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A thought just occurred to me which may count as night-blogging:

I am both struck by sudden looney tunes inspiration that Kain Highwind's helm could, and should imo, be used as gag reaction shots, in that it makes facial expressions (at least around the eyes). 

Like he walks around with a helm that does emoticons. Default expression is (-__-). Anytime Kain thinks up a bad idea, it goes >8(. 

and that's how Golbez channels his mind control. Via Kain's dragon helmet which I wished became sentient. Like a sorting hat. 

And that's my crazy thought of the night. 

I was mostly inspired by this damn thing: (credit: http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=2476372)

zen_monk: (Put the Monkey Down!)
Rhinestones That Shine (5880 words) by Zen_monk
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dissidia Duodecim: Final Fantasy, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VII
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Kain Highwind/Tifa Lockhart
Characters: Kain Highwind, Tifa Lockhart
Additional Tags: Friendship, Male-Female Friendship, Flirting, Healing, Fear of Death, Fear, Hurt/Comfort, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Angst and Humor, Shame, Angst, Minor Violence, Survivor Guilt, Psychological Trauma, self-deprecation, Existentialism, Strangulation, Teasing
Series: Part 3 of Beyond the Rift

Fatigue and injury settled in Kain's bones long before he found Tifa. Fatigue and injury rested in his being, which got dredged up and disturbed, given names and forms, when Tifa made him sit down for just a hot second because for Cosmos' sake Kain, you're going to fall over like a fainting goat at this rate! So let her teach the virtues of self-care and of faith, for fighting those mirrored likenesses of yourself has leeched you from all of your being, and risk making you as hollow and dull as those manikins that you so despised and feared.

So why is it that manikins look so much larger than life than the real things? Each one mirrors the face of treachery, and each one mirrors the shock of those victims when the lance has pierced them through and shattered. If she keeps stripping you of your armor to treat you, will she see the loose sand that counts as filling not so unlike a doll?

zen_monk: Tiana shrug (shrug)
I'm playing some Final Fantasy IV on the PSP, so it's the complete collection thing with the interlude and After Years, and after playing the DS version I was really impressed with the updated graphics for the sprites and the setting since it's the GBA version. Things look lush and vibrant in the game, and it feels different compare with playing the DS version where everything's three dimensional. I miss the voice acting, tho, and especially Kain's DEEEEEP voice and Cecil and Rydia's earnestness. And alas, no augments in this game. Or the bonus items in completing a dungeon map. Or the mini-games... No! I must finish this psp game! I haven't actually finished the DS game, for shame, in over a year even though I'm in the last level xD ahhhh well.

But this time around, I think I'm noticing the depth of the story more than I did when I first played it, and it could be because I'm not older and wiser and more informed, but with the story as a whole, I feel like I'm starting to realize the inner motivations and nuances of the characters than I did before. 

Character thinky thoughts about Cecil and Rosa and et al )
And that's my thinky thoughts for the day about FFIV. Now onto finishing the stupid dungeon and somehow getting all the party members at some point. 

March 2017



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