Final Fantasy VII is one of the most iconic JRPGs of all time. Final Fantasy X-2, on the other hand, was a bit more contentious. Suggesting the former connects through the latter may sound strange, but fans found surprising evidence for this connection.
Final Fantasy X-2 is a prequel to Final Fantasy VII.
Unlike the many theories Kitase debunked in this article, Final Fantasy X-2 as a prequel to Final Fantasy VII was not one of them. In fact:
“I won’t completely come out and say that it is the same world,” said Kitase. “However, Shinra in FFX-2 was created by [Kazushige] Nojima, the scenario writer, and when he thought him up, he thought it might be good if people would imagine that after a few years after the story of Final Fantasy X-2, that person Shinra will grow up and start the Shinra company. So that is something that he did hint in there. That being said, I’m not gonna say that it’s the same.”
In interviews published in the Final Fantasy X Ultimania Ω and Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania guidebooks, scenario writer Kazushige Nojima and producer Yoshinori Kitase revealed that Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X-2 share a plot-related connection, in which the Shin-ra corporation in Final Fantasy VII is founded on another planet after about one thousand years, after space travel became possible, by descendants of Shinra of the Gullwings in Final Fantasy X-2. This connection was conceived of only after Final Fantasy X was already finished and realized in Final Fantasy X-2 riding on the success of the original game and is not reflected in the gameplay or storylines of Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy X.
Nojima revealed that Shinra of the Gullwings, an Al Bhed child prodigy and inventor of various machinery, would attempt using the remains of Vegnagun – the behemoth Machina Shuyin tried to destroy Spira with – to extract life energy from the Farplane and use it to power machines. Shinra would attempt doing this as a result of his analysis of the Farplane late in the game. During this diagnostic, Shinra concluded that there was a great deal of energy floating around inside the Farplane, and that it was most likely the life force of Spira, which could be extracted and used as a power source; however, he concluded that it would take generations to properly implement the idea.
Further of note is that Nojima explained that the Al Bhed entrepreneur Rin also was interested in extracting mako from the Farplane, and that he provided Shinra with the funding to make the attempt. For his part, Rin’s desire to do this is revealed during the game should he be uncovered as the culprit behind covering up the malfunctioning Machina disaster on the Mi’hen Highroad.
Nojima went on to say that Shinra’s attempts to use Vegnagun’s remains failed and that he was unable to complete the concept of mako-extraction, just as Shinra had predicted. However, some 1000 years later, once space travel became possible, Shinra’s descendants would go on a voyage to the world of Final Fantasy VII. There, at some point in the future, they would be successful in utilizing the concept, and would provide electricity from the Planet for a price; these descendants would found the Shin-Ra Company of Final Fantasy VII.
Shinra. Both games contain a character named Shinra. In Final Fantasy X-2, Shinra is a young Al Bhed boy who serves aboard the Celsius in Final Fantasy X-2.
In Final Fantasy VII, Shinra is a multinational industrial enterprise in the world of Final Fantasy VII headed by President Shinra, and then Rufus Shinra.
Could they be the same Shinra?
According to Final Fantasy X Scenario Ultimania, pyreflies are usually invisible, but can be seen when condensed in high concentrations. When a fiend is defeated, or when a summoner performs a sending, they glow and thus are often mistaken as “arising when there is a loss of life.” Pyreflies and water are said to harmonize easily. When a summoner performs a sending, the pyreflies on a water’s surface can solidify into a foothold. The blitzball sphere pool utilizes pyreflies to congeal the water into a sphere. Blitzball players can stay active underwater for extended periods of time because they are supported by the pyreflies contained in the water.
As Maechen says:
They may be called ‘pyreflies’ but they aren’t really ‘flies’, you see. They’re those lights you see whenever a fiend dies. The little fellows are responsible for a few fantastic phenomena. Visions of the past, spheres, fiends—these are all the pyreflies’ doing. In fact… pyreflies have something to do with aeons, too. The dreams of the fayth reach through the spirit of the summoner… And that which is unreal becomes real for all to see!
One theory suggests that this is the prototype for the Lifestream, which
contains the essence of the Planet and the memories, emotions, and knowledge of all who have lived on it. Portions of the Lifestream are believed to be used to create new life on the Planet, and the energy of a person returns to the Planet when they die, bringing with it the emotions, memories, and knowledge they obtained during life.
Another theory is that the Lifestream is also the Farplane.
Yunalesca has long silver hair that splays out around her in tendrils during battle. She wears a blue headband with four ribbons finished with blue beads and yellow tassels. The headdress has two long plumes that zigzag to make an ’M’ shape. She has yellow eyes.
Jenova appears as a gray-skinned woman…has long silver hair parted through the center. Its left eye glows red and it has no right eye, often being covered by hair.
Like Sephiroth, Yunalesca’s hair is also white.
Some fans believe that the two games take place on the same world. Others believe the games take place on the same world. But Nojima makes it clear that space travel is a clear element.
Some controversy exists on how the Final Fantasy X/X-2 is a prequel to Final Fantasy VII.
If Final Fantasy VII/X/X-2 take place on different worlds, how are the Pyreflies a prototype of the Lifestream?
If Final Fantasy VII/X/X-2 take place on the same world, then Yunalesca cannot be Jenova. Jenova is a foreign entity and Yunalesca native to Spira.
Could we see a connection to Final Fantasy X-2 in the Final Fantasy VII remake, somewhere in the Shinra building? We’ll just have to find out.