Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin) OVA CD Soundtrack (of 1) (Mania.com)
Date: Sunday, July 31, 2005
Release Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2002
What They Say
From composer Taku Iwasaki comes the beautifully haunting melodies of the Samurai X OVAs that fans simply can’t forget.
Fitting perfectly with the dark overtones of the series, this gorgeous score makes listeners relive Rurouni Kenshin’s early struggles as the Battosai and gives true power and emotion to the animated series.
5 out of 5
This CD comes packaged up for the consumer with a small cover insert. The insert contains one page with a list of song tittles, and length of songs, one page with a run down of the OVA series by producer Takashi Kodama, one page with a few insights by composer Taku Iwasaki. One page of credits, and two pages of beautiful artwork from the series. Each page contains small pictures found within the series itself, portraying the characters in various moments.
This particular CD surprised me in a few different ways. First off, there was the music itself, Mr. Iwasaki set about putting together a CD of music that would not only flow with the series, but would stand alone as well. I can tell you that he has succeeded immensely with this particular set. The soft tones that floated through my speakers as I listened to a few slower tracks, matched not only the melancholy feel of some of the scenes in the OVA, it even matched the trees blowing in the breeze out my window. Anything that versatile in it’s ability to match a scene, can play on my sound system any day.
Secondly, this collection is of the more traditional European type classical music, and yet somehow, it managed to grasp the feel of Ancient Japan. An interesting use of wind-wood instruments on some of the tracks, combined with very subtle drums, gave the distinct impression of Japan, within Kenshin’s time period. I was very pleased with this turn of events.
Thirdly, and lastly, I was impressed with the music itself. The sounds grasped not only the feelings of tension that are a huge undercurrent in the time period, but also in the story of the main characters as well. The intense militaristic tracks that can be found sprinkled through the CD give it that very important feel. The feeling that if you don’t hurry, something bad could happen. The music reaches down into the soul when it needs to, pulls you back to the surface of the tension quickly, and then gently carries you across the sea of pain and sorrow that the characters in the story themselves feel and experience.
Fangboy says…this one’s makes it into the mood music pile, and plays often. A real treasure to hear! Congratulations to Mr. Iwasaki for giving my first 5 out of 5 music experience!!!
In Memories "A Boy Meets The Man" -6:17 - Instrumental,One of These Nights -2:15 - Instrumental,Alone Again -3:13 - Instrumental,Blood -1:17 - Instrumental,Day After Day -1:17 - Instrumental,In The Rain -2:31 - Instrumental,Quiet Life- pf solo version -2:46 - Instrumental,The Will- pf solo version -2:12 - Instrumental,The Wars of The Last wolves -6:08 - Instrumental,The Will -2:11 - Instrumental,Testament - 1:18 - Instrumental,Talk to The Moon -2:46 - Instrumental,Sound of Snow Falling -5:08 - Instrumental,Shades of Revolution -7:03 - Instrumental,In Memories "KO-TO-WA-RI -5:55 - Instrumental,Quiet Life -2:49 - Instrumental
Total CD Length: 55:13
Age Rating: All
Released By: AnimeTrax
Aspect Ratio: at9312
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Rurouni Kenshin (aka Samurai X)