Important Importables Review: Katamari Fortissimo Damacy Original Soundtrack

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Hot Japanese Imports Review: Katamari Fortissimo Damacy Original Soundtrack

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Katamari Fortissimo Damacy Soundtrack CD

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Title: Katamari Fortissimo Damacy (Original Soundtrack)
Artist: Various Artists
Price: $9.99
Rating: 10/10
Pros: You get 21 tracks for your money. Multiple artists appear to perform. Most of the songs appear in later Katamari Damacy games as well. Most of the songs have a lot of personality and energy. Also, most of the songs are incredibly catchy.
Cons: Some of the songs are a little weird. There’s a good chance that you might not be absolutely in love with every song. Some tracks are a little short.

If you play video games, you’ve heard of Katamari Damacy. Even casual gamers recognize it. Sure, they may not know the exact name, but describe the premise and they’ll know what you’re talking about. (“Right! That game were you roll stuff into a ball.”) Better yet, just singing along with the main theme can clue people into exactly what game you’re talking about.

“Na na na na na na na na na na Katamari Damacy!”

Suddenly everyone recognizes it, and perhaps sings along. Which is a testament to just how good the Katamari Fortissimo Damacy soundtrack is. Most of the music is so identifiable and good that people will easily and unknowingly memorize their favorite tracks. It’s just an amazing video game soundtrack.

Here’s what you get

Katamari Fortissimo Damacy is the soundtrack to the first Katamari Damacy game on the PlayStation 2 and contains every song and instrumental you’d here in the game. In case you’re curious, here are the 21 songs you’ll get for your money.

  1. “Sasasan Katamari”
  2. “Katamari on the Rock ~ Main Theme ~”
  3. “Overture”
  4. “The Moon and the Prince”
  5. “Fugue 7777”
  6. “Lonely Rolling Star”
  7. “The Wonderful Star’s Walk is Wonderful”
  8. “Katamari Mambo ~ Katamari Syndrome Mix ~”
  9. “You are Smart”
  10. “A Crimson Rose and a Gin Tonic”
  11. “Wanda Wanda”
  12. “Que Sera Sera”
  13. “Angel Flavor’s Present”
  14. “Katamaritano”
  15. “Katamari Stars”
  16. “Cherry Blossom Color Season”
  17. “Lovely Angel”
  18. “Stardust Fanfare”
  19. “Last Samba”
  20. “Katamari Love ~ Ending Theme ~”
  21. “Katamari March Damacy”
  22. Na na na na na na na na na na Katamari Damacy…

    There are two reasons the Katamari Fortissimo Damacy soundtrack is so awesome. The first is that it isn’t filled with random Japanese pop and rock. There are multiple genres of music, performed by many different artists, represented in this game, and all of them are there on your CD. So you’re not only just exposing yourself to some new music, you could also be discovering new genres you’ll enjoy.

    All of the songs on Katamari Fortissimo Damacy are also incredibly catchy. Even shorter tracks, like “Fugue 7777,” the King of All Cosmos’ theme, will stick itself in your head. Plus there are multiple variations on the “Na na na na na na na na na Katamari Damacy” song, and odds are one of them will become your favorite. I prefer the more traditional and simplistic “Sasasan Katamari,” but “Last Samba” and “Katamari on the Rock ~Main Theme~” are also great renditions of the classic song.

    It’s really the kind of enjoyable and entertaining soundtrack you can get into without even trying. Plus, some of the songs are just so sweet that even people who traditionally ignore video game soundtrack are interested in it. There are so many songs available and they’re all so different that odds are you’ll like at least a third of the music you’re buying. I might be one of the few people in the world who gets annoyed by “You are Smart,” but the inclusion of “Lonely Rolling Star” balances that out.

    Pretty much a part of video game history

    While you probably won’t hear songs from Katamari Fortissimo Damacy performed at concerts like Video Games Live, the music found on this CD is instantly recognizable by most gamers. The tracks are all lighthearted and full of personality. It’s just a fun soundtrack listen to. Plus, there’s an added bonus if you pick Katamari Fortissimo Damacy up – the soundtrack doesn’t vary much from one Katamari Damacy game to another. Most of the songs constantly reappear, in one form or another, so if you grab this entry, you’ll get all of the best and most recognizable themes.

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