...And that "character development" can also be argued, because you never know what's influenced by Edea herself and what is simply forced on her. I mean, maybe she wanted to pierce Squall with that Ice spear because he was so freaking annoying after Ellone left the orphany. Maybe it's all a conspiracy... But, when you think of it, how ironic would it have been if Irvine had actually shot her? Mwahahahaha...
I also love Raijin and Fujin in the ending video :> They're so damn cute with their boss... Also, the caps rock. The "k"s with Ultimecia? Not so much! That aside, I freaking love Bahamut to death. He's my ultimate favourite summon in EVERY game there is, and I am very well planning on getting him for Rydia. She rocks so hard she simply must have Bahamut. Bahamut is love. As is Rydia. I already got Asura! Leviathan, then again, killed me a bit ;_; I have to train some...
Red XIII is also one heck of a character. I used to be all "stupid pseudo-cat" until the scene in the ship, where he pretends to be a human... That cracked me up so bad I ended up liking him. Also, he seems to be one heck of a pseudo-cat, seeing as how he can spawn without any other members of his species, as we see in Advent Children. Aeris' last Limit break? Made of win! Ahh... If I only had gotten to see it once more... *sniffle* ;_;
By the way, did you know that if you use Knights of the Round against the last Jenova, Safer Sephiroth will have some 100 000 more HP? :D Pretty mean!
Also, I'm such a nerd, that I'm actually working on a Final Fantasy fanfic right now. It's situated in a FF IV:ish world, but it's really a stand-alone, so it's none of the actual worlds... But they have Eidolons and so on. Anyway, I might want to ask you a few things as a fellow FF fan, if that's okay with you. That might spoil the plot, though, so if you want to actually follow my fic, I have to be careful of what I tell you. So, how's it?
Yeah, five starts from me, too. Ultimecia is a great plot problem in the game. In particular because whatever "character development" that can be assigned to her has to be, for the most part, extracted and filtered from Edea's development in Disc 2... where she only appeared in the final scenes. Great, again.
You know, Raijin and Fuujin are one of my favourite bosses in the game. They actually force you to play statregical because of the combined Zan/Numb combo. That thinks either kills your character or makes it useless, and by that time in the game I always found pretty difficult to stretch the battle long enough to enjoy them, and the dialogues, theirs were great with all caps.... RAGE!
As for your Tifa being AGodAmI by the end of the game, the same I did for Red XIII. Don't know why but it was always one of my best characters. Beat pretty much the entire Corel Train scenario with him singlepawedly. By the third time I finished the game, Safer!Sephiroth went down simply with two hero drinks and Red's Level 2 Break. I guess I loved the oddity in the character. Cid would have done well too, if he weren't that mouthfouled. Damn drink your cup of TEA!!
Don't cry that much. You'll have better chances. FFI and FFII were poted to the DS as a single game, IIRC. Wereas I'll have to fill a tearpot because I won't be able to play FFIII any time soon. And it's the only one I have never played (of the classics).
From me, FF VIII gets a perfect score. The only reason I criticize Ultimecia is her late appearance. First there's Edea, but because she's good, we go off to beat Adel. But then, out of nowhere, Ultimecia appears and was actually behind all of it! We don't even get to actually see her before the final fight. It's a bit sudden plot-wise, and that's my single and sole problem with the game. Oh, and also that once you get to the future, there's no way of going back and you can't get to any city. It sucks But it doesn't lessen the ultimate greatness of the game in the same way Ultimecia's appearance does. I have nothing personal against her - well, okay, except for trying to kill Squall and Rinoa and their friends a dozen times, being a selfish idiot, using Grimer when I couldn't and just her overall evilness - but the plot is a bit odd there. Also, making her speak oddly doesn't give her any more character. Since she comes in so late, our picture of her will lack depth anyway. Stupid, stupid k's.
By the way, my third favourite character in the game is Zell. Yes, annoying, hyperactive Zell. I love him. Then, of course, Fujin and Rajin rock. They rock hard.
And the dance scene. The legendary, wonderful, beautiful, amazing dance scene. I've watched it probably two hundred times... The endind video is also, of course, one of my favourites. Expecially since both Seifer and Squall - but especially the latter - are so mind-dumbingly cute when they smile.
