Genesis Rhapsodos Just Looks Like A Bad Fanfiction Character (And Other Observations)

You’ve Outdone Yourself This Time Nomura…..

This may be a little after the fact, but then again I am pretty after the fact.  Usual disclaimers apply.

Jeez Louise Nomura, like are you that out of ideas that you keep recycling the same characters.  I’m sorry, but the goth-emo characters are really starting to get old from this guy and it’s looking like he’s pandering to Hikkikomori every time he makes a character that looks like Gackt.  In fact, the character is even voiced by Gackt now as if we didn’t already get that Nomura is fucking obsessed with the guy.  Really though, did we need the latest iteration of this character but with some Vincent, Cloud, Dante and Seifer all rolled into his character design and personality.  And I thought Weiss was bad for being like the 4th Silver Haired Bishie in a row to come out of Nomura.  It’s about time that this whole Compilation of FFVII thing comes to a close as it really has proven (at least to me), and not just in the rather uninspired characterization and writing, to be little more then a series of rehashed ideas meant to appeal to die hard FFVII fans who couldn’t move on from the original games more then satisfying conclusion.

Yes it’s time to end the fanfiction and move on Square.  Fire Nomura’s arse (I beg you), get some writers with fresh ideas and people who can come up with more then one character design, and preferrably one that doesn’t involve Gackt, Belts and Zippers, and start up some new FF storylines.  Square’s been really phoning it in ever since the idea to do FFX-2 and to introduce sequels to the franchises (Meant more FF7 and that’s it) and actually I’m glad to hear that their president has diagnosed the issue and is planning to fire some people if something doesn’t get done.

That said, Compilation of FFVII’s utter mediocrity so far (having seen the movie and “played” Dirge Of Cerberus) is just one of the reasons I decided to pick up a copy of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2 Grimoire of The Rift earlier today instead of Crisis Core.  The other (again among others) is that I want to support any attempt Square makes to move away from the Nomura style of games and towards something involving more gameplay and less watching what feels like a Tim Burton movie in Japanese.  Over 400 playable quests, lots of gameplay elements, a less overwrought story (if the first game is any impression), less enslavement to high end graphics and cutscenes (Square has historically been at their best when working with Sprites and character models and not tempted to pander with flashy cutscenes), the Judge system (Which I LOVE for it’s introducing a random factor to battles that makes you have to consider your actions a little bit more), and NO TETSUYA NOMURA GACKT CHARACTER DESIGNS!  And now go here if you want some humour.


19 Responses to “Genesis Rhapsodos Just Looks Like A Bad Fanfiction Character (And Other Observations)”

  1. 1 The Sojourner July 1, 2008 at 3:37 am

    So the Riuva post with a Genesis cosplay was the last straw for you huh.

  2. 2 Kaioshin Sama July 1, 2008 at 3:46 am

    That was indeed the inspiration for this.

  3. 3 Haesslich July 1, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Just think of it this way – you get to kill Gackt over and over and over and over and over…. forever if you want to, really.

    However, that being said, “Ring of Blood” was awful. Genesis Wings was better, but… well, it was no FFT, even if that tended to drag on.

  4. 4 Orange July 6, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    So true. But you got to understand that we’re not dealing with Square anymore but with Square Enix today, money’s the game, and Nomura is one of their top selling icons (just take a look at the FF4 DS remake, SD characters who look absolutely charming (plus highly stylish) in their Amano-esque fantasy-like design.

  5. 5 Amrita March 25, 2009 at 3:21 am

    I think GENESIS is the HOTTEST looking character made by Square Enix & he does not even look like Gact who BTW is so ugly

  6. 6 Morhighan March 25, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    And to think that SE blamed their profit decrease on their new, original titles and have decided to focus their creative energies on making “new” remakes/sequals/series. D:

  7. 7 wolf rhapsodos May 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    im not that keen on genesis looks but i dont think hes that bad! i mean come on, hes pretty cool, and so is gackt. it takes alot of thought when creating charries, based on people or not, so you shouldnt ‘dis’ them quite as much. then again we all have our own opinions ^^

  8. 8 suishou_yuri August 8, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Not that you aren’t entitled to your opinion but…
    Nomura didn’t just do FFVII he’s also worked on other games. Kingdom Hearts for example. Okay, so he used another load of silver/white haired dudes but the main character, Sora, isn’t really emo.
    He was also credited with FFXIII.
    I would’ve mentioned FFVIII but I have reason to believe Squall was based off Gackt too.(back in the Malice Mizer days)
    Then he was also with the FFX and FFX-2 group.
    Apparently, he also worked on FFV and FFVI back in the day.

