Title
 Pocket Monsters: Visitor of the Space Fissure Deoxys - Music Collection
International Title
 Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys
Music By: Shinji Miyazaki
Record Label: Media Factory
 
Running Time: 49:30 Discs: 1
Release: August 2004 CD Number: ZMCP-1749
Comments
Anthony Romero
The seventh 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.
Rating: Star Rating
Tracks
  1. Full of Summer!!
    By: Naomi Tamura
  2. Avant: Pocket Monsters World
  3. Avant: Trainer Satoshi
  4. Theatrical Pocket Monsters - 2004 Title Theme
  5. Pocket Monster Ice Field: Youth Tory
  6. Decisive Ice Field Battle: Rayquaza vs. Deoxys
  7. Munchlax's Theme
  8. La Rousse City
  9. Let's Tag Battle!
  10. Deoxys' Theme
  11. L·O·V·E·L·Y ~Dream-Seeing LOVELY BOY~ / The Friendship of Satoshi and Tory Begins
  12. City in Crisis: Deoxys vs. Rayquaza
  13. Capture: Deoxys' Shadow
  14. Plusle, Minun and...
  15. Deoxys vs. Rayquaza: The Final Battle
  16. Successful Rescue
  17. Unity!
  18. A Wonderful Friend, That is...
  19. Desperate Struggle
  20. Deoxys Reunion
  21. Satoshi Endures!!
  22. Departure
  23. L·O·V·E·L·Y ~Dream-Seeing LOVELY BOY~
    By: Tommy february6

    Bonus Track
  24. Challenger!! (TV Size)
    By: Rica Matsumoto