© 2016 Lawrence Tuczynski
All info and pictures courtesy of John Emmons
|Title||Theme of ANNE|
|CD Label||VAP, Inc.|
|Music Composed by:||Tohru Fuyuki|
|Number of tracks||19|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||August 23, 2000|
August 18, 2016
This album celebrates two of the most memorable parts from Ultra Seven: the music of Tohru Fuyuki and actress Yuriko Hishimi, who portrayed Ultra Garrison officer Anne Yuri. It features a mix of new music and new renditions of classic Ultraman music composed by Tohru Fuyuki.
"Theme of Anne" is a new composition by Fuyuki for Yuriko Hishimi's character. The song is present in two different movements: "Nocturne" and Serenade." "Nocturne" is used twice. First as the background music for an "image poem" read by Hishimi in Japanese and then as the concluding track where you can listen to the music without the monologue. I believe that "Dan Moroboshi - Of Light and Shadow" is another new piece, one that includes themes that Ultra Seven fans should recognize.
The rest of the music is a celebration of Fuyuki's tokusatsu music. Understandably, a lot of it focuses on his Ultra Seven music, but I am really happy that some of his non-Ultraman related music is included, such as Fireman and Mirror Man. I didn't even know that Fuyuki composed "Ballad of Ultra Mother," since he did not work on the background music for that series.
The music is performed by Ult-Lounge. Their arrangement of Fuyuki's music is with live instruments like piano and violins. These are very quiet and soft versions that sometimes sound more like classical compositions than tokusatsu music. The melodies are presented clearly, so you should be able to tell what show each song represents.
The booklet features liner notes and an interview with Yuriko Hishimi (both in Japanese) as well as plenty of photos of the actress.
Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this album, and recommend it to fans of both Tohru Fuyuki and Yuriko Hishimi.
Theme of ANNE
(voice: Yuriko Hishimi, BGM: Theme of Anne - Nocturne)