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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.

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New Saori Kobayashi Album "Terra" Arriving Next Month

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Yesterday, Mohammed Taher from Brave Wave tweeted the following:

Test-driving the new album of (Panzer Dragoon composer) Saori Kobayashi. Next month on @BraveWaveMusic 🙏🏼

Attached to the tweet is a screenshot with the album name “Terra” showing up. Given the quality of Saori Kobayashi’s last album, Journey, I’m certainly looking forward to this.

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Panzer Dragoon Orta Poster (High Resolution)

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I’ve recently obtained a copy of the elusive Japanese Panzer Dragoon Orta poster and noticed that there weren’t any decent images of it available anywhere online. I decided to change this by contributing a higher quality image than there had been available previously. The image can be seen here:

Panzer Dragoon Orta Poster
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Panzer Dragoon Orta Fan Art by GrenadeKitten

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I’ve uploaded two new fanart wallpapers to our website. These were created by GrenadeKitten, and were initially posted on his DeviantArt page. Our thanks to GrenadeKitten for allowing us to upload these to Panzer Dragoon Legacy!

Design Reboot: Panzer Dragoon Orta City in the Storm

GrenadeKitten also created an original character called Sigma, a robot born in a futuristic post-apocalyptic world where humans have gone extinct. She’s featured in Sigma’s Journey, a collection of 3 separate artworks. I think Panzer Dragoon fans will appreciate the art direction and theme of Sigma’s Journey, so you may want to take a look at them. Fair warning: these are somewhat NSFW, as they do contain some mild nudity.

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Gaming Masterpieces: Panzer Dragoon Saga

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YouTube channel ProDaKah has reviewed/discussed Panzer Dragoon Saga as part of the channel’s Gaming Masterpieces series. Check it out:

I found the comparison to Star Wars: The Force Awakens particularly interesting. Do you agree that an appreciation of Panzer Dragoon Saga is less dependent on previous titles in the series than the latest Star Wars film?

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A Compilation of Panzer Dragoon Saga's In-Game Artwork

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Years ago, I ended up trying to extract some artwork images from Panzer Dragoon Saga, the Sega Saturn classic and only RPG in the Panzer Dragoon series. While I managed to write a small program to extract the grayscale versions of the images out of the game’s files, actually getting the images in colors proved a bit more difficult. I never did figure out how to apply the color palette to the images, but I did manage to find a workaround. I looked up the exact location the Sega Saturn stored the images and the color palletes in its internal memory, and then used the Sega Saturm emulator Yabause to inject all of the images and the corresponding color palettes at the correct location in the memory, while the game was running and showing the opening menu. In doing so, I could alter the background of the start screen and grab each of the images.

The artwork consists of the following:

  • Four images that were shown when you were asked to switch between the game’s four CDs.
  • Four images shown at the end of the game when you viewed your statistics (like how much of the game’s map you explored). The image differed depending on how well you performed throughout the game.
  • The image shown in the background of the Save menu.
  • The images shown at the game’s title screen, for both the US/EU and Japanese version.

But I never did upload those images to Panzer Dragoon Legacy. More recently someone posted a thread on the forum here asking for those images, and I finally got around to uploading them. You can find them here:

Panzer Dragoon Saga CD Change Screen 1 Panzer Dragoon Saga CD Change Screen 2 Panzer Dragoon Saga CD Change Screen 3 Panzer Dragoon Saga CD Change Screen 4 Panzer Dragoon Saga End Result Screen 1 Panzer Dragoon Saga End Result Screen 2 Panzer Dragoon Saga End Result Screen 3 Panzer Dragoon Saga End Result Screen 4 Panzer Dragoon Saga Save Screen Panzer Dragoon Saga Title Screen (English) Panzer Dragoon Saga Title Screen (Japanese)
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Join the Panzer Dragoon Legacy Steam Group

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I’ve set up a new group on Steam for the Panzer Dragoon Legacy community. If you’re on Steam and wish to play games with other Panzer Dragoon fans, please join us. At the time of writing, this is the only Panzer Dragoon group on Steam.

