Engage Yourself to Me...
Toi a Mes Contes
Watashi to Engage Shite...)
Engage Yourself to Me...
Kakumei Utena Original Soundtrack 5
Catalog (KICA) Number(s): KICA-396 & KICA-397
Release Date: 4-3-98 (April 3rd, 1998)
Released by: KING Records Co., Ltd.
Soundtrack five is the only of the Utena soundtracks to have two disks. Disc
one has a load of goodies, including unreleased background music
and remixed background music, all of which have been renamed, mostly
to French titles. There are also several drama tracks
of the series cast speaking lines from the manga.
Disc two consists of tracks recorded from the first
live-action musical, though not all of the tracks
are there, most of the better ones are.This is the
hardest to find of the soundtracks, and one in high
demand, as the Son May version lacks one of the CDs.
On this CD is the special version of Absolute Destiny:
Apocalypse that is the Industrial remix from the second
arc, except there's no irritating male robot voice.
01. Act I: The Rose Signet (Drama) (1:42) (TRANSLATION)
02. The Rose Bride [nouvellé mariée] (3:14)
03. Act II: Duelists (Drama) (0:52) (TRANSLATION)
04. Faith [foi] (1:13)
05. Act III: Immoral Siblings (Drama) (0:35) (TRANSLATION)
06. Fascination [fascination] (1:16)
07. Act IV: Get Engaged... (Drama) (0:36) (TRANSLATION)
08. Ball [bal] (1:42)
09. Act V: He's in a Shower (Drama) (0:35) (TRANSLATION)
10. Chu-Chu [chouchou] (2:07)
11. Radio Show [programe de radiodiffusion] (2:26)
12. Radio Waves [ondes électriques] (1:04)
13. Act VI: Please! Haniwaccha!! (Drama) (1:27)
14. Wild Animals [animal sauvage] (1:32)
15. Act VII: Kozue's Own Miki (Drama) (0:31) (TRANSLATION)
16. Sacred Image [icône] (2:39)
17. Cross [croix] (2:43)
18. Temptation [tentation] (1:33)
19. Act VIII: Deep Azure Shadow (Drama) (2:20)
20. Promised Land [Terre promise] (1:55)
21. Hello, Baby (2:42) (TRANSLATION)
22. Scat of the Dawn (3:59) (TRANSLATION)
23. Dona Dona (3:06) (TRANSLATION)
24. Act IX: Lucifer's Trap (Drama) (1:23) (TRANSLATION)
25. Repentance [confession] (1:52)
26. Clergyman [prêtre] (1:50)
27. Atonement [rêdemption] (1:45)
28. Act X: The One to Revolutionize the World (Drama) (1:13)
29. The Forbidden Fruit [fruit défendu] (1:33)
30. Act XI: My Prince (Drama) (1:08) (TRANSLATION)
31. Kiss [baiser] (2:07)
32. Act XII: Someday, We'll Shine Together (Drama) (1:04)
33. Rose & Release (karaoke) (1:34)
34. Act XIII: Once Again You and I will... (Drama) (0:17)
01. Letters of the Rose Signet 1 (1:51)
02. Strong and Noble (3:10) (TRANSLATION)
03. I 'm Better Off Being A Prince (3:27) (TRANSLATION)
04. For the Sake of Revolutionizing the World 1 (4:52)
05. The Absolute Destiny Apocalypse 2 (1:51)
06. The Rose Bride (3:59) (TRANSLATION)
07. Shadow Play Girls 1 (2:07) (TRANSLATION)
08. Welcome 2 (3:42) (TRANSLATION)
09. Eye Catcher (0:13)
10. On the Night of the Ball (3:03) (TRANSLATION)
11. Duelist (0:39) (TRANSLATION)
12. Girls' Season (1:33) (TRANSLATION)
13. Rose with No Flower (2:53)
14. I Want You to Protect Me (2:45) (TRANSLATION)
15. Thank You for Your Love (2:41) (TRANSLATION)
16. Rinbu Revolution (TV edit) (1:34) (TRANSLATION)
Note: For your fun and pleasure, the
Notes, written by KaNNa, have also been translated
Below are my assessments of the BGM tracks. Don't quote
me on the ones I say are identical, because they might
not be. But they're very close. If I don't mention it
it's previously unreleased. Please feel free to correct
any of my errors.
