Unfortunately, the original OAV theme opener does not lay anywhere on this disc, but we do get the Original Version and the Re-Mix Version. Oddly, they place the remix first and the original last. The original, of course, stays true to the opener, only getting into the main arrangement immediately. Some haunting vocals have been added. Love hearing the bass. Drums are masterful. The jingles and japanese acoustic give great flavor. Just when you think its over at 1:50 it loops, but doesn't give the feeling of repitition. As Nagaoka, improvises it even further. The remix version, is not necessary, and kind of can be a turn-off. The drums are more ethereal here, as well as other instruments. I was expecting more use of synthesizers, but all instruments sound authentic on this one. The piece does feel a little slower. I actually I am happy with the turnout.
I've avoided the character songs for to long. If not for this review, I wouldn't have embraced how well done these songs are. Ryoko's seiyuu, Ai Orikasa, takes the mic in Daiichi Hakkensha Blues. The smooth rythym posed in this song goes along with the cover. As in, it gives off the whole jazz club feeling. Nagaoka and Oriakasa should go together more often. She does express her seduction as the character would in this song.
Away from the R&B section, Yumi Takada, poses as Aeka, and sings us a ballad. Seikou puts the Juraian themes in this song. Piano, harps, oboe and snare drums occupy the entire track. Takada is accompanied by some male vocals at the end. All leading to a triumphant finish.
Both Takada and Orikasa follow Masami Kikuchi in a duet, only with three people. Ueno No Koi No Monogatari continues the rythym and blues theme. I guess jazz and R&B is not so bad when in the hands of Nagaoka. Ryoko and Aeka bicker with each other, trying to out sing one another. The song almost falls apart hilariously at the end.
Ryoko's Theme follows. A great representation of the character. In one of the many Tenchi books, Seikou states that Ryoko is his favorite character. It certainly shows here. The track is filled with a strong beat, synthesizers depict Ryoko's fiestiness, and at the same time her lonliness.
Second mini-drama, is a short Ryoko monologue. Tenchi and Sasami are spying on her. Trying to keep quiet and laugh at Ryoko's thoughts. Ayeka gets the third mini-drama, for the full 30 seconds. Then in the fourth, it's both of the girls, discussing something. Aeka looks for Tenchi's attention, but does not respond. She then yells for a response. Ryoko laughs at the relationship. Tenchi seems very overpowered here, but at least he says somethings. Sasami is picked on for some reason.
The Destruction of the Saito Bridge, begins with synthesizers and a beat, signifying that something is emerging. The intensity builds, before some snare drums and ticking sounds give it speed. The oboe moves in for the evolution of the BGM. Guitars start getting pressed on to show the gravity of the situation. At two minutes the action begins. Oboe, clarinet and strings represent the fall of the ships. An epic track that deserves the repeat treatment.
Mini-drama 5, has Tenchi on the edge. Sasami and Aeka try to play karaoke. Sasami comes out of no where laughing in the sixth drama. Tenchi is running again.
Another Aeka BGM insert. This sweet piano/oboe ballad is very welcoming, but is put to shame by the next BGM. The instrumental gem, Royal Teardrop of Jurai. I'm not even going to describe how powerful this ensemble is. A majestic symphony.
In the 8th drama, Ryoko sings her song which wakes up and annoyes Aeka. Whereas, in 7, Ryoko and Aeka are sneaking in the middle of the night and cross each other. They do battle. Aeka seems to be doing some damage. Sasami is awoken, wakes up Tenchi, and he has a fit by the girls destruction. They simmer down and pout about it.Package: 10/10
What is provided here is beyond complaint. The cuts between the tracks were off. It was as if it was all recorded in sit. A split second of the drama echoes into the BGM song. The BGM song carries on into the drama. With only 6 actual BGM's, it's hard to really grade the musical world of Tenchi. There could have been the Tenchi and Sasami themes at least. Aeka's themes may bore the listener, but they are quite essential. The rest of the soundtrack is a party, and Ryoko alone is a fiesta. Album: A...