Resident Evil composer admits he is not fully deaf, Capcom "truly surprised"

"Japanese Beethoven" Mamoru Samuragochi's recent revelations came as a shock to Capcom, but publisher won't take any action because the soundtracks aren't available anymore.

Capcom was "truly surprised" to learn that Resident Evil and Onimusha composer Mamoru Samuragochi, the once beloved composer known as the "Japanese Beethoven," is not completely deaf and even paid someone else to write his music for the past decade.

Earlier this week, Samuragochi admitted that his hearing had improved in recent years to such a point where he could discern words if a person spoke directly into his ear. In a statement to Eurogamer, Capcom brushed aside any notion that the publisher was aware of this and said it does not plan to take legal action.

"We at Capcom were truly surprised by Samuragochi's recent admission," a Capcom representative said. "However, as both soundtracks involved are no longer in circulation, we have no plans to take action of any kind."

Samuragochi we now know was fraudulently credited with composing the beloved "Hiroshima Symphony," which commemorated the lives lost in the atomic explosion. He is known to gamers for his work (but really the work of Takashi Niigaki) on the Resident Evil: Director's Cut and Onimusha Warlords games.

Niigaki explained recently that Samuragochi threatened to take his own life if Niigaki exposed him for what he was. However, he decided to come forward because one of the ghostwritten pieces will be used by a Japanese figure skater during the Sochi Winter Olympics and Niigaki did not want to involve the skater in the deception.

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63 comments
Sora2314
Sora2314

So is that why the Resident Evil Dualshock Ver. soundtrack was horrible?

death4us2
death4us2

So does this guy have any talent besides lying and taking credit for others work?

ill7ven
ill7ven

Oh no, what`s next? Chandler never had a third nipple? :-(

-JMD-
-JMD-

It should be good news... Right? The guy can hear!

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Plenty of ghost production happens. It's sad but inevitable. No point in punishing what can't be stopped. You guys think Hans Zimmer makes all his soundtracks alone? He has a whole studio filled with staff to do it for him.

xcollector
xcollector

Just fire Mamoru Samuragochi and hire Takashi Niigaki and be done with it.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

If you enjoy his music what does it matter if he is deaf or not? And  a lot of artist pay people to write music for them that is not unusual, even the Beatles didnt write most of their music.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

So... um....  speaking of making good on your claims....  It's about that time, buddy, if there ever was one.

juboner
juboner

He is wearing sunglasses so you cannot see the shame and distress of his soul.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

The Prestige II: Fake Composer

Vojtass
Vojtass

ROTFL. Sounds like soap opera.

vadagar1
vadagar1

pffff

all people do this, you either pay someone for something or do it yourself 

frankly he did nothing illegal

he lied 

thats his mistake

last time I checked lying was not a crime 

Gen007
Gen007

This guy has some pretty big ol brass balls the fact that his first confession wasn't even a complete confessions says volumes about him really.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Hang on, the first article about this said that it was Samuragochi who 'fessed up after a documentary crew filmed him writing a piece in honour of some girl.

Whatever. I really don't know why I care. Those soundtracks were in no way memorable.

Lamesy
Lamesy

more like the Japanese Milli Vanilli

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Was this the guy responsible for the circus music in Resident Evil: Director's Cut Dual Shock version?

catsimboy
catsimboy

"he could discern words if a person spoke directly into his ear" brings to mind that SNL skit 'Dissing Your Dog' and all I can think of is Will Farrell whispering into the dogs ear "Oh is the food not good enough for you? Well guess what, you're a f***ing dog"

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

Look, Capcom. I don't care if the man has 3 buttholes, 1 tittyball, and dresses up as an EFFin' Sea Donkey on Valentine's Day! Where's a next-gen Onimisha?! :-/

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

Samuragochi is no different than the thieves at pirate bay leaching off from creators hard work.

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

So what? If you like the music, does it make it any less great? Some people's priorities..tsk tsk.

blackothh
blackothh

seems like hes getting more attention now then ever.


time for him to get on the late show, then write his book,


can we just push this guy aside already?

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Oddly enough I still have the Onimusha Warlords original soundtrack with the orchestral CD included.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Of all scandals, outright fraud delights me the most.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

My question is: Is he the one who composed the main theme for RE: Outbreak for ps2 ? edit: nvm then I couldnt careless about his work.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

the ghost composer might have felt guilt, but when news reporters questioned the figure skater in his reaction to the fraud all he said was that it did not matter who composed it, a song is a songm and he chose the song cause he liked it, not because of who wrote it. so all that guilt he felt about deceiving the skater was for naught

CaptainBlaze
CaptainBlaze

@-JMD- the "revelation" is probably a bit awkward for the Capcom exec's who would make fun of him while he was in the room huh...

divinejester
divinejester

@guardianofhonor Yea the second statement is not true. On their first album they had quite a few covers, but from that point on they wrote all their music. Monkeys on the other hand were a group that did not acutally write their own music, as is pretty much any pop singer since 2000.

brxricano
brxricano

@juboner

I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, so I can
Watch you weave
Then breathe your story lines
And I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, so I can
Keep track of the visions in my eyes

And I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, so I can
Forget my name while you collect your claim
And I wear my sunglasses at night
So I can, so I can
See the light that's right before my eyes

Don't switch the blade
On the guy in shades, oh-no
Don't masquerade
With the guy in shades, oh-no
I can't believe it
'Cause you got it made
With the guy in shades, oh-no

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

@vadagar1  Technically speaking doing anything illegal isn't a crime right up until you get caught. One could argue the only thing he did wrong was getting caught?

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

@vadagar1Many musicians get sued and lost for much less contributed material. The ghostwriter contributed 20 full compositions in more than a decade and only received 70thousand for it. And if Samuragochi never made an official contract to protect himself then if the ghostwriter wanted to can sue and most likely win.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@vadagar1 Depends on what his contracts read.   If there was anything preventing him from outsourcing some/all labor, then it's a violation of contract subject to whatever terms & laws were in place for each one.

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

@MonstaTruk  I heard before that NINJA THEORY will remake onimisha story same as DmC.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper


@nexuz19   The game studios made the creation of the soundtracks happen, since they would have been the ones to commission such a thing.  This guy is just a fraud who got paid well to have someone else write things.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@nl_skipper @nexuz19 yeah who also got paid. the term ghost writer exsist for a reason. if he wasn't deaf this would be no big deal. because he can't hear well it makes it hard to write music. true he no musical guru but why should i care? i didnt even know his name or who he was till now.

peterdavid12345
peterdavid12345

@evil_m3nace @MateykoSlam Yes, It's all matter. Because he took all the credit/fame while the real composer is not :P. Let just said that you're the one that making the flappy bird game and then some guy stoled your idea and made $50.000 a day ... Is that pissed you off ? Probably not, lol.

Gen007
Gen007

@evil_m3nace @MateykoSlam Nobody is questioning the quality of the music. The man though is in question Especially when hes built a career and achieved some pretty high accolades as the result of his fraud.

peterdavid12345
peterdavid12345

@deathblow3 @nl_skipper@nexuz19Me too ... so who care XD. I think we should just let Crapcom took care of him and leave him alone :P.