Virtua Fighter Kids Sound Tracks

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Virtua Fighter Kids Sound Tracks
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Covers release: Myrkul
Composed by Maki Morrow / Takayuki Nakamura / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Arranged by Maki Morrow / Takayuki Nakamura / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Published by Futureland
Catalog number TYCY-5520
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 28 tracks
Release date September 26, 1996
Duration 00:53:23
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Overview

Virtua Fighter Kids is a spinoff of Sega's Virtua Fighter series for the Arcade and Saturn. As the game's name implies, this title is aimed towards younger players and features super-deformed versions of the characters from Virtua Fighter 2. The soundtrack, led by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, also captures the youthful spirit with a mixture of original compositions and Virtua Fighter 2 arrangements.

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The majority of the character themes are light-hearted arrangements of those from Virtua Fighter 2. "Jeffry", for instance, retains the same melody from the original, but is otherwise completely unrecognisable. Whereas Virtua Fighter 2's "Fisherman of the Seven Seas" featured quite impacting rock music, its Virtua Fighter Kids counterpart is laidback and tropical. The melody isn't as central in the arrangement, but nevertheless adds a catchy hook to the composition, while the eventual solos ensure it isn't too repetitive.

Despite the youthful approach, there is still a decent amount of stylistic diversity in the soundtrack. There are still tracks inspired by traditional Asian music such as "Pai" and "Shun", as well as more rock-influenced tracks such as "Jacky" and "Lion". However, everything is greatly toned down to fit the game despite the core elements being there. This approach can often be refreshing, resulting in colours and emotions that wouldn't normally be found in a fighting game soundtrack. A particular favourite of mine is "Dural", a mellow and organic theme that reminds me of days of youth.

There are some extras featured on the soundtrack. "We Are Virtua Fighter Kids", used in an advertising movie, prepares listeners for the light, pop-influenced sound for the game. There are also a range of ending themes used for each character. The majority of these are one minute jingles, so aren't particularly fulfilling for stand-alone listening; they nevertheless round off the individual stories and a few like Pai's are especially charming. The album is rounded off by two short but sweet arrangements of Virtua Fighter 2's "Moment of Eternity" and "Afterimage".

Summary

It is astonishing that Virtua Fighter Kids and Virtua Fighter 2 largely share the same thematic material. Though the melodies are clearly conserved in both, they're used to create completely different tones and styles. The transformations here are quite impressive, since they flawlessly match the scenario of the game while still making effective use of the melody. That said, the music isn't the most interesting or deep in terms of stand-alone listening, despite its charming moments. While good for a few spins on the CD Player, it is debatable whether it is worth the considerable pricetag.



Album
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Music in game
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Game
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Charles Szczygiel

Composition:
Takayuki Nakamura (1-3, 14, 20)
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Takayuki Nakamura (4, 7-10, 15, 27)
Maki Morrow (5, 6, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26)
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (11, 13, 17, 23, 25, 28)
Maki Morrow, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Takayuki Nakamura (12)

Arrangement:
Takayuki Nakamura (1-5, 9-12, 15, 20)
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Takayuki Nakamura (6, 13)
Maki Morrow, Takayuki Nakamura (7, 14)
Maki Morrow (16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26)
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (17, 23, 25, 27, 28)

Director & Manipulator:
2~15 - Takayuki Nakamura
1+16~28 - Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

Recording Engineer:
2~15 -
1+16~28 - Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

Director
Makoto Osaki

Main Programmer
Takayuki Yamaguchi

Programmers
Isawaki Takashi
Takeshi Matsuda
Norihiro Sekine
Takeshi Iwasaki

Main Designer
Ryoye Yui

Designers
Saori Nishikawa
Masumi Uchida

Sound Composers
Takayuki Nakamura
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Maki Morrow

Special Thanks
Takako Kawaguchi
Masahiro Sugiyama
Wateru Kawashima
Hiroki Iwasaki
Yu Suzuki
Album was composed by Maki Morrow / Takayuki Nakamura / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and was released on September 26, 1996. Soundtrack consists of 28 tracks tracks with duration over about 55 minutes. Album was released by Futureland.

CD 1

1
We are Virtua Fighter KIDS (Advertise Movie)
02:01
2
Selector
00:38
3
Lau
03:07
4
Sarah
03:24
5
Shun
03:24
6
Pai
03:19
7
Lion
03:04
8
Jeffry
03:09
9
Kage
03:16
10
Jacky
03:16
11
Wolf
03:15
12
Akira
03:32
13
Chicago
02:41
14
Dural
03:18
15
Moment of Eternity ~ KIDS Version
00:48
16
Lau ~ Ending Movie
00:59
17
Sarah ~ Ending Movie
00:44
18
Shun ~ Ending Movie
01:02
19
Pai ~ Ending Movie
00:46
20
Lion ~ Ending Movie
00:46
21
Jeffry ~ Ending Movie
00:54
22
Kage ~ Ending Movie
00:59
23
Jacky ~ Ending Movie
00:54
24
Wolf ~ Ending Movie
01:00
25
Akira ~ Ending Movie
00:45
26
Dural ~ Ending Movie
00:47
27
Advice
00:56
28
Afterimage ~ KIDS Version
00:39
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