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these (tracks) work in the anime... however, as a CD, the tracks on the Fullmetal Alchmest soundtrack just don’t work.
Anime Series Soundtrack
Company: FUNimation Productions
CD Length: approximately 50
Rated: PG (mild themes)
Alphonse are brothers and have been practicing alchemy since they
were little kids. One
day, their mother passes away. In
effort to bring their mother back to life, they enter the realm of
forbidden alchemy. In
consequence, Alphonse loses his body. While trying to save his
brother, Edward loses an arm and a leg. Alphonse is now a walking
piece of armor while Edward has artificial metal limbs.
Here begins the journey of these two brothers out to seek the
Philosopher’s Stone that will help them get their normal bodies
Fullmetal Alchemist is a work by Hiromu Arakawa.
It follows the journey of two young men in their search to
find the antidote that will bring them back to normal.
From the episodes that I have seen so far, Fullmetal
Alchemist hits on many serious topics.
It’s not your regular anime.
Prior to hearing the Fullmetal Alchemist soundtrack, I wasn’t
familiar with the work of composer Michiru Oshima.
When I did a little a research on the web, I found that she
composed music for a variety of anime features such as Boys Over
Flowers, Gokusen, and Legend of Crystania.
From the tone set by the anime, it’s not surprising how
Oshima decided to compose the numbers for it.
Most of them are dramatic orchestral numbers made to fit
their corresponding scenes
Indelible Sin. This is the outro-theme to “Fullmetal
Alchemist” performed by Nana Kitade.
It’s always a plus to have catchy theme songs along with
good anime. This number
proved to be one of them. When
I first heard the track, I had to put my DVD player on pause just to
catch the title of the song and artist.
I quickly went to put in an order for the single, it was that
“Gairo” has to be the worst
track on the album.
After it begins, it never seems to go anywhere. When you’ve
been waiting for something special to happen, it never does and the
track has already ended.
The Pillows, Nami Tamaki, and
any fan of classical music.
Honestly, I have to admit that most of the soundtrack is too bland for me to play on an everyday occasion. Perhaps, it’s something to play in the background while you’re concentrating on your studies or while lounging around.
The only notable tracks, in my opinion, are “Melissa” by Porno Graffiti and “Indelible Sin” by Nana Kitade. The vocal tracks on this soundtrack are much more upbeat than any of the instrumental ones. Luckily, most of the non-vocal numbers last no more than a minute.
Sure, these numbers work in the
anime as they provide the feel for what’s going on at the moment.
However, as a CD to listen
the tracks on the Fullmetal Alchmest soundtrack just
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