Music: Castlevania II’s “Bloody Tears”

I’ve already praised Kinuyo Yamashita’s “Wicked Child” earlier, so to kick off our Vania celebration let’s begin with my second favorite composition from the series on the NES/Famicom, Kenichi Matsubara’s “Bloody Tears” from Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. While I am not a huge fan of the game itself, the music continues to astound, establishing the series as one of the premiere sources for excellent soundtracks in gaming history.