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I'm hoping quite a bit, actually, but I do need to look at my old updating schedules to find out what I used to do. I feel awful that I haven't kept up with this as much as I'd like, but then that's what happens when life gets in the way and other things (like sleeping, working, and eating) take precedence. I'm currently not working as I write this, but, given I work for a temp agency, that could change today or not at all for another week or two. We'll see what happens (and I'm not being idle, either).

With all of the bemoaning out of the way, it's time to get a few things set up. First, the Star Ocean Character Birthday List. Yes. I completed it a while ago. I just haven't posted it. Also, I'd like to take this moment to say that, just because I've designated birthdays for characters who don't have them that others MUST use them. If you've loved a character enough to designate when you celebrate that birthday, by all means, let me know. These are primarily for fanfiction and fanart purposes, and I try to post the entries in the actual journals at livejournal and dreamwidth as opposed to here. (And, so everyone knows, fanfiction and fanart that isn't my own does not get posted without permission. If you chose to send any artwork, photography, and writing my way, it's yours to post wherever you want.) The astericks denote where the birthdays are unofficial and are, obviously, assigned by me.

Character List for Star Ocean by Game – Birthdays, official and unofficial
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I posted this to the facebook page. Now I need to post it here. (Thanks to missnox for asking this question to me on dA and thus prompting me to find out for sure.) I must apologize to everyone for not knowing that Crispin Freeman, who was an Otakon guest along with Kyle Herbert (both of whom I did not get autographs), voiced Albel Nox for the English version of Till the End of Time. If I had been just a little more aware of who my English VAs are for the games, I would have forgone lunch and found the autograph line a helluva lot sooner than I did. I promise to do better the next time I'm at a larger convention where lines are absolutely crazy for things like the dealer's room, artist's alley, and basically all autograph panels.

Now, onto the reminder: Next weekend Laura Bailey (Reimi and Welch) and Travis Willingham (Bacchus, King of Astral) will be in Washington, D.C., next weekend for Anime USA at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel. Kyle Herbert (Dias Flac, Star Ocean: Second Evolution; Crowe F. Almedio and Arumat P. Thanatos, Star Ocean: The Last Hope) will be making an appearance at YoumaCon, which runs from October 31 to November 3 in Detroit. I'm going to get my voice actor lists compiled (Japanese and English) so I can keep an eye out for who is going to be where so fans can make plans accordingly.

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Ask the Star Ocean Character - Roger S. Huxley

Hello once again, everyone, and welcome back to Ask the Star Ocean Character! Joining us this week is Roger S. Huxley from Surferio! Hello, Roger, and thank you for joining us.

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Character Facts

Name: Roger S. Huxley
Age: 12
Height: 85 cm; 3'1"**
Weight: 30 kg; 66 lbs
English Voice Actor: Mona Marshall
Japanese Voice Actor: Mari Maruta
Weapons: Helms, mainly, and axes.
Homeworld: Elicoor II
Race: Menodix
Quote from the game manual: Sometimes a real man's just gotta keep on goin'.

While it is entirely possible to avoid recruiting Roger entirely, he is one of a few characters who has toys. Kotobuyika and Trading Arts each released a Roger PVC, each with a different pose. (There are four total, if one counts the color and clear/ivory variants.)

Roger is the only one who, if you don't recruit him and bypass him entirely, has an ending.

He was born and raised in the Lost City of Surferio. His father is the Village Chief.

Item Creation Stats:
Roger adds a -5 factor to all time it takes on Item Creation. He has no effect on the cost.
Cooking - 2
Alchemy -  6
Crafting - 35
Compounding - 6
Smithery - 23
Writing - 4
Engineering - 20
Synthesis - 10

** - Star Ocean wikia lists Roger's height as 2', 9.5" - the 3'1" comes from both the game's manual and strategy guide which I feel is more accurate.

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Character Study - Roger S. Huxley

From the game's strategy guide: Roger S. Huxley is a little boy with a humungous ego and an equally large talent for getting into trouble. Roger S. Huxley is a Menodix, a common species of humanoid that lives mostly in the Sanmite Republic. His father is the Village Chief in the Lost City of Surferio. Roger can usually be found hanging with his two pals, thinking up new challenges for their ongoing Real Man Contest.

Roger is not one of my favorite characters nor is he really one of my least favorites. I wish I could say he was annoying on the level that Meracle is, but he, sadly, does not have the tragic past she does to excuse why he is the way he is. In truth, knowing that he the Village Chief's son makes it all the more understandable as to why he's such a rude jerk when he doesn't get his way with Cliff and Fayt in their first encounter. Roger very much does have the humungous ego mentioned in the game's strategy guide, he is quite rude, especially to other males (namely Fayt and Cliff - there are no real interactions between him and the other supporting male cast of Adray and Albel). The manga took on a more real twist with Roger when he first appears in Duggus Forest. He thinks he can screw around and yank on Fayt's chain as they're looking for Ameena Leffeld, and it turns out his efforts are not very much appreciated. He tries to prove himself yet again by helping in finding the illness-struck young girl and ends up in a battle he wasn't expecting. He does become useful against the mud monster because, while he's done and trying to counteract the poison of the creature, Cliff points out real men don't run away.

Roger in the manga is certainly more interesting as a flawed character than Roger in the game.

From the in-game dictionary: A young Menodix boy who lives in the Lost City of Surferio.
This major problem child travels around with two bad influences named Dribe and Melt, and plays life-threatening games with Lucien, Lezard, and Vellion, all as part of a so-called Real Man Contest.
It would be a good idea to keep an eye on this one, as he is always buying trouble with his rude words.


At this point, here is where I disagree with this assessment of Roger, or at least his friends, Dribe and Melt. If any of them seem to be the bad influence, it's Roger. Melt will protest when something sounds too dangerous. Dribe will just speak in enigmatic riddles. Roger himself really has no sense of self-preservation in the game, especially after you've rescued him and gone to recruit him after the whole Ameena incident. (Which recruiting Roger will lower Albel's affinity for Fayt but is necessary if the player wants some really unique restorative items.)

Roger could be a very interesting character if a fanfiction writer wants the opportunity to play. Here is a spoiled child who thinks he's a real man, is quite the big flirt with Nel, but he still possesses no idea of how reality actually works. Yes, he's one of a few recruitable characters who goes up against the Creator, but it isn't quite the life-changing event he needs in order to grow up. (You'd think it would be, but given his solo ending and his ending with Fayt, you realize it isn't so.) If in the hands of a capable fanfiction writer, Roger could grow to be an interesting, multi-faceted character. Otherwise, he's just a spoiled child pretending to be an adult.

**For the Roger fans: Yes, I know my assessment of this character is harsh. It kind of needs to be since many of the characters in these games, including my beloved Fayt, tend to be a little more one-dimensional than not.

Thus concludes the entry for today.
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Ask the Star Ocean Character - Peppita Rosetti

Hello once again, everyone, to the Ask the Star Ocean Character, where we interview the many people from the games. For today's installation we have Peppita Rosetti.

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Dream Houses - Peppita Rosetti

Peppita's home would be more than just a home. It would be a movable home that suits her nomadic way of life. I can imagine the Rosetti troupe has their own ships, at least for the animals and equipment. In order to save money, they travel with the transport shuttles from location to location. I think when she starts to earn enough money and as she becomes old enough, Peppita would buy herself a ship, and it would reflect her success. It would be large with rooms for guests and friends and the rest of the Rosetti Troupe. The replicators would be filled with plenty of good food to eat, and there would be a room for her to practice her routines and a room filled with all of her accolades.

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Character Facts - Peppita Rosetti

In the Japanese version of Till the End of Time, Peppita's name is Souffle.
Her Japanese voice actor is Masayo Kurata, and her English voice actor is Sherry Lynn.
In the Rosetti Troupe, she is referred to as the Fairy of Illusions.
Her father is a famous soldier in the Pangalactic Federation's army and a high-ranking one, though he isn't specifically named. (It's stated on Star Ocean Wikia that it's Commodore Whitcomb with various instances to back up the claim.)

Peppita has two toys for the Till the End of Time and, according to one picture I found googling Star Ocean merchandise, an alarm clock with her on the clock face. Whether that was released in Japan, I don't know. It was on a display someone snapped a picture of at around the time of Star Ocean 3's release.

Item Creation Stats:

Cooking  6
Crafting 40
Smithery 5
Engineering 15
Alchemy 12
Compounding 11
Writing  6
Synthesis 20

Note: When you get Peppita on Moonbase, head immediately to the workshop to create the Potion of Youth (Fake) with Eliza and Mackwell. They are the only three who can create this particular item. I've tried it with Mackwell, Eliza, and Fayt, but I've not been successful. Don't forget!

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Character Study - Peppita Rosetti

Name: Peppita Rosetti, Souffle Rosetti
Age: 14
Race: Valbaysian
Hair color: pale blond
Eye color: brown
Height: 4'4"
Weight: 79 lbs
Weapon: bangles/dancing shoes
Profession: dancer

"There's no use thinking about it! Let's just dive right in!"

From the in-game dictionary: Read more... )I've noticed that the in game dictionary for Till the End of Time has a strange tendency to lean towards redundancy.

Peppita is an interesting character for me, but she isn't a favorite female character. She's annoying but she's one that, if she annoys you, you can avoid recruiting her permanently. In that sense, for me, she's like Sophia - pink and fluffy in terms of personality. However, if you're aiming for the "defeat luther at level 1" battle trophy, you need her, Sophia and Fayt for that.

I digress.

