Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster art event at Gallery Nucleus

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Lines wrapping around corners on the streets…rabid screams ringing out…you know you’re in for a good fan event. The Final Fantasy X/X-II HD Remastered Exhibition did just that at Gallery Nucleus on March 15th. Dedicated fans had begun lining up for the event the day before, with the earliest fan having been there since 2pm…twenty-four hours before the actual event. By 1pm the day of when Square Enix finally set up their merchandise booth, over 500 fans had gathered in back lot of Gallery Nucleus. Fans of all ages, sizes, and forms of cosplay eagerly awaited the grand opening of the exhibition. The first 200 in line that made a purchase would obtain a wristband that allowed them to meet Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Art Director Yusuke Naora to get autographs.

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Merchandise included the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Limited Edition, Collector’s Edition, Vita Version, Final Fantasy X Play Arts -KAI-: TIDUS, Play Arts -KAI-: YUNA, Final Fantasy X wall scrolls of Tidus and Yuna, and a separate third Final Fantasy X-2 wall scroll, and the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster Original Soundtrack [Blu-ray disc music]. Get your merch now! The Limited Edition and Collector’s Editions aren’t going to last!

Those who were not able to get in for an autograph were able to enjoy the rest of the gallery and festivities. Along with the plethora of beautiful artwork on the gallery walls, fans were also able to pick their favorite scene out of eight choices for FFX and for FFX-II and initial it. They were also given a chance to write on the gigantic title canvas and immortalize their messages to the staff and Square Enix. Other displays included glass-encased figurines of Tidus and Yuna, the summons Shiva, Yojimbo, and the Magus Sisters, another with Khimari, and yet another with a large and magnificent Bahamut. And although none were allowed to touch, there was also a very much loved Blitzball foosball table many fans were enthused to see.

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All artwork on display were either up as prizes for the raffles that day, or for auction on the Gallery Nucleus site (where you can still bid until the display’s closing on March 26th). All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, in the back where the never-ending line stood for the next few hours, along with the merchandise booth, the company had also set up a photo booth with a green screen where fans were able to pick a background from the game. A great FREE and PERSONAL souvenir from Square themselves! Unfortunately, some excited moods may have been dampened by the sweltering heat that Saturday. Thankfully, water was provided free of charge to all of us. And of course, two food trucks serving Japanese food and goodies (unfortunately, these you had to buy) provided sustenance to those still in line, and those beginning to line up.

But on the bright side, to top off a dreadfully long afternoon in the hot sun, Art Director Naora generously came out of the studio to greet heat-exhausted fans and take pictures with them! Photos from the official event photographer will be posted on the Gallery Nucleus website.

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What’s more? Art Director Naora also did a live art demonstration to the fans still there at 8pm. These lucky fans got to witness the man behind the gorgeous masterpieces in action, creating a one of a kind piece that’s to be auctioned off as part of the relief fund on the Gallery Nucleus website. There will only be one print of this piece in existence, since Naora will be deleting the file, so place your bets now!

All in all, the Opening Reception of the event was absolute organized chaos in its finest form: fandom paradise. For those who missed out, the gallery exhibition will still be open for the next week until March 26. So grab your pens and mark your calendars! Make some time in the next week to head down to the exhibit if you can!

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