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Gratuitous Lightning clip

Here, have a clip from the yummy part of the curate's egg:

[ETA: Hope at 0:05: snerk. I never noticed that before.]

I've always had a hunch that there was a hint of Utena inspiration for the character. Someone at Squeenix evidently has watched the series, considering the sword-drawn-out-of-heart move in FFX (done by Jecht's Final Aeon, of all things.)

What really put me in mind of Utena was all of Lightning's rose petal imagery, which seems a little incongruous for such a badass. I noticed that Lightning's brand and her rose-shaped summons crystal appear just over the spot where Utena / Anthy draw their sword:

Of course, if the resemblance is not a coincidence, it's only superficial: Lightning is a heck of a lot more aware of the BS around her and is, on the surface at least, a cold cynic. She acts more like Juri than Utena.

I love the fact that Lightning takes Odin's sword and that she performs his Zantetsuken ("iron-cutting sword") finishing move used by that summons in previous FF games. And, hey, just noticed: Odin's horse-form has multiple eyes to make up for not having multiple legs in this iteration. Ah, FF and your creative mythology...

Also: does anyone have an animated gif userpic of Lightning kicking butt / smacking Snow?* I feel a need for a Lightning Smackdown icon to use when venting. (There's this old saying in chess: "When in doubt, push [a pawn]." I think Lightning's adapted it to, "when in doubt, punch the nearest blockhead.")

ETA: Goodness, what a rambling post.

This entry was originally posted at http://auronlu.dreamwidth.org/206437.html, where it has comment count unavailablecomments.


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Sep. 7th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
It really says a lot about Lightning's issues that her default response, when she wants to feel she has Done A Thing but doesn't have any thing available to do, is to punch Snow...and a lot about his issues that he lets her.

*happy sigh* What dreadful children.
Sep. 7th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
Aren't they, though?

I always worry that my enjoyment of the "Lightning punches Snow" dynamic means I'm taking WRONG WRONG WRONG pleasure in what is essentially an abusive relationship.

Edited at 2012-09-07 07:45 pm (UTC)
Sep. 7th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Dreadful, awful, precious, wonderful.

I worry about that sometimes in various fandoms, but I think there's an important distinction to be made between "find this character/dynamic/trope interesting/enjoyable in fiction" and "consider this behavior acceptable in real life", you know? The one doesn't imply the other.

And there's so much stuff to their relationship, so much to really dig one's teeth into, so much insight into their separate personalities - what it says about Snow, that he repeatedly seems completely okay with letting people hurt him if it'll make them feel better, wow why are you the most emotionally well-adjusted person in this PC party - and so much change - the moment when Lightning realizes she's been using Snow as a target because he's there and punchable and their personalities don't click, and how much of a dick move with potentially-fatal consequences that is - and how their relationship affects/is affected by their relationships with other characters (Serah, Hope, Fang).

It's messy and painful and not a relationship I'd want to have with anyone, but damn is it good stuff fiction-wise, and it really rounds out the characters - nothing brings out other sides of characters like how they relate to people they don't like or who don't like them - which is my favorite thing, and IMO the best thing, about FFXIII.
Sep. 8th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
Dude, I thought the SAME thing. Utena errrywhere! Rose petals and the sword and yes! Eeep!

And I know you're not a Lady Gaga fan, but watch this video. Seriously. Utena is all OVER it.


Duels in the prison/school, the Pussy Wagon (which is the complete opposite of Akio's penis-mobile), the dual brides, Gaga/Anthy and the poison/cantarella (that she also puts in tea in another video, just like Anthy described) Utena/Beyonce "rescuing" Anthy/Gaga and above all else, Beyonce's uniform.

Dude. Whoa.
Sep. 8th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, I actually know the video without clicking on the link, and I see what you mean.

Note: click on the link above to the dreamwidth mirror of this post; my ex's wife has some interesting comments re: the Utena parallels, as she is pretty much the BIGGEST UTENA FAN EVER... author of "Archimage," which I think I've plugged before.
Sep. 8th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)

wins ALL the Utena feels.
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