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    Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega Translations
    Ryu Kaze/Ryu Sinclair; contact: omegaomnislash@gmail.com
    *Time period of initial translations*
    March, 2006
    *Last updated*
    June 13, 2006
    *Current Version*
    ****Notes to make yourself aware of****
    Also, be aware that at any point the in the translations where you see
    something in brackets, it is something that I have added to the translation,
    either for the purpose of clarifying the wording (Japanese does not always
    translate directly into English in such a way that it's entirely coherent), or
    to offer an analysis of a certain section of the translation.
    Also, for your convenience, be aware that you can use the numbers to the right
    of each section in the table of contents to do a ctrl+f search and instantly
    get to the section of your choice.
    *****Table of contents*****
    -1: Version history (001)
    -2: Statement of purpose (002)
    -3: Translations from the character profiles segment of the book (003)
    -4: Translations from the Story Playback segment of the book (004)
    -5: Complete translation of The truth of Final Fantasy VII segment (005)
    1) Jenova (005.1)
    *Jenova Relation 1: The Jenova Project (005.1A)
    *Jenova Relation 2: The Reunion (005.1B)
    *Jenova Relation 3: The Sephiroth Clones (005.1C)
    2) The Ancients (005.2)
    *The Ancients Relation 1: The Promised Land (005.2A)
    3) Meteor and Holy (005.3)
    *The Black Materia: Meteor (005.3A)
    *The White Materia: Holy (005.3B)
    4) The WEAPONs (005.4)
    *The WEAPONs that appear in the story (005.4A)
    5) Lifestream (005.5)
    *Lifestream Relation 1: Mako Energy (005.5A)
    *Lifestream Relation 2: The Study of Planet Life (005.5B)
    *Lifestream Relation 3: SOLDIER (005.5C)
    -6: Translations of the vehicle specifications (006)
    -7: Translations concerning the plot-related connection between FFVII and
    FFX/X-2 (007)
    -8: Notes on information in the Advent Children Reunion Files book (008)
    *Production notes* (008.1)
    *Character and plot notes* (008.2)
    *Miscellaneous notes (008.3)
    -9: Recommended further reading (009)
    -10: Acknowledgements about the game, the Ultimania Omega and this FAQ (010)
    ****Version history**** (001)
    June 13:  Added a bit of extra information to the notes on the Advent Children
              Reunion Files book, specifically more information on how Sephiroth's
              power compares to Cloud's and that Sephiroth, Kadaj, Yazoo and Loz
              are left-handed
              Added a little more information to the section on the connection
              between FFVII and FFX/X-2
    June 4:   Added notes on the Advent Children Reunion Files book
    May 18:   Added Translations of the vehicle specifications section
    May 3:    Removed some speculative information concerning Rufus' survival
              deemed inaccurate
              Added a new site authorized to host the FAQ
    April 26: Clarified "continuation" as meaning "sequel"
    April 23: Added new Translations concerning the plot-related connection
              between FFVII and FFX/X-2 section
              Added another translation to the new section
    April 17: Added some translations from Tifa and Yuffie's profiles to the
              character translations
              Added some translations concerning Tseng and Rufus to the Story
              Playback translations
    April 16: Added a translation of the "The open cell door" passage to the Story
              Playback section translations
    April 15: Added "Enigma of the voice" and a passage I've entitled "[From the
              Story Playback segment of the book]" to the Story Playback
    April 6:  Changed "Feremis" to "Faremis"
    March 30: Added bio info for Gast, Zack, Tifa's dad, Lucrecia, Jessie, Biggs,
              Wedge, President Shinra, Heidegger, Scarlet, Hojo, Palmer and Reeve
              to the character translations
              Changed "Translations from the character profiles and Story Playback
              segments of the book" into two seperate sections
    March 28: Added bio info for Ifalna, Bugenhagen, Zangan, Johnny and a little
              bit for Aerith to the Translations from the character profiles and
              Story Playback segments of the book
    March 27: Added Turks bios to the Translations from the character profiles and
              Story Playback segments of the book
              Changed "Notable sections from the character profiles and Story
              Playback segments of the book" to "Translations from the character
              profiles and Story Playback segments of the book"
    March 25: Small mistake; fixing "surname" to "name" in regard to "Ifalna";
              thanks go to Blood Omega of GameFAQs for noticing the mistake
    March 25: Made a sweep for spelling and formating errors
    March 24: Translations completed and FAQ published
    ****Statement of purpose**** (002)
    This FAQ's purpose is to provide an English translation of the notable
    storyline related sections of the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega to the
    fans of Final Fantasy VII who may be unable to acquire or translate the book
    themselves. I've tried to maintain as accurate a translation here as possible,
    and I believe I've managed to keep all the explanations true to the original
    Japanese information offered in the book, but I'll tell you right now that
    it's not going to be perfect. My teaching credentials are in the English
    language and English literature, not the Japanese language. As such, I don't
    claim to be a master of translating Japanese. It's just something I do as a
    hobby because I enjoy it and find it interesting, and this is the first big
    translation project I've done since September, 2005 when I translated Final
    Fantasy VII: Advent Children. That's six months of rust to build up on my
    skills, and while I do feel like I've improved even more since then, the point
    I'm trying to get across is that I've done my best here, but that it's
    probably still not perfect.
    That said, I do have faith that I've accurately conveyed the intent of
    everything present in those sections I translated, and I've tried to maintain
    a Japanese-to-English wording as consistent with the original as possible.
    Where that wasn't always possible (and it's never going to be), I've inserted
    brackets ([ ]) to indicate the words that I had to insert in order to maintain 
    the same flow we would use in English. Surprisingly, I've not had to do it all
    that much.
    Also, be aware that (also contained in brackets) at the end of many sections
    you'll find an analysis section where I offer some kind of clarification or
    comment on the section you've just read.
    I do hope you'll enjoy this FAQ and that it will be of benefit to many fans of
    Final Fantasy VII; both those who weren't able to read the book for themselves
    and those who just want to see another take on the wording. Enjoy.
    ****Translations from the character profiles segment of the book**** (003)
    ***[Tifa's] Appearance*** (Page 23)
    Her long black hair is in a hairstyle such that its tip looks like a dolphin's
    tail. Her garments are simple and monotone, consisting of a tanktop and a mini
    skirt, the length of which is quite short, giving a considerable degree of
    (Accompanying screenshot caption 1)
    In her super-tight mini skirt, she thrives at the art of hand-to-hand
    (Accompanying screenshot caption 2)
    Due to her form, her plain garments take on a pleasant appearance.
    [Analysis: This is, perhaps, the funniest thing in the entire book. It's funny
    both in how it's taking the time to describe what we could see with our own
    eyes, and in the wording it's using. This is not a joke. The book really says
    that stuff. Anyway, it would seem that Tifa's hair ending in a shape like a
    dolphin's tail was intentional, and is the reason behind the Dolphin Blow
    Limit Break.]
    ***[From Aerith's bio]*** (Page 30)
    |15 years ago|
    Together with her mother, she escaped from the Shin-Ra headquarters to the
    train station in the slums of Sector 7, where she would be seperated from her
    by death. She was then brought up by Elmyra as her foster daughter. (*1)
    After encountering her at the train station, she enters Elmyra's care and
    begins living in the slums of Sector 5. Afterward, she is visited by the Turks
    many times, as they request that she return to the Shin-Ra headquarters, but
    she consistently refuses.
    [Analysis: Nothing notable; I was looking for an explanation of how Ifalna
    was wounded during the escape from the Shin-Ra headquarters.]
    ***Stop the vehicle, please!*** (Page 37)
    Yuffie fears nothing, with one exception. This [fear] is her huge weakness in
    vehicles! Cargo ship, airship, submarine......no matter what she rides in, it
    immediately puts her down. Especially when riding in an airship, she'll try
    appealing to someone for sympathy.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    To put her motion sickness to rest a little bit, she always rides outside the
    cockpit of the airship.
    [Analysis: Cute. Nothing we didn't know already, but cute.]
    ***Sephiroth's will and Jenova's will*** (Page 53)
    The Sephiroth clones seen in various locations continue gathering for the
    Reunion. Seemingly, the will of Jenova as a human is the result of it
    consuming Sephiroth's spirit; in actuality, Sephiroth is controlling Jenova.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    Sephiroth's voice is heard through his "mother," Jenova, as applied through
    its cells in the Sephiroth Clones.
    [Analysis: This section confirms that Sephiroth was in control of Jenova.]
    ***Shin-Ra Company Relations*** (Pages 56-58)
    **Keyword>[The Shin-Ra Company]**
    The world is actually controlled by this corporate giant. It was originally a
    weapons development company called "Shin-Ra Works," but after realizing the
    potential in [supplying] Mako Energy, it rapidly grew. [Through use of the
    substance] Mako Energy becomes when it crystalizes -- [which is] called
    "materia" -- and investing in the elite SOLDIERs, who are showered with Mako
    Energy [and] sent to the battlefield, [the company] quickly brought the great
    war that had spread across the globe to a conclusion; furthermore, being that
    the people had become dependent on Mako Energy for their everyday lives, after
    the war, the company controlled the world.
    *President Shinra*
    Places of appearance: Mako reactor no. 5, Shin-Ra headquarters
    President of the Shin-Ra Company. Having taken it from a simple weapons
    development company to a corporation that controls the world in a single
    generation, he is a remarkably capable manager. He excelled at the art of
    predicting human nature and guiding what the public thought. With the legends
    of the Ancients' "Promised Land" [in mind], he believes that abundant mako may
    lie there, and plans to monopolize it to further the company's development.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    It is his cherished theory that one can control the world by grasping the
    people's hearts with money. He finds the opinion of his son, Rufus, [on how to
    control the world] dangerous and ensures that it's kept away from the
    company's affairs.
    *Public Safety Maintenance Department*
    Places of appearance: Shin-Ra headquarters and various other places
    The man in charge of [Shin-Ra's] Public Safety Maintenance Division, he has a
    coarse laugh of "Gahahaha" and doesn't present himself in his words or actions
    as possessing much intelligence; he will speak in flattering tones to those in
    higher positions, but those who are below him are the objects of his vented
    annoyance and displeasure. He was a close aide of the [first] President, but
    after Rufus' inauguration, he's treated coldly, and this treatment intensifies
    because of [the actions] of Cloud and the others.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    His title generally held practically no value [previously], as he did nothing
    but flatter the President, but Rufus saw through his incompetence.
    *Weapons Development Department*
    Places of appearance: Shin-Ra headquarters and various other places
    The only woman on the board of directors. On the surface she is an excellent 
    and beautiful weapons developer, but her speech and actions are filled with
    poison. Self-centered and coldhearted, she is unconcerned at playing with the
    lives of others. Her self-righteous characteristics are symbolized by her
    [trademark] roar of laughter: "kyahahaha." 4 years ago, she burned Corel and
    took one arm from both Barret and Dyne. In the latter half of the story [in
    the game's present day], she produces the mako cannon [the Sistery Ray] and
    the Proud Clod.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    She has a high degree of pride and frequently looks down upon her colleagues.
    She considers Heidgger an idiot and comparable to a horse.
    *Science Department*
    Places of appearance: Shin-Ra headquarters and various other places
    Void of good sense and humanity, he is a typical mad scientist. As a novice,
    he participated in the Jenova Project with Gast, an expert, but after he
    [Gast] left, direction of the project fell to him [Hojo]. Gast and
    collaborative research had bore the SOLDIERs, but 5 years ago, he [Hojo] began
    the Sephiroth Clones experiment on his own. Company employees keep watch over
    its progress and keep him informed.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    Steeped in an inferiority complex in regard to Professor Gast, he repeatedly
    reacts with inhumane experiments. He's actually Sephiroth's father, but never
    introduced himself [as such].
    *Space Exploration Department*
    Places of appearance: Shin-Ra headquarters, Rocket Town
    The director of Space Exploration, he is the oldest executive. Despite his
    position, knowledge and dignity, he says things such as "tra, la, la" and
    possesses other childlike behavior, which detracts from his character. Loving
    to take his tea with sugar and lard, he's grown round, and should take a
    second look at the differences of the dietary life.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    Because the Space Exploration program is currently frozen, there is little he
    actually does. Though his relationship with Cid is not particularly close,
    that doesn't mean he isn't talkative.
    *Urban Development Department*
    Places of appearance: Shin-Ra headquarters
    Very serious, middle-aged and [in possession of] a strong sense of
    responsibility. There is a distinct line of demarcation between this man of
    proper tact and the other executives. His attachment to Midgar is deep, as he
    has watched over since its conceptual stages; therefore, throwing that same
    city into disorder is painful for him. He is able to portray life-like
    capabilities in the inanimate Cait Sith doll, which he controls by remote
    from within the Shin-Ra headquarters, tracking Cloud and company's movements.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    In a meeting of the executives [during the discussion to drop the Sector 7
    plate], he is straightforward in his position, frankly presenting his opinion
    of the situation, but as usually happens, he gives in at the end.