Peppita . . . is very much a romantic, a hopeful, and a bit of an adventurer. She also possess a bit of a bossy side and a gullible side. Given from what I've seen with her and dealt with in terms of leveling her up and the cut scenes, she does possess a sweet streak. In the manga, she has an instant crush on Fayt, and that shows her petty side as well. She's a vast mix in a very young character, and it's because she's endured so much - losing her mom, traveling a lot, never knowing who her father really is - in her short life.

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This longing for a life of adventure really isn't apparent in Peppita for me. Yes, when it comes time to leave Moonbase, Peppita wants to leave with Fayt and friends, thinking she doesn't have anyone. However, she also knows it isn't true, but she also wants to do something. Her debut for the Rosetti Troupe has been cancelled twice now, due to attacks on the places where she's been, and it's frustrating for her. Above all, she wants to be a star. She wants to be famous throughout the universe. That's why she's excited to see Fayt and Sophia for the first time and she gives him her autograph, even though she hasn't been on the stage just yet. She definitely wants to vent her frustrations out on the appropriate forces responsible for delaying her debut.

Before this, I used to think that the Peppita/Roger pairing was quite viable - they're close enough to each other in age and have more in common than what she would with Fayt. However, this pairing only works in fanfiction, where all playable characters can be taken to fight Luther in the final battle. Cannonically speaking, the only way it could work is if both are recruited for the final battle over Albel and Nel. Given that Peppita joins the party (temporarily) shortly after obtaining Sophia, this is a trick and a half but can be pulled off, since Peppita starts out as a level one character.

The dances that Peppita is supposed to be really good at are probably her attacks that she can use after gaining the levels needed.

There is a lot with Peppita that can be explored in terms of fanfiction, and therefore can be developed for characterization.

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Ask the Star Ocean Character - Bacchus D-79

Welcome back, my fellow Star Ocean friends and fans! Today, our guest on the sixth installation of Ask the Star Ocean Character is Bacchus D-79 of the Morphus and crew member on The Calnus. Hello, Bacchus!

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Note for dreamwidth, livejournal, and facebook friends, I go by Dragonfly Moonlight on fanfiction.net for posting and reviewing fan fiction, including the Ask the Star Ocean Character segments. I have a poll up in regards to the Star Ocean fan event. Please take the time to find me there and and vote! Thanks!

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Dream Houses, Part Six - Bacchus D-79

If Bacchus and his wife could settle on an actual planet, instead of living in an apartment complex on En II, I think it's something they both would do and in a heartbeat. It would be a very small house, maybe big enough for them to raise a few children (no more than three), and to grow a variety of plants and raise animals. Not so much as like a farm but more like a retreat. This patch of land would be an observatory for Bacchus, who I can see would love to have such a place just for the sake of science alone. Yes, he does the mining in the game, but that's with his cyborg form and not his . . . squishy form.

The house itself would be a simple affair and follow a rather logical pattern, as it were. Two stories, at the most, with a place for Bacchus to conduct his observations and his research as well as a lab where he could analyze the data he collects. I don't think he'd do anything super ostentatious, like Reimi, Sophia, and Deputy Director Shimada. Rather, I see him more on the same level as Maria and Meracle - something simple and functional and where his wife could feel happy and at home.

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Character Facts

Bacchus's last name is actually Dexley.
His date of birth is May 5, and his Earth astrological sign is Taurus.
His wife's name is Freesia.

Japanese Voice Actor: Hiroki Yasumoto
English Voice Actor: Travis Willingham

Item Creation Stats:
Smithery  7
Cooking -8
Alchemy  2
Artistry    -2
Engineering 10
Crafting  3
Sense -8

Considered the galactic champion of runic chess until Edge beats him (and yes, I'm saying runic chess) and likes to ponder about things on the commode.

Bacchus's other areas of specialty include robotics (increased chance of gaining an item from robotic enemies) and mining.

There is no toy for Bacchus.

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Character Study - Bacchus D-79

Name: Bacchus D-79
Real Name: Bacchus Dexley
Age: 32
Height: 7'0" (as a cyborg - chances are, he's just as tall as a squishy Morphus)
Weight: 516 lbs
Eye color: blue
Hair color: unknown
Weapon: mounted arm cannon
Field of study: medical science
Favorite food: Unknown

Quote: As a humble scientist, I would like nothing more than to answer your questions.

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First of all, I must commend Travis Willingham for sounding so much like Robert Wagner with Bacchus. Until I visited both imdb.com and the Star Ocean wikia site, I would have sworn up and down that it was Robert Wagner. Kudos to him

Now, for the dissection of Bacchus.

It's quite clear from the moment Bacchus appears to rescue Edge, Reimi, Faize, and Lymle that he is quite the unique Star Ocean character because he is that cyborg. No other character is a complete cyborg like Bacchus (even Precis from Star Ocean 2 isn't a cyborg). He wears this stoic expression on his face and has a no-nonsense attitude about him, which lends a great deal of credibility to his strong sense of justice characterization from the manual, the strategy guide, and in-game dictionary. The only downfall to this is that he looks more like Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story than anything original.

The Buzz Lightyear comparison aside, Bacchus is actually a fun character to observe. He's like an older yet more mature and wiser version of Faize, and he can be easily flustered. Speaking with Welch shortly after escaping the Cardianon mothership's suicidal warp into unknown space. As most The Last Hope players know by this point, when you head into item creation with Bacchus for the first time, Welch appears with cardboard costumes of a French maid and a surfer girl/little sister, and it does something to Bacchus. He is rendered shocked and speechless. Someone at the Star Ocean wikia said disturbed by what she was doing, but I don't see it, personally. I think the French maid and surfer girl/little sister outfits were unlike anything he had ever seen before and therefore just couldn't process it properly.

Unfortunately, the optical camouflage isn't something that we get to see right away. We do see it on the alternate Earth but not until Edge is trying to rescue Reimi from the military base. For being a very smart guy, it's actually a dumb maneuver to not pull out the optical camouflage sooner, but it was how the game needed to flow so . . .

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We learn much about Bacchus almost right from get go with few exceptions. For some things, private actions need to be triggered (like learning about Freesia). Bacchus, for the most part, is a Morphus of very few words. I agree with the straitlaced and doggedly logical parts. Generally unsociable? No. He may not be like Meracle, Lymle, and Reimi when it comes to being bouncy, happy, and running up to someone they're happy to see, but, if he's approached, he socializes. He talks. Playing the game of runic chess with Edge (and then Reimi) proves that to me.

Bacchus is what we would call a nerd. He is a thinker. He likes to pontificate on problems that maybe no one else would ever consider, and he likes to have the answers.

As I said earlier, Bacchus is like a wiser, older, and more mature version of Faize. He's fourteen years older than the young Eldarian and thus has seen much. His experiences make it marginally easier for him to accept tragedy and that some things can happen when logic dictates that it shouldn't happen. Refer back to the game with Tamiel's attempt at resurrecting Asmodeus for this one. Never once did Bacchus agree with Faize on how impossible it was to resurrect a demon or a fiend, and Faize didn't believe it to be possible.

Bacchus isn't exactly closed off to viewing events through the eyes of others. He quite enjoys Edge's enthusiasm for space exploration, even though the Morphus, as he explains it to Edge, have already taken that first monumental step into space, long before he was ever born.

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Yes, Freesia's actions baffle Bacchus, who is a more the kind of guy to use logic to solve his problems rather than listen to his heart at times. He's afraid that, with all of the tinkering and modification that he's done to himself in his pursuit of destroying the Grigori, he's tinkered away his heart and thus is losing pieces of himself, but this little insecurity of his proves that it isn't happening. He's a very smart man. I'm sure that's what drew Freesia to him in the first place.

And the fact that he does suffer bouts of depression over his wife isn't surprising for me. To me, that says he misses her, that he thinks about her as much as he tries to unravel complex and simple problems, and he wants nothing more than to return home and be with her. In this, I liken him to any military service member who spends the holidays on tours in other countries, walking the walls and taking the risks so that their fellow countrymen and the citizens of the country they're in can sleep better at night and just be safe. Of course, when it comes to his wife throughout the game, he's a bit of a coward and doesn't reach out to her at all. That I can chalk up to as insecurity. He's afraid that he's losing her yet she baffles him with her stubbornness to stay in their marriage.

I actually believe that Bacchus and Freesia balance each other out quite nicely. Of course, we only see Freesia for a few moments so it's really hard to say what kind of a woman she really is, but we know that she loves Bacchus and she truly does miss him. (Gain Bacchus's ending for that.)

There is actually a lot of wiggle room when it comes to exploring Bacchus's character. What led him to become a medical scientist in the first place? What was it about Roak and the stone sickness that drew him there in the first place (and thus ended up turning him into a cyborg)? What does he actually look like? Why did he accept the mission to eliminate the Grigori? Was it because logic dictated that he do so? Was he told by EX that it was his duty? The reasons, the possibilities are endless.

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Ask the Star Ocean Character - Deputy Director Shimada

Hello everyone, and welcome to the fifth installation of Ask the Star Ocean Character. After much trials and tribulations, I am pleased to announce today's guest, Deputy Director Shimada!

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Dream Houses, Part Five - Deputy Director Shimada

Deputy Director Shimada is the kind of person who wouldn't be satisfied with the kind of mansion or estates the rich and pompous have come to enjoy. I'm sure that's the kind of home he has for the events of The Last Hope, a very grand and ostentatious home that displays the kind of opulence he enjoys.

However, I don't think he's satisfied with what he has for a home - multiple bedrooms, a full kitchen, and rooms for recreation, entertain, and political bantering and boosting complete with a staff that he abuses as much as he does his subordinates in the USTA and SRF. Shimada wants the highest symbol of power. He wants the White House equivalent. He wants that status of  power and the ultimate symbol to show that would be to live in a house people associate with power. Where that particular home is located, I don't know, but it's an agreed upon location that would offer up some form of neutrality for the world's population.

