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Soundtrack Spotlight – “To Zanarkand” (Final Fantasy X)

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One of these days, somebody’s going to have to sit me down and explain the appeal of Final Fantasy X to me. It seems that for every positive aspect, there’s a negative to counter it. For every cool boss fight, there’s a skull-puncturingly dull temple puzzle sequence. For every Auron, there’s a [insert character from Final Fantasy X]. For every ineffective romantic scene…there’s a great piece of music. Like To Zanarkand, the game’s opening theme.

Divorced from context – which is probably for the best, in all honesty – this is just a very sad piano song. But it’s a nigh-perfectly composed sad piano song, hitting practically all the right notes. The very simple opening notes manage to feel both nostalgic yet iconic; the first time you hear it, it feels like a teary revelation. To Zanarkand is the warm depression you feel when saying goodbye to someone you know you’ll never see again.

I guess that’s technically a spoiler? Didn’t really think about it when writing that metaphor, but it’s applicable either way. That Final Fantasy X stroke X-2 HD remake is coming out at some point, so let me end this with a word of caution. Everyone is free to make their own decisions and encouraged to experience things for themselves, but this song may convince you to buy a copy of Final Fantasy X. Please do not buy a copy of Final Fantasy X.

This is still a really good song, though.

Mike Cosimano
Mike Cosimano resides in the coldest part of an area known for its already frigid temperatures, where he complains that every game isn't just Spider-Man 2 again. He also enjoys podcasting and being confused by PC gaming in his spare time. You can talk to him if you want to hear about his Fast and Furious crossover fan fiction.

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