"Opening - Bombing Mission" (オープニング~爆破ミッション, Ōpuningu ~ Bakuha Misshon?) is the medley of the opening theme of Final Fantasy VII. It has become a motif for the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, and was composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

Development[edit | edit source]

"Opening - Bombing Mission" was the first song Uematsu was asked to compose for Final Fantasy VII.[1] The game's director, Yoshinori Kitase, showed the opening cinematic to Uematsu and told him to start with that scene.

As soon as I was done, I felt really, really good about it. I knew that I did a pretty good job considering the time that I was given and for the amount of scenes I had seen. I had a lot of confidence, but then one day [Kitase]-san finally brought Sakaguchi-san to where I was sitting and he was like, 'Show it to me'. So the three of us looked at it, listened to it, and for some reason -- I don't know why -- but in English he just said, 'Very good'. And then he just left. He knew at that time, and I felt that he was pretty happy with what I had created. So I had a sense that it was going to be a really good project for me moving forward with Final Fantasy VII and all the other components I ended up making.

Nobuo Uematsu

Game appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VII[edit | edit source]

"Opening - Bombing Mission" plays during the opening. "Opening", refers to the opening full motion video sequence while "Bombing Mission" plays continuously during the Avalanche attack to the Mako Reactor 1, changing to the location's background music, and returning to a continuous play as the first boss battle against Guard Scorpion ensues. "Bombing Mission" ends as the reactor explodes.

It plays again when Cloud, Tifa and Barret enter the Shinra Building until the 60th floor. It also plays when Cloud and his party arrive at Midgar by parachute until they reached Professor Hojo on the Sister Ray.

"Opening - Bombing Mission" is the second track of the first disc of the Final Fantasy VII: Original Soundtrack album.

A rescoring of "Opening - Bombing Mission" plays on the Final Fantasy VII technical demo for PlayStation 3. The rescoring was not done by Uematsu himself.

The theme also plays in the 1996 and 1997 demo versions, albeit the earlier demo has a slightly different version of the track.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children[edit | edit source]

"OPENING", the song played during the enhanced version of the Final Fantasy VII ending cutscene showing Red XIII that opened the film, is an arrangement of the first part of "Opening - Bombing Mission". It is the first track of the movie's soundtrack.


Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-[edit | edit source]

First Mission (from Final Fantasy VII Opening - Bombing Mission)
Music

"Mission Start" includes the "Opening" section of this theme, and plays during the opening full-motion video, while "First Mission (from Final Fantasy VII Opening - Bombing Mission)" is an arrangement of the "Bombing Mission" section, and plays throughout the first chapter, which mirrors the Sector 1 assault by AVALANCHE. The themes are, respectively, the third and fourth tracks of the soundtrack's first disc.

"Fragments of Memories (DMW)", which plays during the opening credits, is a short arrangement of "Opening - Bombing Mission". It is the first track of the Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Original Soundtrack first disc.

Final Fantasy VII Remake[edit | edit source]

The trailer for the HD remake for PlayStation 4 used the Distant Worlds orchestrated version of "Opening - Bombing Mission".

The game's version of the theme, called "Bombing Mission" on the Final Fantasy VII Remake Original Soundtrack, plays during the attack on Mako Reactor 1. "Bombing Mission" can be obtained as a music disc for the jukeboxes as well, bought from a vending machine in Mako Reactor 5 for 50 gil.

Final Fantasy XV[edit | edit source]

The original version from Final Fantasy VII is included in the music player. It is the second track of the Memories of FFVII album that is available by default.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]

The original release of "Opening - Bombing Mission" is available after beating Shade Impulse in the PP Catalog and can be the default music for battles against Sephiroth or Cloud, or for battles in the Planet's Core.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Opening - Bombing Mission" a bonus battle theme available at the PP Catalog from the start of the game. It can be the default music for battles against Tifa, Sephiroth, or Cloud Strife, or for battles in the Planet's Core.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[edit | edit source]

A new arrangement can be bought from the shop for 3,600 gil.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[edit | edit source]

"Opening - Bombing Mission" was made available as a DLC Battle Music Sequence on January 8th.

Arrangement album appearances[edit | edit source]

The Black Mages III: Darkness and Starlight[edit | edit source]

The theme was arranged as a progressive metal track and included in the Black Mages's third studio album The Black Mages III: Darkness and Starlight. This version included an enhanced drums and percussion sequence performed by Arata Hanyuda.

Final Fantasy Remix[edit | edit source]

The theme is included as a trance remix in the album.

Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream[edit | edit source]

The song is included in the fan-made remix album Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream, retitled as "Every Story Begins with a Name".

Final Fantasy VII Chips[edit | edit source]

The song is included in the 8-bit arrangement album as its first track.

Piano Opera Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IX[edit | edit source]

"Opening - Bombing Mission" is the eleventh song in this piano arrangement album.

Live performances[edit | edit source]

Tour de Japon: Music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Opening ~ Bombing Mission" had its first orchestral performance as the opening of this series of live concerts. It was arranged by Nobuo Uematsu and Shirō Hamaguchi.

More Friends - Music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Opening - Bombing Mission"'s orchestral arrangement from "Tour de Japon" is included on this live recording of an orchestral concert, preformed by The World Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arnie Roth at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California on May 16th, 2005.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Opening - Bombing Mission" orchestral arrangement opened the concert of this tour. It is the first track of its live recording. The song is performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Returning Home[edit | edit source]

"Opening - Bombing Mission" is again included on this live recording of an orchestral concert, performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Arnie Roth held in Tokyo, in November 2010.

Compilation album appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks[edit | edit source]

"Opening - Bombing Mission" included in the album as the first track.

Final Fantasy Vinyls[edit | edit source]

"Opening ~ Bombing Mission" is included on the first disc of this collector's edition set.

Final Fantasy VII Vinyl Limited Edition[edit | edit source]

"Opening - Bombing Mission" is included on the first disc of this collectors' set.

Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy VII Vinyl[edit | edit source]

The original version of this theme is included.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. A day in the life of Nobuo Uematsu (dead) (Accessed: September 23, 2009) at NobuoUematsu.com (dead)
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