+ INTRODUCTION
        + GAMELOGS

        + STORY & CHARACTERS
                + VAAN
                + ASHELIA B'NARGIN DALMASCA
                + BASCH FON RONSENBURG
                + BALTHIER & FRAN
                + DALMASCA: PENELO, VOSSLER AZELAS, REKS
                + ARCHADIA: VAYNE SOLIDOR, LARSA SOLIDOR, THE JUDGES
                + OTHERS: CID BUNANSA, HALIM ONDORE IV, RASLER NABRADIA

        + THE FINAL FANTASY XII DRINKING GAME
        + BASCH, A STUDY IN FASHION DISASTER
        + VAGRANT STORY REFERENCES AND INFLUENCES
        + GALLERY / SCANS & SCREENS

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When Yoshitaka Amano wants to add detail--
he layers watercolours to create an infinite amount of texture and vibrancy.

When Akihiko Yoshida wants to add detail--
he uses geometric and organic designs embedded in subtle colour shifts that are both elegance and depth.

When Tetsuya Nomura wants to add detail--
HE DRINKS PAINT AND DECIDES TO GIVE THEM MORE BELTS.

... the moral of the story, is.

What happened here, class? Akihiko Yoshida's style-- as reflected by both Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy Tactics-- tends to deal in subtle patterns, influences of medieval fantasy, a love of unsual keyholes, and a significant lack of PANTS. Regurgitating a paint palette la Nomura is certainly a different artistic approach. Though, to be fair, Akihiko Yoshida has addressed the question of Nomura reflection on his designs; namely, that the colour tendencies are brighter to tie in Final Fantasy XII to the previous installments. But regardless of whether pink is new and strange territory for him, we'd like a report on our desk Monday morning about the defensive capabilities of leather thongs.

However, amidst some of the scandalously gorgeous designs of Final Fantasy XII, one cannot help but wonder if Basch's unfortunate life circumstances are curiously reflected in his wardrobe. Ingenius use of storytelling, critics rave.

... and at least Basch's designs never translated into Prince Larsa's green bootstockings and his best red high-heeled Sunday pumps.





CASE STUDY #1: GENERAL BASCH
We are first presented to General Basch of the Dalmascan army. In such circumstances, we feel obliged to be just and make note that duty comes with a required uniform. Regardless, outfitting a moving target in neon orange battleshorts is criminal. Unless they happen to be assless. To that, we are still trying to reconcile.


Please observe that a HAPPYFACE EMOTICON does not necessarily reflect a person's mood. Because, current mood: :(

However, one needs to be content with the apparel status of general, as it could be worse. For example, you could be a soldier fighting under General Basch; in which case, you get a MILITARY ISSUED LEATHER SPORTSBRA. This is Vaan's brother being totally comfortable with his sexuality:





CASE STUDY #2: BASCH AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR
Once again, fairness must take stand as the captive Basch can be held little responsible for his emulation of Jesus wear. We hear that caged bondage play is particularly fashionable in the streets of Archadia this time of year.

... at least he's wearing pants!





CASE STUDY #3: THONG OF +7 PRISON ESCAPE
After our intrepid heroes liberate Basch from confinement, there is little in the way of clothestuffs in the creepy zombified undercities. Fortunately, after a brief stint in shirtless fisticuffs, Basch comes upon deceased soldierwear and takes up the cause of wearing pants with a great deal of enthusiasm. However, we immediately are faced with the emphasis that Archadian soldiers place upon the protection of their sensitive bits.

Vaan wonders if Basch is naturally gifted, or just happy to see him.


OH AKIHIKO YOSHIDA YOU CRAZY DUDE. Once again, our character designer sneaks in the battle wedgies he loves so much-- he must've been just waiting for video game innoventions in the field of graphics to get this good, for this one moment. The following pictures are something that poor camerawork will never be able to fully capture.





CASE STUDY #4: THE LIBERATION FRONT DRESSPHERE
This is the outfit that one sees Basch regularly sport in promotional material and the variety of official art that is available to the public. When presented in gloriously rendered CG stills, it looks pretty damn neat; it is also not all that eyesearing from a bit away. For the record of kicking ass, two (2):


Ah ha! you cry, there's Akihiko Yoshida doing that manly sexy keyhole everywhere thing he likes so much! And then as your eyes fixate upon that curve of exposed skin, you notice--? Sadly, we cannot explain; we can only document for the sake of posterity.


I DON'T KNOW. I JUST DON'T KNOW. IT'S LIKE HIS MOM'S POT HOLDER WENT AND DIED ON HIS CHEST.





CASE STUDY #5: THIS SMELLS LIKE MY BROTHER
Basch seems to pick up dead Archadian soldierwear like it's going out of business-- I hope he washed Gabranth's sticky bits out first! Boys tend to get excited when they play at war.


This concludes our tour.