This was it – Final Fantasy’s jump-the-shark moment – where the level of drawn-out, over-the-top, masturbatory animation sequences reached it’s planet-popping zenith. Destroying the solar system to reduce the party’s HP by a percentage less than 100%? Yeah, buddy.
The entire game builds you up to this moment, priming you with extravagant and increasingly ridiculous summon spells; conditioning you – nay – lubing you – to receive the biggest, most unnecessarily dramatic attack from one of gaming’s most infamous final forms.
An interesting bit of trivia: Japan’s Super Nova sequence was a quite a bit more modest, by a clean minute-and-a-half-or so: