Retronauts Discusses Panzer Dragoon's Soundtrack

Retronauts Discusses Panzer Dragoon's Soundtrack
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The latest episode of the Retronauts podcast contains a twenty minute section discussing the Panzer Dragoon soundtrack which was recently re-released on vinyl. Check it out:

Retronauts Episode 83: A trial run for “Retronauts Radio”

The talk includes music samples from the soundtrack, a discussion how the soundtrack feels like movie score, Azuma’s previous work and how it influenced Panzer Dragoon’s soundtrack, how the soundtrack has a 90s quality to it but yet doesn’t feel dated, and some talk about the new Data Discs release. Good stuff.

Saori Kobayashi Performing at MAGFest 2017

Saori Kobayashi Performing at MAGFest 2017
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Panzer Dragoon Saga composer Saori Kobayashi recently performed at MAGFest 2017, which took place between the 5th and 8th of January in National Harbor, Maryland. The full 40 minute performance can be found on MAGFest’s YouTube channel.

Saori Kobayashi played six tracks, with assistance from Yumiko Takahashi, the Triforce Quartet, and others. The songs played include music from the Panzer Dragoon and Crimson Dragon games.

  • 0:00 - Dance of Seekers (from Terra Magica)
  • 8:03 - Bravehearted (from Terra Magica)
  • 15:05 - Dragon’s Journey (from Journey, based on the theme of Crimson Dragon)
  • 19:42 - Tsubasa (from Journey, based on the camp theme from Crimson Dragon: Side Story)
  • 27:43 - Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu (from Panzer Dragoon Saga)
  • 33:23 - Anu Orta Veniya (from Panzer Dragoon Orta)

The last four songs include vocals by Yumiko Takahashi. All of the performances are great and I particularly liked the addition of the flute and violin in the intro to Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu.

High Quality Scans of the Azel Novel

High Quality Scans of the Azel Novel
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I’ve uploaded a couple of scans of the front and back covers of Panzer Dragoon Azel, the Japanese novelisation of Panzer Dragoon Saga:

Panzer Dragoon Azel Front Cover Panzer Dragoon Azel Back Cover

My thanks go to Skye Welse for contributing these scans.

Panzer Dragoon Series Sculptures

Panzer Dragoon Series Sculptures
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A while back I was surfing the Internet in the hopes of finding some new and fantastic creations related to the the Panzer Dragoon series. Here are some of the great sculptures that I have found.

Sculptures of the Blue Dragon and Prototype Dragon by UMR:

Blue Dragon Sculpture (01 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (02 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (03 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (04 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (05 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (06 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (07 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (08 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (09 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (10 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (11 of 12) Blue Dragon Sculpture (12 of 12)
Prototype Dragon Sculpture (1 of 6) Prototype Dragon Sculpture (2 of 6) Prototype Dragon Sculpture (3 of 6) Prototype Dragon Sculpture (4 of 6) Prototype Dragon Sculpture (5 of 6) Prototype Dragon Sculpture (6 of 6)

A sculpture of Shelcoof and another of the Blue Dragon with his rider by Ozaki Shosan Workshop:

Shelcoof Sculpture (1 of 6) Shelcoof Sculpture (2 of 6) Shelcoof Sculpture (3 of 6) Shelcoof Sculpture (4 of 6) Shelcoof Sculpture (5 of 6) Shelcoof Sculpture (6 of 6)
Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (1 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (2 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (3 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (4 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (5 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (6 of 7) Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (7 of 7)

Another sculpture of the Blue Dragon by Wakasa Takeshi:

Another Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (1 of 5) Another Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (2 of 5) Another Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (3 of 5) Another Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (4 of 5) Another Blue Dragon and Rider Sculpture (5 of 5)

A sculpture of Edge and his dragon by Sparrow S.A.:

Edge and Dragon Sculpture (1 of 2) Edge and Dragon Sculpture (2 of 2)

Finally, a sculpture of Atolm Dragon by Artelier Luna:

Atolm Dragon Sculpture (1 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (2 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (3 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (4 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (5 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (6 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (7 of 8) Atolm Dragon Sculpture (8 of 8)

Some of these items are for commercial use, but it seems that almost all of them are only sold during an event called the Wonder Festival in Japan.

Arunotaku TV's Video of DATA008: Panzer Dragoon

Arunotaku TV's Video of DATA008: Panzer Dragoon
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Aruno of the retro gaming/tech YouTube channel Arunotaku TV has created a video showing us what the collector’s edition of the new Panzer Dragoon vinyl looks like up close and personal:

The video contains a narration explaining each aspect of the vinyl in French, but we’ve worked together to include full English subtitles.

In addition to this, I’ve created an encyclopaedia entry here on Panzer Dragoon Legacy with the vinyl’s tracklist, related images, and other information.

This will be the last update for the year. I hope everyone has a good transition into the new year, and that 2017 brings better tidings. That said, 2016 has been good to Panzer Dragoon fans at least, with the release of Terra Magica in April, a live performance of Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu from the original artists in July, and of course this LP. The Panzer Dragoon series is far from forgotten.

Panzer Dragoon Prototypes Added to Downloads Section

Panzer Dragoon Prototypes Added to Downloads Section
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Previously only available in torrent form, the rare Panzer Dragoon Zwei and Panzer Dragoon Saga prototypes are now downloadable from our Downloads section. These prototypes were originally released by The Hidden Palace, a community dedicated to the preservation of video game development media such as prototypes, source code, artwork, and more.

Download the Prototypes from Panzer Dragoon Legacy.

A special thanks to DRX and the community members here (myself, Dragon Phoenix, Scott, Grumbler, alavaliant, Saturn_Worship, Lance Way, Ehndow, The Ancient, Roushi, Shadow, Snow Girl and Chizzles) who helped raise the funds to make these prototypes available in 2008.

The Panzer Dragoon Vinyl is Now Available to Purchase

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.

DATA008: Panzer Dragoon Online Store Picture (1 of 5)

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.

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.

Panzer Dragoon Vinyl to be Released on Saturday

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.

DATA008: Panzer Dragoon Online Store Picture (3 of 5)

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.

New & Updated Images of the Panzer Dragoon Series

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

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.

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.

Panzer Dragoon Saga Widescreen Hack

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.

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.

Custom Panzer Dragoon Saga Sega Saturn by Anark Grafik

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.

Saori Kobayashi and Eri Ito at Japan Expo 2016

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.

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)

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.

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)

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.

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.

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. (Edit 11th of January, 2017: both images were replaced with a single 600dpi scan, thanks to Skye Welse).

Panzer Dragoon Azel Novel Art Panzer Dragoon Azel Photo

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

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.

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.

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.