Harumi Fujita, circa 2014
1984 - 1999
Harumi Fujita (藤田晴美) is a music and sound composer best known for her work at Capcom during the late 80's. She was sound designer and composer for several games in (among others) the Arcade, NES and SNES platforms, including the NES incarnation of Strider. She was often credited as either simply "Fujita", "Misses Tarumi" or "Mrs. Tarumi".
According to Fujita herself, her composer career was inspired by her father, who had a hobby playing records at home and she'd listen to a large variety of them everyday.
After graduating from college, Fujita got an interview with SNK for a designer position, but she was chosen to compose music instead after seeing her resume and noting they had no composer at the company. As video game composing was still in its early stages, there were no specific software dedicated to it nor people to learn from, so Fujita had to figure out and research on her own. She remained at SNK for a year, composing music through programming using a hexadecimal computer and learning to use the technology available while enjoying "discovering things that no other person had done yet."
After leaving SNK, Fujita moved into Capcom and joined the company's in-house sound team "Alph Lyla". Initially she worked as sound designer and produced sound effects for early Arcade titles such as Ghosts 'n Goblins before making her first game soundtrack for the Arcade version of Bionic Commando. She continued composing soundtracks primarily for Capcom's NES catalog, including the NES version of the Strider three-way project. She was also involved in the Arcade Strider's official soundtrack release Strider Hiryu -G.S.M. Capcom 2-, composing an arrange track titled "Snow in Savanna" alongside fellow team members Tamayo Kawamoto, Manami Matsumae and the Arcade game's main composer, Junko Tamiya.
Her final game for Capcom turned out to be Mega Man 3. She composed three themes for it before having to abandon development due to maternal labor. Although she wanted to rejoin the team, her constant travels to the hospital prevented it and she regrettably retired from Capcom. Her duties in Mega Man 3 were taken over by Yasuaki Fujita, another composer unrelated to her but often mistakenly believed to be her husband.
Afterwards, Harumi Fujita went freelance and continued working on video games for several companies, most notably returning to SNK to work on the shoot'em ups Pulstar and Blazing Star and working for Capcom one more time in 1999 for the Game Boy Color version of Magical Tetris Challenge. In 1998 she composed for Whoopee Camp's first Tomba! game, which reunited her with former Capcom producer Tokuro Fujiwara (producer of the Arcade Strider). She remembers the development being specially difficult and having to redo the music a lot due to the developers explaining the game's imagery to her. The game was also written by Masahiko Kurokawa, who was main designer in the NES Strider.
Fujita continued working for video games until around 1999, after the company she was a part of folded. Wanting to do something different from the fixed patterns of video game music, she took the opportunity to try stage music and performances, and eventually worked on musicals. In 2014 Fujita joined Japanese label Brave Wave Productions and worked on their "Project Light" album, which saw her reunited with several colleagues from her Capcom days.
|1984|| Mad Crasher|
|1985|| Ghosts 'n Goblins|
|Capcom||Capcom||Arcade, NES||Sound Designer|
|1986|| The Speed Rumbler|
|1987|| Bionic Commando|
|1987|| Higemaru Makaijima|
|1987|| Ide Yosuke Meijin no Jissen Mahjong|
|1987|| Tiger Road|
|1988|| 1943 Kai|
|1988|| Titan Warriors|
|1989|| Final Fight|
|1990|| Gargoyle's Quest|
|1990|| Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers|
|1990|| Mega Man 3|
|1994|| Panic in Nakayoshi World|
パニック イン なかよしワールド
|1994|| Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Kondo wa Puzzle de Oshioki yo|
|1995|| Tottemo! Lucky Man! - Lucky Cookie Roulette de Totsugeki!!|
とっても！ラッキーマン! ラッキー クッキー ルーレットで突撃!!
|Aicom||SNK||Arcade, Neo Geo||Composer|
|1995||Todd McFarlane's Spawn: The Video Game||Ukiyotei||Sony Electronic Publishing||SNES||Composer|
|1995|| Zenkoku Jyudan|
|1995|| Tarot Mystery|
|1996|| Punky Skunk|
|1996|| Fūun Gokū Ninden|
|1996|| Karate Ninja Shō|
空手忍者 翔 (Cancelled)
|Aorn||Electronic Arts||Sega Saturn||Composer|
|1997|| Metal Slug|
|Nazca Corporation||SNK||PlayStation||Sound Assist|
|Whoopee Camp||Sony Computer Entertainment||PlayStation||Composer|
|1998|| Blazing Star|
|Yumekobo||SNK||Arcade, Neo Geo||Composer|
|1998|| Yoshimoto Mahjong Club|
|Psikyo||Psikyo||Sega Saturn, PlayStation||Composer|
|1999|| Magical Tetris Challenge|
|Capcom||Capcom||Game Boy Color||Composer|
|1999|| Mizuki Shigeru no Yōkai Shashin Kan|
|SNK||SNK||Neo Geo Pocket Color||Composer|
|1999|| Viewpoint 2064|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Profile: Harumi Fujita" (Japanese). Harumi Fujita's official site. Retrieved from archive.org. Accessed May 26, 2016
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Greening, Chris (August 15, 2015). "Harumi Fujita Interview: Ghosts, Goblins, and Gargoyles". vgmonline.net. Translated by Alex Aniel. Accessed May 26, 2016.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Alph Lyla wa Lyla (May 21, 1989). Strider Hiryû -G.S.M. CAPCOM 2-. [CD]. Pony Canyon, D25B-1001. Liner Notes, pg. 1-2.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "GAMEWORKS" (Japanese). Harumi Fujita's official site. Retrieved from archive.org. Accessed May 26, 2016