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FFCC:Curiosity killed the Dog(やっぱ、スイッチを押した)

Zack and Angeal arrived at the Shinra building where they met Sephiroth who’s coolly wiping out the enemies with one hand. Genesis is attacking the building in order to kill Prof Hojo. Angeal and Sephiroth decided to wipe out the invaders and stop Genesis while Zack was sent to ensure Prof Hojo’s safety.

When my doggie arrived at Prof Hojo’s laboratory, I let him sniff around the place. There’s 3 machines which Zack can explore. One of them allows Zack to increase his SP only if the player presses stop on time. Otherwise, Zack will suffer a decrease in SP.

The game asks:すわれてみる?
(Touch and see?)
2 options: 「当然!」   or 「いやいや、やめとこ。」

(Of course!)

The other 2 machines are much more interesting. I steered Zack onto one of them and he exclaims:

(Oh Oh!Looks complex!)

Then the game asks 何かいじってみるか?
2 options:「スイッチをおしてみる。」 or 「いや、やめておくべきだ。」

(Press the switch to see.)

There’s a loud metallic thump and Zack looks around:
(What sound is that?)

Prof Hojo: 「実験用モンスターをしたの階に放ったな。」
(The monsters for experimental purposes in the level below have been released.)

So Zack is sent to steal room keys from the cat-like monsters with ‘Steal’ materia before exterminating them. These keys open doors to rooms with treasure chests, a bed and a toilet bowl.

The 3rd machine is even more interesting.
When Zack gets onto the platform in front of the screen, he reads the warning and says to himself:
(Danger, do not touch…? If that’s what I’m told…)

2 options: 「やっぱ、触るしかないよな」 or 「やっぱ、触るバカいないよな!」

(Of course, there’s nothing to do but touch it.)

He goes 「うわ!」 and there’s a white flash.
Our doggie finds himself in a scorching desert.
(What the hell is this…Damn hot…Shrivelling because it
s so dry…Where is this place man!?)

Our poor doggie hunches over in resignation as he looks around.
Then, monster worms appear.

(No kidding!?Monsters at a time like this! I’ll surely lose fighting in such a hot place as this!! I say, what is this!?)
He finds himself some basic materia like Kearu healing materia.

(There’s no free time for thinking. I’ll use what is available!)

And our doggie fights the worms. After that, he continues moaning and groaning in the searing heat.

(What’s to become of me…but…Hot…Water…Give me water…My throat’s rattling…Eyes blurring…What’s to become of me from now…I…Am I really here…How can I get back…I say!)

More worms appear. I must say in such a big heap that I doubt I can help Zack survive.
Zack swings his sword about, yelling:
(Urgh, these guys again!!Uwa!!Stay away from me——!! What the?!)

There’s a white flash and he finds himself back in the lab with the the words 「System Error」 flashing on the machine’s screen.
Prof Hojo looked at him and said:
(Due to your brutishness, this sophisticated machine is damaged. You will shoulder the repair costs. I’m not talking about the total sum in a single payment. That’s because it’s a very huge sum. 20% of your monthly salary will be deducted. I estimate that you’ll be able to pay off everything in 10 years’ time.)

Our poor doggie is stunned.
(T…Twenty percent? And in 10 years!? Despite all the pains to get promoted to 1st Class and the increase in salary…)
Our poor doggie hunches over in resignation.

Curiosity can kill dogs too.

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FFCC:Angeal’s baby photo(赤ちゃんアンジールvvv)

I want to see Angeal’s baby photo (which Zack saw while sniffing around Angeal’s house).  



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FFCC:Romancing Zack(ザッくん・ラブ)

Zack is now at level 24.

After getting punched by Angeal and fallling, Zack hears someone calling him ,「もし、も~し v」. He opens his eyes and sees Aerith in front of him. She’s such a charming little lady who loves flowers with a vengeance. When I steered Zack into the yellow flowers growing in the church, Aerith shouted for him to stop and the doggie obeyed her. Even when the church is empty and I steered Zack into the flower patch for fun, Zack would stop and say it’s better not to step on the flowers. Good boy!
The church has a save point where I ‘farmed’ my doggie by putting him through various missions like getting called ‘Sukebe’ by Yuffie (identified herself as a sexy treasure huntress in the junk mail) or finding that cactus monster サポテンダーwhich is ridiculously small, cute and easily exterminated. I don’t know how the サポテンダーDMW’s gonna be like in Chocobo mode. We’ve seen the Tonberry one. And Cait Sith DMW is very cute with Zack looking confused when Cait Sith suddenly jumped in front of him and Cait Sith waving at the player. The result is an increase in damage to the enemies when Zack begins slashing at them.

Back to the main story…
Aerith gave Zack a tour around the slums where she lives in. The slums are located right under the Midgar plate. Aerith and others who are born in the slums have never seen the sky and they make a living scavenging for stuff that dropped from Midgar. The couple arrived at the market where our doggie lost his wallet to a young pickpocket. Zack went around asking for the shop owners to catch the pickpocket for him. They promised but when the kid showed up. No one gave a damn. The accessory seller said he can’t run that fast. A perfume shop owner even told Zack to head to the opposite direction from the kid, just to have a laugh. Bitch.
Worse, there’s a little kid who promised information about the pickpocket in exchange for potion. I made Zack hand it over. The kid thanked him and said the pickpocket’s behind him. Zack turned but there’s no pickpocket. “Too bad, he ran off.”, the kid said smugly and told Zack he’ll provide information in exchange for potion. This exchange repeats for 5 times and in the end, I hit the RESET buttons to load the last save point. Damn kid.


Finally, with Aerith’s help, the pickpocket’s finally caught. The reason why this kid stole is because monsters in the gardens had taken away his money to buy medicine. So I sent Zack to fight 3 worms. With his wallet back in his pocket, our hero and Aerith decided to go shopping. At the accessory seller’s place, Aerith was looking at some ribbons as Zack waited. Then, he offered to buy anything that caught her fancy, to thank her for her 「もし、も~し」. She replied the date which they are having together is the repayment. Zack told her to make this a present to celebrate their first meeting together. So… he bought her the pink ribbon which she continues to wear in FFVII.(≧w≦)

Then our 2 lovebirds went for a walk in the gardens(which is a playground made of sand and rubbish) and Aerith mentioned that Soldiers are unnatural and frightening because they seek the thrill of fighting. Zack confessed that he is a Soldier. Awkward silence. And then:

(Zack turns to her and points at his face)

I can’t stand it!!! This doggie is so adorable!!!Gyaaaa!!!(≧ワ≦)

Aerith admires his clear blue eyes and Zack tells her that this is the colour of the sky which she has never seen in her life.
Zack’s handphone shattered the romantic moment. He was ordered to rush back to the Shinra HQ as it was under attack by Genesis and his clones. After Aerith left, Zack heads towards Shinra building. It was mayhem. The highways of Midgar were in flames with those bigass machines and Genesis clones strewn all over the place for Zack to hack at.
After all the hacking, Zack continued his way to the smoking Shinra building until Angeal appeared before him, with white feathers floating around him. Angeal asked for Zack to lend him a hand. Zack thought for a moment and then agreed to help. Angeal flew over Zack and floated quietly behind our doggie.
Then he wrapped an arm around Zack’s waist and took off, heading for Shinra building.

‘It’s much more convenient and faster to fly, isn’t it?’ by Angeal.

YES, I agree.(鼻血)

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FFCC:Zack Fair,Soldier 1st Class(うれしくないの?)

Zack is at level 20, thanks to the rewarding side missions and Prof Hojo’s ego.

Prof Hojo is a mad scientist with an extremely huge ego. He challenged Zack to a training simulation to prove the perfection of his simulated monsters. I can’t stand the way he goes 「くっくっくっく…」and then「くぁっくぁっくぁ…」 ?! He quacks?! Anyway. at level 19, Zack need only to execute 3 hits at most to bring down Hojo’s monsters. The last one was a big-ass Behemoth which Zack could handle with Kearu healing magic, timely dodging and DMW.

