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The Panzer Dragoon Vinyl is Now Available to Purchase

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The Panzer Dragoon soundtrack can now be purchased on vinyl! Head on over to the Data Discs website if you wish to order a copy.

Panzer Dragoon Vinyl (Front)

The vinyl went on sale just a few hours ago, but already the limited frosted clear sky blue and grey vinyl edition has sold out. You can still purchase the sky blue or classic black version, however.

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Saori Kobayashi to Attend MAGFest 2017

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Along with her AKANE band member Yumiko Takahashi, Panzer Dragoon Saga composer Saori Kobayashi will be performing at MAGFest 2017. MAGFest is a four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music and other aspects of gaming that takes place in National Harbor, Maryland. From their website:

This year’s guests from Japan are Saori Kobayashi and Yumiko Takahashi. Saori is an accomplished pianist who has composed music for Sega games since 1993. Her most notable work comes from the Panzer Dragoon series and Crimson Dragon, which features magical string melodies back by quick drum beats and ethnic flute melodies. She will be doing a special concert with Lauren Liebowitz from The Returners, Doug Perry, and The Triforce Quartet. This concert is only going to be held at MAGFest and is surely not one to miss!

Previously, Saori Kobayashi and Yumiko Takahashi did a live performance of Anu Orta Veniya together at BitSummit MMXIV.

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Panzer Dragoon Vinyl to be Released on Saturday

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Data Discs are about to release the soundtrack of the original Panzer Dragoon on vinyl. It will be available on Saturday the 3rd of December. From Data Discs’ website:

We are proud to present the first ever vinyl edition of Yoshitaka Azuma’s score to SEGA’s classic rail-shooter, Panzer Dragoon. First released in 1995 to coincide with the North American launch of the Saturn console, Panzer Dragoon has since become a cult favourite, not only for its stark art direction, inspired by renowned French artist Jean “Mobieus” Giraud, but also for its sweeping soundtrack.

Panzer Dragoon (Vinyl)

Panzer Dragoon is presented as a double 180g LP, cut at 45rpm and housed in a single pocket, 425gsm mirror board sleeve with accompanying lithographic insert and silver laminated OBI strip. This edition features the entirety of Azuma’s score, along with three bonus tracks of alternate synthesizer versions. It is available in the following editions:

  • 180g 2xLP on frosted clear, sky blue and grey vinyl (limited edition) - £22.99
  • 180g 2xLP on sky blue vinyl - £22.99
  • 180g 2xLP on classic black vinyl - £22.99

It is great that this remastered version of the classic soundtrack will soon be available to vinyl collectors. You will be able to purchase the vinyl from the Data Discs website.

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New & Updated Images of the Panzer Dragoon Series

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A while back I shared some new and higher quality images of the Panzer Dragoon series on the forums, and now I am finally getting around to posting them here on the main site. Here are all of the new images, grouped according to which game they belong to.

Panzer Dragoon:

Panzer Dragoon Japanese Flyer (Front) Panzer Dragoon Japanese Flyer (Back) Panzer Dragoon T-Shirt and Other Items Panzer Dragoon NTSC Version

Panzer Dragoon II Zwei:

Ashura Carla Kendapa Small Anti-Aircraft Gun Sortie Hatch Sweeper Tekete Kate Shellfish Lightning Weapon Battleship Sketches Large Battleship Guardian (1 of 2) Guardian (2 of 2) Laser Torchka Gun Environment 01 Environment 02 Environment 03 Environment 04 Environment 05 Beefly Coolias Gimn Goliathe Naga Rand Doula Sealance Tadomn Tarran Titan Xecom Blue Dragon Shaped Container Guardian Dragon Diagram Guardian Dragon (Head) Hanumunn Diagram Nuse Diagram Quopa Diagram Shelcoof Diagram Shelcoof Transporter Ship Diagram Lagi's Dragon Evolution Types (1 of 2) Lagi's Dragon Evolution Types (2 of 2) Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Main Illustration Panzer Dragoon II Zwei NTSC-J Version Panzer Dragoon II Zwei PAL Version Sketch of Ruins

Panzer Dragoon Saga:

Azel Azel Craymen, Zastava, and Arwen Edge Gash and Paet Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Demo Disc Front Cover Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG NTSC-J Version Panzer Dragoon Saga PAL Version Panzer Dragoon Saga Cesa Show Panzer Dragoon Saga Flyer (Front) Panzer Dragoon Saga Flyer (Back) Panzer Dragoon Saga Main Illustration Panzer Dragoon Saga Poster Panzer Dragoon Saga Dragon Transformations

Panzer Dragoon Orta:

Dragonmares Sculpture (1 of 3) Dragonmares Sculpture (2 of 3) Dragonmares Sculpture (3 of 3) Orta & Dragon Sculpture (1 of 5) Orta & Dragon Sculpture (2 of 5) Orta & Dragon Sculpture (3 of 5) Orta & Dragon Sculpture (4 of 5) Orta & Dragon Sculpture (5 of 5) Orta Sculpture (1 of 3) Orta Sculpture (2 of 3) Orta Sculpture (3 of 3) Panzer Dragoon Orta E3 2002 Panzer Dragoon Orta E3 2002 Panzer Dragoon Orta E3 2002 Panzer Dragoon Orta E3 2002 Panzer Dragoon Orta E3 2002 Panzer Dragoon Orta E3 2002 Panzer Dragoon Orta E3 2002 Panzer Dragoon Orta Figurine Back Panzer Dragoon Orta Figurine Back Panzer Dragoon Orta Figurine Bottom Panzer Dragoon Orta Figurine Front Panzer Dragoon Orta Figurine Front Panzer Dragoon Orta Figurine Front Panzer Dragoon Orta Figurine Front Panzer Dragoon Orta Dragon Type and Evolutions Legacy & Imperial Forces Size Comparison Orta and the Dragon Orta and the Dragon Orta and Enemies Orta in Battle (1 of 3) Orta in Battle (2 of 3) Orta in Battle (3 of 3) Panzer Dragoon Orta PAL Version Front Cover (Unreleased) Panzer Dragoon Orta NTSC Version Back Cover Scenery
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SEGA Asks Fans Which SEGA Work They Want to See Revived

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SEGA of Japan has launched a new survey where, among other things, they ask fans what they feel is SEGA’s most memorable work and most memorable character. Interestingly, Panzer Dragoon is on the list of items that you can select for the most memorable work. Where things get even more interesting is that one of the questions asks fans which SEGA work they want to see revived. Of course, this means it’s a good opportunity for us to ask for a new Panzer Dragoon game!

While the survey is in Japanese, this guide by Phantom River Stone offers an English translation of the poll. You can find the survey here.

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Panzer Dragoon Cameo in Yakuza 5

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The dragon from the original Panzer Dragoon game makes an appearance in Yakuza 5, part of the well-known brawler franchise by SEGA. We’ve added five screenshots of this cameo appearance of the Blue Dragon to Panzer Dragoon Legacy:

Yakuza 5 Panzer Dragoon Cameo Screenshot 01 Yakuza 5 Panzer Dragoon Cameo Screenshot 02 Yakuza 5 Panzer Dragoon Cameo Screenshot 03 Yakuza 5 Panzer Dragoon Cameo Screenshot 04 Yakuza 5 Panzer Dragoon Cameo Screenshot 05

In Yakuza 5, go into any of the Club SEGAs that located in the games five city areas and you may have a chance to win your own bona fide virtual Panzer Dragoon Model! Simply go up to the UFO Catcher and try your luck - but if you don’t see any of these prizes, simply ask the helpful assistant to change the prizes.

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Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack

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Over on the Assembler Games forum, member Esppiral has figured out how to change the horizontal and vertical field of view in Panzer Dragoon Saga. The result is that the game can now be played in widescreen, as demonstrated in the following screenshots (click the thumbnail to view the full screenshot in widescreen):

Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack 01 Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack 02 Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack 03

You can check out the full topic where Esppiral provides codes to get the widescreen hack working on various Saturn emulators. Seeing these screenshots make me wonder just how good a remastered Panzer Dragoon Saga could look.

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Saori Kobayashi and Jordi Asensio Live in Paris

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Back in July, Saori Kobayashi performed live to a group in Paris, together with Jordi Asensio. In this performance she plays three classics: Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu (Panzer Dragoon Saga), Anu Orta Veniya (Panzer Dragoon Orta), and Dragon’s Waltz (Crimson Dragon). I’ve uploaded the video to our archive so that it can easily be found by Panzer Dragoon fans in the years to come.

