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Final Fantasy: Home Of The Prodigy? (Part 1 – Final Fantasy II)

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Yeah so the Yoko vs. Yoko series has been cut short due to lack of interest and the fact that I got my point across already, but I have a new one now.

I’m sure everyone who hasn’t been living under a rock the past week has heard about and seen the Final Fantasy XIII.  It’s pretty hot news and has generated a lot of talk, but I’m not actually here tonight to gush about it, I’ve already done that elsewhere.  No tonight I’m here because upon seeing it I decided to look back a bit at the history of the franchise and it’s playable characters and found something that I’ve always sort of been aware of but have never really thought about too much.  Final Fantasy (and Square Enix in general really) really seems to be a fan of making younger characters look cool and efficient in every way and older characters look like either bafoons or well past whatever their prime was.

However I want to put that theory to the test to see if there actually is a correlation between youth and general usefulness and accomplishment in the characters of Final Fantasy, which is why I’m going to be looking at each of the characters in the franchise so far (starting with 2 and skipping 3 since it’s really the first game to have characters with actual character traits), measuring their worth against the age at which they managed to accomplish it, and seeing if the FF writers favour the young.  Also there will be wisecracking along the way.  Let’s go.

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