Final Fantasy X (2001)
"Fainaru Fantajî X" (original title)

Video Game  -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  18 December 2001 (USA)
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In a world ruled by religion, technology appears and tries to destroy the world of Spira. But a powerful enemy emerges and Tidus along with Yuna must find a way to rid Spira of this threat and unravel the mystery behind Tidus' father.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tidus (voice) (as James Taylor)
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Yuna / Fayth (Anima) (voice)
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Wakka / Kimahri Ronso (voice)
Paula Tiso ...
Lulu (voice)
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Auron (voice)
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Rikku (voice)
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Jecht (voice)
Andrew Philpot ...
Lord Braska (voice) (as Andy Philpot)
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Cid (voice)
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Maester Wen Kinoc / Fayth (Ixion) (voice)
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Luzzu / Barthello / Hypello / Graav (voice)
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Gatta (voice)
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Dona / Lucil / Pacce (voice)
Julia Fletcher ...
Elma / Yunalesca (voice)
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Tidus is a star athlete in his city. He is famous, has all the ladies, and simply loves his life. However, one day, his city is attacked by a mysterious evil, and an old family friend shows up, initiating his quest. He is magically taken to the world of Spira, where that evil, known as Sin, ravages the planet and its people with death and destruction. Sin is a punishment for the world's crimes, however, Tidus has been chosen to stop it. He meets up with Lady Yuna, a summoner (and daughter of a high summoner). Summoners can call the power of the fayth; aeons. Aeons are mighty and mystical creatures. Yuna quests for the Final Aeon: the one power that can slay Sin. Tidus joins as one of Yuna's many guardians, and travels with her to obtain the Final Aeon. However, the quest goes much deeper when high-ranking religious leaders betray the teachings of Yevon, the celestial overlord of Spira, and Yevon himself condones it. Tidus battles with his past and his true self while trying to sort ... Written by Flotis / Agent0042

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$33,000,000 (estimated)
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During the English voice casting process, it was originally proposed that Tidus and Yuna were to be voiced by known celebrities and were actually cast with two celebrity voice actors; however, it was decided that the story and characters should be a priority so the idea was dropped. See more »

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After visiting Macalania Temple, the group are knocked down below the lake ice by the Wendigo. While they are under, they are quite close to the temple yet they fell several miles away from it. They couldn't have had time to move as Tidus regains consciousness for the first time in that location. See more »

Quotes

Auron: [in a flashback] Where is the sense in all this? Braska believed in Yevon's teachings and died for them! Jecht believed in Braska and gave his life for him!
Lady Yunalesca: They chose to die... because they had hope.
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After the end credits, a short clip is shown of Tidus waking up underwater and swimming up towards the surface. See more »

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Referenced in Final Fantasy X-2 (2003) See more »

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The Hymn Of The Fayth
(C)2001 Square Sounds Co. Ltd.
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Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Lyrics by Kazushige Nojima
Arrangement by Masashi Hamauzu
Recording Engineer: Toshiyuki Yoshida
Recording Coordinator: Yuji Saito (IMAGIN)
Boy Soprano: Hideharu Yao (TOKYO FW BOYS CHOIR)
[Choir]
Soprano: Mio Kashiwabara, Risa Nagaoka
Alto: Shiho Adachi, Miki Shindo
Tenor: Takashi Baba, Daisuke Hara
Bass: Hayato Kamie, Toshiya Yabuuchi
Recording Studio: VICTOR studio m302, Sound City 1 studio
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A Scathing Commentary on Religion
2 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Final Fantasy is easily one of the most celebrated game franchises in history, and the way Square Enix develop their games are almost suspiciously in the order of story first and game play second. To me, Final Fantasy, what I've played of it that is, has always had a staple of story telling that severely lacked in many of the video games I have played before, and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the creators of these games are telling stories about people, rather than caricatures.

Final Fantasy X was my introduction to the series, and it was an experience that has stuck with me since the day it was released. I have played and beat the game a bit over 10 times through out my years of gaming, and it remains my top favorite game after all of these years. The success of this game, however, was not in the way it played, but in the way it played out. My addiction came from my love for the characters, and my ability to empathize with them. The love story between Yuna and Tidus, for video game characters, was true to the point of physical pain. These two characters were more than just creations for entertainment, but they were living, breathing human beings.

This holds true for every single character through out the game. Here we have seven characters spread out, and nearly three days (collectively) to discover who they are, and discover their passion. This is made possible through the way the story is told, and how relevant the story is in actual life. By utilizing actions familiar through organizations like churches and corporations, it is easier to see the manipulation of these characters, and it is easy to find common ground with them. As a citizen of the world, it is easy to identify with these characters.

Still, there is something else about this game that got to me, and that was it's relentless political commentary. It didn't take issue with a specific church (though Roman Catholicism is most certainly an inspiration) but more took issue with Organized Religion itself. The Church of Yevon is nothing less than an empire run by a handful of crooks and fear mongers. Even these characters we can identify with because we recognize them in our churches and our governments. We recognize the fact that they know they have power and are able to use the vulnerability of their believers to keep the population under control.

It shows bigotry practiced through the church, all of which our heroes become subjected to. Rikku being the prime example of constant persecution by Wakka. Rikku, an Al-Bhed, does not believe in the church, and actually represents a small population that stretches across the world of non-religious believers. Wakka is a devout Yevon(ite?) and can not find common ground with those who act against the beliefs of the church. He uses words like 'traitor' and 'heathen' to describe the Al-Bhed, almost in the same way a Christian might describe a homosexual, or a Scientologist might describe a Suppressive Person.

Through the actions of these characters, we discover that there is so much more than what meets the eye, and through thoughtful speculation we discover that Final Fantasy X is much, much more than a mere video game, and much more than an artful masterpiece. Final Fantasy X is an observation on the fundamental insanity of the human race. It is an observation on how we let our superstitions and beliefs allow us to be controlled, and what dangers are most imminent when we allow ourselves to be subjected to submission.

All in all, this game is a must-play. It is easily the most thoughtful and introspective game I have ever played, and it remains to this day the most daring commentary on human nature ever seen in a piece of art, let alone a video game. If not? Look at the movies you watch or the books you read that are made for entertainment? How many of them are willing to look an enormous part of the human collective and say 'you are wrong?'

There are some ... but not many. This game is one of the select few that dares.


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