Title: Sky of Twilight | Artist: Kanako Itou | Game: Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky
Description: Atelier Escha and Logy (yes, the Japanese version of and is ‘to’ so it’s a philosophy joke) is a PS3 game in the long-running Atelier series of crafting-focused JRPGs. The series has fantastic music overall, but this is one of the more recent mainline games, so it has the added benefit of the devs having an actual budget as opposed to the early days of the series. As such, the last few games have actually had a vocal album in addition to the standard OST. This is a song you’re guaranteed to hear if you’re taking the path to get to the non-failure endings.
Deep in the final dungeon, the second-to-last boss fight is against the final boss’s pet dragon, a ruin guardian named Gullveig. Honestly, the fight is a bit of a throwaway. If you’ve gotten this far, you’re probably ready for the final boss, which means you’ll curbstomp Gullveig. If you actually have trouble with the fight, you’re probably not ready to continue past it.
Gullveig, like many bosses in the game, has a unique boss theme. His is this song, Sky of Twilight. The unfortunate part is that you may not hear the whole song, because a party equipped to deal with the final boss will often annihilate Gullveig before the battle theme runs its course ? especially since it’s a fairly long song, over six minutes.
Why You Picked It: Sky of Twilight is quite possibly my favorite Japanese-language song ever. It’s got a lot of energy, a wonderful beat, and several distinct phases where the pace and rhythm change up. Kanako Itou does an amazing job, flying up and down her vocal range and keeping pace with the changing tempo of the song.
This is one of those songs that I could listen to on repeat for hours, and in fact have done so. It’s spectacular both as a standard J-rock song and as a boss battle theme within its game. It also keeps many of the elements of the rest of the soundtrack, still being recognizably part of the tight overall musical theme, while being a faster, harder rock song than most of the rest of the soundtrack. Once again, this is perhaps my favorite Japanese song ever.