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The Legend of Heroes Zero no Kiseki OST
Catalog Number: NW10102870
Released On: December 16, 2010
Composed By: Sound Team JDK
Arranged By: Sound Team JDK
Published By: Falcom
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 3 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - way of life -Opening Version-
02 - Scene of a Street Corner
03 - C.S.P.D -Crossbell Police-
04 - Geo-Front
05 - Get Over The Barrier!
06 - This Is Our Power!
07 - Special Support Section
08 - Tomorrow Will Blow the Wind to Tomorrow
09 - TRINITY
10 - IGNIS
11 - Points and Lines
12 - On The Green Road
13 - Lemonade in Hand
14 - Armorica Village
15 - Afternoon in Crossbell
16 - Water, Plants and the Blue Sky
17 - Arrest The Criminal
18 - Wind from Liberl
19 - St. Ursula Medical College
20 - The Way of the Tree Spirit
21 - The Mining Village of Mainz
22 - Seven sparkles
23 - Caught Between Major Powers
Total Time:
50'17"

Disc Two
01 - Arc-en-ciel
02 - Revache & Co.
03 - Heiyue Trade Company
04 - Terminal Room
05 - Between Forgotten Visions
06 - Ardor of the Sun
07 - Yearning of the Moon
08 - Naivete
09 - Fated Time
10 - Unconveyable Feelings
11 - Over Thousand Nights
12 - Daybreak ~ Grand Finale
13 - Founding Anniversary
14 - Balloons and Confetti
15 - Critical Situation
16 - Foolish Gig
17 - Intense Chase
18 - Underground Kids
19 - Limit Break
20 - Crossing the Iron Bridge
21 - Peril
22 - Formidable Enemy
23 - Stand Up Battle Formation Again!
24 - Feelings Crushed...
25 - Paradisemi☆
26 - The Dark Auction House
27 - Protected Will
Total Time:
55'01"

Disc Two
01 - 10% Chance of Rain
02 - Crossbell Cathedral
03 - A Bell That Cannot Ring
04 - During Mission Accomplishment
05 - Tender Heart
06 - Gazing at the Back
07 - Killing Bear
08 - Ancient Pulsation
09 - Temptation to Wisdom
10 - Demonic Drive
11 - Gnosis
12 - The Starry Sky Misty in the Night
13 - Resonating Heart
14 - Someday
15 - Inevitable Struggle
16 - Firm Strength
17 - Get Over The Barrier! -Roaring Version-
18 - A Light Illuminating The Depths
19 - Advancing Bravery
20 - Arrival Existence
21 - Fulfilled Feelings
22 - Their Tomorrows
23 - New Days ~ Omen
24 - Zero no Kiseki
25 - way of life -Full Version-
Total Time:
69'57"

Spin-offs of spin-offs ... of spin-offs. Before I even touch this soundtrack, let's review Falcom's history.

Falcom had a "Dragon Slayer" series, once upon a time. One of the off-shoots was Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes. This title spawned its own sequel, Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II.

Falcom then dropped the "Dragon Slayer" prefix as it had more and more IPs coming from individual titles in the Dragon Slayer series. Legend of Heroes III, IV, and V together became the Gagharv trilogy. The Legend of Heroes VI started its own universe. Its subtitle, "Sora no Kiseki," became its own franchise. Sora no Kiseki would become its own trilogy, but the roman numerals wouldn't move forward. In fact, the roman numeral VI was dropped altogether at some point.

The Sora no Kiseki trilogy was so popular that, when Falcom decided to do their own take on the "copy Dissidia" RPG-meets-fighter formula, they named the game "Ys vs Sora no Kiseki." Not Ys vs Sorcerian, or Ys vs Legend of Heroes. That tells you just how big this trilogy has become for them.

No wonder, then, that they decided to develop a prequel. Said prequel is called "Zero no Kiseki," and its soundtrack is the single largest soundtrack in the history of the Legend of Heroes series.

Sadly, even though it's the largest, it is probably the least impressive. At least among the Sora no Kiseki franchise. There are a handful of really strong tracks (a personal favorite is "Intense Chase," 2-17), and then about 70% of the tracks are at least pleasant and listenable. And then there are some downright irritating ones. The quality isn't consistent, but it is, for the most part, mediocre. The first disc is especially weak. In fact, I'd go so far as to say the soundtrack is back-loaded; the further you go, the better quality music you find. The ends of disc 2 and disc 3 are nearly on par with the first Sora no Kiseki OST.

Collectors should still pick it up for the few gems found across the three discs. Just don't expect it to be minute-for-minute awesome like the first and second chapters in the Sora no Kiseki trilogy. Really, this OST is an ideal candidate for its own arranged album, as they could hand-pick the best tracks (including battle tracks) and really flesh out their melodies.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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