What is Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm?
Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm (ファイナルファンタジーX – 永遠のナギ節, Fainaru Fantajī Ten Eien no Nagisetsu Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm) is a cinematic cutscene that takes place between Final Fantasy X and its sequel, Final Fantasy X-2. Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm was first released as a bonus DVD included with Final Fantasy X International as well as Unlimited Saga in for their original release in Japan
The first release of the English version was through the Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. The Japanese version was also released as part of the Final Fantasy X/X-2 Ultimate Box Collection for the PlayStation 2 that contains, as the name implies, both Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 long before Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm is also known as Another Story or Eternal Calm Final Fantasy X-2 Prologue in other regions.
The remastered version of Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm is part of the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster that was released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch and PC. All the character models and textures are upgraded to fit modern HD TVs. However, the non-remastered music as well as Rikku’s Final Fantasy X character model are the same as the original release. Watching the scene in this version earns the player the following trophy/achievement: “A Journey’s Catalyst”.
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Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm Characters
Here is the cast of characters that stars in Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm
- Yuna: The high summonerof Spira.
- Wakka: A childhood friend of Yuna’s, an ex-blitzball player, and one of her former guardians.
- Tasgio: a member of New Yevon who worries because his grandson is in the Youth League.
- Yaibal: An eager member of the Youth League.
- Rikku: Yuna’s younger Al Bhed cousin and her youngest former guardian.
- Shuyin: a belligerent young man seen a sphere; he bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain someone and will play a key role and a crucial role in Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm Story
After beating Sin two years prior, Yuna is now attempting to unwind and enjoy her newfound freedom. She practises playing blitzball while holding her breath for prolonged durations; her best time is 2 minutes and 41 seconds. When Wakka arrives to pick her up, he compliments Yuna on her diving prowess, but she believes Wakka will always be the expert despite his recent weight gain.
Wakka converses with Tasgio at the Besaid Temple. Tasgio is there to consult Yuna on a matter involving his grandson, who has joined the Youth League. Tasgio has nothing against the League, but he and his wife are members of New Yevon, and up until one day, his grandson used to go with his parents to all the party meetings. Tasgio worries that their grandchildren are growing up too soon, even if it’s okay for his grandson to be around people his own age.
Yuna muses on the idea that new factions have emerged as a result of everyone’s desire to participate in the new age and rebuild Spira. Tagio is trying his best to provide for his grandchild but finds it difficult. Yuna tells herself she is doing morally because she thinks that because people have various opinions, they have disagreements about what to do. Yuna advises Tasgio to speak with his grandson because she thinks that despite taking a different route, he shares their desire to rebuild Spira.
Wakka follows Yuna as she walks outside the hamlet and asks about the son of the Chairman of New Yevon, who has proposed to marry Yuna. Wakka apologises, and Yuna thinks the chairman’s son will simply use her. Wakka promises to deliver the message for the group, but Yuna tries to do it alone.
A message from Nooj, the head of the Youth League, is delivered by a guy by the name of Yaibal. Yuna informs Yaibal that she is not interested in joining any organisation, while Wakka informs Yaibal that she is not interested in joining the League. Yaibal speculates on whether Yuna would form her own group, but Yuna tells him to go.
On the ship, Yuna explains that Rikku is going around Spira, rescuing antiquated machinery, and teaching people how to operate it. Rikku then arrives. Wakka is made fun of by Rikku, who also inquires about Lulu the villager. Wakka inquires about Kimahri Ronso, who is instructing the abandoned Ronso at Mount Gagazet. With an uncanny resemblance to Tidus imprisoned and pleading to “see the summoner,” Rikku shows Yuna an ancient sphere that Kimahri had discovered of Mt. Gagazet, the home of the Ronso.
Confounded, Wakka questions whether the man is actually Tidus. Yuna makes the decision to identify the man. Wakka questions whether Yuna is prepared to leave immediately as Yaibal unexpectedly shows up and announces that Nooj will assist after offering to ask Nooj directly. Yaibal agrees to Wakka’s request to leave, promising to return with a thorough report on the investigation.
Yuna can’t go, according to Wakka, because everyone wants to see her. After everything Yuna has done for Spira, Rikku responds that she should be free to do whatever she pleases. Rikku queries what if things never settle down after Wakka reluctantly agrees, but only after things calm down.
When everyone is achieving their dream, according to Rikku, Yuna’s are put on hold. In the end, Yuna makes the decision to go, much to Wakka’s surprise and Rikku’s happiness. According to Tidus, who is quoted by Yuna, “I realise it’s selfish, but this is my narrative.”
Rikku brought a wardrobe change for Yuna so she could travel covertly because she anticipated that she would wish to go. Final Fantasy X-2 begins as Wakka departs to join Lulu in Besaid, but Yuna makes the decision to go right away, leave Besaid and join Rikku’s party of sphere hunters to look for Tidus.
Behind the scenes of Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm
When Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm was released alongside Final Fantasy X: International, the developers decided to continue the story even though they had not originally intended to. This was because of the enthusiastic fan response.
Rikku’s model is the same as in Final Fantasy X despite the fact that Eternal Calm takes place two years after Final Fantasy X. This can be explained by the fact that the developers didn’t initially intend to make Final Fantasy X-2, therefore Rikku wouldn’t have had a new character model yet.
Tidus, not Shuyin, is depicted in the Bevelle prison in the sphere recording’s original Japanese version. The English translation made this alteration.
The sphere recording of Shuyin in the jail in the original PlayStation 2 version is not put to music; instead, it features sound effects of him slamming against the cell doors and rattling the bars. The “Shuyin’s Theme” is played over it in the HD Remaster, but with Shuyin’s voice muffled and the sound of the shaking cage removed.
Etymology of Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm
Nagi (ナギ) from Eien no Nagisetsu (永遠のナギ節) actually comes from the word nagi. Nagi (凪) is a Japanese term that means the state of calm and gentle wind (with a precise wind speed between 0 and 0.2 meters per second). In Japan, the nagi state is also known as the safest time period for fishermen as well as mariners to take off from shore.
Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm FAQ
What is Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm?
A: Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm is a short film that serves as a bridge between the events of Final Fantasy X and its sequel, Final Fantasy X-2. Think of it as almost the same type of content that was Radical Dreamers to Chrono Cross except it’s not playable. Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm was included as a bonus feature on the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
How long is Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm?
Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm is about 20 minutes long.
What is the plot of Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm?
Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm takes place two years after the events of Final Fantasy X and shows the character Yuna adjusting to life after her journey to defeat Sin. She begins to feel a sense of emptiness and decides to embark on a new journey to find her place in the world.
Is Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm necessary to understand the plot of Final Fantasy X-2?
While Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm does provide some background information that may be helpful in understanding the events of Final Fantasy X-2, it is not necessary to watch Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm in order to understand the plot of the sequel.
Is Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm available in any other languages besides English?
Yes, Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm is also available in Japanese with English subtitles.
Can I watch Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm separately from the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster?
It is not currently possible to watch the film separately from the HD Remaster except if you have a PlayStation 2 and a physical version of Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm. However, the HD Version is available for purchase on various platforms, including PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam.