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Episode 363: Ys III

In this exciting follow-up to last week, Karl & Will focus on the rocking soundtrack to Ys III! The subsequent entry in the Ys series, this score by Mieko Ishikawa takes what has worked previously and kicks things up to the next level. Enjoy!

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Ys III: Wanderers From Ys - Mieko Ishikawa, Masaaki Kawai - Falcom - Sharp X68000 - 1989

-Opening

-Trading Town of Redmont (Town)

-A Quiet Moment (Inn)

-Introduction

-Welcome (Shop)

-The Boy Who Had Wings (Stage Entrance)

-Be Careful (Tigray Quarry)

-Lovely Elena

-Illburns Ruins

-A Searing Struggle

-Steeling the Will to Fight (Eldam Mountain Range)

-Tearful Twilight

-Valestein Castle

-Radiant Key

-Seal of Time

-Beat of Destruction (Galbalan's Island)

-Tower of Destiny

-Chester's Theme

-The Strongest Foe (Final Boss)

-Wanderers from Ys (Ending)

Episode 362: Ys II

In this very exciting episode, Karl & Will spotlight on one of their favorite soundtracks: Ys II! The music to this beloved Falcom action RPG is rocking, emotional and downright entertaining. Enjoy this focus on an incredible soundtrack!

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Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished – The Final Chapter - Yuzo Koshiro, Mieko Ishikawa, Hideya Nagata - Falcom - PC-88 - 1988

-To Make the End of Battle

-Lilia

-Too Full With Love

-Ruins of Moondoria

-Feel Blue

-Ice Ridge of Noltia

-Noble District of Toal

-Apathetic Story

-Protecters

-Tender People

-Fair Wind (unused)

-Palace of Salmon

-Rest In Peace

-Termination

-Theme of Adol (unused)

-Subterranean Canal

-Over Drive (unused)

-A Still Time

-So Much for Today (Game Over)

-Stay With Me Forever

Episode 289: The Legend of Heroes

In this legendary episode, Karl & Will focus on the wonderful music of the Legend of Heroes series! This Falcom RPG series started back on the PC-88 and is still going strong to this day. The guys discuss what makes these soundtracks so special, as well as how they have evolved over the years. Enjoy some fantastic, underrated VGM!

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Dragon Slayer VI: The Legend of Heroes - Mieko Ishikawa, Masaaki Kawai - Falcom - PC-88 - 1989
-Town, Utility, Ship
Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes - Mieko Ishikawa, Masaaki Kawai - Falcom - Mega Drive - 1992
-Field, The Voice of God
Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II - Mieko Ishikawa, Atsushi Shirakawa - Falcom - Mega Drive - 1993
-Title Theme
Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II - Mieko Ishikawa, Atsushi Shirakawa - Falcom - PC-88 - 1992
-Utility, Field, Game Over, Peace
The Legend of Heroes III - Mieko Ishikawa, Atsushi Shirakawa, Takahiro Tsunashima - Falcom - PC-98 - 1994
-Another Hero's Story, Sorrowful Melody
The Legend of Heroes IV - Mieko Ishikawa, Atsushi Shirakawa, Naoki Kaneda - Falcom - PC-98 - 1996
-Leaving the Nest
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - Hayato Sonoda, Yukihiro Jindo - Falcom - PC/PSP - 2004
-Setting Off, Sophisticated Fight
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC - Wataru Ishibashi, Hayato Sonoda - Falcom - PC/PSP - 2006
-Hamel
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd - Ryo Takeshita, Hayato Sonoda - Falcom - PC/PSP - 2007
-Masquerade of Lies
The Legend of Heroes VII: Zero no Kiseki - Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisuga - Falcom - PC/Vita - 2010
-Inevitable Struggle
The Legend of Heroes VII: Ao no Kiseki - Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisuga - Falcom - PC/Vita - 2011
-Unfathomed Force, Silence in the Sunlight Filtering Through Trees
The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki - Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisuga - Falcom - PC/Vita/PS3 - 2013
-Don't Be Defeated By a Friend!

Episode 108: Falcom Sound Team JDK

This week, the guys focus on the incredibly influential and signature sound of Falcom Sound Team JDK! By far one of the most consistent sound teams that established a tradition, and kept following it year after year. Enjoy a large focus on the PC-88, a Japanese computer system where Falcom made a name for themselves with series such as Ys and Dragon Slayer!

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Dragon Slayer Jr: Romanica – PC-88 – 1986 – Opening
Xanadu Scenario 2: The Resurrection of Dragon – PC-88 – 1986 – Mapleford
Tombs & Treasure – PC-88 – 1986 – Theme of Miho
Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished – PC-88 – 1987 – Feena
Legacy of the Wizard (Dragon Slayer IV) – MSX2 – 1987 – Overworld Theme
Sorcerian – PC-88 – 1987 – Ending 2
Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished~The Final Chapter – PC-88 – 1988 – Palace of Salmon
Star Trader – PC-88 – 1989 – Moon Scape
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys – Mega Drive – 1989 – Winged Boy
Dragon Slayer IV: The Legend of Heroes – PC-88 – 1989 – Ship
Popful Mail – Mega Drive – 1991 – Volcanic Zone (Exploration)
The Legend of Heroes II – PC-88 – 1992 – Field
The Legend of Heroes III: White Witch – PC-98 – 1994 – Sorrowful Melody
Brandish 3 – PC-98 – 1994 – Tantoll, Conversing
Brandish VT – PC-98 – 1996 – Triumph, Black Field
Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand – Super Famicom – 1995 – Niena
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky – PC – 2004 – Sophisticated Fight
Ys vs. Sora No Kiseki Alternative Saga – PSP – 2010 – Twilight Wanderers
LOH: Zero No Kiseki (Super Arrange) – PSP – 2010 – Inevitable Struggle
Ys Seven – PSP – 2009 – From an Effort of the Revival