Manami Matsumae

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Manami Matsumae
松前 真奈美
Manami Gotoh

(1964-12-25) December 25, 1964 (age 58)
Other namesChanchacorin
Occupation(s)Composer, arranger
Years active1987–present
SpouseKimitaka Matsumae
Musical career
GenresVideo game music
LabelsBrave Wave Productions[1]

Manami Matsumae (松前 真奈美, Matsumae Manami) is a Japanese video game music composer. She previously worked for Capcom in the 1980s, writing music for games such as Dynasty Wars, Mercs, Magic Sword, and the original Mega Man.


She previously worked for Capcom, where she worked on titles such as SonSon II, Dynasty Wars, U.N. Squadron, Mercs, Magic Sword, and Carrier Air Wing. She is best known, however, for composing the music for the original Mega Man, including its iconic "Game Start" jingle. Matsumae was known during her days at Capcom by her maiden name, Manami Gotoh (後藤 真奈美, Gotoh Manami), but was usually credited by her alias, Chanchacorin.[2]

Following her departure from Capcom in 1990, she became a freelance composer. The soundtracks she worked on afterwards include the Derby Stallion series, Game Boy titles developed by Sunsoft, and other games such as The Adventures of Lolo, Another Bible, Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions, Jade Cocoon 2, and Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors. She also married fellow musician, Kimitaka Matsumae (originally part of Sega's S.S.T. Band), with whom she worked with on Othello World and Jade Cocoon 2.[citation needed]

Matsumae returned to the Mega Man series via Inti Creates, serving as a guest arranger for some of its album releases, and joining several other former Mega Man composers in creating the Robot Master themes for Mega Man 10. In 2014, she joined the Tokyo based label Brave Wave.[3] The label aims to help connect composers with international companies, which is how she contributed music to Shovel Knight.[3][4]

In July 2015, it was announced that Matsumae would be working on her first original solo album, in addition to a tribute album featuring arrangements by her.[5][6] The album, titled Three Movements, was released in December 2017.[7]


Year Title Role(s)
1987 Ide Yosuke Meijin no Jissen Mahjong[8] Music with Harumi Fujita
Mega Man Music
1988 F1 Dream Music
Mega Man 2 "" with Takashi Tateishi
1943 Kai: Midway Kaisen Music with several others
1989 Final Fight Music with several others
SonSon II Music
Dynasty Wars Music
U.N. Squadron Music
1990 Mercs Music
Magic Sword: Heroic Fantasy Music
Carrier Air Wing Music
1991 Capcom no Quiz: Tonosama no Yabou Music
Derby Stallion: Best Race Music
1992 Batman: Return of the Joker Music
Sanrio Cup: Pon Pon Volley Music
Derby Stallion: National Edition Music
Trip World Music
Best Play Pro Yakyuu Special Music
Looney Tunes Music
Honō no Dōkyūji: Dodge Danpei Music with Hiroshi Tsukamoto
Othello World Music with Kimitaka Matsumae
Esper Dream 2 Music with Shigemasa Matsuo
1993 Honō no Dōkyūji: Dodge Danpei 2 Music with Hiroshi Tsukamoto
Vegas Stakes Music with Kimitaka Matsumae
1994 Adventures of Lolo Music
Derby Stallion II Music
Tenchi o Kurau Music
Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions Music
1995 Another Bible Music
Derby Stallion III Music
1996 Derby Stallion '96 Music
G.O.D: Mezameyo to Yobu Koe ga Kikoe Music with Kimitaka Matsumae and Yuuichi Matsuzaki
Derby Stallion Music
1998 Pilot Kids Music
Derby Stallion '98 Music
1999 Derby Stallion '99 Music
Fun! Fun! Pingu Music
2001 Jade Cocoon 2 Music with Kimitaka Matsumae
2002 Best Play Pro Yakyuu Music
Derby Stallion Advance Music
2006 Derby Stallion P Music
2007 Dragon Quest Swords Music
2010 Mighty Fight Federation "The Battle is Over"
Mega Man 10 "Nitro Rider (Nitro Man Stage)"
2014 Shovel Knight Music with Jake Kaufman
Rainblocks[9] Music
2015 Target Acquired[10] Music
2016 Flat Kingdom[11] Music
Mighty No. 9[12] Music with several others
2017 Starr Mazer[13] Music with several others
2018 Ultra Space Battle Brawl "Usbb Opening Theme"
2020 Derby Stallion[14] Music
2021 Battle Axe[15] Music
2023 9 Years of Shadows Music with Michiru Yamane and Norihiko Hibino[16]
TBA Heart Forth, Alicia Music with Jonathan Geer and Alonso Martin[17]
Time x Drifter Music with CobaltBW and Philip Walker[18]


  1. ^ "Artists". Brave Wave. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Greening, Chris (13 April 2013). "Manami Matsumae Profile". Game Music Online. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Martin, Ian (2014-06-20). "New music label helps classic video-game composers go solo". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  4. ^ Holmes, Jonathan (2014-08-11). "Target Acquired is the new game from famed Mega Man composer". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  5. ^ "Brave Wave announces solo album and tribute album by Manami Matsumae". Brave Wave Productions. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  6. ^ McMillan, Emily (30 March 2016). "Manami Matsumae Interview: A Retro Revival". Video Game Music Online. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  7. ^ "The composer behind the original Mega Man just released an incredible solo album". The Verge. 17 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  8. ^ Taher, Mohammed; Matsumae, Manami. "A Conversation Manami Matsumae". Archived from the original on 11 February 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Rainblocks is out, featuring Manami Matsumae". Bravewave Productions. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  10. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (12 December 2014). "'Target Acquired' – A Conversation Legendary Composer Manami Matsumae". Touch Arcade. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  11. ^ Paquet, Ryan. "FLAT KINGDOM ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK: AVAILABLE NOW". Original Sound Version. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  12. ^ "Development Update: Sound Creator Profiles!".
  13. ^ "Manami Matsumae joins the Starr Mazer team!". Brave Wave. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Derby Stallion for Switch Official Website". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  15. ^ "Battle Axe". 9 June 2021. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  16. ^ "9 Years of Shadows - Dev Update #1 - Elemental Combat - Steam News". 2021-08-24. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  17. ^ "Contact & Credits". Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  18. ^ @timexdrifter (April 18, 2019). "In an effort to bring you the best experience, we proudly announce that in addition to CobaltBW and @Pianotoko, the legendary composer Manami Matsumae (@chanchacolin) is now a part of the #TimexDrifter music team. Please stay tuned for a gameplay trailer featuring her music!" (Tweet). Retrieved July 18, 2019 – via Twitter.

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