Anime Soundtrack Review: His and Her Circumstances Act 2.0

His and Her Circumstances Act 2.0 is a soundtrack CD for the His and Her Circumstances television anime series that was released in North America by Geneon in 2005. There are a total of 25 tracks on the CD.

His and Her Circumstances Act 2.0
Publisher: Geneon
Release Date: November 1, 2005

The disc opens with “AVAN Title,” which is the 10 second piece of music that plays while the disclaimers before the opening credits is on the screen. This is followed by the TV version of “An Angel’s Promise,” the opening theme song for the His and Her Circumstances anime series. While I appreciated getting to hear the full version of the song on the first disc of this set, I also appreciate being able to hear the version of the song that I’m familiar with from the television series.

“Unopposed Advance” is an upbeat instrumental track, which sounds vaguely familiar from watching the anime series. “Putting the Cart Before the Horse (Slow)” is a slower version of the song; the original version of this song appears on the His and Her Circumstances 1.0 CD. Personally, I think both versions of this song sound good and work well for the series.

“Absolute Jubilance” is a slower song, which is kind of surprising to me, since I would associate a more uptempo track with jubilance. This is another song that sounds vaguely familiar from the series. “Yukino Miyazawa IV (Piano)” is another theme for Yukino, but this one focuses primarily on piano. This is a song that doesn’t sound recognizable to me.

“Into a Dream V (Strings)” is a version of the series’ ending theme song that is performed with strings. “Yukino Miyazawa V (Slow)” is a slower theme for Yukino, and it’s another one that’s not instantly recognizable to me as I’m listening to it.

“Yukino VI” is a more upbeat theme, and it almost sounds like a march; I’m thinking this is a variation of “Yukino Miyazawa II (March),” a track that appeared on the His and Her Circumstances Act 1.0 CD. “Groping in the Dark” is a slower piece, and I believe I know where in the series this piece would have appeared at.

“S.O.S. (ON AIR Version)” is a cover of a song by the 1970s Japanese pop duo, Pink Lady, that was recorded by the seiyuu who provide the voices for Yukino’s sisters. This recording is exactly what was heard in the episode, which means it’s not a recording of the entire song. I’m glad to finally have a copy of this on CD, even if it isn’t the full song.

“Taking It Easy” is a song that sounds like a slower jazz piece; unfortunately, I can’t say that this track is easily recognizable to me. It’s a good track, though, even if I don’t recognize it from the series. “Into a Dream (#3)” is a slower rendition of the ending theme song, which focuses on piano but also has some other instrumentation mixed in.

“Yukino Miyazawa V (Nocturne for Strings)” seems to be a version of “Yukino Miyazawa (Nocturne)” that is a string-based theme instead of a piano-based one. “Running About in Confusion” is a classic background piece from the series, usually heard when characters are rushing around in confusion. This piece also picks the tempo of the soundtrack back up.

“Flying Clouds and Flowing Water” is another slower piece. This piece does sound vaguely familiar, but I can’t place where exactly in the series that it shows up. “Into a Dream IV” is an upbeat instrumental version of the ending theme song for His and Her Circumstances. “Extreme Astonishment” is a piece I recognize from the series, and it’s got a strong jazz feel to it.

“Sudden Change” has a strong percussion emphasis, especially on the bongo drums. It’s an upbeat track that sounds good, but I have to admit that I don’t remember where this appeared in the series. “A Lonely Figure (Slow Serene)” slows the soundtrack back down, and it’s a piano-based piece. Again, I have to admit that I’m not recognizing this one right away.

“Man-monster Bem” is a short piece with vocals, and I know where this comes from. Unfortunately, this has to be my least favorite track on this CD. “Yukino Miyazawa V (Nocturne for Piano)” is yet another theme for Yukino. However, this track confuses me since the “Yukino Miyazawa V (Nocturne)” on the first CD was already piano-based, so I’m not entirely sure what the difference between these two tracks are.

“Treasure Every Meeting (Slow)” is a slower version of a song that appeared on the His and Her Circumstances Act 1.0 soundtrack CD. “Clear Oneself of the Charge” picks the pace of the soundtrack back up, but I have to admit that this track only sounds slightly familiar to me. The final track is the TV version of “In a Dream”; while it nice to get to hear the full version on the first CD, it’s also nice to be able to hear the version I know from the TV series on CD.

His and Her Circumstances Act 2.0 has some good songs on it, but I have to admit that I don’t find it to be as strong as His and Her Circumstances Act 1.0. I think this is due to a combination of factors: I didn’t instantly recognize as many of the songs on this CD, and the CD tends to focus more on the slower songs than on having a varied mix of sounds and tempos. That’s not to say that this is a bad CD, it’s just that to me, it’s not quite as strong as the first soundtrack was.

If you’re a fan of His and Her Circumstances, then this CD would be worth adding to your collection; however, it should be noted that this CD 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 His and Her Circumstances Act 2.0 that my husband and I purchased.

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One comment

  1. lazyusagi · August 25, 2013

    Love that anime!

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