Sunday, October 31st, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 10:23 PM EST
A Brief Reminder...
The FF7 Citadel is no longer posting any plot-related details for Advent Children until the movie is legally available. I understand that there's a lot of information from the recent screenings floating about the 'Net, so I just want to say right now: don't send any of this information to me! I don't want the movie spoiled, and I know that there are others in the Citadel community who feel the same way.
You are still welcome to post your findings on the Forums, but please include appropriate spoiler warnings when doing so. You may also continue to send in theories (but only those based on information the Citadel already has, mind you), as well as information not related to the plot of Advent Children (such as screenings and release dates). Thanks in advance.
P.S. Hope everyone has had (or is having) a Happy Halloween!
Posted by Reeve at 10:22 AM EST
The FF7 Citadel on IRC
Props to Citadel regulars MercuryTurrent and Digital Holocaust for setting up the (semi-)official FF7 Citadel IRC channel. If you're interested, Merc has posted an FAQ with instructions on connecting to the channel. For future reference, you can find this FAQ in the General Discussion area of the Forums, or in the "Special Links" section of the Links page.
I'm also currently looking to update and expand Reunion Tracks, the FF7 Citadel community directory. This clique is open to all Citadel staff, contributors, and forum members; further information is available at the site.
Saturday, October 30th, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 02:28 PM EST
Advent Children logo and FFVII's secrets analyzed
Today we have a new page in the Advent Children section's Speculations & Theories area about the movie's logo. Thanks go out to Forum regular Seb for writing it up.
(And speaking of Seb, I'd like to officially congratulate him on becoming the Citadel's new Roleplay Moderator! Also, best wishes to SOLDIER Officer 81, who served as the RP Mod for quite some time before retiring from this position)
Also up today is a new subsection under Secrets & Mysteries. Titled Buried in the Programming, this section explores the various strange (and sometimes funny) things found bubbling just beneath the surface of Final Fantasy VII. The piece analyzing the origins of the Kalm Letters has been moved here, joining two new pages: one about a strange red figure in a background from the Desert Prison, and another on the "Giant Aeris" in the Debug Room.
A small update to the Monster Rumors has also been added today; thanks go out to firstname.lastname@example.org for sending us the new info.
Finally, due to the incredible amount of interest the Citadel's visitors have shown in the identity of Advent Children's "Wheelchair Person", I've set up a little poll in the Forums. I invite everyone with a theory to place your vote and present your case to the Citadel community!
Wednesday, October 27th, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 08:15 AM EST
Thanks to Sir Chester on the Messageboard for posting a link to a Square-Enix webpage announcing the fourth entry in the "Compilation of Final Fantasy VII". Titled Crisis Core - Final Fantasy VII, this game is an action RPG that will appear on the PSP (PlayStation Portable) sometime in 2006, at least in Japan.
At this time, the news about Crisis Core has been posted at SPOnG and IGN. As you can see, they are similarly short on details. We hope to have more info as it becomes available.
Discuss this news on the Messageboard!
Tuesday, October 26th, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 08:19 PM EST
A quick note
Due to the recent cease and desist notice sent to Adventchildren.net, we at the Citadel have removed our Advent Children trailer torrents so as to avoid similar trouble with Square-Enix in the future.
In other news, we have a new Top Recommendation on the Links page, and the Staff listing has been updated.
Saturday, October 23rd, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 09:21 AM EST
A few discoveries
Regarding the "unidentifiable" pic mentioned in yesterday's update, Digital Holocaust was the first to point out that it bears a striking resemblance to the execution chamber in Junon. Taking a closer look at the image, I saw that she was right-- though the strange skeletal structures surrounding the chair remain a mystery.
DH also sent me a blurry screenshot from the TGS Advent Children trailer. You know how various characters wear pink ribbons around their arms? It seems that Yuffie has placed her own ribbon around her shuriken!
And I probably should have mentioned this before, but Mum/Diamond Weapon recently found an even more startling screenshot, this time from the TGS trailer for Dirge of Cerberus. As you can see, it's an image of a man who could very well be Reeve. Whether or not it is actually him has yet to be determined...
Friday, October 22nd, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 04:15 PM EST
Rarities and Remembrances
Well, I'm home sick today, so you lucky cats are getting yourselves an update!
