Epic of Zektbach
Zektbach is the pseudonym of Tomosuke Funaki when he composes songs in an electronic-neoclassical style, some of them have been used in Beatmania IIDX and DDR.
These pieces, along with chapters he has written and the accompanied art of Maya Takamura, come together to tell the complex story of a world called Aria Te'laria that has been plunged into chaos and despair by the influence of a mysterious jewel called Ristaccia. The albums of the Epic have special editions which include guidebooks with illustrations of Maya Takamura and DVDs with clips.
First album -Ristaccia-
Spoiler for Videos of Ristaccia album:
Fragments of Aria Te'laria (which included the piano collection, piano sheets and a drama CD)
Spoiler for Videos of Fragments:
Second album -Masinowa- (which included a special edition with a guidebook, tarot cards with the characters by Maya Takamura and the OVA of Shamshir Dance)
Spoiler for Masinowa videos:
There also 2 Novel CDs: the first is Blind Justice (with Ishida Akira and Kaori Nazuka as the twins Nox and Matin Catorce) which expands the story of Blind Justice and the second one is Masinowa (with Kana Hanazawa as Malchut, Takehito Koyasu as Gijiri and Miyuki Sawashiro as L'erisia) which explains the stories of Kagachi, Turii Panta Rhei and Raison d'ętre. The second Novel CD-Masinowa- included the remaining tarot cards that weren't in the special edition of Masinowa album.
The stories are incomplete since only few chapters have been released, the videos can be partially understood and recently we got new information thanks to the Novel CDs. Hope new videos will appear this year.
I watched/listened to pretty much everything by the guy until last year. Might be a good time to go back into it to see what's new I guess.
Also, there was an anime adaptation for Shamshir Dance. It wasn't all that impressive but worth a mention nonetheless.
There was an English fansite with world map, translated story and all the songs linked where they occurred in sequence. Do you have the link to it?
Edit: found it. http://www.wix.com/saiyanserenityv/zektbach#!story
I love blind justice I just wish they make a anime.
I don't know if I would want more Zektbach anime since Shamshir Dance OVA was only 30 minutes with bad animation and very rushed, although it was the "worst" arc (it isn't bad but the other arcs waaay better). Although MADs like these with anime style art make me want see a Zektbach anime:
The English site is a bit outdated in terms of the story. Well, the official site itself hasn't been updated in a long time (they still haven't shown the Masinowa region in the map).
Here are some translations for Masinowa (most of Zektbach fans consider it the best arc)
Spoiler for Character bios:
Spoiler for Gijiri's story (Kagachi and Wenkamui chapters):
These are Joah's mementos compiled in Ristaccia booklet. If I'm not mistaken these are the notes that Lien studied in the Ristaccia ruins during the events of ZETA
Spoiler for translated by sealer-of-wenkamui (tumbrl):
The people who translated these aren't experts in Japanese so these are rough translations. Even so, they were kind enough to translate it and to at least have an idea even if it is not perfect.
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