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“エルの肖像” (translatable as “El’s Portrait”, hereafter referred to by the Romanization, “El no Shouzou”) is the fifth track of the 4th Story CD Elysion 〜楽園幻想物語組曲〜 (translatable as “Elysion ~ Paradise Fantasy Story Suite”, not to be confused with its predecessor which also has Elysion in its name, and hereafter referred to as the “Elysion album”).
It is not peculiar for Sound Horizon to incorporate abstract ideas and events in their songs, and yet “El no Shouzou” may be said to be an outlier even on a Sound Horizon scale with regards to the symbolism it employs.
This essay aims to propose a framework based on the song in question by which Sound Horizon albums may be viewed in an attempt to understand overarching themes and identify patterns within the releases.
One limitation of this framework is how it may be less applicable to pre-major debut releases, although attempts will still be made to assess them using the proposed view.
I also disclaim that the theories and conclusions presented here are completely decisive. As theories, the ideas presented here are all subject to critique and are falsifiable. Critique is highly welcome.
PART I. The Song