One of the side missions to search for items rewarded Zack with a Tonberry DMW, after battling those tiresome creatures. Tonberry may look cute and harmless, armed with only a dagger and a lantern, its dagger can do serious damage to Zack’s HP. Zack had to hack one Tonberry several times and use Kearu magic to restore his HP.
In a Tonberry DMW(after entering Chocobo mode), the Tonberry rises menancingly and points its dagger at Zack. Zack shakes his head and hands pleadingly as the Tonberry walks towards him. The Tonberry’s foot gets caught onto a stone and it trips. The dagger from its hand flew into the air and landed onto the enemy with a 「ぷす」. CUTE☆

I decided to send Zack to Lazard where Sephiroth’s waiting. Zack is promoted to Soldier 1st Class! But our poor doggie isn’t happy about it. Well, me too. The next order was for Angeal to be exterminated. Sephiroth had refused to take on this job because it meant killing a friend with his own hands. In the end, he agreed to take on the job. I’ve never seen the human side of Sephiroth until this. He’s so cool when he tells Zack that the mission to exterminate Angeal had failed….(deliberately let Angeal off). The poor doggie was happy again!

*Yawn~~~I cannot….cannot keep awake anymore…To cut the story short, Zack and Sephiroth are sent to search for Hollander the scientist, Genesis and Angeal. Zack meets Angeal and is shocked when a white wing sprouts out of his shoulder. Zack said that having a white wing does not mean one had become a monster, one had become an angel. Angeal replied that if he had turned into an angel then what does an angel dream of having? It is the wish to become human again. After having said this, he ordered his puppy dog to fight him. Zack laughed and shook his head. Angeal looked at him and punched him in the gut.(NOooo!!!Animal Abuse!) Again, Angeal ordered his puppy dog to fight him which Zack again refused. Angeal releases a fireball at Zack, blasting the floor and our puppy dog plummets below, yelling Angeal’s name.


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FFCC:Land of Bakaringo(ツォンと子犬)

After beating the 「Security Force」 and making friends with the officer(仲良し~), I decided to put Zack onto the main mission. 

Partnered with Tseng the Turk, Zack arrives at Angeal’s hometown, the land of Bakaringo, to chase down Genesis and destroy the stolen Shinra war machines. Currently, Zack is at level 14 and he took down the panther-like monsters with a single hit. As for the Genesis clones, they are less resilient than the yellow Wutai warriors Zack’s encountered in the side missions. Only 2-3 hits is needed to resolve the conflict. The Guard Spider mecha which Zack has struggled to defeat in the 「Security Force」 mission is surprisingly easy to defeat. I let Zack inspect the remains of the Guard Spider mecha and Tseng called out to him’What are you playing around for? Hurry!’「何を遊んでる?急ぐぞ!」. And Zack turned to run towards Tseng… like an obedient puppy~(≧w≦)ワンワン!!!

Zack visits Angeal’s mother and she exclaimed ‘Oh! So you’re the unfocused, little puppy Zack!’「無集中な子犬のザックス!」 (≧ワ≦) So cute!!! So Zack’s really the puppy dog which Angeal takes care of as a hobby! I let Zack explore Angeal’s home. There’s the buster sword which is the pride of Angeal’s family, a chest containing 50 Gils which Zack took and family photos! I loved the part when Zack saw Angeal’s baby photo.「かわいい~」 I’d like to hear him say that!

Tseng called Zacks to meet him at a factory where Genesis is believed to be in. They were ambushed by 2 Genesis clones in the factory. Our doggy hero Zack told Tseng to leave while he takes on the enemies. Tseng is one funny guy. He could disappear and suddenly appear at the other part of the scaffold, telling Zack to beware of enemies. Erm, who’s been doing all the work huh… And Tseng is always ahead of Zack, telling Zack to hurry up blah blah blah.(-_-*)

When Zack entered a room, we see Tseng preoccupied with a huge PC. He tells us that the Genesis clones were produced in this abandoned factory and Genesis is most likely to be in the next room. So Zack enters the next room where we see Genesis reciting Loveless in Japanese. Genesis then talks and called Zack「子犬」, apparently Angeal had let his hobby made known to his friend Genesis. Tseng finds an incubator with a Genesis clone in the same room. Genesis then executes a fire attack on Tseng without warning. Tseng was last seen groaning and in flames as he falls onto his knees. He looks dead for sure…but the weird thing is… not only did he not die, there’s not a single trace of soot on his suit in the later part of this episode! No 3rd degree burns,nothing!

