Langrisser Re:Incarnation -Tensei- Soundtrack Plus

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Catalog Number: SRIN-1128
Released On: November 26, 2016
Composed By: Noriyuki Iwadare, Yasufumi Fukuda, Sadamitsu Oi, Shohei Sato, Isao Mizoguchi
Arranged By: Keiichi Nabeshima
Published By: SuperSweep
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 4 CDs
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Disc One
Langrisser Re:Incarnation -Tensei-
01 - Character Creation
02 - Chapter Title Eye Catch
03 - Chapter Story
04 - Briefing
05 - Shop
06 - Army of Light Theme
07 - Imperial Army Theme
08 - Forces of Darkness Theme
09 - Independent Forces Theme
10 - Stage Clear
11 - Game Over
12 - Stage Result
13 - Album
14 - Level Up 1
15 - Level Up 2
16 - Everyday 1
17 - Everyday 2
18 - Happiness
19 - Sorrow 1
20 - Sorrow 2
21 - Sorrow 3
22 - Joy 1
23 - Joy 2
24 - Joy 3
25 - Rumor 1
26 - Rumor 2
27 - Love Teacher
28 - Confession
Total Time:

Disc Two
Langrisser Re:Incarnation -Tensei-
01 - Title
02 - Fight
03 - Simulation Part -Advantage 1-
04 - Simulation Part -Advantage 2-
05 - Simulation Part -Advantage 3-
06 - Simulation Part -Advantage 4-
07 - Normal Battle
08 - Simulation Part -Normal 1-
09 - Simulation Part -Normal 2-
10 - Simulation Part -Normal 3-
11 - Simulation Part -Normal 4-
12 - Simulation Part -Normal 5-
13 - Disadvantage Battle
14 - Simulation Part -Disadvantage 1-
15 - Simulation Part -Disadvantage 2-
16 - Simulation Part -Disadvantage 3-
17 - Simulation Part -Disadvantage 4-
18 - Simulation Part -Decisive Battle 1-
19 - Simulation Part -Decisive Battle 2-
20 - Simulation Part -Decisive Battle 3-
21 - Simulation Part -Decisive Battle 4-
22 - Simulation Part -Decisive Battle 5-
Total Time:

Disc Three
Langrisser Re:Incarnation -Tensei-
01 - VS Emperor Battle
02 - Simulation Part -Dungeon 1-
03 - Simulation Part -Dungeon 2-
04 - Simulation Part -Crisis-
05 - Simulation Part -Sacred-
06 - Simulation Part -Hustle! Muscle! then xx?!-
07 - Ending
08 - Staff Roll
Der Langrisser FX
09 - Opening
10 - Ally 1
11 - Ally 2
12 - Ally 3
13 - Ally 4
14 - Ally 5
15 - Ally 6
16 - Ally 7
17 - Ally Reinforcements 1
18 - Ally Reinforcements 2
19 - Ally Reinforcements 3
Total Time:

Disc Four
Der Langrisser FX
01 - Enemy 1 Leon
02 - Enemy 2 Bargas
03 - Enemy 3 Morgan
04 - Enemy 4 Evil Being
05 - Enemy 5 Eggbert
06 - Enemy 6 Imelda
07 - Enemy 7 Dark Princess
08 - Enemy 8 Bosel
09 - Enemy 9 Bernhardt
10 - Enemy Reinforcements 1
11 - Enemy Reinforcements 2
12 - Shop
13 - Story
14 - Big Brother
15 - Requiem
16 - Stage Clear 1
17 - Stage Clear 2
18 - Jessica
19 - Lushiris
20 - Riana
21 - Ending 2
22 - Staff Roll
23 - Inside the Cave
24 - Beach BGM
25 - Night BGM
Total Time:

Completion, completion, completion. Sadly, it seems we just can't get it in one package.

The least complete version of the Langrisser Re:Incarnation soundtrack is the one-disc, pack-in bonus with the North American edition of the game, reviewed here. That version is a nice best-of selection. Next, there is a pack-in bonus of the soundtrack that came with the Japanese game. It's two discs long and is nearly complete, but it is missing a few tracks in favor of fitting the album onto two discs instead of three. Of note, this version of the soundtrack also has the game's vocal theme "Blood Blade - Beyond Light and Darkness" on it: vocal, instrumental, and karaoke varieties included! This is especially noteworthy because the single by Masami Okui (a member of the venerable JAM Project) was never released at retail: it is only found on the Japanese pack-in album.

Yes, when I say only there, I mean only there. The four-disc album that is the subject of this review, Langrisser Re:Incarnation -Tensei- Soundtrack Plus, does not include that vocal theme. I assume that SuperSweep could not, or else chose not to, obtain the rights to publish the song on this soundtrack. In its place, there are those handful of tracks the Japanese pack-in soundtrack missed. Oh, and then there's the completely irrelevant (but awesome) "Plus" portion. Let's start there, because it's truly interesting!

You see, SuperSweep tacked on another sound version of the old Der Langrisser OST, Der Langrisser FX, as they apparently either forgot to put it on the I~III box set, or thought it would have been too excessive there, and placed it here instead as a bonus. The Der Langrisser FX soundtrack was released nearly a decade ago as a digital-only Japanese album from EGG Music. Now it exists in physical form as a 1.5-disc extension to the 2.5-disc Langrisser Re:Incarnation OST, making for a total four-disc package. (For more on the Der Langrisser / Langrisser II sound variations, I refer you to my review of the aforementioned Langrisser I~III box set.) This extra set of audio is used specifically for the NEC PC-FX, so there are upgrades and changes in the audio style, though the compositions and timings remain largely the same as other Der Langrisser soundtrack versions. Still, for a completionist like myself (who would hunt down the Japanese pack-in OST of Re:Incarnation just for a vocal track), it is quite the nice addition. I'll let the audio samples do the rest of the talking.

Now then, to the Langrisser Re:Incarnation OST in full! (Almost!)

Disc one is what I lovingly call "the boring disc." Yes, there are some good tunes, but for the most part, this music consists of BGM during dialogue sequences and menu-based navigation. It's like they separated the soundtrack's meat/entree portion (disc two) from the rest of the album. If that's how you want to organize an album, fair enough! In some ways, it makes life more convenient if you want to get right to the good stuff.

And that good stuff is, of course, the battle music. The "Simulation" tracks are used while in the tactical grid and/or in direct combat...which is to say, the part of the game you spend the most time actually playing. And while those of us who played the game know its flaws, including those atrocious chibi-3D character designs, the music is legitimately enjoyable! Particularly, those tracks penned by Noriyuki Iwadare himself. This is not to say that the other contributing composers are incompetent, or even intermediate in skill level. They are all good. But Iwadare has a history with this series going back to its foundations, and as such, he has a connection with the franchise and its melodies that allows him to write music that is most fitting for this attempt at a franchise reboot.

The finale comes during the first eight tracks of the third disc. We hear the battle versus the Emperor, the dungeon themes, the "Sacred" simulation theme, and the bonus music from Shohei Sato that incorporates Masaya's Cho Aniki franchise as a cameo in Langrisser. And then there is the sugary-sweet "Staff Roll." It may not be as epic as the "Staff Roll" in Langrisser II / Der Langrisser, but it is just as memorable.

If you enjoyed this strange little 3DS title, this is probably the soundtrack version that is best for you as a collector, and it is also the most accessible (unless you already have the single-disc release). That being said...if you listen through the full four discs, you may find you like the Der Langrisser soundtrack more than Langrisser Re:Incarnation. Perhaps that's a good thing...? The whole franchise has a history of quality music, after all!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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