Music from Ys and Music from Ys II Now Available Digitally on Amazon

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The two classic soundtracks for Ys I and Ys II are now available digitally on Amazon and other retailers. With the Music from Ys album, you’ll find some tracks on it that were never brought back into other Ys titles. Music from Ys II also includes some Super Arrange versions and a vocal version of Too Full With Love.

As always, the links in this article are for Amazon.com, but as Falcom is making these available on multiple regions of Amazon (by posting them on Amazon.co.jp), if you can’t purchase digital albums from the US site, then check your own region- they may be available there as well.

These albums are also also available on iTunes, music.jp, mora, and animelo mix.

You can purchase the albums for $5.99 each, or $.99 per track.

You can purchase Music from Ys here, and Music from Ys II here.

However, if you wish to support this site at no cost to yourself, please use these links to purchase Music from Ys and Music from Ys II.

The track lists are behind the cut.

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[Editorial] The Origin of the Title of ‘Ys’ and its Misspelling

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With the recent announcement of the PS4 Ys title, I have seen so many people commenting with the erroneous ‘Y’s’ misspelling that seems to be everywhere. What about the origin of the title itself? Or the origin of the misspelling?

The series roots itself into a fantasy retelling of our own world. Most of the cities and nations are slight renames of what actually existed in Europe. Looking at the map below will actually show you many of those names.

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Nevertheless, the Ys series is rooted in old Breton mythology, of all things. Often called ‘Caer Ys,’ the myth tells the story of a beautiful city built by Gradlon Mawr, that was said to be once located in the Bay of Douarnenez in Brittany. After Gradlon’s conversion to Christianity, he intended this city to be a great capital to his newfound faith. However, his first love, was enraged by this, and her daugher, Dahut, vowed vengeance.

Flight of King Gradlon, by E. V. Luminais. Source: Wikipedia

Flight of King Gradlon, by E. V. Luminais. Source: Wikipedia

Dahut would find different suitors and bring them with her each night. So they could never see her face, they were given a mask- which would then strangle them and kill them, after which she would throw the body into the sea.

This continued until a knight in red came to Ys, and met with Dahut. As a storm broke that night, the knight convinced her to steal the key from Gradlon, and used it to open the gates, which caused the city to be flooded.

I’ve read different versions of the myth- some where it claims where the main in red is the devil, trying to destroy a capital built to Christianity, or that it was an agent of God starting a chain of events to rid the world of a demonic princess.

In the end, as Gradlon and Dahut went to escape, they couldn’t, because the weight of them combined was too much for Gradlon’s winged horse- and Saint Gwenole showed to tell him to kill her- to throw Dahut into the sea. It was then when Gradlon realized the true nature of his child and he did as commanded, where she was with the god of the sea and turned into a mermaid.

Some sailors even say that in the Dournenez Bay, if you listen at night, you can hear Dahut’s singing as she sits upon a rock, brushing her hair.

Now, to get to the title used in the series, and the continuous use of ‘Y’s.’ You have seen the image at the top of the page- this is a t-shirt that Falcom released with cooperation from Mars16. The text on the shirt says the following:

Ys is a Japanese-origin computer role-playing game series, and Nihon Falcom corporation’s flagship franchise. It started on the NEC PC-8801 in 1987, Ys titles appear on the MSX2, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive, Famicom, Super NES, PC, Playstation 2, PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 CD-ROM, and cellular phone.
“Y’s” arises from a typographical error in the packaging of the English-language versions of the Sega Master System.

(Emphasis is mine)

Y’s is a typo that happened early on with the series, and as it seems to be continuously propagated by many different sources, it seems to be confusing to this day whether the series is ‘Ys’ or ‘Y’s.’ Don’t worry. It’s definitely ‘Ys.’

And it’s pronounced like ‘fleece’ – just without the ‘fl.’

A New Ys Title to be Released in 2015 for Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita

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Sony displayed a video to reveal a new Ys title for the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita at the SCEJA Event tonight. It is to be released in 2015, but more information may or may not be available at Tokyo Game Show.

More information will be revealed as it becomes available.

See some screenshots below:

“Do you know the name Adol Christin?”
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“The redhaired swordsman comes to the PS4″
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(The party system returns)
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“A completely new title”
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“Ys arrives to the Playstation 4″
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“In an archipelago in the ‘Sea of Gate’ to the south of Gllia”
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“Lost in the legendary waters, a land long forgotten”
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“Adol’s new adventure begins”
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(This appeared to be a climbing puzzle??)
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Falcom’s official tweet on this:


New artwork:
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New screenshots:


Source: Famitsu

Falcom’s IR report can be found here. (PDF)

Video added! Thanks FalcomJDKSound!