  9. 9 sophie rhapsodos November 10, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Genesis is so sexy…

  10. 10 B December 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Someone seems to be jealous as fuck.

    I don’t see you making any games or designing characters, so how the hell do you know what it takes to come up with the awesome stuff that Enix do? Just shut the fuck up and crawl back into your dark hole of fail, bitch.

    Gackt and Genesis are two very different people, get that through your thick head. And stop wasting peoples’ time with your whining.


  11. 11 Mia March 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I have to be honest and say that I love Genesis and Gackt, but that’s just my opinion. I mean, they already had the insane bad guy (Sephiroth), and the reluctant bad guy (Angeal), so they needed a willing and arrogant bad guy to complete the circle, lol.
    Physically, he needed to be toned down (his abilities and such), but I think his personality was perfect for the whole story line and in general.

  12. 12 Mia April 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I gotta be honest, I just love Gackt, and I can’t hate Genesis because of that XP

  13. 13 Jelly June 27, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I entirely agree with Mia’s comment, and also with the fact that we’re all entitled to personal opinion.
    As for myself, I did find Genesis rather annoying, but at least he made an impact; I was kinda sad to see him go.
    Who cares if his personaliy is similar to characters in other games? They can’t all be different, you know, you have to get the right balance for each game. As for FFVII, you won’t find another character there like him.
    Yes, it is a known fact that Genesis is more than based off Gackt – they’re identical. But why is this a bad thing? Some of his songs were used in the compilation, the least Square Enix can do is give him obvious credit. It probably also worked as a double plug – something money-making ventures are always seeking to achieve.
    Just to wrap up, no, this is not a dismissal of your points, Kaioshin Sama, you made some good ones. But just let me say, those fancy cutscenes you so panned are a marvel of technology, and only annoy people who can’t beat a boss and have to watch them over and over.

  14. 14 personal finance October 23, 2011 at 5:28 am

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  15. 15 Mazy April 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I love Genesis. He’s my favourite.

  16. 16 Keo October 12, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Did you even play Crisis Core? I personally prefer it than the other 2 titles and movie (plus it’s “complete” version) combined together x 3. Seriously, Crisis Core was great. BUT WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, yeah please can we just steer away from the emo crap.. sheesh. FF XIII Versus seems fun, but Noctis looks like yet another Cloud copy.

  17. 17 harif2601 October 13, 2013 at 5:20 am

    I didn’t even know that any of the other characters were based off of Gackt. I didn’t even know who Gackt was until I found Genesis.

    It’s just typical to ignore characters like Zack, Angeal etc and focus on ones you don’t like..
    As much as I love Zack, even he’s a recurring personality. He resembles Zell and Zidane.

    Genesis is hardly “emo”. Cloud is what I would class as a depressed emo. Squall is moody. Genesis is far from it. Are you calling him an emo only based on his looks or the fact that he likes literature? He doesn’t look emo nor does reading literature make you an emo. He’s actually an interesting character who shows emotions such as anger, hate, sarcasm. Is that your typical emo? Check up on your definitions.

    I’d rather you pick on weeny Cloud if you want to go with the boring emo argument. Also, Noctis has cool, black hair. Is that why you think he’s “emo”? Change your Western perception of that.

    Unnecessary article.

  18. 18 Jayayh October 13, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Come on..
    Wanna know a truly boring, Cloud like, emo character? Lightening Farron. That game and most of the characters in it are the typical boring blonde haired, blue eyed characters with not much personality.
    Genesis on the other hand is awesome. You can pick on many other characters worth picking on.

  19. 19 Jayayh October 13, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Oh and also, PLAY THE GAME BEFORE CRITICIZING. The game is one of the best FF games.

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