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FATE/ZERO Original Sound Track I (Blu-ray Disc Box I)

FATE/ZERO Original Sound Track I

Yuki Kajiura
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2012
24
47:17
Included in Fate/Zero Blu-ray Disc Box I

FATE/ZERO Original Sound Track II (Blu-ray Disc Box II)

FATE/ZERO Original Sound Track II

Yuki Kajiura
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2012
32
70:37
Included in Fate/Zero Blu-ray Disc Box II

REVIEW

Fate/Zero (ENGLISH)

Fate/Zero (Yuki Kajiura). Fate/Zero's story begins in a moment in which the spectator can get a bit lost among so many characters divided between Masters, Servants and other secondary characters. The Masters are the persons chosen to take part in the competition called Holy Grail War, whereas the Servants are the reincarnation of Heroic Spirits of big warriors of passed eras, invoked across the Holy Grail, who are at the service of the Masters and that are used by them to fight the battles in search of the victory over the rest of participants.

From the first moment, Fate/Zero gives the sensation that begins from an intermediate point of the story, since this one does not part from zero and that there are many details that the spectator doesn't know. Not for nothing Fate/Zero narrates the battles during the Fourth Holy Grail War. The Master whose Servant turns out the winner will reach the Holy Grail and will be able to ask for any desire he wants. With the ambitions of the seven Masters implied to obtain the Grail, plus the personal ambitions of the Heroic Spirits invoked, and adorned with the varied battle skills of the Servants of the different classes (Saber, Lancer, Archer, Rider, Caster, Assassin and Berserker), a deep, varied and entertaining soundtrack is interwoven, with a main theme as simple as epic, probably used in excess, but what welcome excess! The choirs used for the battles add an epic and very spectacular exciting, which finally makes doing for Yuki Kajiura's music a very interesting soundtrack to listen separately from the anime series.

If there is something that characterizes the anime genre is the aptitude to involve the spectator in a drama, suspense or adventure raised up to the maximum degree from the first moment, being almost inevitable if wants to plan a complete story in scarcely 25 chapters. And to obtain it, Yuki Kajiura demonstrates a good versatility of musical moments, from the epics Point Zero and on the battlefield, passing for the versions for sad moments of grief, if you leave and the dream fades before dawn #3, moments of action (let the stars fall down, evacuation and army of the king), drama (the battle to come), cinematic moments (you are my king), besides atmospheric themes (nervous, in a nightmare, the latter with a few really evocative choirs), of irremediable tension (confrontation), entertained (painful #2, she's just in time), of oxygenating transition (the legend, days gone by) and even with a jazz touch (a man in black). The combination of all these genres in so short lapse of time makes savor much more each musical thematic, even the a priori less attractive ones, due that the intersperse and the variety of all of them does that none turns out to be inconveniently repetitive.

Probably, the most dissonant part of the story is the one that narrates the childhood of the character of Kiritsugu Emiya in Alimango's island, and that coincides with the plot line of the series that leaves the pure argument of the Fourth Holy Grail War. Though it is a plot interesting line, with the death of Kiritsugu's father killed by his own son and the beginning of his career as mercenary, it clarifies that the series was capable to explain more in depth the origins of almost all the Masters and Servants, though, finally, this license is only allowed with this character, surely for turning into the surviving Master, beyond showing brief flashbacks of some of the other characters.

A content that one miss in the soundtrack are the openings and endings that every anime always exploits. Fate/Zero includes 2 of every, but only in the last track of the second album, silver moon, the second opening of the series is evoked, titled "to the beginning" and performed by Kalafina.

The great soundtrack of Fate/Zero has not been commercialized as simple album release or digital download, but it has been included as an extra inside the Blu-ray boxes that contain the complete series of the editions commercialized in Japan and USA, an authentic pity in view of its high composition level that, undoubtedly, is one of the strong points of the Fate/Zero anime series.

Fate/Zero (ESPAÑOL)

Fate/Zero (Yuki Kajiura). La historia de Fate/Zero comienza en un momento en el que el espectador puede perderse un poco entre tantos personajes, divididos entre Masters, Servants y demás personajes secundarios. Los Masters son las personas elegidas para participar en la competición llamada Guerra del Santo Grial, mientras que los Servants son la reencarnación de los Espíritus Heroicos de grandes guerreros del pasado, invocados a través del Santo Grial, que están al servicio de los Masters y que son utilizados por éstos últimos para librar las batallas en busca de la victoria sobre el resto de participantes.

Desde el primer momento da la sensación de que Fate/Zero comienza desde un punto intermedio de la historia, ya que ésta no parte de cero, además de existir muchos detalles que el espectador desconoce. No en vano Fate/Zero narra las batallas durante la Cuarta Guerra del Santo Grial. El Master cuyo Servant resulte vencedor alcanzará el Santo Grial y podrá ver concedido cualquier deseo. Con las ambiciones de los siete Master implicados para conseguir el Grial, más de las ambiciones personales de los Espíritus Heroicos invocados, y aderezado con las variadas habilidades de batalla de las distintas clases de Servants (Saber, Lancer, Archer, Rider, Caster, Assassin y Berserker), se entreteje una banda sonora profunda, variada y entretenida, con un tema principal tan simple cómo épico, quizás utilizado en exceso, ¡pero qué bienvenido exceso! Los coros usados para las batallas confieren una épica y espectacularidad emocionantes, lo que termina por hacer de la música de Yuki Kajiura una banda sonora muy interesante para escuchar separadamente del anime.

