Akira Toriyama mourns the death of Koichi Sugiyama, the composer of Dragon Quest


Akira Toriyama mourns the death of Koichi Sugiyama, the composer of Dragon Quest

On September 30 he left us Koichi Sugiyama, video game composer, particularly known for putting the music from almost the entire Dragon Quest saga.

Their scores are an inescapable part of the DNA of the saga, one of the longest-lived in the history of video games, and also of the popular culture of Japan, which earned them their presence at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Akira toriyama, illustrator behind the designs of Dragon Quest (also known worldwide for Dragon Ball), and Yuji horii, creator and director of Dragon Quest, reacted to the death, whose comments have been translated by The Dao of Dragon Ball.

“I was shocked to hear about Sugiyama-sensei’s death. When I met him a few years ago, he gave me the impression that he was a magician with eternal life, in a good way.” says Toriyama.

“The overall image of Dragon Quest was determined by a number of wonderful and impressive masterpieces by Sugiyama-sensei, who has loved video games ever since. It’s not an exaggeration to call them that.”

The illustration on the cover of this article was drawn by Toriyama as a gift for his 88th birthday.

“I am very sorry to hear about Sugiyama-sensei’s sudden death”, regrets Yuji Horii. “For 35 years, since making the first Dragon Quest, Sugiyama-sensei has brought the spirit of his music to the world. As a master composer, he wrote a lot of really great songs.”

“Dragon Quest will continue to be played with his music. A master like him should continue to live in the hearts of all players. Sugiyama-sensei, thank you very much for being here for so long.”.


Koichi Sogiyama

Sugiyama won in 2016 a Guinness record the world’s oldest active video game composer.

However, Sugiyama has always been a controversial figure for his nationalist positions or his denial of the Nanking Massacre, of Japanese soldiers against Chinese civilians during World War II, in addition to downplaying the use of sex slaves by Japanese soldiers in said war.

Source: The Dao of Dragon Ball


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