- "I will share your pain with you."
- —Yuna, Final Fantasy X
- "Feel my pain! Come, Anima!"
- —Seymour Guado, Final Fantasy X
Anima is an aeon in Final Fantasy X that deals an immense amount of damage with all attacks. Pain, her special attack, is an instant kill, which also deals colossal damage to the few enemies immune to death spells. It also ignores defense and is actually more effective than her Overdrive, Oblivion, versus some stronger enemies like Dark Bahamut.
Pain is a magical attack, however, due to the high power and ignoring defense, it is likely to hit for maximum damage against any enemy not fully immune to magic. Anima is arguably the strongest aeon in the game, as Oblivion deals nearly 99,999 damage upon receiving her, and in the PAL or International versions, can inflict nearly 1,600,000 damage altogether.
The symbol for Anima and Baaj is annotated with the kanji for darkness (闇, yami?). In appears in the middle of the seal for Anima, that also blocks the player's path to the Chamber of the Fayth until they meet all the prerequisites for unlocking it. The seal also appears whenever the player opens a hidden treasure chest in the various Cloisters of Trials, a clue the player must find the chests to pass through the barrier in Baaj. The glyph also appears at the end of Anima's Overdrive.
Anima first appears during the game in Luca, when Maester Seymour summons her to rid the area of fiends that suddenly appear during the Blitzball final. Yuna is in awe of the aeon's power, which is exactly what Seymour wanted; as it is the first step of his plan to destroy Spira.
In order to receive Anima as an aeon, the player must have unlocked all of the treasures using the Destruction Spheres in each Cloister of Trials, including Zanarkand. At Baaj Temple, the player must fight a boss named Geosgaeno (the first boss Tidus faces when he comes to Spira) in order to gain entrance to a sealed underwater room. Afterwards, the player views a cutscene and Yuna harnesses Anima's power.
Like all aeons, Anima is the physical manifestation of a dream of a specific fayth - in this case, Seymour's mother, whose real name remains unidentified. She could possibly be named Anima herself; Yojimbo implies the aeons' names are those of their respective fayth, but this is unconfirmed (Jecht in his aeon form is called Braska's Final Aeon). Other than Jecht, Anima is the only fayth to have significant details about her origin and past revealed.
It is revealed in a vision shown by pyreflies as the party travels through Zanarkand ruins that Seymour's mother brought Seymour to meet Yunalesca in order to become an aeon for Seymour to use and defeat Sin. It appears Seymour never did fight Sin with Anima, and Anima's fayth ends up in the Baaj temple. It appears Seymour's mother was acting against her son's wishes in becoming a fayth, as Seymour displays reluctance to go through with the plan in the vision the party views at Zanarkand ruins, not wanting to lose his mother.
Anima is called from an underworld of sorts: a portal opens in the sky, from which a chain falls into the ground. The chain rises and pulls Anima from the ground, revealing her further chain-bound form. Upon her first summoning, Yuna is usually heard saying "Let me share your pain".
Anima's Overdrive is even more extravagant than her entrance. She opens a gateway into her world beneath the enemy party, sinking them down. The world shifts to a crimson-red dimension, where an even darker form of Anima shatters the chains binding her fists and unleashes a devastating sixteen-hit combo on the enemy that can inflict a grand total of 1,599,984 damage in the PAL version, as each hit can deal up to 99,999 damage. In the original version, Oblivion cannot exceed 99,999 damage.
- Main article: Anima (Final Fantasy X Boss)
- Main article: Anima (Final Fantasy X-2)
Anima appears as an enemy.
Anima appears as a mini boss in the in game add-on Zanarkand.
- That which falls into infinite darkness, Silent Black!
- One that hates the pain of lament, Pain Blue!
- And finally, to restrain all things, Chain Gold!
Follow by saying: "Resonate! I summon you, ANIMA!"
Anima's Theatrhythm Final Fantasy appearance has a card in this trading card game.
- Main article: Anima#Etymology
- An action figure of Anima exists as part of Final Fantasy X Monster Collection series.
- Anima's design in Final Fantasy X is similar to Ultimecia's final form from Final Fantasy VIII.
- Anima is the only secret aeon who is controlled like a typical aeon.
- Anima is one of only two aeons called by name in Final Fantasy X; the other being Yojimbo.
- Anima's origin may lie within the concept of the Anima Sola, a Roman Catholic ideal of a soul in purgatory. Anima Sola images are usually depicted as female, wrapped in chains, and takes in the pains and suffering of the living. Anima Sola are usually used to illustrate female independence and various woman's rights movements.
- Just as well, anima is Latin for "soul". It can also mean "mind".
- Hanging from Anima's neck is a picture of her fayth, Seymour's mother.
- If Anima is summoned during the Seymour Omnis battle, he will react with surprise that even Anima is against him, and decides to fight her regardless.
- Gogmagog in Final Fantasy XIII-2 resembles Anima, with both their faces wrapped in bandages.