I think that game's pure win because it's directed so well and the characters are amazing. I mean, FF VII has a lot better plot, but it's still not as good.
Palom. Porom. ;_; I love their twincast, but hate their voice actors.
I also hate Cloud/Sephy slash. Or Cloud/Zack slash, for the matter. Or anything else like that. There are simple and definite pairings, and you shouldn't touch them! Those are Cloud x Tifa and Zack x Aeris. And maybe Yuffie x Vincent, depending on what happens in Dirge of Cerberus. I don't know, so I'm not saying anything.
I got to take Cloud on a date with Tifa. I liked her so much I ended up preferring her over everyone else... In the end of the game, she had a higher level than Cloud, she was twice as powerful as he was and had all her limits. We got the last limit for Aeris, too, but only got to see it once :<
Excuse me while I point at you and laugh at your FF nerdiness although actually I want to go and cry because it surpasses that of mine.
So yeah, I know, I just wanted to be thorough. I understand the feeling BTW, no one has commented on mine since you and Xanthine.
You know, about Final Fantasy VIII, one of the reasons (and the only important reason) why that game did not get a perfect score was because the lack of VAs. One of the critics cited something in the lines of "the game feels empty when you can not hear Rinoa" or something like that. Alas, after watching recordings of Dissidia gameplay in youtube, I can say VAs for FF games are turning the right way (in Japan at least).
Oh, yeah, I can say fro a distance you love the game. You really love it. And you mentioned it. The sole fact that you mentioned Palon and Porom serves as proof enough to me that you know+love the game. But the key is Rydia. Again: female sorcerers. I just am a sucker for 'em...
Well, Aeris (Aerith) is a fun story. She is essentially the PlayStation generation's General Leo, the same way Bidoof is the Gen IV Rattata (yes, the same way). The only two reasons that death is considered iconic are that (1) well portrayed with the capabilities of the time and (2) so predictable plot-wise that it triggered the Almeida Effect. This comics sums it up well, IMHO... Add the fact that people were all drooling and with no immunity over Cloud×Sephy slash at that time, and you get it.
In comparison, FFVI did not leave too much openness for shippings at first glance ('cept for LockeXCeles), and anyone who had played only the SNES generation of FF at that time would have expected Leo to simply join your party. Surprise!
As for the scene with Ice Pike Queen Edea, yeah, that is one of my fave escnes in the game (the 2nd top, actually). And, unlike most people, I actually liked Ulty. Don't know why. Oh, yeah, I am a sucker for female sorcerers. I despised her konstant kursing, however.
If you think you're a FF nerd and that I am more, I have some fun news for you: I recently played FFII. Yes, II, as in "for NES". A shame it was on an emulator... :D
I know some people read it. It would be a wonder if no-one in the whole wide web never even took a peak in that thread, so I don't really worry about that. I'd just like to get at least some feedback, and you give it in a honest way and in big proportions. So, I'm still going to thank you, dammit. And by "actually reading" I mean reading and commenting, obviously.
...As if I had any right to talk, since I so often read fics and never say a word to the author...
Yeah, I have it for DS. It has sound actors, which I usually dislike, but in this case it's pulled off well so I rather like it. And the plot seems miraculously good. It's almost winning my love for FF VIII (well, not yet, though. I have to see how it ends.). Especially Rydia. Rydia is almost like the best character ever... With her black magic, summons, green clothing and hair and witty comments. I also rather like Edge. And Cecil. And Kain. And Palom and Porom. And Yang. And Rosa. And Tellah. And yeah, I even like the spoony bard, no matter how useless he is in fights. I'm also very relieved that he has a weak body since now I don't have to use him in battles and every time I go to see him, I get to hear the Troia music.
Did you get that I love the game? Because I love it. Did I say it already?
Also, I find it rather funny that the death of Aeris was such a shock in FF VII, but in IV practically every character seems to die - at least once. Some of them obviously didn't die after all, but that's just a minor detail. I did think they died anyway.
Kind of like the part where Squall gets pierced by Edea's limit break icicle. God, I love that scene. I love the whole game except for the weird appearance of Ultimecia in the very end. It's one of those WTF moments. Like FF X's Yu Yevon, the light creature thing.
