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Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis OST
Catalog Number: N/A
Released On: March 31, 2008
Composed By: Ken Nakagawa, Daisuke Achiwa
Arranged By: Ken Nakagawa, Daisuke Achiwa
Published By: NIS America
Recorded At: D-Sound
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Run for Your Life
02 - Nostalgia of Studies
03 - Dreams of the Black Cat
04 - Future of Dreams ~Chorus~
05 - Defender of Justice has Come
06 - Splendid Force
07 - Vayne & Friends
08 - Whistling Girl
09 - Welcome to the *Fluffy* Workshop
10 - Student Store Missy & Oldie
11 - Hurry Up!
12 - The Menace
13 - Ah, Disciplinarian of Youth
14 - Legends of Sillyhead
15 - Sailbird
16 - Hallucinate Bell
17 - Sirius
18 - Hey
19 - Grasshopper
20 - My Glasses are Addicted
21 - Impending Conspiracy
22 - On the Wind Past the Hills
23 - Ghost Girl for Mana Khemia
24 - Overwhelmer
25 - Phweeeen Biography
26 - Block Pulse of Love
27 - Disruptor
28 - Nefertiti
29 - Wails of the Rain
30 - A Gap into Darkness
31 - Stigmata
32 - By the Illusion
33 - Toggle
Total Time:
78'21"

Instead or releasing an album on the "Rosenqueen" store, NIS America decided to go back to the tried and true "bonus soundtrack with order" policy. So, this one disc soundtrack went to everyone who bought the game through NIS America (heck, you didn't even need to get the absurdly-large LE box to get this CD!). I'm generally not in favor of cutting a two disc OST int one disc. It's not easy to pick which songs belong and which don't.

But given the task, I think NISA did a pretty good job with track selection.

What did irk me about NIS America's release, however, was the tracklist translation. Allow me to point out a few that are just plain wrong. Roxis' theme song is worded on this list as "My Glasses are Addicted." What, exactly, are the glasses (an inanimate object, mind you) addicted to? Granted it's a difficult name to translate (we rendered it "Absorbed by the Glasses"), but this translation doesn't suit. Even more insulting is the translation "Block Pulse of Love." This is a theme for Muppy, and it uses FM-synths typical of the 8-bit (Nintendo) era. The technical term for these old synths are known to many MIDI and keyboard enthusiasts. The correct translation for this song is "Rectangular Wave of Love," which is quite relevant, considering the synth used here is a RECTANGULAR WAVE.

My apologies for the tangential rant. Back on focus: this album has all five vocal tracks from the two disc OST represented. "Run for Your Life," "Sirius," "Hey," "Stigmata," and "Toggle" are all vocal tracks from Mana Khemia. These are great songs, and I was happy to see them make the cut. Most of the battle themes are also represented, which is a plus. Listening to them again, I have to ask myself, what happened to those awesome SSH arranged albums? We saw them for Atelier Iris 1 and 2, but they have since stopped. I sincerely hope SSH comes back to do some work with Mana Khemia.

I am pleased with this release, minus the tracklist errors (please note that my list of rebuke was not exhaustive). Again, if you want this CD, you'll need to pick up the game itself, which I highly recommend.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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