With all the emotion FF7 can surge, I’ve never misted up at Aerith’s death or the ending. Even though her theme standalone has extra poignant power…
But I relate to your story a good deal, because listening to the 8 soundtrack a few weeks before literally skipping through the mall to buy it, I had to look up info on Faye Wong over similar ancient (school) internet. Besides soaking up every bit online and playing the demo repeatedly.
This is still their best ending from that era on. 9 and 10 are masterful too, but the entire framing here, the way Balamb Garden flies over the main cast as both airship and city, the symphonic Eyes On Me, especially Laguna/Raine ;_: and then the hand-cam video, so on. 10/10 height of their cinematic game.
**Yooo that article reminds me, before FF8’s when I started deep combing rpgamer.com for a few years. The day a sequel to Chrono Trigger was announced, many backflips