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Piping up from the ages-long silence to apologize profusely for the influx of bizarre spam comments that's hit your inboxes in the past week! Anonymous commenting has been turned off. If there are any other issues, please let me know!

- Lin
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Sometime during the summer of last year, I wrote a meta on Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) by way of celebrating its tenth anniversary in July. It focuses primarily on the hostility both the film and the director received from the Final Fantasy fandom and general audiences, why I thought it was undue/unjust and how it managed to influence the medium of animation and gaming regardless of its supposed failure in an overt or subvert manner. You can read the meta here on or at You may also want to check out user's punctualdork's meta/break down on the film as well.
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I get a little quivery about myth and archetypes in FF.

Random Thinky Thoughts meta post on BAHAMUT IS NOT YOUR FRIEND on my journal. 

Bonus: rec to one of the best-ever meta fics on FFX / aeons / Braska's pilgrimage. (Of course, you've probably already read it.) 
terabient: Vanille with her eidolon (FFXIII: Vanille & Eidolon)
[personal profile] terabient
Was looking around for FFXIII Ultimania Omega translations and came across this bit of infomation: of the artists wanted the summons to have more of a connection/meaning than just 'thing that appears and fights'. So for Lightning Odin kind of represents her image of a father figure, and for Snow the Shiva sisters are like Serah and Lightning. I don't think they mention anything for the other characters, though.

I...I don't even know what to think as far as Shiva sisters = Farron sisters, but if this idea carries over to all the characters and their respective Eidolons I wonder what they're intended to represent?



Jun. 7th, 2012 10:48 am
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I started playing FFIVCC when I first got it but got distracted by DDFF, I've finally gotten around to picking it up again and finishing it off. I've just finished TAY and am working on the interlude right now.

I'm not sure if I've forgotten something but Yang has confused me a lot, not only did he become king despite not even being in the line of succession his court consists of two people, his chancellor and the dubiously named duke consort. I have to ask, what's a duke consort? And why does Yang have one? And on that note, why doesn't Sheila mind? I know what a duke is and I know what a consort is but the both of them together is just baffling me.

On a related note, have you noticed that all the throne rooms only have one throne in them, despite the fact that at least one has two rulers?
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Hello I found this community just now and decided the correct response was to stalk it and post all the FF thoughts! I just started FFIX for the first time so I've been in an FF headspace for a while now.

I think before I start I should say I am an enthusiastic multishipper who solves love triangles with threesomes and who ships all the ships forever and approaches fanfic as a way to explore character interpretations and dynamics.

I've been thinking about shipping, more specifically how shipping tends to villainise female characters. Those that have been in fandom for a while will remember the epic Aerith vs Tifa shipping wars not to mention the more recent Rydia vs Rosa debate1. It seems when the fandom dislikes the canon pairing this dislike transfers to the female character, Yuna and Rinoa are great examples of this. If she's not hated, she's ignored. I've yet to find anything much about Garnet despite the fact that she's more relevant to the story than Zidane for most of the game.

I think part of this is because most of the fans in question were teenagers at the time and that fanfiction is a very shipping based pursuit. When the most common ships were main male character/ someone other than the main love interest2 the main couple had to be broken up. I think the authors may have felt they had to justify the break up, this combined with lazy writing and a very simple view on relationships led to the female getting painted in a very negative light.

I know this isn't something that only happens in the FF fandom but it is the first place I encountered it. What does everyone else think? Have I got this right? Am I way off track? Do you just wish there was more love for your OTP Zidane/Quina?3

1 I don't know much about this one except that it exists so it may not actually be ship based I'm just guessing.

2 In my experience it's usually the prettiest male villain.

3 If anyone does know of anything shipping related to do with Quina, I would love to hear about it because that sounds hilarious.
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 This popped up on my Network page this morning. I thought I'd share.

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[personal profile] lindorie
Sorry, you guys. Life's caught up to me this past month and made me put my baby on the back burner, which sounds harsher than it really is. (I hope.) Which leads me to something I've been thinking about for a while: an icebreaker post.

Introduce yourselves in the comments! I know fandom is small and some of you might know each other, but it never hurts to properly introduce each other to the class. Let us know all the things you'd like to discuss, even if it seems random and kind of dumb! That does not exist in FF Meta land! Everything is up for discussion!

