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|Title||Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers Original Soundtrack|
|CD Label||Columbia Music Entertainment|
|Music by:||Toshihiko Sahashi|
|Number of tracks||27|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||September 20, 2006|
September 01, 2008
The then-current Ultraman (Mebius) teamed up with the Ultraman Brothers (the seven original Ultramen) in this 40th anniversary movie released in 2006. Toshihiko Sahashi, who had composed music for the Mebius television series, returned to compose the music for the movie.
Sahashi brought back a lot of themes and motifs he created for the Mebius television series, including his main Mebius theme. Two cues contain instrumental quotes from the opening song and more tracks contain suspenseful motifs that may have come from the Mebius series.
That's not to say that Sahashi didn't create anything knew for the movie. He wrote a new heroic theme specifically for the film. A brief fanfare of it starts the album, and a more complete version of the theme ends track one. You can hear the new theme in its fullness on the last track.
But the icing on the cake is Sahashi's use of the classic themes of Kunio Miyauchi and Toru Fuyuki. It just wouldn't be an anniversary soundtrack without them. Tracks five and twenty one contain medleys of these beloved themes. Track twenty two also features a very brief quote from Masanobu Higure's Ultraman Taro theme.
Sahashi really had his hands full juggling all of this thematic material, both new and old, and I, for one, think he did a great job keeping the music diverse and stimulating. For example, just listen to track four. It starts with a quiet rendition of Sahashi's Mebius theme before going into Miyauchi's classic opening theme for Ultra Q/Ultraman and the track ends with an energetic version of the new theme.
With over seventy minutes of music, I think it's safe to assume that this album has Sahashi's complete score. Unfortunately, any song used in the movie was not added to the soundtrack. I highly recommend this soundtrack to all Ultraman fans.
Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers Original Soundtrack