Vision Of Escaflowne: Lovers Only Import, Soundtrack
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If like most people who watched Escaflowne, you loved the music, doubtless you want to buy at least one of the soundtracks so that you can experience the music in all of its glory. You may however, be wondering where to start. This soundtrack features music from the three other soundtracks, as well as music which is not featured on any of the others.
The first piece of music is an alternate and slightly longer than television size version of the opening song from the show No Need to Promise. It's nice and interesting, but no match for the full version featured on the first soundtrack.
The second track is an alternate version of Vision of Escaflowne, which I believe is played on the final episode of the series. The third track Memory of Fanelia is the string instrument version of Fanelia from the second soundtrack, and is only featured in this cd. This music is played in the episode where Van returns to the destroyed Fanelia to meet with his brother, and is a simply exquisite piece of music that led to many an evening of me whistling that tune as I worked.Read more ›
Maaya Sakamoto's songs on this track are just as lovely, especially "Kaze ga fuku hi" (Track 18) which is still my all-time favorite song after 5 years of owning the CD. This track is has deep, soothing bass accompanied by a lovely saxophone and instruments get added in seemlessly as the song goes on...by the time it reaches the climax of the piece, you're shocked by all that's there.
I'd highly recommend this CD to anyone who likes Yoko Kanno, Maaya Sakamoto, symphonic/choral music, or anime.
Unlike a great deal of soundtrack music, the Escaflowne songs and instrumentals are, for the most part, very non-intrusive. They mesh well with a variety of moods and provide everything from upbeat, catchy stuff to sorrowful and soulful pieces that will really move you. You don't need to be a fan of the series to enjoy the music, either.
This particular OST is my favorite of the five Escaflowne OSTs that I own; it takes many of the best pieces from the series and puts them all on one CD. It also includes one of the most beautiful and addictive musical pieces from Escaflowne, the ominous "Chain" - which is absent from other Esca OSTs. (This is the background piece heard playing during the scene where Folken and Eriya alter Fate, among other scenes.)
But as much as I liked the series, I must admit that, with the exception of "Dance of Curse," I never really paid too much attention to the music. After all, I watch shows for the story, the action and the pretty special effects, hardly ever for the music.
However, being a fan of the series, and of course the aforementioned "Dance of Curse," I saw this soundtrack and had to get it.
I was pleasantly surprised to find not just one or two good songs on an otherwise dust collecting album, but a whole cd of beautiful, worthwhile music. It's given me a new appreciation for the series. Few television shows really put a lot of effort into their soundtracks. Animated shows in particular, western and eastern alike, tend to just come up with some cliché pop intro that's just irritating. I'm looking at Sonic X and Yugioh 5 D's in particular here.
But Escaflowne is different. Yoko Kanno really put a lot of effort into this. The music on this soundtrack is really beautiful and mood setting. It really brings back a lot of the emotion you got from watching the series. It's the kind of effort you'd expect to see put into a soundtrack for a summer movie.
If you are a fan at all of Escaflowne, then you should get this soundtrack. You won't regret it.
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Vision of Escaflowne I call it so that no one confuses it with a movie named "Escaflowne", which was basically a complete deconstruction of Escaflowne. Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Dominic La Pinta
I first saw Vision of Escaflowne as a child and recently a friend of mine lent me the whole anime. From the start, the music hit me. Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by keythydu03
If I had to buy one CD to define the series of Escaflowne, this would be it. The music for Escaflowne is a rare wonder, and for twenty-six episodes, it defies the average anime... Read morePublished on April 26, 2006 by Amazon Customer
i'm a ost lover, dont like commercial musics. For alot of years i've been listening to movies, videogames&anime soundtracks
this one is just awesome
a best buy!
I've seen the series of Escaflowne, as well as the movie. (All Dubbed though, haven't had the chance to see a copy of subtitled Escaflowne yet.) But this cd is by far my favorite. Read morePublished on July 24, 2002