Game music of the day: Fragile Dreams

Game:Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon

Song: Hikari

Composer: Takuya Watanabe

Vocals: Aoi Teshima

Above: Hikari from Fragile Dreams

It’s unfortunate when a game has many lovely fundamentals that ultimately fail to come together as a game. Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon had such a situation, which we pointed out in a recent feature. It had a haunting story and a very evocative atmosphere, and some truly sad moments, but its off controls, constant backtracking and the occasional onset of boredom held it back from greatness. But isn’t our Game Music feature a perfect chance to spotlight one of Fragile Dreams’ best elements? (Answer: yes!)

The opening theme to a game about one lone boy’s exploration of a desolate modern city in hope of finding a strange girl sounds as haunting and mysterious as the concept. Sung by Japanese vocalist Aoi Teshima, the song tells the tale of one person holding on to a sliver of light as darkness threatens to wipe away all history and existence, not unlike how protagonist Seto searches the empty world for a silver-haired girl with his flashlight. In spirit and lyrics, Hikari reflects Fragile Dreams’ subject faultlessly.

Above: Aoi also sang the nearly as good ending theme

Aoi Teshima is a first-rate singer on her own and a great choice to provide vocals for the opening and ending tracks. Fans of Japanese pop should check out her other works, including the theme to Ghibli film Gedo Senki and her cover of the Bette Midler song The Rose.

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  • Metroidhunter32 - September 25, 2010 4:25 p.m.

    I've got to get this eventually.
  • philipshaw - September 21, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    I thought the voice sounded familiar and when you mentioned studio Ghibli I knew who it was. The song in tales from earthsea is awesome
  • Brett35 - September 21, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    I need help my school needs new warm up music for basketball and I already got original halo theme but any suggestions from anyone would be appreciated and the song cant have words
  • Strangleme - September 21, 2010 10:18 p.m.

  • Millikin - September 21, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    Mm very pretty songs. Can't help but ask, though... is that a bin bag the girl is wearing? The guy has enough material in his coat/dress/robe to clothe three people. What a pervert.
  • marioman50 - September 21, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    I like the opening song a lot.
  • thedutewaw - September 21, 2010 2:10 p.m.

    Goddamn Hank way to knock it outta the park, these two songs were awesome. When I saw the picture for the article I was really hoping it would be some slow song filled with piano and I was not disappointed. Really great songs hope to hear more like this. I wish I could sing half as good as Aoi, I'm blue with envy....that almost worked...dammit
  • gamingfreak - September 21, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    Nice choices Henry!
  • lincc289 - September 21, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    go!go! About you, fashionable tide Story will start from here! s
  • flabslapper - September 21, 2010 7 a.m.

    This is one of those cases when game mechanics can completely hold a game back, this game is so beautiful and story is so emotional that it SHOULD have been one of the best games of the Wii, maybe even one of the best games of all time, but the horrible controls weigh this game down so much I've only ever cried during three games in my 20 some odd years of gaming, and this game was one of them, the story can get that heart wrenching thanks for posting this Henry!
  • JohnDagger - September 21, 2010 5:17 a.m.

    Wow, the first three notes of the second song are totally the same as the first three from Aerith's theme from FF7....not that it matters. I still wanna buy this game.
  • elpurplemonkey - September 21, 2010 5:12 a.m.

    Goddamn Hank, those two songs were beautiful.
  • enlargedhousecats - September 21, 2010 2:30 a.m.

  • MrSuitMan - September 21, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    Lol Napoleon Dynamite. Kidding aside, the music's pretty good. It's not often you hear good vocals in an OST soundtrack.
  • batmanboy11 - September 21, 2010 2:16 a.m.

    Good stuff Henry!

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