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Resident Evil Composer Admits He’s Not Fully Deaf
Resident Evil and Onimusha composer Mamoru Samuragochi admitted that his hearing had improved to the point where he can discern words if people spoke directly into his ear. Capcom, in reacting to the news, has said that it was “truly surprised” with the revelation. Samuragochi was once known as the “Japanese Beethoven,” but he revealed that he paid someone else to write his music for him.
In a statement to Eurogamer, Capcom said it wasn’t aware of any of this and does not plan on taking any legal actions.
“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 was lauded for his beloved “Hiroshima Symphony,” a piece dedicated to the lives lost in the WWII atomic bombs. Takashi Niigaki was revealed as the true composer behind both the Resident Evil and Onimusha soundtracks, and the Hiroshima piece. Niigaki told The New York Times that Samuragochi threatened to take his own life if Niigaki revealed who he truly is, and if he refused to write songs for him.
“He told me that if I didn’t write songs for him, he’d commit suicide,” Niigaki said.
Samuragochi decided to come forward due to one of his arrangements, “Sonatina for Violin”, which was planned to be used by Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi during the Sochi Winter Olympics. Samuragochi did not want Takahashi to be dragged with all this drama.
As a result of the recent revelations, Samuragochi’s publisher has stopped shipping his albums, and orchestras have canceled performances of Samuragochi’s, or actually Niigaki’s, work.