Chrono Trigger Composer Gets Rick Rolled, Surprised by Similarity

This is Rick Astley’s infamous song, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” This is the theme of Robo from Chrono Trigger. Notice any similarities?

And for the record, this is what you get when you combine the two.

Ever since “Rick Rolling” became a popular internet prank-meme, some have hailed the popular Chrono Trigger song as being the first Rick Roll. The question is, was it at all intentional?

That’s what Original Sound Version set out to learn when they had the chance to speak with Chrono Trigger composer Yasunori Mitsuda:

OSV: Mitsuda-san, please bear with me, as this is hard to explain even in English! There has been an Internet phenomenon in the United States called a “Rick Roll” where people send the following video to one another:

This is a big Internet prank or joke, and some game music fans have noticed how the background melody sounds similar to “Robo’s Theme” from Chrono Trigger, calling “Robo’s Theme” the first “Rick Roll.” It’s this big Internet joke. I was hoping you could comment about this, and about Rick Astley’s song? Do you think the video is funny?

Mitsuda:It certainly is the first time I’ve seen this. I’m surprised! That’s the first time I’ve heard of Rick Astley, and it’s interesting that such a phenomenon is happening in a different country. Thank you for your time! — Original Sound Version

Of course, I’m sure someone’s going to say he’s just never gonna give you up — sorry, couldn’t resist — covering his ass, but I think he could very well have not heard the song before. But at least now we have an official answer.