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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
With a decidedly psychotic grin....
... Hydra floats in delirious ecstasy.

Why? Because I got to watch 'Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children' AND 'FF7: Last Order'!!!!

Oh my god. I don't know what I enjoyed more -- watching CGI Cloud and Sephiroth both in full 'weapons of mass destruction' fight mode, or FINALLY getting a chance to watch animated Zack totally kick ass!!!

::squees like a mad thing before melting into a puddle of Hydra-goo::

Actually, I only got a chance to skim through FF7:AC, but I did watch FF7: Last Order all the way through because I'm such a hopeless Zack-fangirl. ^_^;;;

Beware Spoilers and the COI Redux muse in total overdrive....

'FF7: Last Order' briefly covers the events at Nibelheim (the massacre) up to the ride in the truck just before Zack's death. It's a mixture of events just before the game (Zack's and Cloud's escape from Nibelheim) and flashbacks to the Nibelheim massacre.

Now I really regret not keeping up on the information on the 'Before Crisis' phone game because it seems that the Turks were very much involved with the whole Nibelheim incident. Also, the new playable Turk characters from BC have some very nice character designs. I suppose it was silly of me not to consider that there are (or were) quite a few more Turks than show up in the original FF7 game. Unfortantely, chances are good that many of them didn't survive the Meteor incident. But who knows? ::significant eyebrow waggle::

As well known, 'FF7: Advent Children' takes place two years after the Meteor incident. Now, my fanfic 'Conflicts of Interest' was always an alt-universe story and I have no plans to try to make COI conform to all the new and upcoming material. For example, 'Crisis Core' is supposed to be a pre-FF7 game focused on Zack in his SOLDIER days, and who knows what twists Square might throw in the plot?

However, both 'Last Order' and 'Advent Children' have some interesting plot points that really have me thinking. I was already in the process of Redux-ing COI, sooooo....

As mentioned before, 'Last Order' has some very interesting insights and background into the Nibelheim incident... and some inconsistencies with the game version. Some can be recounciled (how/where Zack actually was killed), but others can't (Cloud's fight with Sephiroth in the Nibelheim reactor). But in a way that's good, because I have even more plot possibilities to take inspiration from and otherwise fold, spindle, and mutilate. ::evil cackle::

Another reason I like 'Last Order' so much is because we actually have a chance to see just how good Zack is in action. True, he was badly defeated in the Nibelheim Reactor, but he actually managed to last a while against a psycho-Sephiroth, which has to be considered a major achievement for any 'normal' person or SOLDIER.

'Last Order' also confirmed my personal opinion of how formidable the SOLDIERs, First Class were (and are). They are vastly superior to normal humans and even other SOLDIERs. Zack rips through mobs of normal Shinra troopers without breaking a sweat and even manages to pull off a delightful Matrix-ish bullet-time trick.

One of my favorite scenes in 'Last Order' -- Zack and Cloud are surrounded by troopers somewhere in Midgar. Cloud is totally out of it so Zack parks him against a column and pins/shields him in place by sticking the Buster Blade into the ground. Zack then proceeds to go barehanded against a squad of at least twenty troopers loaded with machine guns. The troopers all start shooting, but Zack dodges everything so well (bullet time!) that the troopers end up shooting each other ::snerk:: while the Buster Blade helps to protect Cloud. The troopers are understandably freaked out. At that moment, two motorcycle troopers ride by and Zack takes off after them on foot (probably to grab them as transportation). The troop leader wonders why Zack abandoned his buddy, then decides that it's a perfect opportunity to capture comatose Cloud. However, easier said than done! It's hilarious to watch two troopers struggle futilely to pull the Buster Sword out of the ground so they can grab Cloud, and then watch Zack ride up on a captured motorcycle, knock the two troopers out cold with a casual blow apiece, and then with one hand effortlessly removes the Buster Blade and puts it on his back with his characteristic twirl. *__*

::turns into fangirly goo puddle yet again::

As for 'Advent Children', I've only had a chance to skim thorough the good bits like TRULY crazy motorcycle chases to sword duels where the participants bound from building to building (or into the air) with terrifying ease. BTW, the laws of physics take a really serious pummeling in 'Last Order' and even more so in 'Advent Children', but who cares? It looks so darn pree-ttty!!

