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Item Number: C9476-C
Publisher: Media Works
Jan/UPC Code: 9784840239882
NCS Product Synopsis
February 15, 2008
«©NCSX» Cloud is what we would consider a sympathetic hero. While awe-inspiring with his innate skills and abilities, we nonetheless pity him. Cloud suffered an agonizing loss in Final Fantasy VII and he suffered from Geostigma in Advent Children. His eyes betray a great sadness within but he shoulders onwards nonetheless. We'd advise him to go Goth and dye his blond locks black to match his somber aura.

   Square's got a cottage industry centered around Cloud and the company produces a 122-page book and DVD which focuses on the tragic hero and the games that he's featured in. Yes, we're aware that the mook was released in mid-December 2007 but better late than never?

The early pages of the mook (magazine + book = mook) contain a Final Fantasy VII Compilation Gallery which features full-page artwork and information on the main characters in the game. There's Cloud, Tifa, Sephiroth, Aerith, and others. On page 45, Gackt makes an appearance and he's strangely exotic with his blue eyes and feathered hair. Gackt's sort of like a Final Fantasy character come to life and based on interviews with him, he's liable to believe it. A full listing of the chapters in the mook and the DVD may be viewed below:

Mook Contents
p004 - Preface
p010 - Final Fantasy VII Compilation Gallery
p020 - Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-
p046 - Compilation of Final Fantasy VII
p048 - Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Sense on Detial
p058 - Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII (FFXIII, FF Versus XIII, FF Agito XIII)
p082 - Dissidia Final Fantasy
p084 - Monotone
p086 - The 3rd Birthday
p088 - Kingdom Hearts (Birth by Sleep, 358/2 Days, coded)
p102 - It's a Wonderful World

DVD Contents
CH01 - Final Fantasy XIII Special Trailer
CH02 - Final Fantasy Versus XIII Special Trailer
CH03 - Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode -Final Fantasy VII- Square Enix Party 2007 Trailer
CH04 - Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- Square Enix Party 2007 Trailer
CH05 - Monotone Square Enix Party 2007 Trailer
CH06 - Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Television Commercial
CH07 - Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Official Trailer
CH08 - Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete Tokyo Game Show 2006 Trailer
CH09 -
CH10 - Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- Jump Festa 2006 Trailer

The Final Fantasy XIII trailers are stunning with trademark flashy style and heroes who are impossibly perfect. None of Square's protagonists will ever sport adult acne or even an out of place whisker. To be a Square hero is to be perfectly coiffed and painstakingly fit. Maybe that's the "fantasy" part of the equation.

All in all, the Cloud mook is something that'll be treasured by fans of the Final Fantasy series. Fans who also happen to adore Cloud will be in seventh heaven. Everyone else ignorant of the Cloud phenomenon will look at the cover art and think, "Why is that chick so depressed?" or "Dude is the leader of a hair band."

JAN: 9784840239882
ISBN: 978-4-8402-3988-2

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This document is ©NCSX 2008. All rights reserved. No reproduction in whole or in part of this document may be made without express written consent of National Console Support, Inc.

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