Persona 2 Eternal Punishment. OST
Catalog Number: KICA-1513~7
Released On: June 27, 2012
Composed By: Toshiko Tasaki, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Masaki Kurokawa, Shoji Meguro, Toshiki Konishi, Atlus Sound Team
Arranged By: Toshiki Konishi, Atsushi Kitajoh, Atlus Sound Team
Published By: King Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 5 CDs
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Original Side

Disc One
01 - Opening
02 - Maya (Theme 2)
03 - Seven Sisters High School
04 - Map I
05 - Parabellum II
06 - Time Castle
07 - Mt. Katatsumuri
08 - Morimoto Hospital
09 - Enigma
10 - Boss Battle
11 - Sumaru Genie
12 - Affinity Readings
13 - Time Count
14 - Everyday
15 - Akachochin Shiraishi
16 - Satomi Tadashi Hirasaka Shop
17 - Parabellum
18 - Club Zodiac
19 - Peace Diner
20 - TONY'S SHOP (Wonder Item Store)
21 - Aoba Park
22 - Penthouse
23 - Le Cleir de lune (Special Weapon Store)
24 - Ebony
25 - Control Room
26 - Science Laboratory
28 - Tominaga Chiropractic
29 - BGM I
30 - Other Side Sumaru TV
31 - BGM II
32 - Hiiragi Psychotherapy
33 - kaori
34 - Giga Macho
35 - Kasugayama High School
36 - Velvet Room Nameless Arrange
Total Time:

Disc Two
01 - Battle
02 - BGM III
03 - Padparacha
04 - Sumaru TV
05 - Mu Continent
06 - etheria
07 - Smile Hirasaka
08 - BAOFU
09 - Abandoned Factory
10 - Satomi Tadashi Yumesaki Shop
11 - Jolly Roger
12 - Nichirinmaru
13 - Illusions
14 - Undersea Ruins
15 - Reminiscence (Beloved)
16 - Subway Construction Site
17 - Toa Defense (Special Weapon Store)
18 - Nekomata Rumor Office
19 - Ameno Torifune
20 - Map II
21 - Sumaru Castle
22 - A Great Evil
23 - Map III
24 - Monado Mandala
25 - Reminiscence (Sad)
26 - EX Final Battle
27 - others mix 1
28 - others mix 2
29 - others mix 3
30 - others mix 4
31 - Persona Mambo
32 - Persona Rock
Total Time:

Remix Side

Disc Three
01 - Opening
02 - Title
03 - Maya (Theme 2)
04 - Seven Sisters High School
05 - Map I
06 - Parabellum II
07 - Time Castle
08 - Mt. Katatsumuri
09 - Morimoto Hospital
10 - Enigma
11 - Boss Battle
12 - Battle Result
13 - Sumaru Genie
14 - Affinity Readings
15 - Time Count
16 - Everyday
17 - Akachochin Shiraishi
18 - Satomi Tadashi Hirasaka Shop
19 - Parabellum
20 - Club Zodiac
21 - Peace Dinner
22 - TONY'S SHOP (Wonder Item Store)
23 - Aoba Park
24 - Penthouse
25 - Le Cleir de lune (Special Weapon Store)
Total Time:

Disc Four
01 - Ebony
02 - Control Room
03 - Science Laboratory
05 - Tominaga Chiropractic
06 - BGM I
07 - Other Side Sumaru TV
08 - BGM II
09 - Hiiragi Psychotherapy
10 - kaori
11 - Giga Macho
12 - Kasugayama High School
13 - Velvet Room Nameless Arrange
14 - Battle
15 - BGM III
16 - Padparacha
17 - Sumaru TV
18 - Mu Continent
19 - etheria
20 - Smile Hirasaka
21 - BAOFU
22 - Abandoned Factory
23 - Satomi Tadashi Yumesaki Shop
24 - Jolly Roger
Total Time:

