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Chris May 10, 2008

It seems like Norihiko Hibino has pulled out all the stops for the Sekaiju no MeiQ II Super Arrange Version. Whereas the predecessor was quite a straightforward album with a few guest arrangements, this one has an all-star line-up and a tonne of diversity. I've discussed the background and arrangers of the album in some detail here but here are the track listings for easy reference:

01) Come On, Start the Adventure! (Norihiko Hibino)
02) Town - Those Who Will Carve their Name in Legends (Yoshitaka Suzuki)
03) Labyrinth I - Woodland Ruins (Norihiko Hibino)
04) Battlefield - The First Campaign (Kenichiro Fukui)
05) Battlefield - A Sudden Gust of Wind that Calls for Death (Takahide Ayuzawa)
06) Town - The Wind Doesn't Draw Heroes (Hiroshi Miyauchi)
07) Battlefield - Scarlet Rain (Takahide Ayuzawa)
08) Labyrinth IV - Cherry Tree Bridge (Takahiro Izutani)
09) Battlefield - Inspecting the Resounding Weapons (Jeff Curry)
10) Labyrinth V - Heavens' Rock Seat (Yoshitaka Suzuki)
11) Battlefield - Last Battle ~ Battlefield - Heavens' Governor (Yuzo Koshiro)
12) The Heroes Return (Hiroshi Miyauchi)
13) Labyrinth VI - Forbidden Forest (Norihiko Hibino)
14) Battlefield - Shiver (Jeff Curry)
15) Battlefield - Scatter About (Motoi Sakuraba)

45 second samples of each arrangement can be heard at CDJapan here. Just click on an F button to launch flash player. Note that their arranger list is incomplete and Yuzo Kodai is a misspelling of Yuzo Koshiro. Otherwise these samples give a very good insight into the album. I think this definitely has the potential to be the best arranged album of 2008.

Ramza May 10, 2008

Looks awesome. I can't wait to hear this album. Thanks for the post Chris!

GoldfishX May 10, 2008

I'm surprised how much I like the samples for most of the tracks on this one. I like having VGM releases I'm actually excited about. Only stuff I didn't care for were the later Labyrinth tracks, which sound like they in a hurry to get nowhere. But the rockers definitely sound like they have potential and the orchestral stuff is nice.

XISMZERO May 11, 2008

Album sounds like an improvement over the first. HMV Japan has the samples up -- I'm particularly excited about Track 6, done by the impressive "H." group.

Herrkotowski May 12, 2008

The album is absolutely amazing. Definitely an improvement over the first. Hibino and H. definitely make the best arrangements on this album, although everything is absolutely wonderful, even if some are rather straightforward. Highly recommended!

Herrkotowski May 13, 2008

Yes, there are vocals.

Rebecca Evans reprises for "Labyrinth IV - Cherry Tree Bridge." I think she does a fantastic job in this one. It goes well with the arrangement. I didn't think she was as good in the first one.

Jeff Curry's arrangements also feature vocals. Not a big fan of the vocals in those, but I do enjoy the music behind it.

Stephen May 13, 2008

Herrkotowski wrote:

Yes, there are vocals.

Rebecca Evans reprises for "Labyrinth IV - Cherry Tree Bridge." I think she does a fantastic job in this one. It goes well with the arrangement. I didn't think she was as good in the first one.

Jeff Curry's arrangements also feature vocals. Not a big fan of the vocals in those, but I do enjoy the music behind it.

Thanks for the information.

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