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An anime doesn't live on beautiful images and an interesting plot alone.
The music yields a basic contribution to keep the audience glued to the
In my former article about Saint Seiya (Funime Nr.7), I mentioned that
it is the beautiful music by Yokoyama Seiji that gives the series its
unique atmosphere. In this article, I would like to introduce the
series' soundtrack a bit more detailedly.
When you listen to the music, you will certainly notice the
impressive variety of different styles - the spectrum runs from Heavy
Metal sounds over solemn orchestral harps' and fiddles' tracks, to organ
music - listening to the CDs is an experience each an every time, and
the wide variety prevents one to get tired by it too soon.
Where the vocal pieces are concerned, male voices dominate in songs
that remind of the Heavy Metal of the 80s, but we also encounter slow
ballads interpreted by female singers.
Let's finish the introduction and move directly to the numerous
existing albums. I left out the singles here, since I have no
first-hand information about them, and moreover, the albums are a)
easier to obtain and b) more interesting anyway due to their length.
- Saint Seiya Hits I (Make-Up)
Printed 1986/12/21 as 30CC-1349, reprint: 1997/03/20
10 tracks, 43:36 min
This CD containes ten songs that are based on the Saint Seiya
anime. Half of them were actually employed in the series. As for the
style - the pieces here are rock songs, and if you like Heavy Metal of
the 80s, you won't be disappointed.
- Saint Seiya OST I
Printed 1987/01/21 as 32CC-1368
10 tracks, 44:40 min
This soundtrack CD completely consists of background music of the
first season. Among others you'll find the "Galaxian Wars"
and "Pegasus Ryu Sei Ken" themes here, and you definitely
should not miss this album.
- Saint Seiya Hits II - Under Any Kind of Star
Printed 1987/07/01 as 30CC-1682
10 tracks, 40:15 min
Here, too, you'll find rock songs from the series, this time
interpreted by Make-Up Project. Each of the main characters is
portrayed with an image song, and "Overture" and "Ending
Theme" are the only instrumental pieces.
- Saint Seiya OST II
Printed 1987/08/01 as 32CC-1689
20 tracks, 57:26 min
This CD, featuring background music from the first season and the
first OAV movie, contains some of the most beautiful pieces, among them
"Aria of the Three", a sad instrumental ballad, that was
played during the death scenes of Camus and some other characters
- Saint Seiya Galaxian Wars
Printed 1987/11/01 as 30CC-1880
Unfortunately, this CD is still missing in my collection. With a
bit of luck, however, I was able to listen into it when I visited Ben in
Paris and I discovered that it consists of several drama tracks.
- Saint Seiya OST III
Printed 1987/12/21 as 33CC-2074
17 tracks, 46:33 min
This is the third CD containing background music from the first
season. Here the series' opening and ending songs can be found,
together with an instrumental version of the ending theme and
"Remember Sadness", another of my favourite pieces.
- Saint Seiya OST IV - The Heated Battle of the Gods
Printed 1988/04/01 as 32CC-2224
15 tracks, 46:23 min
This CD is an absolute 'must-buy' for fans of bombastic orchestral
music. The soundtrack of the second OAV movie has almost Wagnerian
qualities, after all, the OAV movie dealt with Odin and the Gods of
Asgard. Very unusual is the use of the accordion as leading instrument
of some of the pieces. Moreover, four bonus-tracks were put onto this
CD, among them the wonderful harp-piece from the first OAV. (This CD is
my Nr.1 among the OSTs :)
- Saint Seiya Hits III - Boys Be (Boys Be)
Printed 1988/08/01 as 30CC-2534, reprint: 1997/03/20
10 tracks, 42:47 min
The third of the vocal CDs contains more Saint Seiya related rock
songs by the music group Boys Be. 'Soldier Dream' is my absolute
favourite song here, but 'Blue Dream' is a very close second.
- Saint Seiya OST V - Legend of Crimson Youth
Printed 1988/08/21 as 32CC-2572
15 tracks, 43:18 min
The soundtrack of the third OAV contains "Abel's Theme",
one of the series' most beautiful harp-pieces, and moreover you can
listen to the wonderful vocal piece "You Are My Reason To Be",
the ending theme of the third OAV.
