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Pokémon Composer Leaves Game Freak for Independent Quest

Posted by Tim Latshaw

Possibilities for the Poké-future still open

Shota Kageyama, a composer for recent Pokémon titles including X &Y and Black & White, has announced via Twitter that he has left developer Game Freak to pursue independent music.

Kageyama's tweet has been translated and reported by Anime News Network as follows:

[Greetings] Happy New Year, everyone. I'm sorry to raise a personal matter, but I left GAME FREAK, who has been good to me these past six years and seven months, on December 31 to start a new music brand called Spica Musica.

According to further tweets, Kageyama plans to continue serving in the field of game music while broadening his horizons. He also said that his co-workers at Game Freak have wished him well, and that he wishes not to fully say farewell to them as long as the possibility remains that he may compose with them again.

Kageyama has also composed for Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver and served as an arrangement supervisor on Super Smash Bros. Brawl, among other projects.

Best of luck to Mr. Kageyama in all his future endeavours. Hopefully they'll fall upon our ears for many years to come.

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BlatantlyHeroic said:

While this is sad, perhaps the next person to compose music for Pokemon will be even better. Personally I'd like Legendary Pokemon battle themes to start sounding just like that... legendary boss battles.



BlatantlyHeroic said:

@PrincessEevee9 They certainly did. Although I wasn't fond of the generation 6 legendary battle theme. They just lacked that sense of amazement. Either way, he was an amazing composer and will be missed.

Edit: Of course the theme when you first meet the legendary Pokemon was amazing.



MixMasterMudkip said:

This is pretty sad. I wish him the best, but... I hope the next compose is just as good if not better. Kageyama, in my opinion, is the best composer the series has ever had. Ever since Gen 5 I've had multiple moments where I've just had to stop playing and listen whenever I heard a new piece. All I can ask is the next one does the same.



Gioku said:

I think my favorite music from Pokémon was the music in the gyms in Black 2 and White 2 - those were awesome!



TingLz said:

@BlatantlyHeroic Well to be fair Xerneas and Yvetal had nothing going for them. Their story is "Here they are trainer, good luck catching them"



K-Gamer said:

Every single franchise of Nintendo can be remembered greatly for its music and Pokemon sure is one of them!



theblackdragon said:

@BlatantlyHeroic: actually, i think i had to re-do that battle about four or five times because I went in ridiculously overprepared and wound up killing the damn thing. Thank goodness the game just kicks you out of the battle and lets you try again as if nothing happened... sheesh! Zygarde was a much harder catch for me to be honest, though I managed to get it without KOing it so idk if the game will let you retry that battle if you screw up... D:



NavySpheal said:

@BlatantlyHeroic I thought it was going to be tough, like catching Rayquaza in Emerald, so I threw a Master Ball to save myself the trouble- then I hear all my friends caught ''em on the first tries and everything. I've still got that bad feeling from that.



Haxonberik said:

He did compose some awesome tracks, but you really can't reach the original 2 generations' musical awesomeness, even if for nostalgia alone.



BlatantlyHeroic said:

@theblackdragon I think you'd have to reset after that one. I ended up catching all of the legendary Pokemon in the game without much of a hassle. The same can't be said for that Ho-Oh in SoulSilver. That took somewhere around 25 tries. Then again, this is pretty much an entry title for people who have never played a game in the series, so it's fine.



Zombie_Barioth said:

I did the same thing, except I did it mainly to make sure my party stayed healthy. I'm glad I did but still can't help but wonder if it was worth the master ball.



Gioku said:

@Zombie_Barioth @NavySpheal well you know... there's really nothing else worth the Master Ball in the game so... it doesn't really matter what you caught with it... (I caught Yveltal in the Master Ball, too. I regret nothing!)



Zombie_Barioth said:

Thats true, except maybe for any event legendaries that get released. Oh well, easy come, easy go as they say.

I don't really regret it though, I just can't help but think I was worried over nothing about my party's health. Lysander wasn't actually all that hard, except for that Pyroar.



AVahne said:

Personally I think the Gen III main legendary music battle is the best out of all of them. Even the Regi battle theme was amazing.



Socar said:

Then again, Koji Kondo hasn't been making music for a lot of Mario games but instead other composers are doing so......yeah.



AVahne said:

Really? I caught Zygarde after 3 luxury balls and Mewtwo after about 4-5 luxury balls. Did they lower the catch rates for legendaries in this gen?



Darkness3131 said:

The music when you get to view the memories in B/W 2 was amazing (and finding it again in X/Y was a nice surprise.). It is for sure my favourite, all though I have some very close followers. I wish him all the best



Vee_Flames said:

@theblackdragon Wait, you know how to catch it? PLEASE TELL ME HOW!
On topic, I loved the game's music in general. Especially Team Flare's battle song.. in fact, I can go a full list of all the songs I liked.



PrincessEevee9 said:

@AVahne I think the Lake Trio's theme beats the Regis. Gen IV had the best music and their Legendary theme is no exception. The sense of pure awesomeness when you fight Arceus for the first time defines that this is the most epic moment of your Pokemon journey, though fighting Rayquaza was equally as good.

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