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It's been a busy week, but I've been trying to make time for Final Fantasy XII. Last night I got as far as watching Vayne's speech in Rabanastre, and I was impressed. This is partially because the voice audio has been beautifully remastered, and partially because the voice actor (someone named Elijah Alexander?) does a wonderful job, but mainly because it's a good piece of writing.

I don't remember ever having strong feelings about Vayne, mainly because I've never been 100% clear on what his story arc is supposed to be. From what I understand, he firmly believes that there should be peace in Arcadia, and he wants his little brother Larsa to preside over that peace. Vayne fears that the continued existence of Rabanastre as an independent state will only result in escalating tensions between Arcadia and Rozarria; and so, to shield his brother from becoming enmeshed in a prolonged conflict, he has the king of Rabanastre murdered by someone imitating one of the kingdom's war heroes in order to force a quick resolution. Vayne knows full well that what he's doing is evil, but he takes one for Team Larsa.

And then at some point he goes crazy and becomes the final boss monster, which has something to do with Balthier's Hot Dad. To me, a more reasonable narrative progression would result in a final boss battle against Hot Dad and Venat, but... Maybe I should talk about this later. In any case, Vayne deserved better.

Speaking of hot dads, Vaan is such a dick to Migelo. I know Vaan is only seventeen, but come on. Migelo deserves all the love. His voice actor (John DiMaggio, who is apparently also Wakka's voice actor??) does this weird cottonball mouth sort of thing, but I would not be surprised if Migelo was a total badass when he was younger. He is a master of social interaction, and the way he bows his head to Vayne after their conversation, like, hurt me.

As an aside, I would recommend that no one go looking for fan art of Migelo, just take my word on this.

Date: 2017-07-15 07:54 am (UTC)
raisedbymoogles: (Default)
From: [personal profile] raisedbymoogles
ugh, you make me want to go replay it now. I never got very far the first time. XD

Date: 2017-07-15 04:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] flonnebonne
I remember being so impressed by the Vayne speech! I would totally vote for that guy or let him underhandedly take over my country. (But only if he kept Alexander O. Smith and crew as his speech writers). I was really disappointed that he went all Dragonball in the end--very boring.

After I saw this I immediately did a Google images search for Migelo fanart (and ミゲロ イラスト) and was sorely disappointed when I didn't find the horror porn I assumed you were talking about. Just a lot of nothing! I admit Migelo didn't make a huge impression on me overall, but yeah, I remember him being a smart guy and my bewilderment when he disappeared from the narrative completely. Too bad! It would have been nice to have one developed Bangaa character in the whole Ivalice universe.

I feel like...someone must have written up all this cool stuff going on in Rabanastre and told the programmers to put it in, but then someone else decided/remembered the game was supposed to be a huge pseudo-MMO with an open almost-sandbox world so they had to make all these other gazillion places, and so they just ran out of time and money on everything and Migelo was one of the casualties.

Date: 2017-07-16 03:21 am (UTC)
lassarina: (Basch: Vaan Shut Up)
From: [personal profile] lassarina
vayne's speech is SO FUCKING GREAT. The first time I played 12 I remember literally saying out loud to my roommate, "this guy is amazing, and I want to love him, except I know I cannot because imperial."

and yes, Vaan is such a dickhead.

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