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So you know that malarkey that always comes up with regards to Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within being the sole "demise of Squaresoft" when Final Fantasy and Square Enix fans like to bash the film? Welp, as perfected, its flat out wrong:

As brought up in most stories relating to Squaresoft's demise and the reason for Square Enix's merger, the popular conclusion seems to rest solely and inaccurately on "Sakaguchi bringing the company to bankruptcy therefore forcing Square and Enix to merge."

While The Spirits Within was a financial failure and played its role in hurting the company, it did not destroy Squaresoft nor did it force the company to merge with Enix. Sparking the interest of others and myself, a few select gaffer's provided fascinating and lesser known details that seemed to add up and make a ton of sense considering the general structure and output in the last decade. Through LevelNth and Drek's posts on the subject, here is Cheerilee's simplified summary of their posts touching on some issues that never seem to be recognized [READ THE ENTIRE THREAD]

Check it out on, because its long, involved and incredibly in-depth.
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k, let’s be honest - the most common argument you hear about The Spirits Within is that it doesn’t have anything to do with Final Fantasy. Seeing as how I have (a) an open mind, and (b) an extensive knowledge of the Final Fantasy series, I find no issues in saying that whoever thinks that is both wrong and ignorant.

Let me break it down for you folks, by looking at the COMMON THEMES of the numbered series - excluding Final Fantasy 11 and 14…cause fuck MMOs. ALSO, spoilers ahead - so cover your ears if you don’t know the basic plots of the games…even if you’re reading this.

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The new Netflix Instant movies for June 2012 may not be better than the summer blockbusters, but they’ll surely make the wait for ‘Prometheus‘ and ‘Rock of Ages‘ much more bearable. Check out all the titles you’ll be able to watch without having to leave the house.

JUNE 1, 2012
‘Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within’ (2001)
Starring Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, and Ming-Na — A female scientist must defend Earth against an alien invasion in this animated film based on the beloved Japanese video game series.

JUNE 9, 2012
‘Thor’ (2011)
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins — Thor is cast out of Asgard and forced to live on Earth when his trickster brother Loki hatches a plan to steal his brother’s rightful throne. [SOURCE]
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He bet his career on a game and hit the jackpot, then bet it on a film and lost it all. What happened to Final Fantasy's father?

"So, what are you doing in London today?" The hairdresser speaks in broken English, pausing every few words with the sheer effort of foreign sentence construction. "I am a video game journalist," I reply, hopefully. "Ahhh!" he laughs, a mixture of amusement and the relief of simply understanding the response."I just interviewed Hironobu Sakaguchi," I offer. A pause. "Do you know the Final Fantasy games? He made those."

I need a haircut, sort of, but really I came to this unassuming hairdressers near Oxford Street for this specific conversation. Never meet your heroes, they say: they can only disappoint. There's bruising truth in the cliché. When I was a teenager I would take the train to central London and walk through Soho to peer in the windows of Squaresoft's London office in the hope of catching a glimpse of a developer.

Of course, Golden Square was home only to weary marketing men, the company's creative teams housed thousands of miles away on two floors of the Phizer building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. There was never any chance of bumping into a Final Fantasy artist or Secret of Mana coder. Deep down maybe I suspected as much. If nothing else, video games make masters of suspension of disbelief of us all. [READ MORE]
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Still in Europe to promote the upcoming launch of his newest game, The Last Story, we already learned that Hironobu Sakaguchi would be attending and speaking at this month’s Midlands MCM Expo, but recently he has also announced his plans to give a speech about his long time efforts in the video game industry at the 2012 BAFTA awards come February 16. During the event, Mr. Sakaguchi will demonstrate Wii title, The Last Story, to an audience of press and fans, talk about his life as a video game producer/director and close with a QA session with the audience.

Those unaware of Sakaguchi’s achievements should take note that the man is the father of the 100 million unit selling Final Fantasy series and most recently Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey on the Xbox 360, The Last Story for Nintendo’s Wii and even a number of Nintendo DS games and classic RPGs. He even tried his hand at movie directing with the 2001 CG film, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. [SOURCE]


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