Anime Soundtrack Review: Noein Original Soundtrack 2

Noein Original Soundtrack 2 was a soundtrack released in Japan in 2006 for the Noein: To Your Other Self television anime series. This disc contains 20 tracks; the first 18 songs are orchestral background music, while the final two tracks on the CD are the songs from the opening and closing credits. The orchestral score pieces included on these CDs are in the same league as the orchestral film scores done by such composers as John Williams. And, if I’m not mistaken, the orchestral songs on the discs are arranged in the order that they appear in the series.

Noein Orignal Soundtrack 2
Publisher: Lantis
Release Date: March 24, 2006

Several of the orchestral pieces on this disc almost sound as if they were inspired by Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. And some of the background music used in the scenes that take place in modern day Hakodate sounds as if it were inspired by Irish music; this is especially true for “Boukyou,” the opening song on this disc.

The music on this soundtrack may have been composed to be background music for the series, but many of the songs are enjoyable to listen to in their own right. I can put this CD on while I’m doing housework, and the music doesn’t simply get lost in the background as I work. Some of the songs grab my attention, even if I’m focusing on doing something else, and I have to stop what I’m doing and listen to the music. I honestly can’t say that about many other film and television score CDs.

Unfortunately, this soundtrack was only released in Japan, and no soundtrack for Noein has been released in the United States. I had to import this disc from Japan, and was fortunate enough to find a website that could still acquire it. If you enjoy the music from Noein: To Your Other Self and want to track down this CD, then I would highly recommend finding an online store that can help you import it.

Since there’s very little in the way of tracklist information for this CD that’s available online, I’m including the tracklist below:

  1. Boukyou
  2. Rakurima no Nichijou
  3. Mirai no Haruka
  4. Kinpaku no Bolero
  5. Shangri-La Futatabi
  6. Tatakai no Korateraru
  7. Shangri-La Kumikyoku
  8. Mysterious
  9. Jikuu no Hazama
  10. Karasu no Theme 2
  11. Yuu no Theme 2
  12. Itsumo no Fuukei
  13. Noein no Nozomi
  14. Yuu no Kanashimi
  15. Jikuu Senshi no Shukumei
  16. Kodomo Tachi mo Mirai
  17. Tomodachi mo Koto
  18. Mirai he no Jokyoku
  19. Idea (TV Size)
  20. Yoake no Ashioto (TV Size)

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of Noein Original Soundtrack 2 that my husband and I purchased.

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