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Abarenbou Princess Theme of Rouge: Rouge Special Selection

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Catalog Number: MACM-2025
Released On: March 30, 2002
Composed By: Yasuko Yamada, Yoshiyuki Ishii, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Chiaki Kato
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: MOVIC
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Honey!
02 - Facing the Hill
03 - Z!
04 - Trans
05 - Optimistic, Ambitious Heart
06 - Normal, Friendly Heart
07 - Nervous, Confused Heart
08 - Aggressive, Excited Heart
09 - Lai-Lai
10 - Hot Pepper Girls
11 - All These Stupid Idiots!
12 - Hold Hands and Make a Circle
13 - Abarenbou Princess
Total Time:
25'56"

Silly and short. That's a good way to describe this one.

The "OST" for Abarenbou Princess, the "Sound Selection," was 71 minutes of pretty solid early-PS2 VGM. This album, in contrast, is a 25-minute arranged album, and the arrangements are generally only one step above what can be heard on the OST.

Yes, it seems the "Rouge Special Selection" isn't all that special. It's fun in that silly-song kind of way, and there are maybe two or three songs that demonstrate some musical merit. The rest, not so much.

The value of this album, and the Abarenbou Princess OST, plummeted in the last few years. People looking to buy a used copy of this album can probably find a good deal, and likely alongside its OST counterpart. It's a nice addition, but not at all necessary, even for fans of these quirky, obscure titles.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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