Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Adding audio

I honestly have no clue right now about what I'm going to write about for my audio story. I'd like to be able to talk to people about the work that goes into masquerades at conventions, simply because of the hours of work that goes into projects like that.

Masquerades are essentially skit contests at conventions where groups of participants are judged based on performance value and on costume craftsmanship.

This is a skit I participated in at Katsucon last month. (Kudos to you if you can immediately figure out who I am.) I know a lot about what goes into masquerades and it would also be fun to write about, but I don't know who I'd be able to talk about for the audio since most of the people I know who also participate live far away.

My only other option I've come up with is perhaps talking to the couch kids from the Union and doing a feature of some sorts. That's got more of a Towson aspect to it, but coming up with a real defined angle on that story might be difficult.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Revisiting "Final Fantasy VII" again

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As seen on the Anime News Network, yet another spin-off of the ever-popular PlayStation title "Final Fantasy VII" is going to get animated.

Weekly Famitsu confirmed that the novel, "On the Way to a Smile: Denzel" is going to get animated and ship as a supplement to the "Advent Children" Blu-Ray release. The story is part of a series of short novelettes written by Kazushige Nojima that follows the characters of "Final Fantasy VII" through the two years between the events of the video game and the events in "Advent Children."

The original video game was released for the PlayStation console in 1997. Eight years later, "Advent Children" was released in Japan, serving as a sequel to the original story. Though the movie received only an overall 40% rating on, it is a very popular film in its target demographic ("Final Fantasy" fans, mostly).

Other tie-ins are "Last Order: Final Fantasy VII," an Original Video Animation, and "Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII," a mix of scenes used from the video game, live action and CGI.

"On the Way to a Smile: Denzel" will be released with the Blu-Ray edition of "Advent Children" on April 16.

The reporter left out a lot on the original article. I'd have gotten quotes from a representative from Sony or even from fans, just to get someone else's words in the story. More information on the plot of both "Advent Children" and the "Denzel" anime would also be helpful, if that information is available.

Personally, I can't stand most of the "Final Fantasy" franchise. The only game ever worth playing was "IV" or maybe "VI." "Final Fantasy VII" is probably one of the most overrated games in the history of the world, but is treasured by a lot of people simply because it was one of the first decent role-playing games to be rendered in 3-D. The quality of the games has gone down ever since the release of "VII" and the fact that the writers have to keep going back to that game to make money only proves that fact.