Junichi Nakatsuru (中鶴純一, Nakatsuru Jun'ichi?) is a Japanese video game composer and sound director employed at Namco Bandai Games. He is best known for his work on the Soul series.


Growing up, Junichi Nakatsuru always enjoyed music, playing around with instruments while listening to music on the radio as a boy. His parents provided him with classical piano lessons, and he would always play popular songs with his own arrangements instead of practicing for the lesson. While attending high school, Nakatsuru played the trombone in a brass band, and was a keyboardist and band composer in his private life. He majored in art at the university and studied music theory, acoustics, and desktop music (DTM), although he was more interested in making original songs and playing them in a band.

Musical style and influences

Nakatsuru mostly incorporates orchestral tracks into his soundtracks. Commenting on the use of a live orchestra, he notes that it is vital for the scenes with a very emotional presentation and sampled instruments are not enough to express the emotion. On the other hand, he has stated that fierce battle scenes may need speed and tension that can only be done with a computer.[1] He feels that "Audio is a key element in making scenes more evocative and expressive, thereby empathizing with the players in various situations." Nakatsuru has said that the orchestral sound of John Williams' soundtrack to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace has deeply influenced him.


Video games
Year Title Role Co-worker
1998 Soulcalibur Composition several others
Time Crisis II Composition/sound effects Kazuhiro Nakamura
2002 Soulcalibur II Composition several others
2004 Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War Composition Keiki Kobayashi, Tetsukazu Nakanishi, and Hiroshi Okubo
Tekken 5 Sound design many others
2005 Urban Reign Composition several others
Soulcalibur III Composition Ryuichi Takada and Keiki Kobayashi
Ridge Racer 6 Composition many others
2006 Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Composition Keiki Kobayashi, Tetsukazu Nakanishi, and Hiroshi Okubo
2007 Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Composition several others
2008 Soulcalibur IV Composition Masaharu Iwata, Keiki Kobayashi, and Hiroyuki Fujita
2012 Soul Calibur V Composition


  1. ^ a b c Van Zelfden, Alex (2008-08-14). "The Music of Soulcalibur IV". IGN. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  2. ^ a b "Interview with Junichi Nakatsuru". Dolby. Retrieved 2009-12-10.

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