Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

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Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
光吉 猛修
Born (1967-12-25) December 25, 1967 (age 54)[1][2]
Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Composer
  • vocalist
  • keyboardist
  • keyboards
  • vocals
Years active1990–present
LabelsSega Digital Studio

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (光吉 猛修, Mitsuyoshi Takenobu) is a Japanese composer of video game music, singer, and video game voice actor. He has composed music for various games produced by Sega, including Virtua Fighter 2 and Shenmue.[3] He first gained major recognition after the release of Daytona USA, for which he had written all music and personally sang all vocals.[4]

With the arcade games, Derby Owners Club, World Club Champion Football and Star Horse, he also recorded live orchestras.

Aside from original compositions, he also arranges, provides vocals, and is a performer for a variety of projects, including S.S.T from 1988 to 1993, and [H.] from 2004 onwards. He is well-known voicing the character Kage-Maru of Virtua Fighter franchise.

He has a younger brother named Kenji Mitsuyoshi (光吉 賢司, Mitsuyoshi Kenji), who is a manga artist and member of the artist-writer duo Ark Performance along with Kōichi Ishikawa.[5]


Video games[edit]

Year Title Notes
1990 R360 G-LOC "Earth Frame G"
GP Rider With Hiroshi Kawaguchi
1991 Rent a Hero
Strike Fighter
1992 Virtua Racing
OutRunners With Takayuki Nakamura
1993 Daytona USA [4]
Sonic CD Special thanks
1994 Virtua Racing Deluxe
Virtua Fighter 2 With Takayuki Nakamura and Akiko Hashimoto
Virtua Striker
1995 Sega Rally Championship
Manx TT Superbike
Virtua Fighter Remix Sound design
Worldwide Soccer: Sega International Victory Goal Edition Special thanks
1996 Sonic the Fighters With Maki Morrow
Virtua Fighter Kids With Takayuki Nakamura and Maki Morrow
J.League Victory Goal '96 Musicians
Virtua Fighter 3
1997 Virtua Striker 2
Fighters Megamix Sound design
J.League Victory Goal '97 Musicians
Digital Dance Mix: Namie Amuro Sound director
Sega Worldwide Soccer '98 Special thanks
1998 Daytona USA 2 Vocals
Burning Rangers
Virtua Fighter 3tb With Fumio Ito and Hidenori Shoji
1999 Shenmue With various others
2000 F355 Challenge: Passione Rossa
2001 Crackin' DJ Part 2
Shenmue II
2002 World Club Champion Football
Space Channel 5: Part 2 Special thanks
2003 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Marz Sound design
2005 Sega Ages 2500: Vol.21 - SDI & Quartet: Sega System 16 Collection Played bass guitar
Sonic Gems Collection "Fairy of A.I.F."
2006 Let's Go Jungle!: Lost on the Island of Spice
Sega Rally 2006 With various others
2007 Sega Ages 2500: Vol.30 - Galaxy Force II: Special Extended Edition Sound Director
SEGA Rally Revo Special thanks
2009 Yakuza 3 Sound Production
2010 Yakuza 4 Interpretation Assistance
Let's Go Island: Lost on the Island of Tropics With Junpei Mishima and Keisuke Tsukahara
2011 Daytona 2011
2011 Ridge Racer [6]"Ridge Racer USA Mix" - DLC
2012 Maimai With various others
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure Special thanks
Samurai Bloodshow
2013 Transformers: Human Alliance Special thanks
2015 Chunithm: Seelisch Tact "Angry Hammer"
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Motion actor
2017 Daytona 3 Championship USA [7]
2018 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate "F-Zero Medley"[8]
2021 Initial D The Arcade "Super Sonic"[9]

Voice acting[edit]

Year Title Role(s)
1993 Burning Rival Bill
1993 Virtua Fighter Akira Yuki, Kage-Maru
1996 Virtua Fighter 3 Kage-Maru
2001 Virtua Fighter 4 Kage-Maru
2003 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Marz Sgt. Hatter
2005 3rd Super Robot Wars Alpha: To the End of the Galaxy Apharmd the Hatter[10]
2006 Virtua Fighter 5 Kage-Maru
2012 Phantasy Star Online 2 Himself (English and Japanese)
2012 Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Announcer (Japanese)
2015 Project X Zone 2 Kage-Maru[10]
2017 Sonic Mania Competition Announcer[10]


Mitsuyoshi's music from Shenmue was performed live at the first Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig, Germany in 2003. It was the first time that a concert featuring video game music was held outside Japan.[11]

Mitsuyoshi attended the world-premiere of Play! A Video Game Symphony at the Rosemont Theater in Rosemont, Illinois in May 2006. His music from the Shenmue series was performed by a full symphony orchestra. This event drew nearly 4000 attendees.[citation needed]

In 2007, his music from the World Club Champion Football series was presented at the fifth Symphonic Game Music Concert. Takenobu Mitsuyoshi joined the choir during the performance.[11]

For Symphonic Shades – Hülsbeck in Concert in 2008, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi arranged music from Apidya, by German composer Chris Hülsbeck. The event was performed by the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne in Cologne, Germany and marked the first live radio broadcast of a video game music concert.[12]

His first dinner show was scheduled for March 22, 2020, but was postponed to August 23 of that year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and then rescheduled again to January 24, 2021, due to the spread of the second wave of infection. He did an online dinner show livestream on August 23, 2020 to make room for the reschedule.


  1. ^ "Takenobu Mitsuyoshi's profile". Ameba.
  2. ^ "光吉猛修さんらが「セガ・サターン」の魅力を語る。11月2日に新宿で開催". 4Gamer.net.
  3. ^ Jeriaska. "GameSetInterview: Sega's Mitsuyoshi On Giving Voice To Arcade Classics". gamesetwatch.com. p. 1. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Ramos, Jeff (July 7, 2010). "Takenobu Mitsuyoshi & Rony Barrak perform "Let's Go Away" from Daytona USA". Gameculturalist.com. p. 1. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  5. ^ ザ・インタビュー 漫画読みますか?一番好きな漫画を教えて下さい。
  6. ^ Takenobu Mitsuyoshi - Ridge Racer (USA MIX), retrieved December 5, 2021
  7. ^ Barry the Nomad. "SEGA Amusements reveals Daytona 3 Championship USA plus more details!". SEGAbits. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch system".
  9. ^ "頭文字D THE ARCADE" (in Japanese).
  10. ^ a b c "Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (visual voices guide)". behindthevoiceactors.com. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  11. ^ a b Symphonic Game Music Concerts, The Concert Programs Archived December 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Symphonic Shades, Symphonic Shades live im Radio

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