"Don't Be Afraid" is the main battle theme of Final Fantasy VIII. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu. The composition is in 5/4 time and has militaristic march overtones, most notably the horns and percussion elements.
- 1 Game appearances
- 2 Arrangement album appearances
- 3 Live orchestra performances
- 4 Compilation album appearances
- 5 Appearances outside Final Fantasy media
- 6 References
Game appearances[edit | edit source]
"Don't Be Afraid" is the main battle theme, playing during almost every random encounter. It is the fourth track of the first disc of the Final Fantasy VIII: Original Soundtrack album. The battles fought as Laguna are accompanied by "The Man with the Machine Gun" instead.
"Don't Be Afraid" plays in the music player after the player buys the Memories of FFVIII soundtrack from Hammerhead for 100 gil. The Dissidia Final Fantasy version is also available on the Memories of DISSIDIA FF, available from Old Lestallum for 500 gil.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]
"Don't be Afraid - arrange - from FINAL FANTASY VIII" is one of the two default Final Fantasy VIII battle themes. It is an arrangement by Tsuyoshi Sekito. It is the sixth track of the Dissidia Final Fantasy Original Soundtracks second disc.
"Don't be Afraid - arrange - from FINAL FANTASY VIII" appears as a battle theme. It can be automatically selected for battles including Squall, Ultimecia, and/or Laguna Loire, or taking place at Ultimecia's Castle.
The Dissidia Final Fantasy arrangement and the original PlayStation version can be bought from the shop for 3,600 gil.
"Don't Be Afraid" is a Battle Music Sequence track, and is one of the songs newly added for Final Fantasy VIII.
"Don't Be Afraid" is a playable Battle Music Sequence. It is available to the player by default.
A new arrangement called "Prismelody: Don't Be Afraid" plays when using Squall's Champion Medal.
Arrangement album appearances[edit | edit source]
"Don't Be Afraid" was orchestrated and included in this arranged album, published in 1999. It was arranged and conducted by Shirō Hamaguchi.
Live orchestra performances[edit | edit source]
"Don't Be Afraid"'s orchestral arrangement from FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC: Final Fantasy VIII was performed in several live concerts.
"Don't Be Afraid" was performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tokyo International Forum on February 20th, 2002. It is the fifth song of the line-up and eight track of the concert's live recording album.
"Don't Be Afraid" was performed by the World Festival Symphony Orchestra at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on May 16th, 2005. It was the fourth song of the concert.
"Don't Be Afraid" was included in the first Distant Worlds tour, and was the fifth song of its line-up, as well as the fifth track of its live recording album.
"Don't Be Afraid" was included in the third version of Distant Worlds, and was the third song of its line-up, and the third song of the album of its live recording.
Compilation album appearances[edit | edit source]
This theme was included in this compilation of Square Enix battle themes from games released between 1998 and 2000. It is the second track of the album.
"Don't Be Afraid" is included on the third disc of this collector's edition set.
Appearances outside Final Fantasy media[edit | edit source]
Hongey Judaa Na Hum[edit | edit source]
"Don't be Afraid" appears on the 16th episode of the Indian TV soap opera Hongey Judaa Na Hum.
WMU Bronco Marching Band[edit | edit source]
On September 29th, 2012 the Bronco Marching Band of the Western Michigan University performed "Don't be Afraid". It was a special marching band arrangement.