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Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You OGS 2

[back cover]
Catalog Number: KICA-7734~6
Released On: December 21, 1996
Composed By: Konami Kukeiha Club
Arranged By: Konami Kukeiha Club
Published By: King Records
Recorded At: STUDIO YOU, Video Sunmall, PRIME-MIX, MIT St
Format: 3 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
Opening
01 - Beneath the Legendary Tree... - Shiori Monologue
02 - Tokimeki - Opening Demo
Prologue
03 - Meeting - Personality Entry
04 - School Entrance - Prologue Demo
Characters
05 - Just a Few Memories... - Shiori Fujisaki's Theme
06 - A Sonata for You - Mio Kisaragi's Theme
07 - More Than Anyone Else in the World - Yuna Himoo's Theme
08 - Boy Friends - Ayako Katagiri's Theme
09 - Teenage - Saki Nijino's Theme
10 - Baby Bird in a Basket - Yukari Koshiki's Theme
11 - I Want to Gaze at You - Nozomi Kiyokawa's Theme
12 - Temptation in Your Eyes - Mira Kagami's Theme
13 - Jumping Smile - Yuuko Asahina's Theme
14 - That Shop on the Way to School - Megumi Mikihara's Theme
15 - Aim! For the Goal of Love! - Yumi Saotome's Theme
16 - Goodnight, Love - Miharu Tatebayashi's Theme
17 - High Class Pedigree - Rei Ijuuin's Theme
18 - Omakase Network - Yoshio Saotome's Theme
Date
19 - Neighborhood
20 - Central Park
21 - Zoo
22 - Arboretum
23 - Aquarium
Amusement Park Medley
24 - Amusement Park - Waiting at the Amusement Park
25 - A Place to Just Gaze at You - Ferris Wheel
26 - Nightmare Seduction - Ghost House
27 - Banquet of the Ghosts - Ghost House
28 - On the Verge of Fainting - Scream Machine Bibeel
29 - Fight, Hero! - Hero Show
30 - Welcome to Virtual World - Virtual Ship
31 - A Summer Day's Illumination - Night Parade
Temple Festival Medley
32 - Temple Festival - Waiting at the Temple Festival
33 - Leave the Ningyosukui To Me! - Ningyosukui (Gold Fish Rescue)
34 - Gunman at the Shrine - Target Practice
35 - Failure - Game Failure
36 - Success - Game Success
37 - Rising Dragon, Chaotic Transition - Fireworks
38 - Pool
39 - Ocean
Shopping Medley
40 - Shopping
41 - Fashion Shop
42 - Boutique
43 - Junk Shop
Stadium Medley
44 - Stadium - Waiting at the Stadium
45 - Smash a Home Run! - Baseball Match
46 - Burning Gong - Pro Wrestling Match
47 - Bowling
48 - Game Center
Karaoke Medley
49 - Karaoke - Karaoke Box
50 - Don't Carry Love Too Far - Ayako Passionate Song
Library Medley
51 - Library
52 - Cunning Tactics - Yuuko Cheats
53 - Movie Theater
54 - Art Gallery
55 - Planetarium
56 - Concert Hall - Concert
57 - Skating
58 - Skiing
Total Time:
62'25"

