“Listen to my story. This may be our last chance.”
—Opening words, Tidus
Zanarkand (ザナルカンドにて, Zanarukando nite?) or To Zanarkand is the main theme of Final Fantasy X, composed by Nobuo Uematsu.
Uematsu got the idea of the tune for the opening theme from a flautist he consulted for help. He requested the tune to be used in Final Fantasy X and coaxed the team in using it for certain event scenes, but they weren’t convinced. In the end, they decided to try using it on the opening screen, and Uematsu was surprised that it was just perfect for it. In the end, the theme, together with “Suteki da ne,” became the game’s main theme, something Uematsu still finds hard to believe to this day.
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X’s “Movement in Green”
FFX – Movement in Green
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The theme is first played during the game’s opening, which shows Tidus and the others at the ruins of Zanarkand as they prepare for the final leg of their pilgrimage.
This theme shares the greatest importance in the soundtrack, along with “Suteki da ne”, being played at various significant plot events, typically rearranged and under different titles, such as “Movement in Green”, “The Truth Revealed” and a large part of Final Fantasy X’s “Ending Theme”.
Dissidia Final Fantasy
An arrangement of “Zanarkand” known as “Movement in Green” in the English release appears in Dissidia Final Fantasy, playing in the Destiny Odyssey X storyline stage boards.
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
This arrangement is reused in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as Tidus’s world map theme.
Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable
The original version of “To Zanarkand” is included in this crossover between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest for the PlayStation Portable.