Advent Children Is Too Lots Starter I Remember

Drawing on 15 years of articles, illustration for Fantasy Fantasy VII: Behold the Children / What They Remember Me

Screenshot: Square Enix / Visual Works

15 years ago today Square Enix released Final Fantasy VII: Enter the Children, A CGI-animated feature-length film based on one of the most iconic role-playing games ever. One and a half decades ago we really got Final Fantasy VII Remake (Or at least the first part of one), advent ChildrenSurprisingly presented CGI and lavish fight scenes gave fans some notion of what that might look like. And vice versa Fringe mesh shirt and puff vest combo Due to Barrett Sports, the film scenes have aged remarkably well.

Final Fantasy VII: Enter the Children Was part of the square Compilation of Final Fantasy VII Project, which tells many stories FFVII Canon and served as a direct sequel to the 1997 game. Set two years after Claude Strife and Evlanche defeat Sephiroth and save the world, Claude has lost the life of a mercenary and, Philip J. In the great tradition of Fry and Sam Porter Bridges, the delivery boy has become, which rides a delivery boy. A motorcycle with six swords built around it A big sword.

It transpires that Claude with a mysterious connection to Sephiroth faces off against three silver-haired teenagers who are wreaking havoc in search of their “mother,” the alien entity Genoa. At the same time, Claude and many others suffer from Geostigma, a mysterious and deadly new disease that spreads through the planet’s lifestream.

advent Children There are many things. This is a funny story driven by alien cancer, bikers with mommy issues, and many ghosts. This is a really well animated and emotionally charged advertisement for a Panasonic flip phone. This is a surprisingly poignant tale about traumatic depression, and recovery of trauma. This is a film that I like very much.

I remember being 12 years old and watching advent ChildrenLocal Japanese outlet stores with Gundam models feature cellophane-wrapped import DVDs, cutesy socks, and anime-branded pencil cases. I was too young to play Final Fantasy VII When it came out, but I immediately recognized Sepiroth on the cover from the days of reading the guidebook to read the game, which I did not have and all the time I desperately tried (and eventually succeeded) to find him as an alternate boss. Defeated as. Kingdom Hearts. I liked and still like Kingdom Hearts, But at the same time was very concerned with trying to mature and like mature things. And at that age, “mature” apparently by Tetsuya Nomura coming to the media meant that it didn’t include Mickey Mouse.

First time i saw advent Children I only vaguely knew who the characters were and what the setting was. I mostly did not know what Mazra was and I was in awe of every aspect of it.

Illustration for title on 15-year article, Fantasy Fantasy VII: Remind children / Remember me

Screenshot: Square Enix / Visual Works

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As a story about letting go of the past, which is already actively beholding, advent Children Is a complex piece of media. Nomura stated that the film was originally only 20 minutes long and was extended to 100 minutes (and eventually for two hours complete Version) when fan interest indicated a preference toward a feature film. There is a tendency to show padding, making it an incredibly busy film, where there is very few moments.

There are very beautifully rendered setpieces and exhilarating fights, but to complete the first hour of the film, it is mostly cloud brooding, villains, haphazard children, crying babies, and Ottoman Reno and Rude of a sort of anime bot and Costello routine are doing. The majority of, in addition to cloud and Tifa FFVIIThe lead actors do not show up halfway through the film, and only watch about five minutes of screwtime. Then there’s a freeway motorcycle chase, to fight a giant dragon, and Sephiroth’s ghost shows Cloud to do some more damage.

I’ve seen this film dozens of times in the last decade and a half, but until this week, I’ve told you advent Children A stylish film that has a lot and not much to say. I was going to say that this is basically a two-hour cuttack setting the standard for greatest impact standard ReconstructionGraphic quality and shape me as lesbian who truly appreciates a full leather dress.

But my perspective on the film gradually shifted as I wrote it. As I rewrote and inserted the words into Google Doc, I slowly discovered that beneath all motorcycle twinkle and shameless cellphone products is a film that is truly beautiful to think about and say.

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Since the time when Sephiroth was defeated, Cloud’s life has become as normal as it can get. He has a regular job. He formed a chosen family with Tifa, Marlene, and a young orphaned boy named Denzel. He has friends who call him on his Panasonic FOMA P900iV ™ cell phone and want to be a part of his life. But contracting Geostigma makes him stay away from everyone. He is driving people away, hiding his illness, and he will not answer any calls received on his Panasonic FOMA P900iV mobile phone. He struggles in silence.

