The Resonance of Eorzea

Friday, November 11, 2016

Anticipating my beloved FFXV; and playing SAO Hollow Realization while I wait...

Indeed.  And lots of videos posted below.

For starters, you guys will notice that I've yet again changed the blog's background music.   Its the FFXV original sound track that plays when you are in the Ascension Tree main menu.  I highly recommend listening to it with your headphones so that you can truly appreciate all the resonating nuances of the song... epic.

Some of you will remember that the core reason I have maintained the songs on this blog (with the continuous playlist) is because a close childhood friend of mine used several of these songs to recover to full health.

Back then, she would read FFXIV news from here right on her hospital bed...and she loved the playlist;  so till this day, I keep the songs playing.  In the past, various readers have commented on several awesome new suggestions of sounds and its been a pleasure adding them (yeah I still listen to everything from every continent, tribe, language and culture).

And now since my excitement for FFXV is reaching its zenith, I have added one of the best tracks on the game I heard from the demo at TGS in September (not sure if Yoko Shimomura personally composed this one but she is on the team doing the OST for FFXV).   But before that, let me also swiftly toss in the new Audi commercial for Noctis' epic R8...(and yes, it is for sale and it's now a real thing)...




And the lovely soundtrack for the Ascension Skill tree menu... (huge thanks to Belzifer and Zanar Aesthetics for uploading; I had been searching for a crystal clear version for a couple months).   Again, I highly recommend listening to it with your headphones...its a hell of a composition...




And up next are several screenshots of my current play through of SAO: Hollow Realization (which I'm thoroughly enjoying, by the way):


















































































































Moving along, I also wanted to answer Jin's email regarding which awesome Japanese songs I've been listening to recently (and to post them onto my blog).  Request granted my friend... and thanks again for everything at Kyoto.

Right now, I've gone back to listening to some of the great music from as far back as 2001 to 2008.  This includes some of of the following (huge gratitude to the various people who uploaded these on their youtube channels):

First up, Gackt, and his December Love Song... its a song that he made for the world around late 2001 after his travels to less privileged areas around the planet and after the 9-11 attacks in New York (which is where he actually filmed the video with his close friend and band mate You).   Ever since then, he has had my full and utter respect...



Then I also pulled out Takanori "TM Revolution" of Abingdon Boys School recently from my playlist of 2007...



I always particularly liked this next one they did in late 2009 or early 2010... it was the opening theme for one of my favourite anime "Darker than Black"



And of course, I can't listen to Abingdon Boys School without playing Howling, Innocent Sorrow and (one of my favourites)...Nephilim, which was the theme for "Folklore", another of my favourite games on the PS3


Abingdon Boys School Nephilim Live 2008 by Eternal_Arcadia

And then when I need to meditate or think, I still listen to Lost Butterfly by Rurutia (readers will remember that I posted this up on my blog back in September 2009).  Her voice is just so soothing...




Then another superb voice I listen to is Tielle.  One example of her songs is "Into the Sky" the opening theme for Gundam RE:0096.  Timeline is much more recent (2015) and although it's sang by Tielle from Aimer it is actually composed by the great  Hiroyuki Sawano...



Speaking of other great compositions by Hiroyuki Sawano, I also have the ones he did for the anime Aldnoah...



Which reminds me... I still don't know who did the ending theme for Aldnoah's season one (see below) so let me know if you guys find out...



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  • Critical analysis of what could be better on FFXIV
  • Respond to readers emails and answer questions on which JP songs you're currently listening to
  • Update links to FFXIV guides for new players



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Geeze... now I'm exhausted.  At least I've now made up for the extended draught from not posting often.   As always everyone, please remember that all the official videos, songs and images from SquareEnix were used here strictly for fan purposes; and all the products, system names, music and/or company logos remain the registered trademarks of FFXV, FFXIV and Square Enix.  Copyright (C) 2010-2016 SQUARE ENIX CO. LTD. All Rights Reserved.