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    Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania Translations
    *Translator*
    Ryu Kaze/Ryu Sinclair; contact: omegaomnislash@gmail.com
    
    *Time period of translations*
    April, 2006
    
    *Last updated*
    June 4, 2006
    
    
    *Current Version*
    1.00
    
    
    ****Notes to make yourself aware of****
    ==MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR FINAL FANTASY X & X-2 ARE IN THIS FAQ==
    
    Also, be aware that at any point the in the translations where you see
    something in brackets, it is something that I have added to the translation,
    either for the purpose of clarifying the wording (Japanese does not always
    translate directly into English in such a way that it's entirely coherent), or
    to offer an analysis of a certain section of the translation.
    
    Also, for your convenience, be aware that you can use the numbers to the right
    of each section in the table of contents to do a ctrl+f search and instantly
    get to the section of your choice.
    
    
    *****Table of contents*****
    -1: Version history (001)
    
    -2: Statement of purpose (002)
    
    -3: Post-FFX/pre-FFX-2 timeline from the FFX-2: International+Last Mission
    Ultimania (003)
    
    -4: Translations from the Story of FFX-2 -- Four Puzzles section of the FFX-2
    Ultimania Omega (004)
    
    -5: Translations concerning the plot-related connection between FFVII and
    FFX/X-2 (005)
    
    -6: Recommended further reading (006)
    
    -7: Acknowledgements about the game, the Ultimanias and this FAQ (007)
    
    
    
    
    
    ****Version history**** (001)
    June 4:   Added new site to the list of sites authorized to host this FAQ
    April 26: Clarifying "continuation" as meaning "sequel"
    April 23: Translations completed and FAQ published
    
              Adding slight elaboration to one of the analyses in the translations
              from the Four Puzzles section
    
              Added another translation to the FFVII-FFX/X-2 section
    
    
    
    
    
    ****Statement of purpose**** (002)
    This FAQ's purpose is to provide an English translation of some of the notable
    storyline related sections of the Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania guidebooks to
    the fans of Final Fantasy X and X-2 who may be unable to acquire or translate
    the books themselves. I've tried to maintain as accurate a translation here as
    possible, and I believe I've managed to keep all the explanations true to the
    original Japanese information offered in the books.
    
    I do have faith that I've accurately conveyed the intent of everything present
    in those sections I translated, and I've tried to maintain a
    Japanese-to-English wording as consistent with the original as possible. Where
    that wasn't always possible (and it's never going to be), I've inserted
    brackets ([ ]) to indicate the words that I had to insert in order to maintain
    the same flow we would use in English. Surprisingly, I've not had to do it all
    that much.
    
    Also, be aware that (also contained in brackets) at the end of many sections
    you'll find an analysis section where I offer some kind of clarification or
    comment on the section you've just read.
    
    I do hope you'll enjoy this FAQ and that it will be of benefit to many fans of
    Final Fantasy X and X; both those who weren't able to read the books for
    themselves and those who just want to see another take on the wording. Enjoy.
    
    
    
    
    
    ****Post-FFX/pre-FFX-2 timeline from the FFX-2: International+Last Mission
    Ultimania**** (003)
    (Page 583)
    [Immediately after FFX]
    *Spira's Eternal Calm begins
    *Many groups begin to dissolve
    *Brother and Buddy discover the airship Celsius
    *Trema closes down the training facility on the Calm Lands. The depowered
    Yevon priests begin a motion to put forth the truth
    
    Half a year later [after FFX]
    *Sphere Hunters begin appearing at this time
    *Wakka and Lulu marry
    *Trema establishes the New Yevon party. He begins monopolizing the collection
    of spheres
    
    1 year later [after FFX]
    *Nooj founds the Youth League
    *Trema enters the mausoleum of Saint Bevelle (after this, he disappears), and
    destroys the collected spheres
    *Kimahri becomes the elder of the Ronso Tribe
    *The Youth League begins rebuilding the port of Kilika
    *The New Yevon party's second generation chief ascends [to power] and his son
    is inaugurated as praetor
    *Gippal forms the Machine Faction
    *Brother becomes a Sphere Hunter. He founds the Gullwings
    