Anyway, Tseng told Zack that a massive airstrike will be carried out on the tiny village to wipe out all war machines, clones, whatever. So Zack rushes to Angeal’s house to save Angeal’s mother before the airstrike… only to find her lying on the floor,dead. Zack saw Angeal standing by the entrance and asked him why he allowed her to die. I did not catch what was said quick enough because of my limited Japanese but Genesis suddenly appeared to remind Angeal whether he could ‘survive the world outside’. Zack calls after Angeal, attempting to stop him and Genesis trips Zack (evil!!!). Then Genesis summons the Bahamut, the big-ass monster with an apocalyptic ‘Exa Flare’. I thought my dog is going to die…

…Especially when I saw how the Bahamut releases the ‘Exa Flare’. The gorgeous CG movie sequence shows the Bahamut in the stratosphere, looking down at the earth and with a roar, releases a mega ball of energy which totally turned the PSP screen white. I was surprised to see Zack standing with half of his total MP remaining. Guess the side missions had made him tough enough to withstand such an attack. Phew.

After defeating the Bahamut, reducing it into a ball of materia, Zack picks the materia up and yells at Genesis “Using such a thing as this goes against the honour of a Soldier!”. (In awesome CG ) Genesis turns and replied that Soldiers and monsters are the same. To prove his point, a black wing shoots out of Genesis’ left shoulder and Zack was stunned. Catching a floating black feather, Zack looked up to the sky, watching Genesis fly off, and said “A Soldier is not monster.” (T_T) My poor doggie…


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FFCC:Mission Completed(治安維持部隊が犬に負けるよ!)

I returned to the 「VERY HARD」 mission under the 「Security Force」 category (after recovering from the trauma of Game Over yesterday). 
This time, after battling the damned hover machines with spinning blades and continuously using ‘Kearu’ magic,  Zack made it to the jawdropping, boss-like Guard Spider which was waiting for him in the last room. This gigantic hunk of mecha is so huge I can’t maneuver Zack far enough to heal himself. The worst thing was this Guard Spider uses a huge burst of electronic field which eats up half of Zack’s total HP!!! ひっどい!
But nothing’s impossible. No way am I going to hear Zack’s scream and seeing Game Over after coming so far. All the chopping, dodging and healing magic just to defeat the 2-3 bloody hover machines with spinning blades gives my Zack enough resolve to survive this one. All he needs is unlimited AP (from DMW’s Modulating Phase).

Before the Guard Spider issues another electronic field barrier, I made Zack dodge and run as far away from it as possible, missing the field by a hair-thin margin. Then when it’s over, Zack uses the counter-attack (tit-for-tat) materia to deliver similar damage onto the Guard Spider. Just repeat the sequence until the mecha bastard collapses. And the melody of victory never sounded so sweet~pa,pa,pa,pa-pa-pa,pa,pa~♪

Now Zack has completed all missions in the 「Security Force」 category and has levelled up to level 14. Good boy! わん!

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FFCC:Still On Mission(まだまだ…)

I’m still putting Zack onto various missions to level him up and to earn lots of Gils$$$.

Currently, there’s only 5 categories of missions: 「Shinra Company」, 「Wutai」, 「Hojo’s Laboratory」, 「Treasure Hunt」 and 「Materia Hunter Zack」. Each category has a subcategory which contains several missions.
For example, when we open the Shinra Company category, we find 2 sub-categories: 「Training Mission」 and 「Security(Police?) Force」. In 「Security Force」, we can find many missions ranging from 「EASY」 to 「VERY HARD」.

VERY HARD is indeed very hard. I had to hear Zack’s scream and then watch 「Game Over」 appear on the screen after the Security Force’s big-ass machine whupped Zack twice with spinning blades. There’s not even enough time to heal himself with Potion or ‘Kearu’ magic.(T_T)

These missions also allow Zack to pick up a few nice materia and accessories. One of his newly acquired favourite accessory is the 「 沈黙の衛撃」. I don’t know if it’s my imagination but the damage inflicted on the enemy has increased by nearly a hundred. Not so much stress on my thumbs from punching violently at the ○ button.

And another cool thing about the gold feather floating above Zack’s head… it actually came from the potion sample Zack drank earlier! It lowered the maximum HP limit to 855(Arrghhh!) but it allows Zack to revive in battle after his HP had been reduced to 0.(Thank you Chihaya san for the info!)
Shinra R and D really rocks……(-_-)

I’ll consider moving on to the main mission if Zack dies once more on a 「VERY HARD」 mission.

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