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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Feature: God Collection and the Shinto Culture Behind Them, Part 3

Building up from our previous two-parter feature, we take a look back to Shinto Culture as it's being told by the continuation of the Namco Original-based God Collection series.

As this peculiar song trope is branching out to Western religions, we might or might not be having a look at those outlets, too!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Song of the Week! 19 August 2017

Today's feature stars two songs from the Japanese hip-hop unit that has followed the development of the ever-lasting Taiko + app family since the very beginning!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

First Video: Infinite Rebellion

  Infinite Rebellion (5/7/8/10; 1304 notes on Oni)
Daisuke Kurosawa's much-anticipated Yuugen no Ran arrangement has come to town and for the first time, we're documenting a new arcade song's coming through a Tokkun Mode video! As you can see, the reason for that is quite easy to figure out...

Yuugen no Ran's concept of "super hard notechart that comes from the future" is further built on for another of Taiko gaming's hardest trials yet, as many similarly-sounding notechart portions are integrated into new cluster-dense sections that play more on different timing signatures rather that outlandishly-high BPM (even if yes, it's still pretty high). And yes, this arrangement's Oni mode also bears more notes than the original track!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Taiko Time 7th Anniversary Quiz: The Questions

Welcome to the annual mainstay of our Anniversary celebration! (except that one time where we turned the tables and have you ask us questions)

This year's Anniversary Quiz consists of seven main questions with some further divided into parts, to a total of 17 possible points. To enter, please send your answers together with your nickname to be displayed via one of the following methods by the deadline of September 5 2017:
We will reveal the answers and results on September 18 2017 at the Anniversary Conclusion post. All participants submitted an answer by the deadline will receive a little something as a token of thanks back at the submission channel you sent us (no exact delivery time as of now, but we will keep you posted).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Across Japan (August 10 2017): Licensing Slam! August Facebook Tournament

This month's theme is licensing, one because songs coming into the Asian ver. have to go through another level of licensing, and then there is the hot new collaboration that meme'd "licensing done" out of the picture.

Facebook Tournament: August 12~20 2017
    Results Announcement: August 24 2017
INSPION (Oni ★10)
   サウンド制作スタジオ「INSPION」社歌 Sound Production Studio INSPION Company Song

最終鬼畜妹フランドール・S Last Brutal Sister Flandre S (Muzukashii ★7)
   東方Projectアレンジ Touhou Project Arrange

   ビートまりお BeatMARIO

With the licensing issue done, INSPION's three latest contributions are also coming to Asian ver. AC0 on time.

New Song: August 10th, 2017
 INSPION Same day as Japan
   サウンド制作スタジオ「INSPION」社歌 Sound Production Studio INSPION Company Song

New Song: August 17th, 2017
 Infinite Rebellion Same day as Japan
   黒沢ダイスケ Daisuke Kurosawa
   原曲「幽玄ノ乱/世阿弥(Tatsh)」 Original Song [Yuugen no Ran/Zeami (Tatsh)]

New Song: August 24th, 2017
 濃紅 Koi-kurenai Same day as Japan
   黒沢ダイスケ × 小寺可南子 Daisuke Kurosawa x Kanako Kotera

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Sayonara Varya Lyrics

Artist: Mirai Kodai Gakudan (未来古代楽団)
   Composition, Lyrics: Taketeru Sunamori (砂守岳央)
   Arrangement: Taketeru Sunamori and Miyako Matsuoka (松岡美弥子)
Vocals: Haruka Shimotsuki (霜月はるか)

Japanese lyrics sourced from official YouTube preview dated April 18 2017.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Song of the Week! 12 August 2017

This closing week, a new official Touhou Project title was released, it was the birthday of one of the Taiko Discord group's users sporting a Touhou avatar and I can get to talk about Eurobeat music some more...

...really, do I need more reasons to get to talk about Touhou stuff once more?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog 2 (10 August 2017) - Behind the Notechart(s): Mitsusegawa Ranbu

Before this year's summer break, Yamaguchi of the Taiko Team stopped by to talk about his charting job for the latest geared-with-Ura-at-launch Namco Original from Yellow Version.

