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Takenobu Mitsuyoshi x Masayoshi Soken Interview

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Soken and Mitsuyoshi - Pose

An Interview With Japan's Best Singing Company Employee, Sega's Takenobu Mitsuyoshi & The singing game developer of FFXIV, Masayoshi Soken - "Under The Weight" Wouldn't Exist If Not For Daytona USA!

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi is Sega's "Best Singing Company Employee": A game music composer having worked on such things as Daytona USA and the theme song for the anime version of Virtua Fighter, a band vocalist, and he's even made his solo debut singing other anime theme songs. Many have probably heard him singing songs such as "Kimi no tame nara shineru" and "Akachan wa doko kara kuru no?" in games such as "maimai", "Chunithm", or even "Phantasy Star Online 2". He held a dinner show for Sega employees back on 10/28/2019, which became highly talked about on Sega's official Twitter account. Someone replied to that tweet with "Can I transfer over to your company by 7:30 tonight?". That someone was Square Enix's Masayoshi Soken. Continue Reading

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi Dinner Show

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Mitsuyoshi Dinner Show Ad

Japan's Best Singing Sega Employee Belts Out During a Company Dinner! Our Full Report of the Takenobu Mitsuyoshi Dinner Show!

By Umanami Rei There are a lot more photos from the event available in the original article!

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi Dinner Show @ A Company Cafeteria

A lot of people probably went crazy when this was tweeted out on Sega's official Twitter account on 10/28/2019. Sega Interactive sound creator Takenobu Mitsuyoshi is known worldwide as "Japan's best singing salary man", and is a point of pride at Sega. Be that as it may, it turned into a big deal online with people asking "An employee is singing at a company dinner?" and "Why a dinner show?" about this never before attempted experiment. But it's out of fashion for the media to let such an interesting...no...ground-breaking first of an event to be left uncovered! Famitsu.com hurriedly got the scoop, and now we bring you the results of me sneaking into this Sega Sammy Group employees-only event! Continue Reading

Mr. Video Games – Eric Martin and Game/Japanese Music

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Mr. Vocalist - Eric Martin with Guitar before To Be With You
Almost anyone that knows Eric Martin undoubtedly knows him as the singer for the rock band Mr. Big, that enjoyed such popularity in the early 90s for their mega hit "To Be With You". Though they largely disappeared from the consciousness of the American music scene afterward, their popularity in Japan hasn't really diminished. They still exist as a band today, and on the occasion that they do play in the US, you'll usually find them at clubs. When they go to Japan, they sell out the Budokan. I could argue all day long about how "To Be With You" is not very representative of the band's signature sound, and how they deserved to be far more popular in the US than they were, but I'm not here to talk about Mr. Big. I'm here to talk specifically about Eric Martin, and how he's become a small but stand-out part of not only video game music, but Japanese music in general. Continue Reading