Hiroshi Kubota

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Hiroshi Kubota
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Local 久保田 浩 (くぼた ひろし)
Born 1965-10-10
Birth Place Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Jimita
H. Kubota
Website jimita.com

Hiroshi Kubota is a Japanese composer, arranger, sound designer, and keyboardist who worked for Sega. He uses the handle "Jimita" which is Japanese for "Wild". He retired following his sound programming work on Ristar (GEN), and became ill in the early 2000s.

Kubota currently plays as a jazz pianist in the Shigeru Ukon Trio (右近茂トリオ).

Music Development

Genesis / Mega Drive

Kubota wrote his own sound driver and wrote the music in assembly on a PC-98 computer. Then the music was assembled on the Genesis. Along with Tokuhiko Uwabo, Kubota's sound driver was used by many third party Japanese developers.

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Kubota said it was difficult working on Moonwalker because he had to learn Michael Jackson's music by ear and transplant it into his sound driver.

The song Thriller is used in the prototype, but removed from the final release. According to Kubota, this was because someone from Sega America informed Sega Japan they couldn't use the song due to the rights of the song not belonging to Michael Jackson, as the song was written by Rod Temperton.

Also, Takayuki Nakamura stated that he did the boss music.


Released Title Sample Notes
1990-02-24 Sorcerian (SMD) (ソーサリアン)
1990-08-24 Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (GEN) (マイケルジャクソン ムーンウォーカー)
Arranged Michael Jackson's music.
1991-06-17 Advanced Daisenryaku: Deutsch Dengeki Sakusen (SMD) (アドバンスド大戦略)
1991-06-23 Sonic the Hedgehog (GEN)
Sound Program
1992-11-20 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (GEN)
Sound Assistant
1992-??-?? Kiss Shot (SMD) (キスショット)
1993-04-23 Panic! (MCD) (スイッチ)
1994-04-23 Formula One World Championship: Beyond the Limit (MCD) (ヘブンリー シンフォニー フォーミュラーワン ワールド チャンピオンシップ 1993) Sound Programmer
1995-02-15 Ristar (GEN) (リスター・ザ・シューティングスター) Sound Program

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