April 1st, 2014

Why Square Enix Made Final Fantasy X-2

While sequels and prequels to numbered Final Fantasy games are common, it was Final Fantasy X-2 that started the trend. When Siliconera met with Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase, we asked him what it was like pitching the concept of making a Final Fantasy sequel to Square Enix.

“Traditionally, we would make a new world for each numbered Final Fantasy game. For [Final Fantasy X-2], it was a unique first time trial because we made such a rich story for Final Fantasy X and we wanted to build upon it. We didn’t want the story to end at X,” Kitase reminisced.

“The name of the game, Final Fantasy X-2… initially the name was not accepted in our internal meetings,” he revealed. “Actually, in our staff meetings it was disapproved once! Instead of making it Final Fantasy XI because it was a story that built upon Final Fantasy X we wanted to call it Final Fantasy X-2.”

Final Fantasy X’s story zooms in on Tidus and Yuna compared to say Final Fantasy VI where every character is a protagonist. Since Kitase worked on both titles, we asked him about the difference between creating a game with an ensemble cast compared to a solo journey.

“In the past, we would often focus on multiple protagonists. This style has its pros, but for Final Fantasy X we wanted specifically to focus on Tidus and Yuna to create a love story and show their inner emotions. The direction we took was to create a richer and more compelling story focused on these two characters,” said Kitase.

I asked Kitase if he were to write another Final Fantasy X story, but without Tidus and Yuna in it, who he would choose to focus on.

Kitase laughed, and replied, “There is a story about Auron and Braska who go on journey before the protagonists of Final Fantasy X. It would be interesting to focus on those characters as a contrast to the young and energetic Tidus and Yuna.”


yes to an Auron/Braska/Jecht prequel game!!
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Research: Latest Anime Voice Actress/Actor Popularity Ranking

Charapedia, a Japanese anime curation site operated by Saitama-based company Egg Mode, has reported the result of their latest online survey "Anime Fans' Favorite Voice Actress/Actor Ranking 2014," which was conducted with 2,126 registered users and its Facebook members who were interested in the genre between March 20 and 26. The ratio of males to females was 42.5% to 57.5%. 79.9% of the voters were in their teens and twenties, the rest were 30 years of age or older. Check the top 10 rankings below. How popular your favorite voice actress/actor is?

Voice Actress Top 10

1. Kana Hanazawa (1,122 points)
Kuroneko/Ruri Gokou in Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai
Charlotte Dunois in IS -Infinite Stratos-
Nadeko Sengoku in Nisemonogatari

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Voice Actor Top 10

1. Hiroshi Kamiya (1,211 points)
Levi in Attack on Titan
Seijuro Akashi in Kuroko's Basketball
Koyomi Araragi in Nisemonogatari

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