Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama has passed away

Image: Square Enix

Dragon quest The composer Koichi Sugiyama died on September 30, confirmed by Square Enix. He was 90 years old. The cause of death was septic shock.

Sugiyama’s work on the popular JRPG series is immeasurable.He composed over 500 songs for the franchise and his ultimate contribution was Dragon Quest XII..

Sugiyama, who was involved in Dragon Quest, was regarded as an inspiration for many musicians in the field of video games, but his background was originally to make music for TV shows and movies. He was selected as a Person of Cultural Merit by the Government of Japan in 2020.

The composer became a controversial figure in his later years because of his political activities. He was involved in promoting Japan’s nationalism and questioned the validity of reports of Japanese war crimes during World War II.

A statement from Square Enix said, “I would like to express my heartfelt respect and gratitude for Koichi Sugiyama’s lifelong achievements.” “The funeral was held only by relatives and relatives. Please refrain from condolences, incense, offerings, flowers, etc. due to the wishes of the bereaved family. We plan to hold a farewell party with you at a later date. It is undecided, but the schedule etc. are undecided. Thank you for your understanding. “

Yuji Horii, creator of Dragon Quest, said of the news:

I’m really sorry to hear Mr. Sugiyama’s sudden obituary. 35 years after making Dragon Quest, Professor Sugiyama brought the life of music to the world. The teacher wrote a lot of really great songs. Dragon Quest will continue to be with the teacher’s music. Teachers need to stay alive in the minds of their users. Thank you, Professor Sugiyama.

Akira Toriyama, who is synonymous with the series, said:

I was surprised to hear Dr. Sugiyama’s obituary. From the impression I had when I met him just a few years ago, I thought he was a witch with eternal life in a good way. The image of Dragon Quest is Mr. Sugiyama, who has loved games since then. Determined by a number of wonderful and impressive masterpieces. It is no exaggeration to say that. I am honored to have been with you for a long time! I pray for the soul from the bottom of my heart.