Panzer Dragoon Legacy Steam Group

Perhaps we should set up a multiplayer game sometime, although I’m not sure which game would appeal to members of the community here. None of the Panzer Dragoon games featured a multiplayer component after all.

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New Forum URL and Colour Scheme

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The forum is back online and accessible via a brand new URL:

discuss.panzerdragoonlegacy.com

We’ve also added a new colour scheme to the forum to match the colours on the main site. It does, I hope, feel a lot more Panzerish to members. A special thanks to Shadow for doing most of the work preparing the new colour scheme.

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Introducing Panzer Dragoon Legacy

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After much discussion, we’ve decided to rename this website from The Will of the Ancients to Panzer Dragoon Legacy. Please update your bookmarks to the new domain: panzerdragoonlegacy.com.

This site has become the central hub for fans of the Panzer Dragoon series. We felt that the site needed a more recognisable name to properly represent the Panzer Dragoon series on the web, for hardcore fans as well as for people who are just curious about the games. While it certainly summarised the themes of the Panzer Dragoon series, the phrase “The Will of the Ancients” only appears in Panzer Dragoon Saga, the rarest game in the series, and not until the final disc. We felt that the name needed to be instantly recognisable for people who have never had the pleasure of playing a Panzer Dragoon title.

Long time readers may recognise the name Panzer Dragoon Legacy. That’s because it was also the name of Draikin’s former Panzer Dragoon Orta fansite which was eventually merged into this site. We discussed many alternative new names containing the words “Panzer Dragoon”, but something about the name Panzer Dragoon Legacy resonated with us more than the other options.

On a side note, the forum is currently down for maintenance; if all goes as planned it will be returning in the next day or two with the new branding.

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New and Replacement Art From Panzer Dragoon Saga

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JacKc has contributed some new images for our gallery, including a picture of the box of the Japanese version of Panzer Dragoon:

Excavation Site #74 06 Azel Panzer Dragoon RPG Main Illustration Gash Riding Coolia 02 Panzer Dragoon PC Japanese Box Front Panzer Dragoon Saga Creature Sketch 09 Azel 10 Azel 11

He’s also sent me some replacement images. These previously were copied from Lagi’s old art site, but contained watermarks. JackC’s versions of the images do not contain the watermarks.

Imperial Troops Zadoc Rhagg Azel Prototype 01 Azel Prototype 02 Edge's Captain Enkak Jael Jared Damon Abner The Seventh Emperor

We have even more art that has yet to be published. Expect another update soon.

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Panzer Dragoon Trilogy Artwork and Wallpapers

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Our contributors have uploaded some new wallpapers and updated art from the Panzer Dragoon games.

First, JacKc has contributed these nine wallpapers from the Sega Ages 2500 website:

Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 01 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 02 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 03 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 04 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 05 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 06 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 07 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 08 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon Wallpaper 09

He has also replaced the five Panzer Dragoon ending artworks with higher quality versions than those that were originally provided by Lagi:

Panzer Dragoon Ending Screen 1 Panzer Dragoon Ending Screen 2 Panzer Dragoon Ending Screen 3 Panzer Dragoon Ending Screen 4 Panzer Dragoon Ending Screen 5

In addition, JacKc has also replaced the twenty four Panzer Dragoon Zwei ending artworks:

Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 01 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 02 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 03 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 04 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 05 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 06 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 07 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 08 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 09 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 10 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 11 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 12 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 13 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 14 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 15 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 16 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 17 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 18 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 19 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 20 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 21 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 22 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 23 Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Ending Screen 24

Finally, Legaiaflame has provided an enhanced image based on the Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG back cover:

Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG NTSC-J Version Case Back Insert (Enhanced)

It’s great to continually enhance the Pictures section with new contributions such as these.

