I really enjoyed Code: Realize and since I love character songs so much, this was bound to happen. Rather than take pictures of the CD, I decided to scan most of the pictures instead.
Look at that smug grin
As per usual character CD format, Lupin’s CD comes with a character song, the off vocal, and a drama track.
01 Shall we dance?
02 Shall we dance? (Off Vocal)
03 ミニドラマ とある一夜の語らいにて ～The side of Arsène Lupin～
The character song is 3:46 long and the drama track is 13:02 long.
‘Shall we dance?’ itself is really catchy and, yes, Lupin does say ‘Shall we dance?’ and several other Engrish phrases. While the idea of Lupin asking the player/Cardia to dance fits him really well, the song itself is another thing. The song is surprisingly upbeat and pop dance worthy instead of the expected old-timey waltz or graceful dance. I still really like the song, but I admit that I was a bit disappointed that it did not sound more old-fashioned (and judging by the way that the sample of Abraham’s song sounds, I am going to assume that they are not too concerned with ‘this game is old-fashioned so it would make sense if the music was too’). Regardless, the song is still really catchy but at times it feels like Impey, the hyperactive bundle of joy of the game, should be singing it instead.
The drama track sounds very light hearted as Lupin is joking around a lot. I wasn’t expecting some extremely dramatic track but given the story of Code: Realize, is was not sure what I was getting into. Lupin introduces the track and then it starts. The track plays several of the ‘happy’ songs from the soundtrack.
Luckily, the CD came with the lyrics
Here is the OBI, the inside of the case, and the CD itself:
While the scan does not show it, the CD actually has lines on it like an old record. This is a nice touch since Code: Realize is set in an old-fashioned yet still technological society. I expect that the other CD’s will look the same yet the ‘red’ part will be a different color. The limited edition OBI is larger than standard OBI since it had to fit on the limited edition box as well as the CD.
Now, this is why you get the limited edition:
This box included a Lupin charm with a surprisingly small metal chain attached to it.The charm is in a small plastic bag that is lightly glued to white cardboard strip that fits inside the box so the charm shows inside the circle opening. The white cardboard can be taken out of the box without actually removing the charm. However, the charm cannot be taken out of the bag without removing the bag from the white cardboard piece; trying to do this without harming the cardboard is easier said than done.
The charm itself is plastic and is the same picture as what is on the front of the limited edition box.
Would I recommend getting the limited edition? If you were already planning on buying the CD, then paying the little but extra to get the charm is worth it. It was not all that much more expensive as the extra weight was so minimal, it did not increase the shipping any. I was pleasantly surprised with Lupin’s voice as I have not heard his voice actor sing before. Due to that, yes, I would recommend the limited edition.
Since this is a limited edition, the quantities of this are questionable. However, I know for a fact that CDJapan said that they had less than ten copies left back in February and yet now they have restocked so I have no idea how long the limited edition will be available.