Imagine a modern Final Fantasy character without the belts and zippers… and a Prada wardrobe. Yes, that’s exactly what this is. Now, believe it or not, despite their odd (and at times revealing) clothes, someone saw model potential in the Final Fantasy XIII-2 cast… and they liked it so much they are now the face of the most recent Spring/Summer 2012 collection.
Tetsuya Nomura’s characters were used in a series of ads created by the Prada and Square-Enix team, to commemorate the series 25th anniversary. The idea, we guess, was make them look modern and fashionably, but to be honest, we can’t help but feel there’s something odd about this.
These images are all from a fashion magazine called Arena Homme+. They were developed by Square-Enix’s Visual Works studio in Japan. While we appreciate the challenge that making this look real represented, we can’t overcome the awkwardness. In Yoshinori Kitase’s words (the producer of FFX XIII-2), “The Final Fantasy series is known for its creativity and innovation; so working with Prada, a renowned fashion house with such beautiful clothing, was a very exciting opportunity. The images we have been able to create together are vibrant and unique.”
We guess this is still better than that time Square-Enix thought clothes were more relevant to their fans than gameplay and released FFX-2 – amusingly, everyone who played the game was talking about how it was all just an excuse to see the three girl protagonists changing clothes.
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