Lightning is not a female Cloud.

#1GigerSupremePosted 3/23/2013 11:22:31 PM
Parasite Eve's Aya Brea is a female Cloud.



Whatever was in the tap water at the SquareSoft building during Final Fantasy VII's development doesn't seem to have been completely flushed out before Parasite Eve was underway. Perhaps the fact could be attributed to its genesis as a discarded Final Fantasy VII scenario, but Parasite Eve exhibits more common DNA with SquareSoft's biggest hit than any of the Final Fantasy VII sequels, prequels, or spin-offs. Arguments:

1.) Gloomy concrete jungles. Final Fantasy VII begins in Midgar (its most memorable location by a tremendous margin) and then wanders elsewhere. Parasite Eve never leaves the city, and SquareSoft's Manhattan feels very similar to Midgar.

2.) Final Fantasy VII could, at times, evoke a very palpable menace, and much of this springs from its environments. Parasite Eve follows suit to an extent that other Final Fantasy games do not. Its Central Park exudes the same fearful desolation as the Niebel mountains; the sewer reservoir under Chinatown has the scale and semblance of a Mako reactor; the empty hospital is pretty much the Shinra Mansion with a white paint job.

3.) Alien/mutant body horror. Eve's metamorphoses bear more than a small semblance to Jenova's morphology - which shouldn't come as a surprise, since both creatures were designed by a young Tetsuya Nomura.

4.) Demonic mothers and the apocalyptic ascensions of their godlike sons.

5.) Environmental messages. In Parasite Eve's case, the cautionary green talk is crammed in at the very end, but it's nevertheless there.

6.) Identity crises. Cloud fears and doesn't understand himself. Aya doesn't understand her powers and fears what she might become.

7.) A sense of timeliness. Both games are almost unnervingly contemporary in a way that SquareSoft games beyond the company's magical PlayStation period don't really duplicate.

8.) Ambiguous endings.

9.) Like Final Fantasy VII, Parasite Eve's English translation is a bit wonky. It's not nearly as awkward, but the flavor is quite similar. (Some of us are actually rather fond of it.)

10.) Forget Lightning. Aya is the original female Cloud. Arguments: she's a loner with a smart mouth, but has a heart of gold beneath her cold and aloof exterior. She experiences inexplicable flashbacks and receives extrasensory advice from an apparently halluncinatory source. She's powered by the cells of a foreign entity and locked in a fierce, vaguely homoerotic rivalry with a fathomlessly strong opponent with an advanced mastery of their common power. And while she doesn't often wear a dress, she nevertheless looks good in one.
#2Snorlax_exlaxPosted 3/23/2013 11:57:20 PM
Aya Brea

Name sounds like bra

Cloud sometimes wears a bra

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#3GigerSupreme(Topic Creator)Posted 3/24/2013 12:03:18 AM
Snorlax_exlax posted...
Aya Brea

Name sounds like bra

Cloud sometimes wears a bra

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Aya looks better in in an evening dress.
#4jelashPosted 3/24/2013 12:20:05 AM
Cloud was cute in a dress too!

,,,and he wore it to impress a fat man! Gotta love him!
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#5GigerSupreme(Topic Creator)Posted 3/24/2013 12:25:00 AM
jelash posted...
Cloud was cute in a dress too!

,,,and he wore it to impress a fat man! Gotta love him!


honey, cloud isnt impressing ANYONE in those pumps...
#6ReposessionManPosted 3/24/2013 3:42:17 AM
Parasite Eve's Aya Brea is a female Cloud.

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#7Elice_CarolPosted 3/24/2013 4:01:34 AM
From: Snorlax_exlax | #002
Aya Brea

Name sounds like bra

Cloud sometimes wears a bra

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#8j-fielding95Posted 3/24/2013 4:07:29 AM
How does poor translation count as a fact that Aya and Cloud are the same?
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#9GigerSupreme(Topic Creator)Posted 3/24/2013 4:10:46 AM
j-fielding95 posted...
How does poor translation count as a fact that Aya and Cloud are the same?


you mean despite all the reasons why i listed that go beyond a translation, but have more in common with theme and narrative?
#10kupo1705Posted 3/24/2013 4:15:34 AM
I don't see how any of this changes that Lightning was supposed to be female Cloud.