VGMpire 71 – 20 Years of Breath of Fire Episodes Jun 252014 Celebrate 20 years of Breath of Fire with this series-spanning tribute to swords n sorcery. Download now Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related 23 Responses to “VGMpire 71 – 20 Years of Breath of Fire” Project DarkSide says: June 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm This is awsome,I did not had any other BOF games other than 4,but it is my favourite,I watched the other 3 (1,2,3) on youtube LP’s 5 was not good,but 4 it is my favourite,I hope another one the same as 4 will come,the same gameplay and graphics,and tactics,and everything the same but to be 6 or at least 7,this will bring more fans,and belive me more buyers for the game,I think another Breath Of Fire game that will be the same as 4 ,will be sold in a astronomic way. A Breath Of Fire 4 dedicated fan from Romania. Cheers to all of you,and let’s hope 6 will not be fu**ed up as 5 was. BladedFalcon says: June 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm I was blown away by this episode. I only knew the BoF series by name and reputation but had actually never played the games, and I think Patrick’s sampling here was really good in showing off how distinct each entry is from each other. I think the tracks from BoF were my favorite style, and now I’m gonna see if I can get my hands on the OST! 😀 Also, speaking of obscure-ish series with great music… Brett, is there any way I could help to make a Zone of the Enders episode possible? There’s only 3 games in the series to date, but all of them have great stuff in it, and it would be cool if there was a chance to highlight some of it ^^ Wryce says: June 25, 2014 at 6:33 pm Oh man. This is one of the episodes I have been hoping to hear since VGMpire started. The Breath of Fire series holds a special place in my heart, as one of the core set of RPGs I owned and played constantly when I was younger and had all the free time in the world. Thanks Brett! Patrick Kulikowski says: June 25, 2014 at 7:24 pm Thanks for your comments, guys! Here are some other recommendations from the OSTs that we couldn’t fit into the podcast, but are amazing tracks in their own right: Breath of Fire: Beginning of Battle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMd6V2MAqEQ Gentle Breeze https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnCgHlaa31s Distant View https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MjNq2OmVAs Dawn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxDwgHjkacg God’s Footprints http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13RI_Ek7KTA Breath of Fire II: The Destined Child https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cx7XvuohDY Clean Hit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRNoLkns2eM Breath of Fire (an arrangement of the world map theme from BoF1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrzVR52P7vo Cross Counter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9tRW05cfYk I’ll Do It https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nwgeqoCsnE Memories https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WayxBYsgnmU A Whale La-La-La https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qJo_Z13d2A What it Takes to be a Hero http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbZmgTVbr_w Breath of Fire III: Escape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcaJxnocad8 Chickens in the Night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2CiHyDA0RE The Insane Warriors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA66zWdKW-I Fighting Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSQ7M7ABvXU DONDEN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0sRq3FA-tc Angels and Dragons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20skNvgDTJU Battle in the Coming Days http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q6ceQ8DG3U Self Determination (Final Battle) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH22URxWlRc Breath of Fire IV: Song of the Plains http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHasR3ftpUM Maybe I’ll Even Buy a Sheep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqHdBa324RU The End and the Beginning III https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pgI4z54pFY Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter: Ranger HQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OGcFYAO_dA Going Out to See the Sky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01sKW4Rppow Formidable Foe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wvsc6vsNCs Lowest Sector Borough https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCwXOPbYA1o Mid Sector Borough https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnkqCRCNkBM Maddening