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Masaru Shiina (椎名豪, Shiina Masaru, born May 16, 1974), known professionally as Go Shiina, is a Japanese music composer, primarily for anime and video games. Formerly employed at Bandai Namco Entertainment until 2017, he was best known during his time with the company for writing music for a number of games in the Tales, Mr. Driller, and God Eater series.

Go Shiina
Birth name Masaru Shiina
Born (1974-05-16) May 16, 1974 (age 44)
Yokohama, Japan
Genres Orchestral, jazz fusion, rock, electronic, video game music
Occupation(s) Composer, arranger
Instruments Keyboard
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts Motoi Sakuraba



Born in Yokohama, Japan, Shiina was taught how to play the electronic organ from his parents when he was growing up.[1] Although he was not a dedicated musician before becoming a composer, he was at one time a member of a Megadeth cover band who also played J-pop music. Shiina enrolled at Dokkyo Junior High School. After being rejected by 46 companies, including a jewelry company, a finance company, and a fast food company, he was hired by Namco (now Bandai Namco Games); he had little prior experience with video games.[2]

Creating music for old arcade releases using Namco's sound trackers felt more like computer programming than composing for Shiina, but he has said that the experience helped him out when he would have to use MIDI sounds in future games. The songs he composed for the first Mr. Driller were deemed unfitting for a puzzle game by some of the staff and they almost didn't make it into the final product.[2]

Shiina's first solo project was Mr. Driller G. He was given extensive access to live instruments and an incredible amount of creative freedom, setting the stage for his later work. The scores for future games in the Mr. Driller series would also be composed exclusively by Shiina.

When he began writing songs for Tales of Legendia , he originally tried to follow in the footsteps of the lead Tales series composer Motoi Sakuraba, but was later inspired to develop his own style for it.[2]

In September 2017, Shiina announced that he had retired from Bandai Namco.[3][4]

Musical style and influencesEdit

Go Shiina's music is characterized by dramatic melodies and unusual arrangements. His soundtracks contain a wide range of musical styles, including jazz,[5] orchestral, fusion, and rock, and he often mixes different genres and instruments together for unique sounds. Many of Shiina's songs use live string sections, slap bass, audio filter effects and artificial languages.

He has said that he can write music in any genre, as long as he is motivated, and has also stated that "when I write a song, the time it takes me depends on whether I know the singer's natural voice. The genre doesn't matter..." Shiina feels that there are two types of compositions: "some tracks can stand alone as musical pieces, and some only work when you hear them in the game," and he often alters or leaves out certain songs when putting together albums. When composing vocal or instrumental tracks, he often sings the parts out loud.[2]

For the soundtrack to God Eater, Shiina explained that the creative nature of the story pushed him to be creative with the music as well. He looked around for a variety of instruments from many countries, and some of the styles and instruments featured in the score include Japanese traditional music, African rhythms, and the Indian sitar.[1] He has also done string arrangements for bands.[6]


Year Title Role Co-worker(s)
2011 Sakura no Ondo Composition
2012 Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack Composition
2013 Kyōsōgiga Composition/arrangement
Majocco Shimai no Yoyo to Nene Composition
2014 Tales of Zestiria: Dawn of the Shepherd Composition/arrangement Motoi Sakuraba
2015 God Eater Composition/arrangement
2016 Dimension W Composition/arrangement Yoshiaki Fujisawa
Tales of Zestiria the X Composition/arrangement Motoi Sakuraba
2017 Juni Taisen: Zodiac War[7] Composition/arrangement
2018 Today's Menu for Emiya Family[8] Composition/arrangement
Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur[9] Composition/arrangement
Video games
Year Title Role Co-worker(s)
1998 Quick & Crash Composition
1999 Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere Composition many others
Mr. Driller Composition Tomoko Tatsuta
2001 Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil Composition many others
Mr. Driller G Composition
2002 Mr. Driller: Drill Land Composition
2003 Taiko no Tatsujin Composition/arrangement many others
2005 The Idolmaster Composition many others
Tales of Legendia Composition/arrangement
Tekken: Dark Resurrection Composition/arrangement many others
2006 Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology Composition many others
Pro Baseball Nechu Star 2006 Composition (opening)
2007 Tekken 6 Composition many others
Kyou Kara Maoh! Hajimari no Tabi Composition many others
2008 Mr. Driller Online Composition
Echoes of War Arrangement many others
2009 Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 Composition/arrangement many others
Tales of VS. Composition/arrangement many others
2010 God Eater Composition/arrangement
Ace Combat: Joint Assault Composition/arrangement many others
Gods Eater Burst Composition/arrangement
2011 Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 Composition many others
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Composition/arrangement many others
2012 Ace Combat 3D: Assault Horizon Legacy Composition many others
Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave Composition/arrangement Motoi Sakuraba
2013 God Eater 2 Composition/arrangement
2014 Golden Time: Vivid Memories Composition (ending)
2015 God Eater 2: Rage Burst Composition/arrangement
Tales of Zestiria Composition/arrangement Motoi Sakuraba
God Eater Resurrection Composition/arrangement
2017 Tekken 7: Fated Retribution Composition/arrangement many others
2018 God Eater Resonant Ops[10] Composition/arrangement
God Eater 3[10] Composition/arrangement
2019 Code Vein Composition/arrangement


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Go Shiina (November 2009)". Square Enix Music Online. November 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Interview with Mr. Go Shiina (NBGI) Part 1". CocoeBiz. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  3. ^ McMillan, Emily. "Go Shiina retires from Bandai Namco". Video Game Music Online. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Composer Go Shiina Who Worked On God Eater, Tales of, And More Leaves Bandai Namco". Siliconera. September 29, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Mackey, Bob (2009-12-01). "The Unrecognized Genius of Go Shiina". Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  6. ^ "new label esteem!!参加メンバー". November 2006.
  7. ^ "Jūni Taisen Anime Reveals Teaser Visual, Main Staff". Anime News Network. March 26, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "Fate Spinoff Manga Today's Menu for Emiya Family Gets Net Anime". Anime News Network. December 31, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur TV Anime Reveals New Visual, Cast, Staff, October Premiere". Anime News Network. July 26, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "God Eater 3 Devs Talk Avatar Customization, New Action, And The More Fearsome Aragami". Siliconera. October 24, 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2018.

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