Space Travel & Airships – The Canon that Links FFVII & FFX

Over the years it has become a fairly well-known fact that Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy VII share the same universe, with the former taking place in the distant past of the latter, though with the two still taking place in entirely different solar systems.

This piece of canon hold many esoteric and confusing elements, which require extensive analysis to be grasped completely. To help fans spot the difference between the land of knowledge and the land of the unknown, TheLifestream.Net now presents a juicy double feature for your enjoyment.

- Is FFVII connected to FFX and X-2?
Squall_of_SeeD’s original article about the canonical connection, which has been the main reference source on the topic, has now been updated and re-arranged, with the addition of the segment ‘Narrative Gaps of the Canonical Link‘ written by Shademp.

- Origins of the Shera
Shademp clears the confusion to a question that holds contradicting answers throughout the Compilation of FFVII: Was the Shera built by Cid or not?

Both of the above articles can be found in our Canon of FFVII section. Feel free to share your reactions in our forum.

This just in: A private apology to Clerith fans (in public)

Almost three months ago, on Halloween night, I posted what I said would be my final article on the Love Triangle Debate of FFVII. That is still the case. This article is not about the LTD. It’s about people. Myself and people who I offended just over four years ago.

In an article entitled “This just in: The Love Triangle Debate- over,” TLS staff member Ryushikaze posted some Ultimania translations by me, along with some analysis of their significance for the LTD. He also posted a comment I made with regard to these translations:

“All that’s left to say is: Abandon ‘ship!”

I have recently come to understand that the past hostilities and accusations from certain parties toward myself and TLS in general (referred to in my post from Halloween) have been fueled at least in part by grievance with this article and this comment in particular.

After finally understanding this and accepting my role in it all, I initially thought to ask Ryu to add a note to his posting expressing that my opinions about this material shifted in line with the fact that since the LTD is about who Cloud loves and not merely who he has expressed love for, this material does not discount the legitimacy of the CloudxAerith (Clerith) pairing. As those who have read my latest LTD article, “Dilly Dally, Shilly Shally” will be aware, the canon material makes it more than clear that Cloud’s affections lie with both women, regardless of certain unfortunate circumstances that meant he could only express his feelings to and be with one of them.

In other words, if the question at the heart of the LTD wasn’t “Who did Cloud express love to?” then these translations did not, in fact, entail an end to it. The question, of course, is actually “Who did Cloud love?”

While my other postings on the matter have clearly answered that question, it is understandable that confusion — resentment even — prevails among those who feel this bygone comment should be redressed.

In that spirit, I was also going to ask Ryu to remove the “Abandon ‘ship!” comment. Then I changed my mind. My loathing for anything even remotely resembling revisionist history told me no.

That loathing told me that the comment needs to remain because it was made to begin with and because it’s important mistakes are remembered. A publishing made in error should be addressed, but not erased.

It also occurred to me that it’s not Ryu’s place to take account of my mistake. That was his article, and the conclusions drawn therein are his to hold. Perhaps his opinion and understanding of the material has also changed. Perhaps not. Either way, it’s up to him to edit or not edit things there, and it’s up to me to address or not address my own behavior here.

Sure, he could add a note clarifying my position and remove the offending words. He could even add an apology on my behalf.

However, it would all be in an article buried in our archives that no one is ever going to look at again except for the people whose sensibilities and feelings were already trespassed. I went to school for journalism and that background informed me that only one course of action would suffice: A retraction and apology that are as visible as the original comment. Thus, this front page posting.

While perhaps a witty play on words (it was, wasn’t it?), “Abandon ‘ship!” was also a smug, snide, somewhat immature and simply unpleasant remark. Today, I am apologizing for it. I’m sorry.

Possible Dissidia Sequel On Its Way

In this week’s roundup: Possible Dissidia Sequel On Its Way; FFX/FFX-2 HD’s Western Release Date Confirmed; Skyrim’s Cloud Modplus the latest from our forum.

Possible Dissidia Sequel On Its Way (Via Siliconera)

20120724234748!Dissidia_LogoIn an interview with Japanese magazines this week, Square Enix producer Ichiro Hazama, known for his work on the Dissidia and Kingdom Hearts series, along with The World Ends with You, shares his thoughts on wanting to make a new Dissidia, and to also do a special something for Chrono Trigger’s 20th anniversary.

“I want to make a new Dissidia, and we intend to do so. The people who’ve worked on the previous titles have also stated their desire to make a new one, too,” says Hazama.

“When you ask kids in their teens about their favorite Final Fantasy titles, Final Fantasy Type-0 and Dissidia are more popular than the main-numbered series,” shares the producer, while mentioning that there are many who were still children when they first experienced playing Dissidia Final Fantasy.

During the interview, Hazama also mentions his talks with Yoshinori Kitase who revealed that the Dissidia series and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy were both key titles, responsible for introducing the series to a new generations of fans from elementary and middle school ages.

Additionally, the hit SNES title, Chrono Trigger, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in a little over a year. For the occasion, Hazama states his desire to connect Chrono Trigger’s original story writer, Yuji Horii (also known as the father of the Dragon Quest series,) with former Squaresoft producer and director Hironobu Sakaguchi, to create the “ultimate dot-art” game. However, he states that the hurdles are high and might be difficult to do.

Credits go to our member Captain Highwind for bringing this to our attention.

Excited by these news? Or are you getting tired of FF crossovers? Tell us your opinion in our forum.

FFX/FFX-2 HD’s Western Release Date Confirmed

In a recent trailer, Square-Enix has confirmed that the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD will be released in western markets in March 21st, 2014. Also, the cover has been revealed for “Final Fantasy X-2.5 – Eternal Cost”, a novel written by Kasushige Nojima, set three months after FFX-2. The novel will be released on December 26th, 2013. You may check the cover here.

Credits go to our members Tetsujin and Strangelove for bringing these news to our attention.

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Skyrim’s Cloud Mod

When there’s an RPG which envolve a character creation, it doesn’t take very long until someone creates a Mod for another series’s character. This was what happened with “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”, as someone created a Mod for Cloud Strife  (from FFVII fame, in case you didn’t knew XD) to play as the character in Bethesda Softworks’ game. Check the result in this video:

Credits go to our member Captain Highwind for bringing this to our attention.