Si algo caracteriza al género anime es la capacidad de involucrar al espectador en un drama, suspense o aventura elevado al grado máximo desde el primer momento, siendo ello casi inevitable si se quiere trazar una historia completa en apenas 25 capítulos. Y para conseguirlo, Yuki Kajiura demuestra una buena versatilidad de momentos musicales, desde los épicos Point Zero y on the battlefield, pasando por las versiones para momentos tristes de grief, if you leave y the dream fades before dawn #3, momentos de acción (let the stars fall down, evacuation y army of the king), drama (the battle to come), momentos cinemáticos (you are my king), además de temas atmosféricos (nervous, in a nightmare, éste último con unos coros realmente evocadores), de irremediable tensión (confrontation), divertidos (painful #2, she's just in time), de oxigenante transición (the legend, days gone by) y hasta con un toque de jazz (a man in black). La combinación de todos estos géneros en tan corto espacio de tiempo hace saborear mucho más cada una de las temáticas, incluso las a priori menos atractivas, dado que el entrelazado y la variedad de todas ellas hace que ninguna resulte incómodamente repetitiva.

Quizás la parte más disonante de la historia es la que narra la infancia del personaje de Kiritsugu Emiya en la isla de Alimango, y que coincide con la línea argumental de la serie que se sale del argumento puro sobre la Cuarta Guerra del Santo Grial. Aunque es una línea argumental interesante, con la muerte del padre de Kiritsugu a manos de su propio hijo y el inicio de su carrera como mercenario, deja claro que la serie daba para explicar más en profundidad los orígenes de casi todos los Masters y Servants, aunque, finalmente, tan solo se permite esta licencia con este personaje, seguramente por convertirse en el Master superviviente, más allá de mostrar breves flashbacks de algunos de los demás personajes.

Un contenido que se echa en falta en la banda sonora son los openings y endings que todo anime siempre explota. Fate/Zero incluye 2 de cada, pero tan solo en la última pista del segundo álbum, silver moon, se adivina el segundo opening de la serie, titulado "to the beginning" e interpretado por Kalafina.

La gran banda sonora de Fate/Zero no se ha comercializado tal cual como CD o descarga digital, pero ha sido incluida como un extra dentro de las cajas Blu-ray que contienen la serie completa de las ediciones comercializadas en Japón y EE.UU., una auténtica lástima dado su elevado nivel compositivo que, sin duda, es uno de los puntos fuertes del anime.

TRACK LISTINGS
FATE/ZERO Original Sound Track I
2012
Total Time: 47:17
Label:
Included in Fate/Zero Blu-ray Disc Box I
  1. Point Zero (3:46)
  2. let the stars fall down (2:03)
  3. grief (1:53)
  4. nervous (1:16)
  5. confrontation (1:43)
  6. the battle is to the strong (3:04)
  7. evacuation (2:00)
  8. the legend (2:04)
  9. little drop of peace (1:58)
  10. the beginning of the end (3:04)
  11. if you leave (2:11)
  12. rabble-rousers (1:35)
  13. strategy (1:52)
  14. unrest (1:23)
  15. back to the wall (1:34)
  16. secret maneuvers (1:58)
  17. an eerie enemy (1:36)
  18. assassin (2:38)
  19. a chaser (1:41)
  20. to be continued (0:15)
  21. painful (1:53)
  22. rule the battlefield (3:16)
  23. forebodings (0:44)
  24. tragedy and fate (1:50)
FATE/ZERO Original Sound Track II
2013
Total Time: 70:37
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Included in Fate/Zero Blu-ray Disc Box II
  1. fate to zero (3:02)
  2. for him (0:39)
  3. army of the king (2:13)
  4. curse (2:24)
  5. dogfight (3:13)
  6. the sword of promised victory ~Fate/Zero ver. (2:05)
  7. Babylonia (1:55)
  8. on the battlefield (2:21)
  9. betrayer (1:42)
  10. you are my king (2:37)
  11. at peace (1:33)
  12. little star (2:41)
  13. in a nightmare (1:53)
  14. a man in black (2:44)
  15. painful #2 (1:34)
  16. dogfight #2 (1:35)
  17. the battle to come (2:50)
  18. on an island (2:21)
  19. burning village (1:52)
  20. I will (1:32)
  21. in a foreign town (1:22)
  22. she's just in time (0:46)
  23. days gone by (4:20)
  24. mission (2:46)
  25. mission #2 (2:57)
  26. the dream fades before dawn (1:28)
  27. the dream fades before dawn #2 (0:47)
  28. tender moment (1:17)
  29. this day, and never again (3:32)
  30. the dream fades before dawn #3 (3:34)
  31. the world is tumbling down (2:47)
  32. silver moon (2:15)
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