    **Keyword>[The Turks]**
    Alias of the Shin-Ra Company's Investigation Division of the General Affairs
    Department, they're actually an elite unit with a special task. It begins with
    serving as bodyguards to [the company's] VIPs and scouting for members of
    SOLDIER, and extends to all manner of shady activities, including espionage
    and assassination. Though under the command of Heidegger, they frequently use
    their own judgment.
    *Rufus Shinra*
    Places of appearance: The Shin-Ra headquarters and various other places
    The only son of President Shinra. Cunning but cold-hearted, it's said that no
    one has ever seen him bleed or cry and he has unfavorable criticism within
    society. As he carried thoughts of controlling the world through fear, his
    father regarded him as dangerous. After Sephiroth murdered his father, he was
    given a perfect opportunity to assume position as the new president. In the
    hopes of finding the Promised Land, he initiates a pursuit of Sephiroth. In
    the latter half of the story, he works to conceive plans stop to Meteor and
    the WEAPONs, ironically taking up the position of protecing the world from
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    In a meeting of the board of [Shin-Ra's] directors, measures to counter Meteor
    and the WEAPONs are put into action.
    Places of appearance: The Sector 7 support pillar and various other places
    Leader of the Turks. Though he is still young, he has been active [as a Turk]
    for more than 10 years. In the present, his subordinate, Reno, is directed to
    carry out many operations, and he [Tseng] isn't given much field work. A calm,
    polite person, he doesn't usually let his emotions show on the surface, and
    has reservations concerning Aerith [,who he has been ordered to apprehend],
    [and] for whom he has come to harbor special feelings.
    Places of appearance: The Mythril Mines and various other places
    A blemish on the Turks. After Reno was injured while carrying out orders to
    drop the Sector 7 plate, she was chosen as a newcomer to the shorthanded
    group. Having a loose tongue as a weakness, she carelessly discloses secret
    information, and as someone who tackles every situation with complete
    dedication, she has numerous complaints with her seniors' [Reno and Rude]
    layed-back attitudes.
    Places of appearance: The church in the slums and various other places
    A young man with firery red hair. The condition of his uniform suggests the
    attitude and personality of one who is irresponsible, but his self-confidence
    and pride as a Turk is twice that of most men. In his work and in his personal
    life he has his own way of doing things, adding his peculiar motto "zoto" to
    the ends of sentences when speaking.
    Places of appearance: The Shin-Ra headquarters and various other places
    Reno's partner since old times. Contrasting with Reno in numerous ways, mainly
    in putting work before talk, silence is the closest thing to his motto.
    Despite appearances, he is not bald for fashion purposes, this being a natural
    development instead. He secretly likes Tifa, even though she's an enemy.
    [Analysis: Nothing that we don't really know from playing the game except for
    that small bit about Rufus' father regarding him as dangerous (though that's
    touched on in Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII), Tseng having been with the
    Turks for over 10 years and the notable bit about Rude being naturally bald.]
    ***Zack*** (Page 59)
    Places of appearance: Nibelheim (Cloud's flashback)
    One who made for a positive-minded cheerful comrade in SOLDIER. Coming from
    the remote region of Gongaga, he went to Midgar about 10 years ago. He was
    recognized as having the capabilities of a 1st Class SOLDIER, but when he was
    dispatched to the Mt. Nibel mako reactor, destiny would take a sudden turn.
    While trying to stop Sephiroth's reckless activities, he was seriously
    injured, and afterward became an experimental subject for Hojo; then, after
    escaping, he was killed. At the beginning of the story, Cloud plays Zack's
    role in his memories.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    Saying that they are "friends," Zack supports Cloud, his other colleague [who
    was sent with Sephiroth] -- [and] who has contracted mako poisoning -- up to
    the very end.
    ***Zangan*** (Page 59)
    Places of appearance: Nibelheim (Cloud's flashback)
    The Zangan martial arts style is an original practice, and he is Tifa's
    martial arts teacher. He is always traveling, with 128 pupils in various
    places. During a short stop in Nibelheim, he was giving fighting instruction
    to Tifa. Shortly afterward, during the incident in which the town burned, he
    went to the mako reactor to confront Sephiroth, and ended up saving Tifa,
    carrying her to Midgar.
    ***Tifa's dad*** (Page 59)
    Places of appearance: Nibelheim (Cloud's flashbacks)
    Tifa's father. After his wife died an early death, he treated their daughter,
    Tifa, with overbearing concern, [even] holding Cloud under distrust after Tifa
    was in a dangerous situation. Feeling a powerful need to protect his village,
    he tried to stop Sephiroth's destruction five years ago, but lost his life in
    the process.
    ***Gast Faremis*** (Page 59)
    Places of appearance: Icicle Lodge (video tape)
    Aerith's father. He was once the head of Shin-Ra Company's Science Department.
    Conducting research on the first humans, the Ancients, he believed Jenova
    [whom he had discovered] was an Ancient and began "the Jenova Project" to
    increase the Ancients' numbers, but during the process, he recognized his
    failures and resigned. At Icicle Lodge, with the cooperation of Ifalna, he
    would conduct original research that would make progress. However, shortly
    after their daughter was born, he was killed by Hojo and the results of his
    research were taken.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    While interviewing Ifalna about the Ancients and other matters, they began to
    love one another. They then led a modest but happy life, but.......
    ***Ifalna*** (Page 59)
    Places of appearance: Train station in the slums of Sector 7  (Elmyra's
    flashback), Icicle Lodge (video tape)
    Aerith's real mother. A woman of the Ancients living in Icicle Lodge, she was
    the last Ancient of pure blood. While cooperating with Gast in his research, a
    love between them began to bloom, and -- making a home with one another --
    they had a daughter. However, during the peak of their happiness, it was
    snatched away from them by Hojo and she and Aerith became prisoners in the
    Shin-Ra headquarters, to be used for experimental purposes. Several years
    later, they would escape to the train station in the slums of Sector 7, where
    she would take her last breath.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    After escaping together with her daughter, Aerith -- to whom she had been able
    to pass on little of the traditions and teachings of the Ancients -- she
    entrusted her with the White Materia.
    [Analysis: Sadly, there's no explanation for why Ifalna died; we just have to
    assume she received some kind of fatal wound during the escape.]
    ***Lucrecia*** (Page 59)
    Places of appearance: Lucrecia's cave, Nibelheim (Vincent's flashback)
    A woman who worked in the Shin-Ra Company's Science Department. As a member of
    the Jenova Project, she served as assistant to professor Gast. She was
    beautiful and intelligent, but after stepping on the road to being Hojo's
    lover, she would end up offering the body of her own unborn child for
    experimentation. The child who was given Jenova cells -- Sephiroth was born;
    and with the effects of the experiment causing irregularities in her own body,
    she removed herself from the public eye. She was the woman who was the object
    of Vincent's yearning, and the reason he began to hold himself accountable of
    ***Biggs*** (Page 60)
    Places of appearance: Mako reactor no.1 and various other places
    A member of AVALANCHE who gathers at the Seventh Heaven bar. Though not a very
    serious person, he keeps the teachings of the Study of Planet Life firmly in
    mind and takes part in anti-Shin-Ra activities. He seems to have some
    complaints with Barret's leadership.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    His complaints about Barret appear in his sleep talk. Also, in the scene where
    he gets drunk [while talking] to Cloud.
    ***Wedge***(Page 60)
    Places of appearance: Mako reactor no.1 and various other places
    Biggs' friend whom he treats like a younger brother. Plump-bodied and
    humorous, he brings warmth to the base [of AVALANCHE]. Timid and kind-hearted
    with everyone, he easily loses his composure. Adding "-su" to the ends of
    words, he has the most polite language [of the members] in the group.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    If [the player] chooses to have Cloud speak either positively or roughly
    [with Wedge, in the basement of Seventh Heaven], he [reveals] this feeling [of
    ***Jessie*** (Page 60)
    Places of appearance: Mako reactor no.1 and various other places
    [A woman with high] inner strength and talent, she extensively mixes
    explosive compounds for AVALANCHE's plans. She conducts herself in a ladylike
    manner. [However, she shows herself to be more than a little clumsy.]
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    After the explosion of mako reactor no. 1, she pulls Cloud aside [to show him
    the map of the Midgar Rail System].
    [Analysis: I had a little trouble translating the last line of Jessie's main
    paragraph; that's why it's completely in brackets. I'm sure I missed something
    in it.]
    ***Johnny*** (Page 61)
    Places of appearance: Sector 7, inside a train, the Honey Bee Inn, Costa del Sol
    A young man with the outward appearance of a delinquent and troubled thoughts.
    Secretly harboring feelings for Tifa, he went to Seventh Heaven frequently. He
    lived in the slums of Sector 7 with his parents until resolving to travel. En
    route, he nearly yielded to the temptation of going to the Honey Bee Inn, but
    continued traveling until he arrived at Costa del Sol, where he would begin
    living with [a woman who became] his lover. Like Cloud, he has a harsh
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    At first, his mannerisms were only those of a harsh youth, but because of the
    love of a woman, he would grow into a man.
    ***Bugenhagen*** (Page 63)
    Places of appearance: Cosmo Canyon
    The expert on the Study of Planet Life who lives in Cosmo Canyon. This elderly
    man with the greeting of "Ho ho hoooo" is called "Grandfather" by Red XIII, to
    whom he is close. Held in high esteem by both local people and those from
    various other places, many people visit the village to be taught about the
    Study of Planet Life by him firsthand. He is an unbelievable 180 years old,
    but he's still full of vigor and in curiously excellent condition.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    Being a man of intelligence, he operates Shin-Ra's latest mechanized
    inventions with his thoughts turned to the mysteries surrounding the voice of
    the Planet.
    [Analysis: Curiously, this identifies Bugenhagen as 180 while the game
    identified him as 130. Presumably, this is a typo on the part of the Ultimania
    Omega, as both the English and Japanese versions of Final Fantasy VII identify
    Bugenhagen as 130.]
    ****Translations from the Story Playback segment of the book**** (004)
    ***Enigma of the voice*** (Page 68)
    As Cloud is trying to place the bomb, a mysterious voice speaks to him. Later,
    this same kind of mysterious voice resounds in Cloud's head in the scene where
    he and a voice have a conversation, and it offers him reminders. These voices
    are the original Cloud, as -- due to Hojo's Sephiroth Clones experiment --
    Zack's personality merged with his, creating the present day Cloud, producing
    a conflict of multiple personalities(-->P.11).
    During the scene in the first mako reactor, what [the voice] says is it
    [trying] to point [Cloud] toward the memory of Sephiroth five years ago in
    Nibelheim's mako reactor, as the two places were similar. However, Cloud is
    not able to listen to the words of the memory.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    "Open your eyes!" [the voice] calls out, as it does when the scene at the
    Temple of the Ancients comes and the words of Sephiroth make use of Cloud as a
    [Analysis: This section confirms that the voice that often talks to Cloud
    during the first disc of the game is his subconscious, that part of him that
    was buried under the false identity he formed.]
    ***The open cell door*** (Page 94)
    Indicating the brutality of Jenova, a bloodstain leads from the open cell door
    -- which was opened previously without [anyone] noticing -- to the top floor.
    It would seem that after awakening, Jenova intentionally opened specifically
    Cloud's door, leading [him] to the top floor. As he's a person who carries
    Jenova cells [inside him], was it trying to help Cloud......?
    [Analysis: This section confirms that Sephiroth -- using Jenova's main body
    (see below passage entitled "Jenova inside the ship") -- opened Cloud's cell
    door during the massacre in the Shin-Ra headquarters.]
    ***[From the Story Playback segment of the book]*** (Page 102)
    Hojo was the cause of the malfunctions at the mako reactor. Hojo had placed
    humans in the devices used to form materia, and -- being drenched in
    high-density mako -- they turned into monsters.
    [Analysis: This small segment tells us that the humans who had been placed in
    the pods inside the Mt. Nibel mako reactor were not only placed inside devices
    used to create materia, but that they were, indeed, transformed as a result of
    exposure to an unhealthy quantity of mako. This is relevant, as some fans in
    the past have often wondered if, perhaps, Jenova cells were added to the mix.
    This passage would seem to indicate that this was not the case, and that the
    mako exposure alone was the cause of their mutations. In other words, this
    section confirms that mako can cause mutations.]
    ***Jenova inside the ship*** (Page 112)
    Cloud confronts "Sephiroth," the murderer of the ship's crew in the bottom of
    the ship. In truth, Jenova began moving away from the Shin-Ra building on its
    own, and took on the form of Sephiroth.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    This [that Jenova was being carried by Sephiroth] was a misunderstanding. The
    arm was not carried, but rather was detached here.
    [Analysis: This section -- together with the accompanying screenshot where
    Tifa can be seen asking if this means that Jenova was being carried -- reveals
    that the main body of Jenova was not carried out of the Shin-Ra headquarters
    by a Sephiroth Clone, as has often been thought in the past. In truth,
    Sephiroth assumed control of the main body and had it force its way out of its
    confinement, assume his form, slaughter the Shin-Ra personnel -- as well as
    President Shinra himself -- open Cloud's cell door and then escape. It is this
    main body of Jenova that AVALANCHE pursues from Midgar.
