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  • Age Rating: All
  • Released By: AnimeTrax
  • MSRP: 14.98
  • Aspect Ratio: at9305
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Akira


By Tiffani Nadeau     July 31, 2005

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What They Say
With sales of the newly re-mastered VHS / DVD release of Akira now reaching into the hundreds of thousands, this CD is a sure fired best-seller! Akira Symphonic Suite, by Geinoh Yamashirogumi contains 10 great tracks (over 70 minutes) of music from the movie. The companion booklet to this CD contains great background information on the music including how it was integrated and created!

The Review!
4 out of 5
A collection of music featured in the movie Akira. As performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi

This CD comes packaged up for the consumer with a cover insert. The insert is an excellent source of information. The insert is a twelve-page info extravaganza. It contains an informative paragraph from Katsuhiro Otomo about the movie itself and the role the background music played. A paragraph from Shoji Yamashiro about the production of Akira. And another paragraph by Kayoko Ohinata on the music itself. The insert also breaks down each song with an explanation of where it fit into the story, as well as the inspiration for the song by Ohinata-san. A paragraph that profiles the Yamashirogumi, a Song list, and CD credits round out this exciting insert.

At first glance at the CD it was brought to my attention that there are only ten tracks, this is too short I thought, then I listened to the CD. With four songs reaching past the 10 minute mark, and in fact one of them even going as high as 14 minutes or more, I could see why the CD only had ten songs. The music itself is a brilliant tryst through the mind of the characters of Akira. Each musical interlude paints a picture, which not only puts you right into the moment, it also creates moments of its own. With a few songs that follow the traditional Japanese Classical genre, a few that can only be described as almost mechanical in their sound, and a few Buddhist chants mixed in with a synthesizer, this collection grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. Each new song has you reeling with emotions, from tense apprehension, to calm collected thinking, and making a stop over at confused, it really brings out the roller coaster ride of the movie Akira.

The only thing I can say is that, though I’m sure the producers had the best in mind, most of the songs could have gotten their musical point across with at least half the length. In short, although the music is moving the songs are just too long. In fact even the shorter songs seemed to drag just a bit.

Fangboy says…this one’s makes it into the mood music pile, and plays often. But watch out for those long concertos.
Total CD Length: 69:27

Kaneda - 3:10 - Chanting,Battle Against Clown - 3:37 - Instrumental,Winds Over The Neo-Tokyo - 2:48 - Instrumental,Tetsuo - 10:18 - Instrumental,Dolls’ Polyphony - 2:54 - Instrumental,Shohmyoh - 10:11 - Buddhist Chanting,Mutation - 4:49 - Instrumental,Exodus From The Underground Fortress - 3:18 - Instrumental,Illusion - 13:57 - Instrumental,Requiem - 14:25 - Instrumental

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