After that, his home of opulence is where he would be once he served his terms of "service".

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Character Facts about Shimada

Furin Cha is his Japanese voice actor

I couldn't find on imdb.com who voiced him.

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Character Study - Deputy Director Shimada

From the in-game dictionary: Read more... )
Shimada is probably one of the most despicable characters in The Last Hope. I find the bosses fought along the way to be more  palpable than Shimada. At least most of the bosses fought along the way, they have a reason or driving force behind their actions. They're not always right, but there is a sense that they could be redeemed, if they were given the chance.

The Deputy Director is not one such person. He's the kind of guy the player wants to see die an agonizing death or receive some kind of comeuppance. According to one fan on the Star Ocean wikia, he's quite abusive towards his subordinates, and I definitely agree with that assessment. Some might feel he got it when half of the Moonbase was wiped out in the attack from Nox Obscuris. I personally wanted to something different for him at the end of the game. I wanted him to live so he could feel that resounding defeat of Kenny winning the election. I like it when I can see characters sulk . . .

Anyway, to Shimada's personality . . . he's quite the self-absorbed character. He doesn't want anything to make him look bad, never mind he's got a gut that makes him look he's pregnant. I'm not against fat people, but his gut gives me the impression he eats as much food as he can, not because he thinks he's going to starve (something that would stem in many thanks to WWIII), but more because he doesn't want anyone else to have his food. He's selfish, arrogant, and more than a little stupid.

But why is Shimada so self-serving? What is it that we're not seeing about him that maybe we should?

In essence, nothing, really. Some people, no matter how nice you are to them, no matter how well they're raised by their parents, they're just creeps all around and not very nice people.

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Hello again, everyone! Welcome to our fourth installment of Ask the Star Ocean Character! Today, we have with us Miss Meracle Chamlotte . . .

Meracle: Yay! /jumps in the air and then waves/ Hi, everyone!!

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Some Facts about Meracle Chamlotte

Her Japanese Voice Actor is Megumi Toyoguchi.
Her English Voice Actor is Carrie Savage.

Meracle can play an instrument called the Ocarina. It's a very integral part of who she is and where she comes from.
Oddly enough but not surprisingly, one of Meracle's skill sets she brings to battle is that of ornithology - the study of birds.

She has one official toy to her name - a Play Arts figure showing her in her happy jump.

Meracle can turn into a Siamese cat at will, though where her clothes go in the process remains a mystery.

She's a constantly hungry person.

Meracle acts very young for her age.

Her astrological sign is Pisces (fish).

Meracle's favorite book is Eleyna and the Feline Gourmand, but she doesn't realize it's about her life after she starts living with Eleyna Farrence.

Item Creation Skill Set
Smithery 5
Cooking 7
Alchemy -8
Artistry 5
Engineering 2
Crafting 10
Compounding -10
Sense -1

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Character Study - Meracle Chamlotte


Name: Meracle Chamlotte
Age: 16
Hair color: blue
Eye color: green
Height: 4'10"
Weight: 88 lbs
Rank: Not applicable
Birthdate: March 16**
Weapon: Claws
Favorite food: fish and chicken (if her ending and how she reacts to Sarah are any indications!)
Quote: Not applicable
 
** - the Star Ocean wikia lists her birthdate as 2080, but I'm more than very inclined to disagree with this assessment for reasons that will be stated in Meracle's character study.

Meracle isn't shown in the game's manual.

From the strategy guide and in-game dictionary:
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Now . . . to completely disprove the Star Ocean Wikia's claim of her birthdate as March 16, 2080. First of all, Roak, in The Last Hope, is an underdeveloped planet. It doesn't have the technology to support a spaceship landing where someone like Meracle can smell food and board without notice. Yes, there's a landing spot for The Calnus on Roak, but it is far removed from civilization. The only way a ship could land there, attract a feline with the smell of food is if the traders (or whoever they were) were carrying it back to their ship with Meracle following close behind. Second, there's the issue of the picture book Meracle clings to for entertainment and hope: Eleyna and the Feline Gourmand. If one unlocks Meracle's ending, one will see her throwing a temper tantrum of sorts, threatening to run away, and eventually lured back by the prospect of fish and chicken for dinner. As it's playing out, an artist on a nearby rooftop watches. It is that scene that inspires him to paint the book, Eleyna and the Feline Gourmand. Meracle couldn't have a copy of a book, her favorite book, when she's rescued by Edge and his crew if she had been born in the year 2080. Third, when they first arrive to Roak and see some people similar to Meracle in appearance, Reimi comments that Roak could be Meracle's home. Meracle thinks so, too, but she also says there's a difference in the air that she can't quite identify. It's familiar but not, at the same time. This is part of why I don't like things like Wikipedia. It's too easy for someone to change the information to suit his or her needs without taking into consideration the actual facts.

Back to the character study.

Meracle isn't one of my favorite characters, and some of it has to do with her age and the fact that she is of feline descent. She acts more like she's ten or eleven instead of sixteen. Yes, not all sixteen-year-olds act their age. Many thirty-year-olds don't act their age, either. It could be that she is of feline descent that she's often playful. She and Lymle are quite suited for playing together (and giving Reimi headaches over the mess they make together). But it just strikes me as odd that, at sixteen, she's as playful as a three-month-old kitten. Given what I know of cats, they're old by the time they've reached sixteen. It could be the way that the Fellpools and Lesser Fellpools have evolved that makes her as exuberant and bouncy as a young cat. I'm not entirely sure. I'd  need to learn more about Fellpools and Lesser Fellpools to be sure. (As someone whose cat is 14 and only playful when the mood strikes her, the age for Meracle just seems so . . . off.)

When it comes to character growth, Meracle is one of the ones that gets ripped off in some very major ways. Yes, she comes to realize that the Lady Eleyna she goes to live with at the end of the final battle with the Apostle of Creation isn't the same as the Lady Eleyna from her book. She does, she accepts it, and moves in with Eleyna anyway. Meracle also does have an aura of sadness about her - she's lost much in what could be considered a short amount of time; we don't know how long she's been in the military facility. The crew of the ship she accidentally stowed away upon risked their lives to save her. Klaus dies. Before Edge tells her she's got friends in him and his crew, in the moments before she makes the decision to join them, Meracle feels quite alone and doesn't want to leave. This has had an impact on her, as it would anyone her age. But beyond that, she doesn't get much in terms of character growth or development. After a certain point (handing over her ex-lithium crystal pendant, knowing who Lady Eleyna is, and having her bubbles burst after meeting the real Eleyna), she's not all that integral to the story and thus becomes more comedy relief than anything else. I find that to be very sad. As a character, she has the best potential as a martial artist, which falls short, in my opinion. Yes, she's got some spectacular moves, but you have to set up her skills just so in order to unleash devastating attacks. She uses claws for weapons and scratches at things the way a human mimicking a cat would, which, a real cat wouldn't just scratch - it'd bite and kick. There's so much talent that the creators could have utilized with Meracle as a fighter and as a character that they just didn't do, and thus failed her. There are people that sacrificed their lives for Meracle, and I'm sure that's left her feeling helpless on more than one occasion. Those losses were something that she could have tapped into to become a better, stronger fighter with some very kickass moves, which could have been brought about by witnessing how Edge pulls himself back together to fight hard for those he cares about and wants to protect. Instead, she talks about eating Sarah, pulls out a fork and knife from nowhere when she's hungry and is ready to chase down her meal (be it a bunny or Sarah), and unintentionally causes trouble for Edge with Reimi. Meracle annoys me in that, overall, she's useless after the meeting with Lady Eleyna. Her Ornithology and Crafting skills are her only redemption. I could like Meracle more if the game's writers have treated her with a little more finesse than what they did.  It could be argued that Lymle, only a year younger, is as equally as useless in the same aspect as Meracle, but Lymle at least has two more tricks up her sleeve before the game reaches its culmination. It's a shame they didn't do the same thing for Meracle.

Overall, Meracle could be something more, but she just isn't in the hands of the game's writers. The other unfortunate thing for Meracle is that most fanfic writers will treat her the same way or completely disregard her altogether. My hope is that, for myself, by doing these character studies, I can at least discover what it is that bothers me about the characters in questions or discover what I love and just be true to the characters in question.
star_ocean_fan: (Star Ocean 3 game cover)
Hello, everyone! Welcome once again to Ask the Star Ocean Character! Today, we have with us Maria Traydor, leader of Quark and Captain of The Diplo. Welcome Ms Traydor, and thank you for joining us today.

Maria: Thank you. It's a pleasure to be here. And it's the former leader of Quark . . . Quark has been disbanded.

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Some facts about Maria Traydor:

Her Japanese Voice Actor is Michiko Neya.
Her English Voice Actor is Dorothy Elias-Fahn.

She joined Quark between the ages of 12 and 15.
She found out at age 12 from her mother Jessie Traydor that she was adopted.
She has an idea of who her biological parents are.
She was between the ages of 16 and 18 when her powers of Alteration manifested, allowing her and The Diplo to destroy the Federation ship The Invisible.
The transport ship she and her mother were on was called The Radish.
For being a major character in the game, she has no personal bio in the manual that comes with the game.

