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Artwork of Safer∙Sephiroth by Tetsuya Nomura
"One-Winged Angel"
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"One-Winged Angel" (片翼の天使 "Katayoku no Tenshi") is the name of Sephiroth's theme in all his appearances throughout the Final Fantasy series. The song originally appeared at the end of Final Fantasy VII as the final boss theme, played during the battle with Safer∙Sephiroth. The song's name refers to Safer∙Sephiroth, who has six white wings and a grotesque black wing where his right arm should be.

The song is one of the most recognized tracks in the series, unseating what was originally Sephiroth's theme, "Those Chosen by the Planet." To that extent, the song and its title have become synonymous with Sephiroth, and One-Winged Angel has been used not only as the name of the song, but as a title for Sephiroth himself. One-Winged Angel has been remixed numerous times for different games in which he is featured, and to draw back to the appearance of Safer∙Sephiroth, Sephiroth is now commonly shown with a black wing extending from his right shoulder.

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Lyrics

The verses for the Reunion Tracks version were taken from the medieval poetry compilation Carmina Burana.

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Latin

CHORUS
Estuans interius
ira vehementi
Estuans interius
ira vehementi
Sephiroth
Sephiroth

REPEAT CHORUS
Sors immanis
Et inanis
Sors immanis
Et inanis

REPEAT CHORUS

Veni, veni, venias,
Ne me mori facias
Veni, veni, venias,
Ne me mori facias

Veni, veni, venias, Gloriosa
Ne me mori facias Generosa
Veni, veni, venias, Gloriosa
Ne me mori facias Generosa

Sephiroth
Sephiroth
Sephiroth

English translation

CHORUS
Burning inside
with violent anger
Burning inside
with violent anger
Sephiroth
Sephiroth

REPEAT CHORUS

Fate - monstrous
and empty
Fate - monstrous
and empty

REPEAT CHORUS

Come, come, O come,
do not let me die
Come, come, O come,
do not let me die

Come, come, O come, Glorious
do not let me die Noble
Come, come, O come, Glorious
do not let me die Noble

Sephiroth
Sephiroth
Sephiroth

Other Versions

Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks

"One-Winged Angel" was included as an orchestrated rearrangement in the album Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

The World's Enemy
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An arrangement of the song titled "The World's Enemy," plays during a flashback sequence where Sephiroth battles Genesis Rhapsodos, and the Sephiroth boss battle in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- along with "Controlling the Iron Beast". Compared to the original song, this arrangement features a shorter introduction leading into the vocals much earlier, and is shorter as a whole.

An interesting note is that this remix focuses on the orchestral elements of the song, providing a sharp contrast between it and Genesis' theme, "A Beating Black Wing", which focuses on rock elements.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Advent: One-Winged Angel
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"One-Winged Angel" was remixed in the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children for the final battle between Cloud and Sephiroth. This remix is titled "Advent: One-Winged Angel" ("Sarin: Katayoku no Tenshi"), and was meant to be the main focus of the film's soundtrack. The original, orchestral version from the Final Fantasy VII soundtrack was loaded into a computer, with rock instruments playing over it, and the overall tempo increased, to give the song a more intense feel than the original. In Advent Children Complete, the remix is extended slightly to accommodate the longer fight scene between Cloud and Sephiroth.

In the commentary for Advent Children, Nobuo Uematsu comments that the previous orchestration never really quite felt right to him and, by contrast, the combination of orchestra and metal sounds seemed to be what the piece really required all along. Uematsu also noted various rock bands that had performed their songs with an orchestra, and failed, and stated that because "One-Winged Angel" was written for neither an orchestra or a rock band, the two styles ending up meshing together well for the song's remix.

The lyrics of the Advent Children version were completely different from those of the Reunion Tracks. There is a dispute concerning the official translation of the Latin lyrics and another, more literal translation of the first and last stanzas. Whether or not the official translation of the song conveys the same message as its literal translation is entirely a matter of opinion.

