An intriguing compilation drawn from the underscore of the six-episode Bastard!! anime saga from Japan -- a tale that sees black-hearted warrior-sorcerer Dark Schneider being brought back from the dead to confront a greater evil. Kohei Tanaka provides a rousing, if derivative, score, which conjures up epic film battles, sweeping Russian orchestral pieces, and smatterings of Star Wars in about equal measure -- the appearance of a rollicking end title song midway into the album is a bit jarring (for those who care about these things, the song also closes the album, this time in an English version.) Luckily, being able to program CD players has advantages -- though the song, "Monochrome Trouble," is actually a quite enjoyable slice of Jpop. Overall, the album's thirty tracks, which range from short cues to lengthy suites, should provide something for everyone.
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