nashi has an opinion

la-zphilosopher asked you: Fandom post - FFVII. I know its a rather generic choice, but I gotsta know. Actually I’m not even sure what fandoms you’re really into other than FFVII and SNK.

crimson-sun asked you: has anyone asked you about FFVII yet ‘cause you should do that :D

1. The first character I first fell in love with

Honestly it was probably Barret. Back when I was first playing the game, within an hour or so. Barret or Jessie. By about halfway through my first playthrough it was Vincent, but I just loved how Barret was so gruff, but he honestly and obviously CARED. Also Jessie was cute and clever and awkward and ACTUALLY she’s probably one of the reasons I like Kunsel so much now, why doesn’t anyone ship that?

2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now

Genesis. I really couldn’t see how including a Gackt expy in an FF7 game could possibly turn out well, but love of MINERVA do I adore the character now. He ties for second place with Cloud.

3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t

Cid Highwind. I mean I know he gets better, and I don’t MIND him so much, but playing OGC I honestly have serious trouble getting through his entire recruitment and the part with the rocket and everything because he is horrifically abusive. I think I’ve written about this before, but the stuff in Rocket Town with him and Shera is triggery as hell for me, I tend to speed through it as quickly as I can just to get it over with.

Also Angeal, but I’ve written a whole essay on that so I’m not going into it again.

4. The character I love that everyone else hates

Probably Professor Hojo, I guess? I mean that’s not to say I don’t dislike the dickbag, but…he’s my Prof, I dunno. I want to put him in a hamsterball and kick him around and then make him take a bath afterward and have dinner. It’s complicated. (Crim understands.)

Oh also probably Kunsel, since I guess most of the fandom finds him creepy but I just want to hug him so bad.

5. The character I used to love but don’t any longer

I actually really liked Angeal when I was first playing Crisis Core, believe it or not. Then he forced Zack to kill him and now I want him to fall off a bridge.

6. The character I would totally smooch

I really really REALLY would like some quality time with Scarlet, no lie. Intelligent, powerful, feminine women are a definite weakness. If she’s not available then Cissnei.

7. The character I’d want to be like

See above, Scarlet is definitely up there. Also I’d like to be more like Nanaki, I guess, and be able to deal with and work past trauma better.

8. The character I’d slap

Angeal. All the Angeal. Also Hollander, Hojo and possibly Rufus depending on what was going on. Sephiroth. Genesis. Cid. I think I would just slap everyone.

9. A pairing that I love

Vincent/Veld is the OTP of my heart, followed closely by Cloud/Sephiroth. Pre-Crisis but post-Project my OTP is Seph/Genesis, and postcanon but pre-AU stuff it’s Cloud/Vincent.

10. A pairing that I despise

Valenwind. I have the portmanteau tumblr savior’d, actually. I do have to clarify, though, that the reason I dislike Valenwind isn’t necessarily because I can’t see any basis for it–my Vincent is attracted to grizzled, muscular men who are shorter than him have nice eyes. But I just don’t like the way the characters are usually portrayed when people write or draw for it. I love K. Haruka’s work because her Vincent is essentially my Vincent if Veld didn’t exist, and the way he and Cid interact is actually in-character. The majority  of Valenwind stuff just…doesn’t seem to achieve that, in my opinion.

There’s also the treatment of Shera in most Valenwind stuff. This is a woman who has been verbally abused for years by a man that she loves, and she’s either played off as not being Good Enough for Cid, or she’s just so happy to see him happy with Vincent that she doesn’t mind, and toddles off on her merry way. I have a hard time believing that Vincent would be comfortable with that, at the very least, given the similarity of situation between Cid choosing to be with him and Lucy choosing to be with Hojo. I’ve seen this worked into a threesome instead, where it was Cid/Shera and they invited Vincent into it, and that was FLAWLESS. But it’s so rare.

Also I’ve had some bad run-ins with Valenwind shippers on dA and on askvincentvalentine for shipping Vincent with someone other than Cid, so that’s kind of soured my opinion of the whole thing.

It really bothers me when people use a mistranslation or alternate translation of a character name to fill in their surname where there isn’t one canonically.

(Yes, I’m looking at you, “Veld Verdot.”)

It probably has to do with my synaesthesia, since we’re using two words that are spelled and pronounced exactly the same in the original source material (リヴァイ リヴァイ for Levi Rivaille and ヴェルド ヴェルド for Veld Verdot) and pronunciation is HUGE deal to me  because of the way my brain processes sound.

I mean if you wanna call them rivai rivai and verudo verudo more power to you, but I’m basically always going to disagree with that particular decision.

“Rivaille Freiheit” would be even more pleasing to me when it comes to spelling, but his canon name is Levi so it’s simply not to be.