Tonari Atte Futari, Mukai Atte Sannin (Chapter 3 part 1)

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With this, we finally move on to the Final Chapter for real. Once the truth is revealed, all one can do is accept it… one way or another.

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…Is it just me, though, or is Youmu getting cooler and cooler? ^-^*

In other news:
Finally!

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…Unfortunately not my Ltd. Ed. box yet, as the responsible person apparently phailed to send it on time; and it isn’t gonna be here before tomorrow… upon hearing which, I rushed out to the city in that same moment – and returned in less than an hour with a slightly thinner wallet, and this regular edition CD in my hands. ^-^

Yeah, I’m not always exactly rational when it comes to these things… better not stand between me and music, y’ know. :3

Anyways, this – perhaps one of the boldest in the band’s discography – six songs set starts very, very strong; while Nightmare To Remember might not be the second Change Of Seasons, it sure is pretty darn close. My sole complaint is, it could do with a more distinct finishing touch, perhaps an element of surprise… but now I’m just being ornery, am I not. ^-^; Rite Of Passage is something about which I have already written quite extensively; probably the most upbeat and user-friendly track on the album, it brings quite a neat change of pace after the darker opening track. I must say, I expected the shortest song in the set – Wither – to be some kind of a breather… and while I might not have been completely wrong, the term certainly doesn’t do justice, as it’s turned out – the song is just too heavy to be called simply that.

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Which leads us to The Shattered Fortress… the final installment – and a bold journey backwards – in Dream Theater’s epic saga of fall, repentance and redemption; in my humble opinion, the final lines of the lyrics rival Change Of Seasons in terms of awesome. The reference to Octavarium towards the end was a nice touch, as were many other self-citations throughout the song. The Best Of Times was a moment of fright for me; from both the title and the track’s placement after the crushingly heavy Shattered Fortress, I kinda feared it would be another ten minutes of nothing a la Repentance – and the couple first minutes only served to strengthen that fear… well, although I wasn’t entirely correct, some serious ending fatigue was not avoided; and I could not help but think of it as some kind of Ministry Of Lost Souls Lite…

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The closing track: Count of Tuscany. The 19-minute monster wasn’t quite what I expected; it had not the mesmerizing power of Change Of Seasons‘ continuous 23-minute assault, nor was it a couple pebbles slowly turning into an overwhelming avalanche – similar to the title track of Octavarium… while I was waiting for the heavier part to start, the song turned into some weird ambience and I realised what had just ended was supposed to be the heavier part… the song just lacked a strong and memorable finale, if you ask me.

Oh well… I guess it might just need a couple more listens. If not anything else, Nightmare… and Shattered Fortress, even on their own, are much, much more than enough to make this album worth the wait! :D

Still waiting for my pre-ordered L.E., with the top-secret set of six cover songs…

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23 Responses to Tonari Atte Futari, Mukai Atte Sannin (Chapter 3 part 1)

  1. shijima says:

    I like the doujin circle Frac, but I seriously lacking bandwidth right now. =(
    So it’ll have to be someone else.

  2. Winterbraid says:

    @K-Nashi:
    Yeah, I thought so too; although “if you had time” probably isn’t going to happen sooner than in a week at least…

    @MisunderstoodMoonChild:
    Hehe, yeah, I guess some parts are a little different from the games – but the games themselves are doujinshi, so hard to speak of canon or something. ^-^

    @ydy:
    Thanks for the link!

    @Naolin:
    Hmm, sorry, but I too have got my share of RAWs for at least a week – and later, we’ll see… I would really like to work on something other than Touhou, though. (And in fact, I’ve got one such project – but it’s gonna require from me much more clarity of mind than I can possibly achieve right now.) -_-

    @DAzure:
    Hehe, there are many lines in this story ranking high on the scale of awesome… I try my best to transmit as much of this as possible into English. >_<

  3. Naolin says:

    Oh well, at least I have scans now, much better than tearing up my copy. Relevant comment- this doujin is still wonderful, and I keep checking back for more. I give up, Youmu is indeed getting cooler.

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