Disc Five
01 - Nichirinmaru
02 - Illusions
03 - Undersea Ruins
04 - Reminiscence (Beloved)
05 - Subway Construction Site
06 - Toa Defense (Special Weapon Store)
07 - Nekomata Rumor Office
08 - Ameno Torifune
09 - Map II
10 - Sumaru Castle
11 - A Great Evil
12 - Map III
13 - Monado Mandala
14 - Reminiscence (Sad)
15 - EX Final Battle
16 - Change Your Way (GAME VERSION)
17 - Staff Roll
18 - Shiori
19 - Kadath Mandala
20 - Additional Battle
21 - Additional Boss Battle
22 - The Brink of Death
23 - Satomi Tadashi ~ Kadath Mandala Store
Total Time:

For some sad and strange reasons that Atlus USA never disclosed, the English localization of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment's PSP remake never came to be. As a consolation prize, they did release the original version on PSN as a PSOne Classic. And of course, they did get us the remake of Innocent Sin. But Japan got remakes of both... they always do get the more complete deal.

This five disc soundtrack is the counterpart to the Innocent Sin six disc set, in that it contains in its entirety both the old PS1 soundtrack and the new PSP remake music. That's a lot of music, yes, but really you're getting the same soundtrack twice, the second time with enhancements (elaboration, elongation, new instrumentation) and a handful of additional tracks.

The original mix, which covers the first two discs, is a second-for-second, note-for-note reprint of the old OST, for which we have a review here. My summary take on this portion of the soundtrack: it holds up extremely well more than a decade later, and it sets a high bar for the remake's music to live up to. For fans of Persona 3 and 4, this music is less dance-friendly than the Shoji Meguro-only music you're used to. It's more ambient and dark. Nonetheless, I suspect most fans of the newer Persona games will enjoy this soundtrack.

Now then, to the three-disc remake portion...

These arrangements are primarily the work of Toshiki Konishi, with some help from the extremely talented Atsushi Kitajoh. A handful of tracks have their arrangements assigned to the generic label "Atlus Sound Team," meaning either that Konishi and Kitajoh worked together on the arrangement, or that somebody doesn't want to (or for legal reasons, cannot) be identified and credited for their work.

The quality of these arrangements? While some may chalk it up to personal taste alone, I think it can be said rather objectively that there were missed opportunities for improvements. The old OST is great, sure, but some of the synths are truly outdated and could have been made better. In some cases, Kitajoh and Konishi take care of business and bring about a beautiful rebirth in this music. In others, I feel like they must have been rushed, and the end product sounds lazy.

For an example of the former, I present "Seven Sisters High School." One of the earliest tracks in the game, you can compare the audio samples here and hear for yourself how much of a difference we get. Kitajoh-san personally handled the arrangement for this one, and I think the difference here is obvious. The piano sounds amazing, female choral vocal is lovely, and the backing percussion track sounds much clearer and more interesting in this new version. Bravo!

As for the latter, where things didn't fare so well? Check out the standard battle theme. Konishi-san handled this one. Yes, there's an electric guitar now, very nice. But most of the synth sounds very similar to the original. This results in a clash of the old and the new, and they really don't blend well at all. Considering this is a piece of music the gamer hears very often throughout their play time, one would think that much attention to detail would've gone into this particular song remake. And, for all I know, maybe much attention was paid to it, and the Atlus Sound Team was satisfied with the result. I'm not satisfied, though. I'm rather disappointed. This shoddy workmanship is exactly what people complained about in the Innocent Sin remake OST (although I myself found much to enjoy there, others are vehemently opposed to the entire venture!).

Because I don't want to give Konishi-san a bad reputation, check out Mt. Katatsumuri (aka "Snail Mountain"). It sounds great on the old OST, but the remake sounds even better. Everything is more clear, and the backing percussion is smooth, it's like you could drink it down. Nicely done, Konishi-san!

I suppose I should also mention the end credits song, "Change Your Way" (disc 5 track 16), performed by Elisha La'Verne. It uses the main melodic theme on the maps (and the new Staff Roll). It's not awful... it's a soulful piece, akin to The Legend of Dragoon's ending theme.

Here are the takeaways: this is two soundtracks in one, original and remake. The original still sounds great. The remake sounds great sometimes, yet it diminishes the quality of certain songs at other times. It's five discs of Persona-y goodness that life-long fans will be sure to enjoy, even if it's not their most cherished OST in their collection.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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