|Jami (irreversibly) wrote,|
@ 2008-03-03 21:49:00
|Current music:||(for some reason, Tozus theme in my head)|
Spent the whole day reading manga. =D But now I have something else to occupy my time with for a little while. I couldn't restrain myself from leafing through them before, but I hardly read any of them in the process. My FF4 Official Complete Guide and FF 20th Anniversary Ultimania File 1 finally arrived today! I was already expecting them on Friday, but they didn't make it by then... should know better than order stuff on a Sunday or early Monday. Makes the wait longer.
As has been mentioned before at many places, there's a picture of Kain's face in FF4 OCG, without his ever-present helmet. =DD Does any place have it scanned yet? I would rather not do it myself if I can avoid it. But I will, if it's not yet available. (heh...it has a couple words scribbled next to it. Roughly it goes "He's the pretty type. Because it's an FF" xD) There's also some nice production sketches and pictures, including some of the summons and the emblems of the countries (and Red Wings) from FF4 DS. I was hoping they'd include those, they were so prominent in the game...
Oh, and there's also this really clear drawing of Rosa's jewelry (parts of it are naturally obscured by her hair usually) and the design of the sleeves. Awesome. =D
And then there's the 20th Anniversary Character Ultimania. It's almost as thick as the FF9 Ultimania. xD; Lots of picture material, most of the characters have Amano art, a CG shot (if available) and in-game screenshots. And basic info of course. All in a compact book for easy reading. The index is huge. xDD
Naturally, not all characters that all that detailed a part for them. Those I described above are for main characters, and take up two pages (unless it's Luneth, Arc, Refia or Ingus, in which case there is only one page of each. The original Light Warriors of FF3 get two pages, though). Characters with smaller parts but that still matter to the story have about half a page each, and bit-part (named and some more important unnamed) characters have a couple lines, and only one picture. FF7 has two pages of those. FF8 has three. FF9 has 16. =D And what's the biggest section, in total? Well, that's gotta be either FF9 or FF11. Both are a bit longer than the other PS-era FFs, and much longer than the earlier ones.
Besides the character introductions, there are short features sprinkled between each game's section. An evolution of chocobos and moogles, lists of what character(s) in FFs fulfill a certain stereotype (guys that constantly try to pick up girls: 8 entries, cool people who don't talk much: 9 entries...) Those lists naturally mostly include main charas, but have some bit-part charas mixed in.
At the end, there's an interview with Yoshitaka Amano. Haven't read that yet, but it should be interesting.
One disappointment, though, is that Crystal Chronicles and Tactics games don't get proper sections. They get only briefly mentioned with the FF7 Compilation, Kingdom Hearts, and other games with FF characters. Such a shame...they even gave FF10-2 a proper section, but none of the Compilation, CC or Tactics games.
I'm not sure if I'm going to get File 2: Scenario. It's simply impossible to cram too much detail of all the main-series FF stories into just one book. Will have to see. Maybe just for completion's sake, if for nothing else...