    2 years later [after FFX]
    [Eternal Calm]
    *Rikku shows Yuna the "Journey's Start Sphere" that Kimahri found. Yuna leaves
    Besaid
    *Yuna joins the Gullwings
    *A bloodless coup d'état occurs within the New Yevon party. The party chief
    and praetor fall from power, and Baralai is inaugurated as the [new] praetor
    
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    [Analysis: Plenty of interesting info here; tells us when Wakka and Lulu got
    married, when the temples of Yevon lost their power and revealed the truth to
    the people, and plenty of other interesting tidbits. Not a huge treasure trove
    by any means, but interesting stuff to know nonetheless.]
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    ****Translations from the Story of FFX-2 -- Four Puzzles section of the FFX-2
    Ultimania Omega**** (004)
    ***Lenne & Shuyin*** (Pages 86-87)
    The dressphere of the ancient songstress Lenne resonates sympathy from Yuna.
    She lost her beloved, Tidus -- just like [Lenne] with Shuyin -- and became
    gripped by despair. The information surrounding the pair is detailed here.
    
    **Tragedy of 1000 years ago**
    In ancient times, in the summoner city of Zanarkand, there was a songstress
    named "Lenne" who was expected to face certain defeat in an upcoming conflict
    of the Machina War, and with the battle almost at hand, she was soon to be
    sent forth. It was then that the whereabouts of her lover, Shuyin, became
    unknown. In an effort to save his love, he had planned to take Vegnagun, the
    secret weapon of Bevelle [, their enemies]. Before long, a spy from Zanarkand
    brought news to Lenne that Shuyin had been seen, and she intuited that he
    planned to enter Bevelle. Just before Shuyin could activate Vegnagun, Lenne
    discovered him and restrained him, but immediately afterward, the lovers were
    attacked by Bevelle soldiers and killed.
    
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    [Analysis: This tells us how Lenne knew where to go to find Shuyin, which is
    good to know.]
    ------------------------
    
    
    **The thoughts that reside in the Dressphere**
    Lenne's thoughts remained attached to the songstress dressphere [that
    features] the same outfit she wore. 1000 years then passed with this remaining
    the case, and then the time of the Eternal Calm arrived for the world, with
    the dressphere being discovered and utilized; Lenne's thoughts would then be
    imparted to Yuna as she wore it and would occasionally rise to the surface of
    her consciousness.
    
    When Yuna attaches the songstress dressphere to her body, little by little
    Lenne's thoughts flow into Yuna via the clothing and her behavior begins to
    reflect this. When she recovers it in Luca during Chapter 1, she begins to
    dance uncontrollably; in Chapter 3, when she meets Shuyin in the abyss of the
    Farplane, the thoughts leave her unable to move......Also, during the concert
    in Chapter 4, due to the effect of the sphere wave from Shinra's sphere
    screen, it produces on the screen a projection of Lenne's memories of the
    past.
    
    This kind of phenomenon is only seen in matters concerning Yuna, and the
    summoner also shares [with Lenne] that their beloved sweethearts bear
    appearances that are much the same, a link [that is] an odd turn of
    chance......The truth behind the cause of this link is not certain.
    
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    [Analysis: Doesn't really tell us anything we didn't know before.]
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    **Yuna's dreams**
    During Chapter 2, as a result of Lenne's memories -- which were having an
    influence on Yuna -- of her and Shuyin being shot to death, Yuna has a dream
    of her and Tidus running [from someone] together and then them being shot in
    an area shown in the images on a sphere (-->P.105). In truth, Lenne and Shuyin
    did not take one another's hands and attempt escaping together. Yuna's dreams
    linger with her, but it had been someone else -- who looked much like Tidus --
    who was killed underneath Bevelle while running away in these fragmented
    thoughts, though her own feelings and memories of Tidus and two years ago had
    melded with them to produce these dreams. As for what really happened with
    Lenne and Shuyin, this can be seen during the concert in Chapter 4 and inside
    the sealed cave in Chapter 5.
    
