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Rhythm Encounter 10 – Falcom Tomfoolery

If you’ve ever had even a passing interest in Falcom (developers of the Ys and Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki/Trails in the Sky series, among many others), you’ll definitely want to tune in to Episode 10 of Rhythm Encounter.

What, exactly, is a “Vantage Master?” Is there a connection between Zwei!!, Zwei 2, and Nayuta no Kiseki? Why aren’t there any dinosaurs in Dinosaur Resurrection? This episode of Rhythm Encounter features a lengthy discussion surrounding the music and games of Falcom, from recent titles to the most obscure games imaginable. Stephen and Derek are joined by Tom Lipschultz of XSEED Games, whose encyclopedic knowledge of the titular company is utterly unmatched. Tom also shares a couple of tracks from the newly-announced Silver Anniversary Edition of Ys: Memories of Celceta, so tune in for the exclusive details!

As always, we welcome any feedback you may have, including topic suggestions, track requests, or ideas for how we can improve. (We also love fanmail! Hint hint.)

Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Tom Lipschultz


1 – Warriors – VM Japan
2 – Narrative of an Illusion – VM Japan
3 – Main Theme – RINNE
4 – Wo Shi Ai Shen (I’m the Love Goddess) – Gensosangokushi II
5 – Paean to the Spirits – Dinosaur Resurrection
6 – Into the Castle – Dinosaur Resurrection
7 – VT20DA – Brandish 4
8 – Lake in the Depths of the Mine – Sorcerian Forever (Game)
9 – Opening – Xanadu Next
10 – Harlech – Xanadu Next
11 – Evildoer – Xanadu Next
12 – The Floating Continent Arges – Main Theme – Zwei!! 2008
13 – Final Battle – Zwei!! 2008
14 – Moon World Luna Mundus – Zwei 2
15 – Go Fight (arr. Launching) – Star Trader
16 – Guruguru Tonight – Gurumin
17 – In the Memory – Ys I PSG ver. – Falcom Special Box ’89 Plus Mix
18 – Song of an Angel (Ys IV) – Falcom Special Box ’97 – Midori Kawana Sings Ys
19 – Snowbound Sacred Mountain – Nayuta no Kiseki
20 – Inevitable Struggle – The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki
21 – D.A.Y./BREAK – Ys vs Sora no Kiseki Alternative Saga
22 – The Dawn of Ys – Ys ZANMAI
23 – ??? – Guest’s Choice

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Derek Heemsbergen

Derek Heemsbergen

For over nine years (2010-2019), Derek was a major part of RPGFan. While he was foremost one of our star reviewers, he went on to take part in features, co-host – and then host – many episodes of Random Encounter, and grew to be one of the most respected and beloved RPGFan team members. He has since moved on to professional localization work. Ganbatte, Derek!

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