Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy Tarot – VI The Lovers

<–V The Hierophant                                                                         VII The Chariot–>

This is my current Final Fantasy Friday post where I’ll be discussing which characters I think exemplify each card of the Major Arcana.  If this is your first time here, please head over to my Final Fantasy Tarot page for explanation.  Now onto the next card!

VI The Lovers

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*The picture of Cecil and Rosa is entitled Final Fantasy IV by Deviant Artist LaurenMontgomery

This was almost a freebie card as it really could’ve been any Final Fantasy lovers, but I went with my favorite Cecil and Rosa from Final Fantasy IV.  I love the dichotomy of light and darkness in all areas, but IV did it a little bit different in having Cecil be a legitimate and bonifide white knight for true.  While I hate the fact he thought he wasn’t good enough for Rosa as a dark knight, I have, er, aesthetic reasons for loving his paladin look.

The Lovers as a card is associated with relationships exactly as one would expect, its appearance in a spread meaning some decision about an existing relationship, a temptation of the heart, and/or a choice in potential partners is going to be presented.  This makes me lean towards Cecil, Rosa, and the mien of FFIV even more since the game presents a sort of a love triangle with Cecil’s best friend Kain, though there isn’t much evidence presented that Rosa has any feelings towards him at all, and Kain’s case is quite unrequited.  The card presents the dichotomy of one partner being chosen, while another is turned down, and that certainly fits FFIV to a tee.


Alternates: Celes & Locke (VI), Squall & Rinoa (VIII), Garnet/Dagger & Zidane (IX), Tidus & Yuna (X)

I used to love the Celes & Locke OTP, but now that I’m older I see it more like Leia and Han, and that relationship would not work out so well (as we saw in Episode VII).  Celes was the general of the Imperial army, and Locke is a treasure hunter.  She’s elite, near royalty, and he’s pretty much a thief.  As a teenager the idea of opposites attracting hadn’t yet been proven fallacious, plus I was way more into traditional Rescue Romances back then, but now as a crotchety old gamer, it’s kind of ludicrous that Celes would tolerate that for more than five minutes, and my fanfiction writer friend runicmagitek has well solidified my love for Celes & Setzer now.

I’m just not a huge fan of Squall & Rinoa for different reasons.  She has so little personality besides Manic Pixie Dream Girl and is more of a plot device than an actual character.  I guess they were going for “lighthearted girl brings brooding loner out of his shell,” but it didn’t seem wholly genuine.  Tbh I’d like Squall & Selphie more.  That little lady had spunk, and her super green eyes reminded me of Aeris.

Btw notice I didn’t mention FFVII, because I am not touching that love triangle, flame war starting nonsense with a seven foot pole.  The only “couple” that would have a ghost of a chance for me to pick would be Vincent & Lucrecia, especially considering “the dichotomy of one partner being chosen, while another is turned down.”  That decision most certainly led to woe and regret.


A round of applause for hungrygoriya for perfectly guessing the canon couple!

There were two guesses for Squall & Rinoa and one for Snow & Serah.  Alas, I have not played any games after FFXII.  This means I may have to revise this list after I get to later games, but the information at least rules some characters out.

Next week is VII The Chariot, a bit of a complex card that made me reconsider my prior choice.  I was going to pick one of the airships; however, at recent examination (and using this site for a better resource), there is a person I think fits the mold.  Happy guessing!

<–V The Hierophant                                                                         VII The Chariot–>

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Question of the Week: 2/14/16

<–Question of the Week: 2/7/16          Question of the Week: 2/21/16

The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite OTP?

Since it’s Valentine’s Day I thought I’d forgo my nihilistic ennui about this “holiday” and post an appropriate question, but first I suppose I should define “OTP” for the uninitiated.  I normally just put a link for any odd and/or geeky terms, but I was unsatisfied with what I found.  TV Tropes defines it as the couple that a fan or a group of fans prefers above all others, and I…suppose that would suffice.

I find the term OTP itself problematic as it stands for “one true pairing,” which is a very YMMV statement since declaring something so subjective as “true” is bound to start a flame war.  I don’t participate in “whose ship is better” debates, because I don’t care whom people ship.  If I don’t like a particular ship, I don’t follow or read about it.  It’s that simple.  Like everything I am more than willing to have polite discourse about the pros/cons, ins/outs of character dynamics, but once it devolves into name calling and mudslinging, ,I respectfully bow out.  In short whomever you wish to put together is entirely up to you for whatever reason or no reason at all, and while I’m not wholly fond of the phrase OTP, it’s the simplest way to explain or ask about it the concept.

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Awesome Cosplay of the Day: 6/25/15

My OTP forever.

The Caffeine Crew

♫I will go down with this ship.
I won’t put my hands up and surrender!♫

Yes, they’re my favorite OTP.  Yes, I’m aware they’re not canon (though rumor has it that once they might have been).  Yes, I definitely saw this.

The Feather The lily and the feather

I also spent about five minutes crying uncontrollably because I initially googled FFVII remake and found a four hour video of reactions, and well I’m a super empath and feels ;_;

Yes, I love this portrayal by XiaoStarCosplay.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to continue my inconsolably weeping.

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