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Each blog entry lists all the music featured in a specific episode, in the order that it appeared.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

27. Force of Arms Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 27: "Force of Arms." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Ahh, the big one. "We Will Win," in all it's glory.

This episode is another case where the original broadcast version varies from what became the standard  version. In the standard version, as Rick and Minmei watch the Earth being destroyed Minmei says "Mother... Father..."  and Rick mourns "Lisa..." The scene then cuts to a flashback of Rick and Minmei's visit back to Earth and her family as we hear Minmei sing "To Be in Love," which fades into the current Earth as a desolate ruin. When the song reaches the lines "A world of things we've never seen before, a world of--" Minmei breaks down into tears. It's probably the most dramatic, heart wrenching usage of "To Be in Love" in the entire series, driving home the destruction of the Earth on a personal level.

However the original version works just as well, but in a completely different way. In the original broadcast version, after Rick says Lisa's name, Minmei begins singing the last verse of "It's You" instead (without the Yokohama flashback): "If you still think of me, how did we come to this? Wish that I knew it is me that you miss..." and then she starts crying. After the conversation they just had where Rick told her they never would have worked out anyway because they live in separate worlds now, it conveys that Minmei finally realizes that Rick hasn't been sitting around waiting for her. She's lost her home, she's lost her family, and now she's realizing she's even lost Rick. It may not be as grand as the standard version, but still a crucial turning point on a deeper, more intimate level. Interestingly enough, the It's You EP uses photos from this scene in the CD booklet.

The other thing about this is when assembling a "Perfect Memory" soundtrack, it also affects the order of the songs. Going by the original broadcast version "It's You" would come before "We Will Win." But I've been compiling this list to follow the standard version, which means we won't hear "It's You" until the next episode. Since I have no idea where "The Man in My Life" falls in the original broadcast version, I'll be sticking with the putting them in the standard version order.

Another change in the two versions is in the final scene, when Rick and Lisa hear Minmei's music as the SDF-1 returns to Earth. In the original version, "To Be in Love" was used, while the standard version uses the ending lines of  "We Will Win." The standard version is the only place in the series to use that part of the song.

Robotech Theme
Red Alert
Minmei's Theme
Private Time (b)
Alien Attack
To Be in Love
Minmei's Theme
(Alien Attack) Resolve
The Point of No Return
Private Time Theme (a2)
We Will Win
Alien Attack
We Will Win (radio effect)
Minmei's Theme
The Point of No Return
Roy Fokker's Theme
We Will Win
Robotech Love Theme I
We Will Win
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

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