Surround Theater Sorcerian

 

Review by · September 5, 2006

This single, along with the Vocal From Ys and Falcom Plus Mix Version, was reprinted in the Falcom Millenium series under the name The Vocal from Ys +. However, the real REVIEW of the single is found here, so you’ve come to the right place.

This Maxi-Single was one of two “Surround Theater” dramas that Falcom produced. While many other Falcom titles have plenty of drama albums, Ys and Sorcerian each had just one, and they were these surround theater mini-albums. Between the two, I prefer this one to Ys.

Why, you ask? The simple answer is that, unlike Ys, it’s difficult to imagine the story of Sorcerian told in a manner such as this. Yet, almost 20 years ago, Falcom rose to that challenge, and though I only know a bit of Japanese, it seems like they did alright with it. Yes, the concept of the album is cheesy, but it still works.

Arranagements from Kentarou Haneda and Hiroyuki Namba are played as background music while the story is acted out. Beginning with a prologue (first in English, then in Japanese), we are introduced to the story’s main characters, as well as the villain, Ghedis. The heroes go through some dungeons, slaughter a bunch of stuff while cool music plays, learn a few important things, and then kill Ghedis and come home victorious. All in the time it would take to watch a half-hour episode of television.

If it weren’t for my ignorance of the Japanese language, this album would be my favorite of the three Falcom “maxi-single” albums that were clumped together on Vocal from Ys +. Actually, forget what I just wrote: it is my favorite of the three. It’s the lengthiest, and it has the most worthwhile content. Plus, it’s obscure Falcom, and no one can deny the innate coolness of obscure Falcom artifacts.

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Patrick Gann

Patrick Gann

Therapist by day and gamer by night, Patrick has been offering semi-coherent ramblings about game music to RPGFan since its beginnings. From symphonic arrangements to rock bands to old-school synth OSTs, Patrick keeps the VGM pumping in his home, to the amusement and/or annoyance of his large family of humans and guinea pigs.