Final Fantasy: NHK Fan Poll Results Revealed

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NHK organized a Final Fantasy series fan poll ranking the games, characters, bosses, summons, music, and published the results via a TV show.

NHK, Japan’s national broadcasting organization, organized a fan popularity poll for the Final Fantasy series. This isn’t the first time NHK organizes such a huge popularity poll, and before Final Fantasy, a similar poll was organized for the Gundam franchise back in 2018. The NHK Final Fantasy poll lasted from December 20, 2019, to February 11, 2020, and fans could vote on a special page NHK opened up for the occasion. Note that non-Japanese Final Fantasy fans could easily vote in NHK’s poll, as it wasn’t region-locked or anything. 468,654 votes were gathered in total. Temporary results were published back in January, and the final results were published via a prestigious TV show that aired on February 29. The show featured many Japanese personalities fan of Final Fantasy, including:

  • Takanori Nishikawa (T.M. Revolution)
  • Susumu Imadachi (Comedian)
  • Michiko Tanaka (Fashion Model, Actress)
  • Ayana Tsubaki (Talent, Event Host, and MC)
  • Kenichi Maeyamada (Hyadain)
  • Sayawaka (Writer, Critic)
  • Kato Emiri (Seiyuu who voiced Kyubey in Madoka Magica or Naru in Pretty Series. Also one of the biggest seiyuu fan of Final Fantasy XI alongside Yuichi Nakamura and Yuu Asakawa)
  • Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Seiyuu who voiced Noctis in Final Fantasy XV)
  • Shinnosuke Tachibana (Seiyuu who voiced Alphinaud in Final Fantasy XIV)
  • Hiroaki Hirata (Seiyuu who voiced Balthier in Final Fantasy XII)
  • Masakazu Morita (Seyiuu who voiced Tidus in Final Fantasy X)

Nobuo Uematsu also performed live some of the tracks which ranked in the Top 10 Final Fantasy Music Ranking.

Seeing we’re nearing the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake, anyone who already played a Final Fantasy game in Japan and beyond is in full nostalgia mode right now. This poll’s timing was optimal, and it brought surprising results.

Top 30 Final Fantasy games according to the Japanese fans NHK poll: (Votes details sorted by gender and age are included for the top ten, the 13th, 15th and 24th places):

1st Place: Final Fantasy X

2nd Place: Final Fantasy VII

3rd Place: Final Fantasy VI

4th Place: Final Fantasy IX

5th Place: Final Fantasy XIV

6th Place: Final Fantasy V

7th Place: Final Fantasy VIII

8th Place: Final Fantasy IV

9th Place: Final Fantasy XI

10th Place: Final Fantasy XV

11th Place: Final Fantasy Tactics

12th Place: Final Fantasy III

13th Place: Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

14th Place: Final Fantasy XIII

15th Place: Final Fantasy XII

16th Place: Final Fantasy Type-0

17th Place: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

18th Place: Final Fantasy II

19th Place: Final Fantasy X-2

20th Place: Moebius Final Fantasy

21st Place: Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII

22nd Place: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

23rd Place: Dissidia Final Fantasy

24th Place: Final Fantasy

25th Place: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Ring of Fate

26th Place: Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy

27th Place: Seiken Densetsu -Final Fantasy Gaiden-

28th Place: Final Fantasy XIII-2

29th Place: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Echoes of Time

30th Place: Final Fantasy Record Keeper

Final Fantasy Characters Ranking:

1st Place: Cloud (Final Fantasy VII)

2nd Place: Yuna (Final Fantasy X)

3rd Place: Aerith (Final Fantasy VII)

4th Place: Vivi (Final Fantasy IX)

5th Place: Djidane (Final Fantasy IX)

6th Place: Emet-Selch (Final Fantasy XIV)

7th Place:  Tidus (Final Fantasy X)

8th Place: Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)

9th Place: Tifa (Final Fantasy VII)

10th Place: Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)

Over 200 characters were ranked, you can find the full results on the NHK Final Fantasy Poll page.

Final Fantasy Boss & Summon Ranking:

1st Place: Knight of the Round (Final Fantasy VII)

2nd Place: Kefka (Final Fantasy VI)

3rd Place: Hades (Final Fantasy XIV)

4th Place: Anima (Final Fantasy X)

5th Place: Omega (Final Fantasy V)

6th Place: Valefor (Final Fantasy X)

7th Place:  Brasca’s Final Aeon (Final Fantasy X)

8th Place: Bahamut Zero (Final Fantasy VII)

9th Place: Syldra (Final Fantasy V)

10th Place: Safer Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)

The full results for the boss & summon ranking can be found on the NHK Final Fantasy Poll page.

Final Fantasy Music Ranking:

1st Place: To Zanarkand (Final Fantasy X)

2nd Place: Clash on the Big Bridge (Final Fantasy V)

3rd Place: Eyes On Me (Final Fantasy VIII)

4th Place: Searching For Friends (Final Fantasy VI)

5th Place: Blinded by Light (Final Fantasy XIII)

6th Place: One-Winged Angel (Final Fantasy VII)

7th Place:  Aerith’s Theme (Final Fantasy VII)

8th Place: Melodies Of Life~Final Fantasy (Final Fantasy IX)

9th Place: Final Fantasy Main Theme

10th Place: Those Who Fight Further (Final Fantasy VII)

Full results with over 100 tracks are on the NHK Final Fantasy Poll page.

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