A special thanks to Nicolas Girault for the recording. You can follow Nicolas on Twitter and YouTube.

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Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn by Anark Grafik

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I’ve uploaded some photos of a custom Sega Saturn created by French artist Anark Grafik. As you see in the photos, the Saturn adopts official art from Panzer Dragoon Saga, specifically from the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG guidebooks.

Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (1 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (2 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (3 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (4 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (5 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (6 of 7) Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn (7 of 7)

Really nice work all over. My thanks go to BooQC Publishing for sharing the photos.

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Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito at Japan Expo 2016

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Back in July, Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito attended Japan Expo 2016. I’ve uploaded a video clip and some photos of this event to our archive (captured by Brave Wave).

First up is a recording of Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito performing the epic theme song to Panzer Dragoon Saga, Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu to a live audience. Just awesome.

I’ve also uploaded six photos taken at the event:

Japan Expo 2016 Photo 01 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 02 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 03 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 04 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 05 Japan Expo 2016 Photo 06

I particularly like the dragon sketch from Panzer Dragoon fan, @kpeclet.

Thanks to Brave Wave for sharing this content on their Twitter feed.

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Fan Art by Ocarian & TOY-T

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I have uploaded a bunch of new fan art to the site. These new drawings were created by Ocarian from Deviantart and TOY-T from Pixiv. You can find them on their Deviantart page and Pixiv page respectively. Our thanks to Ocarian and TOY-T for giving us permission to share their art on Panzer Dragoon Legacy.

Ocarian’s art:

Panzer Dragoon Tribute 3D Dragon Panzer Dragoon Tribute Dragon Panzer Dragoon Tribute 3D Dragon and Rider Panzer Dragoon Tribute Concept Dragon Panzer Dragoon Tribute Concept Enemies Panzer Dragoon Tribute Concept Rider

TOY-T’s art:

Ain (アイン) Azel Drawing Azel Backshot (アゼルのバックショット) Ragi (ラギ) Hero's Path (勇者パース) Orta Drawing Panzer Dragoon (パンツァードラグーン) The Blue Dragon's Head The Boy and the Dragon (少年とドラゴン)
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Panzer Dragoon Legacy Annual Hosting Fundraiser 2016

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Panzer Dragoon Legacy will be holding an annual hosting fundraiser each year so that the community can help fund the website’s server costs. This is similar to the method used by other fan sites such as Shining Force Central. To keep the website running for another year, we require:

  • US$10 per year for the domain
  • US$6 per month for the main site’s hosting fee + backups (US$72 per year)
  • US$12 per month for the forum hosting fee + backups (US$144 per year)
  • Total: US$226 for one year

To contribute to the fundraiser, you can make a donation directly to my PayPal account. I’ll post another update once the full US$226 has been met. If you’re unsure how much to contribute, I suggest around $10, but $5 or $20 would be great also. We need just over twenty people contributing $10 each to reach the fundraiser goal.

Why are we suddenly starting this fundraiser? Over the last year I’ve been adding features to Panzer Dragoon Legacy to make it more of community driven site. We now have a contributions system so that fans can directly submit news, articles, pictures, and more directly to the site for approval. This is great for ensuring that the site can continue to be sustained without a significant time investment from the busy administrators here. Long term, I’d like to see this site become mostly community sustained, both in terms of server costs and fresh content, with the administrators here acting mainly as curators of the Panzer Dragoon fan archive. This will ensure that, as a community project, Panzer Dragoon Legacy can continue to thrive for many years to come.

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Panzer Dragoon Orta Poster (Even Higher Quality)

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Unlike the previously posted image of this poster, this one is produced by a large format scanner instead of making do with a phone camera. I finally got access to a scanner big enough to run this poster through, but it’s suffered a bit of tape damage since the last entry (note the top of the picture). Besides that, it’s far better quality than had been previously available.

Panzer Dragoon Orta Poster (Scan)
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New Fan Picture of the Blue Dragon

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German Panzer Dragoon fan Veselo has contributed this stunning new fan picture to our gallery. It is of none other than the armoured blue dragon:

Blue Dragon in the Forest

What would the Blue Dragon look like in real life? This picture brings us closer to finding an answer.

