Anime Soundtrack Review: Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact

Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact is a soundtrack CD for the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series that was released in North America by Geneon in 2004.

Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact
Publisher: Geneon
Release Date: September 7, 2004

There are a total of 11 tracks on the CD; six of the tracks are from the television series, two of the tracks come from the Death & Rebirth film, and the remaining three come from The End of Evangelion film.

The disc opens with “Angel Attack,” which is a memorable piece of background music for listeners who are familiar with the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. This is the piece that plays in the background when an Angel is attacking.

Next is “A Cruel Amgel’s Thesis,” which is the opening credits song for Neon Genesis Evangelion; however, the version included on this CD is the “Director’s Edit” and not the version that appears in the opening credits. This is a very classic anime opening theme song, and it was nice to get to hear more of the song than what appears in the opening credits.

“Decisive Battle” is another classic background music piece from the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series. I can easily picture the EVAs taking off and going into battle when I hear this track.

“Fly Me to the Moon” is a classic jazz standard that was covered in order to be used at the ending theme song for the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series. Since there was a different version of the song at the end of each episode, only one version was used on this CD release. If I remember correctly, the version of “Fly Me to the Moon” was used early on in Neon Genesis Evangelion’s run.

“Thanatos” is a slower piece of background music from Neon Genesis Evangelion. If I recall correctly, this is a piece that appeared in the background during some of the more serious and emotional scenes of the series.

“Kanon D-dur (Strings Orchestra)” is one of the tracks on this CD that comes from the Death & Rebirth film. This is a famous classical piece that was used in the film.

“SOUL’S REFRAIN” is the theme song for the Death & Rebirth film. This is a decent song, but to me, isn’t one of the more memorable theme songs from the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise.

“II Air [ORCHESTRAL SUITE No. 3 in D Major, BMW, 1068]” is another famous classical piece, and it appears in The End of Evangelion.

“THANATOS – IF I CAN’T BE YOURS –“ was used in the end credits and the credits to episode 25 in The End of Evangelion. This may share a name with a background piece that appeared in the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series, but they really don’t sound anything alike. This track has more a jazz feel than the background track known as “Thanatos.”

“Komm, susser Tod” translates into “Come, Sweet Death” in English. This song appears in The End of the Evangelion film during the beginning of the Human Instrumentality Project. Hideaki Anno wrote the original Japanese lyrics for this song, and it was adapted into English by Mike Wyzgowski. When watching The End of Evangelion, the sound of the song just sounds wrong when you realize it’s playing while the end of the world is taking place. The lyrics work, but the sonic sound just seems a little too happy for what’s going on; the dichotomy of the visuals and the music really makes the viewer take notice of this scene. I still enjoy this song, though, even if it is the longest song on the CD.

“Jesus bleibet meine Freude” is the background music of the ending song from episode 26 of the television series, “Take care of yourself.” This track was used on the video, LD, and DVD release of the series. This is another classical piece.

There’s quite a variety of sounds and styles that appear on this disc, although the latter half of the CD seems to focus more on the classical pieces and the slower songs. Sometimes the changes can be a little jarring, but considering how varied the music was that appeared in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, this really can’t be helped.

Admittedly, Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact is nowhere near a complete collection of music from the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, so this CD probably won’t hold much appeal to die-hard fans of the franchise. However, if you’re a more casual fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion, then this CD should provide you with most of the songs from the franchise that you would know and be interested in. It makes for a nice overview of the music from the franchise, at the very least.

However, it should be noted that Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact is now out of print. If you’d like to add this soundtrack CD to your music collection, then I would suggest checking out websites and brick and mortar stores that sell used CDs and see if you can find a good deal for this release.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of Evangelion: The Day of Second Impact that my husband and I purchased.

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