As evocative and expansive as any soundtrack can hope to be. From what I gather, there have been two runs of The Miracle Planet (Chikyu Dai Kikou) series--one in 1987 and one in 2005, both co-produced by Japan's NHK broadcasting corporation; although there's very little information available about the earlier series. Technically, this release is a 1988 compilation which includes tracks from two of Yoshikawa's other releases (including the instantly relatable "Nebraska," which sounds as if it was heavily inspired by the Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence soundtrack. I'm always grateful for the full hour of music, so I'm including it as is).
Silvery synth pads, sleek pop arrangements, plump and wet percussion, traditional Japanese drumming, sentimental orchestral arrangements, and a few forays into fourth worldy nostalgia. I can't say enough nice things about this. Ideal for fans of Yas-Kaz, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, Joe Hisaishi, and Hiroshi Yoshimura.