Takeaki Kunimoto (better known as Kinoko Kunimoto) is a Japanese composer and musician, known for his numerous contributions to games by Hudson Soft.
Kunimoto started in the game industry when he worked at a music shop while attending University. One day at the music store, Takeaki demonstrated a Yamaha CX-11 computer for Toshiyuki Sasagawa, who urged Takeaki to apply for the developer he worked for, Hudson Soft. He was 23 when he started working for Hudson Soft, and his first work was for the Famicom game Challenger. He worked at Hudson Soft for a couple years composing music for the NES and the TurboGrafx-16.
In 1989, Kunimoto left Hudson Soft and retired from the game industry. In addition, after Kunimoto left the games industry, Hudson re-released many of their older titles on the current gen consoles, and as a result, some of these games feature Kunimoto's music. However, it is unknown who converted the music to these consoles. However, in 2011, after meeting the late Ryu Umemoto, who gave Takeaki a Macbook with Logic, Takeaki rekindled his interest in video game music and returned to the industry, composing music for games such as Kira Kira Star Night DX and Kyogeki Quartet Fighters.
Kunimoto currently serves as the bassist for several bands. These include Take-chan Ken-chan, All One Brothers, The Kinoko Takeaki Kunimoto Band, and Gangan's. He formerly played with Salt Peanuts. In 2012, Kunimoto released a solo album, Hitsuji no Oka. In 2013, he performed with Japanese singer Noko Inoko.
Some of Kunimoto's best known soundtracks include J.J. & Jeff, Milon's Secret Castle, Robo Warrior, and Mickey Mousecapade.
Takeaki's style consists of many elements, primarily rock and jazz. A lot of his music is written in the key of C and occasionally uses a shuffle beat. He also has 16th-triplet slides and phrases in some parts of his music. A lot of his music is also written in fast tempos.
For his NES and TurboGrafx-16 music, Takeaki wrote his music on his Yamaha CX-7 MSX2 computer, using the SFG-05 sound device and YRM-55 music software. He then sent over his compositions via demo tapes to Hudson Soft, which was implemented into the game by the sound programmers. These demo tapes can be heard in the Kinoko Kunimoto Takeaki History series of CDs.
|1985-10-15||Challenger (FC) (チャレンジャー)||
||Arranged by Toshiyuki Sasagawa.|
|1986-03-05||Ninja Hattori Kun: Ninja wa Shuugyou Degogiru no Maki (FC) (忍者ハットリくん)|
|1986-06-13||Star Soldier (NES) (スターソルジャー)|
|1986-11-13||Milon's Secret Castle (NES) (迷宮組曲 ミロンの大冒険)||All songs except Bonus Stage by Daisuke Inoue; Arranged by Toshiyuki Sasagawa.|
|1987-02-10||Adventures of Dino Riki (NES) (新人類 The New Type)|
|1987-03-06||Mickey Mousecapade (NES) (ミッキーマウス 不思議の国の大冒険)|
|1987-06-05||Takahashi Meijin no Bug-tte Honey (FC) (高橋名人のBugってハニー)||With Daisuke Inoue.|
|1987-07-16||Starship Hector (NES) (ヘクター’８７)||
|1987-08-07||Robo Warrior (NES) (ボンバーキング)|
|1987-10-??||Momotaro Densetsu (FC) (桃太郎伝説)|
|1987-11-30||J.J. & Jeff (TG16) (カトちゃん ケンちゃん)||
|| All songs except Staff Roll.|
Arranged by Toshiyuki Sasagawa.
|1987-12-28||Victory Run (TG16) (ビクトリーラン 栄光の１３、０００キロ)||
|1988-04-22||Yuuyuu Jinsei (PCE) (遊々人生)||
||Arranged by Toshiaki Takimoto.|
|1988-??-??||Bomber King (MSX) (ボンバーキング)||Arranged by Hidekazu Tanaka, Akemi Oouchi, Makiko Ito.|
|1989-08-10||Break In (PCE) (ブレイク・イン)||
||Arranged by Toshiaki Takimoto.|
|1990-07-06||Super Star Soldier (TG16) (スーパースターソルジャー)||Hector '87|
|1993-03-26||Milon's Secret Castle (GB) (ミロンの迷宮組曲)||Arranged by Akihiro Akamatsu and Sachiko Oita.|
|1995-07-07||Caravan Shooting Collection (SFC) (キャラバン シューティング コレクション)||Star Soldier and Hector '87; Unknown arranger.|
|2006-01-19||Hudson Best Collection Vol. 5: Shooting Collection (GBA) (ハドソンベストコレクションVol.5 シューティングコレクション)||Star Soldier and Hector '87; Unknown arranger.|
|2021-06-11||Kira Kira Star Night Exa (ARC) (キラキラスターナイトexa)||Music Adv. Stage 1|
Takeaki was usually credited as Kinoko Kunimoto. Kinoko (きのこ) is Japanese for "mushroom". He still uses this pseudonym to this day.
The alias Bomber Kunimoto no doubt refers to the NES game Robo Warrior (NES), released originally in Japan as Bomber King.
- 20th Century Famicom Boy DECADE
- Kyogeki Quartet Fighters Original Soundtrack
- Kinoko Kunimoto Takeaki History Vol.1: Challenger
- Kinoko Kunimoto Takeaki History Vol.2: Star Ninja
- Kinoko Kunimoto Takeaki History Vol.3: Meikyuu Hector
- Kinoko Kunimoto Takeaki History Vol.5: Katoken
- facebook.com/kunimoto.takeaki - Facebook.
- twitter.com/kinokowakame - Twitter.
- youtube.com/watch?v=ER-bqzry5gk - Kunimoto and Matsuken perform songs from Milon's Secret Castle.
- youtube.com/watch?v=M9WqvJATOi0 - Kunimoto talks about the music to Star Soldier (Japanese).
- youtube.com/channel/UC8mtrdgYAMC18sgGrxuor0g - YouTube channel.
- youtube.com/watch?v=4Ygzdl24NnY - Kunimoto shows a song on the MSX that he wrote for Challenger.
- atwiki.jp/gamemusicbest100/pages/1606.html - Atwiki.jp (Japanese).