exodus I haven’t had a lot of contact with Yoshimura (unlike a certain someone), but I’ve known of her exploits and work at Arsys/Tecno Soft for almost several years now. I really need to get started on my X68000 playthrough of Star Cruiser (now in English) and get back to slamming my head against WerDragon and/or WiBARM or Reviver.
Regardless, Toshiya Yamanaka studied under jazz guitar greats like Kazumi Watanabe, and it shows in his intricate compositions/arrangements. Excellent bass lines, chunky FM-synth orchestration, and a flair for unusual chord progressions–he’s got it all. His early work before Star Cruiser isn’t super remarkable, but 1988/1989 was a great period for Yamanaka.