I always have very mixed feelings when it comes to writing about the Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Soundtracks. On the one hand, Katou Tatsuya never fails to deliver magnificent music with enormous variety, but on the other, it’s always so hard to pick and choose between tracks to write about and I always feel like I’m leaving out something important. As always, this particular OST is frequently reminiscent of RPG music, though compared to the previous one, there’s far more stately music to represent the focus on Great Britain and its role in the story.
*Beware, spoilers ahead!
「境渡りの欲深き者達」 (Sakai Watari no Yoku Fukaki Mono Tachi)
“The Greedy Ones who Cross Borders”
A stunning finale to a great season. Everyone comes together in one last great effort to grasp victory…and at the end of the day, even some of the losers are better off, with lovers once lost or newly found beside them. Beautifully done.
Final impressions included.
「居場所の刃傷持ち」 (Ibasho no Ninjou Mochi)
“Where the One Scarred by Swords Belongs”
The action this episode continued to be fast-paced and exciting, and there were two times where a chill ran up my spine that said “yeah…you’re watching something special.” Heroism, pride, sacrifice, loyalty, and love – emotions abound in this penultimate episode of Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II.
「花畑の合格者」 (Hanahata no Goukakusha)
“Successful Candidate in the Flower Garden”
It’s a rare show that can keep the tension high for a long time while still delivering meaningful conclusions every step of the way, but thanks to having 4+ shows worth of plot all woven into one, Kyoukaisen can, and is, doing exactly that. And it’s superb.
「劇場の咆哮者」 (Gekijou no Houkou Mono)
“Howler at the Theatre”
This episode contains the amazing Kimi-nee being amazing, Neito whooping ass, Seijun besting her skeletal adversary in an unexpected way, Adele standing back up and fighting, and the epic conclusion of Shakespeare-chan vs Neshinbara. It is, needless to say, the best episode this series has shown us all season.
「夜空の別離者」 (Yozora no Betsuri Mono)
“A Separation of the Night Sky”
The battle has begun, and not in a way any of the players expected, save for one. Felipe, you are a magnificent bastard sir, even if you still don’t quite believe in yourself…
「高所の決定者」 (Kousho no Ketteisha)
“The Decision Maker on High”
A freaky four-way debate gives way to new information on the coming apocalypse, and some fresh resolve from Tenzou. Also, poor Asama!
「広間の語り部」 (Hiroma no Kataribu)
“Storyteller in the Hall”
The truth about Mary’s execution comes out, and another killer debate, this time with Masazumi going up against the Fairy Queen Elizabeth. The games are over – now it’s getting serious.
「広場の男女」 (Hiroba no Danjo)
“The Man and the Woman in the Plaza”
All of previous episode’s battles conclude, just in time for some lovu-lovu time with our two couples…and for a bigger adversary to step onto the stage.
「猟場の人道主義者」 (Ryouba no Jindoushugisha)
“The Hunting Ground’s Humanitarians”
While not a bad episode, this was clearly a “middle” episode. There’s a lot going on, with a ton of introductions and lots of events happening, but very little in the way of resolutions. Still, there were definitely some enjoyable parts, and they laid the foundation of far more to come.