“Final Fantasy X”: Zanarkand (Samarkand, Uzbekistan)

According to the Final Fantasy team, one major source of inspiration for Zanarkand was Samarkand (in more ways than just the name, of course)!

First, I’ll show you Zanarkand and then Samarkand:

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(Zanarkand in all its HD about to be destroyed majesty)

And now for Samarkand!

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So here we have the domes and the large square panels that we see in Zanarkand. Plus, there’s a hint of the cerulean that shows up more “futuristically” in Zanarkand as lights.

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So…it’s far sandier and more beige than the Zanarkand we know and love, but what it has that the game’s city lacks is intricate artwork and design:

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I see Zanarkand as Samarkand layered on, say, Dubai:

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This came from the top of my head, so there might be somewhere more fitting, but I’d say Dubai suits Zanarkand pretty well!

‘Till next time~!

“Final Fantasy VII”: Wutai (Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Temple in Hiraizumi, Japan) and Earth’s Wutai Mountain

Long name, right? Before I go into Wutai and the temple, I just want to note that Hiraizumi is known for its historical sites, so it would be so interesting to visit one day! Hopefully, I will be in Japan next year as planned…*crosses fingers*)

Ironically, I thought the real Wutai Mountain had less resemblance because it’s been so modernized in some parts. Well, I’ll put both places and you can be the judge.

First, Wutai in all it’s 1997 glory:

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Now for the temple:

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(jp.worldmapz.com)

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And now for the real life Wutai Mountain:

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(both from chinatourguide.com)

To be honest, it was a bit hard to find big pictures, so hopefully the resolution turns out well…

 

Two posts back to back…I usually don’t find resemblances so close to each other!

Well, until next time~~ mata postsuru hi made…..

 

“Final Fantasy VIII”: Winhill~(Bibury, England)

Every time I see a little European village, I always look to see if there’s some resemblance to Winhill–which is pretty hard, but one can only hope! The hardest thing about it is the cool town centre where the houses suddenly become German-looking.

HOWEVER! I saw one picture of the Gloucester village Bibury and immediately thought of the town beyond the bridge!

I’ll just go to posting pictures now:

Here’s Winhill:

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Bibury is actually prettier in this case (usually animation has more color):

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Also, the sad lonely areas:

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(credit to some British tour guide named Rob, but actually his photos are pretty awesome XD

his site: http://letstourengland.com/)

Bibury doesn’t quite have the same bridge:

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(heh heh knowing Kiros, it’ll be a very snarky question! I love those two haha Also, is Laguna anyone else’s favorite character? Because he is definitely mine!)

Anyway, Bibury has its own lovely bridge!

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(credit to Justin Albrecht)

Lastly, even though Bibury doesn’t have that cool town square, maybe you could google Bibury Court Hotel and see for yourself if they resemble each other (I was debating about it).

That’s all I have about Bibury and Winhill, so…

Ciao for now~~

(Books!) “Final Fantasy XIII-2” and “Erasing Time” by CJ Hill

So I’ve decided to add books that give me a distinct feeling for a video game or anime or something not in book form basically!
I thought it was a sensible addition to the blog ^^

Today will be, as the title says, FFXIII-2 in comparison to the YA sci-fi “Erasing Time” by CJ Hill!
I loved this book and would actually play it while exploring Academia or whatever it was I did in FFXIII-2 at the time.
Because I am terrible at quick synopses, here is the one from Goodreads:

When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Sheridan and Taylor reminded me of Serah and Lightning (respectively)! Sheridan is the friendlier, more emotional one while Taylor is the coldly analytical, slightly arrogant one. (To be honest, I like Lightning and Serah better, but I got quite attached to Sheridan ^^)
Echo is the future boy, used to surviving and making his own way if he has to. He and Sheridan become really close, plus he really reminded me of Noel.

I’m not saying the plot is too similar, but this book also gave me the FFXIII-2 “feeling”…I don’t know how to put that into words, exactly.
Anyway, I just ordered the second book off of Amazon, so you should read it, too! ^.^