Hoshigami OST
Catalog Number: YTTA-1001
Released On: August 24, 2007
Composed By: Kennosuke Suemura, Saori Kobayashi
Arranged By: Kennosuke Suemura
Published By: Yellow Tune Tracks
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD

01 - HOSHIGAMI Main Theme
02 - Fun Shopping
03 - Hometown Breeze
04 - Floating Continent "Mardias"
05 - Dance of the Imperial Army
06 - War of the Two Nations
07 - Those Who Gather in the Legend
08 - March of Justice
09 - Relentless Invaders
10 - Anthem of the Heroes
11 - Fated Reunion
12 - The Six Seals
13 - Black Armor
14 - Discord
15 - Legend of the Ixian Ruins
16 - Advance of the Valaimian Army
17 - Power of the Soul
18 - A Friend You Can Rely On
19 - An Age of War and a Conspiracy in Motion
20 - Requiem for the Departed
21 - The Knights of Destiny
22 - The Final Decisive Battle
23 - Footprints of Victory
24 - Experience Level Up
25 - Skyrocket Retreat
26 - A Tale Passed Down
27 - Thus, Fate Becomes Legend
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This soundtrack was released for the DS remake of Hoshigami, which received an entirely new soundtrack from a different set of composers. So if you're thinking this is a reprint of the "Special Soundtrack" for the PlayStation version released nearly a decade prior, you'd be wrong. A new bag of goodies are present here.

For those who don't know the history of this game, it is a spiritual predecessor to Stella Deus. Both Hoshigami and Stella Deus were made by the same core development staff, and both games' titles translate to mean the same thing: "Sun God." Now, Hitoshi Sakimoto did the score for Stella Deus. Both versions of Hoshigami are scored by people other than Sakimoto, but the DS version has a Sakimoto-esque quality that cannot be denied.

For the VGM veterans reading, you know what I'm talking about. Harp glissando, lots of orchestra bells, sweeping orchestral runs (be it brass, strings, or woodwind): all synthesized, but with a lifelike quality to them. The consistency of the compositional quality varies from track to track. I definitely had "favorites" and "skippables" on this disc. One of my favorites is the battle theme "Relentless Invaders" (track 9). Indeed, Suemura's battle themes are really what make this album so great.

Suemura has a long history of VGM under his belt, but from a variety of publishers, genres, and franchises. Suemura's work on Hoshigami may perhaps lead to future works from him on RPGs. This soundtrack is a strong, solid addition to the DS library. While it doesn't stand up as well as Stella Deus, it is much more enjoyable (in my opinion) than the original Hoshigami's score.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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