This morning at work I was chatting with a colleague about my morning commute, and I don’t know what got into me… but for some odd reason I confided that I wished to be a big katamari ball, rolling my way to work and grabbing everything in my path.
Then, adding to the strangeness and freaking out my poor katamari-less colleague, I started singing “Na NAAAAAAAAA na na na NA na na na, na Na na na-na naaaaaaaaaaa!”
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What… you aren’t familiar with Katamari Damacy, the psychedelically funky and happy video game in which you, Little Prince, must help out your hungover King of the Cosmos dad by rolling up everything on Earth to make stars that your daddy accidentally splatted during his previous nights’ bender? If you have a PS2, *go out and get this game now!* You won’t be sorry, except perhaps for the temporary loss of productivity and your embarrassment from singing jazzy goofy charming jazz/j-pop tunes to all your friends.
And, indeed, the musical score is that great. Listening to it is just bound to cheer anyone up.
Unfortunately, trying to actually buy the soundtrack is not nearly so pleasant. Amazon? Nope (they’ve only got a misleadingly-labeled CD that’s inspired by the Katamari tunes… it doesn’t actually contain the songs!). iTunes? Nope. Yahoo Music? Sorry. Rhapsody? Sadly, no.
So far, I’ve only seen it via Play Asia… >$30 for the CD + shipping :-(. I’m actually willing to pay that much, but not very pleased about the idea.
1) Other places to get this CD for less money?
2) WHY such a charming, beloved score is not available via an American label?
3) Why Amazon.com and other American retailers would carry the game, but not the soundtrack?
UPDATE on May 24, 2008
I ended up buying the CD from PlayAsia (for, indeed, $30… ouch!)… but now you can all enjoy the music, too! 😀