Sen no Kiseki II Preorder Campaign – DLC Level 4 Reached

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From 7/18/2014 ~ 9/15/2014, Falcom is running a preorder campaign. After certain counts of preorders have been accumulated, they will bump the level of the bonuses up which will provide special DLC extras for players of the game to download. On the game’s release date, the DLC code will be made available on the website and it will remain there until 10/31/2014. Please note that the code will not just be gone from the page on 10/31, but it will also no longer be valid.

If you plan to use it, make sure you use it before the deadline.

Costume: New costume for Rean, including two accessories. (See below)

Rank DLC Type Contents
Rank 1 Item Set Quartz: Teara

Accessory: Muppet Scapegoat

Item: U-Material x5
Rank 2 Item Set Quartz: Teara
Quartz: EP2

Accessory: Muppet Scapegoat

Item: U-Material x10
Item: Battle Scope x10
Rank 3 Item Set
Costume (1 character)
Quartz: Teara
Quartz: EP2

Accessory: Muppet Scapegoat
Accessory: Victory Headband
Accessory: Yellow Pendulum

Item: U-Material x15
Item: Battlescope x10
Costume: VOFAN Original Design (Alisa)
See below for the VOFAN costume
Rank 4

Item Set
Costume (2 Characters)
Quartz: Teara
Quartz: EP2

Accessory: Muppet Scapegoat
Accessory: Victory Headband
Accessory: Yellow Pendulum
Accessory: Dark Crest

Item: U-Material x20
Item: Battlescope x10
Item: Zelam Capsule x1

Costume: VOFAN Original Design (Alisa)
See below for the VOFAN costume
Rank 5

Item Set
Costume (3 Characters)
Quartz: Teara
Quartz: EP2

Accessory: Muppet Scapegoat
Accessory: Victory Headband
Accessory: Yellow Pendulum
Accessory: Dark Crest

Item: U-Material x25br>Item: Battlescope x10
Item: Zelam Capsule x2

Costume: VOFAN Original Design (Alisa)
Costume: Rean costume and accessories
New Alisa costume that’s yet to be revealed

*bolded items are items that are new. You will get the previous set + new additions.

Alisa’s VOFAN costume:
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Rean’s new costume – note that the headphones and goggles are additional accessories, so you can have the outift with both, one, the other, or none:
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The last date the number was updated was 8/28, and as of that time, there are 12,881 preorders left until we jump to Rank 5. I will keep this number updated on twitter once or twice a week, as well, with a post on the costume and the fifth rank details if rank five is achieved.

[ Official Sen no Kiseki II Website ]

Sen no Kiseki II Players Navigator Announced for 9/18 Release

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Falcom has announced the release of the Sen no Kiseki II Players Navigator, and it’s now up on the Falcom Online Store for preorder.

This book will have the following information in it:
* To get the fullest enjoyment out of Sen no Kiseki II, a digest for the previous game will be included.
* An introduction to the new systems for this title: Over Rise and the God Knight battle system
* A structured guide directing information on the story of the prologue.
* Includes product codes for items that will be useful during the game’s prologue.
(Item Set includes: 500 of all sepith, Curia R, Dotanba Muppet, Zelam Capsule)

Stats for the book are:
Product Number: B105
Pages: A4 – 112 Pages
Periodical Code: 28066-11/1
L-CODE: 2014/11/17
Publisher: Kadokawa Company
Release Date: 9/18/2014
Price: 1,157 yen

[ Falcom Online Store Product Page ]

CD Version of Kiseki jdk Acoustics Album Announced

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The recent digital release of the Kiseki jdk Acoustics album was Falcom’s experiment with the hi-res audio options, it should be no surprise that Falcom will be doing a physical release of the album eventually as well.

The album has been announced for a release on 10/8 for its physical release. Despite this, you will be able to get it early on 9/18 from Falcom’s Online Store, as well. The CD contains the same 9 tracks of the digital version available on e-Onkyo and mora. It will also be available for 2400 yen.

EDIT:
I have also discovered that you can prepurchase the CD version of the album at the Falcom Exhibition Event at Multicity Shibuya between 9/12 ~ 9/28, and at Tokyo Game Show between 9/18 ~ 9/21.

[ Product Page on the Falcom Online Store ]

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