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|Title||Ultraman Dyna, Original Soundtrack, Vol. 3|
Reissued by Futureland/Youmex
|Music by:||Tatsumi Yano|
|Number of tracks||26|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||Original - May 27, 1998|
Reissue - May 26, 2000
August 31, 2010
Ultraman Dyna, Vol 3
This is a great, and quite enjoyable compilation of the various themes used throughout the show, which any regular watcher would instantly recognize. The composer uses a combination of Classical and Modern music to convey the emotions, and intensity of the various scenes. Something that really surprised me was the use of violins during several pieces, which one would think would render the mood as stuffy, but instead, come across as vibrant and appropriate. There are several tunes that are unique to certain episodes that are quite catchy and enjoyable, and convey the optimism and grand adventure evident in the earlier episodes of the show.
For instance, Tracks #10 - 12, which come from the episode "Bao-On from Afar" (as written on Wikipedia), convey the fun and excitement of SuperG.U.T.S.' rather hilarious attempts to contain and study a *friendly* monster that isn't interested in destruction and death, but just wants to wander around and have fun. Particularly with anything red ...
Or, Track #13, the haunting organ tones of "The Girls Who Summon The Darkness" (again Wikipedia), a rather dark comedy where a coven of teenage high-school witches repeatedly try to sacrifice Asuka to a demon - and keep missing the target. This story highlights the power of redemption, as the sacrificial attempts are finally halted by one of the coven members - and the coven leader repudiates the demon after seeing Dyna trying to protect them. In an interesting ending, the young coven sacrifice *themselves* to end the reign of terror, and giving themselves a *second* chance.
Tracks #14 -15 deal with the episode, "Mysterious Thief Himala", where an alien thief with super magical powers challenges Asuka and SuperG.U.T.S. to stop him from making an entire town disappear into his curio box. This is the one episode where the use of classical music really works - fitting the Art Deco motif of the episode.
In particular, Track #16, "My Friend Hanejiro" revels in Asuka's discovery of the friendly alien creature, and the bonding between the two when Asuka heals its' injuries, showing that the greatest power of *this* Ultraman is not that of firepower, but of compassion and friendship.
All in all, it's a quite enjoyable album, and I recommend it highly.
Ultraman Dyna, Original Soundtrack, Vol. 3