Add to the story posted yesterday... turns out he might not even be deaf... Ghost Composer Takashi Niigaki Claims Mamoru Samuragochi Isn't Deaf
Takashi Niigaki actually wrote Samuragoshi's music for almost two decades.
by Evan Campbell FEBRUARY 6, 2014
The supposed ghost composer for Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted that someone else has been writing his music for 20 years, has come forward as Takashi Niigaki. In an hour-long TV press conference with the Australian Broadcasting Corp., he explains his relationship with the man once known as "Japan's Beethoven" and explains that Samuragochi isn't deaf.
"I've never felt he was deaf ever since we met," said Niigaki, who's been working with Samuragochi for 18 years. "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]."
Samuragochi is credited for creating tracks for Resident Evil: Director's Cut (known as Biohazard in Japan) as well as Onimusha. He hasn't commented on the new allegations by Niigaki.
"I am an accomplice of Samuragochi because I continued composing just as he demanded, although I knew he was deceiving people," said Niigaki. "... I told [Samuragochi] a few times that we should stop doing this, but he never gave in. Also, he said he would commit suicide if I [stopped] composing for him.