The life of a controversial composer Koichi Sugiyamaknown mainly for his long-term work dragon quest series, will be the subject of a live-action television drama. The program will feature Ken Yasuda (live action Gintama) like Sugiyama and detail the story behind the composer’s involvement with dragon quest and the creation of the iconic piece “Overture: Loto’s Theme”.
“Overture: Loto’s Theme” was the first song inaugurating the Parade of Athletes’ Nations during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021.
Yasuda is joined by cast members Crystal Noda as Sugiyama’s assistant and Yūki Hirako, Daisuke Shiba, Shō Kaga, Robin Furuya and Kanako Momota as members of the dragon quest production team. On taking on the role of Sugiyama, Yasuda said, “I am very honored to play the role of the great Sugiyama-sensei who has made music that is loved across generations. kind of person Sugiyama-sensei has been.”
The drama will air this weekend on NTVit is 24-jikan Terebi 45 (TV 45 24h/24). The same program will also air a performance by the Ishigaki Shiritsu Ishigaki Daini High School Marching Band. Sugiyama donated a large number of instruments to the band during his lifetime. The group will perform a medley of dragon quest songs at the national sumo arena Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Sugiyama composed over 500 pieces for the dragon quest series since 1986. His work for the Dragon Quest XII: Flames of Destiny game was his final work. He created compositions for the series before passing away in 2021 at the age of 90.
Additionally, Sugiyama has composed music for anime such as the second Cyborg 009 TV shows, Space Runaway Idéon, Dragon Quest: Dai no Daiboken (and other dragon quest animated) and Magic Knight Rayearth. He also scored the live-action special effects film Godzilla vs. Biollante.
Sugiyama’s legacy remains marred by controversial statements, often echoing conservative and right-wing Japanese political rhetoric. He wrote a letter opposing United States House of Representatives Resolution 121 in 2007. The resolution called on the Japanese government to apologize to ‘comfort women’ who became sex slaves for soldiers Japanese during World War II. In the same letter, he denied the occurrence of the Nanjing Massacre perpetrated by the Imperial Japanese Army. He appeared on a 2015 show alongside politicians Mio Sugita and Kyōko Nakayama, decrying LGBTQ+ people as “unproductive” for not having children, and dismissed concerns about high suicide rates in the world. within the LGBTQ+ community.