Item Creation Skills Set:
Cooking 19
Crafting 10
Smithery 4
Engineering 20
Alchemy 22
Compounding 25
Writing 22
Synthesis 15
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Character Study - Maria Traydor

Name: Maria Traydor
Age: 19
Hair color: blue
Eye color: rotates between blue or green, depending on the artist. Official artwork, it looks more blue.
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 104 lbs
Rank: Captain of The Diplo, leader of Quark, gunman/archer
Birthdate: Sometime in the year 753 S.D.
Weapon: Guns/Symbology
Favorite food: unknown
Quote: Not applicable

From the strategy guide:
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I think this is bad wording on the part of the strategy guide's writers parts. It sounds, to a small extent, a misuse of power on Maria's part, and she isn't exactly the kind of person to misuse the power at her command or the trust placed in her by the Quark members. I'm sure that, while everyone in Quark (or at least the ones on The Diplo) wanted to know more about Maria's powers and why she has them, they wouldn't take very kindly to all of their resources being used for a singular goal when it potentially contradicts everything Cliff stands for when it comes to the Pangalactic Federation. Quark is known for its ability to be Switzerland in times of negotiation. To focus solely on the goal of tracking down the Leingod family in however many years since her powers manifested would be irresponsible on Maria's part, and she is not an irresponsible person.

I'm also not sure of the rumors . . . of course, as the players, we don't see evidence of the rumors before her arrival on Elicoor II. Cliff and Mirage don't even mention her by name, which is our only source to her enigma. We know that there's a leader to Quark who is as straight as an arrow, just like Fayt (if Cliff's mild grumblings are any indication).

The fact that she's orphaned at a young age does play into her emotional and social development. It's caused her to become a more mature person faster than if she'd had a normal childhood/life from the age of twelve. (I always thought it was age ten that she was orphaned, but I was mistaken . . . what I get for going years in between new games and all that.) It's never a good age to lose a parent, let alone the violent deaths that Richard and Jessie Traydor suffered. A lot was heaped onto Maria in those final moments with her mother, and I personally feel it scarred her on some level. More on that below.

From the in-game dictionary:
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Personally, I'm sick of the repetition with what Quark is. It's like we don't get what it is the first time around, and it's worse in the game.

Anyway, back to Maria and my analysis of her . . . I don't think the claims she makes about the research would be something she makes up. She knows of her own powers. She demonstrates them for Fayt and the Aquarians, and she's also done her homework. (Seriously? Knowing as much as she did about Fayt? Not just his age, who his parents are, and where he goes to school but also his favorite sport, the position he plays for that sport and his favorite food? That's some major research there that could border on stalking in some places!) I feel that Maria wouldn't make those claims if she couldn't back them or up if she hadn't been given a clue about them in the first place. The fact that she isn't able to prove it right away means very little. That's the kind of thing I realize someone could make up, but not someone who is clearly being described as being blunt with her honesty and possessing impeccable integrity. There are just some things that, while unbelievable, wouldn't necessarily be the imaginings of someone who is being described as a person of honesty and integrity. Again, poor wording/translation.

I also think it's silly that Maria would expect people to ask for her permission to genetically modify her.  I don't blame her for being mad - I'd be mad, too - but at the same time, I also feel it's a bit unreasonable for her to remain angry after the fact. In the societal world in which she's born - which is ours, to put it bluntly - children are at the whims of their parents/guardians. They don't get a say in the decisions made for them by their parents/guardians until a certain age, and I also think it's very silly of her to want them to wait when they know the universe is in danger to ask her if she'd like to be genetically modified in order to save the universe, especially when they don't know the time the attacks will come, just that they will come. I don't blame her for being mad about it, but I do think it's unreasonable of her to expect for them to wait. Perhaps the strength of her powers (as well as Fayt's and Sophia's) is dependent upon her age as well. A younger body is more resilient than an older one.

A lot of this goes back to Maria's emotional ineptness. Because she did lose her parents - though they be her adoptive parents, they were her parents all the same - at the age of 12, she's at a great disadvantage when it comes to dealing with other people, people like Fayt, Albel, and Sophia. While I think it's possible she could identify with someone like Albel on a certain level due to some of their similar experiences in losing parents at a young age, it would only go so far. Nel would be the closest one she could really identify with as both women have a very strong sense of honor and courage about them. Not to say that Albel isn't honorable - he has his own brand, that's for sure - but Maria has a low tolerance level, and, let's face it, despite how much we love him, Albel is something of an asshole. Maria wouldn't tolerate being around him for very long without Fayt's presence. She wouldn't be able to handle Sophia for very long because Sophia would strike her as being an irresponsible airhead due to the fact that Sophia is still a high school student and more interested in the cute, fluffy things. There's the woman and then there's the girly girl, and Maria would have a hard time with that after all because it's been denied to her.

By the same token, I feel that her friendship with Fayt would become strained eventually. While she does possess the maturity of one who's seen and experienced a lot in seven years, thanks to living on The Diplo, she didn't receive the kind of emotional support that only a parent can provide a child. And this is all evident in some of her interactions. For example, when they're in the kitchens of the Kirlsa Training Facility, Maria confronts Dr. Leingod with her questions. She's angry and justifiably so. When Dr. Leingod gives her the answers she's looking for, she's in tears, and cries out, "That's not what I wanted to hear." (To which I say, what we want to hear and what we need to hear are often two very different things.) It's also evident again after Dr. Leingod's death and before the party transports over to The Aquaelie. I realize that she wants answers, but she doesn't give Fayt a moment's reprieve after his father's death, and she's doing so for a selfish reason, really. She wants the truth, and, at that point, she's got no remorse over bullying (for lack of a better) Fayt into getting over his grief in the span of minutes. After a while, that would become friction between the two of them, especially since she's had the opportunity to mourn, and Fayt doesn't really get that chance (as far as we can see when playing the game or reading the manga).

One problem, aside from how Maria behaves in those two moments, is her lack of honesty when it comes to her emotions. It's one of those, is she doing what she's going because she wants people to know the truth for sure, or because she has a crush on Fayt? If you talk to Lieber before heading to the bridge of The Diplo, he starts to make a remark about Fayt and Maria's interest in him. In fact, it takes the Fayt/Maria ending for her to finally hint at that she might have romantic feelings towards him, which I think is very dangerous, given her limited emotional capabilities. Honesty and integrity don't necessarily mean she's ready for the emotional turbulence that's a relationship. She has her own baggage, as does Fayt, and the kind of baggage each possesses would be the death knell for a long-term relationship.

Finally, there is an issue of leadership. I don't believe Maria would ever abuse her power as leader of Quark. The search for Robert Leingod in the game is actually one of great importance since he is being held captive by the Vendeeni, and he does have a great deal of knowledge. That, I find no fault in whatsoever. But it's something that's in her inventor's profile (wasn't kidding in the Ask the Star Ocean Character segment about what that says about her) that gives me reason to believe Maria doesn't like to be called a follower nor does she ever want to be a follower ever again. She's tasted leadership, she enjoys it, and I do believe she'd have a very hard time walking away (despite what her solo ending might indicate). We don't get to see it in the game, but I wonder how many arguments she and Fayt actually did have in the course of their journey (if you were to think of it as an epic science fiction adventure novel over an RPG).

It's fodder for fanfiction, that's for sure.


 


star_ocean_fan: (Star Ocean 3 game cover)
Hello once again, everyone, and welcome back to Ask the Star Ocean Character! Today, we have with Sophia Esteed, daughter of Clive and Kyoko Esteed.

Sophia: Hi, everyone! /smiles and waves, happy/

Welcome, Sophia, and thank you for joining us.

Sophia: Oh, thank you for having me. It's so wonderful to be here! I'm so happy that you asked me.

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Some facts about Sophia Esteed:

Her Japanese voice actor is Atsuko Enomoto.
Her English/American voice actor is Michelle Ruff.

Sophia is one of three humans genetically altered in order to combat the Creator's Executioners and to enter the 4-D realm. Professor Leingod, his wife Ryoko, and Professors Clive Esteed and Jessie Traydor are the ones who performed the genetic etching. Clive Esteed is her father.

Her mother, Kyoko Esteed, is a surgical doctor at a local hospital.

Sophia was born in a colony on Luna, or the moon.

Her favorite book is The Special Theory of Symbology by Dr. Leon

Despite having one of the largest Symbol collections of anyone in the party (the other being Adray Lasbard), her wind-up (casting) time is one of the slowest (the other, again, being Adray Lasbard).

Her power of Connection actually has no battle inclinations. The only times the power kicks in are at the Time Gate and at the Eternal Sphere terminal in Gemity.

Like Reimi, Sophia is perhaps one of the least liked characters of Till the End of Time by many. There are some who do adore her, maybe more than Reimi.

There are three PVC figures for Sophia, each with a different pose. Two of the PVCs have color variants.

Sophia has no known trust issues.

Item Creation Skills
Smithery 6
Cooking 43
Alchemy 36
Writing 15
Engineering 3
Crafting 33
Compounding 15
Synthesis 25

Ironically, in Till the End of Time, there are no negative numbers for Item Creation. I guess no one really stinks at anything for this particular game. :)

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Character Study - Sophia Esteed

Name: Sophia Esteed
Age: 17
Hair color: brown
Eye color: green
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 105 lbs
Rank: Symbologist
Birthdate: Sometime in the year 755 S.D.
Weapon: Staff/Symbology
Favorite food: unknown
Quote: You just have to believe what you feel in your heart. Let's choose to believe.

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From me: I'm sure Sophia's independent in the ways that count, but, battle-wise and quest-wise, she needs all the help she can get. She's very reliant on Fayt for protection, and she sees them living in some kind of a fantasy world as a Knight and his Princess.

