The anime Akai Kiba: Blue Sonnet debuted in 1989. The soundtrack Rock Symphony BLUE SONNET was published in 1982 [1]. I understand that the manga was published starting in 1981, but Manga usually do not get soundtracks.

Why does the soundtrack predate the anime by so many years? Is it even related to the anime?

[1] https://vgmdb.net/album/48805


Because Rock Symphony BLUE SONNET is actually an image album, not a soundtrack album. They are not related to the OVA.

The Japanese Wikipedia categorized it as an image album.

Image Album

  • Rock Symphony BLUE SONNET (1982)
  • Rock Symphony BLUE SONNET II

According to a Japanese blog article by joelover, for image albums, quoting a book by Joe Hisashi,

The image album precedes the soundtrack. The clues are the illustrations and words that convey the image of the work. The image album is created based on these images.

(Quoted from I am - Faraway Music Road - by Joe Hisaishi, 1992, p. 37)

Compared to the soundtrack,

A soundtrack often refers to the actual music used in a play. Recently, the term OST (Original Sound Track) is also used to indicate that it is the music accompanying a play.

So, Rock Symphony BLUE SONNET and its subsequent image albums are original audio works made specifically to capture the image of the world of Blue Sonnet series.

In conclusion, the OVA was made to adapt the manga series, but the image albums were made to expand the story instead. They are not related to each other, both production-wise and purpose-wise.

For direct comparison, taken from Joe Hisashi's own works for Ghibli production, Princess Mononoke has both image album and soundtrack album:

See also:

  • Image album makes sense but why seven years?
    – pilgrim
    May 13 at 8:27
  • @pilgrim I have made an edit to clarify that. Please let me know if something is still unclear. Thanks.
    – Aki Tanaka
    May 14 at 5:32
  • Your answer is clear to me, this makes sense. I find it hard to believe that a manga could get a series of image albums but everything points that way. Thank you for your detailed answer.
    – pilgrim
    May 14 at 10:36

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