Budokai Tenkaichi? This is the detail that was kept secret for decades

Although no one expected it, not even the longest-lived fans of the manga and anime, there is not a single fan of the franchise and video games who is not celebrating the announcement of the future release of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 4.

This is extraordinary news, particularly for fans of the franchise for three decades, since it was that generation that had the opportunity to witness the birth of the Budokai Tenkaichi as well.

For those who have never played it, this is a game installment focused on the Dragon Ball Z saga (with some characters and designs outside the official canon of that time) where the anime warriors engage in a spectacular fighting game.

At the time, each game in the Budokai series was distinguished by feeling as if we had the opportunity to control a crazy episode of the anime, thanks to its fluid and hyper-realistic graphics (for its time).

The third chapter was even more spectacular than the first two, but there was always the expectation that something much better could be achieved. It is in this context that we receive the great news of a new title in this saga.

And although there were many improvements in the graphics and developments, the soundtrack always remained one of the high points of the series. The person responsible for this virtue was Kenji Yamamoto, an employee that Bandai Namco kept on a pedestal, because he hit one track after another without fail.

They threw it out in 2011

The portal extra life remember that the success of Kenji Yamamoto in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi allowed him to dabble with other series such as the 1999 Dr. Slump game, Super Sentai and Ultra Nyan: Extraordinary Cat who Descended from the Starry Sky.

However, the arrival of YouTube meant that in 2010 users of the video platform began to denounce the similarity of tracks with themes by other authors. Yes, unfortunately Kenji Yamamoto plagiarized.

Vida Extra reviews in its note that some of the tracks were very similar to Pink Floyd’s One of These Days, iconic songs by Black Sabbath and another by a Finnish group called Stratovarius.

Bandai Namco issued a statement in which it accepted that its employee committed plagiarism, fired him and removed the soundtracks to avoid lawsuits.