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ACE7Music + Guitar Kobayashi and Goto

Keiki Kobayashi and Takanori Goto playing the Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown main theme on piano and guitar, respectively

The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing real-world pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019.[1] As of May 2020, more than 3.5 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, resulting in more than 250,000 deaths.[2]

This article lists all of the actions taken by Project Aces in 2020 in regards to the pandemic.

25th Anniversary News Delay

On March 26, Kazutoki Kono and Manabu Shimomoto participated in a Famitsu live stream to promote updates related to Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown and the 25th anniversary of Ace Combat. Kono revealed that they planned to announce more news but felt doing so would have been "problematic" during the pandemic. Instead, they chose to save more news for the anniversary itself in June if the global situation improves.[3]

Weekly Wallpapers

Starting on April 14, Project Aces began releasing new desktop wallpapers every few days on Twitter. Most of these wallpapers were designed to act as virtual meeting backgrounds for fans using webcams to attend online school or work meetings.

#ACE7Music

【エースコンバット】ACE COMBAT 7 メインテーマ を弾いてみよう

【エースコンバット】ACE COMBAT 7 メインテーマ を弾いてみよう

On April 27, Project Aces "hurriedly" launched an official Ace Combat YouTube channel with the goal of providing entertainment during the pandemic.[4] Keiki Kobayashi helped to launch the channel by providing piano recordings of the main themes to Ace Combat 7[5] and Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.[6]

Project Aces asked fans who could play any musical instrument to record themselves playing along to the Ace Combat 7 theme and upload it to Twitter using the hashtag #ACE7Music.[7] Kobayashi assisted by releasing the theme's sheet notes the next day.[8] On May 1, Project Aces created a Twitter moment of all of the #ACE7Music creations uploaded up to that point.[9] The team also uploaded a comedy video of various artists accompanying Kobayashi on a toothbrush, a capsule toy, a ruler, hand farts, a glass harp, and an Otamatone.[10]

On May 7, Project Aces uploaded three separate videos of Kobayashi's Ace Combat 7 theme being accompanied by Takanori Goto on guitar,[11] Ayako Himata on violin,[12] and Katsuki Kato on drums.[13]

References

  1. "WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19—11 March 2020". World Health Organization. Published on 11 March 2020. Retrieved on 11 March 2020.
  2. Johns Hopkins University. "COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)". ArcGIS. Retrieved on 7 May 2020.
  3. https://twitter.com/Task_Force23/status/1243157129499828227
  4. https://twitter.com/PROJECT_ACES/status/1254702522846941185
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1oMCXdSI0I
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hWEQOA9ivA
  7. https://twitter.com/PROJECT_ACES/status/1254707171415056384
  8. https://twitter.com/keikikobayashi/status/1255011835016667136
  9. https://twitter.com/i/events/1255809446460051456
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spZ1h-7_7mg
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7ZNP8dCKuw
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR13StkMxXQ
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwtbVQRarPw
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