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Final Fantasy VII – Cane and Rinse No.350

“There ain’t no gettin’ offa this train we’re on, till we get to the end of the line.”

Appropriately – for the earth-shattering conclusion to our seventh year – we celebrate the coming of age of Square’s Final Fantasy VII. A little over twenty-one years on from its release, Leon, Josh, Leah and Thomas, along with a treasure chest of messages from the Lifestream, come together to express just why this instalment is held so dear by so many, while also acknowledging the game’s infamous quirks and shortcomings.

Music used in the issue:

1. World Map Theme by Nobuo Uematsu
2. Those Who Fight / Let the Battles Begin by Nobuo Uematsu

Cane and Rinse 350 was edited by Sean O’Brien

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One Comment

  1. After Cloud himself, Aeris is the deepest and most important character in the game. To characterize her as a trope or compare her to Tifa makes no sense to me. She NEVER WAS the love interest and to talk about her as though she is just the ‘weaker romance option with plot stuff tacked on’ is… a disservice. She makes astute and revealing observations about many of the other characters (Tifa’s hidden feelings, Barret’s frustration, the Turks’ humanity), and her interactions with Cloud are what we are meant to think back on when the ONE BIG SPOILER of the game is revealed (that Cloud is not exactly who he thinks he is). If the player notices Aeris flirting with Cloud but actually senses something off about their ‘romance’, that is FF7’s writing functioning as intended! She’s attracted to Cloud’s ‘cocky hero’ persona, when ideally, the player empathizes primarily with the childhood friend that Tifa has been working to uncover all along.

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