Pokémon Composer Leaves Game Freak To Start New Venture

By Eugene . January 6, 2014 . 3:01pm

If you love Pokemon, you most certainly have heard the music of Kageyama Shota, who worked on titles such as Pokemon X/Y, Pokémon Black/White, and even Luminous Arc.


Shota has left Game Freak, he revealed in a post on New Year’s Day over Twitter. He notes that he’s “graduating” from the company after having spent the past six-and-a-half years there and is branching out to do his own thing with his new company, Spica Musica.


Shota appears to have parted on amicable terms with Game Freak, and won’t close the door on collaborating with them again in the future. That said, while he’s still more than happy to do game music, he’s also hoping to branch out and explore creating music in other avenues as well.


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  • Jonah Paley

    “Shota appears to have parted on amicable terms with Game Freak, and won’t close the door on collaborating with them again in the future.”

    Oh thank goodness, I love this man’s Pokemon music. His track “Skyarrow Bridge” from the 5th Generation games is one of my favorite pieces of Pokemusic, actually.

    • s07195

      I also really like Lumiose City’s music, though I’m not sure if that’s his work. :S

      • Jonah Paley

        According to the official soundtrack, it is.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Spica Musica, eh? I like the name.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Should probobly have his name in the headline, given Pokemon has more prominent composers (like Masuda).

    • Taylor Greene

      They do that on purpose. Gets you to click on the topic.

  • I miss the toy trumpets from RSE

  • echokanon

    His BW ending is probably one of the best ending music ive heard so far

  • konsama

    BW music got some of my favorite pokemen tunes i listened so far, can’t say that about XY, so it’s good to a point to see him move out of game freak and don’t get stuck in it like what happened with Mr. Yamaoka in the last silent hills with him.

    So really good luck to him on whatever he does and never let his talent to waste. Who knows, staying away for a couple time and then returning for more pokemen would refresh his style and make some more epic themes.

    • Jettythesunfish

      I can say the only track I won’t get enough of in XY is the rival theme.

  • AuraGuyChris

    So he left…yet he’s still with them on collaborations.

    It’s just that he wants to explore other musical areas.

    In the end, no drastic changes.

    • Yan Zhao

      If only Capcom and their egos werent so butthurt over Keiji Inafune leaving and rejecting his offer to keep working on titles for them.

  • Pinwheel

    Might not be the right time, but based on the photo in the article, does anybody else think he looks like an Asian Benedict Cumberbatch?

    • Jonah Paley

      oh my god you’re right

  • Whatever. Pokemon’s music has been getting pretty bad lately. Its not as nice as it was Gen IV and before. Hopefully the new composer makes better stuff.

  • Jettythesunfish

    Life starts with the sunny day.

    Let’s feel the ocean breath!

    We are cruisin’ open seas.

    Can’t wait for a new venture!


  • Eder García

    Spica? like Twin Spica?

  • Neophoton

    Hopefully he continues to do great work. I really loved the town/route themes in X/Y!

  • The music in B/W was some of my favorite! Especially N’s theme, and Lysrandre’s in X/Y was by far my favorite track in the game.
    I can’t wait to see what else Shota produces!

  • DemonKingAsura
  • celery

    I’m so glad he may still collaborate with Game Freak in the future–a lot of my favorite Pokemon music is from him!

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