I don't think she's able to charm everyone with her smile, either. Initially, I'm quite sure Maria doesn't like her, seeing her as competition for Fayt's affections (more on that when I write up my character study of Maria), and, given her personality, Albel also isn't charmed by her. If anything, she's the kind of naive person who would have someone like the Wicked One gnashing his teeth in irritation and polishing his sword for the slaughter.

From the strategy guide:
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From me: While I will concede that there are some romantic feelings on Sophia's part, I don't see where it's coming in on Fayt's part. His concern for her throughout the course of the game is understandable - they've known each other for a very long time, the attack on Hyda IV has him worried about her safety as well as that of his parents. The only place where the strong, romantic feelings even appear is in the manga in a side story where Sophia tries to ensnare Fayt into either becoming her boyfriend, going to bed with her or even both. Since her attempts are thwarted, we'll never know. Also, while I personally haven't gotten the Fayt/Sophia ending, I have seen it on youtube, and there is nothing even remotely romantic going on between them.

Just sayin'.

From the in-game dictionary:
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From me:
I love browsing the in-game dictionaries. :) While it is true that Clive works with Robert and Ryoko, the only reason why Clive even knows the Leingods is because of his wife's long-term friendship with Ryoko Leingod. While it doesn't say exactly how long Kyoko and Ryoko have known each other, it does say they've been friends since school.

What I'm finding interesting is Sophia, despite wanting to surpass her "Aunt" Ryoko in Symbological Genetics, Spacetime studies is more her dad's field. If you get into his bio in the game, that's actually part of his specialty in the area of Symbological Genetics.

The in-game entries for Till the End of Time are hard to analyze when it comes to character. It really is just background information. About the only thing we don't see in Sophia is a neat fetish, whereas we get hints of it in Reimi though the cleaning fetish isn't anywhere in her bios. I'm sure Sophia likes everything to be tidy and orderly . . . she even comments about how the animals smell compared to the holographic images of animals she's seen, and she wonders if they're being cleaned daily like they should . . . It's a bit unrealistic to clean an animal every single day when other chores need more attention.

Continued from the in-game dictionary:
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From me:
I don't really care for the last remark in Sophia's bio about how the experiments shouldn't have come as a surprise to her. She wasn't even born when they decided to give her the power of Connection. While infants do retain memories, they don't necessarily remember such events after they've happened. Yes. It's a surprise to her, probably like a bomb hitting her.

According to the Star Ocean wikia, it's because of her powers of Connection that Sophia is so adept at Symbology. I disagree with that assessment. If it's her powers of Connection that make her such a great Symbologist, why are people like Adray and Nel so skilled at it as well? Granted, the only one's whose arsenal is even comparable to Sophia's is Adray's . . . I think the only differences in what they learn when it comes to skill manuals is the ones designated specifically for them and found in the post-game dungeons.

For the rest of my character study . . .

Sophia is the only daughter/child of Clive and Kyoko Esteed, as has been mentioned before, and, as everyone knows, Fayt Leingod's childhood friend. Read more... )
Overall, Sophia is not one of my favorite characters. Her personality alone bugs me, but she doesn't bug me nearly as much as Reimi. That much is obvious.
star_ocean_fan: (Default)
Hello, everyone and welcome to the inaugural segment of Ask the Star Ocean Character! Today's special guest is none other than Miss Reimi Saionji of the Space Reconnaissance Force and First Officer of the 003-Calnus. Welcome to my little corner of cyberspace, Miss Saionji, and thank you for joining us.

Reimi: Thank you, and please, call me Reimi. /smiles/

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Some facts about Reimi Saionji:

Her Japanese voice actress is Misato Fukuen.
Her English/American voice actress is Laura Bailey.

She's a surviving member of the Seeds of Hope Project orchestrated by Arnold Maverick, Edge's father, and her own parents. She's given the ability to overcome any and all diseases she might encounter, including radiation poisoning.

Reimi is perhaps one of the least liked characters in Star Ocean: The Last Hope. However, I won't say that with any definitive certainty . . . I have found that some fanfic authors do like her.

There are a PVC and pose-able action figure for her.

She has a hard time trusting people with very important secrets. See Seeds of Hope comment from above and below from the character study.

Astrological sign: Aries

Item Creation Skills
Smithery 1
Cooking 10
Alchemy -6
Artistry 6
Engineering -1
Crafting 5
Compounding -2
Sense 3

These do not change as a person levels up a person's given trade. I don't know why I thought it would so I checked. As I double-checked the numbers from the higher levels to the beginning levels, my sister asked me, "How can someone have a negative number on a skill?" I said I didn't know . . .  but one thing is for sure. Reimi really stinks at alchemy, engineering, and compounding. ^_^
 
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Reimi Character Study - Revised

Name: Reimi Saionji
Age: 19
Hair color: brown
Eye color: brown
Height: 5' 5/8" - updated thanks to Star Ocean wiki
Weight: 117 lbs - updated thanks to Star Ocean wiki
Rank: First Officer
Birthdate: March 28, 2077
Weapon: Bow
Favorite food: sweet things - added thanks to Star Ocean wiki
Quote: I believe in you, Edge.

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From me: I agree and disagree with Reimi being level-headed. She definitely has her moments where she is the calm, cool and collected one, but her age gets the better of her in other situations. It isn't a win-win for  her, but it also isn't lose-lose.

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That's just one of a few examples that I can think of where Reimi isn't very level-headed. Yes, she's nineteen years old, turns twenty when the right private action is triggered,  but, if she's as intelligent as the game's strategy guide claims, she wouldn't need to ask "What happened here?" when it was quite obvious as to what happened. :) I do understand shock settling in and her mind not wanting to process what she saw, but, really. Intelligent people look at it, understand it, accept it, and find a way to keep the tragedies from happening all over again.

From the strategy guide:
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From me: Reimi is the mother hen of the group but without the experience of raising children herself. The player first gets a brief glimpse of this in the opening scenes with Edge in how she conducts herself and chastises him for not attending the departure ceremony, but it becomes very apparent after Lymle joins the party. I won't necessarily say it's a bad thing, but it's something that can become annoying after a while. I understand that when a person is dealing with someone who's about five years of age or at least looks like she's five years of age, s/he is going to modify the way s/he talks to that child. I'm sure Reimi doesn't realize that, in some ways, she's talking down to Lymle, but hen again, she probably doesn't realize that Lymle is fifteen and not five.

One thing I've noticed about Reimi is how she likes to declare Edge as being a pervert, and I'm not talking about in the private actions. (For private actions, I go out of my way to PO Reimi, but that's because I don't like her. In order to get her ending, though, I'm going to have to play nice with her on the next play-through, which I hope to start soon as there's another topic I'd like to address.) The first instance is after the dragon newt is defeated in Alanaire Citadel, and the original way they reached the top is no longer accessible to them. On the outside of the citadel are some hanging materials. I want to call it canvas, but I don't believe that's the accurate term . . . it is strong enough to hold weight so . . . Anyway, Reimi points out the hanging material, no one can see another way down, and Edge volunteers to go down first.

Immediately, Reimi is objecting. She says no repeatedly, calls him a pervert (which is leaving him confused as well as Faize and Lymle), and declares she's going down first. (Which one could argue is an act of insubordination on the First Officer's part.)

The other in-game moment is on the alternate Earth when they're locked in the same room as an unconscious Reimi by Milla Bachtein. Reimi, for some reason, is naked. Why she's naked, it's never said, but she is and she's unconscious. When she comes to, she sits up, the blankets falling, and then she realizes she's nude and Edge is staring, dumbfounded. Okay, that moment isn't exactly good for Edge, but I don't blame him, either, for looking at a woman's bared boobs.

That particular scene truly bothers me. I know Reimi is intelligent. I know she's kind. I won't dispute those facts because they are evident throughout the game. What I don't understand (aside from it being a ploy on the game designers' parts) is how come she didn't realize upon waking that she was naked? There is a world of difference in the feel of the textiles used in her uniform and cotton-blend sheets. Plus, she's only covered from underneath her arms to about her ankles.

Now, it could be argued "Well, she was drugged. Milla even admitted as much." Yes. Milla drugged Reimi. She did admit as much so it's a given. However, I only buy that argument so far. Speaking as a woman, I know the difference between how my clothes feel on me and when I'm naked under a sheet and some blankets. Drugged or not, I'm going to realize whether or not I have my clothes on upon waking, and, if I'm naked, I'm certainly not going to sit up so the blankets fall off me with people in the room.

The rest of the "pervert" remarks are found in the private actions, where Reimi's jealousy over the other women on the Calnus becomes apparent. Of course, triggering those private actions are up to the player.

There is one other flaw I've found in Reimi's character, and it seems to be a bit of a popular theme in anime in general. Girl has crush on guy. Guy is somewhat clueless to girl's crush so either doesn't reciprocate or doesn't know how to reciprocate. Guy is attractive and has other girls talking to him, increasing the jealousy of the girl (who also is supposed to be the heroine of the story, the hero's counterpart), and so said girl throws fit and storms off or calls guy a pervert and smacks him for being googly-eyed over the other women. If guy and girl are dating, I can understand the jealousy to a certain extent, but if guy and girl aren't dating, I don't understand it at all.

In essence, though, Reimi is not an evil character. She does treat the others in the team with kindness and respect, reserving the smacking for Edge (probably because Sarah is just too innocent in how she sees things, it'd be cruel for her to smack someone as unsuspecting of things like Meracle, and Myuria would smack her back). In terms of personality, she's a little like the pink fluff of Sophia Esteed mixed with emo-ness of Maria. The internal angst seems so unnecessary to me, but it's how the game designers wrote her so . . . I just find her annoying. When I get the chance, I remove her from my fighting party, keeping her levels up because she does come quite handy in certain boss battles. I don't necessarily see where she's hard on herself, other than when it comes to food, but maybe others see it.

