riari: (KH CoM Axel Accessories Sold Separately)
Woah.

Just saw this today while checking out info on Crisis Core: Pictures of Square-Enix's booth at Comic-con. (Got the info from Crisis-Core.net.) Turns out Squeenix is opening a store for the US: Square-Enix Online Shop. Even if it's mail-order only, to get some of the keychains and whatnot at cheaper prices will be awesome. One picture before the one I linked above, shows keychains for three series with reasonable prices. Yeah, the look to bring their silver jewelry as well, but hopefully it will knock out some of the bootlegs I've seen for keychains and whatnot. The booth at Comic-con is selling some of them there now. I'm envious.

Also, go check out those pictures! If you were ever interested in seeing the oh-so-expensive Cloud and Sephiroth Masterpiece Arts figures, they've got them on display at Comic-con.

IGN Square-Enix Booth Pictures
Figures.com Playarts Pictures

(Which, by the way, the Crisis Core website just updated today with soundtrack info!!)

Also, Square-Enix's Japan Online store has a blog for what's being developed about about the retail location they have. Point of interest? The pictures being posted about the new Play Arts figures. (Which some are already on display as Coming Soon items at the booth at Comic-con.) They're coming out with the original Final Fantasy VII designs, including Cloud with the Hardy Daytona. I'm...sad to say that I would probably buy that version of Cloud as well, depending on how much I like the sculpt. And its looking like I will.
riari: (FFVersusXIII Sleeper)
So, double XP weekend was this weekend on City of Heroes. I had plans on Sunday to take advantage of that. Would have been the first time in over two weeks playing the game again. And I did play a little bit on Saturday.

But, heavy thunderstorms rolled in this afternoon and I shut my machine down. I start eyeing the many PS2 games I haven't played. And, I actually start playing one today. And it was shockenly enough, one I purchased just recently.

As such, here's a quick overview/review of Final Fantasy 7: Dirge of Cerberus.

Dirge of Cerberus reviewy like thing )

Overall, not a bad game so far, and I'm glad I got it for $20. Can't wait to finish it.
riari: (FFVIICC Zack)
Another fanfic rec!

So last night I totally finished reading a fic I've been reading for several years. I was crying by the end of it. It was just a relief to see the ending. And it was awesome to read the ending. So here it is.

A Long, Hard Road by Twig
Pairings: Sephiroth/Cloud and more...
Five years after the end of the game, Hojo is in an all-out war against the Planet and the ShinRa armies, led by now-general Cloud Strife. What will happen, when ShinRa makes a desperate decision to resurrect the very person who nearly killed them all?

This has got to be one of the most awesome fics I've read. It's nicely written, and its totally involving where I get started reading this and I just can't put it down! Do beware that there is Cloud angst and regular angst and gore and great battles and lots of good characterizations (and awesome original characters) and just lots of good stuff. I totally recommend reading this. Twig declared this fic a soap opera with guns. And I can agree with that and add the word epic. Lots and lots of Cloud angst. I took a break at one point because I just had to. I got snagged back into the fic just recently. Happy ending too, which made me want to finish it because I wanted to see how that happened. Just an awesome fic. ^_^

And since I'm reccing one fic, might as well rec some other FF7 fics I've enjoyed. Sorry for any rambling. The text was written for a rec post a while back that hasn't been posted yet.

Some other neat fics of FF7 fandom to read )
riari: (Mythic Heroines by Foxglove_icons)
Finally, after much fending people off with "no, I'm gonna wait until the DVD's released" when they ask why I haven't downloaded it, I have finally seen Advent Children.

I must say, while being plot-light, Advent Children is a fun movie to watch. Explosions, fights, Reno being comic relief, and fun to watch CG FMV action. Even better is the little scene with Vincent and Cloud being emo together. This is definitely a movie for the fans, though they did try to catch people up a bit.

And both Japanese and English tracks are pretty good. I'm watching the English dub right now since I'm used to some of the characters already from Kingdom Hearts II. It's pretty well done. I like pretty much most of the voices, while Yazoo and um the other side-kick of Kadaj's voices are a bit dry. Aerith's is better than in Kingdom Hearts II. Kadaj's voice actor is pretty good at pulling off the half-psychotic, half-fanatic attitude that Kadaj has. Yuffie's is cute and Vincent's nice. His voice actor should be the same one for Dirge of Cerberus (another FFVII spin off). And Cid's is much better than what I heard in KHII. Hmm, mostly better anyways.

I'm just at the fight at Midgar right now after Bahamut was called. I like Sephiroth's voice in Kingdom Hearts, so I don't expect it to be any different when he shows up. (Though I don't know why in the hell Reno didn't use his baton other than as club. That stun attack hurts in the game.)

Though I noticed something. In the movie, Cid calls the airship Shera. I'm pretty sure that the toy airship we got at the store for Advent Children is called Sierra. So...who messed up here?

(And you know that abrupt stop in the highway... That's where the Sector 7 plate was dropped in the game.)
riari: (KH2 Hollow Bastion)
Mwahaha. Finally! An official page about it on Sony's own site!

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children DVD

Woo!

And yeah, today was very ides. Bumped into many things, had fifty things to do at once, and once again, the epic of the AC still continues. *headdesk*

Also, apparently more icons for paid users. Yay! And Fafner vol. 5 DVD!!! Yaays!

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