Here's some questions to start you guys out:
  1. What first suckered you into Final Fantasy as a series? Was it the plot? The characters? Nobuo Uematso (or his successors)'s music? Some sense of gamer's loyalty? Why is that?
  2. What is your favorite game out of the series to date? Why is that? What makes you defend it so, even though it may not be everyone else's cup of tea?
  3. Who is your favorite character? Why do you favor them? Is it because you identify with them? Because you admire them? Or is it something else?
  4. Anything else you'd like to share with the class? Any thoughts? Observations? Something funny and random? :)
kalloway: (Barbariccia Yum)
[personal profile] kalloway
So I am on a quest to play all the Final Fantasy games, in order, minus the MMOs, plus the side-stuff-when-I-can-fit-it-in. Since the quest started last month, I have only recently played all the way through FFI.

And went to look for some fanfic, because why not...

The Heroes of Light are, of course, DIY heroes. You pick which four of six classes (Fighter, Thief, Red Mage, White Mage, Black Mage, Monk) you want, and you name them. They go off on their adventure.

Garland threatens to KNOCK THEM DOWN.

Anyway, I went to look for some fanfic, and immediately ran across a FFI genderswap fic. This confused me, since the Heroes of Light have no assigned gender. It's totally up to the player to imagine them as anything. I had named my set after the Season 1 Gundams from Gundam 00, so I sort of assigned them all as generally-male. But they could just as easily be all-female for as much as the sprites offer in defining characteristics.

The genderswap fic pointed out that most people assume the White Mage is female.

In FFIX, the two white mages are female, and in FFVII while arguably Aerith is a white mage, once she's out of the party, the next best caster is... Cloud. I always use him as WM once Aerith is gone. Firion is making a really good WM in FFII and Minwu is a very male, very powerful WM. Maria, the only lady in my party, is a badass black mage at the moment.

So... how do you see character classes and gender?
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[ profile] celesjessa brings some screenshots of FFVI endings with an incomplete party. I find this fascinating, because I am WAY too completist to have tried deliberately missing characters!
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[personal profile] gnome
I'm all of the thought that getting revived and healed should hurt. Lots. Magic is forcing the body against what is natural, speeding up healing processes that would have taken days or weeks to fix themselves. And reviving the dead? There should be some sort of repercussions for overuse or something. Kinda like anti-Sora.

Do you think that if leaving a character dead at the end of a battle would have made you more inclined to revive them if they became unavailable for a certain amount of time? Or if they couldn't be removed from the party, remained dead instead of having 1HP, leaving your battle team a person short. I know them missing out on experience points is a good reason to have everyone alive at the end of battles but there should be more reasons.

Them being a zombie who attacks team members at the start of the next battle for not bringing them back would be a fair incentive...entertaining even >.>

no idea if I've even done this right :)
lindorie: (moogle mod)
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 Comments are screened for privacy's sake!

Have a question? Suggestions on how the heck I should run this comm? Have any thoughts or ideas for discussion prompts?

Comment below!
lindorie: (moogle mod)
[personal profile] lindorie
Hi! I know a great deal of you are fanfic writers, so I figured this would be relevant to comm interests :)

They'll accept any fandom (*cough*REPRESENT YOU GUYS *cough*). Your fanfic must be 10,000 words minimum!

[community profile] casestory [community profile] casestory [community profile] casestory

Author Sign Up @ LJ
Artist Sign Up @ LJ
Author Sign Up @ DW
Artist Sign Up @ DW

Hopefully this will open up some fun discussion posts!
eggcrack: Cloud, Barret and Tifa from FF7 (OT3)
[personal profile] eggcrack
A wild newbie appears and uses "I discovered this community a while ago and I'm loving it". Hi, everyone!

Being somewhat rough and crude, I wouldn't call myself a meta writer exactly, but I like writing about characters and things, so I thought I might as well share a few things I've written, such as this essay about Tifa Lockhart from FFVII:

Victoria: Tribute to Tifa Lockhart

I wrote this earlier this fall for [ profile] womenlovefest at LJ, where the challenge was to do nice things for a female character who isn't well loved by fandom, and who you used to dislike in the past. I chose to write about Tifa, who I used to have a lot of issues with but who I love today. This post discusses Tifa's role in the game and how my feelings about her evolved. Should you read it, I hope you enjoy it.
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[personal profile] kalloway
To be honest, especially with revelations and canon changes/additions since I wrote this, I'm posting this more for general amusement than anything else.

