While browsing TVTropes for information on Final Fantasy, I came across the Final Fantasy X WMG page. Then I thought, maybe Final Fantasy X is the pinnacle of all other Final Fantasy worlds.
Many of us have heard that Final Fantasy X is a prequel of sorts to Final Fantasy VII, since both have a character named “Shinra”.
Shinra’s name is an allusion to the Shinra Electric Power Company from Final Fantasy VII.
You’d think this would be as convincing as all Final Fantasy worlds being connected through a Cid, but Yoshinori Kitase, scenario writer for Final Fantasy VII and X, confirmed that Kazushige Nojima connected the games through Shinra.
“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.”
But could they be connected in other ways? Before you have a knee-jerk reaction to say “no”, consider this. We don’t know, and someone in the Square Enix might “find” another connection. But for now, we can speculate. I’ve heard some make the connection that Yunalesca is Jenova. They both have white hair, but beyond that, I can’t see it. According to a theory on TVTropes:
Yunalesca is a Cloud of Darkness: Not THE Cloud of Darkness of Final Fantasy III, but a Cloud of Darkness.
Yunalesca’s resemblance to the Cloud of Darkness isn’t just a Shout-Out. Yuna’s sending of her ultimately failed, and she was banished to the Realm of Darkness instead of the Farplane. There, she became even more deranged, eventually turning into a very unique Fiend. That Fiend is the Cloud of Darkness.
Yunalesca not only looks like the Cloud of Darkness, but the CoD’s attitude is what hers would be if what little remained of her humanity was stripped away.
This is interesting. In this sense, the “Void” is actually the Farplane. This might also mean that the same Void from Final Fantasy V is also the Farplane. “In that vein…” TVTropes’s Final Fantasy X WMG page also theorizes that Anima eventually becomes Jenova.
Word of God has already established that the world of Final Fantasy VII is the future of Final Fantasy X. X-2 establishes that the Aeons remain intact in the Farplane, so it isn’t far-fetched to assume that their Fayth do as well. Furthermore, it’s established that the Aeons can still leave the Farplane under certain circumstances. What if Shuyin’s corruption of the Aeons was actually a corruption of their Fayth? What if, following that corruption, the Fayth of Seymour’s mother escaped from the Farplane and degraded into a Fiend? What if that Fiend was banished by a Meteor spell, only to survive it and crash along with the meteor on another planet? Both Jenova and Anima have only their left eyes exposed (and glowing), and it isn’t far-fetched to believe that “Jenova” is just as obsessed with her “sons” as they are with her. Freudian Excuse, anyone?
Pretty interesting theory, linking the mothers together. In this sense, Sephiroth and Seymour are (half) brothers, and both have the creepy gene. Back to the Shinra:
As we seen in Final Fantasy X-2 Creature Creator and Last Mission, Shinra has a special bond with the Spiran Omega Weapon. It’s possible that Shinra and his descendants, worked on terraforming planets, by combining technology with the power of Fiends and Pyreflies. The end result was the Omega Weapon that we saw in Dirge of Cerberus. Almighty Shinra◊, the result of Omega Weapon’s Pyreflies possessing Shinra, even looks like Chaos◊ from Dirge of Cerberus. Chaos, like Almighty Shinra, is also connected closely to the Omega Weapon. Which also implies a further connection between the Spiran Omega Weapon and Shinra, with Final Fantasy VII/Dirge of Cerberus Omega Weapon and Chaos. This also explains how Rufus Shinra survived the Diamond Weapons attack – the Weapon recognized in Rufus the descendant of its creators, and out of a sense of loyalty, or fail-slate created by the Shinra family, it somehow ensured Rufus’ safety.
And there’s an Omega Weapon in Final Fantasy V too, among other games. Anyways, these are the connections I see. What do you think?