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Teacher Claims Resident Evil Composer Mamoru Samuragochi isn’t Deaf

Takashi Niigaki
AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno

A 43-year-old part-time music teacher named Takashi Niigaki has claimed that he served as a ghost composer for “Japan’s Beethoven,” Mamoru Samuragochi, the man who supposedly scored games such as Resident Evil: Dual Shock Ver. and Onimusha: Warlords. What’s more is that he said Samuragochi, who claimed to have lost his hearing at the age of 35 due to migraines, isn’t even deaf and wasn’t capable of writing sheet music.

According to AFP, Niigaki revealed the news in a press conference that was broadcast on live television for over an hour. During the conference, Niigaki said that he composed songs for Samuragochi for the last 18 years.

He said, “I am an accomplice of Samuragochi because I continued composing just as he demanded, although I knew he was deceiving people.” For his work over the past 18 years, he had been paid 7 million yen, which amounts to about $70,000.

Niigaki chose to reveal the truth after he found out that figure skater Daisuke Takahashi was going to dance to one of the songs that had been credited to Samuragochi at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. He didn’t want the performance to reinforce his and Samuragochi’s ruse.

With regard to Samuragochi’s purported deafness, Niigaiki said, “I’ve never felt he was deaf ever since we met. We carry on normal conversations. I don’t think he is (handicapped).

“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 (of a deaf person).”

The news of Samuragochi’s supposed deception has spread across Japan and now the world. What’s your take on this news? Sound off in the comments section.

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