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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 video games and anime. 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, The Idolmaster, and God Eater series.[1]

Go Shiina
Native name
椎名 豪
Birth nameMasaru Shiina
Born (1974-05-16) May 16, 1974 (age 44)
Yokohama, Japan
  • Composer
  • arranger
Years active1998–present



Born in Yokohama, Japan, Shiina was taught how to play the electronic organ from his parents when he was growing up.[2] 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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

In September 2017, Shiina announced that he had retired from Bandai Namco.[4][5]

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,[6] 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.[3]

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.[2] He has also done string arrangements for bands.[7]


All works listed below were solely composed by Shiina unless otherwise noted.

Video gamesEdit

Year Title[1][8] Notes
1998 Hammer Champ
World Stadium 98 EX
Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere with Tetsukazu Nakanishi, Koji Nakagawa, Hiroshi Okubo, Kanako Kakino, and Tomoko Tatsuta
Quick & Crash
1999 Mr. Driller with Tomoko Tatsuta
2001 Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil with Kanako Kakino, Eriko Imura, Katsuro Tajima, and Asuka Sakai
Mr. Driller G
Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan with many others
2002 Taiko no Tatsujin 3
Mr. Driller: Drill Land
2003 MotoGP 3
Taiko no Tatsujin: Appare Sandaime Composed "MEKADON~Uchuu ni Kieta Meka Taiko"
2004 Tekken 5 with many others
2005 The Idolmaster Composed and arranged two songs, "Taiyou no Jealousy" and "Aoi Tori"
Tales of Legendia
Tekken: Dark Resurrection with many others
2006 Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology with Motoi Sakuraba and Takuya Yasuda
Pro Baseball Nechu Star 2006 Composed the opening theme song only
2007 Tales of Fandom Vol.2 Composed the opening theme song and the ending theme song only
Tekken 6 with many others
Kyou Kara Maoh! - Hajimari no Tabi
2008 Taiko no Tatsujin 11 Composed "Haikei, Gakkou nite..."
Mr. Driller Online
2009 Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 with many others
Tales of VS. with Motoi Sakuraba
The Idolmaster Dearly Stars Composed and arranged "ALIVE"
2010 God Eater
Ace Combat: Joint Assault with Kanako Kakino and Inon Zur
Gods Eater Burst
2011 Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 with Motoi Sakuraba, Takuya Yasuda, Kota Nakashima, and Kazuhiro Nakamura
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 with many others
2012 Ace Combat 3D: Assault Horizon Legacy
Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave with Motoi Sakuraba
Tales of the World: Tactics Union
2013 God Eater 2
2014 Golden Time: Vivid Memories Composed the ending theme songs only
Main soundtrack composed by Yukari Hashimoto
The Idolmaster One For All Composed and arranged "Saihyou"
Tales of the World: Reve Unitia Composed the opening theme song only
2015 God Eater 2: Rage Burst
Tales of Zestiria with Motoi Sakuraba
God Eater Resurrection
2017 Tales of the Rays with Motoi Sakuraba, Eriko Sakurai, and Kazuhiro Nakamura
Tekken 7: Fated Retribution Composed two tracks, "DUOMO DI SIRIO 1st" and "DUOMO DI SIRIO 2nd"
LayereD Stories 0 with Mitsuhiro Kitadani and Hiroyuki Fujita
The Idolmaster Stella Stage Composed and arranged "Blooming Star"
2018 God Eater Resonant Ops[9]
God Eater 3[9]
2019 Yume Utsutsu Re:Master Composed the ending theme song only
Code Vein


Year Title[1][8] Notes
2011 The Idolmaster Composed insert songs only
Main soundtrack composed by Ryuichi Takada
2012 Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack
2013 Kyōsōgiga
2014 In Search of the Lost Future Music arrangement
Main soundtrack composed by Fūga Hatori
2015 God Eater
2016 Dimension W with Yoshiaki Fujisawa
Tales of Zestiria the X with Motoi Sakuraba
2017 Juni Taisen: Zodiac War[10]
LayereD Stories 0 with Mitsuhiro Kitadani and Hiroyuki Fujita
Fate/Grand Order x Himuro no Tenchi: 7-nin no Saikyō Ijin-hen
2018 Today's Menu for the Emiya Family[11]
Operation Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur[12]
2019 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba[13] with Yuki Kajiura