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    [Analysis: Now here's some clarification. It was always quite confusing to me
    before how it was that Tidus and Yuna -- who were obviously supposed to
    be in the place of Shuyin and Lenne in Yuna's dreams -- had been escaping
    together, but Lenne had "just gotten there in time" to stop Shuyin from using
    Vegnagun. According to this, that scene with them running together while
    holding hands never actually happened. It was just a result of Yuna's own
    memories playing with what memories of Lenne she was getting from the
    songstress dressphere.]
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    **Outline of events of 1000 years ago (< > denotes the related representation
    seen in-game)**
    *Lenne is a famous songstress in Zanarkand. Young Maechen was a fan of hers
    and shook her hand during an event <related by the "Splendor of Zanarkand"
    sphere>
    *The Machina War begins
    *It is decided that Lenne will participate in the Machina War
    *In an attempt to rescue Lenne with Vegnagun, Shuyin infiltrates Bevelle. He
    is arrested by Bevelle soldiers and placed in the Bevelle Underground's prison
    <related by the "Journey's Start" and "Prison of 1000 years ago" spheres>
    *Lenne goes after Shuyin and infiltrates Bevelle
    *Shuyin breaks out of the prison. He starts up Vegnagun, but while doing so,
    Lenne enters and tells him to stop; their pursuers then shoot them <related by
    Yuna's dreams, the images seen during the concert, and the images seen in the
    sealed cave>
    
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    [Analysis: Nothing new here.]
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    **"Shadow"**
    In regard to the young man named "Shuyin," the "Shuyin" that appears in the
    story is not Shuyin himself. It is not exactly his corpse. The Shuyin in the
    story is full of the despair, hatred and negative destructive thoughts of the
    Shuyin of 1000 years ago, preserved by pyreflies -- which became the "shadow"
    of Shuyin.
    
    As seen in the Yevon Dome in X, in places where pyreflies are densely packed,
    they will remember moments from the past and project them. In regard to the
    Shuyin in the story, these kinds of phantom thoughts began acting on their
    own, in a unique case of those who have died.
    
    The difference between the corpse and the "shadow" is that its pyreflies do
    not possess the means of ordinary physical interaction. While the "shadow" of
    Shuyin lacks physical substance, it is possible for it to produce extensions
    of itself and for it to directly influence the state of mind of those around
    it (as seen inside the sealed cave). In order for it to begin physically
    interacting with the living world outside, it needed to possess someone to act
    as a vessel. In order to be a suitable vessel for it, someone must be of
    similar disposition and have the physical and spiritual strength he needs.
    Furthering this need to find what is considered a suitable vessel is that if
    the current vessel should lose consciousness, transferring to a new one is not
    possible.
    
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    [Analysis: This is slightly confusing. Though the game itself does establish
    that the Shuyin we're dealing with is a "shadow" and that it took form from
    pyreflies that had begun to act on their own after absorbing Shuyin's powerful
    emotions, there's little to no clarification on what exactly happened with the
    pyreflies/spiritual energy that belonged to Shuyin himself, nor any
    explanation for how his memories became attached to some pyreflies in the
    first place. There's also no explanation as to why these pyreflies cannot
    physically manifest. Even if these pyreflies didn't belong to the flesh and
    blood body of Shuyin before his death, that shouldn't make a difference, as
    all pyreflies have previously displayed the capacity to physically manifest,
    either through unsent, fiends or when tapped into from the surrounding area to
    be used in the formation of aeons. This also leaves us to wonder why Shuyin
    WAS able to physically manifest himself for the final battle of the game.
    Even the game itself leaves us with that question due to Nooj having said "He
    acts through another's body. Stop the body and you stop him," so this isn't an
    issue with the Ultimania Omega being inconsistent.
    
