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Song Information

Artist: 玄武
Composition/Arrangement: Genbu
BPM: 72-82
Length: 2:06
Movie: HES
First Music Game Appearance: beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD
Other Music Game Appearances: None.



Song Connections / Remixes


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玄武's CARDINAL GATE title card.
  • Ganymede is one of the four CARDINAL GATE EXTRA STAGE songs, featuring a green colored skin.
  • In Greek mythology Ganymede was the most beautiful man who ever lived. Zeus kidnaps him with very large birds and he lives out his life in Olympus.
    • Ganymede is also the name of one of Jupiter's Galileo moons, and the song may refer to its lonely and desolate nature.
  • Ganymede is the slowest of the CARDINAL GATE songs, and has the lowest maximum BPM of any EXTRA STAGE song in beatmania IIDX.
  • Genbu is a Chinese god that is a turtle.
  • Ganymede's video features a green Armored Core-style robot-like character as the embodiment of Genbu.
  • Ganymede was one of the qualifying round songs in the The 6th KONAMI Arcade Championship for beatmania IIDX 24 SINOBUZ.
  • Ganymede is unlockable in beatmania IIDX INFINITAS from December 6th, 2017, after purchasing its charts with BITs.
  • Ganymede received LEGGENDARIA charts in beatmania IIDX 28 BISTROVER. These charts could be unlocked via ARENA MODE from April 1st, 2021 through April 14th, 2021 by collecting 100 ARENA CUBES.

Song Production Information


Hello. I'm Kametarou Kameda, who is playing the role of Genbu this time around.
You can't beat me. There's no openings for you at all. After the match I'll stand in the ring and sing "FANTASY" or something. (Today's meme)
"You are a turtle. A slow, clumsy turtle" was the orders I was given, so I became a turtle in body and soul. Sorry, this body was no good.

I worried about lots of things, like if this is fitting for one of the four heavenly kings, so I tried to express a turtle-like strength.

After all, it's a turtle.
It's slow. It's veeery slow. So, you see, it's slow.

After all, it's a turtle.
It's hard. It's got very high defense. It will reflect all the players' attacks.

After all, it's a turtle.
It lives in the water. It sways to and fro. The patterns represent the flow of water.

After all, it's a turtle.
The second half isn't quite a victory. The rabbit is catching up. This must be what you call "deretsun". (Today's meme)

In other words.
It doesn't matter whether it's a long song or not. Just make a turtle-like song.
It doesn't matter if the note chart is fun or not. Just make it an obstacle between the player and the OMES.
That was the theme, so I'm satisfied with my own sense of achievement.
I did it Kametarou did it he really did it I'm so sorry.

I thought about things like BPM or density or come on give me a break already but nowadays there's mods like SUDDEN+ and HS5 that go easy on all the "I love fast songs! I hate slow songs!" kids so I figured I'd make something to rage against that sort of world.
If you have any confidence in your skills, please play this song with no mods.
It's nice to play HS0, no mods every once in a while.
I don't know if it's a good idea to do that with this song though.

The song title came from
Turtle → green turtle → elephant turtle → sea turtle → soup → scary → ghost → something's mixed up in this → water turtle → water jug → Ganymede and the lonely magical banana.
It's the so-called solitary wit.
I hope to see you again next time.

Video Production Information


For this song, the composer of Ganymede gave me a few keywords to focus on when designing the movie images.
So I decided to design the turtle as a mechanical being.

A Holy Beast once protected the land...
Archaeological digs suggested that the being was composed of technology that was not possible for that time.
The scene where the mecha was submerged in water was my visualization of the keywords, a scene representing the infinite universe.

Difficulty & Notecounts

beatmania IIDX difficulty rated from 1 to 12 from 12 HAPPY SKY onward.

Game SP Difficulty DP Difficulty
Notecounts 147 571 884 1199 1356 612 951 1363 1391
beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD→14 GOLD - 5 10 11 - 7 11 12 -
beatmania IIDX 15 DJ TROOPERS→27 HEROIC VERSE - ↑6 10 11 - ↑8 11 12 -
beatmania IIDX 28 BISTROVER→Present - 6 10 11 12 8 11 12 12
beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD CS 2 6 10 11 - 7 11 12 -
beatmania IIDX 16 EMPRESS + PREMIUM BEST 2 6 10 11 - 8 11 12 -
beatmania IIDX INFINITAS - 6 10 11 - 8 11 12 -
wac's Zodiac series of songs
ストレイ・マーチ (Aries) - BEEF (Taurus) - murmur twins (Gemini) - moon_child (Cancer) - Regulus (Leo) - Spica (Virgo) - アストライアの双皿 (Libra)
ピアノ協奏曲第1番"蠍火" (Scorpius) - 牧神笛吹きて (Capricornus) - Ganymede (Aquarius) - アルレシャ (Pisces)
EXTRA STAGEs CONTRACT - Ganymede - waxing and wanding - 華蝶風雪