Resident Evil composer wasn't deaf, claims ghostwriter

Not only was Mamoru Samuragochi not deaf, he reportedly planned to commit suicide if ghostwriter exposed him as a fraud.

Mamoru Samuragochi was a beloved Japanese composer, celebrated for his "Hiroshima Symphony" arrangement dedicated to the lives lost in the 1945 bombing and known to gamers for his work on the Resident Evil and Onimusha franchises. But this week, it was revealed that Samuragochi--known as the "Japanese Beethoven" because of his deafness--is a fraud, having hired a ghostwriter to create his pieces for the past decade.

Takashi Niigaki. Image credit: Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press

Now, that ghostwriter--43-year-old Takashi Niigaki--has come forward to unravel the mystery and reveal even more surprising facts about the bizarre situation. Niigaki explained during a recent media conference attended by The New York Times that not only was Samuragochi not deaf, but he threatened to take his own life if Niigaki exposed him for what he was.

"He told me that if I didn't write songs for him, he’d commit suicide," Niigaki said. He decided to come forward, however, because the arrangement "Sonatina for Violin" will be used by Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi this month during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

"I could not bear the thought of skater Takahashi being seen by the world as a co-conspirator in our crime," Niigaki said.

Though he does not have definitive proof, Niigaki said he doesn't think Samuragochi is actually deaf.

Niigaki said he had regular conversations with Samuragochi, who was able to listen and comment on Niigaki's compositions. Niigaki said Samuragochi's reported deafness was only "an act that he was performing to the outside world."

In the wake of the revelations, Samuragochi's publisher has stopped shipping his albums, while orchestras have canceled performances of his (actually Niigaki's) work. Samuragochi's website has also been taken offline, and he's been threatened with the removal of his citizen's award for promoting Hiroshima's anti-nuclear weapon stance.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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76 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

What a little drama queen that Samuragochi dude seems to be.

divinejester
divinejester

Reminds me of the movie Red Light where the blind magician really could see the whole time.

hystavito
hystavito

He's a ghost, and he writes to us...

illusotandem
illusotandem

Common practice in the music industry people.

EPaul
EPaul

Lying is never worth it in the end

blackothh
blackothh

If everyone hates him so much, shove him out of the way, and use this new guy, you will get the same music in the end.

s0nicfreak
s0nicfreak

Well he'll certainly commit suicide now. Good job spreading this story. 

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand no one really cares. (= 
least I don't anyways.....

Hardcoreehb
Hardcoreehb

One does one pretends to be deaf for so long?  I wonder if he would remain silent trough out a Police Academy movie.

Panzer_Zwei
Panzer_Zwei

I wonder if Samuragochi was his...lover? 


I don't see how could such a threat hold ground on someone otherwise.

Jay2528
Jay2528

Man I have always loved the music in the Onimusha and old Resident Evil games. I would never have imagined something like this was going on (how could anyone) behind the scenes.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Someone needs to yell "Samuragochi, GET OUT OF THE WAY!" and see if he looks.

kay2kid
kay2kid

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Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Such a weird situation for everyone involved.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Ugh....

whatever the case truly is I still say the Onimusha soundtracks are some of the best modern game soundtracks....you can't deny that, no matter how the music was written or performed.....the end result is it was very good and fit the games perfectly.....

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Also, he wasn't a he. He was an "it" by human standards. Also, it wasn't a human. It was an alien Gargamek. Also, the Gargamek wasn't an it. It was a he by Gargamek standards. Also, he was a d-bag....by all standards...

hardeddie
hardeddie

I wrote the song for the song writer who wrote for the song writer for Naagi

cagedwolf
cagedwolf

Okay, this story just officially went from crazy to freaking weird. Next thing you know, there are going to be disgruntled lovers coming out and government conspiracies

aci808
aci808

I bet they're disgruntled lovers.

snugglebear
snugglebear

I actually wrote the songs for the Waffle House jukebox. I was robbed. "Raisins in My Toast" was MY masterpiece!

Karchy
Karchy

I don't have arms.. guess what i use to type

meedokicky
meedokicky

oh wow! it is worse than I thought :o


tomtutt
tomtutt

Next up, Baby Mama mistress who claims Samuragochi wasn't sterile.

uncha1n3d
uncha1n3d

Maybe I'm just a horrible human being, but i would never let anyone threaten me by saying they would commit suicide...Id be like "uh ok do it". Its crazy Niigaki went along with the charade for so long. Regardless hes a damn good composer. 

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@illusotandem In all industries... When a name gets recognition it really becomes a label.

blacknite12
blacknite12

@Panzer_Zwei I was just thinking that there had to be more to the story and then I saw your comment.  I doubt that this may be the case exactly, but the story here feels like there's something missing. 

ziproy
ziproy

@uncha1n3d  I know people that use that as a way to force their spouse to stay with them (leave me and I'll kill myself). It's what a weak does