Junichi Nakatsuru

Junichi Nakatsuru (中鶴 潤一, Nakatsuru Jun'ichi) is a Japanese video game composer and sound director employed at Bandai Namco Entertainment. He is best known for his work in the Soulcalibur series.

Junichi Nakatsuru
中鶴 潤一
GenresOrchestral, jazz fusion, smooth jazz, electronic rock
Occupation(s)Composer, arranger
InstrumentsPiano, trombone


Growing up, Nakatsuru 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.[1] While attending high school, Nakatsuru played the trombone in a brass band, and was a keyboardist and band composer in his private life.[2] 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.[1]

Musical style and influencesEdit

For his work on Soulcalibur, Nakatsuru mostly uses composited music, but sometimes incorporates live orchestral elements 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.[2]


Year Title Co-worker(s)
1998 Soulcalibur Yoshihito Yano, Akitaka Tohyama, and Takanori Otsuka
Time Crisis II Kazuhiro Nakamura (PS2 version)
2002 Soulcalibur II several others
2004 Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War Keiki Kobayashi, Tetsukazu Nakanishi, and Hiroshi Okubo
Tekken 5 several others
2005 Urban Reign
Critical Velocity
Soulcalibur III Ryuichi Takada and Keiki Kobayashi
Ridge Racer 6 several others
2006 Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War Keiki Kobayashi, Tetsukazu Nakanishi, and Hiroshi Okubo
2007 Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation several others
2008 Soulcalibur IV Keiki Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Fujita, and Masaharu Iwata
2009 Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny Keiki Kobayashi and Masaharu Iwata
Tekken 6 (PSP) Yoshihito Yano
2012 Soulcalibur V several others
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
2018 Soulcalibur VI
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2019 Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Daemon X Machina


  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. Archived from the original on 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2009-12-10.