- Saint Seiya OST VI - Golden Ring Chapter
Printed 1988/10/01 as 32CC-2656
11 tracks, 44:44 min
This soundtrack accompanied the second season of Saint Seiya and
also shows bombastic orchestral music and strong northern influences
like the OST 4. Some tracks employ modern instruments like E-guitars
together with classic instruments like fiddles which results in a very
- Saint Seiya OST VII - Poseidon Chapter
Printed 1988/12/21 as 32CC-2999
11 tracks, 40:15 min
The soundtrack of the third season of the Saint Seiya TV series
has an almost Mediterranean touch. Especially impressive are the
flute's solo and the "Mermaid's Song", which are definitely
unique in their genre.
- Piano Fantasia
Printed 1989/02/21 as 32CC-3217
12 tracks, 46:44 min
In this CD some of the background music themes are rearranged with
the piano. If you like piano music, you will enjoy this CD, otherwise
it's pretty boring and only good to complete the collection.
- Saint Seiya OST VIII - Warriors of the Last Holy War
Printed 1989/04/08 as CC-3295
14 tracks, 46:04 min
The soundtrack of the fourth OAV offers several very bombastic
organ and orchestral musicm pieces. If you feel like in a Christian
mass, you're not completely wrong, since this soundtrack accompanies the
Saints' epic battle against Lucifer and his people. (My Nr.2 among the
- Hades Image-Album
Printed 1990/12/21 as COCC-7089
14 tracks, 52:07 min
This CD is something very special, as it is the soundtrack meant
for the Hades Chapter, the fourth of the Saint Seiya storylines, and the
one that deplorably has never been turned into anime. Additionally this
CD contains five drama tracks of key passages from the Hades manga (I
guess I don't have to mention that all of it is spoken in Japanese...).
- Saint Seiya Memorial Box
Printed 1991/03/21 as COCC-7321-7325
- disk 1: 15 tracks, 49:32 min
- disk 2: 14 tracks, 46:55 min
- disk 3: 12 tracks, 50:46 min
- disk 4: 13 tracks, 48:54 min
- disk 5: 11 tracks, 59:53 min
The first two CDs of the Memorial Box consist of a compilation of
the background music from the previously discussed OSTs. The third CD
contains 12 songs by Make-Up and Boys Be. CD 4 is a drama CD featuring
the key dialogues from the TV series' first season. If you want to
listen to the characters speaking in their original Japanese, this is
the right place. On the fifth CD you'll find more dialogues from the
two following seasons, a collection of sound-effects plus the karaoke
versions of four of the songs.
- 1996 Song Collection (Make-Up)
Printed 1996/03/20 as COCC-13258
10 tracks, 49:41 min
The music group Make-Up make a great impression on this CD. Ten of
the series' best songs are newly recorded especially for this album, and
the result is overwhelming. If you want to listen to one of the vocal
CDs, the 1996 Song Collection is the best choice.
- Saint Seiya Shonenki CD
Printed 1997/01/21 as COCC-13980
6 tracks, 50:25 min
This CD is a further jewel for true Saint Seiya fans. Among five
songs (two of which are presented in an English version), you will find
a drama piece of 27 minutes length that takes place after the
Hades Chapter which actually was thought to finish the Saint Seiya saga.
- Saint Seiya Gold Collection
Printed 1997/12/20 as COCC-14747-51
- disk 1: 14 tracks, 58:12 min
- disk 2: 14 tracks, 66:18 min
- disk 3: 5 tracks, 61:54 min
- disk 4: 5 tracks, 62:43 min
- disk 5: 11 tracks, 61:08 min
For everyone who wants to listen to the music of Saint Seiya, but
are not desperate enough to start hunting all of the OSTs and Hits CDs,
the Gold Collection is the perfect alternative. The first two CDs
consist of 28 songs of the series, while CDs 3 and 4 offer the most
beautiful pieces of background music arranged in orchestral suites. The
fifth CD is a mixture of four of the tracks from the Piano Fantasia, the
five drama tracks from the Hades Image Album, the Shonenki CD radiodrama
and a suite of the most beautiful music pieces taken from the Hades CD.
Furthermore, the Gold Collection contains a thick booklet and five
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