    This section further reveals that the tentacle of Jenova that transformed into
    Jenova-BIRTH on the Shin-Ra cargo ship was detached from the main body during
    the confrontation with AVALANCHE in the bottom of the ship.]
    ***Tseng on the verge of death*** (Page 150)
    Seeing Tseng -- who was cut down by Sephiroth and left on death's door --
    Aerith is unable to hide her shock. Though they're on opposing sides, he holds
    a special meaning to her.
    Also, before entering the heart of the temple, if [the player] speaks to him,
    he will mutter "I am...... still alive......" thereafter. When one thinks
    about how the temple collapses later, doesn't his survival seem
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    When faced with Tseng's condition, Aerith steps behind a pillar to try hiding
    her tears.
    [Analysis: Nothing particularly special. Just tells us what we know and
    presents the obvious notion that Tseng surviving that incident looked
    downright impossible.]
    ***The Sephiroth of the water altar***  (Page 157)
    Immediately after the tragedy surrounding Aerith takes place, the battle with
    Jenova-LIFE begins, doing so such that it interrupts Sephiroth's words;
    they're continued after the battle, but the title of whom they're credited to
    changes from "Sephiroth" to "Jenova." The reason for this is that the
    confrontation on the altar occurs with Jenova while it's displaying
    Sephiroth's mimed form. It then changes to a more accurate display of its true
    [Analysis: This section reveals that the Sephiroth encountered in the City of
    the Ancients (the one that murdered Aerith) was -- yet again -- Sephiroth
    manipulating a part of Jenova's body in his form. Being that this form
    transforms into Jenova-LIFE and gets destroyed, however, this piece was not
    the main body, like that seen on the Shin-Ra cargo ship (which flew away after
    leaving its "arm"/tentacle); this was a previously seperated but unidentified
    part of the main body that was utilized to take Sephiroth's form.]
    ***Elena burns with vengeance*** (Page 158)
    "How dare you do that to my boss!" Elena shouts, hurling her anger at Cloud.
    Somehow, she suspected Cloud of being the one to try killing Tseng at the
    Temple of the Ancients.
    Did an encounter with Tseng provide her grief?
    [Analysis: It seems to be hinting (if I translated it right) that Elena has
    seen Tseng, this being why she knows he got messed up and being why she's
    upset. By the very concept, it's suggesting that he survived what happened to
    him in the Temple of the Ancients. It's also notable that this original
    Japanese line said by Elena did not carry the finality that her line in the
    original English localization of FFVII did. There, she said "But you really
    got guts doin' my boss in like that!", making it appear that Tseng had died.
    Though the PC version's translation fixed this -- having Elena say that Tseng
    had been messed up instead of done in -- most English-speaking and reading
    players saw the version that suggested Tseng's death was a definite, leaving
    many perplexed when he returned in Advent Children. Anyway, the above
    translation of the line is the most literal rendering, but I think the English
    PC version's take on it was well done. Sadly, there's no explanation of how
    Tseng survived, though, presumably, Elena went back into the temple after
    AVALANCHE had gone in and found Tseng as they had, rescuing him.]
    ***As for those which have been chased so far*** (Page 163)
    Before the battle with Jenova-DEATH, the words of one of the Sephiroth Clones
    in line for the Reunion offers an indication of the truth: those who carried
    Jenova's cells were given the mission of bringing the Black Materia to their
    master, Sephiroth. The fact of the matter is that the "Sephiroth" Cloud saw in
    various places was not Sephiroth himself, but rather the body of Jenova from
    the Shin-Ra building mimicing his form.
    [Analysis: This is just more of the previous confirmations: that the forms of
    Sephiroth AVALANCHE has been seeing are not his real body (which has been in
    the Northern Crater all this time), but Jenova's main body -- and seperated
    pieces of it -- in his form. Like the piece that became Jenova-LIFE, that
    which becomes Jenova-DEATH is just another unidentified piece of the main body
    of Jenova, seperated from the main body and given Sephiroth's form while under
    his control.]
    ***Rufus' last moment?*** (Page 197)
    Taking a direct hit from Diamond WEAPON during the story, what became of him
    is left a mystery. News of his death spreads to the people, but is he actually
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    Heidegger and the people of Kalm conclude that [Rufus] has died.
    [Analysis: As with Tseng, we get a hint here that Rufus may have survived,
    most likely to set up his return in Advent Children. Sadly, there's no
    explanation of how he survived.]
    ***Vincent's anger*** (Page 198)
    If Vincent is in the party when they go to the Mako Cannon's controls, during
    the conversation with Hojo, Vincent will have a reaction. To Hojo, his wife
    was nothing more than laboratory material to bear his son, Sephiroth, who --
    as he says -- was something for him to study and satisfy his scientific
    desires; [this brings on] Vincent's wrath. Additionally, after Hojo has been
    killed, each party member express a line, including Vincent, who is noticably
    deeply emotional.
    [Analysis: This segment confirms that Lucrecia was Hojo's wife.]
    ***Jenova-SYNTHESIS*** (Page 204)
    The forms of Jenova that have been fought up to this point (BIRTH, LIFE,
    DEATH) were parts of the body which escaped from the Shin-Ra building. In
    regard to Jenova-SYNTHESIS, this form that was arranged to be fought inside
    the Planet, it is the head of Jenova that Sephiroth had in hand five years ago
    and the other parts Shin-Ra had, their Reunion complete. As such, its
    appearance differs from the previous forms: the image of this form's upper
    body has become strong, it being the closest to perfection.
    [Analysis: This section tells us that Jenova-SYNTHESIS is the combination of
    Jenova's main body and its head. It's also implied -- since Sephiroth killed
    all the Sephiroth Clones but Cloud and sent them down into the Northern Crater
    -- that the cells Hojo injected into the Sephiroth Clones are part of this
    merged form of Jenova.]
    ***Cloud's final battle*** (Page 204)
    After fighting Bizarro Sephiroth and Safer Sephiroth, Cloud has a final 1-on-1
    battle with Sephiroth in the spiritual realm. Although the ego of this
    Sephiroth Clone was stricken with an inferiority complex in the past, Cloud
    fights on and achieves victory in the end.
    [Analysis: Nothing to really analyze here; it tells us what we already know
    and means just what it says.]
    ****Complete translation of The truth of Final Fantasy VII segment**** (005)
    This section touches on the difficult terminology [of the game], and in each
    section explains their meaning.
    ***Jenova*** (Pages 210-213) (005.1)
    An intelligent lifeform from somewhere in space. Approximately 2000 years ago,
    it crashlanded at the North Pole ["Knowlespole" in the English localization of
    the game] (the vicinity of Icicle Lodge's ["Icicle Inn" in the English
    localization] present location), negatively affecting the Planet; it came to
    be feared as "the Calamity from the Skies" by the Ancients, who still existed
    in great numbers at that time.
    Vicious, extremely aggressive and cunning. Having no thoughts of creating
    anything following bringing destruction, it only follows its instincts to
    incite ruin, utilizing its mimic ability (-->P.211) to infect other living
    organisms with its virus. In addition, due to its abnormal resilence, even if
    dismembered, its cells will call out to one another, seeking to reunite into
    their original form (-->Reunion/P.211).
    The scar Jenova's landing left on the Planet remains even to the present day,
    being now known as "the Northern Crater."
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    The parts that are seperated from the main body are still able to function as
    extensions. That is what those monsters called "Jenova" are that Cloud and
    company fight during the journey.
    [Analysis: This section informs us of a few things we already knew and a few
    we may not have. Jenova came from an unidentified point in space, and --
    though quite intelligent and cunning -- is nothing more than an instinctual
    monster made up of viral cells, which it seeks to spread to other lifeforms.
    This instinct to infect other lifeforms -- and its desire to rejoin when its
    cells get seperated -- are the only things this creature lives to do.
    This section also further confirms that the Jenova-BIRTH, LIFE, and DEATH
    bosses are merely seperated parts of Jenova's main body.]
    **Jenova Relation 1: The Jenova Project** (005.1A)
    Approximately 30 years ago, a plan to find "the Promised Land of abundant
    mako" is set in motion by way of the Shin-Ra Science Department beginning a
    project under Gast's direction. The purpose of the project was to
    artificially produce someone with the abilities of the Ancients
    (Cetra/-->P.214). Jenova, discovered in the Northern Crater, was incorrectly
    identified as an Ancient, and its cells were to be injected into a normal
    human with the expectation that they may artificially display the abilities of
    the Cetra as a result.
    Research was conducted at the Shinra Mansion in Nibelheim. It began under the
    responsibility of three members [of Shin-Ra's Science Department]: Gast, Hojo
    and Lucrecia; but Gast withdraws midway [through the project]. Authority over
    the project is then transferred to Hojo. "The Sephiroth Clones Project"
    (-->P.213) follows as an extension of this.
    *Professor Gast and the Jenova Project*
    Approximately 2000 years ago, Jenova collided with the Planet, and although
    the Ancients were nearly reduced to extinction, some Ancient survivors
    managed to seal Jenova underground in a deep sleep. However, Jenova would
    awaken because of Gast's guidance of Shin-Ra's Science Department.
    Approximately 30 years ago, the mummified form of Jenova was excavated and
    Jenova mistakenly identified as an Ancient; the Jenova Project then began.
    Hojo was a member of the project; the body of his colleague and lover,
    Lucrecia, was utilized for experimental purposes, injected with Jenova cells
    prior to her giving birth. Thus, Sephiroth was born.
    After several years, Gast became wracked with guilt, and -- in regret of the
    use of humans for such an abnormal experiement -- gave Shin-Ra his
    resignation. He then removed himself to Icicle Lodge, which lay in the
    vicinity of where he had discovered Jenova, and began new independent
    research. There, he would make the acquintance of a local woman with the
    name of "Ifalna," a survivor of the Ancients; interviewing her, he would begin
    to arrive at the truth about the history of the Ancients, Jenova's mimic
    ability and the WEAPONs  (-->P.215), things which Shin-Ra knew nothing about.
    In the meantime, a love between he and Ifalna would form, and together they
    would make a home and have a child: Aerith. However, he would be shot under
    Hojo's orders and the results of Gast's research fell into Hojo's hands.
    *The product of the project: Sephiroth*
    While in Lucrecia's womb, Jenova's cells became part of Sephiroth's growth.
    While he's the biological son of Hojo and Lucrecia, with regards to his role
    in the project as an unnatural product of "Jenova of the Ancients," one could
    say that he is "the son of Jenova." Simultaneously, he was the first to have
    the role of a SOLDIER (-->P.217). However, mass production of SOLDIERs
    required adults of sound mind and body who could be injected with Jenova's
    cells and exposed to mako, as this simplification of the process used on
    Sephiroth would result in vast differences from how their bodies had been
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    The staff of Shin-Ra -- who did not know the true nature of Jenova -- believed
    Sephiroth to be an Ancient.
    *Jenova's mimic ability*
    Jenova has a mimic ability which allows it to read the memories and feelings
    of others, then adjust its appearance, speech and behaviour accordingly to
    immitate what it has seen. Jenova once used this ability to get close to the
    Ancients and infect them with its virus, which killed many of them.
    This ability is not limited solely to Jenova itself, for those who have its
    cells within them possess it as well, though in an incomplete form.
    Immediately prior to the start of the game, when Cloud's mind was shattered,
    he ran into Tifa and seemed to immediately return to "normal" (-->P.13); this
    was because the mimic abilities of the Jenova cells inside Cloud read her
    mind, seeing her memories of him, which were then combined with his own ideal
    vision of himself, fashioning a new personality for him.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption 1)
    According to Ifalna, the Ancients infected with the virus lost their sanity
    and turned into monsters.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption 2)
    As Sephiroth said in the Whirlwind Maze, when Cloud met Tifa, he formed a new
    [Analysis: This section tells us that while Sephiroth was lying about much of
    what he told Cloud, he was telling the truth when he said that Cloud formed a
    new personality when he met Tifa shortly before the main events of Final
    Fantasy VII began. Sephiroth's story was filled with half-truths: Cloud was,
    indeed, a Sephiroth Clone, he did form a new personality when meeting Tifa
    (thanks to the abilities of Jenova's cells) and he was not the 1st Class
    SOLDIER who had gone to Nibelheim with Sephiroth; however, he was a real
    person (being a Sephiroth Clone only meant that he had been injected with
    Jenova cells and infused with mako like members of SOLDIER) and really had
    been in Nibelheim.]
    **Jenova Relation 2: The Reunion* (005.1B)
    Due to its amazing regeneration capabilities, Jenova's divided cells reunite
    to become one again.
    5 years ago, Sephiroth fell into the Lifestream holding the head of Jenova,
    going to the Northern Crater, where the Planet's energy is concentrated, and
    where he would begin the Reunion -- and assuring his restoration -- by
    focusing through Jenova's cells. This regeneration was to be carried out by
    way of the Reunion, as the scattered Sephiroth Clones (-->P.213) would begin
    migrating toward the Northern Crater.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption 1)
    The Reunion is an ability of Jenova, but Sephiroth instructs the Sephiroth
    Clones in the role of their master.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption 2)
    The main body of Jenova began migrating from the Shin-Ra headquarters because
    of the Reunion. The Jenova cells in Cloud received the call of the Reunion the
    same as those of the mimiced form.