    In regard to the "shadow" business, for my own part, I would speculate that
    for the memories and despair of Shuyin to have been imparted to other
    pyreflies, they would have needed to come in contact with them after his
    death, and that they may have merged with them. Otherwise, I don't believe we
    can reasonably account for how this came to happen, or why there aren't tons
    of these Shuyin apparitions all around Spira. I would also say that -- for all
    intents and purposes -- this Shuyin we deal with IS Shuyin himself, for it has
    his memories and his emotions. That being the case, it might as well be him,
    especially in lieu of us having any reason to believe that all traces of his
    memories and despair were not in the Den of Woe in the first place.
    
    In terms of being helpful, though, this section does slightly elaborate on
    the concept behind Shuyin taking possession of other people's bodies and his
    vulnerabilities in this state.]
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    **Connection to Nooj and his friends**
    2 years ago, during the Crimson Squad's final excercise, Shuyin entered the
    death-seeking heart of Nooj. With [Nooj's] flesh as a vessel, [Shuyin]
    intended to activate Vegnagun and destroy Spira. However, Nooj's will was
    strong and the control by Shuyin's feelings could not influence his actions
    very much. The only time Shuyin's will took over Nooj's own was on the Mi'hen
    Highroad, immediately after the 4 [survivors of the Crimson Squad excercise]
    parted ways. After the crisis passed and the other three had been shot, Nooj
    became calm again as his consciousness rose back to the surface and Shuyin's
    was sealed into his subconscious.
    
    In order to try controlling Nooj's body completely, he kept sending him
    unconscious thoughts about finding Vegnagun, which beckoned to him little by
    little. As a result, Nooj eventually arrives at Vegnagun's location, but his
    animosity for it caused it to flee. Having come here, Shuyin attempted to
    fulfill his objective by taking another vessel.
    
    When 3 individuals held a secret meeting in the Bevelle Underground during
    Chapter 3, it presented the perfect opportunity for Shuyin. After Baralai
    pointed at a gun at him, in but a moment, he had passed from Nooj's heart and
    withdrawn from his body. Finding him to also be suitable, [Shuyin] possessed
    Baralai and leaped into the nearby hole that led to the Farplane, making his
    way toward Vegnagun.
    
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    [Analysis: Not really anything we wouldn't know from playing the game.]
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    **Connection with Tidus?**
    The appearance and voice of Shuyin resemble Tidus, but the two are completely
    different in actuality. Shuyin is a man of the past; he lived 1000 years ago
    in Zanarkand, the metropolis city of summoners. Tidus, a pyreform, was a
    resident of its summoned replica, Dream Zanarkand.
    
    Be that as it may, Dream Zanarkand was in fact created with the idea in mind
    that it be the ideal [representation] of Zanarkand's existance, a wish given
    form. Since its existance was the model for everything in Dream Zanarkand,
    this extends to its inhabitants also. When thinking about this with regard to
    Tidus, one cannot deny the possibility that this [was the case] with his
    personage and Shuyin. However, most inhabitants of Dream Zanarkand would marry
    one another and have children, continuing the cycle of life. For this reason,
    the genes of the dream's inhabitants began to blend in a complicated way, and
    with these impurities, the duplication of [Shuyin's] personage cannot be
    certain. Even if it is true that Shuyin was the model for Tidus, this would
    not mean that their connection is close.
    
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    [Analysis: This offers us little clarification on the matter, but it's
    probably pretty much impossible that Shuyin was the model for Tidus, if only
    because the Dream Zanarkand version of Shuyin should have been created 1000
    years in the past. He should have long since died. It's possible, though, that
    Tidus is a descendant of Dream Zanarkand's Shuyin. That would actually make a
    lot of sense.]
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    ****Translations concerning the plot-related connection between FFVII and
    FFX/X-2**** (005)
    As some fans of Final Fantasy VII, X and X-2 may or may not know, the worlds
    of the two games share a plot-related connection. The connection's existance
    was established during an interview with Yoshinori Kitase (lead developer of
    the Final Fantasy series) and Kazushige Nojima (the scenario writer of Final
    Fantasy VII, Before Crisis, Advent Children, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy
    X, Final Fantasy X-2 and the Kingdom Hearts series) in 2002, as featured in
    the Final Fantasy X Ultimania Omega guidebook, an official Square-Enix
    publication.
    
