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Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X (ファイナルファンタジーX Fainaru Fantajī Ten?) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) as the tenth entry in the Final Fantasy series. Originally released in 2001 for Sony’s PlayStation 2, the game was re-released as Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in 2013, for PlayStation 4 in 2015 and for Microsoft Windows in 2016. The game marks the Final Fantasy series transition from entirely pre-rendered backdrops to fully three-dimensional areas, and is also the first in the series to feature voice acting. Final Fantasy X replaces the Active Time Battle (ATB) system with the “Conditional Turn-Based Battle” (CTB) system, and uses a new leveling system called the “Sphere Grid”.
Set in the fantasy world of Spira, the game’s story revolves around a group of adventurers and their quest to defeat a rampaging monster known as Sin. The player character is Tidus, an athlete star of the fictional sport known as blitzball, who finds himself in the world Spira after his home city of Zanarkand is destroyed by Sin. Shortly after arriving to Spira, Tidus joins the summoner Yuna on her pilgrimage to destroy Sin.
Development of Final Fantasy X began in 1999, with a budget of more than US$32.3 million and a team of more than 100 people. The game was the first in the main series not entirely scored by Nobuo Uematsu; Masashi Hamauzu and Junya Nakano were signed as Uematsu’s fellow composers. Final Fantasy X was both a critical and commercial success, selling over 6.6 million units worldwide. On March 3, 2003, it was followed by Final Fantasy X-2, making it the first Final Fantasy game to have a direct game sequel. In October 2013, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy X and its sequel Final Fantasy X-2 together sold over 14 million copies worldwide on PlayStation 2.
Rikku (リュック Ryukku?) is a fifteen-year-old Al Bhed girl who is Cid’s daughter and Brother’s younger sister. She helps Tidus when he first arrives in Spira, but then disappears during an attack from Sin.Upon meeting Tidus again at the Moonflow, she becomes the last character to join Yuna’s entourage of guardians. Her attitude is somewhat childish, but is also quite cheerful and positive. Cid’s sister married Braska, which makes him Rikku’s uncle, and also makes her Yuna’s cousin, and, as such, wishes to prevent her from going through with her pilgrimage as summoners die after defeating Sin. Rikku returns in Final Fantasy X-2 as a protagonist, now 17 years old. She is also the one who convinces Yuna to leave Besaid on a journey after showing her a mysterious sphere featuring a person resembling Tidus. She is voiced by Marika Matsumoto in Japanese and Tara Strong in English.
Rikku appears in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call as a playable character. Her appearance resembles as a chibi-esque version of her Final Fantasy X-2 character. Rikku also appears alongside Yuna and Paine in Kingdom Hearts II as a miniature fairy version of herself wearing modified versions of her Final Fantasy X-2 attire. Itadaki Street Special features a miniature Rikku in her Final Fantasy X-2 outfit, along with Yuna and Paine. Rikku also appears as a non-playable character in World of Final Fantasy. Several figurines of Rikku were released by various manufacturers, including by Coca-Cola and Square Soft in 2000 (two), Kotobukiya in 2001, Bandai in 2002, 2003 and 2005, Hobby Japan in 2003, Kotabukiya and Square Enix in 2003, Square Enix in 2003 (three) and 2006,and Square Enix and Amono Shiro in 2008. A special PlayStation memory card was also released by Hori in 2003.
Rikku’s outfit changed from a casual outfit to a skimpier outfit from Final Fantasy X to X-2. Tetsu Tsukamoto, the alternate costume designer, explains that the change could come from the changes in Spira from the two titles from a “darker, religious feel”. The decision to pick Rikku as one of the three female leads came early on in the design process of X-2, due to the developers challenging themselves to create an all-female character party. Yuna and Rikku were the original choices.
Rikku won the award for “Hottest Character” at G4‘s 2004 G-Phoria award show and “Baddest Good Girl” at their 2005 Video Game Vixens award show. In a Famitsu poll done in February 2010, Rikku was voted by readers as the fiftieth most popular video game character. In official Square Enix poll, Rikku was voted the thirteenth favorite female Final Fantasy character in 2013.