Scenario – Opening

Posted By at 11:59 PM on Friday January 28, 2011

We now present to you the early plot of FFX. The commentary of four members of the scenario team is included alongside sections that greatly differ from the final game.

From left to right, we have Yoshinori Kitase (Director), Motomu Toriyama (Event Director), Daisuke Watanabe (Scenario Planner), and Kazushige Nojima (Scenario Planner).

Opening

•The Ruined Ancient City of Registan

(This scene informs us that everything beyond it is a flashback.)

A dispirited party of travellers. A young man stands and enters the water. After swimming awhile, he turns onto his back, where he stops and floats.

Narration: “This might be the end, so I have a lot I want to say.”*

(This is the first time Tidus speaks.)

•In the Sea of the Religious Capital of Registan

A youth is swimming. He churns through the water, eyes on the waves.

•The Water, Looking Up at the Seaside City of Registan (Evening)

Lifting our gaze from the water’s surface and looking up, we see the city of Registan, filled with brightly-lit skyscrapers. The Song of Prayer can be heard faintly.

•Outside the Yevon Dome (Evening)

The Song of Prayer drifts on the air. A group of youths sits on the stone steps. They have too much time on their hands. We see a rendezvous between an asian couple. People visiting the dome to pray can be seen coming and going.

(It appears that the temple is part of daily life.)

•Inside the Yevon Dome (Evening)

The Song of Prayer drifts on the air. A group of 3 boys and girls is present.

(Tidus’ Friends: Friend A – Male, Friend B – Female, Friend C – Female)

They appear to be conversing amicably. In the distance we see people praying. One examines his wristwatch (or a large ornamental wall clock). It’s a little before 19:00. His body language tells us “It’s late!”

•Commentary for Yevon Dome

The place where the founder of Registan, Yevon, is worshipped. It is large enough to hold a great number of people. Around its circumference is a platform (bowl-shaped) where people can stand. At the front is an alter that enshrines an “Inverted Yevon” crest. A portrait of Yevon has been etched on the ceiling. Registan’s populace comes here to meet with friends and offer up their prayers. It is a place of social gathering. (Registan doesn’t have many amusements.) The people pray daily to Yevon so that they might live in good health. Though Yevon is deified in Registan, it is not a religion. Yevon demands nothing.

The Song of Prayer drifts from this dome into the city.

•Registan Undersea Facility

The youth is in an underwater facility of Registan.

•Name Entry

We learn that the youth’s name is Tidus. We see a monster looking as though it wishes to attack Tidus, but it is unable to tear through the defensive shield (a wire mesh). Tidus sneers at the monster, and spotting a damaged passage within the facility, continues on.

After completing repairs on the facility, Tidus turns to go when he is attacked by the monster who has broken through the wire mesh.

•Encounter Battle (vs. Underwater Boss)

Tidus defeats the monster with flexible movements.

He leaves the facility through the hole in the wire mesh. We witness the giant creature “Sin” rising from the bottomless ocean depths. Tidus allows Sin to pass with a smile.

Tidus looks at his wristwatch. He gasps upon realizing the time. It’s a little after 19:10.

Toriyama: Registan! It’s been awhile since I heard that name.

Kitase: We changed the name from Registan to Zanarkand.

Watanabe: That’s because Registan’s the name of an actual plaza.

Toriyama: Because Zanarkand is close to Samarkand, right?

Nojima: Anyway, I wanted to use “-stan” or “-kand”. Tidus was a plumber with the attitude of a colour gang** member. Not tired of life, but angry. Kitase said “This would make for a weak main character”, so we changed him into a sports star in the end.

An illustration of Registan done early in development. It closely resembles the Zanarkand of the final game.

Translator’s Notes

*This line is “This might be the end, so I want to say everything,” in the final.
**Colour gangs are gangs of delinquent Japanese youth, so called because they mimic their American counterparts by having a gang colour.


『FFX』のシナリオ初期プロットを本邦初公開。実際のゲーム中とは大きく異なる部分を中心し、シナリオチーム4名のかたがたのコメント付きで紹介していこう。

左から、北瀬佳範(ディレクター)、 鳥山 求(イベントディレクター)、渡辺大祐(シナリオプランナー)、野島一成(シナリオライター)[敬称略]

オープニング

・廃墟となった古都レギスタン

(以降が回想であることを告げるシーン)

悄然としている旅人たち。ひとりの青年が立ち上がり、水に入っていく。少し泳いでから背泳ぎ。そのまま中止して浮かぶ。

ナレーション「最後かもしれないから、たくさん話したいんだ」(ティーダの第一声)

(ティーダの第一声)

・首教都レギスタンの海中

泳いでいる若者。力強く海面を見指す。

・海上都市レギスタンを見上げる海(夜)

海面に顔を出し、見上げると光あふれる摩天楼の都市レギスタンの姿。低く聞こえる祈りの歌。

・エボンドーム外(夜)

「祈りの歌」が流れている。石段にすわった若者たち。時をもてあましている。亜人種のカップルの待ち合わせ姿。祈りに訪れる人たちが行き交う。

(※寺院が生活にとけこんでいる様子)

・エボンドーム内(夜)

「祈りの歌」が流れている。3人の男女。

(ティーダの友人A-男、友人B-女、C-女)

 楽しそうに会話している様子。遠目に祈っている人々の姿。
 ひとりが「腕時計」を見る(もしくは大きいな装飾の「壁時計」)。24時間で言えば、19時ちょっと前くらい。遅いなあといった身振り。

[解説「エボンドーム」]

 レギスタン建国の祖エボンを祀った場所。大勢の人が入れるように広い。周囲も壇上で、人が入れるようになっている(すりばち状)。正面にも「逆さエボン」の紋章が祀られた祭壇。天井にはエボンの肖像が描かれている。レギスタン住民はここにきて祈りを捧げたり知人と会ったりする。社交場(レギスタンでは娯楽はほとんどない)。人々は日々息災に暮らせることをエボンに祈る。レギスタンでのエボンは神格化されているが宗教というものではない。エボンが何かを要求したりはしない。

「祈りの歌」はこのドームから街に流されている。

・レギスタン海中施設

 レギスタンの海中部分にある施設にいる若者。

・名前入力

 若者がティーダという名であることがわかる。ティーダを襲う気配を見せつつも、防御シールド(金網)を破れずにいるモンスターの姿。ティーダはモンスターに嘲笑を浴びせて施設の故障個所を目指して進む。

 施設の修理を終え、帰ろうとするティーダを金網を突き破ったモンスターが襲う。

・エンカウント・バトル「vs海中ボス」

 ティーダがしなやかな動きでモンスターを倒す。

 金網にあいた穴から施設を出るティーダ。底も見えない海の深みからやってくる強大な生物『シン』を目撃する。微笑み、『シン』を見送るティーダ。

 「腕時計」を見るティーダ。時間を知りハッとする。24時間で言えば、19時10分過ぎくらい。

鳥山 レギスタン! なつかしい名前だね。

北瀬 なんで、レギスタンからザナルカンドに名前を変えたんだっけ。

渡辺 レギスタンは、実在の広場の名前だから。

鳥山 ザナルカンドは、サマルカンドあたりから?

野島 とにかく「スタン」か「カンド」は、やりたかったんですね。配管工で、路上のカラーギャング風っていうのがティーダでした。生活に疲れちゃいないけど、いつも怒っているみたいな。北瀬さんが「これだと主人公して弱い」って言うので、最後的にはスポーツのスター選手にしたんです。

開発初期に描かれた、レギスタンのイメージイラスト。ゲーム中のザナルカンドにかなり似ている。

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