A SAITO BE­HOLD

EDGE - - KNOWLEDGE PROJECT RAP RABBIT -

Yano and Mat­suura might be spear­head­ing the project, but Saito’s pres­ence should ex­cite fans of iNiS’s Osu! Tatakae!Ouen­dan in par­tic­u­lar. Saito and his team orig­i­nally con­ceived Ouen­dan as an ar­cade game, but when Nin­tendo re­leased DS, iNiS de­cided the game should take ad­van­tage of its touch­screen in­ter­face. “The Ouen­dan/Elite Beat

Agent se­ries has a very spe­cial place in my heart, since I was in­volved with it from con­cept through the en­tire pro­duc­tion,” Saito says. “It was also the first ti­tle for me that had been re­ceived so pos­i­tively by fans.” His artis­tic in­flu­ences for Project Rap Rab­bit in­clude a se­ries of an­cient Ja­panese pic­ture scrolls known in English as Scrolls Of Frolicking An­i­mals, the work of mod­ern artists Ikeda Manabu and Akira Ya­m­aguchi, and films such as Kung Fu Panda and Stu­dio Ghi­bli’s Spir­ited Away.

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