Yesterday we reported that Resident Evil and Onimusha composer Mamoru Samuragochi admitted that he hired someone else to create the compositions he took credit for. Today we learn who composed those works and that Samuragochi may not be deaf after all.
During a four-hour press conference in Japan the man who served as Samuragochi's ghost composer says that he never got the impression that he was deaf in all the years he dealt with him. Tagashi Niigaki, a music teacher who came forward to claim the identity of the person who composed Samuragochi's work over the last two decades, said:
"From the first time I met him, I never felt that his hearing was impaired."
He later said that Samuragochi "listened to a tape I recorded and gave me instructions accordingly."
He also said that Samuragochi later told him that his hearing was deteriorating, but that during his interactions with him through the years he seemed "normal."
Niigaki claims that Samuragochi paid him around seven million yen ($68,950) to create 20 works over a period of 18 years.