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Koichi Sugiyama, Japanese Political Activist And Dragon Quest Composer, Dead At 90

by the NWR Staff - October 7, 2021, 10:27 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Square Enix

"Political activist" being the politest way to describe him.

One of Japan's most infamous composers and a pillar of the Dragon Quest series has died.

A statement from Square Enix announced that Koichi Sugiyama, who composed the music and sound effects for the Dragon Quest series dating back to the 1986 original, died on September 30, 2021. The cause of death was septic shock, a sudden loss of blood pressure following an infection.

A veteran composer, Sugiyama was known more for his extreme nationalism in recent years, including being a signatory to a full-page letter published in the Washington Post denying an apology for Japan's use of "comfort women" during the Second World War. He was also a noted denier of the Nanjing Massacre, and dismissed the high suicide rates among Japanese LGBT+ youth in 2015.


pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterOctober 07, 2021

Here's hoping the next composer doesn't snub everyone on Symphonic versions of his soundtracks.

MythtendoOctober 07, 2021

It's kind of hard to praise him considering his vile views. He may be a talented composer, but a lousy human being

Luigi DudeOctober 07, 2021

The only good thing I'll say is his music was a big part of the early Dragon Quest charm.  But considering he was using his money to spread terrible messages that were causing real people harm, I wont be shedding any tears for him.

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterOctober 07, 2021

Plus the midis they kept using were shit.

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