Production: Kogado Studio Release Date: 2004/03/26 Artist: Ritsuko Okazaki Song: Sora no Mukou ni Resolution: 640x480 File Size: 191MB ---> 20MB Official Site | Getchu | EGS | VNDB
Symphonic Rain takes place in a fictional city of Italian heritage, where rain falls everyday. The locals there have adapted to this peculiar phenomenon, and carry on with their lives as if the rain was never there. No one takes an umbrella, no one wears a rain coat. The main character of the story is 17 year old Chris, a Fortelle student of the famous Piova Communal School of Music. Separated from his childhood sweetheart Arietta when he left his home town for the city, he keeps in touch with her through the means of weekly letters. Penning their thoughts on those letters, Chris treasures and keeps her weekly writings, for he had promised her that should his drawer become totally filled with them, he would return to her.
This is a very pretty song, and there’s an interesting story behind it, for those who don’t already know. Ritsuko Okazaki was the writer, singer and composer for Symphonic Rain’s soundtrack. She also worked on a number of anime songs, and the Fruits Basket OP is usually the first that springs to everyone’s mind. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2003 but continued to work on her music. Kogado released the game in March 2004. Ritsuko died two months later of septic shock. I don’t think it’s too much of a leap to suggest that this OST may have been her farewell letter.