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.