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Vinyl of Panzer Dragoon Saga's Soundtrack "Possible"

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In response to the announcement that the soundtrack of the original Panzer Dragoon would be released on vinyl some time this year, Twitter user NorikiyoGO asked if Panzer Dragoon Saga’s soundtrack would also be released at some point. While Data Discs didn’t confirm anything, a simple response was tweeted:

@NorikiyoGO I suppose anything’s possible ;)

If you like the idea of the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG Complete Album - arguably the best in the series - being released on vinyl, it might be a good idea to let Data Discs know that there’s interest.

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Panzer Dragoon Azel Novel Artwork

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I recently came across a picture of an art piece from the Panzer Dragoon Azel novel and thought I would share it on the site. Additionally I have uploaded an edited version of the picture that is lighter and has better colors from the original photo I found.

Panzer Dragoon Azel Novel Art (Original) Panzer Dragoon Azel Novel Art (Edited) Panzer Dragoon Azel Photo

The third image is a photo of the outside of the novel.

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Panzer Dragoon's Soundtrack to be Released on Vinyl

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Great news, the soundtrack of the original Panzer Dragoon is being released on vinyl. Up until now the music of the Panzer Dragoon games hasn’t been released on vinyl, but this year Data Discs will be selling an officially licensed record of the original game’s score. From their newsletter:

We are excited to share with you some news today about another upcoming release. It gives us great pleasure to announce that we will be bring the late Yoshitaka Azuma’s 1995 score from Panzer Dragoon to vinyl for the very first time.

This is one of many titles we are currently working on and will join Out Run as part of our 2016 line-up. Further details on both of these titles (and others!) will be released in due course.

Unlike the chip generated music found in later titles in the series, Panzer Dragoon had an orchestral score making it a perfect fit along side other Data Discs releases such as Shenmue. This release will surely be a must have for vinyl collectors who are also fans of the Panzer Dragoon series.

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Portuguese Panzer Dragoon Gaming Magazine Scans

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While hunting for images related to the Panzer Dragoon series, online, I came across some scans of gaming magazine articles related to Panzer Dragoon and have now uploaded all of them under the Magazine Scans category group on the website for everyone to view.

BGamer #57 April 2003 (1 of 2) BGamer #57 April 2003 (2 of 2)
HobbyConsolas #139 (1 of 2) HobbyConsolas #139 (2 of 2)
MultiConsolas #29 April 2003 (1 of 3) MultiConsolas #29 April 2003 (2 of 3) MultiConsolas #29 April 2003 (3 of 3)

These articles by BGamer, HobbyConsolas, and MultiConsolas are all reviews of Panzer Dragoon Orta in Portuguese.

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Saori Kobayashi's Terra Magica Has Been Released

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It’s April the 13th. The digital version of Terra Magica, Saori Kobayashi’s new solo album, can now be heard in it’s entirety:

Listen to Terra Magica on Bandcamp

I haven’t listened to the entire album yet, but I definitely like what I’ve heard so far. Lots of Panzer vibes. Since the album can be streamed for free, there’s little reason for me to write a review on such a subjective topic; go listen to the album and form your own impression. Once again, if you like what you’ve heard here, please support the artists who made this possible by purchasing Terra Magica.

Brave Wave have also released a new episode of their Wavelength podcast. The podcast discusses Terra Magica among other topics.

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Introducing Musical Monday

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A while back I started sharing older fan art, one picture per week, on our social media pages using the #FanArtFriday hashtag. I kept this up for about year until I’d exhausted most of Panzer Dragoon Legacy’s supply of fan art. Since then I’ve occasionally pondered about what could replace Fan Art Friday.

Tomorrow I’ll be starting a new weekly event called Musical Monday (#MusicalMonday). Each week I’ll link to a different track that is either from or in some way related to the Panzer Dragoon series. It’s only fitting that with the release of the new Saori Kobayashi album soon that we take a look back at some of her previous work along with other music from the Panzer Dragoon and Crimson Dragon games.

If you like the sound of Musical Monday, follow along on our Facebook or Twitter pages and look out for posts marked with the hashtag #MusicalMonday.

