Clock, Municipal Orrery
Tokei Toshi Oruroi
Clock, Municipal Orrery
Kakumei Utena Original Soundtrack 3
Catalog (KICA) Number(s): KICA-387
Release Date: 1-1-98 (January 1st, 1998)
Released by: KING Records Co., Ltd.
generous thirty-three tracks of this CD cover the background
music and duel choruses of the Akio and Apocalypse
arcs. Soundtrack three marks the end of the series arc specific
soundtracks, and covers BOTH the Akio Arc and Apocalypse
Arc, instead of there being seperate CDs and BGM for
them. It features the TV size version "Virtual
Star Embryology". Also featured here are two
duel choruses from the Utena Sega Saturn video game.
("Gertsen's Head" and "The Inversion
of Me and My Room") There are NO versions of
Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse, so don't get your hopes
up! Also, do remember, the last Seazer piece in the
show, "Missing Link", is not on this CD.
It's on soundtrack four.
01. Poison (1:17)
02. I Am An Imaginary Living Body (3:17) (TRANSLATION)
03. Morning Lyrical (1:21)
04. Victory (2:07)
05. Evergreen Memory (1:18)
06. Nova (1:12)
07. Virtual Star Embryology (duel chorus) (1:50)
08. Pessimism (2:38)
09. Possession (1:36)
10. Bluebeard (1:10)
11. An Immortal Emperor in a Mundane Universe (2:27)
12. Tenderness (2:07)
13. Campus Dandy (2:04)
14. Temptation (1:30)
15. The Angel Androgynous (3:49) (TRANSLATION)
16. Suspicion (1:22)
17. I Am All the Mysteries in Creation (3:14) (TRANSLATION)
18. Aphrodite Scat (1:57)
19. Ambition (1:19)
20. Alien Girl (2:04)
21. The Natural Compatriots' Palace Perspective Book (2:39)
22. Akio Car (2:05)
23. Picaresque (1:58)
24. Allegory, Allegorier, Allegoriest (3:59) (TRANSLATION)
25. Orpheus (1:15)
26. Shine (2:10)
27. Internal Clock, Municipal Orrery (3:53) (TRANSLATION)*
28. Rose & Release [Bonus Track] (1:34)
29. Eye Catcher-A (0:12)
30. Gertsen's Head (1:14) (TRANSLATION)
31. The Inversion of Me and My Room (1:18)(TRANSLATION)
32. Virtual Star Embryology (TV Size) (1:20)
33. Eye Catcher-B (0:14)
* For those interested in the interpretation of Internal Clock, Julie Kersten contacted me to point out something very interesting: the lyrics appear to refer to a specific place! Read on here.
Score: 8.5 of 10
Buy soundtrack two for the background music,
buy soundtrack three for the duel choruses. The Akio and Apocalypse
Arcs far outshine the earlier episodes in horrible psychological
dramatic weight, and it shows in the duel choruses.
While not everyone's bag, I don't imagine a lot of people
listen to the duel choruses for their perky, uplifting,
life-affirming enthusiasm anyway. The duel choruses
on this CD are blessedly much longer than their predecessors.
They actually feel like full songs.
"I Am An Imaginary
Living Body" and "I Am All the Mysteries in
Creation" are with good reason the most popular
choruses here, though it's hard to ignore that Mikage
and Juri, the duels they complement, are just plain
popular characters. My personal favorite is, yes, "Internal
Clock, Municipal Orrery". In my defense, I owned
this CD before I even saw the second half of the Black
Rose Saga, and I had no idea the song had anything to
do with Akio. I'm serious, please believe me!!
"Virtual Star Embryology",
the duel version, is on this CD, and way too ignored
for my tastes—the song is both a duel and the
closing theme for a reason. Also on this CD are two
duel choruses written for the Sega Saturn video game:
"Gertzen's Head" and "The Inversion of
Me and My Room", which manage to defy all laws
of physics by being even shorter than the Black Rose
duels. The latter is quite catchy despite this.
While not soundtrack two, there's some
great background music here as well. "Poison" is, I can
tell you from personal experience, the best way to get
skeptics to watch Utena. Nothing says 'CHECK OUT THIS
SERIES' like moaning and sighing and a minor hint at
the 'family bonding' the track accompanies. The other
notoriously naughty track, "Akio Car", is
really more jazzy than porny—now "Picaresque"...that
there's some real porn music. Too bad I haven't the
foggiest where in the series it's played. "Nova"
and "Orpheus" are both renditions of the original
"Legend - The God's Name is Abraxas" from
soundtrack one. (The student council music.) In order of release,
each gets creepier than the last, though "Nova"
is my favorite, since by "Orpheus" the music
is organ-slurred beyond repair. Also here is the absolutely,
totally, wildly popular "Rose and Release",
a techno-beat hummed version of "Rinbu Revolution"
which is somehow even catchier than the original.
This is definitely one of the
must haves. If only so that just once, and only once,
you can blast "Akio Car" in your beat up,
broke-ass college student clunker that hasn't gone 'vroom'
in thirty years.