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Sega "In a Difficult Place" For a New Panzer to Sell

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As reported by SEGAbits, the Dengeki Playstation magazine asked some Sega developers (including Satoshi Sakai, producer Phantasy Star Online 2), some direct questions about the future of various Sega franchises, including the Panzer Dragoon series.

Satoshi Sakai was asked if Sega would ever make a new game similar to Panzer Dragoon:

Q: We want to see another game with a dragon lead character like Panzer Dragoon.

A: I would like to make it, but I’m sorry to say we’re in a difficult place for something like that to sell.

This answer is unfortunate. I can only imagine what a Panzer Dragoon-style game might look and play like on modern hardware (with gameplay and story telling refinements from the last 10+ years of gaming evolution). Perhaps we’ll still see a new entry in the series if alternative funding methods are considered, as with the revival of Shenmue III after 13 years. Otherwise, we’ll always have our memories.

You can read the full interview on Gematsu.

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Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Wall Scroll

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With the limited amount of official Panzer Dragoon merchandise/collectibles, sometimes the fans have to take it upon themselves to create new items. There are many examples of this ranging from: Panzer Dragoon coffee mugs, Panzer Dragoon key chains, to more intricate items such as carved tablets made from stone:

Azel Stone Tablet

But there is something any Panzer Dragoon fan can do: and that is make a custom wall scroll! Over at Custom Wall Scrolls you can take any of the beautiful art from the Panzer Dragoon series and make yourself a custom fabric wall scroll; printed on high quality polyester!

Here is an example of one that I recently made:

Panzer Dragoon Saga Azel Wall Scroll

The results may vary, so try to pick a large high quality image. Try it out and display something you’re passionate about!

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Translated PD Saga Interview by Shmuplations

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Shmuplations has translated an old developer interview with some of the key staff members behind Panzer Dragoon Saga. The interview originally appeared in the AZEL -Panzer Dragoon RPG- strategy guide, and features the game’s director Manabu Kusunoki, designer Yukio Futatsugi and programmer Hidetoshi Takeshita. It’s an interview containing details that I wasn’t aware of, and it’s definitely a very interesting read for Panzer Dragoon fans. You can follow the link below to read it:

Panzer Dragoon Saga – 1998 Developer Interview

A few years ago, The Will of the Ancients also commissioned Glitterberri to translate a few pages from the same strategy guide. These contained a lot of answers to questions that fans had regarding the game’s backstory. You can find these here:

Translations by Glitterberri

Both Shmuplations and GlitterBerri are on Patreon, so if you’re interested in seeing more translations on old Japanese videogame articles, you may want to consider supporting them there. You can find them here:

GlitterBerri Patreon

Shmuplations Patreon

My thanks also go to Segalization team member InTheSky for pointing me to this interview, and of course Shmuplations for translating the interview!

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Video Game Music Online Interviews Saori Kobayashi

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Video Games Music Online have posted a new interview with Saori Kobayashi, which we of course know for her work on the soundtrack for the Panzer Dragoon and Crimson Dragon games. The interview discusses the various projects Saori worked on, starting all the way back on the Game Gear. She mentions how the Saturn’s limitations actually led her to create the unique Panzer world instruments, and how more powerful hardware doesn’t necessarily make it easier to compose a soundtrack for a game. The interview then moves on to discuss Saori’s freelance work after leaving Sega, and how she ended up forming the band AKANE.

What I personally found particularly interesting is that the interviewer asked Saori how she feels about the fact that her Crimson Dragon soundtrack was altered for the Xbox One release of the game (the interviewer uses the word “Hollywoodization”, which I think is rather accurate). While Saori doesn’t think it was necessarily a bad thing, she did find it unfortunate that her original version wasn’t used. She says she’d love to be able to release the original version of the soundtrack if there is demand for it from the fans.

Personally, I’d certainly be interested in seeing the original version of the soundtrack released, as I really think it’s far superior to the “remix” we got in the Xbox One version of Crimson Dragon.