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Liner Notes XVIII: A love letter to We Love Katamari

(Editor’s note: From Ace Combat to Tekken, everyone’s got at least one videogame tune stuck in their heads. Enter Liner Notes: a Pixelitis feature in which our writers discuss their favorite videogame music.)

So I have to come clean. I have a ridiculous borderline obsession with Katamari Damacy. I mention it at least once a day, probably at least once every other podcast and I rarely go a day without listening to the music. While the first game’s music holds a soft spot in my heart, We Love Katamari or in Japanese, Minna Daisuki Katamari, is unparalleled musical genius.

If you don’t feel the sheer joy and excitement that this music brings, you’re already dead on the inside. From the opening swing dance swoops of “Katamari on the Swing” by Shigeru Matsuzaki to the laidback bossa nova beats of “Houston” by Katamari Robo (a Namco composition), there’s always a song to put you in the right mood to roll up unsuspecting animals, people and huge buildings. It’s an auditory indulgence that soothes any fears you have about bringing unprecedented destruction to the people in the galaxy.

And you know what? The people in this sequel want you to roll them up, therefore the royal “we” are absolved from any guilt tied to this mass of humanity that is a Katamari.

So get comfy, grab a drink and dive into the feel good vibes in my list of favorite jams from We Love Katamari.

-- Karen Rivera

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