Resident Evil Composer Mamoru Samuragochi Could Be A Double Fraud

Mamoru Samuragochi, the composer thought to be behind acclaimed scores for the Resident Evil and Onimusha franchises, has been revealed as a fraud.

The “Japanese Beethoven,” according to the Japan Times, fed his “ideas and images” for songs to one Tagashi Niigaki, who then composed the music as a ghostwriter. ABC News AU says Niigaki was paid roughly USD $68,000 to write 20 pieces over the last 18 years. With the ghostwriting starting in 1996, Niigaki would have worked on Resident Evil/Biohazard as well as Onimusha for Samuragochi.

Niigaki decided to come forward as the ghostwriter after one of Samuragochi pieces was chosen by a Japanese figure skater for use in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The deception stems from Samuragochi going deaf in the mid-90s, but he continued to write music after losing his hearing thanks to his “absolute pitch,” hence the Beethoven comparisons.

However, even Samuragochi’s handicap is under scrutiny now, as Niigaki claims his hearing loss is a fabrication.

“I’ve never felt he was deaf ever since we met,” [Niigaki] said. “We carry on normal conversations. I don’t think [Samuragochi] 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 has yet to make a public statement himself, and all communications have been through his lawyer. “Samuragochi says it is totally inexcusable and he deeply regrets (what happened). He is mentally distressed and not in a condition to properly express his own thoughts.”

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3 Comments on Resident Evil Composer Mamoru Samuragochi Could Be A Double Fraud

Crapper

On February 7, 2014 at 4:10 am

Who cares? People use ghost writers all the time. As long as the dude consented and was getting paid for it, I don’t understand what the fuss is about. When it said he was a fraud I assumed it was going to be plagiarism, not taking credit for things he’d paid legitimate money for.

It’s sad and stupid, yes, but claiming it’s fraudulent is a total overreaction. Not to mention Resident Evil hasn’t been relevant for a good number of years anyway.

bob

On February 7, 2014 at 11:59 am

It is Fraud he was getting honours for things he never did

quicktooth

On February 7, 2014 at 7:17 pm

@Crapper – Ah the old “if it’s being done at all by anyone for any reason then it’s totally good and everyone MUST accept it” argument. Can someone start just deleting these comments? Commenters at least as a basline have got to give us a statement other than “it exists so suck it”, surely. How does it help the conversation? How does it tell us anything useful? The article already says something exists. It’s just trolling, although sadly I suspect that those who say it don’ actually know that it is. In this case, a guy was lying about what he did, and getting paid and even honoured for the work he didn’t actually do. Fraud is a crime. This guy is probably going to be socially ostracised. At least he’s betrayed the trust of everyone he meets and abused this other composer (who got paid pennies) to do work for him. This is not actual ghost writing. Try and contribute something, crapper.