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Title screen
薄氷上の華 〜 Snowy_country Flowers Atop Thin Ice ~ Snowy country

OPの曲。
雪とか〜氷とか〜何か冷たい感じ〜
侘しさと怪しさと馬鹿さをブレンドしたのかしら?
冬って朝が大変なのよね、眠いのなんのって。
ふとんにずっと入ってたいです。
コタツにも入ってたいです。
幽霊って夏によく出るからやっぱり寒いの苦手なのかな?
大体薄着だもんね、みんな。

・・・・服どこで買ってんだろ...?

This is the opening theme.
It has a cold feeling to it, like ice or snow~.
Perhaps I blended in some dreariness, suspicion and idiocy too?
I'm really bad with mornings in winter; I get so sleepy.
I just want to stay put in my futon.
Or maybe under a kotatsu.
Ghosts show up a lot in summer, so maybe they dislike winter too?
They're all dressed pretty lightly, after all.

...Where do they get their clothes...?

Stage 1 theme
爛れ過ぎた平穏 〜 be motivated Decayed Tranquility ~ Be motivated

一面道中曲。
前作をプレイしていただいた方なら、
曲を聴いた瞬間「ん?」ってなったと思います。
これは手ぬ...ゲフンゲフンっ、え、演出ですよ。
コード進行も同じ、ドラムパートも完全に同じ。
けど作曲に要した時間は大して変わってない。 不思議。
しかしこういう演出にするんだったら、一曲目をきちんと四季を
イメージしたものにすればよかった・・・

このパターン、あと二回はあると思います。

This is the first stage theme.
If you've played the previous game, you'll probably think
"wait, huh?" as soon as you hear this theme.
That's because I cut corne... *cough* *cough*, uh, wanted to call back to the previous game.
The chord progression and drum part are exactly the same as the previous first stage theme.
Despite it practically being a copy, though, it took about the same time to compose. How weird.
If I knew I was gonna do this from the start, though, I should've made the first song
in a more obviously seasonal image...

Following this pattern, it looks like I'll have to make two more songs like this.

Stage 1 Boss - Sese Kitsugai's theme
ムクロマンサー 〜 抜け殻の夢 Cadaveromancer ~ Dream of an Empty Husk

一面ボス、セセの曲です。
この曲に限らず、今回曲は最高速度で作っていったんで、
出てきたメロディをとにかく曲にするっていう手法だったので、
前二作と比べても、随分曲調が違うと思います。
しかし珍妙な曲だなぁ〜。 けどホネっぽさはある気がする。

そういえば前作にメロディが似てる曲があったりする。
・・・・関係性は・・・・あるのか?

ともあれセセ、何気に超重要キャラだったりするかも。

This is the theme of Sese, the stage 1 boss.
I had to make not only this song, but all the songs this time around really quickly.
Because of that, I just made whatever melodies that came to me into songs,
and so compared to the songs in the previous two games the melodies are quite different.
This really is a strange song, though~. But I feel like it does give off a bony impression.

Come to think of it, this song's melody is a lot like that of a certain song from the last game.
...Is there perhaps... Some connection?

Anyway, I wonder if Sese will end up being some really important character or something?

Stage 2 theme
くぐもる冷気、鎮もる霊気 A Muffled Chill, a Subsiding Aura

二面道中曲です。
今回は目的地まで真っ直ぐ向かってるんで、
イケイケゴーゴーな雰囲気を作りたかった。(たかっただけ)
まぁボス曲がもっとイケイケゴーゴーなんで、
その布石ってことで、テンションあがるといいな。


曲名?

・・・・えぇ、駄洒落ですけど、それがなにか?

This is the second stage theme.
The protagonists are heading straight to their destination this time,
so I wanted to create a "let's go!"-like atmosphere. ("Wanted to" being the operative word.)
Well, the boss theme is more like "let's go!",
but I hope this still works well to raise the tension as a prelude to that.


The song title?

...well, uh, it's just a pun.[a] What about it?

Stage 2 boss - Tsugumi Umatachi's theme
ゲットレディー号 〜 to_run_around! Get Ready... Go! ~ To run around!

