I absolutely love the Katamari series’ soundtracks. Shibuya-kai music is really great.
It’s also pretty interesting the evolution the soundtrack went through. With the original game, the composers had a lot of freedom with how the soundtrack should sound, only being told that it should be fun music.
For the purpose of showing how the music evolved through the games, I’m only going to be posting songs that are related to the theme song of the series (Aside for Beautiful Katamari and Touch My Katamari, but I encourage people to listen to the other songs! (Also the theme is iconic)
With We Love Katamari, a lot of composers game back, particularly Yuu Miyake (the sound director for the first game). For We Love Katamari, fitting in with the goal of “togetherness” that the game has, Miyake wanted to use a lot of non-Japanese artists since the first game only used Japanese artists. He wasn’t able to do this though, due to budgeting/other problems.
However we still got insanely great remixes of the Katamari theme.
With a the release of Me & My Katamari, Yuu Miyake was sound director for the series a third time. While I consider it a weaker soundtrack than most of the games (many of the songs were not new), it still has some pretty banging songs.
Next up in release was a change for both Katamari and the sound director. Unlike the prior games, Beautiful Katamari was released on the Xbox 360 instead of a Playstation system. Instead of Yuu Miyake as sound director, Tetsuya Uchida took over.
I"m unsure why the reasons, but the main Katamari theme prevelant throughout the series is missing (as far as I know) from Beautiful Katamari. However, it still has some pretty good songs:
With Katamari Forever, the dev team wanted to create almost a “best-of” for the series (I imagine this was expected to be the last game). As such, Miyake came back as sound director with a vengeance- employing a ton of people to remix the soundtrack established through the series and provide necessary closure to the soundtracks in Katamari Damacy and We Love Katamari. Forever has my favorite soundtrack out of the bunch, since it’s almost like a Now That’s What I Call Katamari album. It also has a great remix that’s both a tribute to Katamari and Namco arcade games:
With the final game in the series, Touch My Katamari, Yuu Miyake was not Sound Director. Instead it was Taku Inoue. The soundtrack isn’t very long, and in my opinion, not very memorable (sadly). To me, it has a different feeling.
Once again I can’t find the remix of the main Katamari theme (I’m pretty sure it exists though) so here’s just a good song from it: