1. Jeuno --Starlight Celebration (Final Fantasy IX) 2. CAPTAIN SQUARE~星屑のキャプテン / X'mas Edit (Live A Live) 3. ゴールドソーサー~空駆けるハイ?インド / X'mas Edit (Final Fantasy VII) 4. 魔法都市ジオ / X'mas Edit (Legend of Mana) 5. 風の憧憬 / X'mas Edit (Chrono Trigger) 6. Botshaft / Post Production Mitsuto Suzuki Mix (SaGa Frontier II)
7. チョコボのハッピークリスマス (Chocobo)
PURCHASE THROUGH AMAZON JAPANThis is one of the most interesting, and possibly one of the most bizarre, Christmas releases of 2010. Honestly, one of my prime motivations for putting up an International page was so that I could feature this Japanese release.
Square Enix, for those of us who don't know, is the company behind a whole host of console role-playing games (CRPG) and franchises, like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. There is an entire universe of adolescents and adults absolutely devoted to these games. I see commercials for some of these things and hear stories about lines around the block at Midnight and wonder, "what's all this about then?" I peaked out at Pac Man, personally.
Now I'm told that Western (US) games and Eastern (Asia) games are completely different, but I don't know anything about that. What I do know something about is Christmas music. The selections on this CD from Square Enix are Christmas adaptations of CRPG theme music. And, judging from the samples put up on YouTube, there are few finer examples of how Christmas music from far away lands can sound "so different and new and yet somehow so familiar." Check it. This is track 7, which I'm told translates to "Happy Christmas", adapted from the theme to the CRPG Chocobo.
Awesome, isn't it?
"Xmas Collections, Music from Square Enix" drops in Japan on November 24. Due to the high import costs and all, I doubt I'll be picking this one up anytime soon. But I know it's out there. And I'm going to get it, eventually. Here's another clip, adapted from the game Chrono Trigger. This one supposedly translates as "Yearnings Of The Wind".