First off, we now have some incredibly rare pieces available in Images and Media: original background source art from FFVII! These intricate line drawings were done by a Japanese company called Kusanagi, which has since created concept art for the backgrounds in FFVIII, FFIX, and FFX. We have ten images in all, including a very strange one which seems to have not made it into the final version of the game (you can find this drawing listed as "unidentifiable"). Be sure to check out these wonderful pieces of FFVII history.
And speaking of history, the Citadel's Museum has received a much-needed overhaul and update. Thanks go out to Cyrus Dogstar for some of the old site files, and ChibiTaryn for the headers and buttons from the old Acmlmboard.
Finally, there's a new site listed under Links. Have a good weekend, everyone!
Tuesday, October 19th, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 10:26 PM EST
Some interesting new reading material
New today is What We Shouldn't Have Seen IV, which takes the previous articles in this series and comes to a conclusion that'll make you smack your head and wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?!" It's great reading for anyone interested in Final Fantasy VII's strange loopholes. Thanks go out to IanGM for sending it in!
We also have a new piece in the Article Archive which focuses on the various little similarities between FFVII and Square's first CG-animated feature, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. This is not a new topic of course, but there are a number of interesting discoveries-- especially in regards to Advent Children-- that you may have never heard about before. Kudos to Jon "LC" Flowers for submitting this piece.
Finally, the FAQ and Submission Policies have been updated and revised.
Saturday, October 9th, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 02:43 PM EST
On a personal note...
From henceforth, I won't be posting any more information about Advent Children's plot, at least until the movie is readily (and legally) available. I'm doing this because I wish to avoid any further spoilers; doubtless, many of you feel the same way.
This doesn't mean to say that I won't be keeping on top of things in the meantime. Rest assured that I'll be posting the latest news regarding screenings and release dates as they are made available, and I'll also continue to post anything new about the other Compilation of FFVII projects (Before Crisis and Dirge of Cerberus). In the meantime, keep the theories and other submissions coming in, and feel free to check out the huge "Advent Children thread" on the General Discussion part of the Messageboard if you'd like to keep on top of the latest developments.
Thursday, October 7th, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 11:29 AM EST
The Advent Children theories keep coming in
Most of the pages in Advent Children's Speculations & Theories section have been updated today with new content. While the pieces on Geostigma and Aeris' Appearance now have screenshots to better illustrate their points, there are new theories as to the whereabouts of Cait Sith and Elena on the Unconfirmed Characters page, and Tseng and Lucrecia have been added as possibilities for being The Wheelchair Person.
Wednesday, October 6th, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 02:30 PM EST
Article and Fanfiction updates
New today is our first article of 2004, "My Hue and Cry" by The Splitsville Kid. You can read it in the Article Archive's newest section, for articles written between 2004 and 2005. Meanwhile, in the Short Stories wing of the Fanfiction section, I've included my most recent piece, "Double Header".
I've also revised nearly all of the pages in the Weapons subsection under Strategy-- thanks to Mum for pointing out some of the errors that were there. In addition, a new category for "Special Links", for sites directly connected with the Citadel, has been added to the Links page, as well as links to the official Advent Children and Before Crisis sites.
Finally, as a reminder to our regular visitors, the Messageboard is currently seeking donations. For more information, please see this thread.
Monday, October 4th, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 06:01 PM EST
Strategy section updated
The Strategy section gets a major update today, with one page completely revised, and three all-new guides added.
First off, the Key Items listing has been redone, with more detailed location descriptions and information on the usage of each item.
Debuting today are the Armor listing, the Turtle's Paradise Newsletters guide, and the Wall Market Guide. Please note that FF7 spoilers abound on these pages (especially the latter two).
Saturday, October 2nd, 2004
Posted by Reeve at 12:18 PM EST
Advent Children on the festival circuit
Two new media festivals will be showing preview versions of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children later this month, making for AC's second and third film festival appearances, respectively. First off is the 33rd Festival du Noveau Cinéma Montréal (Montréal Festival of New Cinema), taking place October 14-24, where a 30-minute cut of AC will be shown. The second event is the 3rd Tokyo International CG Film Festival, part of the 17th Tokyo International Film Festival, which is scheduled for the end of this month.