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Tokyo Majin Gakuen Taimajinshihen ~ Sakurazukuyo

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Catalog Number: MACM-1051
Released On: July 31, 1999
Composed By: Takashi Nitta
Arranged By: Takashi Nitta
Published By: MOVIC
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Desire
02 - Tears (Radio Ver.)
03 - Sticker
04 - Michiyuki
05 - Premonition
06 - Fist
07 - Beat
08 - Sticker
09 - Stream
10 - Fog
11 - Lamplight
12 - Faith
13 - Night Sky
14 - Courage
15 - That Day, It Rained Gentle Snow on You and Me
16 - Sticker
17 - The Setting Sun
18 - Song
19 - Nostalgia
20 - Gamble
21 - Cause and Effect
22 - Crime
23 - Promise
24 - Tears
25 - Truth
26 - Sticker
27 - Taimajin Preview
28 - Taimajin CM
29 - Sticker
30 - That Day, It Rained Gentle Snow on You and Me (Male Voice Ver.)
31 - That Day, It Rained Gentle Snow on You and Me (Female Voice Ver.)
32 - That Day, It Rained Gentle Snow on You and Me (Instrumental)
33 - Beat (Instrumental)
34 - Tears (Instrumental)
35 - Sticker
Total Time:
73'36"

The PS1 game "Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou" made a lot of waves, and the ripples of those waves affect us even today. The hit game saw several remakes, as well as a sequel, some gaiden titles (such as "Tenshou Gakuen" and "Kamiyo Gakuen"), and even had anime and radio drama made after it.

This album is a "message and vocal" album. Most of the tracks are succinct, one minute monologues from the various characters of the game, each one taking on a different topic or theme (the track title being the topic). Interspersed among these intellectual musings are a couple of wildly catchy pop songs, most of which appear in one form or another on any of the game's multiple OSTs.

"Beat" and "Tears" are two incredibly enjoyable, upbeat J-pop pieces. The former uses some awesome ambient piano, plucked string, and percussion loops that layer, one on top the other, until the full song is built. The song reminds me of some of my favorite pieces from the Evangelion "Refrain" album (for all you anime music buffs out there!). The latter comes in two versions on the album, but obviously you'll want the full version, not the game-size opening. Then there's that duet piece about snow falling gently on people. Yeah...I don't really like that song. It's like, the sort of thing you'd hear on an East Asian clone of "American Idol." And then they tack on three different karaoke versions: a guy can sing with the female artist, a girl can sing with the male artist, or two extremely Otaku individuals can sing to one another. Good times.

All in all, this isn't a great album to have in your collection, particularly if you don't speak Japanese. The majority of the musical content can be found elsewhere. But it's still a rather interesting piece of the Tokyo Majin Gakuen puzzle.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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