Subject: Al Bhed Tribe
Series: Final Fantasy X/X-2
Opened: July 2003 (Relaunched June 2017)
Status: Minor Additions, Low Priority
The Al Bhed tribute was the first site I’ve ever made that I’d consider a "shrine". I originally have no plans to bring the site back but I decide to revamp it for the Fictional Worlds event that was held at Amassment.
Final Fantasy X is defnitely one of my top favorites from the franchise. Although I found the main storyline surrounding the main characters fairly interesting, what fascinated me the most was the world of Spira itself and the lores surrounding this world. For a minority group of inhabitants within the world of Spira, the Al Bhed certainly played a large role within the story of Spira and the world of Final Fantasy X. The Al Bhed offered an opposing viewpoint to the established world, challenging the followers of an established religion to think critically for themselves and not just do what they've been told.
The Al Bhed started out as pseudo antagonists, leaving a bad first impression and causing trouble for the player's party, but their villainous status was revoked as the game continued, and the player learned that the Al Bhed were striving for the same goal as the rest of Spira in their own radical and misunderstood ways. For me, I found myself easily drawn to misunderstood/misrepresented characters because they make me want to find out more about them for myself.
Subject: Judge MagisterGabranth
Series: Final Fantasy XII
Opened: January 2008 (Relaunched January 2017)
Status: Ongoing Completion, Low Priority
As a secondary antagonist/supporting character, Gabranth is a character with an interesting setup that wasn’t explored as thoroughly as it could’ve been within the span of the Final Fantasy XII game. To me, Gabranth’s story within the game itself involves jumping from 10% anger at Basch to 1000% all of a sudden at Pharos then every bit of that just sort of disappears and he turns around to help the party fight Vayne so that the game can go on and conclude itself. This was especially noticeable for me on that first play through. I personally think that Gabranth’s (and potentially Basch’s) past and his relationship with Basch could’ve been expanded a little more within the game itself, but I had fun digging through other articles and the Ulimania guides for the site.
Series: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Opened: October 2016
Status: Possible Revamp, Medium Priority
I’ve wanted to make a Cissnei fansite since I first bought cissnei.net. I mean, it’s a given to have a namesake character fansite after the domain’s name, right? Anyway, Crisis Core is one of the few Final Fantasy games that I’ve played more than once just for the heck of it, and I think it’s one of the better Final Fantasy titles Square-Enix had put out in the past while, but that’s potentially because I love the original Final Fantasy VII game, so I’m biased.
I’ve already explain how awesome Cissnei is to me over on the Domain section, so I won’t repeat myself here.
Subject: Ryugazaki Rei
Opened: November 2016
Status: Possible Expansion, Low Priority
Theorist was a random, spur-of-the-moment project after I was inspired to watch Free! from going through Lethe and Andrea’s shrines to Haru and Makoto respectively. Rei is a character that makes me laugh every time I watch the anime, because he has a tendency to get worked up fairly easily and he is a character who thinks he’s cool but is actually more of a loveable geek. Although our approaches to life’s struggles and how we handle our problems are vastly different, I still see parts of myself in Rei, mainly in where his insecurities about himself lie, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to make a fansite to Rei – to highlight that there is more to his character than being used for comedic effect within the show.
Subject: Kazama Soya
Series: World Trigger
Opened: July 2017
Status: Newly Opened, Low Priority
Kazama has been listed as one of my projects since I've relaunched cissnei.net back in October 2016. It was one of the series I was actively watching/reading at the time when I listed it as a potential project in my collective, but I never really got around to it until the One Page One Month marathon that was being held at Amassment.
Despite being a minor supporting character, Kazama is probably my favorite character from the series because I appreciate that he doesn't let his own shortcomings get in his own way by choosing to work alongside with those shortcomings instead of fighting against or complaining about them. The fact that Kazama is very analytical and observant by nature also resonated with me, as I enjoy seeing how his brains work in different (battle) situations.