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Yoko vs. Yoko – Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 5)

I fall behind on this series of articles yet again because Final Fantasy XII managed to catch up on me.  Turns out the reason I was having trouble progressing was because at some point between my sporadic attempts at playing it over the past couple of months I neglected to realize that I was something like 6 levels behind in terms of raw character building and 2 levels behind in terms of basic equipment.  It really makes a difference in a game that has such a clearly tiered system of equips.  2 hours of power grinding later and some major loot gathering and selling to finance the massive cost of getting my equipment up to speed I am now owning the game and plan to continue doing so later on.

Anyway, anyone ever notice how I tend to refer to “Yoko Kanno tribal beats” from time to time while doing my OST reviews?  Well tonight I finally get the chance to show off an example of just what I mean by that.  Oh and Shimomura get’s to join in too.  Huzzah….. Continue reading ‘Yoko vs. Yoko – Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 5)’

Yoko Vs. Yoko Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 4)

Let’s get back into this series now that I’m all mostly caught up on Tytania and the holidays are behind me.  This time we’re going to be looking at Tension building music. Continue reading ‘Yoko Vs. Yoko Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 4)’

Yoko vs. Yoko – Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 3)

Moving right along with what will unfortunately have to be my last blog post for at least a week (forgot I was having company for the next couple weeks), here we deal with the subject of fantasy style music. Continue reading ‘Yoko vs. Yoko – Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 3)’

Yoko vs. Yoko – Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 2)

As promised it’s time to gush a little about the two Yoko’s respective ventures into the genre of battle themes. Continue reading ‘Yoko vs. Yoko – Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 2)’

Yoko vs. Yoko – Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 1)

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Yoko Kanno’s Folksy Hat Takes On

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Yoko Shimomura’s Improbably Large Lips In This 15 Part Series I Like To Call:

Yoko Vs Yoko: Great Composers All Out Attack

Yoko Kanno and Yoko Shimomura 2 of the unsung heroes of music in Japanese entertainment.  Okay maybe not so much the former whom everyone has pretty much heard of, but certainly the latter.  Yes, you’re probably saying “I’ve heard of Yoko Kanno, but who the hell is Yoko Shimomura?”  Well, have you ever played Front Mission?  Super Mario RPG?  Street Fighter II?  Well you’ve heard her music then.

The two Yoko’s…..I’d like to share with you some of my favourite pieces of their music, from a number of different categories, that they’ve given us over the years and to talk about why it is that I think the former deserves much (though perhaps not all) of the accolades that she gets (even if I rag on her a lot lately) while the latter deserves far more than the share she’s currently getting as a Square Enix collaborator.  I’m going to do this as a series, one category per night (hopefully), partially so that I guarantee myself something to do over the holidays and also because it’s an unmitigated pain in the ass to make and upload more than a couple of videos to Youtube at a time. 

Tonight is the first night that I get down to why it is that I don’t actually hate Yoko Kanno like some might think (not that I’ve given anyone much reason to believe otherwise lately) and why I think Yoko Shimomura has been unjustly overlooked in favour of the equally as talented, yet somewhat overexposed in terms of name dropping juggernaut that is Nobuo Uematsu.  And what better category to start with other than what I like to call “establishing” type music.  So without further ado, Yoko x Yoko, hajime! Continue reading ‘Yoko vs. Yoko – Great Composers All Out Attack (Part 1)’


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