In 'Advent Children', we see that both Rufus and Tseng survived the Meteor Incident. Amazingly, Rufus appears to have some sense and perhaps even compassion knocked into him. This leads to even more fodder for my COI Redux muse regarding Rufus and Tseng. Hmmmm... some very interesting possibilities there, especially given the COI theory about Cloud's parentage. And if Cloud's tolerance of Mako-induced modifications could be genetic, what does that say about Rufus? ::diabolical eye-gleam::

Must... order... Advent Children... OST....

::staggers off zombie-like to the CD Japan Website::

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16 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
kikotei From: kikotei Date: September 15th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
::crying lack of ability to watch on her computer::

Damn these machines, I so want to watch AC, but mine doesn't load the video and the one downstairs doesn't support the codecs most of the online videos use anymore, and I'm very wary of setting it up to do so again after we've had to wipe the harddrive and start over three times already.

At least I know it's good enough that it's given a swift kick to your COI muse. ::grins::
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: September 15th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, I can't help you with AC. :(

But I might be able to help you with Last Order. ^_-
kikotei From: kikotei Date: September 15th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fortunely I just looked up AC on Amazon on a whim to see if it was listed. And there it was. November 29 and currently 30% off. Pre-order: placed! Amazon prime is still the best purchase I ever made.

Help with Last Order would be wonderful. ^___^
kikotei From: kikotei Date: September 15th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would help if I could spell the word fortunately. I always have trouble with that one.

Also just noticed that the seiyuu playing Cloud has also played Yuuri and Haruka (tactics). Hopefully I'll make it through AC without thinking of Yuuri's little freakouts every time Cloud talks. ::snicker:: And Zack's seiyuu was Isumi in HikaGo. Yay! I love Isumi-kun! And Sephiroth's seiyuu is even better, Kubota (Exec Comm ::squeals::), Tatsumi (YnM), Conrad, Homura, and Jounounchi. Heeee!

Also noticed that Last Order's only (as it stands now) going on that 200-some-odd-dollar special edition. ::growls:: Jerks.
tdei From: tdei Date: September 17th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I could help you with the codecs. :O My bro got his hands on a set of "all the codecs you will ever need" and after I installed them in, FF7:AC played on my Core Media Player. ^^; Want?
From: fontech Date: September 15th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will love you forever if you add Rufus to CoI. Seriously. *fangirls* RUFUS!

And hey! For when you get around to watching all of AC... kudos to you for associating Zack with wolves, XD faelan suits him perfectly.
kitsune_jade From: kitsune_jade Date: September 15th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad AC and Last Order gave your COI Redux muse additional boost. XD I can't wait to actually read it. ^^;;

talonyoseiijo From: talonyoseiijo Date: September 15th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't like the style of AC... thirty minutes of monologuing followed by ten minutes of crazy ass fighting that required a bit too much suspension of belief (let me jump off of a motorcycle, slice through another, flip through the air, attack someone, and then land on a moving bike with no driver at speeds well above 80mph, oh and we can all fly in this movie)... That isn't to mean I didn't enjoy it... I did... but I couldn't get over the striking similarity of sephiroth to David Bowie from labrynth.

http://img55.imageshack.us/img55/6766/sephbowie7vx.jpg <--proof XD
gottis_chan From: gottis_chan Date: September 15th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Weeeee, COI Redux!! *___* *luffs on you* COI is still the best anything I've read ever, so consider me a happy fangirl! ^^

And yeah, Zack is amazing in Last Order, and Cloud is pretty enough in both LO and AC to make me happy. *nodnod*

My AC shipped today! *fangirls* *cough* well... I'm happy. :P
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)


How can you offer Aid with Last Order? *Rather muzzy from just waking up, but more than intrested* Damn AMerican addition not being releced to November....*Salvating* I would really like to see Zack be pretty....
annakas From: annakas Date: September 18th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Ohhh COI Redux muse is back.
*molests the fic*

I think I have read the teasers to so much that soon I could quoute them.
The entire story is fantastic. (is a complete Sephiroth, Cloud and Zack bitch. So having your fantastic story revolve around their connection is pure heaven)So hope the muses will give you buzy time. Can't wait for more.

