· Liner Notes
· Tracklist & Comments
This drama series was a follow up to TV Asahi's Weekend Drama series and ran between 2nd April and 17th September in 1999. The soundtrack for it was released by King Records (KICA-476).
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The music that went over 1000 years of time and space is here for Vanny Knights
General Producer, Go Nakajima (TV Asahi)
This is the second soundtrack with Mr. Sakuraba to be released after Cyber Girl Telomere Soundtrack. I asked him expressly to use a sound that makes feel a 1000 years long history.
I think that thanks to Mr. Sakuraba’s music the history of wars between Amol Goa and mankind has become a dramatic picture scroll full of dreams. Moreover, Mr. Sakuraba has precisely answered to the requests of mine, by using old instruments. For this I realized that the music actually reached a volume of 3 CDs.
Maybe somebody will wonder why such a rich music is used in a late-night drama, but this is the point of my dramas.
Music changes a work’s taste a lot.
Mr. Sakuraba’s music in part keeps the childishness of the three girls and at the same times proposes an atmosphere of maturity.
(Translation by Andrea Mardegan)
Tracklist & Comments
- Sora No Youni
- Opening Theme: The theme put on air was only 20 seconds long but I tried to make a longer piece for the CD. It is the melody that crossed my mind when Mr. Nakajima asked me: Why don’t you use a trumpet in the introduction?
- Symphonic "Question at Me": This is an orchestra-like arrangement of the end theme. Since it is a slow piece I tried to make a suite out of it with a bit more battle-style.
- Arisu I: By using the harpsichord I tried to produce a girl-like atmosphere.
- Airi I: A peculiar sound has been used for this introvert girl.
- Akira I: Due to her masculine character I used the cello. Then, following Mr. Nakajima’s suggestion, putting the Japanese taiko in, it has become an unprecedented ensemble.
- Battle: This piece has not been used very much on air. It is an arranged version of the one I prepared for the battle scenes.
- Amol Gona I: This dark figure is depicted by means of a very deep voice.
- Arest Horn: The use of bagpipes expresses the importance of 1000 years of history. I will be happy if you feel the flowing of the eternal stream of time while listening to this track.
- Arisu II: We are at half the CD. Consider this heartwarming piece as a brief rest.
- Airi II: I tried to portray the conflict in her heart, where she feels the need of opening herself and making friends.
- Akira II: I made an arrangement of simple rock.
- Kazuyuki: I tried to create the atmosphere of a slapstick by using both banjo and clarinet as in Tengoku to jigoku.
- Knight Up: I arranged the phrase of the opening theme trumpet with a sparkling sound. It is more a sound effect than a melody.
- Danger: I used sound of an instrument called Hammer Dulcimer. It is possible that the sound gets weird at a high volume. Be careful!
- Crisis: I expressed a sensation of danger by using an irregular time. I rearranged this track for the soundtrack release.
- Amol Gona II: Amol Goa has a great past but he is a dangerous figure for mankind. I managed to express this with the pipe organ and the mixed chorus.
- Knight Up of Arisu: I arranged Arisu’s theme with a brilliant sound effect.
- Knight Up of Airi: The same for this track. In this case I added a mysterious atmosphere.
- Knight Up of Akira: She is more masculine than Arisu and Airi. Hence the strong sound.
- Happiness: I arranged Arisu’s theme for the finale. I added the church bells in order to this and to increase the feeling of relief.
- Question at Me
(Comments translation by Andrea Mardegan)