I like how Final Fantasy X-2‘s theme sounds nothing like any of the prior Final Fantasy themes. It’s like X-2 is saying, “We know how to make a Final Fantasy game.” And then Final Fantasy XII shows up, with what I feel is arguably the best of the themes, and says, “No you don’t.”
I also find it fun that the Final Fantasy titles at deviated the most from the original theme (Final Fantasy X-2, XIII and XIII-2) are the ones generally panned. Coincidence? Nope, because they were all directed by Motomu Toriyama.
Any one else excited about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII? Motomu Toriyama is directing that one too.