Lovely music and hilarious mini dramas :D
TV Anime Junjou Romantica Sound Collection 1 and 2
TVアニメ「純情ロマンチカ」サウンドコレクション1 and 2 (22/10/2008 & 2008/12/25)
Vol. 1 ~ MOKA, pigstar, SCRIPT
Vol. 2 ~ MOKA, pigstar, JUNED
Mini Drama Seiyuu:
Takahashi Misaki 高橋美咲: Sakurai Takahiro 櫻井孝宏
Usami Akihiko 宇佐美秋彦: Hanada Hikaru 花田光
Takahashi Takahiro 高橋孝浩: Taniyama Kishou 谷山紀章
Misaki (Young): Ise Mariya 伊瀬茉莉也
Obasan おばさん： Nishizawa Hiroka 西沢広香
Junjou Romantica Sound Collection 1 features all the music composed by MOKA for season one of the anime as well as the TV-sized versions of opening and ending songs. Junjou Romantica Sound Collection 2 has that of season two. As an omake of sorts, both collections also contain five super-cute mini dramas each. These ten mini dramas were adapted from the mini comics that were on the inner covers of the original Junjou Romantica manga.
One of the things I love about Junjou Romantica anime is the music. Refreshing, evocative yet quirky at times. The varied style, melody and instruments used in the compositions are never out-of-tune with the pace of the drama in the series. In fact, I just can’t imagine how Junjou anime would’ve turned out if the music wasn’t this good. Who wouldn’t have their hearts skipping a beat or ache whenever Usami and Misaki’s love theme 夢見ごこちBOY comes up? And the anxiousness we feel when we hear Nowaki and Hiroki’s ONE-SIDED theme drumming up the pace in the background at their impending break-up? And the sweetness of 幸せの予感… ah~ there are just too many perfect pieces in both collections for each scene to mention.
The piano and violin versions of the opening, ending songs as well as certain themes are also very beautiful. It is just amazing how changing musical instruments and arrangements can bring out a completely different atmosphere in the same composition. I’m glad they included the TV-sized versions of the opening and ending songs in the CDs. This is the only gripe I have with the lovely Antique Bakery anime soundtrack which did not do so… but that is for another review post.
The mini-dramas are little gems by themselves. The placing of the dramas within the track listings flows well with the other music pieces and are non-disruptive. The mini-drama in Sound Collection 1 is generally about a younger Takahiro gushing to Usami about how cute kiddy Misaki is and the things he does, but most of the time, they are silly enough to make Usami wonder if Misaki is an idiot lol~ As for Sound Collection 2, Takahiro keeps running to Usami for advice on how to deal with young Misaki’s rebellious behaviour amongst other growing up issues.
The dramas are very well-acted and funny. They also give us a deeper insight about the friendship and interaction between Takahiro and Usami. We get to know Takahiro as a person better and boy, he -is- cute! I really like young Misaki’s voice too.
Both CDs have beautifully illustrated covers which are in bright, happy colours. Even the discs and inner sleeves are printed with cute designs of duck, bear and panda mascots. They’re definitely something you’ll love to have and own.
Vol. 1 Track Listings:
4. 君=花 (piano ver.)(OPテーマ)
5. ミニドラマ1 (Mini Drama)
10. ミニドラマ2 (Mini Drama)
14. ベイビーロマンチカ (piano ver.)(EDテーマ)
15. ミニドラマ3 (Mini Drama)
20. ミニドラマ4 (Mini Drama)
25. ミニドラマ5 (Mini Drama)
29. 純情ロマンチカ (strings ver.)
31. 君=花 (TVサイズver.)(OPテーマ)
33. ベイビーロマンチカ (TVサイズver.)(EDテーマ)
Vol. 2 Track Listings:
2. 純情エゴイスト デートver.
4. 2OP「衝動」piano ver.
5. ミニドラマ6 (Mini Drama)
10. ミニドラマ7 (Mini Drama)
14. 2ED「相生」piano ver.
15. ミニドラマ8 (Mini Drama)
17. そよ風 ※気分屋の 削除
20. ミニドラマ9 (Mini Drama)
24. BOYS’ MEMORIES
25. ミニドラマ10 (Mini Drama)
28. 純情テロリスト violin ver.
30. 純情ロマンチカ, forever
32. 2OP「衝動」TV ver.
34. 2ED「相生-アイオイ-」TV ver.
Label: Frontier Works Inc. (PLC) (M)