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A Remix of Eastern Sky By Saori Kobayashi

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While we wait for Terra Magica, the upcoming Solo album from Saori Kobayashi, there’s another recent track that you can listen to from the Panzer Dragoon Saga composer. In February, Keiji Yamagishi released the album Retro​-​Active Pt. 2 and the final track is a remix of a track called “Eastern Sky” by Saori Kobayashi.

 Retro​-​Active Pt. 2 Digital Cover

Saori Kobayashi’s distinct musical style can be heard here. You can buy the remix of “Eastern Sky” on it’s own for $1.30 USD or purchase the full album on Bandcamp. As with other Brave Wave albums, you can stream all of the music for free before deciding whether to purchase it or not.

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What is Terra Magica? Saori Kobayashi's Own Words

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In the latest email from Brave Wave, we learn from Saori Kobayashi herself what the intentions were behind her latest Panzer-esque album, Terra Magica:

For my solo album, the music takes precedence over any story or imagery, allowing listeners to visualize a world that only I have created. I hope to create an album whose music will inspire listeners and give them complete control over what they see in realm of their own imaginations.

I personally enjoy fantasy games and RPGs; worlds where dragons soar across the sky, and a cosmos with a vast bed of planets scattered across it… these images are my fantasies. What are yours? I hope that when people listen to my solo album, they can conjure up their own worlds like I do when I compose music with Brave Wave.

You can pre-order Terra Magica now on Bandcamp. It will be released on the 13th of April.

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The Covers of Saori Kobayashi's Albums

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Terra Magica isn’t the only album that Saori Kobayashi has worked on in recent years. I’ve uploaded the covers of six albums that the Panzer Dragoon composer has contributed to which aren’t directly related to the Panzer Dragoon series but nevertheless share many of the same musical themes:

Kochae Digital Cover Journey Digital Cover Terra Magica Digital Cover In Flux Digital Cover Heart Beat Circuit Digital Cover Crimson Dragon Soundtrack Digital Cover

The page for each cover contains a link to where you can listen to the album.

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Terra Magica: A Love Letter To Saori Kobayashi's Fans

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This is not an April Fools joke; Saori Kobayashi, composer of the amazing soundtracks from Panzer Dragoon Saga, Panzer Dragoon Orta, and the Crimson Dragon games is releasing an epic new album also featuring work from Eri Ito and Manabu Kusunoki! Terra Magica is described as “a love letter from Saori Kobayashi to her fans” and judging by the quality of the two preview tracks this is definitely the case. Terra Magica is available for pre-order on Bandcamp now and will be released on the 13th of April in physical and digital editions.

Terra Magica Digital Cover

Among the contributors, Terra Magica features the vocals of none other than Eri Ito herself, who sung the theme songs Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu (Panzer Dragoon Saga) and Anu Orta Veniya (Panzer Dragoon Orta). Check out the first preview track “Mother” on the Bandcamp page to hear Eri Ito’s beautiful voice and Saori Kobayashi’s compositions together again at last!

Furthermore, the cover art was created by Manabu Kusunoki, illustrator of the Saturn Panzer Dragoon games. The distinct art style from those games is very evident here. The second preview track is titled “Dance of Seekers”. Although Terra Magica’s music and art isn’t explicitly based in the Panzer Dragoon world, listening to the album’s music while gazing at the wonderful cover art makes me imagine the journey of Gash’s Seekers as they travel in search of a new home.

As if all this wasn’t enough to satisfy the Panzer Dragoon fan hungry for more, the album will feature notes from series creator Yukio Futatsugi. I personally cannot wait to hear the full album. If you like what you’ve heard so far, please pre-order the album and support the artists to promote work of this calibre.

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20 Years Since the Release of Panzer Dragoon II Zwei

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On the 22nd of March, 1996, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei was released in Japan. Twenty years on, Zwei is still one of the greatest rail shooters of all time.

Panzer Dragoon II Zwei NTSC-J Version Case Front Insert

Telling the origin story of the dragon, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei acted as a prequel to the original Panzer Dragoon which came out a year earlier. And while Zwei was in development, Team Andromeda were already at work at the final chapter in the trilogy. It was with Zwei that the story and world of Panzer Dragoon really started to take shape, the seeds were planted for the epic conclusion two years later. Yet, as a stand alone game, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei remains distinctly rememberable twenty years on. Due to it’s art style, memorable music, and immersive world design, it’s still my favourite rail shooter in the series to this day.