    *The movement of Jenova's main body for the Reunion*
    Excavated 30 years ago, Jenova became the experimental material for the Jenova
    Project and was placed in the Mt. Nibel mako reactor.
    Jenova remained in the Mt. Nibel reactor until five years before the game,
    when Sephiroth -- having learned the secret of his birth -- took off its head,
    which fell with him into the bottom of the reactor. The now headless main body
    that was left in the reactor was -- by Hojo's instruction and after being
    utilized in the Sephiroth Clones experiment -- transported to the Shin-Ra
    Shortly after Cloud was apprehended when he broke into the Shin-Ra building to
    rescue Aerith, the Reunion began. Hojo expected the headless main body to be
    the focal point for the Reunion once it began, but in reality, it was the
    Northern Crater. The scattered Sephiroth Clones and the main body of Jenova
    within the Shin-Ra building all began to move. Jenova shattered its
    containment case, murdered President Shinra, escaped from the Shin-Ra
    building and began to wander the world. Now, Jenova's mimic abilities caused
    the main body to take on Sephiroth's voice and appearance, which it kept
    hereafter during its appearances in various places.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption 1)
    The head of Jenova from the Mt. Nibel mako reactor -- which fell into the
    hands of Sephiroth -- had an influence on the focal point of the Reunion.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption 2)
    The shape of Sephiroth was assumed by Jenova's main body. It is in this form
    that it is seen committing murders.
    *The path of Jenova's main body, which came from the Shin-Ra building*
    In the Story Playback section (-->P.66), the conduct of the mimetic main body
    of Jenova  [having taken Sephiroth's form] and that of the Sephiroth Clones
    were listed in the "Black sheep information" columns. Here, those specifically
    regarding the main body of Jenova have been collected.
    Black sheep information 1 (-->P.104)
    Eastern grassy plains~Chocobo Farm
    Black sheep information 2 (-->P.104)
    Swamp lands~Mythril Mines
    *Kills a Midgar Zolom while passing through
    Junon~Cargo ship
    Black sheep information 3 (-->P.111)
    *Meets Cloud in the hold and leaves a section of its body [Jenova-BIRTH]
    before escaping
    Costa del Sol
    Black sheep information 4 (-->P.112)
    *The place where it emerged from underwater is seen
    Mt. Corel
    Black sheep information 5 (-->P.118)
    Gold Saucer~Gongaga area
    Black sheep information 8 (-->P.124)
    *Urges Cloud to participate in the Reunion
    Bone Village
    Black sheep information 11 (-->P.148)
    Temple of the Ancients
    *Acquires the Black Materia
    Forgotten Capital
    *Kills Aerith and leaves another section of its body [Jenova-LIFE] while
    Northern Crater
    *Participates in Sephiroth's Reunion
    **Jenova Relation 3: The Sephiroth Clones** (005.1C)
    5 years ago, immediately after Sephiroth fell into the Mt. Nibel mako reactor,
    Jenova's main body -- which had been left behind -- was utilized by Hojo for
    an experiment. This plan -- which Hojo intended to use to prove his Jenova
    Reunion Theory -- was called "the Sephiroth Clones Project."
    The experiment's procedure -- which involved injecting cells taken from the
    headless body of Jenova into the subjects and exposing them to mako -- doesn't
    differ from the manufacturing procedure for SOLDIERs. The largest difference
    is that SOLDIERs are selected from a prime field, being strong of mind and
    body and able to withstand the experiment uninfluenced by Jenova's cells,
    whereas the Clones' fragile minds leave them as "portions" of Jenova. The
    subjects of the Sephiroth Clones Project were the survivors of the Nibelheim
    incident, with absolutely no thought given to sorting them as with SOLDIER,
    and -- being unable to maintain their egos -- they lose the ability to live a
    normal human life.
    With the Sephiroth Clones, as part of the experiment, an identification number
    was engraved somewhere into their bodies. Cloud was a Sephiroth Clone, but
    received no number due to the "failure work" (referenced  in the article
    below). Cloud's obsessive drive to chase Sephiroth and settle everything over
    the thoughts of him taking his hometown -- at any cost to and an indifference
    for himself -- is much the same as that of the Jenova cells.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    After Sephiroth reduced Nibelheim to ashes, it was reconstructed and the
    movements of the Sephiroth Clones observed, though with little concern for
    their well-being.
    [Analysis: This section pretty much tells us things we know from the game: the
    procedure used on Cloud and the other survivors of Nibelheim to make them into
    "Sephiroth Clones" was identical to the procedure used on members of SOLDIER,
    the difference being that members of SOLDIER are specially selected because
    they have the physical AND mental strength to handle exposure to mako and
    being injected with Jenova's cells. Of course, the purpose of the experiment
    also differed, in that instead of being intended to be members of SOLDIER,
    these guys were just intended to prove the Jenova Reunion Theory, and if they
    died after that, Hojo really didn't care.
    This section also brings up the matter of the failure of the project, who --
    despite popular misinterpretation -- was not Cloud, but was Zack; he didn't
    suffer the ill effects of the experiment, which allowed him to break himself
    and Cloud out of the Shinra Mansion before Cloud be given a number. Of course,
    there's more on that to come in the next section, so I'll stop here.]
    *Successful work, failure work*
    As for the mentally and physically strong, carrying Jenova's cells inside
    their bodies will not cause them to receive Jenova's influence, and they will
    not become a puppet of Jenova like the Sephiroth Clones, but will instead
    become a SOLDIER possessing strength far beyond that of a normal human being.
    In Zack's case, he had already successfully received the SOLDIER procedure
    previously, and undergoing experimentation as a Sephiroth Clone did not make
    him into a puppet of Jenova; he retained his normal human behavior to the
    end. However, unlike Zack, the residents of Nibelheim were perfect in the role
    of Sephiroth Clones for Hojo's experiment. As for Cloud, like the other
    residents of Nibelheim -- [who all became perfect] Sephiroth Clones -- being
    unable to withstand the SOLDIER treatments, he could not retain himself and
    his mind completely collapsed. When reunited with Tifa in Midgar, though, the
    coherence of being normal would return to him and he would gain a personality
    that essentially let him be his own person, even if confusion would come of
    Also noteworthy is Sephiroth's unique case. Until the secret of his birth was
    known, he had legendary strength of which he was proud, but 5 years ago, he
    began walking a different road from that of humans. However, he was unwilling
    to be placed under Jenova's control and became the leader himself, with its
    actions falling under his control in the end. This fact resulted in Sephiroth
    gaining a new sense of strength.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    Even without awareness of the Reunion as a Sephiroth Clone, Cloud was still
    drawn to it like the other Clones.
    [Analysis: As mentioned in the previous analysis section, Cloud was a
    successful Sephiroth Clone, having the exact results Hojo had hoped for; he
    wasn't the failure at all, and instead, Zack -- who freed Cloud before he
    could get a number -- was. Zack could handle the SOLDIER/Sephiroth Clone
    treatments just fine, and this made him a failure for the purposes of Hojo's
    This section also reiterates the notable fact that Sephiroth's will and
    ambitions were too powerful for him to be controlled by Jenova, and that he
    became its ruler instead.]
    *The Sephiroth Clones that make appearances in various places*
    The following are the Sephiroth Clones seen branded with numbers, [as well as]
    one who was [once inaccurately] concluded to be like them.
    1......The one with a tattoo seen in the palm of his hand. He went from North
    Corel to the Gold Saucer.
    2......The man being watched over in Sector 5 [of Midgar]; he was suffering
    from the effects of mako poisoning.
    4......One of the wriggling black mantled people in Nibelheim.
    5......One of the wriggling black mantled people in Nibelheim.
    9......Exited from the entrance of the Temple of the Ancients. [This Sephiroth
    Clone's] tattoo was on their neck.
    11.....One of the wriggling black mantled people in Nibelheim.
    12.....One of the wriggling black mantled people in Nibelheim.
    13.....(Red XIII)
    [Analysis: While Red XIII is on this list, his placement is implied to be only
    a result of him having a tattoo and of him having once believed that he might
    have been like the Sephiroth Clones, as he had no idea what Hojo had done to
    him. No one but Hojo and Sephiroth knew the true nature of the Sephiroth
    Clones at that time, so there was some uncertainty concerning whether or not
    Red XIII was supposed to be like them. Of course, it's later revealed that the
    Sephiroth Clones were all survivors from the Nibelheim incident of five years
    before, and in light of that, as well as the fact that Red XIII was
    apprehended by Shin-Ra less than two years earlier (as seen in Before Crisis:
    Final Fantasy VII) and the fact that Hojo wouldn't have wanted Red XIII to be
    killed -- made evident by the fact that he said he wanted to preserve his
    species back in the Shin-Ra headquarters -- it becomes apparent that Red XIII
    was not a Sephiroth Clone at all.]
    ***The Ancients*** (Page 214) (005.2)
    The race also called "the Cetra," these people lived on the Planet in ancient
    times. The Forgotten Capital and the Temple of the Ancients along with nature
    and a single woman are their only remaining traces.
    They spoke with the Planet and helped to cultivate it, channeling the
    Lifestream to many places, inciting an abundant cycle of life. When Jenova
    came from outer space, some of them moved to the North Pole in an attempt to
    ease the Planet's wound which had come as a result of the collision [between
    the Planet and the meteor Jenova had been riding]. Using its mimic ability,
    Jenova got close to the Cetra and released its virus upon them, nearly
    driving them to extinction.
    Only two Ancients appear in the [game's] story: Aerith and Ifalna. Ifalna is
    Aerith's mother and the last pure ancient. Due to her mixed heritage, Aerith's
    ability to converse with the Planet is comparitively lower than her mother's
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    As seen in situations with Aerith, the Ancients had a special ability to
    speak with the Planet. They called it a "Planet reading."
    [Analysis: This section indicates that while normal humans can gain some of
    the Cetra's abilities despite their lost heritage -- such as hearing the
    Planet's cries (AVALANCHE and Bugenhagen) and even the ability to understand
    it (Bugenhagen) -- genetics can play a role in the matter, as well. Due to
    all humans on the Planet (Cetra and the normal humans) being descended from
    the Cetra of the past, and because some ordinary humans gained some abilities
    reminiscent of the Cetra (AVALANCHE and Bugenhagen gained the ability to hear
    the Planet's cries, and Bugenhagen even interpreted words in the air at the
    Forgotten Capital), it can be concluded that being a Cetra is a lifestyle or
    culture, but that those who are directly descended from "practicing Cetra"
    are more easily attuned to the abilities of the Cetra.
    In other words, whereas normal humans have to actively pursue the rekindling
    of their lost heritage, a child of one with Cetra abilities will likely be
    experiencing those abilities whether they want to or not (as Aerith did). In
    other words, being a Cetra is apparently both genetic and cultural.]
    **The Ancients Relation 1: The Promised Land** (005.2A)
    The aim of the Cetra was to find the land where supreme happiness awaited.
    Passed down as an oral tradition, what the land of supreme happiness is
    supposed to be was never concretely identified.
    The Shin-Ra interpreted that a land of supreme happiness must be somewhere
    where they could find abundant mako [as it would make them even more wealthy],
    and wished to use an Ancient to help them find it, while Sephiroth considered
    the Promised Land to be a place in which he could draw the power to use the
    Black Materia in his aim to become a "god." Though both of them had different
    goals, they both got the idea that the Northern Crater was the place they were
    looking for.
    The theory of one of the Planet Life scholars [in Cosmo Canyon] is that the
    Cetra's mission to find the land of supreme happiness is equivalent to the
    peaceful sleep [of dying and returning to the Planet] (a line delivered [in
    the game]). According to this theory, the Lifestream -- to which everyone
    returns -- is itself the Promised Land, but this is not something that one can
    assert to be true for everyone. Therefore, it is in each person's hands to
    take their own interpretation.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    For one with the conception that the Promised Land is a place where energy
    swells up from inside the sleeping earth, the Northern Crater -- where the
    Lifestream breathes forth -- may be it.
    [Analysis: Here, we're pretty much told that there's no correct take on what
    the Promised Land is, and that it could be any number of different things for
    any number of different people. It can even be the same thing that another
    person would consider the Promised Land, but for entirely different reasons.
    Sephiroth and Shin-Ra both considered the Northern Crater to be the Promised
    Land; Sephiroth because he knew he could use the energy there to help him
    use the Black Materia in his plans to become a "god," and Shin-Ra because they
    saw it as a land where "the abundant Mako will just come out on its own,"
    allowing them to bypass the costly maintenance of mako reactors and just
    reap profits.
    The basic conclusion is that there is no conclusion: the Promised Land is not
    one thing, and is something specific to each individual. This idea is brought
    up again in the "Maiden who Travels the Planet" novella at the back of the
    Ultimania Omega, in which Aerith refers to the Lifestream as the Cetra's
    Promised Land, while the Northern Crater is referred to as Sephiroth's
    Promised Land.]
