Final Fantasy XVI Has A Neat Neon Genesis Evangelion Anime Nod


A Neon Genesis Evangelion screenshot shows EVA Unit 01 going berserk.

Screenshot: Gainax / Netflix / Kotaku

Final Fantasy XVI, a more action-focused tackle the RPG franchise, clearly pulls inspiration from a number of other popular media. As Game Informer reported back in May, Square Enix was inspired by blockbuster movies and hit series like Game of Thrones, Godzilla, and Neon Genesis Evangelion through the game’s development. And it’s that last source of inspo that’s garnering attention after players noticed an in depth homage to the mecha anime series.

Spoiler warning for Final Fantasy XVI.

ResetEra forum user Lady Bow posted a video comparing a battle between anime protagonist Shinji Ikari and Sachiel in Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Tokyo-3 (a post-apocalyptic version of Tokyo) to a cataclysmic battle between Phoenix and Ifrit inside the early hours of FFXVI. 

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The Ifrit fight (which is playable within the demo, btw!), takes place between two summons, which manifest in FFXVI by mainly turning the player into an enormous kaiju version of a deity. Early in the sport, one in every of the outposts in the sport’s fictional kingdom of Rosaria is ambushed. Phoenix does its damndest to guard it from the rampaging Ifrit. Unfortunately, the Phoenix getting torn from ass to appetite within the scene is Joshua, the younger brother of FFXVI protag, Clive. You may take a look at a GIF of the video below.

Gif: Square Enix / Gainax / Netflix / Kotaku / Lady Bow

And similar to in NGE with Shinj and Eva Unit 01, this fight showcases a point-of-view-esque depiction of the large kaiju mounting its adversary and doling out wild strikes to their face before clubbing them with a double-arm hammer fist punch.

The similarities between the fights also makes Clive begging the hulking titan to stop his onslaught all of the more tragic. Clive’s desperate plea somewhat mirrors Shinji begging his father, Gendo Ikari, to stop his mecha from crushing his friend’s entry plug after his unit went AWOL. They’re like poetry because they rhyme, you see.

And there you have got it: not only is Final Fantasy XVI a video game with similar grit and political subterfuge as George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series and bombastic Devil May Cry-esque motion, nevertheless it’s also the newest video game to pay homage to NGE creator Hideaki Anno’s body of labor. We like to see it.

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