Sunday, November 4, 2001

Rurouni Kenshin OAV Original Soundtrack

Credits: Taku Iwasaki (arrangement). Sony Music Records.

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Track Listing:
  1. In Memories "A Boy Meets The Man"
  2. One of These Nights
  3. Alone Again
  4. Blood
  5. Day After Day
  6. In The Rain
  7. Quiet Life - Piano Forte solo
  8. The Will - Piano Forte solo
  9. The Wars of The Last Wolves
  10. The Will
  11. Testament
  12. Talk to The Moon
  13. Sound of Snow Falling
  14. Shades of Revolution
  15. In Memories "KO-TO-WA-RI"

As endearing and engaging as the OAV >>> by firesenshi
Listen to the Piano Forte versions of "The Will" and I can tell you that I still remember the snowy paths Tomoe and Kenshin walked in Edo. The soundtrack here is purely instrumental. That's right, no vocals, but if you saw the OAV and want to listen to something when you're feeling mellow, this is for you. What I liked about this is is that the tracks are not too typical. Most of the time, you hear the usual orchestral fanfare in fight or battle scenes. Or the usual string instruments when everything turns melancholy.

Let me tell you how the tracks have been revolutionary. During the melancholy events in the Rurouni Kenshin OAV, instead of hearing the usual flute or strings, that seem to mimic one's own feelings that you seem to have sworn to hear those tunes in an "I'm Sorry" musical card, you'll instead hear the track called "The Sound of Snow Falling." I remember what my music teacher told me of how orchestral music tells a story such as that of Dans Macabre (The Dance of Death) where the orchestral rendition was actually based on a poem of the same name, and that listening to it, the violin tells the entrance of the king of Death with his violin and the sound of the trumpets signalling the entrance of the Dead, as pointed in the 3rd stanza of the poem. In Rurouni Kenshin OAV, instead of the usual ones, the musical director has opted to pick "snow" in the track "The Sound of Snow Falling" as the subject matter of his musical piece. Listening to it, you can picture in your mind the scenery in which Tomoe and Kenshin walk, especially in their final confrontation. The "Sound of Snow Falling" has a slower, easygoing tempo which makes it suitable background music for the scene, subtly building the emotion. The subtletly is brilliant and while it builds the emotion greatly, it doesn't give you any spoilers of what will happen next in the scene because it's not the usual melancholy melody that reminds you or prompts you of a sad scene!

If you wish to feel the Rurouni Kenshin OAV more, you will take this one. However, if you are really just a fan of the great vocal compilations, I suggest you just take the Rurouni Kenshin Best Theme Collection.

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