The Feline Demon King

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The Feline Demon King
Composer Hideki Abe
Released 2003-11-??
Title Origin Official
Loops Yes

The Feline Demon King plays during the cutscenes before the player battles the final boss of Puyo Pop Fever's two primary single-player modes: Popoi, a cat-like puppet who seems to be alive, harbors more power than he first appears, and proclaims himself "the Demon King." (His exact nature is left somewhat ambiguous).

As with the rest of the game's soundtrack, the song was originally composed by Hideki Abe, first seeing release in November 2003 (when the arcade version came out).

Title

The English title comes from the official world release of Puyo Puyo Fever 1&2 Soundtrack. The original Japanese title is "我輩は魔王だニャ," usually translated as "I Am the Demon King, Meow" by fans.

Composition

The song's overall tone is ominous, but not excessively so - fitting for the cutscene right before the final boss of a generally lighthearted game. A wealth of instruments (including orchestral strings, booming drum hits, and intermittent bongo-like sounds) complement the main melody, which is lifted straight from "Ultimate Legend of the Untrained Demon King" (his actual battle theme).

Games

Puyo Puyo Fever (ARC)

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Puyo Puyo Fever (ARC)
Arranger Hideki Abe
Released 2003-11-??
Format ADX

The original version of the song is effectively CD quality. It is reused verbatim in every subsequent console and PC port.

In addition, the only available prototype version of the arcade version features an earlier rendition of the song. Its instrumentation is noticeably less refined than in the final game.

Puyo Pop Fever (GBA)

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Puyo Pop Fever (GBA)
Output - GBA.svg
Puyo Pop Fever - GBA - Popoi Cutscene.png
Arranger Hideki Abe
Released 2004-07-24
Format GSF

Translating the song to the GBA's limited sound hardware results in it losing some of its richness. The percussion in particular is noticeably more muted, with the same synth being used across the board instead of the wider variety of sounds utilized in the original.

Puyo Pop Fever (NDS)

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Puyo Pop Fever (NDS)
Output - DS.svg
Puyo Pop Fever - NDS - Popoi Cutscene (WakuWaku).png
Arranger Hideki Abe
Released 2004-12-24
Format 2SF

The DS version of the song is close to the original arcade/console equivalent, though it also heavily downplays the percussion.

Albums

Released Album Version Title Track
2007-07-26 Puyo Puyo Fever 1&2 Soundtrack Arcade/console version 我輩は魔王だニャ/ラスボス漫才BGM (Japanese)
The Feline Demon King (English)
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