...Am I a Final Fantasy nerd? Although if I am, you're worse since you've played the original IV and I'm only playing the remake. It's always more hardcore to play the original one, eh?
Heh. You're welcome. And you do well in expecting reviews, I actually dont know why isn't there anybody reviewing yours -- I've checked the reply/view stats for some fics a couple of weeks and yes, people do read your story.
Heck, maybe Astinus has scared potential reviewers. I don't think so, but the dea makes a pretty picture in my head. You know, Chainsaw Chanseys.
W/R to Palkia and Dialga, I am very good at missing which Pokémon are when described (err.. Suicune?) :D don't know why... So don't worry.
Good to see you've got FFIV (for the DS, right?). Impretty much liked the original because of the plot and the cast of enemies. Also, female spellcasters: one can never tire of them (Rydia, Tina, Rinoa, Garret, Yuna...)
Hey, thanks for your review! I was kind of expecting to get one, you know :D You seem to be the only one who actually reads Mama's Boy. I very much appreciate the fact you use so much time to help me with my writing. For that... *bows* I thank you. You really are helpful when you tell me what kind of picture the text gives you. And on that note, I apparently still have to work on sope places.
I'm not going to describe Dialga and Palkia any more, though, since if I described them in a way that'd make everyone recognize them instantly, I'd probably have to write about half a page. So, I'm going to leave it at what it is. You can't really miss which Pokémon are in question.
On another note, I got FF IV for my birthday and I loveitloveitloveitadoreit. Life is suddely so good. Too bad I can't play a lot since I have to study (imagine a black clour surrounding the last word with an occasional lighting striking out).
Yeah... What's with white-coated people and blood samples? This one time I was suffering from a severe anemia due to my hormons acting strangely. My face was all grey and my stamina was nonexistent, and one blood sample had already revealed that I was having a life-threatening anemia... So what did the doctors do?
They took sixteen more damned bottles of blood samples!
It's a miracle they didn't kill me The nurse who took the last one had a funny look on her face when she first looked at my right arm that had some five or so needle holes in it and then at the left arm that had even more of them...
"Okay, maybe I'll take it from the right arm..."
It's good to find at least some hilariousness of everything. I'm good at that. It's my specialty.
But so, you still don't know what's going on in your head? I could also leave in a bet... I think it might be a little tumor, one like me mom had. It wasn't a cancer, but still a small tumor. Or maybe you have an unsevere form of epilepsy?
In any case, I hope it turns out fine (like "oh! it was this magnifying glass someone had left here during your abduction!") and that you don't die or anything like that. The bestestest of lucks to you, my friend.
I, on the other hand, do not need luck with that test, because I'm a genius anyway. So, no problems there. ;D
Ow... sorry to hear that. But I'm interested in reviewing more of Mama's Boy too, when a new chapter comes up. JI wish you best of luck in that life-deciding death-inducing test--of-sorts.
Oh, and the people in white coats were worried because I have been having headaches from one side of my head only for about a month. They couldn't settle on a diagnosis (sp:prognosis?) so they decided to leave me in a bed and take as many blood samples and brain images as they could, betting which one of the Docs is right. My bet? I'll end up as one of the youngest ones' Master Degree project by the end of the year. :D
Oh yeah, there will be more advances on Secret People, just not in a looooong while. I'm working on Mama's Boy, though, if that interests you. I'm just having this huge and gravely important test coming up (one that practically dictates how easy it will be for me to get into university), so I'm not spending a lot of time on this very time-consuming hobby.
So, why'd they put you in a mental institution? *innocent look*
No, seriously, why exactly were you spending so much time with your nice friends in white coats? I mean, if you had to stay with them, it had to be something a bit more serious, eh?
Hey, An-chan, how's your life going? I just got back to house full-time after spending some time with the nice people in white coats and masks. Just kinda wondering, if there will be some more advances on Secret People.
Hello, An-chan. I just wanted you to know that I will be pretty much gone for the week. Someone had this idea, where I would be a great host for a three-days long collegue seminar and it's not like I can say no. I'll most positively be back next Thu with an answer about the hosting space for our QFA, too.
Time is not an issue, An-chan. It will give me some more time to develop the story so you can have something better to draw :D --- Just let me know when you start drawing. Oh and happy very early Xmas!