Rose Bride" is an alternate version of "Revolutionary
Girl Overture" from OST 1.
is an alternate version of "Nova" on OST 3.
is an alternate version of "Fruit of the Sin"
from OST 2.
Image" is a SLIGHTLY alternative version of "Pessimism"
from OST 3.
is, as far as I can tell, identical to "Ball of
Death" from OST 2.
Land" is an alternate version of "Aphrodite
of Death" from OST 1.
Dona" is an alternate version of "Dona Dona"
from OST 2.
is an alternate version of "Confession Elevator
- Daydreaming Troublesome Insects" from OST 2.
is an alternate version of "Nemuro Memorial Hall"
from OST 2.
is an alternate version of "Eternal Secret"
from OST 2.
and Back (jacket)
and Back (without jacket)
and inside of case
(The booklet splits and is upside down in the back,
like disc 1 and disc 2 are separate booklets.)
Score: 8.0 of 10
This two disc release
has four selling points. Previously unreleased background music tracks,
remixed background music tracks from past releases, vocal drama tracks
of dialogue in the manga, and recordings of tracks from
the live Shoujo Kakumei Utena musical. Something for everyone, though
I think in most cases the selling point will be the
absolutely amazing selection of background music.
The new background music tracks are
mostly rather perky tracks. "Ball" is exactly what you'd
expect from a dance at Ohtori Academy (episode three), and
"Chu-Chu" is a happy, vaguely tropical song that earns
its name. Both "Radio Show" and "Radio Waves" are from
the radio game show Akio and the Shadow Play Girls are
playing in episode thirty-three. The later borrows its tune from
"Panorama of the Full Bloom" on soundtrack two, though you'll
hardly recognize it for the insanely sped up pace. All
three of the Nanami episode vocal tracks are here, and
only one is previously released, though it's different
here. ("Dona Dona") "Forbidden Fruit" is the 'Oh no'
music from episode nine, tense and a bit chaotic. Finally
there's "Kiss", perhaps the most popular track on this
CD, with good reason. It borrows from "Aphrodite of
Death", but manages to be a little less depressing-really
a beautiful song.
The remixed background music takes
typically the opening piano pieces and stretches them
out. This makes me very happy, since those are typically
my favorite parts of the songs. The opening piano piece
in "Revolutionary Girl Overture" (soundtrack one) is stretched
out in "The Rose Bride". "Fascination" is "Fruit of
the Sin" (soundtrack two) with only the piano. "Repentance" is
the vocal chanting in "Confession Elevator - Daydreaming
Troublesome Insects" (soundtrack two). "Clergyman" and "Atonement"
are extensions of the openings of "Nemuro Memorial Hall"
and "Eternal Secret", respectively.
Also on the first disc
are thirteen drama tracks, read from the Utena manga by
the series cast. This moves some and is totally pointless
for others, but for me it's quite fun hearing some of
the raunchier tracks. What the manga loses in flat out
perversion, it makes up for in manga's typically honest
dialogue. For example, Touga in the series wouldn't
have said this to Utena: "Don't gape at me like that...unless
you have some demands that I can attend to now, while
I'm naked." Naturally, the track Saionji is on is a
All this talk about disc
one and I haven't mentioned disc two, the live musical
tracks. Why? To be honest, I've never finished the CD.
It's just not my kind of music and I don't care for
it enough to force myself through it. That said, several
of the tracks are wildly popular, and most listeners
will attach themselves to at least one or two. The tracks
are typically perky J-Pop, and sung as the cast by the
vocalist KaNNa. There is a recording of "Absolute Destiny:
Apocalypse" here that is must have, though-the techno
remix from soundtrack two without the horrible male vocal.
This is the only Utena release
with no Seazer material (except the aforementioned AD:
Apocalypse). Normally this would mark against it for
me, but the background music here is incredible enough to forgive
that. It's also the hardest CD to find, but trust me,
it's well worth the effort.