Illustration for title on 15-year article, Fantasy Fantasy VII: Remind children / Remember me

Screenshot: Square Enix / Visual Works

advent Children Really serves to understand the common story that the day is saved after defeating the villain. Yes the world was kept from destruction, but just because you survived the thing that almost killed you, does not mean that you are okay now. Having a cloud alone for most of the film makes a lot more sense when you realize that he is punishing himself for his perceived failures to save Zac or Aerith. The only reason his partner is absent for most of the film is because he doesn’t know how to let them in. He feels unable to handle himself, leaving others alone, and his survivor’s crimes take the form of a violent shadow. Sephiroth and the disease that is slowly killing him.

Geostigma is the manifestation of a person’s trauma as well as the planet. Events of FFVII Both Badal and the planet Gaia were injured. When the planet’s life stream encounters a meteor, it is tampered with the contaminated cells of the Sepiroth, which when exposed to a person’s life stream, poison the body against itself. Many of the children most affected by the disease are orphaned when Midgar, including Denzel, was destroyed. It is the emotional pain of loss manifested as a deterioration of the body, and it is not something you can fight against with a six-foot sword.

advent Children Trauma is about the process of recovery, the key of which is not letting go of the past, but accepting it and moving on. Real Final Fantasy VII The future ends with a 500-year time period when the planets and nature recover from the devastation inflicted by Sepiroth, Genova, and Shinra Company, but advent Children This clarifies that treatment and survival are not a passive verb. You have to keep moving forward, work in spite of the pain, and accept love even if you believe you deserve it. By the time Cloud is having a duel with a reincarnated Sephiroth, members of the Avalanche prepare to join their friend in battle, but choose not to recognize Sepirath as Cloud’s demon. for. They are there if he needs them, but also acknowledges that there needs to be one to shut himself up.

Drawing on 15 years of articles, illustration for Fantasy Fantasy VII: Behold the Children / What They Remember Me

Screenshot: Square Enix / Visual Works

There is a lot of symbolic symbolism to accompany advent ChildrenVisual beauty, it is much harder to understand in just a vacuum. I don’t know that if I didn’t play recently, my view of the film would have changed a lot Final Fantasy VII Remake And saw six hours Analysis series Cover the original game.

advent Children Is very much Donnie Darko CGI anime follow-up to critically acclaimed games. There is both grandiose and giddy with plots that begin to make coherent meaning only if you watch the extended version plus supplementary material, and both inspire the same life cycle of the audience. They are the type of films described as “hella deep” as a teenager, embarrassed as a guilty pleasure when they first revolve as an adult and eventually return, and eventually a nude Come back to develop appreciation.

“There’s nothing I don’t cherish”

After the climax of the film culminates in a climax, Sephirth hovers over the clouds, his dark wing spreading, serving as the spectator of Claude’s shock. He yells at Cloud and says “Tell me what you do the most. Will you let me enjoy taking it away?” Cloud yells, “before committing the omni-slash limit break and Sipihroth’s nonsense.” Doesn’t matter. An incredibly blunt way to say “I love things.”

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My first real introduction to a series that gave me great pleasure, advent Children There is something that I cherish deeply. It wasn’t one Kingdom Hearts The Disney-fade version of these characters and it was not something I could put into saving only my cousin’s files. It was a piece of media that was mine and my first chance to experience Final dream Can be for yourself.

This series that I like is gutsy and inconsistent. It is trying to look cool while at the same time anxious to say something hearty. Yes, it is capable of being incredibly firm. I mean, I’ve seen the film more than three times this week alone, and I still couldn’t tell you what exactly Sipirhot’s goal was. (From what I gather, he wanted to use ghosts to turn the planet into his personal spacecraft, or something else.) But advent ChildrenLike the rest of the franchise, it is capable of expressing serious emotions, while remaining stagnant on its bullish.

Who says you can’t make a good video game movie?

Final Fantasy VII: Enter the Children Available to stream on Crackle and can be rented on Amazon Prime, YouTube and Google Play

Chingi Naya Is a writer, comedian and critically acclaimed ex-girlfriend based out of Oakland and Los Angeles.