|Album Title:||Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na koto
Someday’s Dreamers – Original Soundtrack
|Anime Title:||Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na koto – Someday’s Dreamers|
|Artist:||Takefumi Haketa, Yuichi Ichikawa, the Indigo|
|Release Date:||March 07, 2003|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
|1. Where the sky and earth meet||Takefumi Haketa||3:27|
|2. Midnight summer dream||Takefumi Haketa||3:33|
|3. Heart of Ice ~ After you’ve left||Takefumi Haketa||2:49|
|4. Sunflower ~ Surrounded by the wind of light||Takefumi Haketa||3:26|
|5. Golden sunlight||Takefumi Haketa||1:26|
|6. First job||Takefumi Haketa||1:53|
|7. Friend||Takefumi Haketa||1:24|
|8. Memorable scene||Takefumi Haketa||1:26|
|9. Days of Pechanga||Takefumi Haketa||0:52|
|10. Home country of a water imp||Takefumi Haketa||1:34|
|11. I won’t forget||Takefumi Haketa||2:04|
|12. Under the moon light||Takefumi Haketa||1:30|
|13. Breakfast ~ I’m fine today, too||Takefumi Haketa||1:46|
|14. PAIN||Takefumi Haketa||1:40|
|15. Feeling is magic||Takefumi Haketa||3:01|
|16. Hot frenzy||Takefumi Haketa||2:32|
|17. Forever straight||Takefumi Haketa||1:02|
|18. As a human as a witch||Takefumi Haketa||2:44|
|19. Our future||Takefumi Haketa||1:56|
|20. Kidorkorone ~ doze||Takefumi Haketa||1:43|
|21. Destination of magic||Takefumi Haketa||1:32|
|22. In flower language, it is “love”||Takefumi Haketa||1:29|
|23. Sweet Memories||Takefumi Haketa||1:33|
|24. “Sincerely”||Takefumi Haketa||1:50|
|25. Poem of Hope||Takefumi Haketa||1:05|
|26. Blue sky without a cloud ~ No trouble in the world||Takefumi Haketa||1:50|
|27. Clear||Yuichi Ichikawa, the Indigo||3:48|
|28. UNDER THE BLUE SKY / the Indigo (TV EDIT)||Yuichi Ichikawa, the Indigo||1:37|
|29. Eyecatch 1||Takefumi Haketa||0:16|
|30. Eyecatch 2||Takefumi Haketa||0:10|
|31. Eyecatch 3||Takefumi Haketa||0:11|
|32. Eyecatch 4||Takefumi Haketa||0:09|
|33. Eyecatch 5||Takefumi Haketa||0:09|
|34. Eyecatch 6||Takefumi Haketa||0:09|
|35. Eyecatch 7||Takefumi Haketa||0:08|
|36. Eyecatch 8||Takefumi Haketa||0:12|
|37. Eyecatch 9||Takefumi Haketa||0:09|
Review: You’ve really gotta hand to Takefumi Haketa. His soundtracks might not be packed with diverse melodies, but he sure knows how to compose themes that are pleasant and catchy while also arranging those themes in such a way that their presentation is different enough that I won’t mind listening to those same melodies come up over and over. It’s not an easy feat to pull off, but Haketa sure did a decent job of it when he composed the soundtrack to Aoi Hana. That said, Aoi Hana is arguably not the best example of this; it’s in his music for Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na koto (Someday’s Dreamers) that he really excels at that craft.
The first time I listened to the anime’s main theme in “Where the sky and earth meet” so long ago, I was rendered speechless by its charm and beauty and I continue to love this piece to this day. The manner in which it evokes a pastoral setting is impeccable; its measured piano introduction channels a sense of innocence and the guitar accompaniment conjures images of a lush, green countryside complete with rolling hills where the grass is waving along, brushed by the breeze that flutters to and fro. The shift over to an Irish air, courtesy of the tin whistle, reinforces that rustic image, and the children’s chorus that takes this song towards the end fills me with an aching nostalgia to revisit the happy times in my childhood for memory’s sake.
Where the sky and earth meet
The second track, titled “Midnight summer dream,” is used as Yume’s theme. It’s quieter compared to the preceding track, with a piano accompanied by a harp and some chimes to depict the character’s reserved, yet kind nature. The presentation isn’t nearly as engaging since it takes one basic melody and iterates upon it through the addition of other instruments and another use of the children’s choir to impart that charm and innocence, making one’s enjoyment dependent on how much you like that melody. Following that is Oyamada’s theme, “Heart of ice ~ After you’ve left,” which builds a layer of mystery through a reserved piano melody that depicts a person hiding his past and the sorrows that he’s endured. It’s emotionally heavy; you can feel the extent of Oyamada’s pain as the piece proceeds along, but underneath all that is a kind-hearted person, evident in the nuanced string section which supports the piano part.
Heart of ice ~ After you’ve left
Of the major character themes, I prefer Kera’s theme (“Sunflower ~ Surrounded by the wind of light”) over Yume’s and Oyamada’s because it’s got a spunky feel to it. The guitar effectively sets the rhythm as the violins and piano weave in and out, creating a bouncy piece that also soothes since I can’t help but feel that aura of warmth and optimism pour forth.
Sunflower ~ Surrounded by the wind of light
So having established the main themes for this soundtrack, I’ll say this: you’ll be hearing them a lot if you go through this album from start to finish. Though the dangers of the music becoming boring certainly do exist, Haketa dodges them through the strength of the melodies and the stylistic changes that he puts into each arrangement. For example, the main theme makes for a lively Irish jig in “Days of Pachanga,” Oyamada’s theme feels much warmer with “In flower language, it is love’s” guitar duet, and so buoys the listener with the hope that Oyamada will find his happiness after all, and Kera’s theme receives a wonderful New Age guitar treatment in “Kidokorone ~ doze.” For her part, Yume’s growth is illustrated wonderfully in “‘Sincerely,'” which moves at a graceful pace, displaying confidence, overall earnestness, and optimism for the road ahead but still possessing the kindness we’ve come to know and love.
Days of Pachanga[audio:09 sdreamers.mp3]
Kidokorone ~ doze[audio:20 sdreamers.mp3]
And lest you think those themes are all that Haketa puts forth in this album, he does mix in a lively salsa piece in “Hot frenzy” though my favorite out of the non-themed tracks is by far “Home country of a water imp” with its Irish reel. If you’ve read my thoughts on Durarara!!’s soundtrack, you’ll know that Celtic music is a particular weakness of mine and with “Home country,” I find the energy it pours forth to be utterly irresistible, setting it apart as one of the best tracks on this album.
Hot frenzy[audio:16 sdreamers.mp3]
Home country of a water imp
Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na koto might reuse a lot of its melodic themes, but the slight changes Takefumi Haketa makes to the music brings out different facets of the anime’s characters while also reflecting the extent of their development and them coming to terms with who they are. And with all the different renditions that are available, from the stately string quartets to the other cultural styles that Haketa employs, it’s rarely, if ever, boring.