|Daryl's Library - Final Fantasy CDs||
If there are any VGM-related terms that you feel should be here, please let me know.
CGI: computer-generated image. I often interchange this term with "FMV" (see separate glossary entry below). I have no clue how to explain either of them or what is the difference between them. ^_^;;;
coupling song: A CD single often has other songs in addition to the main featured song; those additions are usually referred to in Japanese as "coupling songs." On the single's cover, you may see the term "C/W." That means "coupled with." Such a term is usually -- but not always -- used when the single has only one other song (not counting karaokes).
EA: EverAnime. A Taiwanese bootleg company.
first pressing/first printing: The first print run of a CD. Actually, in terms of CDs, the word "pressing" is more accurate because CDs are pressed rather than "printed" like how a book is printed. However, I use these terms interchangeably on my site.
FMV: full-motion video. I often interchange this term with "CGI" (see separate glossary entry above). I have no clue how to explain either of them or what is the difference between them. ^_^;;;
game soft: A term the Japanese often use to refer to their video games. It's short for "game software."
hiragana: One of three different Japanese writing systems. The characters in this system have many curves and are mainly used for words of Japanese origin. Read more about this in my translation notes.
image song: A song, with or without vocals but most often with, that was inspired by the game but did not appear in the game. For example, the FFX-2 Vocal Collection songs sung by Yuna, as well as the ones done by Rikku and Paine, could be considered "image songs."
insert song: A song (most often with vocals) that appeared in the game but is not the opening or ending song. An insert song can sometimes be considered the game's "main theme," though not always. These type of songs are usually meant to accompany or illustrate a particular scene in the game. They may also be referred to as "image songs," but those terms are not quite interchangeable.
jewel case: The plastic containers that most CDs are packaged in. Most often refers to ones made strictly of plastic, rather than cardboard.
kana: What hiragana and katakana are collectively called. However, within Daryl's Library, I also include kanji in my usage of the term "kana." See the hiragana, katakana and kanji entries.
kanji: One of three different Japanese writing systems. This is a pictoral system, with characters taken from Chinese system. They represent concepts and ideas rather than sounds. Read more about this in my translation notes.
katakana: One of three different Japanese writing systems. The characters in this system have many straight lines and corners and are mainly used for words of foreign origin. Read more about this in my translation notes.
liner notes: Those booklets that come inside CD jewel cases. They often have things like photos, lyrics, production credits, etc.
obi: also called a "spine card." In the more widely known sense, obis are the wide sashes worn around the waist with a kimono. In terms of publishing, obis are slips of paper that usually come wrapped around a side of a CD jewel case. They also are included with many books and magazines sold in Japan. For more on obis, read my buying guide.
OST: original soundtrack. A collection of music found in a particular video game, anime, movie, TV series, etc. Often referred to as a "music score" or simply a "soundtrack" in the U.S. For some reason, Japanese companies love adding on the word "original." In katakana, it is spelled "ORIJINARU SAUNDOTORAKKU." However, many Japanese will truncate that second word to "SAUNDOTORA."
OSV: original sound version. Basically, an alternative name for "original soundtrack." Most early Japanese soundtracks were called "sound versions," whereas most, if not all, newer ones (generally after 1994) are called "soundtracks."
~ R ~
SE: Square Enix. Square and Enix officially merged in April 2003 after months of rumor, talks, and obstacles to become "Square Enix." Since then, "Square Enix" is the name being printed on their CDs. In regards to Final Fantasy, the first SE CD was the FF11 Vision of Zilart soundtrack. Thereafter, the original Japanese CD releases are referred to by their "SE" versions on this site, unless of course they were released by a different company (most often Avex).
slimline: A type of jewel case that is about 75% as thick as a regular jewel case. The way that slimline cases are made makes them unable to have back covers, so you can see the CD inside. To make up for this, the CD will often have a colorful picture or other eye-catching design on it, and that part will usually be facing outward.
slipcase: Generally refers to any box-type covering separate from the jewel case and that you can slide the CD into. Usually made of thin cardboard, but some are made of plastic, like the first pressing of the FF10 soundtrack.
SM: SonMay. A Taiwanese bootleg company.
Smile Face International Records: A Taiwanese bootleg company.
spine card: see "obi."
SS: Squaresoft. On my site, I use the term "SS" to refer to the original Japanese releases of the Final Fantasy CDs, even though it's more technically correct to say they were published by NTT Publishing, Polystar, Digicube, etc. This term is used prior to the Square/Enix merger of April 2003.
VGM: video game music.
Last revised March 25, 2008