Disc Two
Seasons
01 - Bloom - Spring
02 - A Brief Vacation - Spring Break
03 - Your Short Sleeves - Summer
04 - Fun! Fun! Summer Vacation - Summer Vacation
05 - Footsteps on Dry Leaves - Autumn
06 - White Breath - Winter
07 - An Orange at the Kotatsu - Winter Break
Club Activity
08 - Easy Victory! Practice Match - Practice Match
09 - Defeat - Lost the Match
10 - Victory - Won the Match
11 - The Best Days of Our Youth - Baseball Team Nationals
12 - Aim for the Top! Pro Soccer - Soccer Team National Match
13 - Like a Dolphin - Swimming Inter-High School Competition
14 - Bam! Slam Dunk - Basketball Inter-High School Competition
15 - Brand New Tennis Shoes - Tennis Inter-High School Competition
16 - Could I Be a Genius?! - Cultural Knowledge Contest Easy Victory
17 - Chou - Ore-sama EX - Club Secret Technique Acquisition
Final Exams
18 - During the Final Exam - Exam Period
19 - Results Announcement - Test Results Announced
20 - Low Ranking
21 - Time for Some Tutoring - Tutoring Decision
22 - High Ranking - Test High Ranking
23 - The Best Rank! - Highest Rank
Summer Camp Medley
24 - Under One Roof with Her - Meeting at a Summer Camp
25 - Heartbeat in the Darkness - Test of Confidence
26 - Straight for the Stomach - Food Poisoning Outbreak
27 - C'mon, Just for a Second - Peeking in the Bath
28 - A Tempting Thing - Men's Bath
29 - Easy on the Eyes... - Women's Bath
Athletic Meet
30 - Kushisko Spot (Nekke) - Athletic Meet
31 - Heaven and Hell (Offenbach) - 100 Meter Race
32 - Find That Kid! - Relay Race
33 - Wobbly Egg - Spoon Relay
34 - Defeat - Event Lost
35 - Victory - Event Won
36 - Special Training Behind the School Building - Mio Practices for the Three-Legged Race
37 - Breathing in Sync - Three-Legged Race
38 - Encircled by Flowers - Meeting in the Flowerbed, Beneath the Moon
39 - Korobuchaka (Russian Folk Song) - Folk Dance
Culture Festival Medley
40 - Culture Festival
41 - Experimental Show of the Century - Experimental Show
42 - A Computer Fortunetelling With Her - Computer Fortunetelling
Samurai Kintarou Medley
43 - Even the Spirits are Evil - Clandestine Meeting of the Evil Governors
44 - The Young Girl's Crisis
45 - Samurai Kintarou Will Cut Them Down! - Samurai Kintarou's Theme
Cultman Medley
46 - Nazora's Ambition - Nazora's Theme
47 - Nazora Dancing - Nazora Vs. Cultman
48 - Go For It, Cultman! - Cultman's Theme
Romeo and Juliet
49 - Rendezvous - Second Act Rendezvous
50 - Juliet's Death - Fifth Act Juliet's Death
51 - Romeo's Last Moment - Fifth Act Romeo's Last Moment
Wind Ensemble
52 - Suite from Gradius "First Stage" - Wind Band First Year
53 - Prelude "Distant Chalmera" - Wind Band Second Year
54 - Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner) - Wind Band Third Year
Field Trip
Hokkaido Trip Medley
55 - Lilac Hill - Hokkaido Trip
56 - Mystery Zone - Yuna's UFO Encounter
Okinawa Trip Medley
57 - Song of the Southern Islands - Okinawa
58 - What are You Talkin'? - Ayako Loses the Path
Kyotonara Trip Medley
59 - Old City - Kyotonara
60 - A Rosy-Colored Girl Coming from the Bath - Yukari Comes Out of the Bath
61 - Kind of Lucky - Saki Goes to Bed with a Cold
Special Days
62 - Happy Birthday! - Birthday
63 - Shiori's Room - Two People Have a Birthday in Shiori's Room
64 - I Love Chocolate - Valentine's Day
65 - The Tactical Art of Love - White Day
Christmas Medley
66 - A Visit to the Ijuuin Family - At the Ijuuin's (Toi Theme)
67 - Welcome to the Christmas Party! - Ijuuin Christmas Party
68 - A Girl and a Kitten - Discover a Kitten, and Love
69 - Warming My Chilled Body - Mira Borrows Your Coat
70 - White Christmas - Shiori, White Christmas
71 - All Alone on Christmas - Lonely Christmas
New Years Medley
72 - Prayers Fulfilled - Prayer
73 - Open the Curtains for a New Year - New Year's
74 - My Good Luck Find Me! - Horoscope
75 - Snowplow Naughty Girl - Graceful Snow Battle
76 - I Want to Take a Walk With You - Last Date with Miharu
Total Time:
66'48"

