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A Daily Dose of Battles: Cloud vs Sephiroth

9:00 AM on 02.01.2013 // Hiroko Yamamura

My kind of fan service

I hope you guys enjoyed your editor's favorite battles over the past couple of weeks. There's only one more day to get your vote in for favorite battle. We have a couple good suggestions, however no one's pulled into the lead. Get your voice heard, and let us know your favorite battle scene. Don't let your favorite anime go unrepresented! Now, without further ado, the one I know you've all be waiting for... me!

Hiroko Yamamura - Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete

"I bet you thought we'd be dealing with some old school mech or Macross action here, and to be honest… i was torn. However, when I think about things I constantly re-watch, nothing beats the final battle between Cloud and Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete. It's just breathtaking.

From a technical standpoint, I still haven't seen any animation to top the absolute love that went into the art, rendering, and animation of Advent Children. As a Final Fantasy VII super fan, Advent Children was a wet dream come true, the ultimate fan service. All the details and beauty of the fight we could only really imagine in the PS1 RPG visualized. The choreography, music, and tear inducing cameos just brought everything together perfectly.

I was impressed when Advent Children came out, but the subtle tweaks in the Complete version's final battle scene are just spot on. Look at the fricking Omini-Slash! To die for. Cloud and Sephiroth are portrayed as the prefect representations of absolute good and evil here, and it's all presented in such an over the top way, that you can't help but be impressed. Every time I view this clip I'm totally in awe."

Hiroko Yamamura, Editor-in-Chief
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