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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008

My new year resolution is … …

-to complete all missions in FF7 Crisis Core before proceeding to the story mode (currently in Shinra Mansion with Cloud)

-not to neglect my inner fuujoushi

-be a better person inside and out (´∀`)

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FFCC:モエを贈ろうか?

AAAAAARRGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!ぬっあああああああぁぁぁぁぁ!!!!!

Why must the holidays end so sooon??!!!囧rz
I don’t want to go to work…I want to be a hikkikomori… Aah,what a cursed blessing it is to be employed.
Thanks to my cousin, she helped me recover my inner ‘fuujoushi’.
Now my MOE meter has returned to normal levels.(´∀`)
うっほ!The following manga was inspired by Chihaya san’s Chupa Chups Sephiroth~vvv

My doggie Zacks has arrived at Niebelheim and he’s fought Sephiroth. It’s the final chapter. I can’t believe my Crisis Core gameplay’s going to end very soon… (T_T)
I’m absolutely unmotivated to continue…

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FFCC:Shopping (攻略本とポーションが必要に)

Potion will be on sale on 23rd Oct 2007 to commemorate the 7-year anniversary of FFVII and to boost Suntory’s softdrink revenue (Square Enix’s royalty revenue too?). (@∀@;)

What better way to ensure the success of the drink manufacturer’s marketing campaign than the good old TV commercial?

… …I can’t believe Zack left the Buster Sword outside the convenience store.

I wonder how the Potion tastes like? Even though I know it’s basically made up of water, sugar and colouring… and that it raises my sugar  level rather than HP (HP↓)… OTL

 

With the yummy-licious pictures of Sephiroth, Zack, Cloud and other FF7 characters plastered onto the cans, these cans are worth collecting! 16 of them in all! Any self-respecting FF7 fan would gladly suffer diabetes for their favourite characters, no?

I gladly burnt a hole in my wallet, again. This time, giving a part of my hard-earned income to Kinokuniya. I bought the last ‘Crisis Core FF7 Ultimania’ strategy guidebook in the store, ‘The Boy’ by Germaine Greer, ‘Japanese Comickers 2’ artbook, 2 B’s Log monthly comic and ‘メイド・イン・王子’, a BL comic which I regretted buying (I don’t like shota). Total: SGD $170++

And there’s alot of books in my amazon.jp shopping cart waiting to be bought… (@Д@;)

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FFCC: OST (素敵110%)

Let’s go get the long-awaited Final Fantasy Crisis Core OST! わん!わん!vvv

Finally!!! It’s here!!!

I don’t have to run the UMD to listen to the music anymore. Thanks to Godai, I finally got my hands on the OST!!!

There’s not one track that’s made me want to FFWD or skip to the next track. (which I’d usually do for any album) Takeharu Ishimoto did an excellent job in re-arranging and re-interpreting some of Nobuo Uematsu’s works such as ‘Those who Fight Further’ and ‘The Turks’ Theme’. However, the only downer was in his handling of the ‘One Winged Angel’ march. It felt like the angel could hardly fly with the slow and elephantine chorus.

I really loved the richness of the music with the use of electric guitar, violin, piano and classic guitar. The melodies strike a chord in the heartstrings. From the adrenaline pumping ‘Combat’ to the  carefree ‘Wandering on a Sunny Afternoon’ to the melancholic Crisis Core theme, ‘Successor’.

I could feel my heart break when I listened to ‘The Price of Freedom’, a moving piece where the mournful strains of the violin is accompanied by the lonely strumming of guitar. I could imagine this would be the music when Zack dies after saving Cloud. It’s so sad to listen that I’m not motivated to finish the game… I don’t want to see my doggie die so tragically!!!

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FFCC:Buster Sword Pass!(セフィFCも入った)

I enjoyed these 2 days of pounding on my PSP after neglecting it for almost a week.

There’s a few funny stuff happening to Zack although the chapter’s pretty heart-rending with Angeal and Genesis’ deaths. *sob sob* 

Zack(after the end of the chapter) fought Genesis clones with a beach umbrella, wearing only a pair of bermudas. What amazed me was when he entered DMW mode ‘Hard rush’, the parasol was stuck to his bare back when he was punching and kicking the enemies furiously. Hmm… another quality adhesive product by Shinra company.

