NHK Special Drama “Saka no Ue no Kumo” Original Soundtrack 2 – Review | Soundtrack |

Set during the rapid modernization of the Meiji Era leading up to the Russo-Japanese War, Saka no Ue no Kumo (Clouds Over the Hill) focuses on the Akiyama brothers, the poet Masaoka Shiki, and the crucial role they play in winning the aforementioned war. Amidst the societal changes and the turbulence during the war years depicted in the TV show, we find Joe Hisaishi plying his trade in the live-action medium once more, using his compositions to capture the heroism, the characters, and, of course, the drama. In taking his musical brush and using it to capture the events that happen in the TV series in vivid detail, Hisaishi’s music delivers. And then some.