June Chikuma

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June Chikuma
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Local 竹間 淳 (ちくま じゅん)
Born 1962?-03-19
Birth Place
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases June Chiki Chikuma, Atsushi Chikuma
Website arab-music.com

June Chikuma (born Jun Chikuma) is a Japanese professional musician. She attended the National Conservatory of Tunis in Tunisia, in which she learned to play the Ney, an Arabic flute-like instrument. She has also studied Arab music in Egypt and Turkey, and has performed at many Arab music festivals.

Around 1985, she was hired as a composer for Hudson Soft. There, she scored the music to many of their popular games, including Adventure Island, Bomberman, Doraemon, and The Legendary Axe. In particular, she worked on almost all games in the Bomberman series, and many games in the series use her theme music composition.

Music Composition


Chikuma said regarding Bomberman:

I composed them on MOTU Performer and something like that and the Hudson sound crew converted it to their sound driver.


For her TurboGrafx-16 games, Chikuma wrote the music in Performer as well and sent her compositions (most likely MIDI files) to Hudson for them to convert in the game. Most of her works were arranged for the TurboGrafx-16 by either Toshiaki Takimoto or Keita Hoshi. According to Chikuma, Jaseiken Necromancer was arranged for the PC Engine by Toshiya Takano.


Released Title Sample Notes
1985-12-19 Bomberman (NES) (ボンバーマン) Arranged by Fumihiko Itagaki.
1986-09-12 Adventure Island (NES) (高橋名人の冒険島) Arranged by Fumihiko Itagaki.
1986-12-12 Doraemon (FC) (ドラえもん) Arranged by Fumihiko Itagaki.
1987-11-16 Faxanadu (NES) (ファザナドゥ) Arranged by Fumihiko Itagaki.
1988-01-22 Jaseiken Necromancer (PCE) (邪聖剣ネクロマンサー) Arranged by Toshiya Takano.
1988-09-23 The Legendary Axe (TG16) (魔境伝説) Arranged by Toshiaki Takimoto.
1989-02-09 Military Madness (TG16) (ネクタリス) Arranged by Toshiaki Takimoto.
1989-08-31 Monster Lair (TCD) (ワンダーボーイIII モンスター・レアー) Arranged Shinichi Sakamoto's music.
1989-10-31 Cratermaze (TG16) (ドラえもん 迷宮大作戦) Japanese version only; Arranged by Toshiaki Takimoto, Katsunori Takahashi, Takayuki Iwabuchi, and Keita Hoshi.
1990-12-07 Bomberman (TG16) (ボンバーマン) Arranged by Keita Hoshi
1991-06-28 Bomberman II (NES) (ボンバーマンII) Arranged by Hitoshi Okuno and Osamu Narita.
1992-12-11 Bomberman '93 (PCE) (ボンバーマン'93) Arranged by Keita Hoshi, Akihiro Sato, Makiko Tanifuji, and Akihiro Honma.
1992-??-?? Dyna Blaster (DOS)
Unknown arranger.
1993-04-28 Super Bomberman (SNES) (スーパーボンバーマン) With Tomoyuki Hamada.
1993-12-10 Bomberman '94 (PCE) (ボンバーマン'94)
1994-07-29 Neo Nectaris (ROM2) (ネオ・ネクタリス)
1994-??-?? Mega Bomberman (GEN) Arranged by Hajime Ohara and Takashi Morio.
1995-??-?? Nectaris (W16)
1995-01-18 Bomberman: Panic Bomber (ARC) (ボンバーマン ぱにっくボンバー) With "Dr. Masaki" (Maki Sugo?)
1995-03-01 Super Bomberman: Panic Bomber W (SFC) (スーパーボンバーマン ぱにっくボンバーW) With Kenichi Koyano and Hitoshi Sakimoto.
1995-04-28 Super Bomberman 3 (SNES) (スーパーボンバーマン3) Arranged by Keita Hoshi.
1995-07-21 Panic Bomber (VB) (とびだせ!ぱにボン) With Shinichi Sakamoto.
1995-10-27 Crystal Beans: From Dungeon Explorer (SFC) (クリスタルビーンズ フロム ダンジョンエクスプローラー) With Yoshio Tsuru, Tsukasa Masuko, and "Bang Heads".
1996-03-22 DoReMi Fantasy: Milon no DokiDoki Daibouken (SFC) (ドレミファンタジー ミロンのドキドキ大冒険) Arranged by Akihiro Sato, Hironao Yamamoto, Ichiro Shimakura, Akihiro Honma, Katsunori Takahashi, Takayuki Iwabuchi, and Hideki Oka.
1996-04-26 Super Bomberman 4 (SFC) (スーパーボンバーマン4) Arranged by Yasuhiko Fukuda.
1996-07-19 Saturn Bomberman (SAT) (サターンボンバーマン)
1997-02-28 Super Bomberman 5 (SFC) (スーパーボンバーマン5) With Yasuhiko Fukuda; Arranged by Kimitaka Matsumae.
1997-12-11 Saturn Bomberman Fight!! (SAT) (サターンボンバーマンファイト!!)
1997-12-12 Pocket Bomberman (GB) (ポケットボンバーマン)
1998-??-?? Pocket Bomberman (GBC)
1998-01-29 Bomberman World (PS1) (ボンバーマンワールド) With Hironao Yamamoto.
1998-02-26 Nectaris: Military Madness (PS1) (ネクタリス)
1998-02-27 Nectaris GB (GB) (ネクタリスジービー)
1998-04-30 Bomberman Hero (N64) (ボンバーマンヒーロー ミリアン王女を救え!)
1998-12-10 Bomberman: Party Edition (PS1) (ボンバーマン)
1998-12-24 Bomberman Quest (GBC)
2001-04-27 Bomberman Tournament (GBA) Battle Music
2007-02-20 Sonic and the Secret Rings (WII) (ソニックと秘密のリング)


She was sometimes credited as Atsushi Chikuma or A. Chikuma. Atsushi is an alternate pronunciation of her given name's kanji (淳), though is usually a masculine given name. This may have been because she worked in an industry that consisted of mostly men and wanted to fit in, though it is unclear.

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