Tenchi Muyo! in Love 2 Original Soundtrack
Perhaps one of the most popular series to date, Tenchi Muyo has certainly gone far. Fans have watched Tenchi and his misfit family from space for years now, following them through series, OVAs and movies, all of which cumulates in the last of the Tenchi movies, Tenchi Muyo in Love 2. I found the film to be especially in-depth and engaging, and I absolutely loved the music, thus purchasing the soundtrack. The Tenchi Muyo in Love 2 Original Soundtrack contains all of the music present in the movie, and I found it to be refreshing, sublime and true to the film.
The CD begins with 'Kanashii Keifu No Hajimari (Prelude),' a soft opening to the whole experience. Harps herald this start, giving a peaceful, dreamy feel to the album. I used to put on headphones, play this piece and let the music take me away from life for a while. This piece is followed by 'Tsubaki No Kioku (Camille),' which continues the use of harps, but adds in two guitars that fuel the rhythm of the song before an orchestra comes in. Grand but not overtly-so, the song has a French tone to it, especially when the accordion begins its solo. I think of it as very tranquil, very romantic. 'Sousaku No Hibi' brings in voices that make up the rhythm of the song. It accompanies a melody that's idyllic in nature. 'Ijigen (Lazy World)' is similar to the previous track, except a guitar is present, and the whole tune becomes... lazier. Imagine a quiet afternoon in the sun. The fifth track, 'Yume No Shouzou (Portrait of Haruna),' is a short piece that has harps playing the same tune as the two previous songs.
'Hisshi No Sousaku' quickens the pace entirely. Lasting a minute, the drums beat repetively to signal Ryoko's and Aeka's frantic search for Tenchi. This is followed by 'Tsubaki No Ihen, Curui-Zaki,' a lovely string piece that flows very well. The composition is well-arranged, feeling to be almost mischievous. Then comes 'Kanojo No Kanashimi,' and as the name suggests, is a sorrowful tune involving an oboe and harps. It manages to convey a proper sense of sadness, although it does become a tad too dramatic for my tastes. The short twenty-five seconds long 'Kousaku Suru Omoi' is a tangle of futuristic noises before merging flawlessly with the tenth track, 'Yubiwa'. Jazzy and groovy, this song sounds like it could belong in a bar or a similar establishment. 'Haruna Tono Hibi (Days With Haruna)' is next, where violins begin the piece, quietly but confidently, before leading into a jazz tune, with drums and bass guitar. A violin solo graces this fusion, and the effect is pretty good.
This is followed by 'Haruna Tono Hibi (Days with Haruna, Sweet Version),' an accoustic version of the preceding song. Guitars replace the violins, and suddenly the song is tranquil and sleepy. The next track is 'Youshou No Urei,' which has strings playing a tearful melody, accompanied by piano. The split in harmonies in the middle of the song could break your heart. 'Aishiau Futari' and 'Wakare No Fuan' are joined together, with the first being a piano solo and the second a mix of cello and guitar. I particularly liked the style in this one, where the sound is muffled as if it was produced a long time ago. It made the song much more dramatic and touching. The sixteenth track, 'Kanashimi No Keifu, Youshou No Kako' is sad, using music box chimes to portray this emotion.
A piece that speaks strongly to me is 'Koi No Naraku (Tartarus).' It is basically an accordion re-arrangement of the opening track. The sound it makes tells of quiet, lazy romance, of times when love was all there was and ever would be. Unfortunately, it is rather short, giving me less than two minutes of such idle fantasies before reality strikes once more. The album does just that, having reality coming back into focus with 'Kyuushutsu E!,' with frantic, pounding percussion before 'Jigen Kotei!' steps in. Similarly fast-paced, synthesizers attempt to show the danger of the situation amidst driving drums. While not really listenable, the piano solo in the middle is amazing; actually, it's more like crazy, but definitely something to hear. Track twenty, 'Hisshi No Kyuushutsu, Soresore No Omi' has a pipe-organ playing an urgent message to listeners, giving it a sufficient gothic mood, and establishing even more drama. 'Haruna No Teema (Haruna)' is Haruna's heart-breaking theme. You can actually sense the sadness that she has within and the raging emotions of this enigma. Strings, guitars, and piano all mix in a mass of sounds. However, you may find the ending sequence of this song maybe a trifle similar to another classical piece.
'Yume No Owari (Return To Their Belongs)' begins with an oboe that sings of resolution. The things that have to be done and regrets that must be thrown away are lessons that can be learnt from this song. My favorite song in the soundtrack, 'Owari... Soshite Hajimari,' is summed up in two words, simply divine. A soft piano begins this song, with a melody that tugs at the heartstrings, before letting an oboe take over. The oboe now plays the main part, while the piano accompanies. Both instruments then join together in a feast for the ears. I'll admit, this song isn't the most well-composed song in music, but for some reason, it still manages to touch me, and if you've watched the movie, this song will appeal to you even more. The feelings involved are genuine and heartfelt, which is why I love this song. Finally, the soundtrack ends with the vocal song, 'Love Song ga Kikoeru.' Sung by the accomplished songstress Anri, and accompanied by a full-orchestra, the song sings of a love that lasts forever, even after goodbye. A fine end to a great soundtrack.
The Tenchi Muyo in Love 2 Original Soundtrack is a heartfelt presentation of the Tenchi Muyo universe, determined to portray the emotions of its characters and it succeeds in that aspect. While the many songs are not particularly great by themselves, the album in its entirety should be an enjoyable experience for all.