2005 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title Ultraman Cosmos Vol. 1
CD Label Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
CD Number COCX-31518
Music by: Toru Fuyuki
Number of tracks 18
Running time 68:15
Number of discs 1
Year of release/manufacture August 18, 2001

REVIEW

October 19, 2005
Review and all other info on this page courtesy of John M. Emmons

Frequent contributor Toru Fuyuki once again returned to the Ultraman franchise to score the Ultraman Cosmos Series. Rather than following the example of contemporary composers like Tatsumi Yano, Fuyuki decided to rely on a full-scale orchestra, giving this score a classic feel to it. All of Fuyuki's trademarks are present from the "scat" version of the Team EYES theme to the dissonant horns heralding the arrival of a new monster.

The only thing that firmly grounds this album in 21st century are the two songs by another frequent Ultraman contributor Project DMM along with an extended karaoke (instrumental) version of the opening song. While I usually prefer instrumental music to Japanese songs, these are among my favorite Ultraman songs.

I consider myself a big fan of Toru Fuyuki, and this album is definitely one of my favorites. The album itself is very well balanced and contains a little of everything from action and suspense to quiet and lighthearted tunes. If you're looking for an Ultraman soundtrack that makes you nostalgic for the original ones, then you should check this one out.

Ultraman Cosmos Vol. 1

Track translations courtesy of Jolyon Yates

  1. Prelude
  2. Opening Theme 'Spirit' TV size (song: Project DMM)
  3. Musashi Sky (Musashi is the hero)
  4. Team EYES (including 'Wunderbar Team EYES')
  5. Luna Mode ~ Gentle Blue Giant
  6. Elite Mission
  7. The Lives of This Planet
  8. Interlude
  9. Dream & Pleasant Home
  10. To Those of This Planet
  11. Ran (Chaos)
  12. Messenger of Destruction
  13. When The Spirit is Put to the Test
  14. Mighty Invader
  15. Corona Mode ~ Strong Red Giant
  16. For Today, For Tomorrow
  17. Ending Theme 'Ultraman Cosmos ~ What Can You Do?' TV size (song: Project DMM)
  18. And So, a Gift Awaits