二面ボス、ツグミの曲です。
西日に照らされながら、荒野をナスに跨り、
華麗に颯爽と駆けていく姿・・・・。

ダメだ、どう想像してもかっこ悪い。
ナスじゃダメだ、キュウリはもっとダメだ。
けど他に夏野菜といえば・・・・トマトとかトウモロコシ?
・・・・やっぱナスが一番か。

疾走感は凄い曲ですね、精霊牛に跨ってるわりには。

そういえば馬って好きだけど全然知らないぁ。

意外と重要キャラ? OP曲に似てるしね。

This is the theme of Tsugumi, the stage 2 boss.
They ride across the wilderness on an eggplant, disappearing into the sunset.
Such a gallant, stoic image...

No no no, it doesn't matter how I imagine it, that's just no good.
An eggplant as a steed is just no good. A cucumber is even worse!
But what about other vegetables...? Maybe a tomato or a cob of corn?
....Maybe an eggplant is best after all.

The song has a good sense of speed, even though they're riding a shouryou-ushi of all things.[b]

By the way, I'm interested in horses but I really don't know anything about them.

Maybe Tsugumi is actually a really important character?
This song is a lot like the title theme, after all.

Stage 3 theme
フォーリンゴースト Falling Ghost

三面道中曲です。
これまたシンプルな曲ですね〜
けど道中とかって、これくら単純なほうが
疲れなくていいかもしれないね。

『普段余り使わない楽器を使ってみたい病』に感染してますね。
いつもは殆ど使わないような音ばっかり。

This is the third stage theme.
This is also a rather simple song~.
But it is a stage song, so keeping it around this level
of simplicity might be good. It's less tiring, for one.

I've been infected with the "desire to try out instruments you ordinarily never use" disease.
The song's seriously filled with a bunch of sounds I never use otherwise.

Stage 3 boss - Fujiwara no Iyozane's theme
幽暗海峡ヨーソロー In the Gloomy Straits, Steady as She Goes

三面ボスの伊代真の曲です。
いままでの曲の中で最も異端な気がします。
これ本当に僕が作った曲かぁ?

暗い海上で小さな船に乗り、
水平線を目指しながら日の出を迎える。
そんなイメージですかね?
怪しいけどカッコイイ感じだわさ、三面ボスには勿体無い(ぉ
けど一応伊代真はこの話では中枢の一人なんですけどね、
このあとのボス達がみんな規格外なだけでね。
実は強いはず、たぶん、きっと、メイビー。

後から気がついたけど、以前作った曲に殆ど同じメロディがあった。
やっぱり僕が作った曲のようです、テヘッ

This is the theme of Iyozane, the stage 3 boss.
This is the most different out of all my songs so far.
Did I really make this?

Riding in a little boat across the dark ocean, sights
set on the horizon, and being greeted by sunrise...
Maybe the song has that sort of atmosphere?
It's creepy but also really cool, so it's probably too good for a stage 3 boss. (Hey!)
Well, it's true that Iyozane is one of the central characters in this story.
It's just that the bosses from here on out are all non-standard.
Iyozane's actually really strong. Definitely. Probably. Possibly.

I only noticed after I made it, but this song has almost the same melody as another song I made.
I guess it's just another one of my usual songs after all, tee-hee.

Stage 4 theme
それぞれの思惑と足跡 Each of Their Thoughts and Footprints

四面道中の曲です。
このステージでは自機勢がボスとなってます。
そんなステージなんで、鏈縁のメインテーマのメロディを
主軸においてみました。

曲自体は随分と単純なものですね〜
けど少し派手にしすぎたかも、ボス曲はそんなんでもないのに(ぉ

无現里の連中は、みんな自分勝手なのね

This is the fourth stage theme.
The player groups are this stage's bosses,
so I tried to base this theme on the melody of Len'en's main theme.

The theme itself is surprisingly simple, isn't it?
Even so, I might have made it a bit too flamboyant. The boss themes are nothing special by comparison. (Hey!)

All these Mugenri folks only ever do as they please, huh.