    This interview established that there would be a connection between the two
    worlds, though it didn't detail it. However, based on what was later revealed
    to be the connection, it's clear that it had already been conceived, as
    Kitase hints at it with his final word on the subject. In 2003, the exact
    nature of the concept was finally revealed in the Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania,
    having been hinted toward by a few elements of the game.
    
    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 entrepeneur 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.
    
    The connection would again be hinted toward in the Final Fantasy X-2:
    International+Last Mission (released in 2004) game's Last Mission scenario, in
    which Rikku revealed that Rin and Shinra had begun working together. Finally,
    the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega guidebook (released in 2005) also brings
    forth mention of the concept.
    
    I will here present the dialogue from Final Fantasy X-2 that hints at the
    connection, as well as the interviews and other translations that establish
    its existance as part of official Final Fantasy continuity.
    
    ***Dialogue with Rin from Final Fantasy X-2***
    Rin
    "You are suggesting that my decision to upgrade the machina resulted in a
    number of casualties... ... and that I tried to cover it up?"
    
    Yuna
    "You put the investigation in our hands because we were amateurs. You hoped we
    would botch the case."
    
    Yuna
    "And then, I kept calling you even though I didn't have any leads."
    
    Yuna
    "You would have objected to the meaningless interruptions, if you really
    wanted to solve the case."
    
    Rin
    "I see. It appears that I have underestimated you, Yuna."
    
    Rikku
    "Why, Rin?"
    
    Rin
    "If word got out that machina pose a danger, people would fear them and stop
    using them."
    
    Paine
    "So Yevon's not alone in sweeping things under the rug."
    
    Rin
    "I firmly believe that machina are an indispensable part of Spira's
    development."
    
    Rin
    "Even if there is another incident, I intend to conceal the evidence."
    
    Yuna
    "You really think people will follow you that way?"
    
    Rin
    "I am not alone in my thinking."
    
    Rin
    "We are researching ways to extract the vast energy that sleeps in Spira, and
    use it to power machina."
    
    Paine
    "You're a jackass."
    
    Rin
    "I will take that as a compliment."
    
    
    
    ***Dialogue with Shinra from Final Fantasy X-2***
    Shinra
    "Aha..."
    
    Yuna
    "What are you looking at?"
    
    Shinra
    "Farplane data."
    
    Shinra
    "The more I study it, the more fascinating it gets. There's limitless energy
    swirling around in there."
    
    Yuna
    "Limitless energy?"
    
    Shinra
    "The life force that flows through our planet...I think."
    
    Shinra
    "With a little work, we could probably extract the energy in a useable form."
    
    Brother
    "Sweet!"
    
    Shinra
    "Of course, that'd take generations."
    
    Brother
    "That's no fun!"
    
    Buddy
    "Well, still, it is something worth shooting for."
    
    Yuna
    "Think how much Spira would change if we ever got it to work!"
    
    Yuna
    "Maybe one day we could build a city full of light, one that never sleeps!"
    
    Shinra
    "No doubt about it."
    
    
    
    ***Dialogue with Rikku from Final Fantasy X-2: International+Last Mission***
    Paine
    "These days, people are always looking for sunken machina."
    
    Rikku
    "Yup-yup!"
    
    Yuna
    "Oh? Has Shinra been helping you with that?"
    
    Rikku
    "Ahh, now that you bring it up..."
    
    Rikku
    "Well, he left the ship and got together with Rin, and what do you think all
    that research they've been doing is about?"
    
