Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children – This week, I posted a thread “What does Advent Children mean to you?” on a couple Final Fantasy forums. I received quite a few responses on the Eyes on Final Fantasy forum so far. You can find the thread here. It’s amazing how many reasons people come up with to hate this movie for nothing that’s in the movie itself. I thought I knew them all by the time I released What’s Beneath the Fan Service, but no. People hate this movie because Sephiroth coming back to life didn’t make sense based on things that happened in the game (others argue, however, that Sephiroth coming back to life makes perfect sense based on things that happened in the game), every Final Fantasy-related game/thing after Final Fantasy X-2 is garbage, the movie doesn’t have a complete story because On the Way to a Smile exists, and it’s impossible to understand this film in any sense unless you read the novella. Yes, this week I learned that Case of Denzel and Case of Tifa released in 2005 alongside the original film. That doesn’t make Denzel’s backstory anymore relevant to Advent Children’s story, much as Advent Children Complete would like us to believe otherwise, but it changes things slightly… It shows that the Final Fantasy VII franchise did a hell of a lot better creating standalone, FFVII-related stories in multiple media than those in Final Fantasy XV franchise. I don’t know what happens in half of FFVII’s media, don’t need to know, and, indeed, didn’t even know that some of them existed!
My Eliza – The other major thing I spent this week doing was reviewing feedback on my short story from Critters.org. Opinions continued being wildly disparate and contradictory, but eventually, it reached a consensus. Most critters agree that there’s a problem with the ending, which I can totally see. I made it slightly too silly, but I can fix that. The rest of the feedback looks like I can take what I like and leave the rest. I wonder if people were so split about it because they couldn’t see that most of its problems stemmed from the ending?
Other – I didn’t do much else besides write on The Twelfth Hour because I made a trip to Montana to visit friends on the weekend and stayed a day longer than expected. I wanted to get started on editing Speech Therapy this week, but that’ll have to be next week now. What can I say? The Final Fantasy forums are really entertaining!
Improvised Incoherence – This week, I released two episodes of Improvised Incoherence. For a moment, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get them out this week because I got addicted to Final Fantasy XV on Friday. Fortunately, on Saturday, I said to myself, “Nah, I got this.” Then, I video edited for a day and a half. Now I can be addicted to FFXV… Well, not really. Next week, I need to video edit Speech Therapy.
Final Fantasy – Yes, Final Fantasy XV arrived this week! I’m still getting used to the setting. Part of me wants to say, “Get all these white people out of my JRPG!” but then, I wonder how many characters in any Final Fantasy are overtly Japanese. Why does the apparent mix of races suddenly bother me so much in FFXV? Is it the English voice acting with all the stereotypical accents? Is it the art style? Is it the attention to photorealism? Is it that Noctis looks so Japanese compared to everyone else, including his own father? Maybe. Why didn’t I have this problem with Final Fantasy XIII? I’m still trying to figure out who Noctis is as well, but I’m not very far into the game. Perhaps I’ll figure out what’s going on with more time. I will admit that it is fun, especially considering that it’s messing with my productivity. I also continued harassing YouTubers about Advent Children and found some Final Fantasy forums I want to poke around in next week.
My Eliza – This week, my short story My Eliza went through Critters.org. The response so far has been… interesting. Reviewers are about split half and half as to whether they related to the protagonist. They are also split half and half as to whether they liked the characters’ Russian accents written out. Most had some comment about wanting more details about the setting. Half of that I can understand and fix, but the other half is due to me classifying this story as science fiction, which it isn’t. I don’t know what it is really. A comedy for introverts? Besides that, reviewers tended to criticize different things from one another, which could mean that nothing is wrong with the story, something’s wrong but no one can identify what, or everything’s wrong. I’ll definitely be changing some things, but perhaps I’ve written an enigma that readers will either love or hate. O.o
I made two episodes of Improvised Incoherence this month since, between all the chaos of moving to Spokane, I didn’t make an episode last month. The theme is my new living space.
I was looking at a list of movies “like Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children” on IMDB when I found this:
IMDB says it’s rated R, but I don’t quite believe it. NR is more likely with these video game spinoffs. For now, I put it under “R” in the Atypical CGI movie list, but I might move it when I find out for sure. Appleseed was rated R just because someone murdered a child in it I think, so R could still be correct.
Final Fantasy – I think talking about Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children with random people and reviewers on YouTube and Twitter has become one of my favorite things to do. I did that a lot this week. So yeah, if you want to talk about Advent Children, send me a tweet @SilentFuzzle. Or just tweet #AdventChildren, and I’ll probably hunt you down. I also officially purchased Final Fantasy XV. This means I can witness its glory/incompetence myself and write retrospectives on the game, the movie, and the Omen trailer in the future!
Unpacking – Most of my time this week went to unpacking and organizing my new place in Spokane. It’s been hard to work on projects around the piles of junk in and around my room, but I should be somewhat back on track next week… around the Fourth of July and more unpacking. It’s always interesting looking through my old papers. Most of it’s embarrassing or meaningless, but some of it’s hilarious. Perhaps I’ll post a couple old stories here. I also found a letter that my mom wrote to me for some project I did in middle school or high school about what I was like when I was little. She said I wrote stories before I even knew how to spell. I knew that part, but she also wrote that she hoped I would become an influential writer. I think part of my goal while I don’t have a job is to figure out if I’m supposed to be making and analyzing stories instead of developing productivity software. Doing anything even remotely related to storytelling has always made me happiest, and my spare time has always been and will probably always be devoted to that. Maybe if I harass enough people about Advent Children on Twitter, I can be one of those freaks who makes a living off it. 😛
Improvised Incoherence – I did manage to record two episodes of Improvised Incoherence this week. Those should both be out next week and/or the week after.
Final Fantasy Analyses – The final part of Advent Children: What’s Beneath the Fan Service released this week! I’ve been working on these articles since December, and it feels nice to finally have them all out. I’ve mentioned this before on an Improvised Incoherence episode, but writing these was incredibly liberating and somewhat disturbing. I don’t know if anyone feels quite the way I do about Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, but I hope you all enjoy my analysis anyway. It’s hard to believe I released two things this week because of everything that’s happened since, but Kingsglaive vs Advent Children: Where Nonsense Originates also went out this week. Another video comparing Kingsglaive to Advent Children should be out next month.
Marketing – I opened a Twitter account! Shock and horror! I also started harassing Advent Children reviewers on YouTube. What have I become? What have I wrought!? I got a response to Are Both These Dubs Korean? as well. I want to ask around more to confirm, but it sounds like the Korean audio track on the German DVD of Elysium (2003) is actually Thai. O.o
Other – I beat Final Fantasy X! After four months, ignoring the year that passed between my previous attempt at beating this game and this one, it is done. The time it took has nothing to do with me disliking it (I’m just busy and this year has been really weird). In fact, X is probably my favorite Final Fantasy game so far. Yes, shockingly, it’s not Final Fantasy VII. I’m thinking about buying Final Fantasy XV and playing that next. I’m curious about it, and I also received a request this week to review Kingsglaive again after playing the game. That would be interesting.
Also, I moved to Washington today.
And that’s all the crap I did this week. Now, I’m tired.