Japanator Exclusive: The History of Distant Worlds


The first of three videos from the event!

Fans of the Final Fantasy game franchise have likely heard of Distant Worlds, the concert where classic tracks get revamped by an entire orchestra. If you've had the chance to see it, you'll know how fantastic the whole thing is.

While I was lucky enough to catch it in Baltimore a few years back during Otakon, the people in my home city of Miami cannot say the same. Distant Worlds avoided coming this far south for years...until now. We finally had the chance to see what everybody has been raving about, with a bit of a bonus. Legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu was at the event, even stepping in to perform at one point in the concert! Also, hit the jump to see what was played at the show.

We were lucky enough to get some interviews with Uematsu and Arnie Roth, the conductor and a key figure in Distant Worlds history. Check out the video, where I asked Roth and Uematsu about the history of the event as well as what to look forward to in the future. Expect more with Uematsu in our second video.


Final Fantasy 1-3 Medley/Early Chocobo Themes

Man With The Machine Gun (Final Fantasy VIII)

Melodies of Life (Final Fantasy IX)

Battle With The Four Fiends (Final Fantasy IV)

Aerith's Theme (Final Fantasy VII)

Don't Be Afraid (Final Fantasy VIII)

Phantom Forest (Final Fantasy VI)

Kiss Me Goodbye (Final Fantasy XII)

New Chocobo Medley


Bombing Run (Final Fantasy VII)

Dark World (Final Fantasy VI) [With Uematsu on keyboards and Roth on violin!]

Blinded by Light (Final Fantasy XIII)

Eyes on Me (Final Fantasy VIII)

Not Alone (Final Fantasy IX)

Zanarkand (Final Fantasy X)

Ronfaru (Final Fantasy XI)

Main Theme (Final Fantasy V)

New Battle Medley (Battle on the Big Bridge/Those Who Fight/Battle With Seymour)

Distant Worlds Theme

One Winged Angel (Final Fantasy VII)


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