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.

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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.

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

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I have a better response, who gives a shit.

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

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

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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...

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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.

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

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >>

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

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The Prestige II: Fake Composer

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ROTFL. Sounds like soap opera.

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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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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?

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<< LINK REMOVED >>Many 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.

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@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.

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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.

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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.

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more like the Japanese Milli Vanilli

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

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"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"

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Heheh I loved that, a friend and I often joke about it.

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for shame, guy

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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?! :-/

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I heard before that NINJA THEORY will remake onimisha story same as DmC.

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

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Beethoven he was not.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> now now :-P

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> he didnt compose them

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> And? So what if he didn't? It's the music not the man behind it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Because the musicians who do that are supposed to credit the person who wrote the piece. It's illegal not to. Hence, fraud.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Many many musicians have others writing it for them, so how is it fraud when he paid them to do it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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@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.

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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?

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yes, that is odd.

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