Stage 4 boss - Sukune Katano and Adagumo no Yaorochi's theme
ただ空五倍子に、ただ一筋に Only in Beige, Only in Earnest[c]

四面ボス、八尾呂智と宿禰の曲です。
空五倍子(うつぶし)って読みます、ボクは読めません。
ここのボス曲全部に言えますが、曲調が大きく二つに分かれてます。
まぁボスが二人ですからね、そういうこった。

どちらのボスにも焦点を置いた曲なんで、一つのメロディを
強調するわけにもいかず、全体的に盛り上がりに欠けてますが、
そういうステージなんです(キリッ

可愛いんだか、怪しいんだか良く分からんぞこの曲。
かな〜り和風・・・っというか江戸っ子な感じ?
ってやんでえー!

This is the theme of Yaorochi and Sukune, the stage 4 bosses.
The kanji for "beige" are read as "utsubushi", but I can never read them.
The melody is largely split into two, but you could say the same thing about all the bosses of this stage.
Well, that's because you're up against a pair of characters.

The focus is on both bosses, so I couldn't emphasise a single melody.
This means that there isn't much of a climax overall,
but stage 4 is that sort of stage anyway. (*serious face*

I don't know whether this theme is cute or ominous.
It's really Japanese-style... or could you say it feels like a truly "Edo" theme?
...The hell you talkin' about?![d]

Stage 4 boss - Kuroji Shitodo and Adagumo no Saragimaru's theme
キープザヒストリー Keep the History

四面ボス、黒巫鳥と蛇穴丸の曲です。
一作目の鏈縁无現里で作った曲「エンドオブヒストリー」の
アレンジみたいなもんですかね。
ただアレンジするってだけじゃツマンナイから、
「原曲を聞かずにアレンジしてみよう!」
ってことで、記憶を頼りにアレンジしてみた、いわばお遊び曲です。
最後に聞いたのはもう一年くらい前かなぁ?
作り終わった後に原曲を聞いてみたら、そこそこ合ってますね。
オリジナルのメロディがあるとはいえ、
昔と作曲センスが変わってない証拠。 進歩しよーね。
けどなんか爽やかな感じにイメチェンしたね、无現里デビューかな?

豚ひき肉に塩とかラードとかを混ぜて腸詰にして、乾燥熟成させた
ドライソーセージみたいな名前の子の要素がないけど、
まぁ奴隷だから仕方ないよね?

This is the theme of Kuroji and Saragimaru, the stage 4 bosses.
It's basically an arrangement of "End of History,"
one of the tracks from Evanescent Existence.
It'd be boring if it was just a plain old arrangement, though,
so I was like "let's arrange it without listening to the original theme!"
and relied on my memory alone. I basically just let myself have fun with it.
I guess it's already been over a year since I last heard the original, right?
After I finished the arrangement, I went back to listen to the original, and they're pretty close.
This proves that my composition tastes haven't changed,
even though I added new melodies. I wanna improve!
Still, the theme has had an image change and sounds fresher. Is it because Kuroji has made their Mugenri début?

There's no hint of the theme song for the one whose name sounds like what you get when you mix salt or lard with pork mince, turn it into a sausage, and cure it by drying it out...
but they're just a measly servant, so I guess that's only natural?

Stage 4 boss - Yabusame Houlen and Tsubakura Enraku's theme
ダブルキーパー 〜 魄い盧のつがひ鳥 Double Keeper ~ White & Black Twin Birds[e]

四面ボス、藪雨と玄鳥の曲です。
この曲も二つの曲調がありますね。
なんかフワフワした二人なんで、かなり軽い曲調になっちった。
途中で聞き覚えのあるメロディが聞こえる気がするけど、
どうせ気のせいでしょ?

ここのボス戦はストーリにあまり関係ない、
言わばオマケみたいなステージなんでね、
あんまり凝った曲にはなってませんよ、印象に残らないようにね。

けど弾幕は厳しいものが多めですけどね。
二人がかりだし、しょうがないよね?

This is the theme of Yabusame and Tsubakura, the stage 4 bosses.
This piece has two melodies as well.
Because they're a fluffy couple, I made the tune quite light.
There seems to be a familiar melody mixed in too somewhere,
but surely it's just your imagination?

These bosses don't have much to do with the story,
so it's more of an extra stage.
I didn't make it very elaborate since it's not supposed to stand out much.

They sure use a lot of relentless danmaku, though.
You are fighting them both at once, so it figures, right?

Stage 5 theme
夢に忘れた尊き蛍火 Sacred Fireflies, Forgotten in Dreams

五面道中曲です。
暗ぁ〜い曲で〜すねぇ〜
哀愁なんか醸し出しちゃって、諸行無常かな?

まぁこのステージは今作では重要な位置にあたりますので、
他に比べてテーマ性が深いんだとさ。
っというかここが事実上の最終ステージですからね。
同時に登竜門でもありますが、ココを抜けちゃえばあと一息!

途中からテンション上がるものの、
なんか聞いてると気が滅入りそう。
けど好きよ、こういう曲。

This is the fifth stage theme.
It's such a daaaaark theeeme!
There's so much, like, pathos to it.
Isn't it like that Buddhist phrase "all worldly things are transient"?

Well, stage 5 is quite important in this game,
so this track feels more thematic than the others.
I mean, it technically is the final stage, after all. It's also the "gateway to success". It's tough, but once you're through, there's only a little bit to go!

The theme gets way more exuberant partway through,
but when you listen to it you'll probably feel all depressed.
Even so, I'm fond of themes like this.

Stage 5 boss - Taira no Fumikado's theme
ムーンチャイルド 〜 Homunculus Dream Moon Child ~ Homunculus Dream

五面ボス、平文門の曲です。 長げぇよ五面ボスのクセに。
曲はループせずに、最後のフレーズを延々繰り返し続けるだけです。
六面ボスはおまけボス的なポジションなんで、
コイツがラスボスなんだよね、実際。
実は開発当初ではコイツが六面ボスだったんだけどね、
色々あって五面ボスに降格、可哀想に(他人事

伊代真と同じメロディがあるのは、同組織内での
仲間であることを表してるつもりです。
文門、伊代真らが属してる組織は結構大規模ですからね、
テーマになるメロディがあったほうがいいかなぁ、ってね。
まぁそれについては後の作品で登場する予定なんで、その時にでも...

ホムンクルスってことで、バイオテクノロジーっぽい
雰囲気を演出したかったんですが、どうですかねぇ?

This is the theme of Taira no Fumikado, the stage 5 boss.
Even though they're a stage 5 boss, this theme is so looong!
Rather than loop from the beginning, the final phrase just keeps repeating.
The stage 6 boss is kind of an add-on boss, so Fumikado's really the final boss of this game.
In fact, they were the stage 6 boss when I began developing the game,
but stuff happened and they were demoted. Poor thing. (*not my problem*

Their theme features the same melody as Iyozane's.
It's intended to show that they're fellow members of the same group.
The group that Iyozane and Fumikado are members of is quite grand in scale,
so I thought it'd be better to include a melody that would become a "theme" for it.
Well, they're planned to show up in a later work, so the details can wait until then...

Because Fumikado's a homunculus, I wanted to make this theme
feel a bit biotechnological. How do you think I did?

Stage 6 theme
アフターオール After All

六面道中曲です。
短い曲です。
いつもどおり最終ステージは短いんでね。

『やっぱりな』って意味の曲名です。
ココまで来た主人公達の心情を表してみました。
まぁつまり草臥れ儲けってこった。

オマケステージですね、ボス突破しなくても別に問題ないしね。
ザコ敵も単なるアイテム補充係だし。

ココまできたら、気楽に行こうや。

This is the sixth stage theme.
It's a short song.
As usual, the final stage is short.

The song title means "yep, that's it after all."
I tried to represent the feelings of the protagonists who came up here.
...So "a total waste of effort," basically.

It's a bonus stage, so it's okay even if you don't beat the boss.
The stage enemies are just there to drop items, too.

Now that you've made it this far, just take it nice an' easy.

Stage 6 boss - Shion's theme
縁から外れた名前 A Name Cast off from Fate

六面ボス、シオンの曲です。
オマケ・隠しボス的なラスボスです。
戦闘中は霊魂が常に減っていき、スペル毎にごっそり持ってかれる。
霊魂が無くなったらボス戦強制終了。
それでもゲームクリアなんで、あまり気構えないでね♪

しかしこの曲も長いねぇ〜、何度かつくり直したんで、
実は前はもっと長かったんだよね。 短くした方なのよ、これでも。
パターン自体は少ないから、同じメロディを延々と繰り返してる
って感じかな? キャラ設定も相俟って、意識が削がれそうです...

開発当初では存在すらしてなかったキャラだったんですけど、
いつの間にか六面ボスにまで成り上がってたよ、不思議。
意識と自我の集合体、闡裡神社に新しい住人かな?

This is the theme of Shion, the stage 6 boss.
They're a "bonus"/"hidden" sort of final boss. Your soul count constantly drains during the fight, and they gulp down a bunch with each spell.
When you run out of souls, the fight ends then and there.
You'll still have cleared the game, though, so don't sweat it too much. ♪

It's a really long song, though~. I remade it several times,
but it was actually even longer before. This is the short version, honest!
The amount of distinct phrases is small, so it feels like it's repeating the same melody over and
over? Add in their character background, and it really feels like your mind's getting worn down...

This character didn't even exist in the initial planning stages,
but before you knew it, boom! They shot up to stage 6 boss. How mysterious.
An aggregate of consciousness and ego. Will they be a new resident of the Senri Shrine?

Extra Stage theme
空を広くする喪失道 The Lost Road that Widens the Sky

EX面道中の曲だよん。
大空を優雅に翔る人間、乃至は妖怪ども。
アホ偉人がやったことは結構大事になったみたいね。
そして異変の本当の原因がEXステージっていうね。
オマケが本編なの? ストーリがいい加減なの?

しかしこのEX面、かなり重要な話がぽんぽん出てきます。
无現里や闡裡の設定について詳しく知りたい奇特な方は、
全キャラプレイしてみたほうがいいかも? フラグまみれよ。

登場キャラには、因縁のアイツに因縁のある奴が出てきます。
因縁ばっかり、それが鏈縁!(ドヤッ&キリッ


曲の感想書いてねぇよ・・・・

This is the Extra Stage theme.
Humans (or perhaps youkai) soaring gracefully through the sky. It looks like the idiot hero's blunder turned into a real big problem, huh?
And the real cause of the incident is in the Extra Stage. Imagine that!
The bonus stage is the main story? Who even wrote this thing?

But this Extra Stage tosses in a bunch of pretty important topics.
For those commendable folks who want to know more of Mugenri and Senri's backstory,
perhaps it'd be good to play through with all the characters? There's tons of foreshadowing.

The star character is someone with a fateful connection to a certain fateful jerk.
Fateful connections all around! That's Len'en for you! (*smug seriousface*)


None of this has anything to do with the song...

Extra Stage boss - Tenkai Zuifeng's theme
顕界オーバーホール Present World Overhaul[f]

EX面ボス、瑞風天堺の曲です。
闡裡神社の前の神主、闡裡鶴喰と共に无現里を支配してた奴です。
結界屋としては見習いですが、実力は无現里内でも上位の方ですかね。

おっと、また曲のコメントを忘れるところだった。
和風な感じとテンポを重視した曲調になってますが、
少しトゲトゲした雰囲気ですね。
社交的でもあり、同時に排他的でもあるって感じ。
天堺にはピッタリな感じかな?

っていうか、曲のコメントって言っても僕の語彙力じゃ
フワフワした説明しか出来ないじゃないですか! ヤダー!!
とにかく、て...テンポがいいよね! うん!
感じて! 察して! 悔い改めて!

This is the theme of Tenkai Zuifeng, the Extra Stage boss.
One of Mugenri's former overlords, and partner in crime to Tsurubami Senri, the former Senri priest.
They're only an apprentice barrier-smith, but they're one of the strongest people in Mugenri.

Whoops, I almost forgot to comment on the actual song again.
The tune puts emphasis on the Japanese-style feel and tempo,
but it's got a bit of a thorny atmosphere as well.
It feels sociable, but exclusionary at the same time.
Perhaps that's perfect for Tenkai?

--I said I'd comment on the song, but with my vocabulary, I can only give a vague fluffy kind of explanation! Oh nooo!!
At any rate, the... the tempo is great, isn't it?! Yeah!
Feel it! Observe it! Repent thy sins!

Extra+α Stage boss - Sese Kitsugai's theme
无現にて棲む者 Those Dwelling in Unreality

裏EX面ボス曲です。
ある意味で、元を辿っていけば
今回の復活計画の元凶とも言えるボスです。
このボスの正体について本編で明言することは
ないかも知れませんが、まぁ言わずもがな、だね。

随分といやらしい弾幕ばっかりですが、スペル数は少ないんで、
頑張ってみてね♪

ボス戦自体あまり長くないんで、曲も短めです、
さらにテンポも他のボス曲と比べて遅めなんで
メロディパターンも少なかったりするのねん。

メインテーマ曲と同じメロディを使ってますが、
・・・まぁそういうことです(どういうことです?)

This is the theme of the hidden Extra Stage boss.
When you trace the whole thing back to its source, you could say
that this boss, in a way, is the main cause of the revival plot.
Their true identity might not be explained in the main story,
but there are some things that needn't be said, right?

They use nothing but loathsome danmaku, but there aren't many spell cards,
so do your best! ♪

The boss fight itself isn't that long, so the theme is short too.
It's also quite slow compared to other boss themes, and there are less melodic patterns.

I used the same melody as heard in the main theme, but...
...well, that's what it is. (But what is it?)

Ending theme
徒爾に終わりし道すがら Walking a Road that Ends in Futility

ED曲です。
純和風な曲ですね。
画面と相俟って愉快な感じね、のほほんしてる。

なんか某ローグライクゲームで流れてそうな曲なのね、
パクってないよ、パクってないよー。


ところで「道すがら」って「途次」とも言えますよね?

徒爾(とじ) と 途次(とじ)

なーんつってn(ここから先は血で汚れて読めない)

This is the ending theme.
It's a purely Japanese-style piece.
Matched with the ending screens, it feels happy and nonchalant.

It kind of feels like it belongs in a certain roguelike game,
but I didn't steal it! I didn't steal it at all...!


By the way, you can also say "on one's way" instead of "walking a road", can't you?

Well, the first of those is pronounced the same as "futility" in Japanese (toji)!

D'you get it? D'you get the pu-- (the section beyond is bloodstained and therefore illegible).

Staff Roll theme
蜉蝣の城 〜 Phantom_VISION Castle of Mayflies ~ Phantom VISION [g]

スタッフロール曲ですね。
珍しく明るくて爽やかなスタッフロール曲です。
けど明るさの中に儚さというかね、切ないっていうかね、
まぁなんかそんな感じ(ふわふわ感想)

コレはどちらかといえば文門、伊代真たちをイメージした曲なのかも?
とは言え、広い目でみれば藪雨と玄鳥の曲とも言えるかも?
けど結局誰の曲でもないかも?
まぁなんかそんな感じ(がばがば説明)

そういえばスタッフロールもミニゲームになってます。
頑張って最後らへんまで避ければ、僕からささやかなプレゼントが...?
プレゼントは不可避です(できる人もいるかもだけど)

Yep, this is the staff roll theme.
It's a bright and refreshing one, for once.
But within that brightness lies transience, or perhaps sorrow...
Well, that's kinda how it is. (fluffy impressions once again)

If I had to say, I guess this theme is based on Fumikado and Iyozane?
But I guess you could also say it's Yabusame and Tsubakura's theme, if you look at it broadly?
Perhaps it isn't anyone's theme after all?
Well, that's kinda how it is. (messy explanation once again)

By the way, the staff roll is a minigame, too.
If you do your best and dodge until the very end, I might give you a bit of a present...?
Well, the present is unavoidable. (Though I guess someone out there could avoid it.)

Notes[edit]

  1. The kanji for "cold air" (冷気) and "spiritual aura" (霊気) are both pronounced reiki.
  2. A shouryou-ushi (精霊牛, lit. "spirit cow") is an eggplant with sticks attached to it, meant to resemble a cow. They're made during the Bon Festival to symbolically carry the souls of one's ancestors.
  3. Utsubushi-iro (空五倍子色) is a light brown color (hex code #9D896C); the phrase literally means "color of empty galls on plants".
  4. The phrase used here (ってやんでえー) was commonly used during the Edo period.
  5. Haku (, "white") refers to the pale souls of the departed; kuroi (, "black") is an uncommonly used kanji.
  6. The kanji for "present world" (顕界) is pronounced genkai, forming a pun with Tenkai's name.
  7. This title may be a reference to the Dragonfly Castle from the sequel, as the theme that plays in that location ("Haze Castle ~ Phantom ROAD") uses this theme's melody.