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Clash on the Big Bridge (Japanese : ビッグブリッヂの死闘), also known as Battle with Gilgamesh or Battle at the Big Bridge, is one of the most popular audio tracks of the J-RPG series Final Fantasy. The song is also famous as the theme of Gilgamesh, one of the most popular and individual supporting characters/villains in the series.
This high-speed song with Progressive Rock taste is a popular subject of covers by numerous audio and instrumental remixes. The song has also been one of the standard music resources of MAD videos on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) since about 2007.
Clash on the Big Bridge debuted in Final Fantasy V, which was released for Japanese Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1992. The song was originally written as the theme music for the Big Bridge, one of the stages in the second world in this game by the Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu. Both the song and Gilgamesh have been popular among the fans of the final fantasy series since its first debut.
Video game music covers have always been a popular activity among amateur musicians, and Clash on the Big Bridge and other Nobuo Uematsu audio tracks for the Final Fantasy series are almost compulsory subjects for them. They are posting their covers and remixes for the songs on the web. And since video sharing service came to be popular after 2006, they also upload their playing movie to YouTube and NND.
In addition, this uplifting tune has been also a popular soundtrack for online parodies such as MADs. One of the most famous videos including this song’s remix is “Michael Fantasy” by sikamako in 2005. This flash movie is also a famous Michael Jackson Sprite remix.
Throughout the Final Fantasy series, Gilgamesh has made multiple reappearances and has to date made the most appearances of any character in the franchise. Unlike other recurring characters in the series, Gilgamesh has the same appearance and personality in nearly every game he appears in. Along with this his theme song has also returned multiple times, each time only slightly altered.
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Left: Electone | Right: Guitar
Left: Recorder | Right: Piano (play in a major key)
Left: Enemy Controller | Right: Shuzo Matsuoka
Left: Nichijou | Right: Futae no Kiwami
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