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Sakura Taisen ~In Hot Blood~ TeiGeki Complete Music Collection

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Catalog Number: AVCA-14562/3
Released On: February 26, 2003
Composed By: Kouhei Tanaka
Arranged By: Kouhei Tanaka, Takayuki Negishi, Masami Kishimura
Published By: Avex Mode
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Declaration! Imperial Floral Assault Group
02 - Cherry Blossoms
03 - The Heartwarming Life of the TeiGeki
04 - Try Your Best! Imperial Floral Assault Group
05 - Main Theme 1
06 - Fanfare 1
07 - Etude
08 - Excitement
09 - Red Hot Boogie
10 - Silent Nihilist
11 - A Fallen Angel...
12 - Victory!
13 - Tokyo-style Holiday
14 - Jealousy
15 - Friendship!
16 - How Exciting!
17 - Samba of the Night
18 - A Convoluted Conspiracy
19 - We, the Kuronosu Council 1
20 - Move Out, Dust Chute Transformation ~ Imperial Floral Assault Group Theme - "Goraigo" Mobilize!
21 - Eye Catch 1
22 - Let's Try the Next One!
23 - The Three Gunners of the End of the Century Theme
24 - Sadness
25 - Only Man
26 - Move Out, Dust Chute Transformation ~ Imperial Floral Assault Group Theme - "Koubu" Mobilize!
27 - Enemy Battle 1
28 - Collapse of the Imperial Capital
29 - Theme of Joy
30 - Let's All Make it Together! The Cheerful Imperial Capital
31 - Ending Theme
32 - Inside the Oblivion of Time
Total Time:
73'03"

Disc Two
01 - Cherry Blossoms (Instrumental)
02 - Because it's Love
03 - For the Sake of the Imperial Capital...
04 - Theme of Excitement
05 - Move Out - Imperial Floral Assault Group Theme
06 - We, the Kuronosu Council 2
07 - Move Out, Dust Chute Transformation ~ Imperial Floral Assault Group Theme - "Jinbu" Mobilize!
08 - Defeated...
09 - Eye Catch 2
10 - Seductive Mambo
11 - New Year's Theme
12 - Joy
13 - Seima Castle Surfaces!
14 - Theme of Anger
15 - Anger
16 - Suspicious...
17 - Air Battleship Mikasa, Take Off!
18 - Eye Catch 3
19 - Fanfare 2
20 - Sadness Theme
21 - Strategy Meeting
22 - Enemy Battle 2
23 - Pinch!
24 - Move Out, Dust Chute Transformation ~ Imperial Floral Assault Group Theme - "Shogeimaru" Set Sail!
25 - Final Battle
26 - Grand Finale
27 - Farewell...
28 - Love is a Diamond
29 - Main Theme 2
30 - Blooming Maidens
Total Time:
70'24"

Sakura Taisen ~Atsuki Chishio Ni~ (Sakura Wars ~In Hot Blood~) is the soundtrack to the PlayStation 2 remake of the first Sakura Taisen videogame that came out on the Sega Saturn. The soundtrack is composed of songs from the original game and music re-composed by Kouhei Tanaka. I first purchased the game from Japan in April 2005, and not long into playing the game, I was very impressed with the soundtrack to the game, and so I decided to get the soundtrack.

Like the first Sakura Taisen game, the tracks for the remake are made up of battle themes, events, and character themes. The tracks reflect some elements of Japan in them such as New Yearís Theme, which has a strong Japanese influence in it.

The disadvantage to the soundtrack is that some of the music tunes from the game are not there, such as when the Flower Divison make their appearance on the battle scene, or the theme tune to the card game. It is a shame that only the characters' theme songs made their appearance on the soundtrack rather than having both the instrumental and singing versions.

Despite the disadvantages, Sakura Taisen ~Atsuki Chishio Ni~ makes up for this with a fantastic compilation of tracks. My favorites were Declaration! Imperial Floral Assault Group, Try Your Best! Imperial Floral Assault Group, Tokyo Style-Holiday (Kohranís song), We, the Kuronosu Council 1, and Enemy Battle 1, from Disc 1. From Disc 2, For the Sake of the Imperial Capital, New Year's Theme, Final Battle, Main Theme 2 and Blooming Maidens. These songs are all sampled, be sure to listen to them.

With 62 tracks to listen to, Sakura Taisen ~Atsuki Chishio Ni~ is definitely an impressive soundtrack, with original tracks from the first soundtrack and new remade tracks for the new soundtrack. If you are a Sakura Taisen fan, than this is a definite must-have for your Sakura Taisen collection! The soundtrack definitely stands out from most of my RPG soundtrack collection, such as Tokimeki Memorial 3, Final Fantasy X and Sakura Taisen 4 ~Koise yo, Otome~ (Sakura Wars 4 ~Maidens, Fall in Love~). If you are able to purchase this, then you will have made a very good investment indeed by doing so.

Reviewed by: Gareth Price



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