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Sekaiju no MeiQ 3 *seikai no raihousya* OST
Catalog Number: VGCD-0185
Released On: April 7, 2010
Composed By: Yuzo Koshiro
Arranged By: Yuzo Koshiro
Published By: 5pb.Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 3 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
PC-8801 FM Version
01 - That's the Adventure's Opening
02 - Townscape - Engrave Thy Name
03 - Labyrinth I - Waterfall Woodlands
04 - Battlefield - The First Campaign
05 - Compensation
06 - Townscape - Between these Azure Skies and the Seas
07 - Labyrinth II - Water Woods of the Submarine Ridge
08 - Scene - Unknown Menace
09 - Battlefield - That Fresh Blood is Thine or the Enemy's
10 - Townscape - Sunlit Water Surface
11 - Seascape - Great Voyage
12 - Disturbances - The End of the Raging Waves
13 - Townscape - The Sea City Covered in Twilight
14 - Labyrinth III - Brilliant Cavern
15 - Disturbances - Hoist the Sword and Pride in the Heart
16 - Townscape - The City of the Deep Blue Sea
17 - Labyrinth IV - Deep Ocean Ritual Temple
Total Time:
68'12"

Disc Two
PC-8801 FM Version
01 - Townscape - The Great Tree Bearing the Ancient City
02 - Battlefield - Those That Slay and Fall
03 - Townscape - Thousand Years
04 - Labyrinth V - Chalky Woods
05 - Disturbances - Scatter About
06 - Scene - Cold Justice
07 - Disturbances - Each Justice
08 - Townscape - The King That Lost Time
09 - Labyrinth VI - The Evil God in the Dark Ocean Depths
10 - Disturbances - Calling That Detestable Name
11 - Your Adventure Has Ended
12 - Until Another Departure
Nintendo DS Version
13 - That's the Adventure's Opening
14 - Townscape - Engrave Thy Name
15 - Labyrinth I - Waterfall Woodlands
16 - Battlefield - The First Campaign
17 - Compensation
18 - Townscape - Between these Azure Skies and Seas
19 - Labyrinth II - Water Woods of the Submarine Ridge
20 - Scene - Unknown Menace
21 - Battlefield - That Fresh Blood is Thine or the Enemy's
22 - Townscape - Sunlit Water Surface
Total Time:
73'29"

Disc Three
Nintendo DS Version
01 - Seascape - Great Voyage
02 - Disturbances - The End of the Raging Waves
03 - Townscape - The Sea City Covered in Twilight
04 - Labyrinth III - Brilliant Cavern
05 - Disturbances - Hoist the Sword and Pride in the Heart
06 - Townscape - The City of the Deep Blue Sea
07 - Labyrinth IV - Deep Ocean Ritual Temple
08 - Townscape - The Great Tree Bearing the Ancient City
09 - Battlefield - Those That Slay and Fall
10 - Townscape - Thousand Years
11 - Labyrinth V - Chalky Woods
12 - Disturbances - Scatter About
13 - Scene - Cold Justice
14 - Disturbances - Each Justice
15 - Townscape - The King That Lost Time
16 - Labyrinth VI - The Evil God in the Dark Ocean Depths
17 - Disturbances - Calling That Detestable Name
18 - Your Adventure Has Ended
19 - Until Another Departure
Total Time:
70'46"

It's so good to see a veteran composer "back in the saddle." Yuzo Koshiro, one of the kings of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras (see Ys, ActRaiser, et al), took over a decade away from the VGM scene (with a few exceptions here and there). Koshiro came back in full force a few years ago with the resurgence of "chiptunes" and their popularity. Some of his primary compositions are now for the Sekaiju no MeiQ series, known in the US as the Etrian Odyssey series. This marks the third entry in the series, and though the soundscape may be the same, Koshiro's style continues to grow in new and exciting ways.

Now, like the other Etrian Odyssey scores, and the 7th Dragon score, Koshiro wrote the music originally in a retro-synth setting. In this case, it sounds to me like the same sound fonts used on the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis), but I'm not entirely sure if that's accurate (PC-8801 FM applied to which consoles...?). All I know is that, if this were a Genesis soundtrack, it'd be one of the best Genesis soundtracks I'd ever heard.

Halfway through the second disc we reach the end of one version and the beginning of the other, which is the DS Sound Source proper. Surprisingly, there is little difference between the two sound versions. In previous OSTs the difference was quite noticeable, but here the only difference I can tell in most cases is the compression artifacts (static fuzz) in the DS version.

So we have a total of 58 tracks: 29 original melodies in two versions. Of these 29 melodies, there's no question for me which I favor over others. None of the music is bad. Koshiro-san is an expert at writing music that fits the context of the game and stands well apart from the game. But sometimes you have to write music that doesn't impress, and works best as background music. These tracks I tend to ignore, and I focus on the music with the impressive melodic lines.

I am surprised by the sheer emotional power present in the opening melody, "That's the Adventure's Opening." This has all the same texture and simplicity as "Too Full With Love" or "Trading Village of Redmont" (Ys series), but is darker and more moody. What a great way to open the album, not to mention the game.

I was a little disappointed by some of the labyrinth tracks, if only because the labyrinth music from I and II were the "meat" of the previous OSTs. But where some of the labyrinth music didn't leave a lasting impression, others (such as Labyrinth VI) make up for it. The battle themes are all strong, and I dare say they show Koshiro moving in a different direction than the past.

The town themes, however, are by and large my favorite "type" tracks on this OST. "The City of Deep Blue Sea" and "Thousand Years" are some of my favorite pieces, not just from SQ3, but from all of Koshiro's work in this decade.

After my first listen through this OST, I asked myself the simple question: do I like this? And my answer to myself was: "I think so...?" Again, despite the familiar soundscape, melodically and stylistically Koshiro is branching out in subtle, but noticeable, ways. After a few more listens, however, I was hooked. I didn't have to ask myself the question "is this good?" All I'd have to ask myself is "do I want to listen to this again?" For a few days in a row, the answer was a resounding yes!

Frankly, I hope Koshiro continues to take on projects like these for many years and develops a robust library of "neo-retro" game music. I recommend you support the man and also add to your personal VGM collection. Sekaiju no MeiQ 3 is a sure shot for any retro-synth fan's enjoyment.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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