Exciting news today from Japan regarding a hugely popular fighting franchise that just received a welcome coup. Music fans and soundtrack Otakus will be pleased to hear that Hiroaki Yura has been named the Music Supervisor of Namco’s upcoming fighter, Soul Calibur V. Hiroaki is no stranger to the music scene, being a violin virtuoso and the Director/Founder of the highly regarded Eminence Symphony Orchestra. Eminence have scored a large number of animes and games ranging from Xenoblade on the Nintendo Wii, to the extremely popular, “The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya” anime. Eminence are also well known for their sellout series of concerts entitled, “A Night in Fantasia” where they recreate the scores from various animes and video games projecting images from the material onto a massive screen that plays behind them. I have been fortunate enough to attend a couple of the ANIF concerts around Australia and let me tell you, they are nothing short of spectacular.
Earlier today I asked Hiroaki Yura to comment on this amazing opportunity:
“I feel very honoured to be a part of the Project Soul team. As Music Supervisor, I will be looking into how I can best continue and improve the 16 years of tradition that the Sound Director, Mr Junichi Nakatsuru has built within the team. Please look forward to our work!” Hiroaki Yura
Knowing that someone of the calibre of Hiroaki Yura will be overseeing the music, almost makes the wait for Soul Calibur V even more excruciating! Have a look at the Soul Calibur V teaser trailer below which was shown at the recent Comic-Con. Now picture that action with Yura san’s brand of music behind it…awesome!
And for the uninitiated, a clip below of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra performing a sublime mix of the Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 score from a few years back.
Japandaman, Hiroaki and Laucha at the Imagine offices, Tokyo, Japan 2010.