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Isao Abe (阿部 功) is a former Capcom sound composer and musician best known for his contributions to the Street Fighter series.

Abe joined Capcom in 1990, where he worked mainly on both CPS1 and CPS2 titles (using the alias Oyaji in his earlier works). The first (and most famous) of these is Street Fighter II, where he composed the main theme for the character Sagat (including its unique time signature) as well as the original "VS." and "Here Comes a New Challenger" jingles that would serve as templates for the company's future fighting games. This is emphasized most often by Abe himself, who always appears to handle those themes (or a different theme with an equivalent role) whenever he is involved with a game's soundtrack.

Other CPS1 titles Abe worked on include Knights of the Round, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs and The Punisher, the latter two of which he did with Syun Nishigaki.

Along with Syun, Abe served as a pioneer for the CPS2 sound board with Super Street Fighter II (where he composed T. Hawk and Dee Jay's themes) and then later with Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II. He then acted as main composer for both Street Fighter Alpha and Pocket Fighter. Other CPS2 titles Abe contributed to include X-Men: Children of the Atom, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Star Gladiator and Street Fighter Alpha 3.

He was also a member of Alph Lyla, Capcom's former in-house band, and continued to serve the company as a guitarist until late 2004 despite his last known compositions being made in 2002 (for Auto Modellista).

Production HistoryEdit

Song CreditsEdit

Street Fighter II (Arcade Version)

  • VS -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Here Comes a New Challenger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sagat Stage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sagat Stage (Critical) -- Composition & Arrangement

Street Fighter II -G.S.M. Capcom 4-

  • Spring Thunder (Street Fighter II Arrange Version) -- Guitar
  • Lose in Twilight (Final Fight Arrange Version) -- Arrangement (w/Masaki Izutani)

Captain Commando -G.S.M. Capcom 5-

<Arrange Version>

  • Crime Jungle (Captain Commando) -- Guitar (w/Kazushi Ueda)
  • No way except pushing (Wonder 3 "Don't Pull") -- Guitar (w/Kazushi Ueda)
  • The Miraculous Forest (Wonder 3 "Roosters") -- Guitar (w/Kazushi Ueda)
  • Hold the Clouds (Wonder 3 "Chariot") -- Guitar (w/Kazushi Ueda)
  • Get A Flash Stopper!! (Rockman 4) -- Guitar (w/Kazushi Ueda)

Knights of the Round (Arcade Version)

  • Demo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Player Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mini Map -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 1 (Village) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 1 Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 2 (Battlefield) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 2 Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 3 (Castle) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 3 Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 4-1 (Knights' Festival) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Midpoint -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 4-2 (Coastline) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 5 (Coastline) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 5 Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 6-1 (Castle Town) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 6-2 (Cave) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 6 Boss -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 7 (Castle) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 7 Boss 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 7 Boss 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Last Stage Clear -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Round 8 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Staff Roll -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Continue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ranking -- Composition & Arrangement

Street Fighter II (SNES Version)

  • VS -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Here Comes a New Challenger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sagat Stage -- Composition & Arrangement

Street Fighter II': Champion Edition (TurboGrafx-16 Version)

  • VS -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Here Comes a New Challenger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sagat Stage -- Composition & Arrangement

Super Street Fighter II (Arcade Version)

  • VS. -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Bonus Stage -- Arrangement
  • Dee Jay Stage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dee Jay Stage (Critical) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Dee Jay Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • T. Hawk Stage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • T. Hawk Stage (Critical) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • T. Hawk Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Guile Stage -- Arrangement
  • Guile Stage (Critical) -- Arrangement
  • Guile Ending -- Arrangement
  • Zangief Stage -- Arrangement
  • Zangief Stage (Critical) -- Arrangement
  • Zangief Ending -- Arrangement
  • Stage-End -- Arrangement
  • Here Comes a New Challenger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • M. Bison Stage -- Arrangement
  • M. Bison Stage (Critical) -- Arrangement
  • M. Bison Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Balrog Stage -- Arrangement
  • Balrog Stage (Critical) -- Arrangement
  • Balrog Ending -- Arrangement
  • Sagat Stage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sagat Stage (Critical) -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sagat Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Vega Stage -- Arrangement
  • Vega Stage (Critical) -- Arrangement
  • Vege Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ranking Display -- Arrangement

Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II

  • Title -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage "Santo Domingo" -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage "New Delhi" -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage "Las Vegas" -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage "BWA" -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage "CWA" -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme of Saber -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme of Black.W -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme of Wraith -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme of Ortega -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Staff Roll -- Composition & Arrangement

X-Men: Children of the Atom

  • Savage Land -Wolverine- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • On the Blackbird -Storm- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • The Deep -Omega Red- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Here Comes a New Challenger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Get Out of Danger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -Crossed in Love- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ending -Love and Friendship- -- Composition & Arrangement

Street Fighter Alpha (Arcade Version)

  • Opening Demo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Player Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • VS. -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Guy Stage -- Arrangement
  • Guy Ending -- Arrangement
  • Stage-End -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Here Comes a New Challenger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sagat Stage -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Sagat Ending -- Composition & Arrangement

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (Arcade Version)

  • Character Select -- Composition
  • Versus -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage Donovan -- Arrangement
  • Victory Theme -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Here Comes a New Challenger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ranking 1 -- Arrangement

Star Gladiator (Arcade Version)

  • Opening Demo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Character Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 3 -- Composition & Arrangement (w/Yuko Takehara)
  • Stage 4 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 8 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 10 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Here Comes a New Challenger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Continue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Good Ending June -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Good Ending Saturn -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Good Ending Gerelt -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Good Ending Rimgal -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Good Ending Vector -- Composition & Arrangement

Star Gladiator (PSX Version)

  • Opening Demo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Character Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 3 -- Composition & Arrangement (w/Yuko Takehara)
  • Stage 4 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 8 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Stage 10 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Here Comes a New Challenger -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Continue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Good Ending June -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Good Ending Saturn -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Good Ending Gerelt -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Good Ending Rimgal -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Good Ending Vector -- Composition & Arrangement

Pocket Fighter (Arcade Version)

  • Theme of Pocket Fighter -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Player Select -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Character Introduction Demo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • VS. -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tavern: Bar "Maximum" -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Toy House: Toy House "Dhalsim" -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ski Site: Ski Resort "La Menkoi" -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Amazon: Floater Loan Shop "Safrill" -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Chinese Town: Restaurant Daihanjo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tabasa's Room: Genius' Seclusion Room -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Outside Makai: Moonlight Dark Castle -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Inside Makai: The Devil King's Moving -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Winner -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Challenger Appearance -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Pre-Boss Message Demo -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Morrigan Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Lei-Lei Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Felicia Ending -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tabasa Ending 1 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tabasa Ending 2 -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Staff Roll -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Continue -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Game Over -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Ranking -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Theme of Pocket Fighter (Original Version) -- Composition & Arrangement

Pocket Fighter (PSX and Saturn Versions)

  • Never give up [Running Battle BGM] -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Present! [Item Get Screen BGM] -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Battle Select [Mode Select BGM] -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Make Fighter [Tabasa's Mentality Test] -- Composition

Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Arcade Version)

  • Beginning -Story Demo. 1- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Active red -Theme of Ken- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Shining one -Theme of Sagat- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Fatal depth -Theme of Vega Type. 1- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Way to the glory -Winning-VS.- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tower of Shogun -Theme of Sodom Type. 1- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Prepare -Here Comes a New Challenger- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Mach-smasher -Theme of E. Honda- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • I'll be brief -Story Demo. 2- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Black power -Theme of Ryu Type. 2- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Last duel -Story Demo. 3- -- Composition & Arrangement

Pocket Fighter Remix / Capcom Sports Club

  • Welcome --- [Morrigan Ending] -- Composition
  • Dreams are Gathering [Toy House: Toy House "Dhalsim"] -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Night Binder [Outside Makai: Moonlight Dark Castle] -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Tacit [Inside Makai: The Devil King's Moving] -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Speed Remedy [Tabasa's Room: Genius' Seclusion Room] -- Composition & Arrangement

Street Fighter Alpha 3 (PSX and Saturn Versions)

  • Tropical storm -Theme of T. Hawk- -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Super maximum -Theme of Dee Jay- -- Composition & Arrangement

Spawn: In the Demon's Hand

  • A Challenger (Here Comes a New Challenger) -- Composition & Arrangement

Auto Modellista

  • Can't Miss It -- Composition & Arrangement
  • Quartet Star -- Composition & Arrangement

Gyakuten Saiban Gyakuten Omake Disc

  • Gyakuten Saiban 3 ~Special Blend Mix -- Guitar

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