Angela Jan 31, 2010 (edited Mar 7, 2010)
So has anyone given the "Senjou no Valkyria 2 Gallian Royal Military Academy Original Soundtrack" a listen? Putting aside the fact that there's quite a few recycled tracks from the first game, this is another solid effort by Sakimoto. The new material feels more upbeat and perkier in tone - a reflection, perhaps, of the younger cast of cadets in the game. The likes of Are We A Spoiled Class? and Summer In Lanseal may catch folks off-guard, and even the new Valkyria Chronicles 2 Main Theme possesses a proud, almost Irish-inspired vibe. (The jaunty reprisal found in Championship is particularly rousing.)
The bulk of the recycled tracks appear to made be up of battle themes from the first. I would need to re-listen to the first score, but it seems most of them have gone through a cleaner remastering, as well as featuring slightly altered cues. (I can at least confirm that the new Ship Battle, who's template is taken from VC1's "Final Decisive Battle", saw a substantial extension.) The new VC2 stuff fits right in, steeped in hard-hitting militaristic orchestrals such as with The Rebels' Assault and Return Battle. Liberation Battle shoulders both heroic and frenetic, while Snowfield Battle currently stands as my personal favorite, singularly the one track that suddenly makes me want to play the game.
No vocal pieces this time, but we are treated to specialized arrangements of four selected tracks from fellow Basiscape members. They're all good fun, with Noriyuki Kamikura's enthusiastically jazzy Exciting Battle being the best of the bunch.