Heart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F5l4ENimvU Ramminchuck says: June 26, 2014 at 12:58 am Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude I’ve been looking forward to this since you started this show! DrowningInBrownings says: June 26, 2014 at 1:32 am Hooray for new VGMpire! The BoF III music was outstanding. Buying the soundtrack ASAP. Big Adam says: June 26, 2014 at 7:18 am Whoa. This was some great music. I’ve heard that battle theme from the first game before in some “Best RPG Battle Music” list. I loved pretty much everything I heard in this episode. I’ll definitely be checking out these soundtracks further. And maybe I’ll give BOF4 a go sometime. I like going back and playing some good RPGs from the past. bobob101 says: June 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm Another series I know nothing about. And another series with some amazing music. I wish I had more time in my day to play all of this. You should have Greg and Patrick on more, they know some deep cuts. bmosley says: June 27, 2014 at 5:49 pm Great ep! I like that you’re having different guests too Utopianemo says: June 29, 2014 at 10:06 pm Kulikowski and Elston, you BOTH make me feel old! ’95 was when I graduated from high school. Kulikowski, Major props for bringing the in-depth knowledge of BOF. The first track(after the intro) definitely had that Mari Yamaguchi sound; it reminded me a lot of certain levels of Ghouls N’ Ghosts and especially Strider. She has this distinctive style that sounds vaguely atonal; her musical phrases sound more like modernist classical music than J-pop or jazz or any of the other stylistic influences evident in her peers. That second track(battle track) definitely took cues from Final Fantasy; it was interesting to hear how the BOF music changed as the series went on. Great work, guys! DrunkOrsonWelles says: June 30, 2014 at 12:48 am Well, I’ve been looking for some games to download on my new Wii U, and BoF 2 has some lovely music. Great episode! Utopianemo says: June 30, 2014 at 5:29 am You guys are way off on the panflute assessment, however. http://www.toothpastefordinner.com/020605/panflute-flowchart.gif Zamfir was a filthy liar. Dubayawa says: July 1, 2014 at 7:04 am Thanks for another great episode! All of these games have fantastic music I had to listen to the episode more than once! Thanks thanks thanks Sinosaur says: July 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm Breath of Fire is one of those series that meant a lot to me. Final Fantasy obviously was big, but it was big for practically everyone from that time period, not nearly as many people cared about BoF. The very first game magazine I ever picked up was a Gamefan (or something like that) on a family road trip. I didn’t own anything but a Game Boy at the time (…I had found a way to play Breath of Fire 1 through less legitimate means) and inside it had something that sold me on the Playstation completely: A preview of Breath of Fire III. At the time, the 2D sprites on a 3D world looked incredible. Breath of Fire III was one of my first PS1 games, and I played the hell out of it. I loved the characters, the story, the ability to turn into so many different types of dragons! BoF4 I actually borrowed from a friend. It looked better and cleaner, but somehow it never grabbed me the same way. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t make my RyuDragonwhatever screen name on AOL because of BoF4, I made it based on BoF3. As for Dragon Quarter… obviously it was BoF, so I needed it. Yes, it was weird, and needing to restart a few times upset me, but once I beat it the first time I was so happy to just keep playing through it again and again. When I eventually found out that everyone else thought it was terrible, I felt terrible. Ryu, Lin, and Nina all struggling to reach the surface was a story that mattered to me. I cared about the characters, and hearing that nobody else liked it was kind of rough, so thanks, Patrick, for being the first person to mention Dragon Quarter and have praise to offer it (at least that I’ve ever heard). Melokuyo says: July 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm Great episode about a series I didn’t really know anything about before now. Will definitely look into the rest of the soundtrack now! Anone says: July 13, 2014 at 3:17 am I can’t help but notice that you don’t seem to have even mentioned Breath Of Fire 6. There’s even some music up in the ‘Special’ section, although not a lot and none of it seems complete. Patrick Kulikowski says: August 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm Part of me would have liked to include either the Breath of Fire 6 “Invitation of the White Dragons” theme or the “Love Herb -AIBO-” sample, as I really enjoy those new tracks, but this was meant more as a celebration