Trivia / Bemani

  • Some of the BEMANI musicians play their own games, with varying degrees of success. REFLEC BEAT sound director DJ YOSHITAKA has shown himself to be able to play his own game very well, and DJ TOTTO is a Kaidennote -level beatmania IIDX player. Meanwhile, pop'n music sound director wac is somewhat notorious for his appearance at JAEPO 2013, where he shows that his pop'n abilities...have a lot of room for improvement. (To be fair, he did play Ongaku [EX], one of the hardest charts in the entire pop'n series.)
  • Bad Export for You:
    • Arcade BEMANI games are released not only in Japan, but also other Asian regions, such as South Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, only the Korean versions are translated; players in other non-Japanese eAMUSEMENT regions don't get translated versions. The sole exception is Dance Dance Revolution, which gets a decent amount of English-language arcade releases here and there.
    • BEMANI cabinets at Round 1 US locations are Japan-region, and thus come with all the perks of playing with PASELI and drawbacks of playing with regular credits. The problem: no Round 1 location in the US has PASELI enabled, meaning that, among other things, you can't get extra stages in IIDX or anti-Game Over insurance on games that offer it.
  • Executive Meddling: Inverted with "Brain Power" being removed from Sound Voltex and MUSECA: it was NOMA and not Konami who chose to not have the song's contract renewed. Played straight in the reasoning though: The contract gave Konami the rights to "Brain Power", and as such it could not be used in non-Konami media or gigs, not even NOMA's own, without having to ask Konami, and NOMA wanted to be able to have control over his own song. That said, NOMA has stated that it's not the permanent end to "Brain Power" as a music game track; there's the option to modify and renew the contract at a future date. In fact, right after it vanished from Sound Voltex, it re-appeared on the non-Bemani music game Neon FM (which also ascended the meme associated with the song).
    • In October 2017, it was increasingly speculated that the Bemani division — specifically, the staff musicians — was facing internal issues not unlike what had happened to Hideo Kojima prior to the release of Metal Gear Solid V. A telltale sign that something was amiss was the sudden removal of references to artists from promotional material and artwork in certain locations. Then, the song information page for "GERBERA" on the Sound Voltex website removed the reference to TAG and credited it to "BEMANI Sound Team" instead. Several new songs added to various Bemani games (including the aforementioned "GERBERA") in early-November were similarly credited to "BEMANI Sound Team" rather than an individual artist. However, one of them — "Mychronicle" on Pop'n music — has an Easter Egg keysound at the end with various voices saying "Des-ROW!"; it's not known if this was in the song from the beginning or was snuck in as a subtle acknowledgement that something was wrong.
  • Fan Nickname
    • 185 BPM is known by some as the "Yoshitaka constant" or variants thereof, due to DJ YOSHITAKA's strong tendency to use this speed in a large number of his songs.
      • In fact, it's such a prominent constant in his songs that people initially thought that Rche was DJ YOSHITAKA's alias simply because of the use of repetitive chords and its bpm.
    • "Soflan", a term used for sudden and dramatic BPM changes. The term originates from "SOFT LANDING ON THE BODY" from beatmania IIDX 2nd Style, which shuffles between 79, 159, and 318 BPM. Bonus points if the song itself does not actually change BPM but the scroll BPM does.
  • Fanwork Ban: From 2011 to 2015, the online service Programmed World allowed players on current BEMANI cabinets in countries not served by the eAMUSEMENT network to enjoy functions and features that are otherwise exclusive to eA-connected machines. Unfortunately, in March 2015, Konami sent a cease-and-desist order to arcades running PW-connected cabinets as well as the PW staff, forcing the service to go offline. It is speculated that Konami is planning to expand eAMUSEMENT service to outside of Eastern and Southeast Asia, as on the same weekend, the eAMUSEMENT website announced plans to provide global website service to players outside of Japan, although whether this will actually lead to global eAMUSEMENT service has yet to be seen. (Hint: it won't... that is until DDR A came along in 2016.)
  • He Also Did:
    • Naoki Maeda:
      • ...once went by another identity, Ensoniq Maeda, and composed music for other Konami games, such as Salamander 2.
      • ...is the producer of the CROSS×BEATS series.
    • kors k composed music for DJMAX, under the alias Oriental ST8.
    • Tatsh, best known for "Xepher", has produced songs for Cytus, under the alias Persona. In Taito's music games Music GunGun! and Groove Coaster, he produces songs under the alias Xeami, although he also makes songs under his usual "Tatsh" handle.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: At least DanceEvolution Arcade gets offline kits. As for Miraidagakki? There's no legal way to play it anymore, and BeatStream fell to the same fate on September 1, 2017.
  • No Export for You:
    • If you were to make a pie chart of the number of BEMANI games released in Eastern and Southeast Asia and the number of BEMANI games released overseas, the result would be Pac-Man with a nearly-closed mouth. It got worse in 2012 when Konami started requiring BEMANI games to be connected to the eAMUSEMENT network, as well as making their games lease-only as part of the eAMUSEMENT Participation program rather than outright purchasable. . There are efforts to run a third-party clone of the eAMUSEMENT network, but see Fanwork Ban above for what this can lead to.
    • "Senbonzakura" is available on five different BEMANI games...but that number drops to one if you're playing in South Korea.
  • Uncredited Role: In late 2017, multiple original songs starting being credited to "BEMANI Sound Team" rather than the actual contributing artist.
  • Vaporware: Otoiroha was shown at JAEPO 2016 but ended up being quietly cancelled nearly a year later.
  • The Wiki Rule:
    • BEMANIWiki, for Japanese speakers.
    • RemyWiki, which originally started as an English-language beatmania IIDX wiki (it is a sister to the forum and score tracking site Solid State Squad, formerly VJ Army), but has since expanded into a general English-language Bemani resource covering most active franchises. The name comes from its founder, Dan "Remy" Dickinson.
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