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Despite Final Fantasy VIII not featuring character themes the same way previous installments did, "The Man with the Machine Gun" is widely associated with Laguna Loire, not only due to referring to his weapon of choice, but also because it only plays when he assumes the role of lead character during the game.
In its debut, "The Man with the Machine Gun" is a secondary battle theme for Final Fantasy VIII, replacing "Don't Be Afraid" during the dream sequences in which Squall and his team assume the roles of Laguna Loire, Kiros Seagill, and Ward Zabac.
The original version of this song reappears in Dissidia 012 as a bonus track. Its cost has been reduced to 150 PP from the PP Catalog, and is now available from the start. After being acquired, it has the same appearances as in the aforementioned game, but can also be automatically selected for battles including the newcomer Laguna Loire.
"The Man with the Machine Gun" is the BMS for Final Fantasy VIII in Series play. It's also one of two themes chosen for Theatrhythm's downloadable 3DS eShop Demo. The background used for the song is Esthar City.
Arrangement album appearancesEdit
"The Man with the Machine Gun" was orchestrated and included in this arranged album, published in 1999. It was arranged and conducted by Shirō Hamaguchi.
It is the eight track of the album.
A metal cover of "The Man with the Machine Gun" was made by The Black Mages and included in their second album in 2004 as a progressive metal arrangement. Parts of the song "The Legendary Beast" are also included in this remix.
It is the seventh track of the album.
The song is part of the 8-bit arrangement album as its third track. It is the first section of the mash-up with the battle track "Maybe I'm a Lion".
Live orchestra performancesEdit
The orchestral arrangement of "The Man with the Machine Gun" from FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC: Final Fantasy VIII was performed in several orchestral concerts.
"The Man with the Machine Gun" was performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tokyo International Forum on February 20th, 2002. It was the fifteenth song of the line-up and is the twelfth track of the second disc of the live recording of the concert.
"The Man with the Machine Gun" was included in the set list of the Distant Worlds II concert tour, performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
"The Man with the Machine Gun" was included on this concert, performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Arnie Roth held in Tokyo, in November 2010. It was the twenty-fifth song of the line-up, and is the fourteenth track of the second disc of the live recording's album.
Compilation album appearancesEdit
The orchestral arrangement of "The Man with the Machine Gun" from FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC: Final Fantasy VIII was included on this compilation as its fifth track.
Appearances outside Final Fantasy MediaEdit
An arrangement of "The Man with the Machine Gun" is present in this spin-off crossover between the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series.