Lyrics

Latin

Noli manere, manere in memoria
Noli manere, manere in memoria
Sephiroth, Sephiroth

Saevam iram, iram et dolorem
Saevam iram, iram et dolorem
Sephiroth, Sephiroth

Ferum terribile, terribile fatum

Noli manere, manere in memoria
Noli manere, manere in memoria
Sephiroth, Sephiroth

Veni, mi fili. Veni, mi fili
Hic veni, da mihi mortem iterum
Veni, mi fili. Veni, mi fili
Hic veni, da mihi...

Noli manere in memoria
Saevam iram et dolorem
Ferum terribile fatum
Ille iterum veniet

Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili

Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
(Qui mortem invitavis)
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
(Poena funesta natus)
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
(Noli nomen vocare)
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
(Ille iterum veniet)

Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Sephiroth

Official translation

Won't remain, remain in memory
Won't remain, remain in memory
Sephiroth, Sephiroth

Raging anger, anger and misery
Raging anger, anger and misery
Sephiroth, Sephiroth

Fierce terror, fierce fate

Won't remain, remain in memory
Won't remain, remain in memory
Sephiroth, Sephiroth

Come, my son. Come, my son
Come here, give me death once more
Come, my son. Come, my son
Come here, give me...

Won't remain in memory
Raging anger and misery
Fierce, terrible fate
The second advent

My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son

My son, come, come, come, my son
(By death's invitation)
My son, come, come, come, my son
(Painful tainted birth)
My son, come, come, come, my son
(Won't call the name)
My son, come, come, come, my son
(The second advent)

Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Sephiroth

Literal Translation[1]

Don't remain, remain in memory
Don't remain, remain in memory
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Fierce anger, anger and pain
Fierce anger, anger and pain
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Wild, terrible, terrible fate
Don't remain, remain in memory
Don't remain, remain in memory
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Come, my son. Come my son
Come here, give me death once more
Come, my son. Come my son
Come here, give me...
Don't
Remain
In memory
Fierce
Anger
And pain
Wild
Terrible
Fate
That [Man]
Once again
Will come
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
He who invited death[2]
My son, come, come, come, my son
[Was] born with an ill-fated punishment
My son, come, come, come, my son
Don't call his name
My son, come, come, come, my son
That [Man] will come again
Sephiroth
Sephiroth

Dissidia Final Fantasy

Dissidia features the arranged version of "One Winged-Angel" from the Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks album as a battle theme, and may be heard whenever a story battle occurs in the Northern Crater. It can also be the default choice for fights against Sephiroth or Cloud.

Kingdom Hearts series

One-Winged Angel was remixed twice for the series, both times for the boss battles with Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, as well as playing during his fights with Cloud in cutscenes. The two remixes of the theme both feature a much shorter intro, leading almost immediately into the Latin vocals, and the vocals as a whole are more prominent than in the original version.

Trivia

  • In Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts: Re:Chain of Memories, "One-Winged Angel" appears as a Keyblade for Sora known as the One-Winged Angel. It is one of the more powerful Keyblades one can obtain, and is modeled after Sephiroth's Masamune. In Final Mix, it is obtained by defeating Sephiroth, while in Chain of Memories and it's remake, it can be found in the Room of Awards.
  • "One-Winged Angel" is also the name of Sephiroth's exclusive Level 100 weapon in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
  • The final form of Sephiroth, its name and the overall tone of its leitmotif bear notable elements that seem to make reference to Alexander Pushkin's poem The Prophet:
An angel with three pairs of wings
Arrived to me at cross of lands;
[...]
He touched my ears in movement, single,
And they were filled with noise and jingle:
I heard a shuddering of heavens,

Seraphs are sometimes depicted as angels with three pairs of wings, arranged in the same manner of Safer∙Sephiroth.

See Also

References

  1. Tread at the WordReference forums
  2. Tread at the WordReference forums

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