When people talk about what makes Dragalia Lost most attractive, they might stop to gush about the music. The soundtrack for the game is quite catchy and has garnered quite a few fans. Those who really get into it may discover that all of the most appealing tracks come from an artist named Daoko. But what do you need to know about her and which songs appear in Dragalia Lost? Well, it is pretty easy to enjoy the music in and out of the game.
First, let’s talk about Daoko. She has been a part of the music scene since 2012. She started out uploading her own work to Nico Nico Douga, the Japanese hosting service that is not all that dissimilar from YouTube. This led to her getting discovered, which resulted in her being signed to her first record label. She has since had three albums released. She’s the sort of artist who found success online, by going directly to the people who would become her eventual fans and supporters. It is easy to hear how she would resonate with people.
There’s another great thing about Daoko, and that is the familiarity that her music extends. She has a very distinctive voice and style, one which anime and game fans might be familiar with worldwide. This is because she has been tapped for soundtracks before. The Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul anime series, which was based on the Cygames mobile title of the same name, used Daoko’s “Haikei Goodbye Sayonara” and “Cinderella Step” as ending themes. (The latter of which appears as a main menu theme at one point in the game, depending on your progress.) She was called upon for music for Uchiage Hanabi, Uekara Miruka Shitakara Miruka, performing “Forever Friends” and “Uchiage Hanabi” for the animated movie. She is easy to recognize, and her songs can be both energetic and wistful. They can lend themselves well to many situations, which people might appreciate as they play.
Making Daoko the voice of Dragalia Lost helps create connections and associations. We know what to expect and can enjoy a sense of unity throughout the game, even when actions or activities cause the songs to change and suit the situation. Blending songs from her back catalog and new tracks created specifically for the game only enhance the situation. She created “Owaranai Sekai de” as the main theme song and “Bokura no Network” as the home theme. “Misete Yo” plays when you fight against major bosses, like the Greatwyrms. “Bang!,” a song she released in 2016, plays during summoning. When you are choosing a quest, you will hear “Moshimo Bokura ga Game no Shuyaku de,” another track she released in 2016.
There is also a joy that comes from discovering this “new to us” artist as people play Dragalia Lost. We are getting to hear clips of some of Daoko’s most well known songs. Upon investigating, we learn there is even more for us to enjoy. It is the beginning of a whole new journey. It is a chance to enjoy even more and find other sorts of music we might like. Who knows where these stepping stones could lead, once people’s investigations take them to places like Spotify and YouTube?
Daoko’s music is even inspiring further interest in Dragalia Lost and its soundtrack. One of Cygames’ selling points for the Resplendent Refrain raid event is new music. Three songs were created just for it and will appear during the December 2018 event. The music makes the game more appealing, gets people more invested and excited about playing, helps expose players to a talented artist and hopefully makes the overall experience more enjoyable. It is a great reason to give the game a try.