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| Pocket Monsters:
Visitor of the Space Fissure Deoxys - Music Collection
|Music By: Shinji
|Running Time: 49:30
|Release: August 2004
||CD Number: ZMCP-1749
theatrical Pokémon soundtrack, released under Media
Factory's Pikachu Records label, sees composer Shinji
Miyazaki continue his work on the franchise. Unfortunately,
the musical work on the series is starting to show signs
of fatigue, as themes reused from previous films/shows
start to wear a little thin by this stage. The biggest
error in this regard is the second and third themes on
this disc, "Avant: Pocket Monsters World" and
"Avant: Trainer Satoshi", which are the same
exact cue that were recently reused for Pokémon:
Jirach Wishmaker (2003), making them poor choices
to be recycled so soon. Following that is the stable theme
of the theatrical series, although the 2004 version is
fairly tepid compared to others, adding in a rather awkwardly
timed chime at the end which almost feels like it was
trying to differentiate itself from other versions simply
for the sake of it. "Let's Tag Battle!" is the
last reused theme on this disc, which is a better choice
as it's a remix of the popular battle theme heard in the
games and show, which hasn't seen a theatrical usage thus
far. Sadly, it's inferior to the theme Miyazaki constructed
for the first season of the show, or the one featured
in Super Smash Bros. Melee for that matter, but
still an interesting reworking of the theme none the same.|
As for the new themes, they have their ups and downs.
To start with the lacking material, the very simplistic
theme for Munchlax tends to lead the way, sounding fairly
out of place with the rest of the compositions and pretty
lackluster in general. Deoxys' theme is also kind of a
mixed bag, which is unfortunate as it's the most reused
theme on the disc. The synthesizer part of the track does
give it a nice, appropriately alien-like quality, but
it's just not very engaging. On the flip side, the battle
music for Rayquaza and Deoxys is quite well done; it's
not as riveting as the composer's other battle music,
but enjoyable all the same. I suppose it's worth noting,
as I have seemed it claimed a few times, that the start
of these tracks do have an Akira
Ifukube-like touch to them. They utilize a blaring
trumpet approach, coupled with cymbals, that does sound
like Ifukube's work on a few of his kaiju scores. It only
lasts for the first ten second of the two tracks, though,
("City in Crisis: Deoxys vs. Rayquaza" and "Deoxys
vs. Rayquaza: The Final Battle"), and isn't very
overt like I have seen some claims make it out to be.
As for some other noteworthy material, "Satoshi Endures!!"
is probably the standout cue on this disc, as it's a nice
theme by Miyazaki. I wouldn't really consider it "iPod
worthy" like some of his other work, but it grows
on the listener.
In terms of the songs, the disc starts off with the rather
unpleasant "Full of Summer!!" by Naomi Tamura.
A song that will not only try one's patience, but is also
obnoxiously loud compared to the rest of the music on
the CD, meaning one's going to have adjust the volume
immediately after it. Well, actually there is another
song on this disc which is also noticeably louder than
the other tracks, which is the last cue, a bonus one,
which is "Challenger" by Rica Matsumoto from
the TV series. As for the awkwardly titled "L·O·V·E·L·Y ~Dream-Seeing LOVELY BOY~" song by the equally cumbersomely
named Tommy feburary6, it's actually a fairly pleasant
track if one is into more modern Japanese pop songs.
Overall, it's a decent disc in the series that is serviceable
as a standalone experience. I'd recommend a number of
other Pokémon CDs over this one, but it's still
not a bad choice, and it does benefit from not being plagued
with cues from a short feature, which had a habit of bogging
down the past four releases.
- Full of Summer!!
By: Naomi Tamura
- Avant: Pocket Monsters World
- Avant: Trainer Satoshi
- Theatrical Pocket Monsters - 2004 Title Theme
- Pocket Monster Ice Field: Youth Tory
- Decisive Ice Field Battle: Rayquaza vs. Deoxys
- Munchlax's Theme
- La Rousse City
- Let's Tag Battle!
- Deoxys' Theme
- L·O·V·E·L·Y ~Dream-Seeing LOVELY BOY~ / The Friendship of Satoshi and
- City in Crisis: Deoxys vs. Rayquaza
- Capture: Deoxys' Shadow
- Plusle, Minun and...
- Deoxys vs. Rayquaza: The Final Battle
- Successful Rescue
- A Wonderful Friend, That is...
- Desperate Struggle
- Deoxys Reunion
- Satoshi Endures!!
- L·O·V·E·L·Y ~Dream-Seeing LOVELY BOY~
By: Tommy february6
- Challenger!! (TV Size)
By: Rica Matsumoto
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