Dragon Quest composer Sugiyama Koichi dies

Koichi Sugiyama, a composer known for his contributions to Dragon Quest music, passed away at the age of 90, publisher Square Enix confirmed on the Japanese website of the seriesSquare Enix said that Sugiyama died of septic shock on September 30.

Sugiyama has contributed music to each mainline Dragon Quest role-playing game, including the main melody, which dates back to the original 1986.He was the first score for Enix, then the developer of Dragon Quest, the game in 1985 World golf Used for home computers. He is composing for the next game of the series, Dragon Quest 12: Fire of DestinyBefore his death, Square Enix said.

The composer was recognized by the Japanese government for his artistic and cultural achievements. Sugiyama received the Rising Sun Medal in 2018 and was named a cultural meritorious person in 2020. Sugiyama’s Dragon Quest theme is the opening music for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Sugiyama also promoted far-right nationalism and publicly denied Japan’s war crimes. He refuted historical records involving Japan’s role in 1937. Nanjing MassacreDuring this period, the Japanese army killed hundreds of thousands of Chinese, raped more than 80,000 Chinese women, and opposed the Japanese government’s apology for using so-called comfort women for being enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.

In addition, fans of Dragon Quest criticized Sugiyama for improper use of the copyright of his music in their view. Fans accused him of comparing his Western version of the original soundtrack to his Japanese counterparts—in the past, he used sampled instruments instead of orchestral recordings.

Yosuke Matsuda, President and CEO of Square Enix Said in the company statement, “I want to take this opportunity to express my deepest sympathy to Sugiyama Koichi’s friends and relatives. Since the birth of the Dragon Quest series, Sugiyama Koichi’s contributions cannot be expressed in words. I remember seeing him in Dragon Quest. Conducting the orchestra at the concert, as if it was yesterday. I thank and respect his many years of service and the many wonderful musical works he has created for our games, and I offer my heartfelt prayers for his soul to rest in peace.”