April 23rd, at the "Vampire Cafe" in the metropolitan area, a conversation event was able to be done for the June 6 release plans of the Game Boy Advance version game console of "Castlevania ~Concerto of the Midnight Sun~" from Konami. Coming to light this time is the said game producer IGA, and the musician Mana-Sama who is a member of MALICE MIZER. As for "Castlevania", IGA has come to produce the "Akumajou Dracula" renewal series work. Mana-Sama is a big fan of the same series, so he is expected to write an original song for this work. In their original aesthetic sense, the two respond in the following conversation.
"The dark outlook of the 'Dracula' series was something new for the time of the Famicom. My impressions of the game this time are that the characters are beautiful. Also, right from the beginning a big character appears so you're running around often. This game keeps its aesthetic feeling, and I think the song I created reveals a sense of myself in it. I used a pipe organ that I think creates a beautiful sorrowful image." (Mana)
▲ Mana-Sama, showing off his superior visual sense, is obsessed with the beauty of the characters.
"This time, for the new system you will be able to use a "special edition" form of witchcraft. Its something that feels good to use, but you can still clear the game even if you don't use it. It creates an allowance for the player to decide on how easy or hard they want to make it. As for the highlight of the story, the mystery of the castle appears in a time period when Dracula cannot be resurrected. You might be saying "What on earth is this," so from this time on we have changed the name to "Castlevania", and if everyone has a voice in it, we would like to explore a development of it in various forms on the Playstation 2." (IGA)
▲ An atmosphere like a mansion in the Middle Ages suits IGA well. Could he be a descendant of Count Dracula!?
What kind of song will Mana-Sama bring forth in the intoxicating world of "Castlevania"!? This song is planned to be released as a ringtone that will be available at TSUTAYA online in late May. People who are interested should check it out here:
TSUTAYA Online Here
Translations by Sarah @ Mana-Sama.net
†This article was written on the Famitsu (ファミ通) website in 2002. Famitsu is a video game magazine which Mana is well known for keeping up with.
† The song Mana composed was ONLY released as a promotional mobile phone ring tone at TSUTAYA online. It was known as "La nuit blanche". This song did not appear in the actual Castlevania game.
† Akumajou Dracula -- Just to clear things up for those who may be confused: in the U.S. Akumajou Dracula is simply "Castlevania", but as stated in this article the name in Japan had been changed from "Akumajou Dracula" to "Castlevania" due to the plot change in the story of the game.
† Famicon -- For those who are not familiar with this term of gaming system, the western (US, Europe, etc) release name of the Famicon was "Nintendo Entertainment System" also known simply as the "NES", which appeared in the early 1980's. In Japan and many other asian countries this system is known as the Family Computer, or "Famicon" (or FC) for short.
When researching the song Mana talks about in this article, I found a few interesting facts pertaining both to Mana and the Castlevania series.
† In 1997 Konami released a Castlevania game titled "Akumajou Dracula X Gekka no Yasoukyoku", or in English "Castlevania: Symphony of the Night". Nearly one year later, in 1998 MALICE MIZER released a song titled "Gekka no Yasoukyoku" or translated in English, "Symphony of the Night".
*However, note that this article was written in 2002, so the song Mana wrote for Castlevania is obviously not Gekka no Yasoukyoku (Symphony of the Night) -- Actually Kozi wrote the song "Gekka no Yasoukyoku" and Gackt wrote the lyrics.
† As many Mana fans are aware, every year Mana has a concert in March for his birthday, which in English is known as "The Madou Gathering" which is generally followed by a number of how many years the concert has been going on. For instance, this year will be "Madou Gathering ~ The Moon's Eighth Night~" In Japanese this is written as 魔導集会 第八夜 (Madou shuukai Dai hachi yoru). The point is this -- in Japanese, the Akumajou Dracula X Gekka no Yasoukyoku (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) game has several parts to it which are labeled exactly as the Madou Gathering concerts. A simpler way to put it is that this year will be 第八夜 (The 8th Night) of the Madou Gathering concert while in Castlevania, there are parts of the game labeled in the exact same way 第八夜 (The 8th Night) with of course many other numbers (The 1st night, 2nd night, etc). If you understand this correctly, what I'm trying to say is that Mana is labeling his birthday concerts after the Castlevania games!