    ***Meteor and Holy*** (Pages 214-215) (005.3)
    **The Black Materia: Meteor** (005.3A)
    It is the Ultimate Destructive Magic; it calls to planets [-- meaning
    meteor-like rocks --] drifting in outer space and pulls them down to the
    Planet. It was one of the magicks given to the Ancients, but due to it
    harnessing enough power to destroy the Planet itself, the Ancients feared it
    could prove dangerous and sealed it away by their own hands.
    After falling into the Lifestream, Sephiroth learned of Meteor from the
    Cetra's firsthand knowledge of it, and set into motion a plan to gain mastery
    over the life of the Planet.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    When the Planet is hurt, the spiritual energy that is the Planet's very life
    will automatically gather in that spot. Sephiroth planned to make use of this
    by intentionally harming the Planet and gaining dominance over its energy.
    **The White Materia: Holy** (005.3B)
    The only means of opposing Meteor, the Ultimate White Magic was passed down
    amongst the Ancients. It is said that when an Ancient learns of Holy in the
    Forgotten Capital, prays at the water altar and their mind then links to the
    Planet, Holy is thereby put into operation. Passed down through the Ancients'
    generations, the White Materia came to Aerith from her mother, Ifalna, and she
    kept it hidden in a ribbon in her hair.
    How exactly Holy applies its power once invoked and in operation is not
    definite. It is simply known that "all that is bad for the Planet will
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    As evidence of the Planet accepting Aerith's prayer, the White Materia laying
    on the water bed shines a pale green color. However, Holy's movement was being
    held back by the wicked will of Sephiroth, who had called Meteor.
    [Analysis: This section confirms what many who played the game believed: that
    Aerith knew nothing of Holy until she got to the City of the Ancients -- to
    which she felt herself being drawn -- and learned of it there, the same way
    that Bugenhagen later would.]
    ***The WEAPONs*** (Page 215) (005.4)
    The WEAPONs, created by the Planet itself, exist for the sake of acting as a
    self-defense mechanism [for the Planet]. Once, when the Planet had been
    injured after Jenova collided with it, Jenova became an impediment [to the
    Planet healing], and the Planet manufactured the WEAPONs to remove the
    creature by force.
    However, because the survivors of the Cetra succeeded in sealing Jenova away,
    the Planet mixed the WEAPONs with the natural mako within the Northern Crater
    and put them to sleep for a long time; until they -- perceiving the crisis to
    the Planet -- awakened simultaneously with Sephiroth calling Meteor. Regarding
    everything as a threat to the Planet, humans and civilizations became targets
    of the WEAPONs' destruction, though they faced opposition in Cloud and his
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    Within the Northern Crater, where the Lifestream swells, the WEAPONs were put
    to sleep. Their faces are visible within the enormous mako which formed within
    the crater.
    [Analysis: According to this section, the WEAPONs began attacking everything
    because they perceived everything as a threat to the Planet. Many fans have
    pondered why they didn't go after Sephiroth, as he was the one holding Holy
    back and preventing it from stopping Meteor; the Maiden who Travels the Planet
    novella at the back of the book explains that Sephiroth's barrier around the
    Northern Crater prevented the WEAPONs from detecting him. As a result, they
    attacked everything else instead. What's not clear, however, is if this means
    that they would have focused on Sephiroth if they could sense him, or if he
    simply wanted to prevent them from attacking him, as they eventually would
    Also, it's long been believed by many fans that the WEAPONs may have been
    trying to kill everything in order to strengthen the Lifestream with
    additional spiritual energy, and while this section seems to suggest
    that they simply attack anything that they could perceive as a threat to the
    Planet, the fact that prior to their awakening Hojo stated that the WEAPONs'
    purpose was to destroy everything -- which he had learned from Gast's
    interviews with Ifalna -- would suggest that the two ideas may not be mutually
    exclusive. The Planet would benefit from both, and both would be accomplished
    in the same way.
    Finally, be aware that there are two more WEAPONs not identified here, though
    one of them does appear in the original Final Fantasy VII, while both appear
    in Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. One of them is Chaos, Vincent's
    ultimate Limit Break, and the other is Omega WEAPON.]
    **The WEAPONs that appear in the story** (005.4A)
    Diamond WEAPON/Diamo WEAPON
    The WEAPON from the earth that shines white. Outside Midgar, this WEAPON from
    the earth sparkles. During its invasion of Midgar, both it and the Northern
    Crater's barrier were hit by a beam from the Mako Cannon. In the International
    version [of the game], it fights Cloud and company, but the developments that
    follow are the same.
    Ruby WEAPON
    The WEAPON of deep crimson that lies hidden in the desert sands. A formidable
    opponent, like the Emerald WEAPON also included in the International version,
    it was arranged to be fought most effectively 1-on-1.
    Emerald WEAPON
    The green WEAPON that travels hidden in the deep sea. Appearing only in the
    International version, it is also possible to fight it, but without a special
    Materia, it is inevitably going to be a bitter fight.
    Ultimate WEAPON/Ultima WEAPON
    The winged, jet-black WEAPON that owns the skies. It fights Cid and company in
    Mideel, but has been arranged to be fought many times.
    Sapphire WEAPON
    The navy blue WEAPON that swims through the ocean, it is not possible to
    actually fight it. When Tifa and Barret are in Shin-Ra's Junon offices, it
    draws near, but is defeated and sunk by the Mako Cannon.
    [Analysis: There's not a lot said here that's really notable, but it is worth
    mentioning that "Diamond WEAPON" and "Ultimate WEAPON" were called "Diamo
    WEAPON" and "Ultima WEAPON" in the Japanese versions of the game. Apparently,
    when the game was localized into English, the names were expanded to match the
    words they were based on. It's interesting to note that in subsequent 
    localizations of Final Fantasy games, the "Ultima" in "Ultima Weapon" was kept
    as such for the creatures that would bear that name.]
    ***Lifestream*** (Pages 216-217) (005.5)
    Everything that lives on the Planet returns to the Planet, and new life is
    born from their life force, which is also the life of the Planet and is called
    "Spirit Energy." The flowing collective of this spiritual energy is called
    "the Lifestream."
    When those who live on the Planet die, their life force returns to the Planet,
    becomes part of the Lifestream and is eventually allocated into a new life
    that will grow. This cycle of energy normally allows the Planet to function
    **Lifestream Relation 1: Mako Energy** (005.5A)
    The name the Shin-Ra have given to spiritual energy. This nickname is "Mako
    Energy." In the Study of Planet Life's philosophy, it is called "Spirit
    Energy," but it is called "mako" by others in its use in humans' daily
    lives. Both labels are used, but the title of "Spirit Energy" is opposed in
    modern times, as the use of mako in peoples' daily lives rapidly spreads.
    *Mako poisoning*
    The Lifestream is the place to which all life returns, and, as a result, it is
    overflowing with knowledge. Consequently, when one falls in the Lifestream,
    the surge of information entering their head exceeds their brain's tolerance
    level and the danger of their mind shattering becomes high. The state in which
    one's mind has collapsed like this is called "mako poisoning," and doesn't
    happen only by falling into the Lifestream, but also through being exposed to
    mako. Cloud has suffered from this condition on 2 occasions.
    [Analysis: This section is basically saying that the knowledge of those who
    die returns to the Lifestream with their spirits, and there it combines with
    all the other knowledge; so the Lifestream is a big sea of spirit energy
    filled with knowledge and memories, and when someone else falls into that sea
    -- or is exposed to it through mako infusion -- that knowledge fills their
    brains. If they're not capable of handling all that extra knowledge that
    doesn't belong to them, it can cause their mind to "break," resulting in them
    going into a vegetative state (mako poisoning). Members of SOLDIER like Zack
    can handle this without losing their own place among all the extra knowledge,
    but people with inferiority complexes (most people, including Cloud) can't.]
    *The various mako reactors*
    Shin-Ra's prices for providing Mako Energy from their mako reactors have
    increased in the various places around the world where mako is abundant. Those
    that appear in the [game's] story are the 8 mako reactors around Midgar, the
    Mt. Nibel reactor, the Corel reactor, the Gongaga reactor, the undersea
    reactor and the Fort Condor reactor. Recently, before the beginning of the
    game, the Gongaga reactor suffered a meltdown and activities there have been
    suspended; during the story, Midgar's reactor numbers 1 and 5 are blown up at
    the hands of Cloud.
    *Materia and postwar society*
    When Mako Energy condenses, it becomes materia. In places where the energy is
    abundant, materia has formed naturally, but these are rare instances and it's
    more practical for Shin-Ra to manufacture it by way of artificial production.
    It is said that the knowledge of the Ancients is within materia. By bringing
    out this knowledge [through contact with the materia], one can interact with
    the Planet and even an ordinary person can gain the powers of the Ancients, as
    it is the condensed [spiritual energy which contains their] knowledge that is
    implemented as a link [to the Planet]......This allows for the presentation of
    abilities [associated with the materia].
    Materia is mostly used for combat purposes, as they hold power that far
    exceeds that of traditional weaponry. As a weapons development company, the
    Shin-Ra commercialized materia as a battlefield investment, having previously
    invested in a line of SOLDIERs, and quickly brought a transcontinental war
    that had lasted for several years to a close. Monopolozing the production of
    materia, Shin-Ra quickly began to take the lead in postwar society. Although
    peace then began to settle across the world, the Shin-Ra were establishing a
    desptoic order, as the people became increasingly dependent on mako, which has
    brought us to the present day.
    **Lifestream Relation 2: The Study of Planet Life** (005.5B)
    The study of the Planet, which the scholars in Cosmo Canyon reared. In Cosmo
    Canyon, the voice of the Planet can be heard, and there it is treated with
    great care, regarded as a living entity, a way of thought -- stemming from
    ancient roots -- that has been systematically organized. Red XIII's tribe and
    Bugenhagen's tribe -- called "the Bugah Tribe" -- follow the ideology of the
    Study of Planet Life, giving great consideration to the life of the Planet and
    making advanced progress in researching the subject. In addition, the Bugah
    Tribe also conducts research on the Ancients.
    The Lifestream, Spirit Energy, and the circle of life are all aspects of the
    Study of Planet Life. The anti-Shin-Ra group AVALANCHE was founded by one who
    had been strongly influenced by the Study of Planet Life.
    [Analysis: This section tells us that Bugenhagen's tribe has a name ("the
    Bugah Tribe"), but sadly leaves us with no name for Red XIII's tribe. Despite
    popular misinterpretation, Bugenhagen is not Red XIII's biological
    grandfather; this is simply a title of familiarity.]
    *The Planet's circle of life*
    1) A person grows......Their knowledge increases
    2) Return to the Planet (the Planet's growth)......When a soul returns to the
    Planet, the Planet grows
    3) The Planet produces new life......The next generation is born (the Planet
    now bears the evolved energy gained from the previous generation of life it
    Sephiroth['s plan to have] Meteor fall would result in (1) a vast increase in
    the level of death, and (2) the disembodied energy would also gather at the
    Planet's wound, allowing him to make use of the energy's return to the Planet.
    The (2) course of the Planet's energy [when returning to the Lifestream] is
    interrupted by Shin-Ra's method of forcibly extracting it and consuming it
    [Analysis: This section informs us with clarity that the concept of the Gaia
    Theory seen in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is identical to the
    Lifestream idea presented in Final Fantasy VII: energy is distributed by the
    Planet, giving life to various lifeforms which then grow and gain knowledge
    and memories as they do so; when they die, this energy then returns to the
    Planet, taking the knowledge/memories with it, allowing the Planet as a whole
    to grow.]
    *The anti-Shin-Ra organization*
    One who participated in the Study of Planet Life began to question the conduct
    of Shin-Ra due to their use of the Planet's Spirit Energy as mako. To protect
    the life of the Planet, they began anti-Shin-Ra activites in various places.
    Extreme conduct would follow on their part, and the explanation of Shin-Ra's
    faults that they offered held that the life of the Planet was more valuable
    than that of humans.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption 1)
    The anti-Shin-Ra organization AVALANCHE -- whose activites were aimed to
    disrupt Midgar -- had the power to serve as an obstacle to Shin-Ra.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption 2)
    The AVALANCHE seen in the game was the new AVALANCHE, of which Barret was the
    leader. Their base was the Seventh Heaven bar in the slums of Sector 7.
    [Analysis: Here, we're basically told what we already knew from the game: that
    someone who participated in the Study of Planet Life in Cosmo Canyon founded
    AVALANCHE. Barret mentions that AVALANCHE was founded in Cosmo Canyon during
    the party's stop there, but what wasn't made explicitly clear to many players
    of the English localization, however, is that Barret was not the founder of
    AVALANCHE and was not its original leader.
