EVE burst error is an adult-oriented visual novel originally released for the PC-98 in 1995 by C’s Ware with additional ports to Saturn and Windows.
In EVE you follow the interconnected stories of Marina and Kojiroh as they avoid death and danger at every turn in order to discover the truth behind their respective missions. Combine the powerhouse compositional forces of Ryu Umemoto and Ryu Takami with the storytelling finesse of Hiroyuki Kanno (lead designer of YU-NO) and you get a recipe for a gripping game whose impact reverberates all the way to contemporary visual novels like Steins;Gate.
EVE Burst Error launched a number of sequels and remakes, but few of the soundtracks hit as powerfully as the original PC-98 where we’ll spend most of our focus. Join us as we listen to music from two of the greatest FM synthesis masters of their day; funky bass lines, hard hitting techno, soulful melodies and all.
Ryu Umemoto was best known for his work in the 1990s writing stellar FM music for games like Princess Maker 2, Desire, Xenon, and YU-NO. In the 2000s he also worked on many notable shmups like Psyvariar, Mushihime-sama, Espgaluda II and Akai Katana. Sadly we tragically lost Umemoto too soon; he passed away at the age of 37 in 2011. He was loved by his friends and peers and left us with a huge body of amazing music. Considering how obscure many of his early games are outside of Japan, it speaks volumes to his abilities that his work on games like Xenon, YU-NO and EVE burst error are are so well-traveled in VGM circles and his reputation as a skilled VGM composer is rightly deserved.
Ryu Takami is the secondary composer on EVE burst error but no slouch in the composition department. He was the primary composer for Grounseed, worked on the soundtracks for Cosmic Psycho, Rusty, and the console port of Deathsmiles. When he isn’t composing, Takami is working on studio projects as a mix engineer and was the lead on the Xenon and EVE Burst remaster albums in 2008. He also released a track for the recent Ubiktune album SOUNDSHOCK 3. Make sure to check out his incredible work on both the OPNA and OPN soundtracks for Grounseed and episode 47 where we covered them in more depth.
Hiroyuki Kanno was a game designer, director and programmer on Japanese adult visual novels with EVE burst error being one of his biggest hits. Kanno was responsible for pushing forward branching character paths in the 90s, like the system used in EVE burst error. This concept would be expanded in Kanno’s next hit game, YU-NO and and again on games like Exodus Guilty at his own company Abel. Many cite Kanno as a huge influence on otaku culture in general, and specifically on the Fate/stay Night and Steins;Gate games. Kanno tragically passed away in 2011 at the young age of 43. A successful game designer with a lasting impact, he will also be greatly missed.
EVE burst error (C’s Ware, 1995)
Composed by Ryu Umemoto, Ryu Takami
OPN (PMD) / OPNA (PMD PPZ8)
- 00:00:00 日常 (Everyday) / Day Marina – Ryu Takami
- 00:12:36 あまぎ探偵事所 (Amagi Detective Office) / Office Kojiroh – Ryu Umemoto
- 00:22:44 Main (Noon) for Woman / Investigation Marina – Ryu Umemoto
- 00:35:38 Main (Noon) for Man / Day Kojiroh – Ryu Umemoto
- 00:40:38 Bar – Ryu Umemoto
- 00:48:30 トリスタン号 (Tristan) – Ryu Umemoto
- 00:52:03 錯乱 (confusion) – Ryu Takami
- 01:01:24 甲野本部帳 / Office Marina – Ryu Umemoto
- 01:05:41 憩い (rest) / Shopping – Ryu Umemoto
- 01:11:19 憩い (rest) / Shopping – Ryu Umemoto (Saturn version)
- 01:13:28 狂気 (madness) / Crisis – Ryu Takami
- 01:16:08 ハッカー (hacker) / Hacking – Ryu Takami
- 01:20:18 決意 (determination) – Ryu Umemoto
- 01:21:47 会話 (common) / Conversation – Ryu Umemoto
- 01:27:18 ピンチ Theme V – Ryu Umemoto
- 01:29:48 Ending I / µ 101 – Ryu Umemoto
- 01:38:53 Ending III / Staff Roll – Ryu Umemoto
EVE burst error ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK – Amazon