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Rhythm Encounter 63 – Endings and Beginnings

Rhythm Encounter 063 - KOS-MOS and T-elos against a blue backdrop.

RPGs can offer a surprising variety of stories, which are definitely reflected in their opening and ending sequences and, of course, the memorable music to go along with them! What makes a good overture and why is it good to have high standards about them? How do you reflect the end of a complex and sweeping tale like Xenosaga musically? Our panel this week has framed their own little RPG story segments by each picking an opening and ending theme. Will we be able to handle the epic riffs and rampant sentimentality? Find that out, along with our favorite selections and more in this episode of Rhythm Encounter.

Featuring: Mike Salbato, Hilary Andreff, Patrick Gann, Peter Triezenberg; Edited by Jonathan Logan

Links for this episode


Patrick Block
0:04:30 – DISC2 Opening “Resistance Line” (Full Chorus Version) (Michiko Naruke) – Wild Arms 2 OST
0:08:32 – We form in crystals (Motoi Sakuraba) – Star Ocean: The Second Story OST
Peter Block
0:26:00 – Heavensward (Masayoshi Soken) – Heavensward: Final Fantasy XIV OST
0:30:13 – maybe tomorrow (Xenosaga III ending theme) (Yuki Kajiura) – FICTION II
Mike Block
0:52:36 – Opening Theme (Arranged) (Miyoko Kabayashi & Masanori Hiki) – Tenchi Sozo/Terranigma Creative Soundtracks
0:55:12 – Ending ~ Staff Roll (Ryo Nagamatsu) – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Original Soundtrack
Hilary Block
1:12:21 – Stardew Valley Overture (ConcernedApe) – Stardew Valley OST
1:14:45 – Love Moon Flower (Tomoko Kobayashi) – SHADOW HEARTS II Original Soundtracks
1:41:46 – Mike’s Bonus Track!

Album Links


Heavensward: Final Fantasy XIV OST

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Original Soundtrack

SHADOW HEARTS II Original Soundtracks

Stardew Valley OST

Star Ocean: The Second Story OST

Tenchi Souzou/Terranigma Creative Soundtracks

Wild Arms 2nd Ignition OST

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Mike Salbato

Mike Salbato

Mike has been with RPGFan nearly since its inception, and in that time has worn a surprising number of hats for someone who doesn't own a hatstand. Today he attempts to balance his Creative Director role with his Editor-in-Chief status. Despite the amount of coffee in his veins, he bleeds emerald green.

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