Warren Trinh

Diablo III

The Diablo series is a popular action RPG game by Blizzard Entertainment. Its latest installment is Diablo III, which was released May 15, 2012 in North America, Latin America, and Europe. Diablo III plans to scheduled to be released in Russia on June 7, 2012. Diablo III set the new record for fastest selling PC game and Blizzard sold over 3.5 million copies of the game on the first day of its release.

Diablo III is a dark fantasy and involves the forces of darkness being pitted against one another. It is about the fallen Angel Tyrael, who lost his memories and his endeavor to restore them.  It is about Nephalem’s fight against Maghda in an attempt to avenge Cain’s death. It is about the battle for the Black Soulstone. Critics rave that Diablo III is more epic than the previous installments.

Russell Brower is the composer of the music for Diablo III. Brower is an acclaimed music composer and three-time Emmy Award winner. Brower was the sound designer for Batman: The Animated Series, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade, Starcraft II, and Animaniacs. Brower was the former Principal Media Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering. Brower was responsible for the sound effects and mixing of Tiny Toons’ Night Ghoulery, a 1995 tv movie to the cartoon series. He was also the sound engineer for the cartoon series Taz-mania. Brower also worked on the sound effects in the Real Ghost Busters and the Back to the Future TV series. Currently, Brower is the director of audio and video at Blizzard Entertainment.

The game starts with a guitar solo being played as the game installs. It gets gamers excited about the game and helps them indulge in the gameplay. The music of Diablo definitely contributes to the game as a theatrical experience.



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Final Fantasy XIII

When it comes to RPG, no game places more emphasis on the story than Final Fantasy. Scenes in the game can last well over 15 minutes, making it a theatrical experience.The music of Final Fantasy has always captivated the hearts of fans and helped to create an intimate space for the plot and storyline.

Final Fantasy XIII is the newest addition to the Final Fantasy series and its music does not fail to meet the standard set by its predecessors. The original composer for the game was supposed to be Nobuo Uematsu, who later relinquished the role to Hamauzu focus on Final Fantasy XIV.  Masashi Hamauzu was born in 1971 to a musical family in Germany. Hamauzu was raised in Japan and was educated in the piano by his parents. In 2004, Hamauzu took over as the lead musical composer at Square Enix. Hamauzu was employed by Square Enix from 1996 to 2010.

Hamauzu used orchestral samples from East West to compose the OST. The themes for the game, “Eternal Love” and “Kimi ga Iru Kara,” (Because You’re Here) were both sung by Sayuri Sugawara. The sound track for Final Fantasy XIII was composed in the course of one year.

Sugawara, born in 1990, is a famous Japanese pop singer who gained worldwide recognition for her vocals in “Because You’re Here,” one of the theme songs for Final Fantasy XIII. After winning two auditions in “7 Days Audition” and “30 Days Audition,” Sugawara received a contract with For Life Entertainment. In 2009 she released her mini album, “Kimi ni Okuru Uta.” Sugawara’s third single, “Sunao ni Narenakute” was featured in the J-drama of the same title, ” Sunao ni Narenakute.” The J-drama  “Kasouken no Onna” featured Sugawara’s fourth single, “Suki to Iu Kotoba.” In late March 2012, Sugawara released her latest album “Habataku Kimi e.”






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Pandora Hearts

Pandora Hearts is an anime that uses many of the motifs from Alice in Wonderland, including being chased by a hare, being thrown into an alternate reality, and rooms full of checkerboards with “kawaii” decor. The story revolves around Oz Vessalius, the heir to the Vessalius Dukedom. One of the main characters of the plot is also named Alice, who is a Chain that saves Oz when he is thrown into the “Abyss.” Oz later contracts Alice and they embark on their long lost journey.

The main composer for the music in Pandora Hearts is Yuki Kaijura. Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised in Germany until she reached middle school. Yuki wrote her first piece at the age of 7 as a farewell to her grandmother. After Yuki graduated from college, she did not become a serious composer until 1992. Her father greatly influenced her decision to shift careers to music from a systems programmer.

Yuki is a reputable musical composer and producer who is responsible for the music of other series such as Noir, Aquarian Age, .hack//Roots, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Tsubasa Chronicles. In Padora Hearts, she is responsible mainly for the background music.

In addition to the more classical works of Yuki, many J-pop artists worked were featured in the opening and closing theme songs for Pandora Hearts. Savage Genius’s Maze and Fiction Junction’s Parallel Hearts are two prime examples. The use of music from J-Pop in anime is common in Japan.

The anime also featured Emily Bindiger’s Everytime You Kissed Me. Bindiger is an American singer from Brooklyn, New York. Bindiger was known for being apart of the acapella group the accidentals. Bindiger is also known for collaborating with Yuki in a number of anime series.

Music from Pandora Hearts






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