Important Importables Review: Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It’s a Wonderful World Original Soundtrack

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Hot Japanese Imports Review: Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It’s a Wonderful World Original Soundtrack

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Subarashiki Kono Sekai It's a Wonderful World Original Soundtrack The World Ends with You

Title: Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It’s a Wonderful World Original Soundtrack – available on iTunes as The World Ends with You (Original Soundtrack)
Artist: Takeharu Ishimoto and Various Artists
Price: $9.99
Rating: 9/10
Pros: 36 fantastic songs that were in The World Ends with You. Nice mix of instrumentals and vocal tracks. Interesting variety of Japanese pop, rock, electronica and hip hop.
Cons: Doesn’t include international release songs. Only available through iTunes in North America, and you’d have to spend over $20 on an import to get an actual CD. End theme “Lullaby for You” isn’t on it.
Note: iTunes also carries Subarashiki Konosekai + The World Ends With You, an $11.99, 19 track album that includes remixes and the additional four songs in the English release.

Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It’s a Wonderful World Original Soundtrack acts as more than your typical game soundtrack. While there are the pieces that do sound tailored for specific situations in the game, as a whole it seems like it was designed more to bring an entire environment and area to life. The tracks often sound different, yet also sound the same. They share a common theme and attitude. By listening to it in the game or on their own, it provides a sense of ambiance and makes the in-game version of Shibuya come to life.

The world inside Shibuya

The best place to start is with “Twister”. The game’s main theme, “Twister”, in all it’s shapes and forms, helps set the stage for all the rest of the tracks. It’s a flurry of organized confusion. There are unexpected noises, elements and tones in the song, and yet they all fit together. The monotone vocals provide a stable base, and all of the other elements of the song build on this. Whether it’s “Twister” being performed by Sawa, “Twister ~Remix~ by Mai Matsuda, or even “Twister ~Gang-Mix~” by MJR, it’s a delight to hear.

The soundtrack is a joy to have, because it provides an opportunity to hear the full songs. In the The World Ends with You and Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It’s a Wonderful World games, you only hear snippets of the songs with vocals. So, you’ll end up having only a particular line or chorus endlessly repeating in your head. The soundtrack proves that these songs are more than their sound bites. They’re fantastic as a whole and wonderful to listen to. “Game Over,” “Someday,” “Calling,” “Deja Vu,” “オーパーツ (Ooparts)” and “Hybrid” really stood out, as I listened.

The instrumentals by Takeharu Ishimoto are all equally delightful. They’re interesting pieces to hear on their own, which is great, but they truly shine when put together with the vocal tracks. They act as a bridge between pieces, tying everything together to make things work as a common theme. I particularly loved “Underground,” “Fighting for Freedom,” “Noisy Noise” and “Shibuya.”

The only downside is that the lavish end theme, which provides a sweet and relaxing resolution to the rest of the in-game tracks, isn’t present on the soundtrack. If you want the Japanese version, you must hunt down Jyongri’s Lullaby for You single, and if you want the English version you must find her Kissing Me single. Unfortunately, neither of the two singles are available on iTunes, so you’ll have to import or purchase from iTunes Japan.

More than a soundtrack

Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It’s a Wonderful World Original Soundtrack isn’t just a video game soundtrack, it’s also an introduction. Games like Persona 3, Persona 4 and The World Ends with You have provided an opportunity for gamers to listen to music from another country.

It’s an interesting listening experience because it doesn’t sound like other games. It doesn’t provide the typical game instrumental and vocal tracks. There’s an edge there, something unique and individual, which means it worth listening to again and again.

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