    In fact, Barret was not even a member of the original AVALANCHE. In Before
    Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, events dating back six years feature the first
    public appearance of AVALANCHE, with their leadership consisting of three
    people: Shears, a field commander, Fuhito, a research commander who had more
    authority than Shears, and Elfe, a young woman who supposedly served as the
    group's overall leader. In truth, Fuhito was using her and was the one who had
    obssessively dedicated himself to the Planet after researching the Study of
    Planet Life; he had a complete disregard for the lives of human beings, and --
    being utterly dedicated to the Planet -- wished to use a powerful summon
    called "Zirconiade" to eradicate all living things on the surface of the
    Planet so that it could have back all of its Spirit Energy, while
    simultaneously being free of all native threats.]
    ***Lifestream Relation 3: SOLDIER*** (005.5C)
    Shin-Ra's elite soldiers. The Turks scout to gather those who would be capable
    of handling being injected with Jenova's cells and exposed to mako; those who
    are gain a massive artificial increase in strength and ability. It is not
    common to impose this procedure on one against their will, as the resulting
    changes to their mind and body can be large, and they must be able to bear the
    experiment's process in order to become a SOLDIER.
    Those who are selected to become these elite soldiers will join SOLDIER in
    either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Class, as based on their capabilities. The superior
    class is 1st Class, but those who reach this rank are few in number. Each
    class has its own respective uniform, but only those who are 1st Class are
    allowed to also wear civilian clothes.
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    Sephiroth bloomed on the battlefield and many boys yearned to join SOLDIER.
    Sephiroth was instrumental in Cloud and Zack having their eyes on joining
    ****Translations of the vehicle specifications**** (006) (Pages 301-313)
    In this section, I'll be offering my translations of the various vehicle
    specs offered by the Ultimania Omega in its World of FFVII section. I've done
    my best to translate this information accurately, but I'm not an expert on the
    various mechanics of vehicles, so if you are and you see anything that doesn't
    seem to make sense, then that might be why.
    Also, if you notice that the romanizations for the vehicle names don't match
    those used in the original game -- or in other places -- with respect to
    punctuation or capitalization, be aware that I copied the romanizations used
    by the Ultimania Omega as they appear in the book itself. With all that out of
    the way, enjoy:
    Vehicle type: hD-92
    Length: 2,300 milimeters
    Width: 785 milimeters
    Height: 1,175 milimeters
    Cubic displacement: 1,160 cubic centimeters
    Engine: VE4-Ge type (oil-cooling V type 4 cylinder DOHC)
    [Note: This is the vehicle used by Cloud to escape from the Shin-Ra
    headquarters on Disc 1.]
    Length: 237 meters
    Width: 183 meters (propellers not included)
    Height: 33 meters (propellers not included)
    Weight: 1,380 tons (when unloaded)
    Load capacity: 2,150 tons
    Maximum speed: 386 knots (at sea-level)
    Cruising speed: 173 knots
    Ascending time: Unknown
    Ceiling [/maximum altitude]: Unknown
    Range: Unknown
    Climbing engines: 16s-Ge formula engine (*1) x4
    Auxillary climbing engine (*2): 3a type inverted V type 12 cylinder refined
    mako engine (ascending output of 1,900 horsepower) x2
    Climbing propellers: 5.5 meters in diameter; 4-speed hydraulic; pitch of 30~80
    Propulsion engines: Designated airship type engines (*3) x2
    Propulsion propellers: 7.5 meters in diameter; 4-speed electrical; pitch of
    30~60 degrees
    Crew capacity (estimate): 34
    Armament: Unknown
    Place of construction: Unknown
    *1......Ascending output 15,200 horsepower. Shin-Ra-made, air-cooled 8-13s
    radial engines (ascending output of 3,800 horsepower, with double 24
    cylinders); Cid linked 4 of them together, giving the airship's engine the use
    of 96 cylinders. [With this], a single propeller can move in two bases.
    *2......Used for the exhaust turbine of the climbing engine
    *3......Ascending output of 22,400 horsepower. Shin-Ra made, liquid-cooled,
    8-54 V24 cylinder engines (ascending output of 2,800 horsepower); Cid linked 8
    together, giving the airship's engine the use of [an additional] 192
    Length: 12.74 meters (rotor not included)
    Width: 12.48 meters (rotor not included)
    Height: 3.57 meters (rotor not included)
    Weight: 2,280 kilograms
    Load capacity: 3,850 kilograms
    Maximum speed: 235 knots (at sea-level)
    Cruising speed: 173 knots
    Ascending time: Unknown
    Ceiling [/maximum altitude]: 9,400 meters
    Range: 1,140 nautical miles (estimate)
    Engine: Oil-cooling RG24 type horizontal-facing 24 cylinder engine
    Ascending output: 3,800 horsepower
    Rotor: 4.7 meters in diameter; 2-speed electrical; pitch of 20~70 degrees
    Crew capacity: 1
    ***SHINRA Transportation unit GELNIKA***
    Length: Unknown
    Width: Unknown
    Height: Unknown
    Weight: Unknown
    Load capacity: Unknown
    Maximum speed: Unknown
    Cruising speed: Unknown
    Ascending time: Unknown
    Ceiling [/maximum altitude]: Unknown
    Range: Unknown
    Engine: Oil-cooling RG24-f type horizontal-facing 24 cylinder engine x4
    Ascending output: 8,240 horsepower
    ***uV type Submarine***
    Length: 93.5 meters
    Width: 22.7 meters
    Draft: 5.3 meters
    Standard displacement: 1,342 tons (surface)/2,722 tons (underwater)
    System: Shin-Ra standard-issue mako engine x1
    Output: 6,500 horsepower
    Speed: 17.5 knots (surface)/27.3 knots (underwater)
    Range: 7,500 nautical miles at 18 knots
    Crew capacity: 28
    Armament: 610 milimeter torpedo tubes x4; 20 milimeter mounted machine guns x2
    Place of construction: Junon shipyard dock 3
    [Note: The kanji seen on the red sub is a kanji for "1," while the kanji seen
    on the silver sub is a kanji for "2."]
    ***B1A type Helicopter***
    Length: 9.14 meters (rotor not included)
    Width: 3.05 meters (rotor not included)
    Height: 2.89 meters (rotor and antenna not included)
    Weight: 1,230 kilograms
    Load capacity: Unknown
    Maximum speed: 150 knots (at sea-level)
    Cruising speed: 43 knots
    Ascending time: Unknown
    Ceiling [/maximum altitude]: 4,300 meters
    Range: 140 nautical miles (estimate)
    Engine: Oil-cooling RG08 type horizontal-facing 8 cylinder engine (ascending
    output of 900 horsepower)
    Rotor: 4.2 meters in diameter; 2-speed electrical; pitch of 20~60 degrees
    [Note: This is the type of helicopter seen escorting Rufus away from the dock
    at Costa del Sol.]
    ***B1B type Helicopter***
    Length: 9.14 meters (rotor not included)
    Width: 4,32 meters (rotor not included)
    Height: 2.89 meters (rotor and antenna not included)
    Weight: 1,560 kilograms
    Load capacity: Unknown
    Maximum speed: 132 knots (at sea-level)
    Cruising speed: 37 knots
    Ascending time: Unknown
    Ceiling [/maximum altitude]: 4,300 meters
    Range: 140 nautical miles (estimate)
    Engine: Oil-cooling RG08 type horizontal-facing 8 cylinder engine (ascending
    output of 900 horsepower)
    Rotor: 4.2 meters in diameter; 2-speed electrical; pitch of 20~60 degrees
    [Note: This is the type of helicopter seen in use by the Turks just before
    Sector 7 collapses.]
    ***sA-27 type Motor tricycle***
    Load capacity: 820 kilograms
    Cubic displacement: 760 cubic centimeters
    Engine: 1S-Ge type (oil-cooling 1 cylinder OHV)
    Occupant capacity: 1
    [Note: This is one of the vehicles on display in the lobby of the Shin-Ra
    ***bA-37 type Motor tricycle***
    Length: 2.96 meters
    Width: 1.87 meters
    Height: 1.56 meters
    Cubic displacement: 760 cubic centimeters
    Engine: 1S-Ge type (oil-cooling 1 cylinder OHV)
    Occupant capacity: 2
    [Note: This is the vehicle used by Tifa, Barret, Aerith, and Red XIII to
    escape from the Shin-Ra headquarters on Disc 1; the occupant capacity noted
    here refers to the capacity for the vehicle's cab.]
    ***pA-86 type Automobile***
    Load capacity: 1,280 kilograms
    Cubic displacement: 1,004 cubic centimeters
    Engine: 3p-Geu type (vertical position 3 cylinder OHV-6valve)
    Occupant capacity: 1
    [Note: This is one of the vehicles on display in the lobby of the Shin-Ra
    Locomotive 600
    [Note: No specs available; this is the type of train seen in the opening of
    the game.]
    Locomotive 5884
    [Note: No specs available; this is the type of train used by civilians in
    Length: 7.26 meters
    Width: 3.58 meters
    Height: 1.96 meters
    Load capacity: 2,150 kilograms
    Maximum speed: 80 kilometers per hour
    ***Rocket SHINRA No.26***
    Height: 48 meters
    Load capacity: 1.418 tons
    Note: Contains an escape pod
    Length: 153.0 centimeters
    Effective edge: 116.0 centimeters
    Waist width: 25.1 centimeters
    Length: 12.75 meters (gondola only)
    Width: 4.06 meters (gondola only)
    Height: 2.88 meters (gondola only)
    Load capacity: 2,920 kilograms
    Maximum inclined angle: Approximately 42 degrees
    Occupant capacity: 15
    ***Chocobo Cart***
    [Note: No specs available.]
    ****Translations concerning the plot-related connection between FFVII and
    FFX/X-2**** (007)
    As some fans of Final Fantasy VII, X and X-2 may or may not know, the worlds
    of the two games share a plot-related connection. The connection's existance
    was established during an interview with Yoshinori Kitase (lead developer of
    the Final Fantasy series) and Kazushige Nojima (the scenario writer of Final
    Fantasy VII, Before Crisis, Advent Children, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy
    X, Final Fantasy X-2 and the Kingdom Hearts series) in 2002, as featured in
    the Final Fantasy X Ultimania Omega guidebook, an official Square-Enix
    This interview established that there would be a connection between the two
    worlds, though it didn't detail it. However, based on what was later revealed
    to be the connection, it's clear that it had already been conceived, as
    Kitase hints at it with his final word on the subject. In 2003, the exact
    nature of the concept was finally revealed in the Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania,
    having been hinted toward by a few elements of the game.
    Nojima revealed that Shinra of the Gullwings, an Al Bhed child prodigy and
    inventor of various machinery, would attempt using the remains of Vegnagun --
    the behemoth machina Shuyin tried to destroy Spira with -- to extract life
    energy from the Farplane and use it to power machines. Shinra would attempt
    doing this as a result of his analysis of the Farplane late in the game.
    During this diagnostic, Shinra concluded that there was a great deal of energy
    floating around inside the Farplane, and that it was most likely the life
    force of Spira, which could be extracted and used as a power source; however,
    he concluded that it would take generations to properly implement the idea.
    Further of note is that Nojima explained that the Al Bhed entrepeneur Rin also
    was interested in extracting mako from the Farplane, and that he provided
    Shinra with the funding to make the attempt. For his part, Rin's desire to do
    this is revealed during the game should he be uncovered as the culprit behind
    covering up the malfunctioning machina disaster on the Mi'hen Highroad.
    Nojima went on to say that Shinra's attempts to use Vegnagun's remains failed
    and that he was unable to complete the concept of mako-extraction, just as
    Shinra had predicted. However, some 1000 years later, once space travel became
    possible, Shinra's descendants would go on a voyage to the world of Final
    Fantasy VII. There, at some point in the future, they would be successful in
    utilizing the concept, and would provide electricity from the Planet for a
    price; these descendants would found the Shin-Ra Company of Final Fantasy VII.
    The connection would again be hinted toward in the Final Fantasy X-2:
    International+Last Mission (released in 2004) game's Last Mission scenario, in
    which Rikku revealed that Rin and Shinra had begun working together. Next,
    the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega guidebook (released in September, 2005)
    also brings forth mention of the concept, and, finally, the connection may
    have received further indication through Dirge of Cerberus (released in
    January, 2006) and the Advent Children Reunion Files book (released in May,
    2006), in which it is established that the Shera airship seen in Advent
    Children and Dirge of Cerberus runs on ancient, lost non-mako technology that
    Cid discovered. This technology very well may have originally belonged to
    Shinra's descendants, as they are the only previous inhabitants of VII's world
    indicated to have been in possession of advanced technology, and because the
    interior of the Shera bears some aesthetic resemblances to those of the
    Fahrenheit and Celsius airships that figure prominently into FFX and FFX-2
    (though the Shera's interior bears more of a resemblance to the Celsius').
    I will here present the dialogue from Final Fantasy X-2 that hints at the
    connection, as well as the interviews and other translations that establish
    its existance as part of official Final Fantasy continuity.
    ***Dialogue with Rin from Final Fantasy X-2***
    "You are suggesting that my decision to upgrade the machina resulted in a
    number of casualties... ... and that I tried to cover it up?"
    "You put the investigation in our hands because we were amateurs. You hoped we
    would botch the case."
    "And then, I kept calling you even though I didn't have any leads."
