[Editor's note: "A Critical Ear" is a new series analyzing music in videogames by SWE3tMadness over on the Community Blogs. -- CTZ]
I already wrote one piece on the final boss music from this game, which uses this theme for much of the piece. However, the first time we hear this swaggering circus march in VI, the overall impression is much different from the epic medley we hear during the final battle. Kefka when he first appears is really no more than comic relief, and this song reflects that with a jaunty, playful tune that’s sure to get stuck in your head all day. It’s bombastic, flamboyant, and generally over-the-top, representing Kefka’s hamminess as a character originally in the story. This theme sets Kefka up as a memorable villain, but not necessarily one that poses as a significant threat to the party at first.
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