Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children unveiled at TGS
First interesting information about the official sequel to Final Fantasy VII.

- Square Enix revealed some details about the upcoming Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children at the last Tokyo Game Show. Apparently, Advent Children will be a sort of interactive movie taking place a couple of years after its prequel, the original Playstation game.

Very few details are known about this movie, that is scheduled for Japan release in Summer 2004 (no release date has been announced for the rest of the world). From trailers and footage, we get to know that Cloud, the hero of Final Fantasy VII, will be in it. If other characters from the preceding game will be involved or not, this is not clear. Few screens are showing Sephiroth, Final Fantasy VII main villain. But it has not been revealed by development staff if Sephiroth will be in the movie as an actual character or if these screens are only a reference to flashback scenes regarding Cloud's past. Another couple of characters has been seen till now in official footage: a mysteryous silver-haired man all dressed in tight black leather-like clothes dueling with Cloud, and another one sitting on a wheelchair, whose features are hidden by a sort of white sudarium entirely covering him. No details are known about their role in the movie or about their connections to Cloud.
Information about the story is rather foggy too. We are only given to know that after the events of Final Fantasy VII Cloud is living isolated from any other living being, pondering about his past and facing his responsibilities, in a world where cities are partially in ruins still recovering from the previous disasters. Despite this, people surviving after Sephiroth's Meteor destructive menace are now enjoying harmony and peace again. When all of a sudden a new menacing shadow is on its way to destroy the renewed stability: inhabitants of the planet begin suffering from an unknown sickness called Seikon-Shoukougun (aka Star Scar Syndrome).

The staff working on this Final Fantasy VII movie sequel is the following:

Direction: Tetsuya Nomura (Final Fantasy VII character designer, Kingdom Hearts director)
Co-Direction: Takeshi Nozue (Final Fantasy IX CG designer, Final Fantasy X animation director)
Production: Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy X director)
Co-Production: Shinji Hashimoto (Final Fantasy VIII producer)
Script: Kazunari Nojima (Final Fantasy X script writer)
Art Direction: Yusuke Naora (Final Fantasy X art director)
Music: Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy series music composer)
Mech and Creature Design: Takayuki Takeya (Anime "Heat Guy J" mech designer, freelance figure artist)

More details and news about Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children will be added soon!

(Posted: Friday, September 26, 2003, 2:20PM GMT)

- Panuru

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