Also, Zack’s finally a member in the elusive and exclusive Sephiroth Rare Fanclub.

It took me a day to explore every nook and cranny of 8th Street until I gave up and sent Zack to the Slums to sniff out the uniformed lady. By god, the good dog did find her! She was hiding behind the igloo in the children’s sandbox and Zack had to endure the 3 quiz questions on Sephiroth before being admitted into the Rare Fanclub. And the 1st email from the mysterious fanclub was about Shinra shampoo which Sephiroth uses for his long silky hair. The haircare product comes in 13 frangrances such as rose, vanilla… sniff sniff haa haa (´Д`) セフィがいい香りにするよ~ハァハァ(変態)

Zack heads to the church to meet Aerith, only to find Tseng the Turk telling him that Aerith’s not in. Zack asks:”What’s your relationship with her?”

Tseng:”Very complex relationship. What’s she to you?”

Zack:”Nothing.”

Tseng:”Nothing for me too.”

What’s the relationship between Aerith and Tseng?!!

Anyway, they set off for Modeoheim only to have their helicopter crashing into the nearby icy mountains in flames. It is here where Zack meets Cloud!!!Aa~~ATSUIiii!!!haahaa

The team came upon an abandoned mako reactor which has a tunnel leading to a ghost town. Zack had to do evade the eyes of the Genesis clones that are guarding the area and make his way to the tunnel. When he’s seen by the patrolling clones, my poor doggie will get tossed onto a pile of snow before engaging into battle mode with the clones.Oof!

And when his body temperature reaches below normal range, Zack has to do his favourite activity-squats.

Zack reaches the reactor within and sees Genesis pointing his sword at fat-ass Prof Hollander. Zack intervened and Hollander tried to escape only to get caught by Cloud from behind.Gaaah!!!ホランダ死ね!羨ましいぃ!!!
There are white streaks in Genesis rust red hair and his blue eyes had a greyish tinge. His condition had worsened.
It was a piece of cake in putting Genesis down. I guess I had levelled him up too high at that stage of the game. Genesis quotes some more lines from ‘Loveless’ and then plunges himself into the dark depths of the reactor.

Zack heads to the ghost town where Tseng and Cloud are. At the Modeo baths, he finds them lying on the ground, hurt. Cloud rolls onto his hands and knees…and sits back on his butt… ka,kawaii…MOE!!!

Tseng tells him that Angeal is waiting for him. Before rushing to find Angeal, I let Zack explore the boiler room with the boiler handle he picked up earlier. After switching off the boiler, Zack could then step into the waters to reach for the treasure chest and an item hidden in the boiler.

Equipped and ready, Zack runs to the top of the building where he comes upon Angeal who told Zack that Zack’s job is to fight him. Prof Hollander steps in, saying”Good job, Angeal.”. Hollander reveals that he is the father of Angeal and that Project G actually means Project Gillian, the name of Angeal’s mother. She was impregnated with Jenova cells and gave birth to Genesis and Angeal. Genesis was a failed experiment but Angeal was perfection. Angeal told Zack he is a “perfect…monster.”Then Angeal asked Zack if he remembered the promise to fight the world of suffering. Zack replied, “Yes, but it’s different for Angeal!”. Angeal told him he is suffering and ordered him to demonstrate his beliefs. Then he summoned all the monsters that were created with his genes.
Prof Hollander yelled “It’s irreversible! Even though it’s of the same genes” and tries to stop Angeal but was pushed aside. The monsters rushed towards Zack  and he was prepared to swing his sword, thinking that the monsters were going to attack him. However, they galloped past him and pounced onto Angeal. There was a blinding flash of light and standing before Zack was a mega metallic monster with Angeal’s head, lion’s body, bat wings and a large gaping mouth on its chest.
It slashed Zack’s left cheek and Zack shouted:”Angeal! What happened to honour???”

My poor doggie had to put down its master. (TДT)

After a long hard fight, I see Angeal lying on the floor covered with snow-white feathers. His black hair and cobalt blue eyes had turned a faded grey. Zack looks sadly at him as Angeal told him to take his Buster Sword and not to let go of honour. Zack takes the sword and holds it to his forehead (the same way Angeal did in the earlier part of the game) with trembling hands. Angeal passed away and my poor doggie gazes at the sky, which has begun to rain.

