Gachitora! ~Abarenbou Kyoushi in High School~ Original Soundtrack

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Gachitora! ~Abarenbou Kyoushi in High School~ Original Soundtrack
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Composed by Yasushi Asada
Published by noisycroak Records
Catalog number NCRS-0003
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 44 tracks
Release date June 22, 2011
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Overview

For his debut solo soundtrack, Yasushi Asada of noisycroak took on a niche PSP game developed by Spike. Fusing a variety of styles such as jazz, pop, and his trademark rock, Gachitora! -Rowdy Teacher in High School- Original Soundtrack features a large number of tracks on its single disc. When given his own title, can Asada make his mark amongst the rest of the noisycroak staff?

Body

The soundtrack opens with the militaristic beats of "Teacher." Brass leads the way for the soft melody, lending a gentle, yet pumped up attitude to the optimistic melody. These emotions are reciprocated in the aggressive "Bloodthirstiness," a track containing a gritty, grungy sound and some enjoyable electric guitar work. The curiously named "Nudeness" has a more serious tone, the interwoven synth playing a more complex melody that manages to get the heart racing. "Fighting" unfortunately spends too much time on the buildup to what amounts to a respectable if not short climax.

There is a jazz presence on the album. An amusing example is the otherwise dramatic "Yakuza," where some brass plays a silly but thoroughly fitting background role. "Charm" is dominated by the saxophone, which breathes a very interesting life into this otherwise soothing piece. "Peaceful" manages to soothe as well, despite its peppy beat, thanks to its liberal usage of smooth strings and, well, peaceful melody. The same peppy beat is found in the pop-like "Everyday," which equally manages to calm despite its general bounciness. Likewise, the jazzy piano in "Affair" is rather relaxing.

Despite the laid-back feel of the soundtrack, there are some surprisingly satisfying entries. "Shopping" is a curious synth piece that manages to encompass and rivet the listener, despite being not more than a mood-setting, almost experimental piece, while the soft piano and flute of "Mildness" work together quite magnificently in this calming piece. "Attractiveness," despite its initial cutesy sound, hides a surprisingly deep melody below its highly peppy and addictive beat, while the comical "Amusement" attempts no such complexity. "Prize" is rather quite delightful: an airy blend of synth and a pop-like beat.

The final boss theme, "Struggle," leaves a bit to be desired. It possesses a very gruff sound, more so than any other piece on the album, but doesn't feel climactic enough, instead relying on the tone to paint the track's namesake. That isn't to say that it's totally underwhelming, however, and it does fit well into the soundtrack's style. The ending theme, "Core," features the relatively deep yet rather endearing voice of SAK., and a rousing, pumping melody quite well suited to the soundtrack as a whole. The strings provide a rather excellent backdrop for the piece before the electric guitar plays a rather thrilling bridge. Overall, an expected, but nonetheless quite enjoyable theme song.

More than a plain old soundtrack release, the album ends with two arrangements. The first, "Fighting Two," receives a fuller sound bequeathed by newfound guitars. Yet despite its more evolved sound, the track still leaves much to be desired, losing its synth in favor of a grungier overall sound. "Bloodthirstiness Two" receives a more complex treatment; the piece is slowed down a notch and is fused with a more traditional Asian style to create a rather endearing ending to this album.

Summary

Yasushi Asuda is quite clearly a talented composer given his work on this album, though I can't feel that he spread himself too thin on this endeavor. A large variety of styles are touched upon, but none of them really feel sufficiently developed, with the tracks rarely lasting more than a minute and a half if that. I would really like to see a more focused album, either developing one style fully, or a longer album wherein more time is devoted to each track. What he's created here is too jumbled to truly succeed, but absolutely betraying a large source of only partially tapped potential I look forward to see come to fruition.



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Marc Friedman

Album was composed by Yasushi Asada and was released on June 22, 2011. Soundtrack consists of 44 tracks tracks with duration over . Album was released by noisycroak Records.

CD 1

1
Teacher
2
Vigilantness
3
Respite
4
Start
5
Bloodthirstiness
6
Everyday
7
Law
8
Mildness
9
Darkness
10
Strain
11
Nudeness
12
Shopping
13
Discussion
14
Complaint
15
Fighting
16
Conclusion
17
Chivalry
18
Unrest
19
Rage
20
Attractiveness
21
Ornament
22
Yakuza
23
Strain
24
Warning
25
Amusement
26
Peaceful
27
Wailing
28
Emergency
29
Competition
30
Prize
31
Temptation
32
Chase
33
Affair
34
Charm
35
Crisis
36
Confession
37
Destiny
38
Passion
39
Archenemy
40
Struggle
41
Moment
42
Core
43
Fighting Two
44
Bloodthirstiness Two
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