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The Waltz for the Moon scene in Final Fantasy VIII is a notable event in the game due to its importance to the game’s plot as well as its provision as an ample demonstration of the then new motion capture animation and graphics.
The game's protagonist, Squall Leonhart, first meets the love interest, Rinoa Heartilly, in this scene in a way reminiscent of old style war time romance movies.

The waltz is a standard ¾ time waltz with at least eight steps that are performed and repeated in time to the music, as is demonstrated in the scene. It is unclear how old the waltz is or how widespread, however the song Eyes on Me, the origin and base for the waltz’s music, was created around eighteen years before game events meaning that the waltz’s music is less than eighteen years old.

Story

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A recently graduated Squall Leonhart attends the Balamb Garden's SeeD inauguration ball out of necessity. Standing off to the side due to his anti-social nature he makes no attempt to socialize until a young girl in a yellow gown, Rinoa Heartilly, approaches him and requests a dance. Initially attempting to ignore her, Squall is eventually charmed and dragged on to the dance floor where she attempts to coerce him into performing the waltz like the other couples.
Through Rinoa's determination and understanding Squall learns the steps and the pair quickly become proficient waltzing partners. However as abruptly as she arrived she departs again, thanking him for the dance.

Trivia

The Waltz in the Final Fantasy VIII Technical Demo
  • The scene’s initially rocky beginning, and by the end of the waltz the pairs’ synchronization, could be used as a comparison and example for the way the relationship between Squall and Rinoa played throughout the game’s story.
  • The dance scene was used for a technical demonstration, showing off the graphic card capabilities of the PlayStation 2. It should be noted that the demonstration features some additional steps to the waltz.
  • As a tradition in Japanese schools folk dances, or waltzes, are performed as an event near the end of a sports festival.


Merchandise

This scene was depicted, amongst other Final Fantasy scenes, as a cold cast statue as part of SquareSoft's Final Fantasy Cold Cast Collection. Only 3000 of these cold casts were made, each coming with a card and card stand that had its limited number and description. The series has been out of production since 1999.

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