I've heard people mention that they like Sakuraba's orchestral side but not his prog rock/techno side and vice versa. I'm wondering how common it is for people to like one side of Sakuraba but not the other. I've always liked both 'sides', so I find it curious. Such a divide amongst fans doesn't seem to occur with any other VGM composer, or at least not to the same consistent and widespread degree. Are you on one side or the other, and if so, why?
If I had to pick a side, I might go with his orchestral stuff, but for me it's always been the way that he combines the two that makes his style appealing. The orchestral stuff has an epic or ethereal quality that I enjoy and the prog rock stuff gets my blood pumping. Oftentimes they're somewhat distinct from each other, but in a track like say, Around in the Wilderness from SO3, you get the sense that there's a bit of that orchestral sensibility (18 seconds in?) weaved in, and it's great. Same goes for East Shrine from StHA.
I guess I feel like Sakuraba produces a uniquely gamey style on the whole rather than feeling like one side is rock'n enough to enjoy or that the other side is orchestral enough to respect as 'serious music'. Yet they're distinct enough that some people do seem to favor one over the other by a good margin. (and not necessarily for the suggested reasons, though those are the impressions that I get sometimes)