Manami Matsumae

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Manami Matsumae
Manami Matsumae - 04.jpg
Local 松前 真奈美 (まつまえ まなみ)
Born December 25, 1964
Birth Place Unknown
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Chanchacorin Manami, Manami Goto, Manami Ietel, Cha Cha, Matsumae, M.M

Manami Matsumae (松前 真奈美), was born on December 25th, 1964 as Manami Goto (後藤 真奈美). She attended the Osaka University of Arts and graduated in 1987. In April, 1987, at the age of 22, she was hired by Capcom to work on the audio team. Matsumae stayed at Capcom until she left in January, 1990, at the age of 25, in order to become a freelance composer. She composed numerous soundtracks for ASCII, and HAL Laboratory, as well as various other companies.

Matsumae said that, rather than use pop music of the day, she used images from the games she worked on as inspiration for her composition process. However, some of her favorite bands include Queen, Pat Metheny Group, Mezzoforte, Maurice Ravel, Muse, and Nikolai Kapustin. She is married to Kimitaka Matsumae who is also a videogame musician.

The nickname "Manami Ietel", found in the credits of Mega Man I and II, comes from Matsumae's tendency to say to her superiors and elders, "Sore, ietemasune!" ("Exactly!" in Japanese). Without her knowledge, one of the programmers extrapolated the "iete" part of the phrase to "Ietel" for her nickname.

Music Development


Manami used a sound engine programmed by Yoshihiro Sakaguchi. This was a difficult task because she had to program the music in 6502 assembly. According to Manami, she first worked on Ide Yousuke Meijin no Jissen Mahjong, composing one song as an audition for the Capcom staff, who later decided to let her work on Mega Man because of her song.


Caption01 = Released Caption02 = Title Caption03 = Sample
1987-09-24 Ide Yousuke Meijin no Jissen Mahjong (FC) (井出洋介名人の実戦麻雀)
1987-12-17 Mega Man (NES)
1988-04-?? F-1 Dream (ARC)
1988-06-01 1943 Kai (ARC) Antiship Battle A
1988-07-?? Legendary Wings (NES)
1989-01-27 Son Son II (PCE)
1989-04-?? Dynasty Wars (ARC)
1989-08-?? U.N. Squadron (ARC)
1990-04-?? Mercs (ARC)
1990-07-?? Magic Sword (ARC)
1990-10-?? Carrier Air Wing (ARC)
1991-01-?? Quiz Tonosama no Yabou (ARC)
1991-12-21 Best Horse Racing: Derby Stallion (FC) (ベスト競馬 ダービースタリオン)
1992-02-28 Contra III: Alien Wars (SNES) (Stage 6 music)
1992-03-28 Batman: Return of the Joker (GB)
1992-03-28 Dan's Dodge Ball (FC) (炎の闘球児 ドッジ弾平)
1992-04-05 Othello World (SNES)
1992-05-29 Magic Sword (SNES)
1992-08-29 Derby Stallion: National Version (FC) (ダービースタリオン 全国版)
1992-10-?? Looney Tunes (GB)
1992-10-16 Best Play Pro Baseball (FC) (ベストプレー プロ野球)
1993-03-26 Dan's Dodge Ball 2 (FC) (炎の闘球児 ドッジ弾平2)
1994-02-18 Derby Stallion II (SFC)
1994-03-25 Adventures of Lolo (GB) (ロロの大冒険)
1994-03-30 Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions (GB)
1995-01-20 Derby Stallion III (ARC)
1995-03-03 Another Bible (GB)
1995-??-?? Adventures of Lolo (GB)
1995-12-?? Vegas Stakes (GB)
1996-03-15 Derby Stallion 96 (SFC)
1996-12-20 G.O.D: Mezameyo to Yobu Koe ha Kikoe (SFC)
1998-04-24 Mega Man & Bass (SNES) Rearranged
1998-08-25 Derby Stallion 98 (SFC)
1999-09-30 Derby Stallion '99 (PS1)
1999-??-?? Pilot Kids (ARC)
2002-08-10 Mega Man & Bass (GBA) Rearranged
2002-12-06 Derby Stallion Advance (GBA)
2007-07-12 Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors (Wii)
2010-03-01 Mega Man 10 (Wii) Nitro Man Stage
2014-06-26 Shovel Knight (PC)

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