Final Fantasy VII

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Name: Final Fantasy VII (ファイナルファンタジーVII)
Abbreviation(s): FF7, FFVII
Creator: Square (now Square-Enix)
Date(s): 1997 (first release)
Medium: video game, with the series extending into anime, CGI film, and short stories
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: Square Enix (EN)
Advent Childern at Square Enix (JP)
Crisis Core at Square Enix (JP)
Dirge of Cerberus at Square Enix (JP)
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Final Fantasy VII is the seventh game in the Final Fantasy series by Square-Enix. It was first released in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation system; it was re-released for PCs in 1998 and for the Sony PSP in 2009. It is one of the most popular games of all time and retains an active fandom.

The main game follows the adventures of Cloud Strife, a solider turned mercenary, and his teammates as they attempt to save the world by stopping the destructive plans of Sephiroth and the Shinra Corporation. There are various other games, movies, and short stories set in the FF7 universe, known collectively as the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII (see below).

Characters

The game's cast includes some of the best known video game characters of all time, such as Sephiroth, who became somewhat of an archetype for anime and video game villains. Because of their popularity some of the characters also appeared in other Square-Enix game titles. For example Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart, Sephiroth, Yuffie Kisaragi, Vincent Valentine and Zack Fair are playable character in Playstation fighting game Ehrgeiz (also the boss Django resembles Red XIII), Cloud, Aerith Gainsborough, Tifa, Yuffie, Sephiroth, Cid Highwind and Zack also appear in the Kingdom Hearts video game series, and Cloud, Tifa and Aerith appear in the Dissida: Final Fantasy game series.

The games also have a range of very popular side characters like the Turks, a group serving Shinra, the young company president Rufus Shinra and Marlene, the daughter of Barret Wallace.

Pairings

Het, slash, and femslash ships can all be found within the FF7 fandom. One event in the original game allows for Cloud to go on a date with a party member: either Aerith or Tifa (which are the two easiest to date), or Yuffie or Barret.

Names

There is some tension among fans regarding Aeris/Aerith's name; in Japanese her name is given as エアリス earisu, with the su ending intending to substitute a th sound. In the first English release of the game, her name was transliterated as Aeris which stuck with fans. But in later releases, such as in Crisis Core, it was changed to Aerith. Many fans still favor the original "Aeris" version of her name, and both versions are used frequently in fandom.

Compilation of Final Fantasy VII

The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII refers to the extended universe of FF7 in its many mediums. The compilation includes, in order of in-story chronology (not release date):

  • Before Crisis - Mobile phone video game featuring The Turks.
  • Crisis Core - Video game featuring Zack Fair, released 2007.
  • Last Order - Short animated film about the events of Nibelheim with Zack, Cloud, Tifa, and Sephiroth.
  • Final Fantasy VII - Original game, released 1997.
  • On the Way to a Smile - A series of short stories intended as a prologue to Advent Children.
  • Advent Children - Full-length CGI-animated film.
  • Dirge of Cerberus - Video game featuring Vincent Valentine, released in 2006.

Fandom

History of the fandom? what are the main branches? Yaoi fandom? Het fandom?

Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

In English-speaking fandom, fanfiction is extremely popular. Many epic-length fic were released in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Starting with the release of Advent Children in 2005, more fans have started writing FFVII Fanfiction that incorporates the canon of Compilation titles. As a result, FF7 fandom is very fractured, with many fans grouping together around a particular pairing or Compilation title.

In Japan, doujinshi based on Final Fantasy VII has been popular since its release in 1997. The release of various Compilation titles has helped keep the fandom popular.

Fanart of Final Fantasy VII has always been popular, produced by fanartists around the world.

Audiobooks of On The Way To A Smile, a series of novellas written by Kasushige Nojima, have been created by fans from TheLifestream.net. This series follows some of our favourite characters as they come to terms with the events of Final Fantasy VII. Featuring an impressive cast of voice actors and beautiful musical compositions, this is a mandatory listen for anyone who is a fan of FFVII.

Archives

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Example Vids

  • Dead Fantasy features FF7 characters, particularly Tifa and later Cloud.

Example Fanfic

Communities

See List of Final Fantasy Lists and Communities for an extended list of FF7-related communities.

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