Overall, Reimi is a character that a person will either like or dislike. That is entirely up to the player. For this player, she's just one that, if I didn't have to keep her leveled up for certain battles, I wouldn't bother with her at all. Her ability to fight disease is both a bane and a boon. You realize this later in the game. It's also because of this ability that the truth comes out about her, Edge, and Crowe.

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From me: I do agree, for the most part, that Reimi looks out for those around her. Unfortunately, there's one scene that takes place where her emotions overwhelm, and she behaves more than a bit selfishly . . . It's the return to Aeos and, upon seeing the destruction of the base, she (and Edge) initially doesn't think of Faize and what he's lost. When she does finally realize it, Faize brushes it off, and she accepts it without question. She isn't the only one guilty of this, though, but she's being written as caring and considerate of others above herself, and it doesn't always hold true.

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From me: Upon learning about the Seeds of Hope project on Roak, I really had to say, "You're kidding me, right? Again with the genetic enhancement of children? It's the same thing that they did in Till the End of Time!" And it does feel like a trite, overused plot tool when it comes to games.

Having this secret come out in the game and at a critical point in the game, it leaves me wondering just how well Reimi trusts those she calls friends and colleagues. I understand her silence is yet another plot device, or else Edge wouldn't have worried so much after she contracted the stone sickness nor would he have fought as hard as he did just to get the cure. Plot device aside, it's too much of a critical secret to be kept to herself. Edge is supposed to be her childhood friend, best friend, sibling-like friend, and someone she's falling in love with hard, fast, and strong. This secret she's resolved to keep is something that, if Sarah hadn't asked why Reimi recovered as quickly as she did and with Bacchus backing Sarah up on the issue, Reimi would have taken to her grave. She'd have never trusted anyone, Edge included, with that kind of a secret. Yes, I do understand the events that uncovered this secret, when Reimi learns the truth from her parents about her abilities, is emotionally and mentally scarring. I won't ever deny that, but to resolve to never tell anyone, not even the person you care about most in the world (and galaxy) isn't only foolish but selfish. It's the kind of thing that will eat away at your soul until your ability to love becomes eroded, and you start hating those around you for being normal, hating them as much as you hate yourself for not being normal.

And thus ends the revision of Reimi's character study. Next week's character study will feature Sophia Esteed from Till the End of Time.

star_ocean_fan: (Edge Maverick)
Character Study: Reimi Saionji

It might seem strange for me to start with one of my least favorite characters as opposed to starting with one of my most favorite characters . . . there is a method to my madness.

I'll be starting with the basics with each character study. The basics are what most people will find in the game manuals and strategy guides as well as some of the basic information from the games. It'll then be followed up with my take on the character in question.

Name: Reimi Saionji
Age: 19
Hair color: brown
Eye color: brown
Height: N/A
Weight: N/A
Rank: First Officer
Birthdate: March 28
Weapon: Bow
Quote: I believe in you, Edge.

From the Game Manual )
From me: I agree and disagree with Reimie being level-headed. She definitely has her moments where she is the calm, cool and collected one, but her age gets the better of her in other situations.

For example:Cut for spoilers )
That's just one of a few examples that I can think of where Reimi isn't very level-headed. Yes, she's nineteen years old, but, if she's as intelligent as the game's strategy guide claims, she wouldn't need to ask "What happened here?" when it was quite obvious as to what happened. :)

From the strategy guide )

From me: Reimi is the mother hen of the group but without the experience of raising children herself. The player first gets a brief glimpse of this in the opening scenes with Edge in how she conducts herself and chastises him for not attending the departure ceremony, but it becomes very apparent after Lymle joins the party. I won't necessarily say it's a bad thing, but it's something that can become annoying after a while. I understand that when a person is dealing with someone who's about five years of age or at least looks like she's five years of age, s/he is going to modify the way s/he talks to that child. I'm sure Reimi doesn't realize that, in some ways, she's talking down to Lymle, but hen again, she probably doesn't realize that Lymle is fifteen and not five.

One thing I've noticed about Reimi is how she likes to declare Edge as being a pervert, and I'm not talking about in the private actions. (For private actions, I go out of my way to PO Reimi, but that's because I don't like her. In order to get her ending, though, I'm going to have to play nice with her on the next play-through, which I hope to start soon as there's another topic I'd like to address.) The first instance is after the dragon newt is defeated in Alanaire Citadel, and the original way they reached the top is no longer accessible to them. On the outside of the citadel are some hanging materials. I want to call it canvas, but I don't believe that's the accurate term . . . it is strong enough to hold weight so . . . Anyway, Reimi points out the hanging material, no one can see another way down, and Edge volunteers to go down first.

Immediately, Reimi is objecting. She says no repeatedly, calls him a pervert (which is leaving him confused as well as Faize and Lymle), and declares she's going down first. (Which one could argue is an act of insubordination on the First Officer's part.)

The other in-game moment is on the alternate Earth when they're locked in the same room as an unconscious Reimi by Milla Bachtein. Reimi, for some reason, is naked. Why she's naked, it's never said, but she is and she's unconscious. When she comes to, she sits up, the blankets falling, and then she realizes she's nude and Edge is staring, dumbfounded. Okay, that moment isn't exactly good for Edge, but I don't blame him, either, for looking at a woman's bared boobs.

That particular scene truly bothers me. I know Reimi is intelligent. I know she's kind. I won't dispute those facts because they are evident throughout the game. What I don't understand (aside from it being a ploy on the game designers' parts) is how come she didn't realize upon waking that she was naked? There is a world of difference in the feel of the textiles used in her uniform and cotton-blend sheets. Plus, she's only covered from underneath her arms to about her ankles.

Now, it could be argued "Well, she was drugged. Milla even admitted as much." Yes. Milla drugged Reimi. She did admit as much so it's a given. However, I only buy that argument so far. Speaking as a woman, I know the difference between how my clothes feel on me and when I'm naked under a sheet and some blankets. Drugged or not, I'm going to realize whether or not I have my clothes on upon waking, and, if I'm naked, I'm certainly not going to sit up so the blankets fall off me with people in the room.

The rest of the "pervert" remarks are found in the private actions, where Reimi's jealousy over the other women on the Calnus becomes apparent. Of course, triggering those private actions are up to the player.

There is one other flaw I've found in Reimi's character, and it seems to be a bit of a popular theme in anime in general. Girl has crush on guy. Guy is somewhat clueless to girl's crush so either doesn't reciprocate or doesn't know how to reciprocate. Guy is attractive and has other girls talking to him, increasing the jealousy of the girl (who also is supposed to be the heroine of the story, the hero's counterpart), and so said girl throws fit and storms off or calls guy a pervert and smacks him for being googly-eyed over the other women. If guy and girl are dating, I can understand the jealousy to a certain extent, but if guy and girl aren't dating, I don't understand it at all.

In essence, though, Reimi is not an evil character. She does treat the others in the team with kindness, reserving the smacking for Edge (probably because Sarah is just too innocent in how she sees things and Myuria would smack her back). In terms of personality, she's a little like the pink fluff of Sophia Esteed mixed with emo-ness of Maria. The internal angst seems so unnecessary to me, but it's how the game designers wrote her so . . . I just find her annoying. When I get the chance, I remove her from my fighting party, keeping her levels up because she does come quite handy in certain boss battles. I don't necessarily see where she's hard on herself, other than when it comes to food, but maybe others see it.

Overall, Reimi is a character that a person will either like or dislike. That is entirely up to the player. For this player, she's just one that, if I didn't have to keep her leveled up for certain battles, I wouldn't bother with her at all. Her ability to fight disease is both a bane and a boon. You realize this later in the game. It's also because of this ability that the truth comes out about her, Edge, and Crowe.

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Game Review:

Star Ocean game: The Last Hope

Rating: Four and a half stars out of Five

I'm just going to keep my review of this game rather brief. It's actually the kind of game a person can beat in about thirty hours of play, including the side quests and store deliveries.

The Story: The Last Hope takes place in the year 10 S.D., a time in the series history when the Earth is in great danger. The environment is deteriorating at a rapid rate, so much so, the human population has taken to living in underground cities. Mankind's only hope for survival is to head into space.

Enter the Space Reconnaissance Force, or SRF. This history is narrated by none other than the hero of the game as he waits for the right time to make his entrance at the departure ceremony.

Among the members of the SRF are our hero, Edge Maverick, and his childhood friend, Reimi Saionji. Despite being the hero of the game, at the inaugural launch of five exploration craft into space, Edge isn't in a leadership position. His best friend and greatest rival, Crowe F. Almedio, is a Captain, which frustrates our hero to no end.

From this point, the game starts. All five ships launch, the destination being an uninhabited planet called Aeos. After a few more events taking place  (such as meeting Faize and learning of the Eldarian race), Edge receives a battlefield promotion, and thus is given command of the ship, the Calnus.

With the Calnus, players are able to embark on an intergalactic journey, which eventually becomes a mission to save not only Earth, but the entire universe.

Plot: To save the universe is a rather ho-hum device in order to drive a story. Yet it wouldn't be a Star Ocean game if the entire universe wasn't in peril. I could be wrong on First Departure, since that seems to be focused mostly on Roak (which you get to see in The Last Hope as well), but I'll know more once I've played the game. Still, saving the universe, while ho-hum, can be quite spectacular if in the hands of the right people, and it doesn't feel like quite a cliche for The Last Hope. With two new planets to explore that may or may not appear in First Departure or Second Evolution, it's kind of hard to be bored with the saving the universe them.