    
    
    ***Interview with Yoshinori Kitase and Kazushige Nojima in the Final Fantasy X
    Ultimania Omega*** (Page 191)
    **FFVII and FFX are connected?!**
    --"Previously, with a conversation in the FFX Scenario Ultimania, you made
    certain inferences, and since it's been about half a year since then, is there
    anything new you'd like to clarify about FFX?"
    
    Kitase
    "That's true...... Now that FFX International is out and we're in the future,
    I'm in a predicament; it really isn't that hard to think of another story
    [set] in that world; room for expansion was left possible there without too
    much difficulty, don't you think? Speaking conversely, FFX received a splendid
    reception and made us think of adding to it."
    
    Nojima
    "After FFVII was finished, we were easily able to add Zack's open[-ended role]
    into the International version. But, with X, there was an older story with a
    partly-finished world and an opening that this new one could be added to and
    [, in doing] so[,] complete it."
    
    Kitase
    "So, you could say [in terms of] time, Nojima-san decided to designate it to
    act as a sequel to VII, if you follow me."
    
    
    --"It's a sequel to VII!!"
    
    Kitase
    "Well, there was a joke right there. Simply put, in VII's ending, Holy came,
    and the next thing you knew, it was over without closing things up, and then
    it was the "500 years later" [scene] in the future. There's a large margin
    buried there. A margin for the imagination. Nojima-san and Toriyama are going
    to be filling something of that with VII, though, while they're at their best
    and can do it."
    
    
    --"So, will it become a sequel to VII's story?"
    
    Nojima
    "I have a strong feeling that they're going to be connected."
    
    
    --"Huh, so VII and X ARE connected?"
    
    Nojima
    "Well, there's not many specifics to it. I know that what becomes of people
    when they die is among them; you could say that it's basically the same. Both
    [concepts came to] function along the same line of thought as I wrote the
    stories. Sometimes my thoughts just flow out like that, even though pyreflies
    distinctly aren't green."
    
    
    --"When you speak of the dead becoming [something] green, do you perhaps
    [mean]......?"
    
    Nojima
    "Yes. In my mind, pyreflies and VII's Lifestream are the same substance."
    
    Kitase
    "Nojima-san's even considering making use of an idea like this -- [with] an
    addition to the idea of life origin -- in a sequel to FFX International.
    That's just a little bit of the thought that's been going into what to do with
    VII."
    
    Nojima
    "That's right. There's something like the Lifestream [in X's world
    also]......."
    
    
    --"'An addition to the idea of life origin'......does that mean you're going
    to revise life origin concepts or something?"
    
    Nojima
    "I can't say......it's a secret (laughs)."
    
    Kitase
    "It's a surprise with how someone from the story conducts theirself with
    regards to the Farplane."
    
    
    
    ***Interview with FFX-2 creators from the Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania***
    (Page 723)
    **"So, what of this child, Shinra......"**
    --"Among these latest stories, 'connected' is one of the key words becoming
    applicable, isn't it?"
    
    [Daisuke] Watanabe
    "I personally like the word 'connected,' but there's one aspect where that
    applies well."
    
    Nojima
    "During the game's progression, various vague things will be tied together to
    reveal it."
    
    
    --"For example, the name 'Shinra' suggests a connection with VII? There's
    [what's said] in the 'Graduation Mission' scenario [ -- 'graduation'
    referring to Shinra being soon to leave the Gullwings -- ], and the 'I am not
    alone in my thinking' line from the 'Rin's Detective Work' scenario seems to
    have some particular significance."
    
    Nojima
    "Actually, it does. After quitting the Gullwings, Shinra received enormous
    financial support from Rin, and began trying to use Vegnagun to siphon Mako
    Energy from the Farplane. But, he is unable to complete the system for
    utilizing this energy in his generation, and in the future, when traveling to
    distant planets becomes possible, the Shin-Ra Company is founded on another
    world, or something like that....... That would happen about 1000 years after
    this story, I think."
    
    
    --"So VII's story is after that?"
    
