Much like how the sweeping epics~ of the beloved Final Fantasy series have grown, so have their musical♪ counterparts…ranging in a variety of emotions~* complementing this series so perfectly..all the while remaining true to its epic form~.
Sugawara Sayuri follows in the footsteps of Faye Wong, Shiratori Emiko, Aoki Mayuko and Angela Aki in laying her vocals to such a beautifully written song which swishes~* in rich and alluring orchestrations and while the Japanese release is just over a week old in its release, the included pv~ with her first press edition provides visuals aplenty to whet the appetite of those earnestly awaiting FFXIII's release in international markets. The first pressing also include a mini FFXIII sticker (photographed to the left)~.
While Suguwara Sayuri is a new vocalist to me, you can immediately hear why she was chosen to represent the musical headline for such a prestigious project~ as she possesses a deep and rich voice which resonates characteristics reserved for those of music's upper echelon of fine nuances~. "Kimi ga iru kara" is so so much a *beautiful~* song o(*´∀｀)o゛♥♥♥！！
The accompanying visuals…the CGs…even in~game screen play all work harmoniously together in the music clip which is more of a representation of the game itself as the theme song "Kimi ga iru kara" runs lightly in the background throughout under the narration of the sights and sounds of what looks to be another amazing FF chapter in RPG heaven~♥.
With just a few listens to the new theme song you readily feel a sense of the emotions instilled and what perhaps the new saga will journey us through~ and as with past FF themes after hours upon hours of game~play♥ it becomes inevitable and in the very same sense as with t.v. dramas that these theme songs truly become seamless to the entire experience as their very notes and lyrics begin to take on a life of their very own….reaching deep into your most nostalgic of memories even so, long after the series or game are finished~♥.
The first coupling with track "Eternal Love" is noted to be a "Sounyuu uta" ("insert song") and I imagine its role will be realized deep into the storyline where the character's bonds and story~lines become so intertwined together that its aura will be most prolific~. "Eternal Love"'s slow sweeping R&B lullaby persona very much shows how the series has modernized itself to this point~ that being said I somewhat still long for the styling~s of "Eyes on me" as sweet~* as this track truly is ＾ ＾。Another departure from the series' past is the writing of separate theme songs for the English and Japanese releases of FFXIII, whereas in the past and as was such the case with Shiratori Emiko's "Melodies of Life"…both domestic and international releases enjoyed the employment of the very same track with language being the only alteration…..in that of "nihongo" and "eigo" versions both being available~. I do hope that its English counterpart is just as *pretty~*! (*´∀｀*)♥
The second "coupling" with track was such a sweet♥ surprise as it's an absolutely *pretty~* Christmas song~!! I now wish I had received this single just a bit earlier…..although I will be listening to Christmas music♪ at least into the first week of the New Year~*. Shhhh….it's a *secret* ( ﾟ∀(・－・)！