Namco Taiko Blog (10 August 2017) - Taiko no Tatsujin x INSPION Collaboration Begins!

Roughly one month after the original announcement was made, the collaboration event between the Taiko no Tatsujin series and the emerging INSPION company is finally ready to boot! The full details of this 3-parter operation are fully detailed in today's Taiko Team blog entry.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

First Video: Yellow ver. 5.17 New Songs and Wai Wai Ensou Introduction

With the latest arcade update going live, the Issho ni Waiwai Ensou has been introduced, so it's only fair to give the pre-jump headline to a related gameplay video before spotlighting the actually-new songs!

Monday, August 7, 2017

[SITE] - Title Fix Notice: Taiko Time 7th Anniversary Edition

As the 7th Anniversary celebrations continue, it is also high time for us to right what was wrong, like egregriously-put title romanizations. And if you remember, we should also be concluding the ruse that is The Great Big Taiko Time Title Fix Feud.

Of course, our policy should be to aim for no title fixing is required, but to err is human and we are more than ready to admit fault. If you find more inconsistent or strange romanization that we have put forth, bring it out for us to discuss and fix!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Song of the Week! 5 August 2017

Once again, I got no ideas for this week's feature song beforehand, so I resorted once again to the kind folks over the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord group for a quick brain-storming. Wanna see the results of that?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Twitter Snippets (August 4 2017): Snarky Granny Intrudes (further)

Now that the previously-exclusive Sukatto Bachan no Uta will be seeing general Japan-wide inclusion soon, the special Yellow ver. cabinets at Odaiba Minna no Yume-tairiku 2017 event needs something else for the collaboration with Tsukai TV Sukatto Japan. So that's why starting tomorrow (August 5 2017) those cabinets will be adding the exclusive Sukatto Janken that is used in the small rock-paper-scissors segment in the show.

In addition, if you are of high-caliber Taiko no Tatsujin skills, you can be eternally (read: until the event ends) celebrated on the whiteboard leaderboards for everyone with the event's day-ticket to see.

Across Japan (August 4 2017) - Why, Why Play Without the Licensed Picks: Yellow ver. Asia G/V 4.03 Update

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What's the point with playing the Asian ver. newest update when only the single Namco Original from Japan's equivalent update made it on the same day, and the new two-player mode is official coined in English as "Waiwai Play"? Well still a lot actually, the Don Medals being one.

Well in a step up of the game, the Taiko Team has prepared the three versions of the Waiwai Play flyer in English, Traditional Chinese and Korean.

New Songs: August 8 2017 (Yellow ver. Asia G/V 4.03)
鏡の国のアリス Kagami no Kuni no Alice Same day as Japan []
   伊東歌詞太郎 Itou Kashitarou

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Twitter Snippets (3 August 2017) - Missing Tweak Notice

Together with all the features that have been revealed on yesterday's blog entry, there's an additional tweak for the regular 2-player mode that the Taiko Team staff has forgotten to mention in said blog post! A quick tweet was made to remedy on that.

In short, the player icons on the left side of the scrolling bar will be re-arranged so that multiple informations attached to it in-game, such as the players' titles/title parts being set and the eventual modifiers that are being used for the play session. To have a size comparison, check out a Taiko 0 2P video such as this one.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

TnT Original Playlist Update (2-3 August 2017) - Summer '17 NO Songs

Between the last 2 days, all of the last months' previous original songs from Yellow Version are here, from seasonal Rewards Shop items to sporadic 10* Oni contenders! However, no official lyrics for any of the songs are supplied in the related video descriptions.

As for why we've changed the English spelling of the song featured in the embeded video above, that's one topic we're going to talk about in the coming days...

