CD: Moonlight Earring: Yumemi and the Silver Rose Knights - Symphonic Novel

 

Moonlight Earring: Yumemi and the Silver Rose Knights - Symphonic Novel


Japanese CD Title

月光のピアス ユメミと銀のバラ騎士団 シンフォニック・ノベル
[Gekko no Pierce: Yumemi to Gin no Bara no Kishidan Shinfonikku Noberu]

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Reijiro Koroku
Toshiba
January 1992
59:10
TYCY-5191

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The Earring of Moonlight

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Review

By: Anthony Romero

Thanks to Jessica Stan for sending this in for review.

Released under their Futureland brand, this disc contains the soundtrack to the 1991 direct to video (OVA) The Earring of Moonlight. Despite being billed as a Symphonic Novel, this is a straight soundtrack to the movie, featuring two songs and the score by The Return of Godzilla (1984) alum Reijiro Koroku.

Focusing on Koroku's score first, since I'm sure a lot of Toho fans will be curious of the composer's work outside of his 1984 Godzilla soundtrack, the score is heavy in violin and piano work. This crafts a more soothing experience, that sometimes plays toward the period aspect of the knights. One of the better tracks that embodies this is "The Knights of the Moonlight". The theme starts off with piano work that builds the mode before the piano kicks in. This approach creates a waltz-like track that is both regal but playful. Another solid cue is his enchanting "Overture: The Legend of the Colored Full Moon". Using string instruments to great effect, the track feels epic and soothing at the same time, utilizing some well placed piano work as well.

The disc's score isn't totally consumed by violin and piano work, though. The "Releasing the Seven Prismatic Lights" is an okay counter to this. It's heavy in flute work, giving off a renaissance vibe that fits with the knight aspect of the movie. However, it's a little cheesy in its approach until the violins come in to give it sense of grand scale. All in all, the score favors a more soothing, enchanting style to its tunes. The only tracks that convey a different emotion are the last two orchestral pieces: "Broken Seal" and "Finale: The Legend of the Colored Full Moon". The first of those has a very faint, ominous hint to the music. The latter feels a bit more tragic, similar in styling to some of the music from Ran (1985)... but with a more hopeful approach.

As for the two songs on the disc, they open and close the CD. The songs are done by popular artist Kyosuke Himuro, who worked on Isola (2000) and as of 2004 lives in Shaquille O'Neal's old residence in Beverly Hills. The two tracks rely heavily on the vocals, which almost drown out the background music. On the first track, it's Himuro's lyrics played mostly to piano work. For the final song, "Moon", the lyrics are supported by an acoustic guitar before a piano kicks in. Of the two, "Moon" is the much better song, sounding soothing with an almost folk-like hint at times through the use of a harmonic. In contrast, "Love Song" sounds over produced and isn't nearly as memorable.

Overall, those coming to this soundtrack hoping to hear some of the amazing, gothic music similar to the composer's The Return of Godzilla (1984) score will be disappointed. This is a great body of work, but one that evokes more of an enchanting, soothing vibe. Those looking for this type of experience will be very happy with the soundtrack the composer has compiled, while the songs do a nice job of mixing things up.

Translation note, track 4 would literally be "Moonlight Night Knights" (月夜と騎士団 - Tsukiyo to Kishidan). However, this doesn't sound right in English, and it's generally assumed that moonlight will be at night. Consequently, the word night was removed to make it read better.

Rating: Star Rating

Tracks

  1. Love Song
    By: Kyosuke Himuro
  2. Overture: The Legend of the Colored Full Moon
  3. A Guided Dame
  4. The Knights of the Moonlight
  5. Releasing the Seven Prismatic Lights
  6. Prelude to a Curse
  7. In the Name of the Holy Sword
  8. The Truth of the Tragedy
  9. Broken Seal
  10. Finale: The Legend of the Colored Full Moon
  11. Moon
    By: Kyosuke Himuro