Then the screen turns black and we hear Aerith say:”Although it’s scary, but we’ll be one step closer to the sky if we step out into the upper plate.” She turns to look at Zack and we see our poor doggie CRYING!!! How heartbreaking!!! (TДT)

Aerith walks towards him, knelt behind him and wrapped her arms around him. (I want a hug too…)

Next, we see Zack sitting in the Soldier’s quarters, with longer spikes of hair and gazing at the Buster Sword he’s holding. There’s also a cross scar on his left cheek. He gets up and heads to a room where the recruits are waiting.
On the way, he turns to one of the lower class Soldiers standing in attention, pats him on the shoulder and said “You want to be a 1st class Soldier don’t you? Persevere!”.(I bet the head on my shoulders that this guy is Cloud) Then towards the recruits, he orders them to hold onto their dreams and honour, the same way Angeal had said to him.
Holding up the Buster Sword to the sky and looking at it, he says :”Let’s go.”

End of the chapter.

Then Zack goes on a beach holiday with the Turks at Costa del Sol, wearing nothing except a pair of black bermudas and doing what he loves best- Squats. It’s really amusing when he starts fighting the Genesis clones in divers suits with a beach umbrella. I wish I can see Tseng in a pair of Speedos too…

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FFCC: A Mission Accomplished in the Toilet(だから仕事に遅れた)

I had a stomachache when I arrived at the MRT station near my office so heeding the call of nature, I went to the toilet to do a really big business. Our darling senior allowed us to return to the office in the morning to submit our timeshits. So… no hurry for me to reach the office on the dot.(^^)

It’s been ages since I’ve brought my doggie Zack out for a spin in Midgar, smashing pirated Shinra war mecha and obliterating bouncing cacti etc.

There’s one particular mission under the Shinra Company folder which is very tough. My poor doggie died twice in it. He had to hack hopelessly at machines which are impervious to whatever physical attacks Zack is able to carry out. I tried Blizzardga, Firaga, Thundera, Jump, Revolving Attack… nothing worked. I could not even extract one HP out of these blasted machines. Worse, these damn mecha sucks up Zack’s MP(cannot cure!) and AP(cannot dodge!) before delivering HP depleting bombs until I hear my poor doggie scream and fall to the ground.

No other place is more inspiring than the toilet. It is the source of creativity and intellectual  stimulation. A light bulb lit up when I was sitting on the toilet.

I equipped Zack with Graviga(グラビが)materia, a mega-spell that takes out half of the enemy’s HP, and sent him to face the mecha.

Lo and behold, the moment the purplish black orb descended upon the mecha and exploded, 3345 HP was taken out of the mechanic bastards. And all that was needed to finish them off is a swipe of Zack’s sword.

So easy.

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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。」

「当然!」
(Of course!)

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

「おお!フクザツそう!!」
(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。」

「スイッチをおしてみる。」
(Press the switch to see.)

There’s a loud metallic thump and Zack looks around:
「な、なんの音だ……?」
(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:
「危険、触るな......?
って言われたら……」
(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!」

「やっぱ、触るしかないよな」
(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.
「なんだこれ…めちゃくちゃ暑い…干からびそうだ…ここどこだよ!?」
(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.

「まじかよ!?モンスターのお出ましか!こんな暑い中で戦ったらぶっ倒れるぜ!!っていうか、あれ!?」
(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.

「って考えるヒマない!あるもんは、つかうぜ!」
(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.

「どうなってんだよ…しっかし……暑い…水…水をくれ…のどがカラカラで…目もかすんできた・・・これからどうなっちまうんだ…俺…ずっとここにいるのかよ…どうすりゃ帰れるんだよ…って!」
(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:
「ゲッ、まだこいつらか!!うわっ!!来るなーーーーーーーーっ!!あれ?!」
(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:
「君があまりに暴れたせいで高性能な機械が壊されてしまったよ。修理費は君が負担してくれたまえ。一同に全額とは言わない。それなりに高額だからな。毎月給料の20%を天引きさせよう。10年ぐらいで完済できる計算だ。」
(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.
「に、20%?10年も!?せっかく1STになって給料上がったのに…」
(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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