 Geki-un! Shichifuku Happy Crew
 Mitsusegawa Ranbu
 Boukyaku no Tirnanog
 Usagi no Shippo
 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)

Namco Taiko Blog (3 August 2017) - Summer Duet Ensemble: Yellow ver. Version 5.xx Update

As foretold by the previous weekly post, it's going to be update time once again! After the jump is listed all the content that has to be expected this time around.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Taiko Plus/STH - Early August '17 GTH Additions


Six new songs for both versions of the Shinkyoku Tori Houdai app! Let's do this.

Gakkyoku Tori Houdai Adds: August 1

 Minna ga Minna Eiyuu (みんながみんな英雄)
 Utsukushiku Sewashiki Danube (美しく忙しきドナウ)
 Ten Bin-za Kyuko Yoru o Iku (てんびん座急行 夜を行く)
 Alexander no Theme (アレキサンダーのテーマ)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Site Announcement: Taiko Time 7th Anniversary!

This year we're just slapping actual Taiko sprites together for the anniversary logo :P

7th Anniversary for the Taiko Time blog! Woohoo!

Despite our real-life commitments getting in our way from time to time, we are glad that we have kept on this pro bono endeavor in bringing Taiko no Tatsujin resource into English-speaking circles. We may reiterate this every year, but it is true that we thank all of your support, as long-time readers or occasional drop-ins alike.

But to be frank, outside of the routine Anniversary Quiz and some on-occasion housekeeping (we have one Title Fix post planned), we really don't have much idea for what else to do this year. Do you have burning questions to ask us in another Staff Interview? Do you have interesting custom made notecharts you want us to showcase in a revival of Made By You? Do you <insert your own suggestion maybe>? Tell us so that we can plan for it down the road.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Chouzetsu-gikoukei Shoujo Lyrics

Composition: Nekokaburi Cyclone (ねこかぶりサイクロン) (xi+Nekomirin (ねこみりん))

Japanese lyrics sourced from original Creofuga submission

Sunday, July 30, 2017

PS4-1 Update: Postcards from Various Conventions/Events Trial Stations

Session de Dodon ga Don/Drum Session has been on trial-play tour around conventions and events, including Next-gen WHF '17 Summer last month and ChinaJoy in Shanghai this weekend. And of course local gaming press has sent their crew to report and bring back footage. Here are some main findings from those, including the videos from Bahamut and the CoroCoro Magazine YouTube channel:
  • One of the major observations from this is that the drum controller (at least the ones on display) plays kinda bad: the kid playing Heaven and Hell Oni clearly knows what he's doing with his handswitching, but some notes still missed probably due to bad registering (and he kinda want to vent it in the afterward interview but then he held it off, if that's any indication)
  • This might only apply to this smaller-scale trial version, but PS4-1 has some of the shortest loading screens in console Taiko history. It appears that it loads part of it and let you start playing first, while it loads the rest up (note the spinning Don-chan face on top-right corner)
  • The strip background behind Don-chan has an additional scene change (e.g. a few more bright lanterns drops down) when you are half way to the Clear mark
  • There is no celebratory message (Bachio Sensei pops out and shows Clear Successful/Full Combo) immediately after on the scroll-bar
Also with the increasing reportage and trial play appearances, we can step further and begin to break down the difficulty ratings for the new songs! For instance:
  • Firstly not from this haul of footage, but the latest website update has shown that Apollo is 2/4/4/2 in the Training Performance song select screen
  • Tales of Berseria Medley is 4/6/6/8
  • Tsunagare! Hirogare! Uchiagare! is 4/5/7/9 reigning as one of the highest rating console theme song so far, with 314 notes on Futsuu and 209 on Kantan
  • For some reason Heaven and Hell Overture's Futsuu is up to ★5 even though it has been ★4 for ages including on the current AC0
Final note as we are talking about PS4 anyway: The collaborative elements from the previous Taiko no Tatsujin x Tekken 7 Fated Retribution collaboration (including the costumes and health bar modifications) has come to the PS4 Tekken 7 game as downloadable content. Kinda suitable with the all-out collaborative efforts like the tune Heat Haze Shadow2 with Heihachi Mishima in guest session appearance.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Song of the Week! 29 July 2017

Continuing from last week's not-Japanese representatives in occasion for the Session de Dodon ga Don localization plans, today we're having song representatives for the Chinese and Korean musical scene in Taiko to complete the trilogy!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

PS4 Website Update - The "Everything You Already Know About" Update

まずはランク認定戦 他のプレイヤーとマッチング

Together with today's blog entry publishing on the Taiko Team's blog, Session de Dodon ga Don's website has been updated with all the features that were revealed last week, including the newcomer Taiko Ranked Match mode which is also spotlighted in the pictures above!

