mjj (flemmings) wrote,

Some whiskey in that fantoddy?

Advent Children gives me, yes again, the fantods. It's the colours, mostly, and the shimmery grey skies, *so* like the polluted sky of Tokyo in 105F July. (reminiscent shudder) Remember I saw it first without exposure to what luxetumbra calls the Lego people of FFVII in their brite primary colours, so there's no sense of a corrective happening. It's creepy, and the idea of writing fic about it is creepier still. (I'm not saying it isn't beautiful. But it's creepy. And full of sulky children, which to someone of my profession is not a plus.)

The anime is more to my tastes. But if FFVII in all its avatars looked like the anime, would it be as popular as it is?

I've now seen a background short's worth of Lego people, and my reaction is largely bwah-hah-hah-hah-hah! (Aerith's design especially scores high for painful and silly) followed by deep admiration for the djka who somehow derived recognizable people from those graphics. Perhaps not so difficult when you cut your teeth on the deformities of shounen manga but quite a feat from *my* POV.

However if I ever had any doubts about the batshittery of the gaming mullahs' 'You must play the whole game in its entirety before you can even think of writing fic for it'- which, on a parallel with manga fandom, I was willing to consider- it's been put to rest. Waste 24 hours of my life making robot-people shoot things so I can explore the character dynamics between one or two of them? Hell no. If Weiss and Eroica can run entirely on fanon, so can gaming. In fact gaming probably runs better on fanon, since so much of the canon is completely useless to the stories one wants to write. This fact is perfectly clear to the Japanese, who created the thing in the first place, but gaming in Japan is a pastime, not a religion.
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