Listen to my story. This may be our last chance.

Opening words by Tidus

Zanarkand (ザナルカンドにて, Zanarukando nite?, lit. In Zanarkand or At Zanarkand) or To Zanarkand is the main theme of Final Fantasy X, composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

Development[edit | edit source]

Artwork by Yoshitaka Amano depicting the party right before they begin their final journey to Zanarkand.

Uematsu got the idea of the tune for the opening theme from a flautist he consulted for help. He requested the tune to be used in Final Fantasy X and coaxed the team in using it for certain event scenes, but they weren't convinced.

Initially, the theme wasn't composed for Final Fantasy X, or any Final Fantasy-related title at all, until Director Motomu Toriyama tried using it on the opening scene and said that it's perfect and no other theme will do.[1] Uematsu was also surprised that it was just perfect for it. In the end, the theme, together with "Suteki da ne," became the game's main theme, something Uematsu still finds hard to believe to this day.[2]

Game appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy X[edit | edit source]

The theme is first played during the opening, which shows Tidus and the others at the ruins of Zanarkand as they prepare for the final leg of their pilgrimage.

This theme shares the greatest importance in the soundtrack, along with "Suteki da ne", being played at various significant plot events, typically rearranged and under different titles, such as "Movement in Green", "The Truth Revealed" and a large part the "Ending Theme".

"Movement in Green" was completely redone for the HD Remaster version with addition of Erhu. "Zanarkand" largely follows the same instrumentation as the original, but is performed on a real piano, with less bass and with a pianissimo / piano opening. The Square Enix soundtrack sample website, and the soundtrack booklet, differ in the credits. The booklet credits Nobuo Uematsu as the sole composer and arranger. The website credits Hamauzu for rearranging the theme. "Zanarkand" is the only theme with this discrepancy.

Final Fantasy XV[edit | edit source]

"Movement in Green -arrange- (from FINAL FANTASY X)" is playable in the music player from the Memories of DISSIDIA FF, purchasable from Old Lestallum for 500 gil.

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

"Movement in Green" plays in the Destiny Odyssey X storyline stage boards.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Movement in Green" is used as Tidus's world map theme.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Zanarkand" is a Dark Note that appears only in the Chaos Shrine. It is included in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Compilation Album.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[edit | edit source]

"Zanarkand" and "Movement in Green" appear as Field Music Sequences available in the base game.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival[edit | edit source]

"Movement in Green" is a playable Field Music Sequence. It can be unlocked from the song store for 5 sound medals.

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World of Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"To Zanarkand" plays alongside "Blitz Off!" when Tidus uses his Champion summon ability.

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable[edit | edit source]

The original version of "To Zanarkand" is included in this crossover between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest for the PlayStation Portable.

Arrangement album appearances[edit | edit source]

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy X[edit | edit source]

A piano arrangement of Zanarkand named "At Zanarkand" was featured on the Final Fantasy X piano collections album.

The Black Mages II: The Skies Above[edit | edit source]

"The Skies Above" is a rearranged version of "Zanarkand" featured as the title track of The Black Mages' second album The Black Mages II: The Skies Above. This version's entrance includes the original "Zanarkand" and is succeeded by a dynamic entry of a heavy metal arrangement of the original song, with lyrics by Alexander O. Smith and performed by Japanese tenor Tomoaki Watanabe credited as "Mr. Goo".

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Sparks from the fire rise up to the sky
Higher and higher oh I want to fly
Out of the story this time I'll be free
Wake up for a moment from this dream of me
Just a legend cold words on a page
Lift up my eyes and I'm soaring away
On silver wings spread out to the sun
I'm leaving this city for the skies above.
O'er the ruins an ancient light
Never lost, never failing
Follow me on my path to the heights
Before the shadows fade into night
Running back but I'm out of time.
I could tell everything
Hear the words that fill my mind
How can I say she was mine?

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection[edit | edit source]

This album features a classic guitar arrangement of "Zanarkand".

Final Fantasy Remix[edit | edit source]

A remix by DJ duo Ante is included on this album.

Final Fantasy Orchestra Album[edit | edit source]

"To Zanarkand" appears on this Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary arrangement album.

Final Fantasy Tribute ~Thanks~[edit | edit source]

A techno arrangement of "Zanarkand" by AVTechNO! was included on this tribute to the Final Fantasy series music as the fourth track of its second disc.

Live performances[edit | edit source]

20020220 music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

An orchestral arrangement of "Zanarkand" was performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tokyo International Forum on February 20th, 2002. This arrangement was later included at the concert series "Tour De Japon" in 2004.

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

"Zanarkand" was performed by The World Festival Symphony Orchestra at the More Friends - Music from Final Fantasy concert, which took place at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California on May 16th, 2005.

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

"Zanarkand" was performed and included in the sequel to Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy and was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. This version of the theme introduces previously unheard variations into the, otherwise simple, central melody.

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

"Zanarkand" is 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.

A New World: intimate music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

A live recording of "Zanarkand" from at the London premiere of the concert of the same name on February 15, 2014, conducted by Arnie Roth, is included on this album.

Orlando Nerd Fest 2014[edit | edit source]

Nobuo Uematsu and The Earthbound Papas performed "Zarnakand" in the event.[3]

Non-Square Enix appearances[edit | edit source]

EXIT TRANCE PRESENTS FamiTrance EX[edit | edit source]

"Zanarkand" appears as the eleventh track in this album. It is a techno dance arrangement composed by Nobuo Uematsu.[4]

Sheet music[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A "To Zanarkand" dynamic theme was released for PlayStation 4 systems. When installed and activated, the theme plays the track "Zanarkand" when the player is in the system's menus and sound effects when accessing menu items match those of Final Fantasy X. The background image is Yuna, Auron, Wakka, Lulu, Rikku and Kimahri gathered around the campfire when in the lower menu, while accessing the upper menu shows Tidus at the top of the ledge, pyreflies drifting across the scene.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

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