manami matsumae

Manami Matsumae joins the Starr Mazer team!

Starr Mazer is an upcoming game by Imagos Softworks for the PC, Mac and Linux. It's a modernized fusion of 2 classic genres: The point-and-click (PNC) adventure and horizontal scrolling shoot 'em up (SHMUP), featuring dynamic story module system for massive replayability, a deep voice-acted story, and beautiful pixel art. Brave Wave is pleased to announce that our own Manami Matsumae is joining the stunning music team led by Alex Mauer and featuring many guest artists, including Danimal Cannon (Wave Wave), Ryan Ike (Gunpoint), A_Rival (Street Fighter x Mega Man) and others!

Manami Matsumae is famously known as the composer and sound designer of the original Mega Man, making both the addictive music and the memorable sound effects back then. As a veteran composer from the NES-era, Matsumae still pushes through to make compelling music even after more than 25 years of work. “Brave Wave’s Keiji Yamagishi has mentioned this before, but recently, Japan’s game industry has demanded composers who are able to write orchestrated music,” says Matsumae. “Those who cannot do that have a hard time finding projects. Other games are established series whose composers carry over to the next projects as well. So, getting those projects turns out to be such a competitive task among composers.” Matsumae found a more responsive audience in the West, and with Brave Wave’s help, she’s breaking into new territories with exciting projects. “I feel that all Japanese composers should look to markets outside of Japan, where there are plenty of opportunities to be had.”