    Nojima
    "Well, you could say the feelings I have are like that. When I think about the
    characters, those are the kinds of feelings I already have. Shinra is a good
    child, but his descendants are going to end up becoming like the president [of
    Shin-Ra] (laughs)."
    
    Watanabe
    "With you said about VII, after seeing your episodes with Shinra, one of the
    people on the [development] staff said that the first shot of the Bevelle
    Underground 'gives the impression of somewhere else.'"
    
    [Motomu] Toriyama
    "Certainly; it looks like the opening shot of Midgar in VII."
    
    
    
    ***Information on Shinra of the Gullwings in the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania
    Omega*** (Page 563)
    Shinra is a boy who supports the Gullwings, the group which the main
    protagonist, Yuna, belongs to. He carries a name that gives him an association
    to the Shin-Ra Company, and he is researching a method that could utilize the
    energy of "the life force that flows through our planet." The results of this
    cannot be seen in FFX-2, but maybe one day his descendants will establish a
    "company that supplies the energy of the planet"?
    
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    The words of Shinra, which can be heard at the end of the story. This world
    has something similar to the Lifestream that is worthy of attention.
    
    
    
    ***Interview with FFVII creators from the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania
    Omega*** (Page 571)
    --"At E3 (the world's largest game show, which was held in America), as a demo
    for the PS3, the opening of FFVII was shown; was its purpose to serve as
    something of a preliminary announcement?
    
    Kitase
    "Well, in regard to that, please think of it as a mere demonstration. Because
    the production period for its imagery was [going to be] so short, we made the
    opening of FFVII, as it was easy to represent. Beyond that, there is no
    particular deeper meaning.
    
    
    --"In that case, it's not a remake; when might you be making something to
    serve as the direct continuation of FFX-2?"
    
    Kitase
    "Producing something like that holds the same problem as a remake [of FFVII],
    as our schedule just isn't open for it [right now]."
    
    
    
    
    
    ****Recommended further reading**** (006)
    -Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega Translations:
    
    http://db.gamefaqs.com/console/psx/file/final_fantasy_vii_ultramania_omega.txt
    http://faqs.ign.com/articles/698/698416p1.html
    http://faqs.neoseeker.com/Games/Playstation/final_fantasy_vii_ultramania_omega
    .txt
    
    This is my translations from the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega,
    Square-Enix's official explanation of the story of Final Fantasy VII.
    
    
    -Xcomp's "The Final Fantasy VII Collection" website:
    
    http://xthost.info/ffwebnovel/
    
    This is a really great site, featuring translations of Before Crisis episodes,
    the Advent Children Prologue book, On the Way to a Smile (Case of Tifa and
    Case of Denzel) and Maiden who Travels the Planet (from the Final Fantasy VII
    Ultimania Omega).
    
    
    -Squall_of_SeeD's "Final Fantasy VII & Advent Children Plot Analysis" FAQ:
    
    http://db.gamefaqs.com/portable/psp/file/final_fantasy_vii_ac_plot.txt
    http://faqs.ign.com/articles/657/657331p1.html
    
    This comprehensive FAQ on the original Final Fantasy VII and its sequel Advent
    Children contains a lot of verified theories and explanations about the game
    and the movie. It also has a few translations, but it's more of an extensive
    story analysis guide than a translation FAQ.
    
    
    
    
    
    ****Acknowledgements about the game, the Ultimanias and this FAQ (007)****
    ***Thanks in the making of this FAQ go to...***
    ...my wife and daughter, simply for the wonderful life you've given me. I love
    you two so much.
    
    
    
    ***Publications cited in this FAQ***
    -Final Fantasy X, X-2 and X-2: International+Last Mission themselves
    -Final Fantasy VII
    -Final Fantasy X Ultimania Omega
    -Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania
    -Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania Omega
    -Final Fantasy X-2: International+Last Mission Ultimania
    -Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega
    
    
    
    ***Notes on the Final Fantasy VII Ultimanias***
    -Edited by Studio BentStuff
    -Published by Square-Enix
    -Publishing rights held by Square-Enix
    
    
    
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