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Dance of Illusions (also occasionally known as Illusionary Dance or Third Struggle) is a music theme composed by Tomoko Sano (Sanoppi) which is most commonly associated with Dracula battles. It is considered to be the main battle theme for Dracula, or at the very least similar characters. It was first played in the final battle against Dracula in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. The theme is composed of various organ music (and in some cases, either symphonic or actual vocalizations) and percussion beats in a rhythm indicating a march. The version from Castlevania: Judgment features electric guitar beats and is slightly extended to also include bars from Black Night.

Appearances

Song Data: Dance of Illusions
Image Track No. / Name (Japanese Name) Game / Soundtrack Composer Usage Notes / Links
Akumajo Dracula X Cover.JPG 14. Dance of Illusions
(幻想的舞曲) [alt]
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood /  Akumajō Dracula X
Sanoppi  Dracula boss battle Notes: The SNES version sounds slightly more electronic.
Links: YouTube
Dracula battle2 perfect selection front.jpg 10. Dance of Illusions  /  Perfect Selection Dracula Battle II
Konami Kukeiha Club (composer)

Naoto Shibata (arranger) 

Notes: Rock/metal version
Links: YouTube
Sotn ost.jpg 3. Dance of Illusions
(幻想的舞曲) [alt]
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night /  Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Original Soundtrack
Sanoppi (composer)

Michiru Yamane (arranger) 

Prologue: Dracula battle with Richter Links: YouTube
Castlevania - The Original Game Soundtrack - 01.jpg 29. Dance of Illusions -The Third Struggle-
(幻想的舞曲) [alt]
Castlevania (N64) /  Castlevania: The Original Game Soundtrack
Sanoppi (composer)

Masahiko Kimura, Motoaki Furukawa, Mariko Egawa (arrangers) 

Dracula boss battle Links: YouTube
CotM~HoD OST.jpg 16. Dance of Illusions
(幻想的舞曲) [alt]
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon /  Castlevania: Circle of the Moon and Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Original Soundtrack
Sanoppi (composer)

Sotaro Tojima, Hiroshi Mitsuoka (arrangers) 

Dracula boss battle (First form) Links: YouTube
AoSDoSOST.jpg 27. Dance of Illusions
(幻想的舞曲) [alt]
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow /  Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow & Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Original Soundtrack
Sanoppi (composer)

Masahiko Kimura (arranger) 

Julius Mode: Final battle Links: YouTube
Castlevania - The Dracula X Chronicles Original Soundtrack.jpg 21. Dance of Illusions
(幻想的舞曲) [alt]
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles /  Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles Original Soundtrack
Sanoppi (composer)

Akihiro Honda (arranger) 

Dracula boss battle Links: YouTube
Judgmentostcover.gif 6. Dance of Illusions
(幻想的舞曲) [alt]
Castlevania Judgment /  Castlevania Judgment Original Soundtrack
Sanoppi (composer)

Yasushi Asada (arranger) 

Dracula's Theme ; plays during a fight with or against Dracula Links: YouTube
Best Collection Product.jpg Dance of Illusions
(幻想的舞曲) [alt]
Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade /  Akumajō Dracula Best Music Collections BOX
Sanoppi (composer)

Masayuki Maruyama, Goh Fujiwara (arrangers) 

Dracula boss battle (first form) Links: YouTube
21877-1294824986.jpg 16. Dance of Illusions
(幻想的舞曲) [alt]
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair /  Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Original Soundtrack
Sanoppi (composer)

Akihiro Honda (arranger) 

Stage 6 boss theme - final form Notes: The arrangement used in this game is from The Dracula X Chronicles.
Links: YouTube
Tribute1.jpg 11. Dance of Illusions  /  Akumajō Dracula Tribute Vol. 1
Konami Kukeiha Club (composer)

Mitsuhiro Kaneda (arranger) 

Links: YouTube
Pachislot3OST.jpg 37. Dance of Illusions ~LAST BOSS#1~ ~Continue Battle (First Half)~ Pachislot Akumajō Dracula III /  Pachislot Akumajō Dracula III Original Soundtrack
Notes: Recycled directly from Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade
Links: YouTube
Ssbu.jpg Dance of Illusions Super Smash Bros. Ultimate /  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Original Soundtrack
Notes: Taken directly from Castlevania Judgment.
Links: YouTube


Trivia

  • The opening portion of the Dracula X Chronicles version of the song features a similar sound effect to the beginning portion of the version of Mantis' Hymn used in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Other usages

See also

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