM] - Taiko 3DS 2's Digital Content Removal

Out of nowhere, the website for Don to Katsu Jikuu Daibouken has reported the gradual digital content removal concerning the game in question, also ruling out one removal notice issued back in January this year we previously missed.

Starting out from DLC songs, these tracks will (or have already) become unavailable to download make new purchases from the suggested dates:
  • Hare Hare Yukai (from January 31st)
  • Let It Go ~Ari no Mama De~ (from June 25th)
  • Yukidaruma Tsukurou (Do You Want to Build a Snowman) (from October 31st)
Finally, the game itself's digital version will also get removed disabling new purchases later this month, from May 30th; after said date, only the still-available additional contents will be up to download.

Erratum (24/05/2017): All four items allows for re-downloading after the respective deadlines, if you already made the purchase before they're de-shelved. Wording above has been fixed to clarify.

Source (DLC removal)
Source (digital game removal)

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...