Mamoru Samuragochi, the famous Japanese composer behind the Resident Evil and Onimusha soundtracks, is a fraud.
Once dubbed as a digital-age Beethoven by Time magazine, Samuragochi – whom has for years claimed to be deaf – has now admitted to hiring someone else to pen his most famous works under his name.
That man, according to a report on ABC, is part-time music school teacher Takashi Niigaki who now says he has been composing Samuragochi’s work for the last 18 years.
"I am an accomplice of Samuragochi because I continued composing just as he demanded, although I knew he was deceiving people," Niigaki said. "I told him a few times that we should stop doing this, but he never gave in. Also he said he would commit suicide if I stop composing for him."
Even more bizarrely, Niigaki has also claimed that Samuragochi’s deafness is also a scam, adding: "I’ve never felt he was deaf ever since we met. We carry on normal conversations. I don’t think he is.
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).”
Niigaki added that the reason he has chosen to go public now was that he was infuriated by the news that Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi was to dance to a piece at the Sochi Winter Olympics that would be credited to Samuragochi.