The Hiatus Leadup Week 8 (Elaine Guest Slot)- Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children Complete

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Just a couple weeks until Adventure: is back, so next week will be the last of this round of leadups...

After Lucky Star last week, decided to grab someone for a guest slot!

This time the guest is Elaine, who does a lot of video and audio work for Discotek. She's decided to pick a movie that has some extra relevance due to a recent game release...


Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children Complete!



General warnings for violence.


The movie isn't freely available, or on any standard streaming services, but it is available to buy or rent on a number of digital services, so here are a couple:
Vudu- Japanese
Amazon- Japanese, English


There is the original version, and a longer director's cut style release (Complete), the suggestion and the writeup from Elaine is to watch Complete, but if you got it in any form, watch it.

Elaine's thoughts on the film as follows:
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete is a 2009 "Directors Cut" version of the 2005 film of the same name, and a sequel to the video game, "Final Fantasy VII". It's focus is on the main character, Cloud Strife, as he grapples with the grief of the loss of two friends.

This is important, because the video game, while concerned with the events of those losses, never gives the main character much time to process them. It never really shows him grieving, because it's preoccupied with the existential threat of Sephiroth. But two years have passed, now. And the only enemy that Cloud is facing is one that he can't beat with a sword-- Geostigma.

Of course, he eventually beats it with a sword, but that's beside the point. The film is a mood piece. It grapples with the dangling threads of Final Fantasy VII's themes-- identity, loss, and life. It does so in a narrower focus than the games, because it has more time constraints. It's a better sequel than most give it credit for, as most people understand it to be pure fanservice with all of the fight sequences and such. But there's more substance here. Some of that is buried in a stilted-but-earnest dub script, but it's there. It's part of why I always had faith in the direction of the recently released Remake-- Those behind the game never lost understanding of what truly made it great. Advent Children is worth another look.



There are a number of Digimon connections both on the Japanese and English sides (a few quite funny to think about who they play in one compared to the other), so just a handful from each:

Japanese
Takahiro Sakurai plays Cloud in Advent Children. For Digimon he's played a number of characters, but is probably best known as Tentomon and his evolutions in Adventure. A few other larger roles he's had in the franchise was the adult Koushiro at the end of 02, Dorurumon and Dondokomon in Xros Wars, and Psychemon and his evolution Astamon in Hunters.

Toshiyuki Morikawa plays Sephiroth in Advent Children. In Digimon he played a number of characters in 02 including BelialVamdemon, Devimon, Mummymon, Sora's dad, and Oikawa.

Kenichi Suzumura plays Zack in Advent Children. In Digimon he was Kouichi and his Digimon forms in Frontier.


English
Bob Bucholz directed the English version of Advent Children. For Digimon he directed and did script adaption for Adventure, 02, and the movie alongside Jeff Nimoy, along with doing a number of smaller roles (most notably joke cameos in the movie, one of the truck drivers, Uncle Al, etc.)

Crispin Freeman plays Rude in Advent Children. In Digimon he was Koichi and his Digimon forms in Frontier, along with Thomas in Data Squad.

Beau Billingslea was Barret in Advent Children. In Digimon he played a number of roles, but is probably best known as Ogremon in Adventure.

Steve Blum is Vincent in Advent Children. Along with handing ADR scripts for 02, Tamers, and Frontier, he's voiced many Digimon, including Guilmon, Growlmon, WarGrowlmon, Megidramon, Gallantmon, Gigimon, BlackWargreymon, Flamedramon, Raidramon, Magnamon, Beetlemon, MetalKabuterimon, Falcomon, Peckmon, Crowmon, and Ravemon.




I've embedded a trailer as a preview:





Feel free to post as you wish in this thread. You can post as you are watching, episode by episode, when you finish. Whatever you want. Try and give it a couple days for later spoilers so people have time to try and view stuff without spoilers, while still interacting in the thread (especially if you decide to keep watching past the episode listed as the last one for the leadup.) If you watch one episode and it isn't for you, pop in to explain why. Have fun with it!

A new show/movie will go up each Sunday night (or early on Monday), but feel free to keep talking about older shows in their threads, or even watching past the listed episode.


If you want to chat in the Discord you can.

Hopefully you enjoy. Feel free to make any suggestions or ask an questions regarding the threads or the shows also.



Week 1- NG Knight Lamune & 40
Week 2- Street Fighter 2 the Animated Movie
Week 3- City Hunter
Week 4- Little Nemo
Week 5- Project A-ko
Week 6- Space Pirate Captain Harlock & City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes
Week 7- Lucky Star

Prior Leadups
Second Leadup, To Kizuna (and Adventure:)

First Leadup, To tri.
 
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