Monday, June 2, 2008

Sound tripping: Taiko no Tatsujin OST

Ever since I had my PSP flashed, two games became constant mainstays in my Memory Schtick: Taiko no Tatsujin Portable and Taiko no Tatsujin Portable 2. To those who haven't heard of them yet, the Taiko no Tatsujin series is one of the best rhythm games around, with the best music selection provided you're a fan of anime, j-pop and video game soundtracks, and remixed classical music.

The gameplay is so simple, any child who knows how to hold the PSP, DS, PS controllers or taiko sticks (depends on what machine you're using, really) correctly can play it. There are only two buttons - one to bang the taiko drum, and another to tap the edge of the taiko. Simplistic, yes, but the simplicity of the game ends when one dares to tackle the hard and Oni (demon) mode.

But I'm not here to give a game review - I'm too tired for that right now - but I'd just like to ask anyone who's knowledgeable about J-music about this particular song found in Taiko no Tatsujin Portable 2. I don't have any song info, and the only clue that I have about this track is that it's most probably a video game tune, because it's categorized as a "Namco Original." Here it is:

Any information about this song, which I'll use to search for its full version, is greatly appreciated. I'm so in love with this tune, I find myself playing through this song over and over again, and is just about the only tune that I cleared in hard and Oni mode.

In exchange, here's the crazy Wedding March Medley tune from Taiko no Tatsujin DS, which demonstrates through music just how a wedding reception can go wrong on so many levels (gotta love Chopin's Etude in E Major at the very end of the track).

Aaand I go off to bed nao.


Josef said...

- Karoi/Karui Zawame

Karoi/Karui -> Minor, light (adj)
Zawame -> No idea. Closest word is zawameku, an intransitive verb meaning "to be noisy" or "to rustle".

I hope that helps. Somewhat.
Best of luck.

Mai said...

Thanks! Much appreciated D: