The Music of Please Save My Earth
There is more good music in Please Save My Earth than will fit on a single CD. As far as I know, there are 3 soundtrack CDs and 3 drama CDs, plus a domestic version as well. Overall, I would rate soundtracks 1 and 3 as being tied for the best. Personally, I don't like the tracks on soundtrack 2 as much, although there are some good pieces, as well as one or two drama tracks, if I remember right. The first drama CD is also quite good, and I currently don't know anything about the other two drama CDs.

A quick search of a number of sites couldn't turn up the CDs at all, so I'm guessing it's out of print here in the US. However, you can order the import versions of the CDs from Nikaku Animart or Mikado in San Francisco.

Original Soundtrack Vol. 1
Although there are three soundtrack CDs, most of the important and truly good compositions can be found on the first one. This includes the end theme song, "Memories of the Times," as well as the long version of "In the Bed of the Crescent Moonlight". This CD has 25 tracks and is over 60 minutes long. Other selections include "Parallel View," the light, comical piece that's played when Rin first kisses Alice, and "The Scent of Tragedy."

If you are interested in getting this, it is put out by Victor Entertainment. The part number is VICL-446. There is also an SM version of this available, and though I personally don't agree with buying the SM-manufactured CDs, I can understand that some people will have more of a restriction on their spending than I might.
Soundtrack #1 cover
Soundtrack #1 cover
Here is the play list for the first soundtrack, as near as I can translate them. Please note that I couldn't find some of the words in my puny dictionaries, so a few titles are incomplete. I've also included the romanized Japanese names as well as I could handle them.
1. Mikkatsuki no shindai (The Bed of the Cresent Moonlight)
Can't remember where it's used in the anime, but it's in the Image Music Video
2. Nostalgia
This is the piece that plays at the beginning of episode 1 when Alice thinks to herself "I want to go back."
3. Ooinaru Hikari - Uchuu-kara no messeji (The Light That Grows - Message from Space)
This plays the first time Issei and Jinpachi are explaining their Moon Dream to Alice
4. Tuskikage (Moon Shadow)
5. Mujaki na nokku (Innocent Knock)
Part of this plays in the background when Rin kisses Alice
6. Parallel View
...continued from the previous piece
7. Otozure (The Visit)
8. Toki no kioku (Memory of Times)
The end theme!
9. Yokan (Premonition)
10. Utakata no ai (Love That Was Sung)
11. Koboreta omoi (Overflowing Thoughts or Memories)
Plays when Mikuro drops off his note to Haruhiko at the aquarium
12. Kouri tsuita hadou - Zenmetsu (Frozen in Motion - Extinction)
This is what's playing during the fight between Rin and Mikuro
13. zero e no hasshin (Depart toward Zero)
The preview song
14. Kanashimi no Kaori (The Scent of Tragedy)
Can't remember when this is played.
15. Toui hi no uta (Song of a Faraway Day)
Played during one of the Lazlo sequences, I think
16. Yume no sumika (The Home of the Dreams)
Used in Image Music Video
17. Infinity
Plays during a couple of the moon scenes, and a few times when Alice or Rin is looking at the moon, I believe
18. Moon Paradise
When Shion first meets Kyaa!
19. ?? no hi (Day of ??)
When Alice decides to quit going to the meetings, and Rin is trying to comfort her in the rain
20. Hikai no naka e (Into the Heart of the Light)
During Tamura's reading of Haruhiko's letter of confession
21. Natsukashii kaze (Nostalgic or Familiar Wind)
22. Toki no shizuku (A Drop of Time)
During the group meetings
23. Tsuki reijuu (Moon Age Tree)
A variation of the song during Lazlo's talk with Shion near the end
24. Inori (Prayer)
Played during Alice's plea to God to save Rin
25. Mikkatsuki no shindai for MOON WAVE (The Bed of the Crescent Moon for MOON WAVE)
Instrumental version