There is one other plot device utilized in The Last Hope that I find to be a bit boring and rather cliched for the Star Ocean universe, and that's the genetic altering of select characters in order to enhance the game. It feels like, "Serioulsy? You couldn't come up with some other plot device?" Mind you, Edge, Reimi and Crowe (who remains unattainable) are the ones given these special properties, but, when compared to the likes of Fayt, Maria, and Sophia, the powers for those belonging to the Seeds of Hope don't seem all that spectacular. It's just an ability to overcome an adverse situation of some kind or another. It'd be interesting to see these six characters in a face-off of sorts.

Graphics: I love what was done in terms of creating these new worlds of Aeos and Lemuris and Roak. Everything looks similar yet foreign and beautiful at the same time.

Characters: Very few characters in this game truly annoy me. Most of the characters reach some semblance of growth throughout the game, which is something I like. Characters that don't grow are generally boring and annoying.

Battle: Battles aren't all that different from Till the End of Time, neither of which are turn-based RPGs. You fight the battles as you would in a real life situation, which can make it difficult in keeping certain characters alive sometimes. However, unlike Till the End of Time, should the entire battle party die, you can pull out another member to revive the dead. It's only when all eight party members are dead that you hit Game Over. Tis nice, especially when you're up against a really difficult boss.

Overall: I give this game four and a half stars out of five, and it will remain as one of my top RPGs to play over and over again.

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Title: Letting Go When the Desire to Hold On is Strong
World: Till the End of Time
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Character death
Disclaimer: I do not own Star Ocean or the characters contained within this story. The rights belong respectively to Square Enix and Tri-Ace. I do not profit financially from writing this story.
Summary: A Leingod says goodbye.
 


Next up: A potential inconsistency in the game of The Last Hope.


star_ocean_fan: (manga Fayt Leingod)


First of all, I will admit that the following character isn't someone I'm extremely fond of, and I wish I didn't need to rely on her in certain battles. That being said, this really isn't an attempt at character bashing on my part. It's actually a long look at the events that led up to Edge's decision (mentioned in yesterday's entry) and how Milla Bachtein was able to manipulate him so easily.

The SRF doesn't train its people properly, it would seem . . . spoilers )

It might sound like I don't love the game of The Last Hope. That's actually not true. I do love TLH very much, so much so, I've started four play-throughs and have defeated it twice. The second time I defeated Satanail wasn't quite as awesome as the first time - first time Edge was the only one left standing. Arumat, Reimi, and Sarah had just died when Edge delivered the final blow so I didn't get a chance to revive anyone or pull someone else from the reserves. That was so awesome - but a second game with another defeat won't be as awesome or thrilling as the first time a game is beaten (or as spectacular as the hero getting in the final blow unexpectedly).

Next entry looks to be solely fanfic-related. As I said before, the first chaptered piece will be Destinies Intertwined by Fate, which is still in progress in terms of writing. When it comes to posting that story, that will be all for the day. Destinies Intertwined by Fate was something I'd started a few years ago for National Novel Writing Month, and the first chapter is quite long. My goal with it is to have at least five different PoVs for each chapter with about twenty chapters as well as a prologue and epilogue. So if you see just that, don't panic. I'll be coming up with conversation topics, scouring dA for cosplay and merchandise photos as well as getting my currently puny merchandise gathered up for photos, and going over the finer points of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time and Star Ocean: The Last Hope International for the PS3 for review. Also, don't be surprised if something ends up age restricted . . . there are certain things I like to write or that call out to me to be written and I do it. Some of what I write isn't suitable for those under the age of 18. At least, by law, they're not suitable.

Also, I'm planning something for Valentine's Day. :) Just got to get a few things together and cleaned up.

Fanfic: Emerald Eyes
World: Till the End of Time
Characters: Fayt Leingod, Luther Lansfeld
Disclaimer: I do not own Star Ocean: Till the End of Time nor the characters of Fayt Leingod and Luther Lansfeld. They are property to Square Enix and Tri-Ace. I do not profit financially from writing this story.
Summary: The fight begins.

 

Emerald Eyes )

 

With tomorrow being Valentine's Day, it will all be dedicated to pairings, relationships, and all of that gushy-gushy and mushy-mushy romance stuff. :)



star_ocean_fan: (Edge Maverick)
Okay, you've played Star Ocean: The Last Hope, either for the XBox 360 or the PS3 (or even both). You've defeated the Apostle of Creation and Satanail, and you've watched as Edge fell into the abyss as Nox Obscuris has fallen apart only to see him alive and well in the flashback to the events shortly after the fall of Nox Obscuris. Most players know about the conversation that takes place next between Edge, Reimi, Giotto of the Morphus, Supreme Commander Gaghan of the Eldarians, and Commander Stephen D. "Lightspeed" Kenny and his personal assistant, Lieutentant Heinz. Kenny wants to continue exploring space for habitable planets for humankind, and I'm sure most players understand the importance of that conversation due what happens in the previous (yet future, chronologically speaking) games.

But why was Edge the one to protest Commander Kenny's initial remarks on continued space exploration? Why was he saved from imminent death? Couldn't someone else have set into motion the necessary events for the preview games? We know he's the hero, and people don't like it when the hero dies at the end, so there's one reason. The other, well, I fear it's rather obvious at this point for all Star Ocean: The Last Hope players. Edge is the only one capable of voicing such a discontent to his hero, Lightspeed Kenny. Someone else might have crumpled under such pressure or may not have even thought to say, "Hey, we don't want to be the bad guys here. We need rules if we continue space exploration." With his "death", the Under-developed Planet Preservation Pact wouldn't exist.

Realistically, though, Edge should have died. He didn't bother to try and escape the destruction of Nox Obscuris. He knew quite well what he was doing when he indicated for Giotto to get the others to safety. He only lived at the end as a plot device and to keep the events in the other games where they needed to be. I realize that most fans might already know this, but I am a bit grumpy over the fact that Edge didn't die as he should have. You don't see it very often so . . .

Anyway, that's today's topic. I know it isn't an in-depth thing, but there really isn't much else to say on the matter.

I now leave you with a ficlet.

Title: Honey Wine
Game: Till the End of Time
Pairing: N/A
Characters: Fayt Leingod aka Destruction, OCs
Disclaimer: I do not own Star Ocean or the character of Fayt Leingod. They are owned by Square Enix and Tri-Ace. I do not profit financially from writing this story.
Summary: The nectar of the Gods is sweet. But taking a drink comes with a price.
Honey Wine )

 



star_ocean_fan: (Edge Maverick)
I thank Kojika for discussing Star Ocean thoughts with me over at deviantArt. It's definitely nice to have someone to talk to about Star Ocean and have that same love of fandom, if not always for the same pairings. :)

Anyway, this came about when we were talking about the whole childhood friends turned romantic relationship ideal that the Star Ocean creators like to sell to the fans.

The Issue of Trust )
Mind you, these are pairings I'm not overly fond of and won't read in terms of fanfiction. I skip over the art. Those are just my personal preferences for pairings, but I also believe there's just too much emphasis on pairing. Here's what I mean.

For Star Ocean 3, my favorite pairing, my OTP, is that of Luther Lansfeld with Fayt Leingod. An unlikely duo as seen by many, about as implausible to them as Fayt/Sophia or Fayt/Maria is to me, and therefore they won't read the stories I write because of that. Okay, fine. That's something I can deal with and appreciate because, hey, I do it myself. If the person doesn't like it, but likes the story premise and reads it for that, that's cool by me, too. I'm sure if I were to find a Fayt/Maria or Fayt/Sophia story where the plot premise sounded intriguing, I might be inspired to read it. What I don't like are the people who will read it, minds made up they don't like the story based on the pairing alone, and leave a stiff and haughty-sounding review with the plot premise as the disguise for their disdain. (Yes, I've had that happen before.)

Now, I will read Fayt paired with other people so long as it isn't some sappy written drivel where the characters act like morons from a chidren's anime episode and filled with grammar and spelling errors galore. I have a very high set of standards when it comes to reading.

That being said, I do say to each his or her own when it comes to pairing and what you want to see and read. These are just my thoughts, and if it inspires those who love such canon pairings to take a different look at them, so be it. :)

On a final note, the other part of this entry's subject, I hope to see more Star Ocean games. I'd love to see Blue Sphere translated and adapted for another system like the PSP or something less portable, like the Wii or PS3. I'd also love to see follow-ups for The Last Hope and Till the End of Time and even a crossover game between those two . . . perhaps Luther has returned, or someone just as insidious as he has appeared as a threat (it is possible - he was defeated only, not killed . . . it seems like it's impossible to kill someone from the 4-D realm), and the space time continuum is threatened and only by combining forces with Edge and a select number of his crew will Fayt and a select number of his friends. Of course, if one runs with that theory, then the non-optional characters would definitely be Edge, Reimi, Fayt, Maria, and Sophia . . . I'd toss in Crowe as well simply because you don't get to have fun with him in battles. The guy can wield both a gun or a set of laser blades. That is just so cool! There's six right there so that leaves two spaces fill . . . for which I'd say leave that up to the players to choose who fills them. (I can see having Albel and Arumat in that group . . . may not be a wise idea, but I could see some people doing that!)

