A・ZU・NA – Maze Town

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This is my entry for the 2022 BSMG Halloween Contest! This map has been in the works for quite a while, and I have to say, I’m quite proud of the result.

Most of this lightshow was done a couple months ago, but I think it might be my best work in manual lighting yet. The lightshow should be completely vanilla, so you won’t need Chroma or other visual mods to get the most out of it. The Spooky environment was a bit unorthodox to work with due to the objects in the environment that are in front of some of the lights, but it fits the vibe of the song and the season perfectly. The color scheme here is based off of the album art for the single, which has a bunch of Halloween imagery itself.

As for the mapping, I used the new wall system to create a lot of aesthetic walls of different heights in order to imitate the feeling of being in a maze. These walls stay consistent in all three of my standard difficulties, so that experience should remain intact no matter which difficulty you choose! The higher difficulties have some techier patterns to accentuate the musical contour, as well as to enhance some of the motions of making your way through the maze.

This map also features three guest 360-degree difficulties by my good friend @swukpuff, who took his own unique spin on the maze idea! The 360-degree rotation elevates the concept of making your way through a confusing maze to the next level, so please explore those difficulties as well!

The song comes from “A・ZU・NA,” a three-member subgroup consisting of Ayumu Uehara, Shizuku Osaka, and Setsuna Yuki of the larger idol group “Nijigasaki High School Idol Club” from the “Love Live!” series . The group name comes from the syllables of the names of it’s members: (A)yumu, Shi(ZU)ku, and Setsu(NA). This darker, more metal-inspired song is actually a departure from their usual style, which is normally more light and bouncy in both tone and lyrics. This song has not yet featured in the anime, but a shortened version exists on the Love Live! mobile game platforms.

Preview videos here:

Standard (gameplay by me):

360-Degree (gameplay by @swukpuff):

I just got married and went on my honeymoon earlier this month, so it’s fair to say that I’ve been a bit busy up to this point; hopefully I will be a bit more active with posting now that all that fun insanity has passed! I’ll probably be taking a short break from Love Live! songs to get some more diverse maps out in the near future, but I expect they will still be a regular appearance on my profile. If you’re in the mood for more Love Live! content from me, you may have missed that I was recently also featured as a guest mapper on the Expert+ and Hard difficulties of another Nijigaku subgroup, R3BIRTH, on the Game Size version of their song “MONSTER GIRLS” over on @Fuyakeru’s profile! He did a great Chroma lightshow and a fun Expert difficulty as well, and he’s done some other great Love Live! and other anime maps too! Please check it out!
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More to come soon! Please consider following my BeatSaver page if you enjoy my maps: https://beatsaver.com/profile/4292041

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