    "You would have objected to the meaningless interruptions, if you really
    wanted to solve the case."
    "I see. It appears that I have underestimated you, Yuna."
    "Why, Rin?"
    "If word got out that machina pose a danger, people would fear them and stop
    using them."
    "So Yevon's not alone in sweeping things under the rug."
    "I firmly believe that machina are an indispensable part of Spira's
    "Even if there is another incident, I intend to conceal the evidence."
    "You really think people will follow you that way?"
    "I am not alone in my thinking."
    "We are researching ways to extract the vast energy that sleeps in Spira, and
    use it to power machina."
    "You're a jackass."
    "I will take that as a compliment."
    ***Dialogue with Shinra from Final Fantasy X-2***
    "What are you looking at?"
    "Farplane data."
    "The more I study it, the more fascinating it gets. There's limitless energy
    swirling around in there."
    "Limitless energy?"
    "The life force that flows through our planet...I think."
    "With a little work, we could probably extract the energy in a useable form."
    "Of course, that'd take generations."
    "That's no fun!"
    "Well, still, it is something worth shooting for."
    "Think how much Spira would change if we ever got it to work!"
    "Maybe one day we could build a city full of light, one that never sleeps!"
    "No doubt about it."
    ***Dialogue with Rikku from Final Fantasy X-2: International+Last Mission***
    "These days, people are always looking for sunken machina."
    "Oh? Has Shinra been helping you with that?"
    "Ahh, now that you bring it up..."
    "Well, he left the ship and got together with Rin, and what do you think all
    that research they've been doing is about?"
    ***Interview with Yoshinori Kitase and Kazushige Nojima in the Final Fantasy X
    Ultimania Omega*** (Page 191)
    **FFVII and FFX are connected?!**
    --"Previously, with a conversation in the FFX Scenario Ultimania, you made
    certain inferences, and since it's been about half a year since then, is there
    anything new you'd like to clarify about FFX?"
    "That's true...... Now that FFX International is out and we're in the future,
    I'm in a predicament; it really isn't that hard to think of another story
    [set] in that world; room for expansion was left possible there without too
    much difficulty, don't you think? Speaking conversely, FFX received a splendid
    reception and made us think of adding to it."
    "After FFVII was finished, we were easily able to add Zack's open[-ended role]
    into the International version. But, with X, there was an older story with a
    partly-finished world and an opening that this new one could be added to and
    [, in doing] so[,] complete it."
    "So, you could say [in terms of] time, Nojima-san decided to designate it to
    act as a sequel to VII, if you follow me."
    --"It's a sequel to VII!!"
    "Well, there was a joke right there. Simply put, in VII's ending, Holy came,
    and the next thing you knew, it was over without closing things up, and then
    it was the "500 years later" [scene] in the future. There's a large margin
    buried there. A margin for the imagination. Nojima-san and Toriyama are going
    to be filling something of that with VII, though, while they're at their best
    and can do it."
    --"So, will it become a sequel to VII's story?"
    "I have a strong feeling that they're going to be connected."
    --"Huh, so VII and X ARE connected?"
    "Well, there's not many specifics to it. I know that what becomes of people
    when they die is among them; you could say that it's basically the same. Both
    [concepts came to] function along the same line of thought as I wrote the
    stories. Sometimes my thoughts just flow out like that, even though pyreflies
    distinctly aren't green."
    --"When you speak of the dead becoming [something] green, do you perhaps
    "Yes. In my mind, pyreflies and VII's Lifestream are the same substance."
    "Nojima-san's even considering making use of an idea like this -- [with] an
    addition to the idea of life origin -- in a sequel to FFX International.
    That's just a little bit of the thought that's been going into what to do with
    "That's right. There's something like the Lifestream [in X's world
    --"'An addition to the idea of life origin'......does that mean you're going
    to revise life origin concepts or something?"
    "I can't say......it's a secret (laughs)."
    "It's a surprise with how someone from the story conducts theirself with
    regards to the Farplane."
    ***Interview with FFX-2 creators from the Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania***
    (Page 723)
    **"So, what of this child, Shinra......"**
    --"Among these latest stories, 'connected' is one of the key words becoming
    applicable, isn't it?"
    [Daisuke] Watanabe
    "I personally like the word 'connected,' but there's one aspect where that
    applies well."
    "During the game's progression, various vague things will be tied together to
    reveal it."
    --"For example, the name 'Shinra' suggests a connection with VII? There's
    [what's said] in the 'Graduation Mission' scenario [ -- 'graduation'
    referring to Shinra being soon to leave the Gullwings -- ], and the 'I am not
    alone in my thinking' line from the 'Rin's Detective Work' scenario seems to
    have some particular significance."
    "Actually, it does. After quitting the Gullwings, Shinra received enormous
    financial support from Rin, and began trying to use Vegnagun to siphon Mako
    Energy from the Farplane. But, he is unable to complete the system for
    utilizing this energy in his generation, and in the future, when traveling to
    distant planets becomes possible, the Shin-Ra Company is founded on another
    world, or something like that....... That would happen about 1000 years after
    this story, I think."
    --"So VII's story is after that?"
    "Well, you could say the feelings I have are like that. When I think about the
    characters, those are the kinds of feelings I already have. Shinra is a good
    child, but his descendants are going to end up becoming like the president [of
    Shin-Ra] (laughs)."
    "With you said about VII, after seeing your episodes with Shinra, one of the
    people on the [development] staff said that the first shot of the Bevelle
    Underground 'gives the impression of somewhere else.'"
    [Motomu] Toriyama
    "Certainly; it looks like the opening shot of Midgar in VII."
    ***Information on Shinra of the Gullwings in the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania
    Omega*** (Page 563)
    Shinra is a boy who supports the Gullwings, the group which the main
    protagonist, Yuna, belongs to. He carries a name that gives him an association
    to the Shin-Ra Company, and he is researching a method that could utilize the
    energy of "the life force that flows through our planet." The results of this
    cannot be seen in FFX-2, but maybe one day his descendants will establish a
    "company that supplies the energy of the planet"?
    (Accompanying screenshot caption)
    The words of Shinra, which can be heard at the end of the story. This world
    has something similar to the Lifestream that is worthy of attention.
    ***Interview with FFVII creators from the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania
    Omega*** (Page 571)
    --"At E3 (the world's largest game show, which was held in America), as a demo
    for the PS3, the opening of FFVII was shown; was its purpose to serve as
    something of a preliminary announcement?
    "Well, in regard to that, please think of it as a mere demonstration. Because
    the production period for its imagery was [going to be] so short, we made the
    opening of FFVII, as it was easy to represent. Beyond that, there is no
    particular deeper meaning.
    --"In that case, it's not a remake; when might you be making something to
    serve as the direct continuation of FFX-2?"
    "Producing something like that holds the same problem as a remake [of FFVII],
    as our schedule just isn't open for it [right now]."
    ***Information concerning the Shera and fuel in the Advent Children Reunion
    Files book*** (Page 87)
    What do they use for fuel in this time period?
    "Cloud and the gang certainly aren't using mako anymore, because it drains the
    life of the planet. That means they don't use Materia, either. Yuffie collects
    them, but that's just because she lives to collect things (laughs). I guess
    the airship must be running on some mysterious ancient power source." (Nomura)
    ****Notes on information in the Advent Children Reunion Files book**** (008)
    As you, the reader, may or may not know, Final Fantasy VII's direct sequel,
    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, has an Ultimania-like book of its own: the
    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Reunion Files book published by SoftBank.
    This comprehensive book features in-depth information on each character in the
    film, interviews with their voice actors, interviews with the film's core
    creators, a lengthy production digest of the film, and a wealth of info on
    aspects of the film's plot.
    I have here collected a lot of the more interesting and notable information
    from the book, broken it down into categories, and sorted it accordingly. Be
    aware, though, that this is not necessarily everything you personally may find
    of interest in the book, and that I'll not be quoting anything from it here,
    neither in English or Japanese. I'll simply be paraphrasing. This is because
    the book is actually in both English and Japanese -- being the only Final
    Fantasy book I know of to be bilingual -- and I recommend it to all fans of
    the film who can read either language. As one who owns more than a dozen
    official Final Fantasy books, this is absolutely my favorite one.
    Without further ado, here's the information from the book:
    ***Production notes*** (008.1)
    -The short CG production by Square's Visual Works department (the project that
    eventually became Advent Children) was began in January of 2002. It wasn't
    until March of 2003 (when Final Fantasy X-2 was released in Japan) that the
    official go-ahead was given to the Advent Children project itself. In other
    words, you can say that Advent Children's pre-production began in January of
    -The real world footage from AC's credits and Reminisicence of Final Fantasy
    VII was filmed in Hawaii.
    -Takeyuki Takeya (the monster and mechanical art designer for the film)
    designed Cloud's First Tsurugi sword set used in the film. He says that he
    doesn't know what the individual names of the swords are, nor what their
    specific attributes are. "First Tsurugi" is, apparently, the name for the
    entire set and the completed sword (as most people thought, I believe), and
    the swords were just called "the fusion swords" during development because
    they weren't given proper names.
    -Takeyuki Takeya also designed Bahamut Sin (whose design he said was partly
    inspired by Jomon pottery) and the Shera airship.
    -Yusuke Naora designed the Velvet Nightmares and the Dual Hound (Loz and
    Yazoo's weapons).
    -Nomura said he didn't do the designs for the weapons, creatures, and the
    Shera airship because he wanted to focus on directing.
    -Yusuke Naora's location design of the shell structure in the Forgotten
    Capital (Kadaj's base) was the first piece drawn in the film's pre-production.
    -Nojima said that he got the idea for Geostigma from a plot element originally
    intended for Final Fantasy X, but that wasn't implemented. The idea was that
    Yuna would have been going around curing diseases all over Spira. He said that
    since he needed a plot element to cause Cloud to need to protect people
    weaker than him, he came up with Geostigma.
    -Nojima said that he set AC 2 years after FFVII because it's a pretty long
    time, but also short enough for the past to still be lingering in people's
    minds. He also said it was long enough for Marlene to have probably started
    talking a lot.
    -Nomura had Cloud take down Kadaj without really grunting or showing any signs
    of straining himself so that when he was grunting a lot during his fight with
    Sephiroth and displaying lots of signs of fatigue it would emphasise how much
    more powerful Sephiroth was.
    -When designing Sephiroth for the film, they took various steps to make him
    seem like something other than an ordinary human, a supernatural entity. For
    his appearance, they gave him slanted eyes. In rendering him, they never
    showed him blink. For his lines, Nojima gave him a majestic style of speech
    that would suggest that his mentality had ascended beyond that of ordinary
    -Nomura said that since Barret is compared to Mr. T so often, they
    deliberately went out of their way to make him look different from him in
    Advent Children (yes, he actually said this).
    -At one point, the development team was unsure of why Sephiroth would appear
    to fight Cloud, and were only certain that he must appear for a final battle
    with him. They considered various ideas, including Sephiroth only being
    visible to Cloud, but ultimately went with what we see in the finished film
    (Kadaj's fusion with Jenova's cells).
    -The Madhouse animation studio was selected to create Last Order because they
    had been used on the anime trailer for Before Crisis, and because the
    company's president was very enthusiastic about the idea of a FFVII animated
    feature, and frequently payed visits to Nomura at SE's offices to discuss the
    idea with him. Because of the enormous support Madhouse was expressing for the
    project, they were a shoe-in for the job.
    -Despite how simple a garment it was, Cid's t-shirt was apparently an
    extremely difficult piece to animate realistically. Initially, it came off
    looking rubbery.
    -Apparently Yazoo's hair was a pain in the ass to animate.
    -The original promotional video for AC shown at the Tokyo Game Show in 2003
    was all of the development footage that Nomura and his people had at the time.
    Since they knew they would be unveiling the project only 6 months after it had
    finally gotten an official go-ahead, Nomura wanted to pack the preview with
    action shots and then focus on developing everything else around them later.
    -The English version's April 3, 2006 premiere is mentioned, as is the fact
    that it was met to a thunderous warm welcome. This is probably what prompted
    the delay of the book from May 2 to May 22. It's not explicitly stated, but
    I'm guessing that it was this large show of support from English-reading fans
    that made SE or SoftBank decide to include English translations of all of the
    Japanese text in the book (with the exception of a little bit of the
    production credits in the back). This was the first time this was done with an
    FF book to my knowledge.
    -Mideel was originally going to be used as the film's therapeutic location,
    but the development team decided to create Healin and utilize it instead
    because of how far Mideel is from Midgar/Edge.
    -It was the "Deep Dive" hidden FMV from the original Kingdom Hearts that
    sparked a desire in Nomura to try making an even more cool-looking battle
    scene in a CG film in the future. He had a specific desire to use FFVII as the
    source material, and being that Visual Works had wanted to make a FFVII CG
    production anyway, once Nomura agreed to go on the project as its director,
    things gradually took shape.
    -In initial sketches, Kadaj was referred to as "Lost Name" because he didn't
    have a name yet.
