Oh, rants for final fantasy vii! ... Though the last one's over a month old, I can't help it. I can't. It's probably vanity because I usually just rant in my journal, which is why I will be playing broken record as far as icemilk is concerned.
I really want to like Reno's characterization in FFVII:AC. I try. But every time I come close to warming up to it, I read something that makes me want to claw out my eyes and chuck them at (mostly new) fangirls. There I was, warming, warming, warming, and as I browsed deviantart instead of doing work, I read beneath a very nice picture:
"reno. lol, he is so dumb in ac, but he's cute so i love him anyway."
Please don't mind the blood-curdling scream of rage. I guess I'm a fangirl. I get real paranoid about getting characters right, in writing them for RP or otherwise. But AC, and the new fangirls carrying away certain assumptions, drives me crazy. I'm biased, I guess. I am biased toward thinking that Reno is a smart cookie.
Maybe it's because he's been a Turk for nearly a decade. Or because I don't believe Reno, who did not talk too much in-game (that would be Elena who uh, probably would also have learned better in two years), except for the suspicious sub incident, would be silly enough to tell Cloud they intended to rebuild ShinRa when that was the last thing Cloud would care for. Or he would be clumsy enough to get himself locked outside, given his near-complete control in all situations in-game-- he was able to run away, right?
I understand that there needed to be ways to balance Cloud's angst, and it was genuinely funny. But I can't help it. I don't think it makes sense, sometimes, with Reno in game, who while egotistical and lazy at times, wasn't a dumb-butt and was not a lush because the other Turks were always with him in the damn bar. ..But that's another rant entirely.
And comments like that drive. me. insane. :( He's not stupid. I promise. He'd be dead if he were. For srs. And I guess I'm a FFVII snob, because while I want to be happy the fandom is getting bigger and kicked back into active life, some of the AC-only folk, well. .. .. please play the game. It's fun. Honestly.
Edit Reno in-game? Kind of not pretty. Kind of freakily thin and creepy, and maybe I wouldn't walk on the same side of the street as this guy. I mean, I get that he's slouching. But look at how his abdomen caves in: Here. Maybe attractive in an eery way, oh my god EAT SOMETHING way. His face looks skeletal and his collarbones are popping. He is NOT a bishounen, and screw you AC, for making him one.