of the existing games in the franchise, and there was already a huge challenge in selecting the tunes from 5 games to fit a podcast. BoF6 still has a long way to go, having been delayed to Spring 2015. Invitation of the White Dragons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKjpClwiPv0 Love Herb -AIBO- sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0xxasXK_ZY In any case, I do encourage everyone to check out the samples I’ve uploaded on YouTube, they’re pretty good. I’m excited to found out who the composer(s) are for BoF6. BigAdam says: August 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm I know this is an older podcast so I don’t know if anyone’s still looking at the comments, but the Jazzy music in Breath of Fire III really reminds me of the music from Radiata Stories for the PS2. That game has a lot of really cool, different Jazzy tracks. The town themes in particular come to mind. Worth checking out if you enjoy the BOF III music. Patrick Kulikowski says: August 19, 2014 at 8:56 am I looked it up, saw Noriyuki Iwadare’s name, and now I know that I must listen to this OST 😛 Patrick Kulikowski says: October 2, 2014 at 10:02 am Just noticed I didn’t have timestamps up for this episode, so I’ll post ’em here: 00:00:00 “The Dragon Warrior” (Breath of Fire – Yasuaki Fujita) 00:15:11 “Starting the Journey ~ Breath of Fire” (Breath of Fire – Mari Yamaguchi) 00:16:29 “Battling” (Breath of Fire – Yasuaki Fujita) 00:17:59 “Fate” (Breath of Fire – Yasuaki Fujita) 00:21:13 “Secret City” (Breath of Fire – Yasuaki Fujita) 00:22:26 “Deep Forest” (Breath of Fire – Yasuaki Fujita) 00:24:36 “Black Dragon” (Breath of Fire – Yasuaki Fujita) 00:32:09 “Wanderer” (Breath of Fire II – Yuko Takehara) 00:33:02 “Dying Corpse” (Breath of Fire II – Yuko Takehara) 00:34:35 “Left Unspoken” (Breath of Fire II – Yuko Takehara) 00:38:10 “Our Journey” (Breath of Fire II – Yuko Takehara) 00:39:36 “Crooked Ladder” (Breath of Fire II – Yuko Takehara) 00:48:35 “Without a Care” (Breath of Fire III – Akari Kaida) 00:51:20 “Do Your Best!” (Breath of Fire III – Akari Kaida) 00:52:54 “People, Cats, Birds & Sea Lice” (Breath of Fire III – Yoshino Aoki) 01:01:11 “Bastard Sword” (Breath of Fire IV – Yoshino Aoki) 01:02:37 “And Yet the Merchants Will Go” (Breath of Fire IV – Yoshino Aoki) 01:05:03 “God of War” (Breath of Fire IV – Yoshino Aoki) 01:16:28 “Lift” (Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter – Hitoshi Sakimoto) 01:18:36 “Power Supply Building” (Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter – Hitoshi Sakimoto) 01:28:44 “Pure Again ~Staff Roll~” (Breath of Fire III – Akari Kaida, Yoshino Aoki) 7md says: November 30, 2014 at 9:25 pm this episode blew my mind! I am a new listener for the show. I played 3 and 4 but for some reason I didnt finish either of them…. that God of war track was epic. Love the show thanks <3 R. Mitrov says: December 12, 2014 at 6:56 am Off topic – Master of Monsters – uses the same sound engine as Gauntlet IV, and it’s done by Hayato Matsuo under the supervision of Koichi Sugiyama. It’s amazing, go check it out. On the topic. I love the BoF series. BoF III was my first real jrpg and the first game I owned on the PS1.. still is one of my favorites. I think you should have mentioned the similarity of certain BoF III tracks with certain Chrono Trigger tracks (Cedar Woods / Secrets of the Forest). Also, I don’t really care about the soundtracks of the first two games. I think they’re a bit muffled, and really not that interesting.. especially the original game. The second game is much better overall, but still nothing too memorable. The things really pick up in the PS1 era. Endings and Beginnings and A Warring God are among the best pieces of video game music in my opinion. I can’t wait to read those interviews with Yoshino Aoki and Akari Kaida. Patrick Kulikowski says: December 12, 2014 at 9:31 pm I was actually thinking about including those similarities, but there was already a boatload of content to cover. I’m well aware of the similarities between “Falling Green” and “Secret of the Forest” as well as the Game Over music, “Like a Loser” to Chrono Trigger’s “Wind Scene” (600 AD World Map). Given that Akari Kaida and Yasunori Mitsuda know each other, that probably explains it. 😛 For those of you who are still looking at these comments and want to hear these tracks: Breath of Fire III’s “Falling Green” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8U5nxhxYf0 Chrono Trigger’s “Secret of the Forest” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r1iesThvYg Breath of Fire III’s “Like a Loser” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrAkhQRb7oI Chrono Trigger’s “Wind Scene” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hELte7HgL2Y Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.