- “I'm just a kid.”
Shinra (シンラ, Shinra?) is a young Al Bhed boy who serves aboard the Celsius in Final Fantasy X-2. A technical prodigy, he designed the Garment Grid system and the CommSphere communicators, and helps decode the various spheres the Gullwings locate. He also designs a special display sphere for Yuna's concert in Chapter 4. Shinra is voiced by Akeno Watanabe in the Japanese version and Pamela Adlon in the English versions.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Like many character models in Final Fantasy X-2, Shinra is recycled from a completely unrelated non-playable character from Final Fantasy X. He wears a mask with an ochre visor, and a brown full-body suit with lime green mittens. His suit has a blue collar.
Although Shinra is intelligent and knows it, he is still very much a child and is often heard singing the Gullwings' theme song. When faced with a conundrum the others expect him to solve, he retorts with: "I'm just a kid!" Shinra cuddles up to Yuna before she departs for the Farplane, like a child saying goodbye to his mother or elder sister.
Nothing is said about Shinra's origins. The first time he is seen is on board the Celsius, acting as their technical adviser for the Garment Grid. He also plays sphere videos for the player on request. When Yuna and the party watch the Awesome Sphere stolen from Kilika (showing Shuyin speaking with Vegnagun) it is he who first identifies Vegnagun as a weapon. For most of the rest of the story, Shinra is simply a minor character, although at times he shows his more child-like nature, singing when Yuna returns the Kilika sphere to the Youth League.
At one point, after they discover the ways into the Farplane and he has had time to examine readings taken around the entrances, Shinra speculates that the energy there could be harnessed for Spira's benefit: he further comments, however, that it would take generations. Just before Yuna, Rikku and Paine head for the final battle with Shuyin, Shinra hugs Yuna, telling her to be careful. He also comments that it's his last mission with the Gullwings, showing that he is planning on leaving.
In the Last Mission episode, Rikku comments that Shinra has truly left the Gullwings and is working with Rin on the latter's machina projects.
- Main article: Shinra's Bestiary
Shinra offers the reward of the excellent Garment Grid The End for the completing the optional activity of recording visual data of the applicable monsters in the game in their Oversoul states. Once enemies have been encountered in Oversoul state they are listed in red in Shinra's enemy database; however, he only lists enemy statistics for regular enemies.
- “I think I'll give this fighting thing a try.”
- —Strongest Shinra
In Final Fantasy X-2: International + Last Mission, while using an Ultima Weapon he later upgraded into an Omega Weapon as part of his research on the Farplane energy, Shinra is consumed in the fiend's pyreflies and is transformed into the Strongest Shinra.
The story behind it is that Shinra tried to manufacture the dark energy in the Farplane, and was possessed by the Omega Weapon. When defeated, Shinra apparently returns to normal.
Connection to Final Fantasy VIIEdit
Both Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega and the Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania, suggest that Shinra of Final Fantasy X-2 has a connection to the company of the same name in Final Fantasy VII.
From Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega:
- “Shinra is a boy who supports the Gullwings, the group which the main protagonist, Yuna, belongs to. He carries a name that gives him an association to the Shin-Ra Company, and he is researching a method that could utilize the energy of "the life force that flows through our planet." The results of this cannot be seen in FFX-2, but maybe one day his descendants will establish a "company that supplies the energy of the planet"?”
- “After quitting the Gullwings, Shinra received enormous financial support from Rin, and began trying to use Vegnagun to siphon Mako Energy from the Farplane. But, he is unable to complete the system for utilizing this energy in his generation, and in the future, when traveling to distant planets becomes possible, the Shin-Ra Company is founded on another world, or something like that....... That would happen about 1000 years after this story, I think.”