Resident Evil, Onimusha ghost writer claims composer isn’t hearing impaired

Friday, 7th February 2014 01:26 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The scandal of Japanese composer Mamoru Samuragochi isn’t over yet; a man has stepped forward claiming to be the musician’s ghost writer, alleging Samaragochi does not suffer a hearing impairment.


The ABC reports part-time music school teacher Takashi Niigaki gave a lengthy, live press conference on Japanese TV yesterday, during which he claims to have been writing works credited to Samaragochi for 18 years.

Describing himself as an accomplice to the deception, Niigaki said that Samuragochi can hear perfectly well, and cannot even write sheet music – explaining in a less sympathy-inducing fashion why he requires the services of a ghost writer.

“I’ve never felt he was deaf ever since we met,” Niigaki said. “We carry on normal conversations. I don’t think he is.

“At first he acted to me also as if he had suffered hearing loss, but he stopped doing so eventually. He told me, after the music for the video games was unveiled, that he would continue to play the role.”

Niigaki said he came forward after he learned that a Japanese figure skater would perform to one his compositions at the Sochi Winter Olympics. He claims to have been paid ¥7 million yen ($77,000) for the more than 20 pieces he composed on Samuragochi’s behalf.

“I told him a few times that we should stop doing this, but he never gave in. Also he said he would commit suicide if I stop composing for him,” Niigaki said.

Yesterday, we learned that Samarugochi has been utilising the services of a ghost writer for almost two decades, apparently as a result of diminished hearing capacity. Although the main ideas of the music were his own, Samarugochi didn’t develop the full scores himself, he confessed.

The composer apologised for the deception via lawyer’s statement, saying he went public with the revelation following the airing of an NHK documentary – although notably also after an interview with Niigaki was published.

Samarugochi’s credits include the 1998 Dual Shock Ver. re-release of Resident Evil and Onimusha: Warlords, as well as the film Cosmos. In musical circles he is perhaps best known for his 2003 composition No. 1 symphony Hiroshima.

Thanks, Polygon.



  1. Tiucaner

    This just keeps getting weirder…

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Luciferous

    Next we’ll find out that he’s never composed any music and doesn’t know how to read sheet music.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. salarta

    Now we see the real reason Samuragochi came forward: Niigaki was about to do it and the backlash toward Samuragochi would be even worse if he didn’t come forward.

    I haven’t gone around polling people or anything, but I don’t think the reaction to what we’ve learned is as harsh toward Samuragochi as it should be from what I’ve seen so far. He emotionally blackmailed Niigaki into giving up his own creative work and potential with the thread of suicide. He tried to put the idea in Niigaki’s head that not playing into his little game means Samuragochi’s death would be his fault. I have no tolerance for that kind of shit. None. That kind of behavior is heinous and completely vile. Even if Samuragochi was actually willing to commit suicide, which I highly doubt, to try and place any blame for his suicide on Niigaki’s head is horrendous. Was Samuragochi so completely devoid of any passion, skill or intellect of his own that he couldn’t be assed to find a way of creating things for himself, or finding what fits best for him?

    Samuragochi needs to live. Suicide is a cowardly way to deal with having to face the consequences of his own actions; there is no honor in dying to try to escape it.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. fihar

    As much as I wanted to understand what really is going on, this ended up being as another case of he said, she said.

    #4 7 months ago
  5. ChunkyLover112

    Resident Evil Revelations sells one million yo

    #5 7 months ago

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