|Born||May 29, 1970
Nichinan, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan
|Occupation(s)||Composer, synthesizer programmer, musician|
Warner Music Group
The Death March
Takeharu Ishimoto (石元 丈晴 Ishimoto Takeharu?) is a Japanese video game composer, synthesizer programmer, and musician currently working at Square Enix. He joined Square Enix in 1999 as a synthesizer programmer on Legend of Mana, and worked for them on several games. In 2002 he moved to become a composer, beginning with World Fantastista. He has since composed for several large-budget games, such as The World Ends with You, Dissidia: Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy Type-0. In addition to his work for Square Enix he is a composer and guitar player for the bands The Death March (formed in 2012) and SAWA (formed in 2008 and disbanded in 2011).
Takeharu Ishimoto first got into music as, according to him, he lived in the country and there was nothing else to do. He first worked as a synthesizer programmer before becoming a composer; he began working as such in 1999 with Legend of Mana. Several games later, he began to also work as a composer with the PlayStation 2 soccer game World Fantasista. In 2004 he began to compose for games in the Final Fantasy series, which he had previously worked with as a synthesizer programmer on Final Fantasy X. His last work as a synthesizer programmer was for Kingdom Hearts II in 2005; since then he has worked exclusively for Square Enix as a composer. He is currently working on two Final Fantasy games, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy Type-0.
Ishimoto was also a member of the Japanese musical group SAWA, with which he performed under the name HIZMI. He formed the band along with Sawa Kato in October 2008. Kato sang some of the songs and wrote the lyrics for Ishimoto's The World Ends with You soundtrack. The band has released one album, 333, in 2008. After SAWA disabanded, he formed in 2012 The Death March, a band that play and re-arrange music from videogame soundtracks composed previously by Ishimoto such The World End with You and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.
Style and legacy
He was named by IGN as number ten in their top ten JRPG composers list in 2008. Ishimoto composes songs in many different genres, including rock, hip-hop, electronica, pop, and experimental for The World Ends with You alone.
- Synthesizer programmer
- Legend of Mana (1999) – with Hidenori Iwasaki, Hirosato Noda, and Ryo Yamazaki
- Vagrant Story (2000) – with Hidenori Iwasaki and Hirosato Noda
- All Star Pro-Wrestling (2000)
- Final Fantasy X (2001) – with Keiji Kawamori and Ryo Yamazaki
- All Star Pro-Wrestling II (2001)
- All Star Pro-Wrestling III (2003)
- Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (2004)
- Kingdom Hearts II (2005)
- World Fantasista (2002) – with Masayoshi Soken
- Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII (2004)
- Last Order: Final Fantasy VII (2005)
- Monotone (2007)
- The World Ends with You (2007)
- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (2007)
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy (2008)
- Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010) – with Yoko Shimomura and Tsuyoshi Sekito
- Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy (2011)
- Final Fantasy Type-0 (2011)
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (2012) – with Yoko Shimomura and Tsuyoshi Sekito
- Final Fantasy Agito (2014)
- Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (2015)
- "J-Pop World - SAWA Interview". J-Pop World. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
- Sullivan, Meghan (2008-12-18). "Top Ten JRPG Composers". IGN. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
- Napolitano, Jayson (2008-06-24). "The World Ends With You: Come on and do the peace! (review)". Original Sound Version. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
- Official website (Japanese)