I have to start with Final Fantasy VIII. It’s has by far my favorite FF theme song with “Eyes on Me.” Not necessarily the best of the series game wise but I sure really did ♥ it playing for hours into days into weeks. ^ ^ The storyline was no doubt engaging and the characters really grew on you in time in such a real way but it’s this theme song “Eyes on Me” which wins me over unanimously. I had actually never heard Faye Wong sing before playing this game but as soon as I heard the song I had to go out and purchase the CD single…and later the soundtrack as well!
Okay this is a bit of an older photo of Faye Wong but I just thought that she looked so gorgeous here! 😛
~Faye Wong “Eyes on me” mp3~
Her vocals are so beautiful and unique…sweet and silky smooth…lol I can’t think of any other way to describe them at the moment! I was just watching this live clip of Faye Wong at Budoukan…really a great performance!!…
~Faye Wong “Eyes on me” live @ Budoukan (video)
…and I love how the large screen in the background is showing scenes from the game itself. Really moving and nostalgic…reminds me of when I was sort of obsessed while playing. =) FF has always had great “leading” ladies and Rinoa is definitely one the most memorable.
“Aerith’s theme” may be instrumental but this melody is probably the most memorable of all FF themes for me personally (Uematsu Nobuo is an amazing composer!)…….I mean I was really depressed when Aerith died. It’s funny, I became so attached to these characters and really I did not see that coming! :O To have one of your main characters killed and so suddenly and by such evil….lol okay it’s just a game but really at times you can become engulfed in them and Aerith really did matter. Sepiroth!! >_< Hey does anyone remember that “date” scenario?…where as Cloud you could choose either Aerith or Tifa?…anyway I hope you chose Aerith, otherwise she may have never gone out on a single date…so sad!
~FFVII “Aerith’s Theme” mp3~
And if you returned to the church where you first met towards the end……Aerith’s ghost appears briefly.
FFVII remains as my favorite in the series…I think I spent the most time addicted to this one! ^ ^
“Melodies of Life”, performed by Shiratori Emiko is such a beautiful ballad with really touching lyrics. It wasn’t immediately a favorite theme but as all FF games seem to do…in time you become so attached and it’s definitely one of my favorites. Shiratori Emiko was a totally new artist to me and I just love her voice…there’s a really memorable nuance to her style and she does this song wonders.
First the “Nihongo Version”…..
~Shiratori Emiko “Melodies of life” (Japanese ver.) mp3~
…and here’s the “Eigo version.” Her pronunciation of English is immaculate!
~Shiratori Emiko “Melodies of life” (English ver.) mp3~
FFIX is a very close 2nd to FFVII when it comes to my personal favorites in terms of the game and storylines. “Princess Garnet” (aka “Dagger”) and “Zidane” were such well developed characters and totally endearing as you followed them through the game and truly FFIX has such a fun and wild assortment of characters to enjoy! This ending was such pure ♥! One of the best endings really! ^-^
“Kiss Me Good-bye” performed by Angela Aki is such a bitter sweet and powerful mid tempo ballad! Angela Aki really took the J-Pop world by storm and this track remains as my favorite although she has sooo many great songs to challenge for that spot on her albums and other singles!
~Angela Aki “Kiss me good-bye” mp3~
I love this music video so much too and yet again there’s great game cg footage intertwined along with the music video. Angela Aki’s performance on piano is breathtaking and she performs this song so amazingly live!
I loved FFX much better!!….but FFX-2 did produce a “Yuna” mini album along with Rikku and Paine. And here Aoki Mayuko sings a wonderful song titled “Kimi e.” I’d write more but it’s getting late! Work is at 3 a.m. tomorrow! >_<
~Aoki Mayuko “Kimi e” mp3~