    -The original subtitle of the film was going to be "Reunion," but Nomura felt
    that the word didn't convey the sense of "coming back again" well enough, so
    he did some research and found the word "advent," which is often used to mean
    "second coming." Nojima, for his part, wanted "children" in the title, so the
    two words were combined. Nojima says he feels that the title does a good job
    of expressing that FFVII is back and that Sephiroth is going to come back
    during the film.
    -Nomura said back around the time of Parasite Eve's production, he had come up
    with an idea for a game that involved a cat and a dog searching for their
    missing master. The cat would ride on the dog's back. This idea is what led
    Nomura to think of sticking Cait Sith on Red XIII's back after they decided
    not to use Cait Sith's Moogle mount.
    -Nomura says he gave Denzel wavy hair to make him more unique since it's not a
    common trait with FFVII's characters.
    -The Shadow Creepers' heads were based on crows' skulls.
    -At one point they considered having Yazoo and Loz holding the Shadow Creepers
    from the beginning on leashes while they rode their motorcycles, but decided
    not to.
    -Originally, the scene with Kadaj talking to Aerith after Sephiroth fell
    wasn't included. However, they decided to add this scene in late in the
    production because they wanted to give Kadaj a scene of salvation, as they
    felt that he was a character who needed to be saved too.
    ***Character and plot notes*** (008.2)
    -Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo are referred to as physical manifestations of
    Sephiroth's spirit and will three times in the English text, with the specific
    wording used in Japanese being something akin to "will bodies of Sephiroth's
    thoughts" on one of those occasions and "phantoms of Sephiroth" on another.
    Also, Kadaj is said to represent Sephiroth's cruelty, while Yazoo represents
    his allure and Loz represents his strength.
    -It's confirmed that the silver-haired men's desire to find Jenova's remains
    and merge with them is due in part to Sephiroth's desire to be restored
    goading them without them knowing it.
    -It's stated that Sephiroth and Kadaj are left-handed. Most likely Yazoo and
    Loz are as well since -- like Kadaj -- they are physical manifestations of
    Sephiroth's spirit and feature some of his attributes. That in mind along with
    the fact that Loz's Dual Hound weapon is on his left arm and being that Yazoo
    chooses to use his left hand to fire his Velvet Nightmare when fighting with
    only one gun, we have reason to believe this is true.
    -It's said that the SHM concluded that the remains of Jenova were under the
    Meteor monument and commanded the kids to surround it as human shields.
    Apparently when the children's Reunion instinct led them to Edge, the SHM
    concluded that the remains of Jenova must be under the monument because Rufus
    had built it.
    -An in-universe explanation for why Loz often moves with a blue blur behind
    him is not given. It's simply said that because he's so big and bulky, they
    wanted to off-set his girth by making him look really fast and used the blue
    blur only for him to emphasise that he's fast. It's not suggested -- despite
    how often people think so -- that it has anything to do with his Dual Hound.
    -No explanation for where the SHM got their bikes is offered, but Takeyuki
    Takeya said that he designed the SHM's bikes with the impression that they're
    very generic and that there might be tons of bikes just like them. They
    probably stole them from somewhere.
    -No explanation for the SHM's cell phones is offered either. However, I bet
    they stole them from Elena and Tseng since they had to get the other Turks'
    numbers somehow.
    -It's mentioned that after Sephiroth jumped into the Lifestream back in
    Nibelheim, his body dissolved, but because of his powerful will, he reformed
    it at the Northern Crater, where his life energy and Jenova's head were washed
    to. This most likely is why he only seemed to have a torso when he cast Meteor
    (he was still reforming his original body), and why the Ultimania Omega says
    that he was regenerating in the Northern Crater.
    -The Shadow Creepers are referred to as Summons (capital "s").
    -Nomura implied that the Shera runs on some ancient non-mako technology, as
    confirmed in Dirge of Cerberus. Thought not explicitly stated either here or
    in Dirge of Cerberus, this is most likely part of the FFVII-FFX/X-2
    connection (see the section on this within this FAQ for more information about
    -Rufus had the Meteor monument built to serve as a reminder of the tragedy. I
    guess -- since he blamed his company for the Meteor disaster and the planet's
    weakened state -- he wanted people to remember the errors humanity had made in
    the past.
    -It's said that Cloud was outmatched when it came to the fight with Sephiroth.
    Sorry everybody who thinks that Cloud was almost on par with him: he wasn't.
    Even worse for Cloud, Nomura said that Sephiroth didn't sweat during the
    entire fight and never exerted himself. In other words, he wasn't even trying
    hard. Cloud on the other hand was clearly giving it his all and was described
    by the book as exhausted by the time the battle was nearing its conclusion.
    -It's said that Loz fights Tifa to amuse himself. Sorry everybody who thinks
    that Tifa was probably as strong as him or stronger: she wasn't.
    -Nojima said that Vincent has to be dragged into something before he'll take
    action, and that if it wasn't for the other members of Avalanche being his
    friends, he probably wouldn't have joined the fight against Bahamut Sin.
    -Vincent's revelation to Cloud in the Sleeping Forest that he had never tried
    to forgive himself for the things he had blamed himself for was one of the
    major factors that caused Cloud to realize what he needed to do.
    -The entire movie occurs over the course of 3 days, beginning at noon on Day 1
    and ending at 7:00 AM on Day 3. In othe words, the film occurs over the course
    of 43 hours.
    -The fight between Avalanche and Bahamut Sin/the fight between Reno and Rude
    and Yazoo and Loz lasts 2 hours.
    -The motorcycle chase up through the moment Sephiroth appears lasts another 2
    -Cloud's final battle with Sephiroth began at 6:00 PM on the story's second
    day and he woke up at 7:00 AM in Aerith's church on the third day. There's no
    suggestion of how long he was unconscious, but I'd guess it was anywhere from
    10 to 12 hours.
    -Nomura said that Midgar covered in greenery 500 years after the Meteor
    incident symbolizes humans re-embracing nature. Perhaps they won't go with
    humans dying out after all, as Kitase indicated may happen during an interview
    with Electronic Gaming Monthly in October, 2005.
    -Fuel for the love triangle debate: Nomura refers to Tifa as being many
    things, including a lover/sweetheart (in a romantic/sexual context; "koibito"
    is the Japanese word used here), and Nojima says that when he began writing
    the script for Advent Children, the first thing he was sure of being part of
    the setting is that Cloud and Tifa were together. That said, Nomura may have
    meant that Tifa's a lover in the same way people will say "I'm a lover, not a
    fighter," and Nojima may not have meant "together" in a romantic context. For
    the record, I think Tifa's got this won, but that's me personally. Let the war
    -Nojima says that when the water drop appeared in Aerith's church after Cloud
    and Tifa fell unconscious, their wounds were healed. He said he wanted that
    water drop to serve as foreshadowing of Aerith's later appearance in the
    church, as they had given Aerith a watery theme for this movie.
    -Nomura says that despite people often thinking that Rude's black, he thinks
    that Rude's appearance is more of a South American look.
    -Nojima said that even though Rufus' wheelchair was part of his disguise, he
    really did suffer a lot of injuries from Diamond WEAPON's attack and isn't in
    the best shape.
    -Nojima says that Reno's not so much interested in rebuilding the Shin-Ra
    Company because he thinks it should be rebuilt. He just thinks the idea sounds
    cool and exciting.
    -Nomura refers to Red XIII as being "a feline of sorts" and jokes that
    sticking Cait Sith on him made for more of a cat riding a bigger cat than a
    cat riding a dog like the idea that had inspired Red XIII carrying Cait Sith.
    -The kanji used for "Sin"/"Shin" in Bahamut Sin's name means "tremor" or
    "quake." For those unfamiliar with this kanji, it's the first kanji in the
    dual kanji word "shindou," which means "tremor" or "impact." They used the
    kanji for "shin" in this book, while rendering it in katakana in the AC
    Prologue book from September, 2005.
    -According to Nomura, the use of materia drains the planet's life energy, this
    being why the good guys don't use it anymore. There's not an explanation for
    why its use drains the planet's energy, but based on Sephiroth's explanation
    from the original game that materia links someone to the planet and allows
    them to use its powers, its most likely that the materia allows someone to tap
    into the Lifestream's energy and manifest it as a spell based on the specs of
    the materia they're using. This would, of course, drain the planet's energy,
    the same as turning it into electricity would.
    ***Miscellaneous notes*** (008.3)
    -On Yazoo's page, it refers to the Velvet Nightmares as "gunblades" in the
    English text. This is strange because it doesn't do that in the Japanese text,
    and this reference to the weapons as gunblades never shows up again. Of
    course, they aren't like the gunblades in Final Fantasy VIII even if these
    weapons are meant to be classified as such, because those weapons could only
    be used as swords (according to FFVIII's Ultimania) and the Velvet Nightmares
    can only be used as guns (according to all of the official AC sites).
    -Kazushige Nojima's first name is mistakenly written as "Kazunari" at one
    point in English, most likely a result of "Kazunari" and "Kazushige" sharing
    the same kanji. I've seen this mistake before.
    -They don't keep certain romanizations consistent in the English text. "Veld"
    is written as both "Veld" and "Verdot" on the same page in the Before Crisis
    section, and "Shears" is written as both "Shears" and "Sears."
    -The name of "Elfe" from Before Crisis is written as "Elfe" without an accent
    mark over the "e" to emphasise it be pronounced as "eh."
    -Rosso from Dirge of Cerberus is referred to with "he" instead of "she."
    Obviously a mistake, as she is very much a woman.
    -Vice's/Weiss' (also from Dirge of Cerberus) name is romanized as "Weiss."
    Hopefully it stays that way for the English versions of DoC, as "Weiss"
    actually does mean "white" in German (all of the elite Zvet SOLDIERs in DoC
    are named for colors).
    -At one point in the English text, Nojima refers to Sephiroth's motivation
    largely being revenge against Cloud because of how badly his pride was hurt
    when Cloud turned the tables on him in the Mt. Nibel mako reactor. More
    notably, it says that this defeat was made all the worse because Cloud was a
    "rookie SOLDIER" at the time. This, of course, is a mistake, as Cloud was
    never in SOLDIER, and the Japanese text there doesn't say "SOLDIER." At least
    not in reference to the elite squad, which is always written in katakana. It
    uses the kanji for "rookie soldier," meaning a regular private in the army.
    Just thought this should be pointed out before we had people going "They're
    contradicting their own continuity!" or "I knew Nojima was on LSD!"
    -The pink ribbons the characters wear are confirmed to be in remembrance of
    -The angel statue in Edge and the number of birds flying over Midgar in the
    opening apparently don't have any specific meaning after all. Nomura said that
    they had a meaning to him and members of the production staff in a previous
    interview (I think it was in the AC Prologue book), but apparently they don't
    have specific universal meanings like the wolf that symbolizes Cloud's guilt.
    Apparently Nomura just wanted to make people give more thought to what they
    were watching (that's my guess).
    -Nomura said that he sees Vincent and Cloud as being very much alike, only
    Vincent acts and speaks older (probably because he is).
    -The Japanese voice actor for Yuffie has been serving as her voice actor since
    Ehrgeiz came out.
    -The guy who did Cait Sith's voice also did the Japanese voices of Auron
    (Final Fantasy X and X-2), Tobli (Final Fantasy X-2), and Squall Leonhart
    (Kingdom Hearts I and II).
    -The young guy who did Roxas' Japanese voice in Kingdom Hearts II auditioned
    to do the voice of Denzel, but Nomura felt he was too old for the role.
    However, it was this audition that made Nomura think he would be perfect for
    playing Roxas.
    ****Recommended further reading**** (009)
    -Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania Translations:
    These are my translations from the Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania guidebooks.
    -Xcomp's "The Final Fantasy VII Collection" website:
    This is a really great site, featuring translations of Before Crisis episodes,
    the Advent Children Prologue book, On the Way to a Smile (Case of Tifa and
    Case of Denzel) and Maiden who Travels the Planet (from the Final Fantasy VII
    Ultimania Omega).
    -Squall_of_SeeD's "Final Fantasy VII & Advent Children Plot Analysis" FAQ:
    This comprehensive FAQ on the original Final Fantasy VII and its sequel Advent
    Children contains a lot of verified theories and explanations about the game
    and the movie. It also has a few translations, but it's more of an extensive
    story analysis guide than a translation FAQ.
    ****Acknowledgements about the game, the Ultimania Omega and this FAQ****
    ***Thanks in the making of this FAQ go to...***
    ...my wife and daughter, simply for the wonderful life you've given me. I love
    you two so much.
    ***Publications cited in this FAQ***
    -Final Fantasy VII itself
    -Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII
    -Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII
    -Final Fantasy X, X-2 and X-2: International+Last Mission
    -Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega
    -Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Reunion Files
    -Final Fantasy X Ultimania Omega
    -Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania
    -Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania Omega
    -Final Fantasy X-2: International+Last Mission Ultimania
    ***Notes on the Ultimanias***
    -Edited by Studio BentStuff
    -Published by Square-Enix
    -Publishing rights held by Square-Enix
    ***List of sites authorized to host this FAQ***
    -Any site ran by me
    -Super Cheats
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    the designs of those characters.
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