Back nearly a decade ago, as a soon-to-graduate senior in college, I took a combined Religions/Women's Studies course about goddesses. Of course there are two ways for a class like that to go. Luckily, it ended up being a blast. An educational blast, of course, but a blast nonetheless. It often involved things like fanfic and the instructor giving us grenadine to make us all immortal (at least for the duration of class).

For our final paper, we had the option of writing a non-academic paper on a goddess-related subject of our choosing. I am fairly sure that meant 'it is May, please write something that fills a few pages and enjoy getting an 'A' on it, we both have better things to do.' I had played Final Fantasy VII the semester before and was just finding out about all of the other FF games.

It is a good thing that cites weren't required... Most of them would have been Geocities or 'my friend told me'. Which is also to say that there may be some errors or points of contention - I'm certainly not going to stand behind it at this point. (But I might point and laugh.)

Anyway, enough with the introduction...

The Goddesses of Final Fantasy )
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Now, admittedly, we aren't the most serious lot. Please refer to the thread relaying Irvine's Mission In My Pants down in the FF8: A Curious Case of Irvine post.

...there, didn't that make you giggle? At least a little?

Welcome, new people who've made their way over from the comm promo community!

Don't be afraid to post! It doesn't have to be a work of academic art!

You might say, "Well then, Lin, how exactly do I go about this? You did say this comm was in an experimental stage."

Well, I'm glad you asked! Here are some examples/ideas of what to post:

- "hey! So I had a thought about (this) and (this), let us discuss!"
- yes, you may even discuss how Irvine should take up a mission in your pants, otherwise that would make me a flaming hypocrite. Let's just say it falls under "character discussion" for now
- posts for help, such as "does anybody have a script for (blank) or know where I can find (blank)?" Hopefully in time we'll have a master post for useful reference material!
- you can also ask for help working out the details in your story, like canon or game mechanics (ex: how to write in Kain's Jump ability and make it believable, yaaay meta)
- character discussion, like your favorite character and why, character/pairing manifestos, how a particular character is portrayed in fandom (ex: in fandom, Squall having no emotions as opposed to being incredibly reserved, as seen in FF8)
- fannish essays, like character/pairing manifestos, game observations, bits and pieces of fannish anthropology. Hopefully someday we can also have a master list linking to fannish essays for easy perusal and referencing! I should also mention that cross-posting is perfectly fine.

Did all that help, at least a little bit? I sure hope so!

Once again, don't be afraid to post! We are an OPEN community and would love to see more life in these parts!

Have fun, play nice, and happy posting! :)
lindorie: (moogle mod)
[personal profile] lindorie
 Happy holidays, from here to you! :)

In between real life and sleeping, I've been working on the following:
  • coming up with tags for posts
  • spreading the word! I've just put up a post on [site community profile] dw_community_promo , hopefully we'll get some more life in these parts! 
  • a banner for linking purposes and a proper header! The only problem is WHAT SHOULD GO THERE?
    • Moogles? (I've been toying with the idea of using the Moogle with the book under his arm,  y/y?)
    • Moombas? (Laguna! Laguna!)
    • An iconic image from a particular game (that's pretty representative of the series as a whole)??

Please leave any suggestions in the comments! 

Merry Christmas, everyone! And to all, a good night :)
laceblade: Fanart of Elena, from FF7, headshot (FF7: Elena)
[personal profile] laceblade
OKAY. So, FF8 is not my favorite Final Fantasy game, partly because a lot of it didn't make sense to me at the time.
People talking about it has me feeling a little nostalgic, and maybe I'll re-play it (after I beat XII and finally play X).

BUT. I read this theory on the Internet a while ago that purports that after a specific point in the game, Squall dies and remains dead for the rest of the game.

You can read the whole theory at
Note that if you don't want to be spoiled for FF8, this site will spoil you for events that happen during the game.

Had you heard about this theory before this post?
What do you think?


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