Year Title[1][8] Notes
2011 Sakura no Ondo
2013 Majocco Shimai no Yoyo to Nene
2014 The Idolmaster Movie: Beyond the Brilliant Future! Composed one insert song only
Main soundtrack composed by Ryuichi Takada
Tales of Zestiria: Dawn of the Shepherd with Motoi Sakuraba
2019 Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kyōdai no Kizuna with Yuki Kajiura


Year Album[1][8] Artist(s) Role(s)
2006 THE iDOLM@STER RADIO Utahime Rakuen Asami Imai Composition/arrangement
("Gekkasai ~la festa sotto la luna~")
2007 THE iDOLM@STER MASTER ARTIST 07 Azusa Miura Chiaki Takahashi (as Azusa Miura) Composition/arrangement
("Tonari ni...")
2008 Echoes of War: The Music of Blizzard Entertainment Various Arrangement
("Eradicate and Evolve")
2009 THE iDOLM@STER DREAM SYMPHONY 03 Haruka Tomatsu (as Ai Hidaka) Composition/arrangement
2010 THE iDOLM@STER MASTER ARTIST 2 -FIRST SEASON- 05 Chihaya Kisaragi Asami Imai (as Chihaya Kisaragi) Composition/arrangement
2012 THE iDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER 004 Kaede Takagaki Saori Hayami (as Kaede Takagaki) Composition/arrangement
Hasta La Vista Asami Imai Composition
("Hasta La Vista")
2013 Dear Darling Asami Imai Composition
Niji no Yakusoku Mikako Komatsu Composition
("Niji no Yakusoku" and "Dear My Wish")
2014 little legacy Asami Imai Composition
("little legacy" and "Hasta La Vista
- Blanco llama ver. -")
2015 THE iDOLM@STER MASTER ARTIST 3 07 Chihaya Kisaragi Asami Imai (as Chihaya Kisaragi) Composition/arrangement
2016 Words of GRACE Asami Imai Composition
("Aurora no Oto")
2017 THE iDOLM@STER STELLA MASTER 00 ToP!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rie Takahashi (as Shika) Composition/arrangement
("Blooming Star")
2018 THE iDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER KOI KAZE -SAI- Saori Hayami (as Kaede Takagaki) Composition/arrangement
Mai Fuchigami (as Karen Hojo)
Shiki Aoki (as Asuka Ninomiya)
("Mikansei no Reikishi")
2019 Believe in Sky Asami Imai Composition
("Natsukashi Machi")

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Shiina Go Official website" (in Japanese). Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Interview with Go Shiina (November 2009)". Square Enix Music Online. November 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Interview with Mr. Go Shiina (NBGI) Part 1". CocoeBiz. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  4. ^ McMillan, Emily. "Go Shiina retires from Bandai Namco". Video Game Music Online. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Composer Go Shiina Who Worked On God Eater, Tales of, And More Leaves Bandai Namco". Siliconera. September 29, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Mackey, Bob (2009-12-01). "The Unrecognized Genius of Go Shiina". Archived from the original on 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  7. ^ "new label esteem!!参加メンバー" (in Japanese). November 11, 2006.
  8. ^ a b c d "Go Shiina discography at VGMdb". VGMdb. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "God Eater 3 Devs Talk Avatar Customization, New Action, And The More Fearsome Aragami". Siliconera. October 24, 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Jūni Taisen Anime Reveals Teaser Visual, Main Staff". Anime News Network. March 26, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  11. ^ "Fate Spinoff Manga Today's Menu for Emiya Family Gets Net Anime". Anime News Network. December 31, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur TV Anime Reveals New Visual, Cast, Staff, October Premiere". Anime News Network. July 26, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Reveals Staff, More Cast". Anime News Network. November 25, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.

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