I remember a long time ago, when everyone found out that FFVIII was going to have a vocal theme by Faye Wong, thinking to myself that it would never work. Video games and vocal themes done by famous people? Never. And in the end it worked out, even though FFVIII had a battle system that bugged the hell out of me.
And I remember the skepticism at the announcement of what Kingdom Hearts was: Final Fantasy crossed with Disney characters. Our beloved RPG series churned with those cartoons from our childhood. That will never work, we all said. And again, it proved to be a surprisingly good RPG with a really good story.
The other thing Kingdom Hearts had was a really good vocal theme, Hikari (or Simple and Clean for those of you who don’t follow Japanese music or games) by Utada Hikaru. It was a really good song. It got me into downloading all of that J-pop and I know a few people who aren’t music people at all who like it a lot.
When I found out that there was another theme for Kingdom Hearts 2, I was disappointed. I mean, Hikari was the only song for KH. Over here, Utada Hikaru and Kingdom Hearts go together. And then I didn’t hear anything about KH until just now.
I was listening to some of Utada Hikaru’s stuff again, just for variety and switching it up once in a while. Apparently, KH has been out for a few months now, so the new theme, Passion, has been released as a single in Japan. I decided to give it a whirl.
Passion is something completely different. Watching the music video for it, it has this really cool sounding atmospheric, ethereal background behind the main vocals. And it has this awesome drumline that, really drives it along. And the main vocals are just sweeping and really grand. All of this is combined and the result really screams high fantasy.
It is really different from any of Utada Hikaru’s other songs. After watching the KH2 opening FMV, I was just blown away by how well Passion matches it. I guess I was proven wrong again. Passion fits in with KH2 just like Hikari fitted in with KH.
Passion is now my favourite Utada Hikaru song.