Since I was a child, I've always looked up to Lord Braska. I wished I would someday become a high summoner like he was.Isaaru to Yuna
Isaaru is a non-player character from Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. He is a summoner in the land of Spira who travels to the temples of Yevon in search of more powerful aeons with the hopes of finally defeating Sin. Two years later, he works with Cid at a new tourist attraction.
Isaaru has brown hair, half-closed eyes and an oval face. He wears a white robe and a blue blouse with long white cuffs over it. His waist is adorned with a wide sea-green belt that has strings tied into a bow. Over this, Isaaru wears a black, knee-length jacket with sea-green edging.
Isaaru: We owe our lives to the Al Bhed. However, no matter how much they beg, we cannot quit our pilgrimage.Tidus: Even though you'll die?Isaaru: I've known since I was a child. My will is set. If I do not do it, someone else must, you understand.Isaaru and Tidus.
A kindhearted and eager summoner, Isaaru is polite to everyone and sees others on the same level as he is. When he learns summoners are being kidnapped, he warns Tidus of it. He deeply believes in the teachings of Yevon, and even though Maester Mika asks him to "deal with the traitor," and finding the culprit to be someone he was previously on good terms with, he still obeys though he feels sorry for doing this.
Two years later, Isaaru is working with Cid at Zanarkand for a living. He leads tours through the Zanarkand ruins and provides "a thrilling spook" to those who enter by leading them on a "mysterious" quest. As Yuna intervenes, he begins to understand her feelings toward the place, ultimately abandoning it.
Isaaru thinks well of Yuna's the party, admitting to admiring her father in his younger years, High Summoner Braska. His two brothers, Maroda and Pacce, travel with him as his guardians. When Yuna meets him at the Djose Temple, she kneels in recognition of a more senior summoner to her (though she did not do the same for Dona).
Isaaru is captured by the Al Bhed and kept in the Summoners' Sanctum in the Al Bhed Home. He is rescued by Tidus and Yuna's other guardians while they are looking for her. Isaaru and another summoner called Dona send the Al Bhed who had fallen while protecting them, after which he and his brothers board Cid's airship to escape.
Isaaru rides the airship to the Calm Lands before returning to Bevelle. He believes wholeheartedly in Yevon, and this misplaced trust leads him to battle Yuna in the Via Purifico after she is convicted of treason. Though he is defeated, Yuna spares his life, and Auron—Yuna's most senior guardian—declares his pilgrimage to be over.
Two years following the Eternal Calm, the now retired summoner takes a job working for Cid. In the Zanarkand Ruins, Isaaru meets the Gullwings and reveals that he's working for Cid. Deeper in the ruins, he "taunts" them that they won't seek their treasure so easily. He asks them the meaning of life where they recognize the voice as Isaaru's. Isaaru apologizes for the quiz and leaves. When they confront him about Zanarkand becoming a tourist attraction, he admits he would like to help Spira more, but without aeons, is unsure of how to find his place.
Isaaru has fallen out with his brother, Maroda, who has joined the Youth League in opposition to the New Yevon faction Isaaru supports. He also spends little time with his younger brother, Pacce, who with a group of friends has formed a sphere hunting group called the Kinderguardians. Depending on the conversations the Gullwings have with Isaaru, he may return to Bevelle and help lead them into a new era.
Isaaru is "fought" as the end boss of Via Purifico when Yuna and her party are sentenced there. Yuna does not fight him directly, but rather, his legion of aeons. Once his aeons have been defeated, Isaaru allows Yuna to leave.
- Grothia (Fist - PS3) - Isaaru's Ifrit
- Pterya (Wing - PS3) - Isaaru's Valefor
- Spathi (Sword - PS3) - Isaaru's Bahamut
Isaaru appears as a boss. Similar to his boss encounter in Final Fantasy X, he will summon Grothia, Pterya, and Spathi to fight for him.
Behind the scenes
In Final Fantasy X-2, YRP need a password into the Zanarkand ruins. In the Japanese version the hints are "ru" and "sa", becoming saru, the Japanese word for monkey. When Rikku shouts out "saru", Isaaru says they are close, and must add a character (a, i, u, e, o) to the front. Yuna selects "i" to form the correct password "isaru", which doubles as a pun on his name.
In the English version, the hints are "key" and "mon" for "monkey", which Rikku shouts. Isaaru states that the password is correct, but then tries to distract them by asking about the meaning of life. When Yuna instead asks "Is that you Isaaru?", Rikku demands he stop the game and reveal himself.
Isaaru is voiced by Akio Suyama in the Japanese release, and Quinton Flynn in the English release. He shares his English voice actor with Reno from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, along with Axel/Lea from the Kingdom Hearts series and Silver the Hedgehog from Sonic the Hedgehog series.
- Final Fantasy X Ultimania Omega