|Adolescence Apocalypse [Movie Soundtrack]
Kakumei Utena Original Soundtrack 8 (Motion Picture
Original Japanese Release
Catalog (KICA) Number(s): KICA-471
Release Date: 8-14-99 (August 14th, 1999)
Released by: KING Records Co., Ltd.
Release in the United States
This CD was released in the US, but the distributor ceased release shortly after due to bankrupty. :(
Release Date: 6-8-04 (June 8th, 2004)
Released by: Pioneer / Geneon
Item Number: PIO 5233
the soundtrack to the Utena motion picture, Adolescence
Apocalypse. The highlights of the disc include remixes
of "Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse" and "Rinbu
Revolution", as well as the super-popular "At
Time, Love Is" and two (technically, three) new
Seazer works. However, "Want to Be a Fiancée,
is only featured in a symphonic version, not the vocal
version that plays at the end credits. The CD is inside
a pink cardboard box with an embossed rose seal on
it. (Very cool.)
01. Rose Is Rain (1:43)
02. Scarlets' Dancing - Reunion (3:17)
03. Rose Brand ~ Bride in the Sky Garden (2:53)
04. Duelist ~ Revive! Infinite History [The Middle Ages]
05. Illusion ~ Akio's Chrysalis (4:44)
06. Belladonna's Trap (2:13)
07. At Time, Love Is (Toki ni Ai wa) (4:11) (TRANSLATION) *
08. Akio Waltz ~ Video-tic Memory (1:59)
09. Rose Naked Body ~ Shura Physical Constellation 45
Nebula (5:11) *
10. Abraxas ~ Sunny Garden (4:58)
11. The Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse -Adolescence of
UTENA- (3:31) *
12. Decisive Battle ~ Beelzebub Place (7:37)
13. Rinbu Revolution ~ Adolescence Rush (7:54)
14. Want To Be A Fiancée- Symphonic Instrumental
* Translations of these tracks are available at this awesome Spanish website (the translations are in English!)
and Back (box)
and Back (CD case)
obi (spine card), and inside of case
Score: 8.0 of 10
I've many choice words
of the four letter variety for the Utena movie. None
of them apply to the soundtrack; what the CD lacks in
track number it makes up for in sheer quality.
The background music is absolutely
incredible, starting with "Scarlets' Dancing -
Reunion", the only really perky and upbeat of the
tracks, though it ends in a piano piece that isn't quite
so upbeat. "Rose Brand ~ Bride in the Sky Garden"
starts switching gears, and is considerably dark despite
the faster pace it has in some parts. It ends with a
stretch right out of a period piece soundtrack that
reeks of noble courts. "Illusion ~ Akio's Chrysalis"
is actually my favorite of the background music tracks, though its
namesake makes me want to puke up vital organs. It
starts out as a nice melancholy piano piece and evolves
into the bizarre techno music that plays during the
Shiori butterfly sequence. "Belladonna's Trap"
is another great track (notice a trend here?) that combines
piano with a techno sound. "Akio Waltz ~ Video-tic Memory"
is, as you might suspect, a waltz. I'm not one for waltzes,
nor one for movie Akio, so I don't particularly like
this one. Whoops. "Abraxas ~ Sunny Garden"
is a lot of stuff. The overall tone of the first half
feels almost video gamey, and reminds me strongly of
Xenogears, if you've ever played that. I'm not talking
Super Mario game, I'm talking RPG. Naturally it spins
off into "The Sunny Garden", but with an additional
symphonic accompaniment. "Decisive Battle ~ Beelzebub
Place" is very fast paced and tense, and suits
the car chase it goes with well, but might be a little
too long and slow to build for most people to just listen
The other tracks are give
and take by preference. "Rose is Rain", "Duelist
~ Revive! Infinite History [The Middle Ages]",
and "Rose Naked Body ~ Shura Physical Constellation
45 Nebula" are Seazer's contributions. The opening,
Saionji's duel, and Juri's duel respectively. As always
with him, they're fantastic tracks, Saionji's duel especially.
(Seazer's songs always manage to fit their names no
matter how bizarre their names are, and it really shines
in Saionji's duel here. It's more description than I
"The Absolute Destiny:
Apocalypse -Adolescence of UTENA-" and "Rinbu
Revolution ~ Adolescence Rush" are their namesakes
remixed for the movie. The former is utterly bizarre
and personally kinda hard to listen to, though the latter
is quite a nice trick for such an old dog, so to speak.
It's all over the place, from the actual song, to long
stretches of head-bobbing techno, to symphonic bits.
Kinda schizo, but a lot of fun.
Of the two J-Pop tracks,
only one appears on the CD. The version of "Wanna
Be a Fiancee" here is a symphonic version, not
what you hear at the end of the movie. It doesn't matter
much, since the track everyone flocks to is "At
Time, Love Is", the dance sequence and apparently
the best song ever in the whole wide world. I don't
quite agree with just how much people seem to wet their
pants over it, but's definitely a good bit 'o J-Pop
that makes the CD purchase totally worth it for most.
Ultimately one of the
best Shoujo Kakumei Utena releases, and nothing but new material. This
one is well worth having even if like me, you can't
quite watch the movie unless you're prepared psychologically.