Disc Three
Karaoke
01 - Tokimeki
02 - Poem of the Effeminate Losers
03 - When We're Together
04 - Don't Carry Love Too Far
05 - Fifnel's Space Suit
06 - Let Us Love More
Battle
07 - What is That?! - Enemy Encounter ~ You're Gonna Feel Some Pain (Battle with Zako)
08 - You're Gonna Feel Some Pain - Battle with Zako
09 - Battle - Battle Victory
10 - I Am the Number One! - Battle with the Chief
11 - Chief - Chief Defeat Jingle
Epilogue
12 - Confession
13 - Reminiscence
Ending
14 - Futari no Toki (A Time for Two of Us) - Happy Ending
15 - Ballad of the Effeminate Geek - Kouyuu's Got Your Girl Bad Ending
16 - Ballad of the Effeminate Geek (Harmonica Version) - Kouyuu's Got Your Girl Bad Ending
17 - Let Us Move More - A Confession from the Self Happy Ending
18 - Album of Memories
Twinbee Time Attack
19 - Title BGM
20 - Stage BGM
21 - 1 Stage Donguri Tribe Boss
22 - 2 Stage Windmill Boss
23 - 3 Stage Airship Boss
24 - Brain Bug Boss
25 - Stage Clear
26 - All Stage Clear
27 - Game Over
28 - Ranking BGM
29 - Ranking in the Top Three
Psyth
30 - Psyth (Sophia Mix)
31 - Nature-ture-ture (Dec-303mix)
32 - Digitalwave dance
33 - Rush
34 - Cosmic Rain
35 - Psyth (reply)
36 - Planet
Bonus
37 - Jagged Shards
38 - Starting Line of the Heart - With You
Total Time:
56'30"

Released a year after the first "Forever With You Original Game Soundtrack," this three disc version of the soundtrack is not a "follow-up" to the first OGS as much as it is a more complete version. The first OGS was a two disc album with music from the original Super Famicom version of the game. This album, of course, is the published version of the PlayStation soundtrack. It includes almost every song from the SNES version, as well as plenty of new tracks (particularly on the third disc).

The sound quality from the Super Famicom to the PlayStation is a substantial improvement, one that anyone ought to be able to hear clearly. Though I can't say for sure, I would suspect that the music was originally written and intended for a 32-bit system, but was dumbed down for the SNES version. A quick comparison of songs from the two OGS's (say, for example, Mira Kagami's Theme, which we have sampled in both reviews) should make the difference obvious.

The songs are all neatly arranged, first with character themes, then songs for the many events, big and small, that you go through in the game. The game exists as an opportunity to go through high school and hook up with a lady of your choice; forgive me for saying this, but my memories of high school aren't nearly as cute and sugar-coated as the music Kukeiha Club made to go with this game. Of course, not all of us were surrounded by kawaii-cute girls that, despite being Japanese, looked completely caucasian.

One of my favorite sections are the ones with classic songs adapted. The "Wind Ensemble" music is your high school band attempting to play music from Konami (Gradius) your freshmen year but Wagner your junior year. The "Romeo and Juliet" music is that cheesy love theme you play in romance films: totally awesome, totally cutesy.

But, you know, the music quantity is something of a cheap perk that makes up for the quality. With the exception of the third disc, which has mostly decent tracks (each over a minute), the album is a complete collection of some rather boring and unfamiliar songs. About 20% of the tracks have any real substance to them, and they've all been arranged countless times on any number of other albums Konami has released over the years. So, as for the worth of this album, it probably is meaningless unless you have experience with this classic game, one which nearly defines the "dating sim" adventure genre.

Between this album and its predecessor, this is the clear victor and definitely the album of choice. Being over a decade old, both albums are HTF (hard-to-find). Should you find them, however, the demand is also low enough that you may be able to get a good deal on this three disc set.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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