Actually, what would be better with that scenario is gaining everyone that you had before, including Faize, in reserves and just rotate out the ones that you need. I know I'm getting ahead of myself on this, but I really do love this series. I'm very much looking forward to playing First Departure and Second Evolution once I get a PSP, so that will take care of some of my Star Ocean game craving, but not completely. I know I may never get my wish of more Star Ocean games. The series hasn't quite reached the popularity levels of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, but there is still a large enough fanbase for more games to be made. I shall keep my fingers crossed. :)

Next entry will be more Star Ocean: The Last Hope centered . . . In fact, the next three entries at least will be TLH-centered because I'll be writing two different character studies on Edge Maverick. One will deal with how the game ended while the other will deal with Edge's actions on the alternate Earth. The third one will also deal with the alternate Earth situation, but it'll take a closer look at the influences that led to Edge's decision and the end results. Also, I'm going to start posting fanfiction snippets and chapters. The first chaptered story up will be Destinies Intertwined by Fate, a Star Ocean: Till the End of Time end-game story.

star_ocean_fan: (Fayt Leingod Experiment)
Hello again! Another day with another entry with another thought from me. Yeah. It may seem like I need a life, that I should stop obsessing over something that's fictional, but, well, what's science fiction today is science fact of tomorrow. Isaac Asimov proved that with his novel, I, Robot. :)

Anyway, after I wrote about Luther Lansfeld yesterday, I went and played some more Star Ocean: The Last Hope International. Discovered that there's an ending for Reimi, and I'm not sure if it's something I'm going to go for . . . despite being a trophy completionist. I'm getting off-track here. One thing I've noticed that seems to be a bit of a recurring theme with the Star Ocean games, or at least with Till the End of Time and The Last Hope, is that of genetic experimentation. As most Star Ocean players know, in Till the End of Time, the "science" experiments were Fayt Leingod, Maria Traydor, and Sophia Esteed, with each given the powers of Destruction, Alteration, and Connection respectively. In The Last Hope, it's Edge Maverick, Crowe F. Almedio (who you don't get as an AI for your team - bummer), and Reimi Saionji. These three were gifted with the genetic capabilities of an ancient alien race known as the Muah, but they're not specific powers, per se. Rather, it's the ability to adapt to a given situation and survive. You know it's going on when you see crests light up on the back of Edge's right hand and the back of Reimi's neck. Sadly, because Crowe doesn't become a playable member of your AI team, it's unclear just what exactly his adaptation skills are, but we do know he's powerful in his own right, Captain of the Aquila at a very young age and capable of using not only a gun, but twin blades as well. :) (What's not to love about that?)

Into the details we go )
I have all sorts of interesting ideas about the Star Ocean universe that I'd like to present to my fellow fans and players. My goal with these entries isn't necessarily to influence others to my way of thinking about the fandom, but to help spread the love and to discuss all things related to the games. These games are still popular, but they're not necessarily as popular as the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series. This journal is also for the people who wonder what the appeal is to the games from a fan's point of view. The fans of Star Ocean know why they love the games. That's a given.

So if you're just finding this journal or if you're a die-hard Star Ocean fan, discussions on entries like this are welcome, so long as they maintain a certain social decorum and respect. Remember, each person is entitled to his or her opinions. Name-calling, pushing your thoughts on others, and blatant disrespect for your fellow fans and me will get you banned from this journal quicker than what it would take Luther to hit his almighty delete key of doom. I know I should have said this on this first entry, but it's here now. The idea is to spread the love, not turn other people away from the fandom. I also have anonymous commenting on, but if people abuse that, it will be turned off, and said person will either have to create an ID in order to post comments or leave me alone. It sounds harsh, I know, but I will not tolerate disrespect towards me or to others who may have a differing view point on these games and these characters. It's the disrespect that drives people who love the games away and keeps others who might enjoy the games from ever touching them. There is no one correct theory to any of this. :) It's all for fun, and I hope fun for all.

What's next? In terms of idea discussion and thoughts, I think I'm going to run with an idea called An Issue of Trust. There are events that have taken place in the Star Ocean games that most people who love a few of the canon pairings don't take into consideration when creating artwork or writing stories for those pairings. These are pairings that, for me, just don't work even though they are canon to some extent or another. People who like the canon pairings may want to avoid reading the next entry simply because it won't be what they want to hear. I feel that everyone has the right to choose the OTP that appeals to him (or her . . . mostly her, it seems like). I just don't feel like arguing over why, oh, say, Edge Maverick should be with Reimi Saionji over someone else, like Myuria or even heading into yaoi territory with Faize or Crowe or Arumat. The canon pairings don't always appeal to me. I understand that they appeal to others, and that's fine. We will like what we will like, and that's fine.

Until tomorrow, kiddos!!

Icon artwork done by: Blackdragon

star_ocean_fan: (manga Fayt Leingod)
I actually like the title of this entry enough for it to be a fanfiction title. :) I may just have to write that down. Hehehehehe.

Anyway, even though I've yet to play First Departure and Second Story/Evolution,  I do have a bit of a working knowledge about the final bosses.Cut for spoilers and prosterity )

Now for a list of the Star Ocean games and their available platforms:

Star Ocean                                                                  Super Nintendo; Japan only
Star Ocean: Second Story                                        PlayStation
Star Ocean: Blue Sphere                                         Nintendo Gameboy; Japan only
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time                             PlayStation 2
Star Ocean: First Departure - remake                   PSP
Star Ocean: Second Evolution - remake               PSP
Star Ocean: The Last Hope                                     XBox360; PlayStation 3

I am currently in the process of compiling a list of official Star Ocean merchandise, which does not include doujinshi. I currently have a link to a site of official merchandise, but it hasn't been updated since the person first started it. It does give me an idea of where to start. Right now, I'm starting with the games and where those who haven't played them but want to can find them.

eBay is always a good place to look for video games. Typing in Star Ocean will bring in all kinds of results, including fish food and ocean liner memorabilia. However, be very wary about purchasing any game from someone on eBay. I realize some editions of each game are becoming collector's items, like Star Ocean for the SNES, Star Ocean: Second Story, and Star Ocean: Blue Sphere for the Gameboy. In fact, eBay is the only place I can think of right now where people will be able to find those. However, for the games like Till the End of Time, the Last Hope, and the remakes/re-releases of First Departure and Second Evolution, I recommend heading to a local GameStop or heading directly to the websites for Square Enix or Sony. Instead of paying $30-$80 for Till the End of Time, as an example, either in Used or New conditions, you'll pay a lot less at GameStop (for used) or the companies' official websites (for new). (I'd personally recommend heading to the Square Enix or Sony sites . . . a new copy of Till the End of Time is $19.99, not including shipping. I can't say it'd be that low on a site like eBay.) It's important to be economical when it comes to buying video games. If you can get it cheaper through another site like Square Enix's website, that's what I'd recommend a person to do. (Also be wary if you're out to find the strategy guides as well . . . some people on eBay won't hesitate to charge a person $100 for a paperback book that was originally $30 in stores.)

Also, one other note, and this is in regards to The Last Hope: It was originally released on the XBox360 system in advance of the PS3 version. It may not seem like there'd be much of a difference between the two, but the truth is there is a difference. When it comes to Item Creation (it's in all Star Ocean games), some items will require an extra ingredient in the PS3 version. The PS3 version also has some additional treasure chests or has items in chests that are different from the XBox360 version. According to a friend of mine, Square Enix pushed for the XBox360 release before creators Tri-Ace were ready to release. There are a few kinks to that version, so player be warned.

As for which one I think is better . . . well, I've only played the PS3 version so I'll be going with that. It's just a pain when you need additional items to make the same things in the same game but you're playing on a different system. I know this because I did buy the strategy guide for The Last Hope when it was available in Wal-Mart. It gives the read-outs for both systems. Those who only own the XBox 360 version swear by that. It does depend on the system you own as to which one you'd consider to buy. If you own both systems, eh, give them both a whirl. The story's still the same, but it wouldn't hurt to have the same game twice. You know. Just in case. ;)


star_ocean_fan: (Default)
Hello, fellow Star Ocean fans and people new to the fandom! My name is Autumn, but you may use one of the following monickers to call me by instead: Dragonfly Moonlight, Liana Bluestar, Silverblue Sakura, Fayt's Girl, or Dreaming Vision. Feel free to leave comments on any entry you find calling out to you.

Let me start off by welcoming you to this humble journal where I will discuss all things Star Ocean. This won't be just to review the games that are out there. Let's face it. There are only a grand total of five (this is counting the Gameboy Blue Sphere game) so there isn't much in the way of reviewing the games. For me, right now, that could be done in two entries, as I've only played Star Ocean: Till the End of Time and Star Ocean: The Last Hope International thus far. Even going with a merchandise list might only take an entry or two.

With this journal, I not only intend to review the games, compile a list of merchandise that's available to all Star Ocean fans, and reveal where said merchandise can be found, but showcase cosplays and artwork of others, write some character studies, discuss the high and low points of the games' plots, and post my own fanfiction for the series. I also hopefully will be able to show photos of my own Star Ocean cosplays, once I have them started and completed. Some of the merchandise that's available will take some time to compile as well, as I will be going by what's in my collection, the collections of friends from deviantArt, and what I've been able to find on sites like eBay. Any and all photos of cosplays and artwork will be credited to the proper people. There are many talented people out there, and they deserve any and all credit for their hardwork. All fanfiction in this journal will be mine. I'll post links to the fanfiction of others.

So what's first for the inaugural entry of a Star Ocean blog? The reasons for manifestation? Girl, what on Earth are you talking about? Cut for game spoilers )
I could keep on writing about which characters experienced growth from the moment he or she appeared in the game and which ones seemed to stagnate. I could, but I won't. That is actually an entry in its own right. This is more of a comparison between two people who manifested great symbological powers at two different points in the game (and the manga) and what caused those triggers. I realize that not everyone will agree with me on this, which is quite all right. :) I welcome all differing opinions.

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