Soundtrack #2 cove
Soundtrack #2 cover
Image Soundtrack Vol. 2
Of the three purely musical soundtrack CDs, the second is probably the worst. Although it contains some decent pieces, not too many of the tracks really stand out. One, about Mikuro as a kid, is fairly nice. And the track where Issei meets Jinpachi at the public baths, gets embarrassed, and almost drowns is pretty funny. Unfortunately, "Young Soul Rebel" where Jinpachi and Issei rap is awful. If you really want a complete collection, then get it. Otherwise, get the other CDs. The part number is VICL-519.
The play list for the second soundtrack, to the best of my ability. I've also included some notes on which composer did which songs, where I could decipher the names.
1. ??ka na RONDO something Rondo
Music by Kanno Yohko
2. Mezame (Awakening)
Music by Mizoguchi Hajime
3. Sahjareem
Music by Mizoguchi Hajime
4. Tsuki Kan Kan (moon ring mansion?)
Music by Mizoguchi Hajime
5. Sakura-kara Issei e (From Sakura to Issei, Episode 1)
Starts from when Sakura visits Issei after he stays home from school, after he kissed Jinpachi
6. Sono hi made (Until That Day)
Sort of a pop, Swing Out Sisters kind of vocal piece
7. toumei na mirai (The Clear Future)
The song that plays when Lazlo talks to Shion near the end. Music by Mizoguchi Hajime
8. De-ai (Meeting)
When the group first get together at Daisuke's house. Music by Mizoguchi Hajime
9. Koi ka mo shirenai (It Might Be Love)
Music by Mizoguchi Hajime
10. Issei-kara Jinpachi e (From Issei to Jinpachi, Episode 2)
(Not in anime) Issei bumps into Jinpachi at the public baths, and Issei finds himself having embarrassing thoughts about his friend. Unable to decide whether to stay in the bath or get out where Jinpachi is waiting, Issei slowly sinks into the water and almost drowns.
Rap piece between Issei and Jinpachi
12. First Impression
The piece that plays when Alice first sees Rin in episode 1. Music by Mizoguchi Hajime
13. Kaji-kara Mikuro e (From Kaji to Mikuro, Episode 3)
14. Psychic Flew
15. Yuusha no ?? (GLOW YOUR KNIGHT)
Odd little piece with mixed English, German, and Japanese lyrics. Vocal piece with music by Kanno Yohko
16. Requiem
This plays in the background when Hiragi first announces that Gyokulan has died, and during the montage after that. Music by Mizoguchi Hajime
17. Mikuro-kara Rin e (From Mikuro to Rin, Episode 4)
18. Tokete yuku jikan (The Time of Dissolution)
It's the second to last song from the Image Music Video, when Mokulen is talking to Shion about the Earth and how much they will love each other now that Shion has recovered. Music by Mizoguchi Hajime
19. Ei-in no rasen (Eternal Spiral)
This is the main "theme" that recurs throughout the series. Music by Kanno Yohko and Mizoguchi Hajime
20. The Moonlit Song
A quiet, introspective vocal in English. Music by Kanno Yohko

Image Soundtrack Vol. 3
Aside from the first CD, this one, "The Golden Age, The Festival from the Moon," is the best other one. Some of my friends like it even more than the first one. The first track of 16 is "The Passing of the Golden Age," (also called The Time of Gold Flowing on the domestic version) the song that begins the Image Music Video. This is a really nice song, presumably sung in the alien language of Mokulen's home planet. At least, it doesn't sound like any language that I can tell. Track number 5, whose title is something like "The Song You Don't Sing" (JVC titles it Song Without A Song) is a very odd one that changes from quiet to a driving sound and back, but I personally like it a lot. Track 7, "Injured Wings, " (JVC: Wounded Wings) is the extremely powerful and moving music used during the final fight sequence between Rin and Mikuro. Track 10 is again from the Music Video. This one is called "Ring," the English name used for Rin in the manga. It includes more of the alien singing from the first song, as well as English commands that (I think) Rin is giving the computer in the moon base. If you liked the Music Video, then you'll probably like this one. The part number is VICL-5260.

Soundtrack #3 cover
Soundtrack #3 cover
The play list for Image Soundtrack #3, taken from the domestic JVC version, follows. Much thanks to George Batey for sending me this list!
1. Prologue-The Time of the Gold Flowing
2. Between Ages
3. The One That Flows
4. Edge of Dreams, Tears?
5. A Song Without A Song
6. "Vacuous Space"
7. Wounded Wings
8. Within The Piercing Wind
9. Slowly... Gazing
10. "Ring"
11. Of Twinkling Dreams
12. With Nostalgic Radiance
13. Heartbeat Color
14. Carried By Heartache and Wings
15. To Earth, An Age Of Dreams
16. For The Moon's Prayer And Companions

Drama CD Vol. 1
In addition to the soundtrack CDs, there are also a number of drama CDs for PSME. The first of these, "Moon Wave," contains minor bits of repeated material from the show, plus a great deal of information that is not shown in the episodes. For example, the first drama track is from Shukaido's diary, in which he writes that he's always had an attraction to ZKK-101 (the Moon). He also mentions that Shion has always been a loner.

From this, the CD continues onto tracks that detail the group's first meeting on their home planet; everyone's reaction to Mokulen (the men are immediately struck by something about her, although they don't know what); various talks and arguments the seven have on the Moon. One track explains why there are so many plants in the moon base: when Mokulen was depressed, she sang to the plants, which began to overgrow every part of the station. Another part of the CD details the fact that most of the equipment on the base is antiquated; this may explain why the group was not prepared with vaccines and good medication. Lastly, a couple of the tracks talk about Shion, Gyokulan, and Shukaido's early days together in school, and where the rivalry between Gyoku and Shion began: over a girl named Koko.

Although the drama CDs aren't for everyone, they still have a good amount of the extremely good music on them. Even if you don't understand Japanese (and can't find someone who does), you may still be interested in these. The part number for this one is VICL-444.
Drama CD #1 cover
Drama CD #1 cover

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Last updated February 24, 2008