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Seiken Densetsu 3 OSV
Catalog Number: PSCN-5026~8 (reprint NTCP-5026~8)
Released On: August 25, 1995 (reprint October 1, 2004)
Composed By: Hiroki Kikuta
Arranged By: Hiroki Kikuta
Published By: NTT Publishing
Recorded At: Sunrise Studio
Format: 3 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Not Awaken
02 - Where Angels Fear to Tread
03 - Ordinary People
04 - Whiz Kid
05 - Walls and Steel
06 - Axe Bring Storm
07 - Little Sweet Cafť
08 - Witchmakers
09 - Another Winter
10 - Ancient Dolphin
11 - Hope Isolation Pray
12 - Raven
13 - Damn Damn Drum
14 - Innocent Sea
15 - Swivel
16 - Oh, I'm a Flamelet
17 - Evening Star
18 - Don't Hunt the Fairy
19 - Fable
Total Time:
56'58"

Disc Two
01 - Left-Handed Wolf
02 - Person's Die
03 - Harvest November
04 - Few Paths Forbidden
05 - Female Turbulence
06 - Intolerance
07 - Different Road
08 - Powell
09 - Political Pressure
10 - Nuclear Fusion
11 - Positive
12 - Meridian Child
13 - Closed Garden
14 - Splash Hop
15 - Innocent Water
16 - Delicate Affection
17 - Three of Darkside
18 - Last Audience
19 - Obsession
20 - Strange Medicine
21 - Frenzy
Total Time:
65'38"

Disc Three
01 - Can You Fly, Sister?
02 - Decision Bell
03 - Secret of Mana
04 - Faith Total Machine
05 - Weird Counterpoint
06 - Rolling Cradle
07 - Black Soup
08 - High-Tension Wire
09 - And Other
10 - Electric Talk
11 - Religion Thunder
12 - Angel's Fear
13 - Sacrifice Part I
14 - Sacrifice Part II
15 - Sacrifice Part III
16 - Reincarnation
17 - Farewell Song
18 - Breezin'
19 - Return to Forever
20 - Long Goodbye
Total Time:
76'45"

Seiken Densetsu 3 (Or to us hopefulís here in the states: "Secret of Mana 2") never came out in the US, which is a shame because it is one of Squaresoftís finest works. Nowadays, the only way to obtain it is to import the cart in its original form, or download a third-party translated ROM. Seiken Densetsu 3 remains my all time favorite game, and the soundtrack is high up on my list of favorites.

The music from Seiken Densetsu 3 can be summed up as bouncy, energetic, flowing, and serene. The Seiken Densetsu 3 soundtrack is one of the high points of Hiroki Kikutaís work on the series. Like Seiken Densetsu 2, there are themes that are mutual to both soundtracks (Such as Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross). However, thankfully unlike Seiken Densetsu 2, each track is repeated twice, making it sound not as rushed as Seiken Densetsu 2 did. However, I sometimes found that some tracks were too repetitive and that repeating two times seemed excessive. Other times, I found it just right. Kikuta follows a preset "feel" throughout the CD, using similar patches (synthesized sounds), giving the CDís a very cohesive feeling. The "feel" in Seiken Densetsu 3 is similar, if not identical, to Seiken Densetsu 2. The feel is very appropriate, especially if youíve played the game. The tunes range from slow and thoughful like Innocent Sea, to fast and energetic like Damn Damn Drum and. Kikuta has a natural talent for beats and rhythms, and he constantly is shifting them around, showcasing his ability to keep the listenerís feet tapping with tracks like Powell.

It is hard to describe the feeling you get from listening to this CD; it is very different from the Final Fantasy series composed by Nobuo Uematsu. However, I personally feel that the impact from the songs are lost upon the listener if they have never played the game before. Being able to recall scenes from the game itself is a important part of the listening experience, as it is with soundtracks in general. However, this is not absolutely necessary to enjoy these CDís. I also find that the feel presented by the CDís get too repetitive at times.

In conclusion, Seiken Densetsu 3 is similar in feel to Seiken Densetsu 2, but much more refined and matured. The CDís conjure a wide range of emotions, and is a definite must have for any Seiken Densetsu Fan, or anyone wanting something different than Final Fantasy. I enjoy listening to Kikutaís work and look forward to hearing more of him perhaps in other Square RPGís. It is fitting for an excellent game to have an equally excellent soundtrack to accompany it.

This is a very hard to find CD. I managed to obtain my copy through Anime Nation (They're my heroes) even though it took a good three months to get here.

Freddie's Overall Score: 93%

Reviewed by: Freddie W



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