Hope you don't mind if I friend you. I love you fiction (has still the compulsive need to read your GW fics)

From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heylo. Just a random stranger passing by.

I myself just watched FFVII:AC a few days ago, and I must say its quite good. Beautiful CG along with a good number of fight scenes. Pretty much eye candy galore to any person watching.

Just recently I remembered your fic COI that I had read many years ago. I'm surprised I still remembered about it, but I guess it shows just how well written it was, and how much I liked it. Anyhoo, I was somehow able to find your site again, which led me to here. So I thought I'd leave a few words ^^

If you haven't watched AC yet, you should when you have a bit of free time. I'm sure you'll enjoy the amount of detail they put into the movie. They even threw in many little things, like how Reno and Cid run, and that oh so unique relationship between Reno and Rude.

hmm... I don't have an LJ account so I'll leave this comment under Anonymous. Anyhoo, best wishes to ya. Take care.
__perplexity__ From: __perplexity__ Date: October 1st, 2005 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, i read your CoI years ago ... i Googled for Advent Children stuff and I ind myself here ^-^. If I remember rightly I first heard about FF7:AC from you when the first trailer came out *eternally grateful*. Awesome movie. I'm glad it added some CoI inspiration!
*now she has re-found it, goes to read CoI some more*
naanima From: naanima Date: October 3rd, 2005 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I’m commenting because OMFG! You are reduxing COI! *koffs* So not a stalker *koffs*

Last Order - I chalk the inconsistencies up to the fact that Cloud, on a bad day, has problems with remembering his own name, so, yes, of course there would be inconsistencies. (Trustworthy POV Cloud is not.) I haven’t actually had the chance to watch Last Order yet (only have seen snippets, and screen caps), however, I will, and I will roll around in the Happy-Zack moments! MWAHAHA!

AC – At this point I’m not sure if you have seen all of the film yet, so I’m not sure how much I should say. However, I can’t wait to see your points about the Final Boss Fight in the film. I need to know if I’m just imagining it, or if Final Boss seems to be ‘playing’ a role rather than a complete psychopath.

As for Rufus and Cloud – Such a possibility, there’s just too much subtext for it not to be a taken up as a possibility. Love how FF7/AC/Last Order never gave a hint about Cloud’s father *giggles*
redcrest From: redcrest Date: October 4th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Hydra-samaaaaa~~~ XD <--(has just watched Last Order). Oh my god! Zack! ZACKZACKZACKZACK!!! Sasuga Madam Hydra-sama, the "official" Zack is so consistent with yours-- I'm dying of akogare after seeing my wonderful Zack in his final, unassumingly heroic moments and I need more! ::sobs:: Oh, Zaaaaack~~~ Why did you have to die? Why did you have to be so wonderful about it, too?! WHY IS THE RUM GONE?!?!?! ::sobs::

;__; Sorry for this incoherent ranting, MH-sama... *sniffles* For Zack akogare, there's only one thing to do-- read COI *again.* I really, REALLY hope this has got your COI muse going~~ ^^ Sorry, I'm being selfish about it right now, but there's just too much emotion welling over here. Ganbatte with COI! ::runs off to draw another sappy Zack-memorial picture::
artimusdin From: artimusdin Date: October 14th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
One of my favorite scenes in 'Last Order' -- Zack and Cloud are surrounded by troopers somewhere in Midgar. [snip]

*____* Hello, Zack-fangirl? Meet Zack-fanslut. Pleased to meet you! I'm so totally not a fangirl of yours from way back when CoI was new and shiny, nope, not me! *shifty-eyesOMGSephiroth'sShadow
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