If it weren't for those meddling kids... AND THEIR DOGI.
Oh dear, I really shouldn't be laughing so hard at this. XD
Also, that's a crazy resemblance! It's kind of funny that Sora no Kiseki's theme should draw so blatantly on Kimi wo Nosete only for things to come full circle, and Ghibli to put out a theme that sounds uncannily like something Falcom wrote. :'D
The comparisons in this thread are really great, but the Metroid one caught my attention today most of all for a good reason.
Considering today marks the 25th anniversary of the Metroid series (hooray!), I was listening to some music and was hauntingly reminded of something besides the Item jingle that was essentially mirrored in Ys I (and I don't think it was mentioned in this thread as of yet):
(30 second mark)
While the two do divulge on their own melodies, sharing the same "hook" really makes me wonder just how development for the two went down, and whether it was purely coincidence or something else.
And back on the topic of Malmsteen's Far Beyond the Sun, I can't help but hear a bit of Chase of Shadow in there as well:
I transcribed the first section of each song(This video and SNES version of Jim Power. And the original PC-98 Ver of Ys III;) and made a tempo matched version of both songs
(OG Tempo: 142.5 for Jim Power, 152 for Ys III. I am using 142.5 for Tempo matched ver)
First it goes full section for each, then it breaks it down instrument by instrument, switching every section to the other song(The exception being after the Ys III guitar part solo'd there is an extra 2 channel square synth accomp line exclusive to Ys III that plays by itself before things go back to switching).
The last section integrates them into one by swapping off quickly for lulz
Synths used:FM8+VOPM(+Soundfont for the drums. Don't got no time to track down DACpcm samplehs and use'em)
Which is funny! Because they really are very similar despite some changed notes/rhythms. They are in the same key(Dminor)or in two different modes that share common tones (Or both just in the same key and modulate to different ones. I dunno I didn't dig that deep) and if it weren't for the instrumentation differences, it really WOULD sound pretty much the same.
He likely did it on purpose, and was likely just trying to cover it up with the excuse he "forgot" he had heard it. Almost sounds like a politician. Apparently this wasn't the only track he ripped off from in games, either. In fact, he has done music for games where the games themselves were blatant copies of other games (forgot which ones now).