Most of the obvious ones about embracing the future revolve around time. Final Fantasy I, VIII and XIII-2 have actual time travel of course. But Final Fantasy I’s story is about changing the past to change the future. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is about changing the future to change the past. And Final Fantasy VIII is about embracing the future despite the uncertainty that lies ahead.
Final Fantasy IV, VII, and X-2 are about moving on, seeking redemption and embracing one’s new life.
Final Fantasy VI and Lightning Returns are about building a new future and a new world, both simultaneously.
Final Fantasy II, III, V, and X are like coming of age stories. The main characters grow up in the world, often losing their parents, and have to become adults in the process.
Two outliers are Final Fantasy IX and XII. The first game is simply about the passage of life. But the lyrics to the main song “Melodies of Life” would suggest that we’re to embrace what’s to come after the good times ended. The second game is about acceptance and letting go. We can hear this in the lyrics to the song “Kiss Me Good-Bye”.
Interesting that with every new Final Fantasy franchise, we receive a new storyline, new battle system, and new characters. It’s almost as if Final Fantasy is getting us to embrace the new, the future, the unknown.
And now can we embrace the future and what’s to come?