Masanori Takeuchi

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Masanori Takeuchi
Employment history:
Sega Enterprises (1991 – 2000)
WOW Entertainment (2000 – 2003)
Sega WOW (2003 – 2004)
Sega (2004 – )
Role(s): Composer, Musician

Masanori Takeuchi (竹内 雅則) is a Japanese video game music composer and sound designer who may be retired, but typically worked with Sega developer AM1/WOW Entertainment from the early 90's to the late 00's. He most often composed rock[1] and heavy metal[2] soundtracks such as Title Fight, Sky Target, Sega Strike Fighter and Wild Riders. He is best-known for his work on Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder, Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders, Sega GT 2002 and After Burner Climax.

He is not to be confused with Masanori Takeuchi (竹内 将典), the FromSoftware producer who has worked on a few Sega-published titles in the early 2000s.


Masanori Takeuchi joined Sega in the early 90's, the same year as Tomoyuki Kawamura, who he collaborated with on his second-ever title, Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder,[3] released in 1992. His earliest game is unknown, but it was worked on with Hiroshi Kawaguchi,[4] so Air Rescue (also released in 1992 on the Sega System 32) has been pointed towards as a likely candidate.

He worked under AM2 when it housed all sound designers for arcade games, but frequently worked on titles developed by AM1, most notably Sky Target, Dynamite Baseball and Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders. He would officially join the division when AM2 Sound was split among several divisions and would continue to compose for them under WOW Entertainment and Sega WOW.

In 2005, he briefly moved to the AM2 division, but was credited as hailing from AM1 in 2007[5] and 2008.[3] The last known work he made music for is After Burner Climax, though in the commentary for Golden Axe The Music he mentioned he was still writing music for Sega.[3]

Production history



Song credits

Main article: Masanori Takeuchi/Song credits.

Magazine articles

Main article: Masanori Takeuchi/Magazine articles.


Main article: Photos of Masanori Takeuchi

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