After a hiatus of 7 years, Saori Kobayashi (of Panzer Dragoon) and Yumiko Takahashi (of Suikoden) are finally back with their musical ensemble AKANE. Journey features new original music inspired by the Panzer Dragoon series of games, compositions from Crimson Dragon, Crimson Dragon: Side Story, and a special appearance by legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu (of Final Fantasy).
After composing the music for Microsoft's Crimson Dragon (Xbox One) and meeting Brave Wave's president Mohammed Taher, Kobayashi decided to revive AKANE in the form of a second album titled Journey. "Before encountering the series, I didn't focus on a specific type of music, but composing for Panzer Dragoon Saga and Panzer Dragoon Orta and experiencing these games made me interested in working with similar musical elements. A big part of AKANE is inspired by the Panzer Dragoon series."
Track 11: written by Nobuo Uematsu
Tracks 4, 7, 10: adapted from Japanese Folklore by Yumiko Takahashi
Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9: lyrics by Saori Kobayashi
Track 11: lyrics by Kazushige Nojima
Track 12: remix and additional production by Jukio ‘Kozilek’ Kallio
Track 13: remix and additional production by Takahiro Izutani
Track 1 from Crimson Dragon (Xbox One)
Track 5 from Crimson Dragon: Side Story (Windows Phone)
Track 11 from Sakura Note (Nintendo DS)
茜 -AKANE- are: Saori Kobayashi (keyboard, piano, various instruments, recording) and Yumiko Takahashi (lead and backing vocals)
Executive Director: Mohammed Taher
Associate Director: Alexander Aniel
Technical Supervisor: Marco Guardia
Mastering Engineer: Dan Suter
Art Director & Designer: Natalie Hanke
Special thanks to Lauren Guardia.
Published and produced by Brave Wave Productions. Crimson Dragon is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. © 2014 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Sakura Note: ~Ima Ni Tsunagaru Mirai~ is a trademark of Marvelous Entertainment. © 2009 Marvelous Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
- Dragon’s Journey (Main Theme of Crimson Dragon)
- Mach (feat. Nobuo Uematsu)
- Avalon (Kozilek Remix)
- Pirika (Takahiro Izutani Remix)
- Dragon’s Waltz (Main Theme of Crimson Dragon) [Piano Mix]