The other sections being updated this time around are the Best Replay feature (=challenge a copy of yourself while aiming to beat personal high-scores), Training, Guest Session supporters and the full default songlist.

Namco Taiko Blog (27 July 2017) - Yellow Ver. GV 5.xx Teasers

It's time for another future arcade update teaser! Game Version 5.xx is scheduled to be distributed on August 8th, but the Team doesn't feel in the mood to fully spill out the beans yet, so we'll have another short pointer selection of what to expect from this version enhancement.

Here's what features are expected in the next update:
  • New songs!
  • New 2 Player-exclusive game mechanic!
  • Yellow Version's final main Dojo Ranking courses!
    (Erratum 27/07/2017: Still unable to match the timing for this release, Taiko Team is aiming for the next update after final tuning)
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Taiko Plus/STH: A YouTube-licious Summer Collaboration

Taiko no Tatsujin and YouTube are having a collaboration!

...wait, no, just with UUUM, one of Japan's largest MCN/production company, and their thirty-plus YouTuber talents. ...okay *puts down Nerdfighter salute*

Collab Special Site: https://u.app.taiko-ch.net/

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Twitter Snippets/Across Japan (25 July 2017): Eel Day Deja Vu-Ception

Today in Japan falls the so-called 'Doyo no Ushi' (土用の丑の日, lit. "Midnight of the Ox"), and if this bit might sound familiar to some of our long-time followers... that's because we've already talked about this. Twice, in fact!

Still, enjoy the playable return of Namco Original Unagi no Tamashii Rock, coming to both Japanese and General Asia Yellow Version arcades from today to August 6th.

(...just when will the Taiko Team decide to unlock it permanently?)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Random: Staying Fresh for the New Game: Squid Beatz 2 for Splatoon 2

Continuing from the first game, the brand new Splatoon 2 again comes with the rhythm-action minigame of Squid Beatz 2 (イカラジオ2, Ika Radio 2).

In case you don't know, you can unlock the original Squid Beatz via completing additional amiibo challanges in Splatoon 1. Though being mostly just a music player, you can call upon the rhythm-game part to have notes flow from right to left along a line.

The original was more of just "something to do in this music player", but the new installment has powered-up the gaming aspects including actual hit judgement and scoring, plus gold and silver squid trophies for completing each notechart.

In short, the pink notes (sounds like dons) have you press the direction or A/B/X/Y buttons, the green notes (sounds like kats) takes the shoulder L/R buttons, and the bordered notes needs to be hit on both sides. What is different from Taiko no Tatsujin, in addition to the pink and green notes split into two rows instead of one, there are also places that you have to press pink and green notes at the same time.

The actual difficulty level though is familiar if you play Taiko no Tatsujin well enough. Most HARD notecharts tops at or under Oni ★9 with your typical 16th and 24th clusters and streams.

...wait hold on, that phrase sounds so similar back there...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Song of the Week! 22 July 2017

For not-Japanese Taiko no Tatsujin fans, the news of a console game for the series that is getting official translations for another language are always the ones of the highest magnitude... let alone three of them, at the same time!

Being an English-rooted news blog and all that jazz, today's featured track comes from the other title that got an English transation in the past, as well as the first non-Japanese Taiko game to come out...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Taiko no Tatsujin [heavy sharpie strokes] Drum Session! (PS4-1)

Remember V Version in Chinese, 3DS2 in Korean, as well as the much shame-inducing first attempt that is Taiko Drum Master back on PS2? PS4-1 is bringing all those three together (only for the Asian market)!

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