Thanks to WonderWaseda for the inspiration!
Everything implausible sounds dumb…until it happens. WonderWaseda writes:
All I am trying to say is that the plot actually does hold up if you really pull it apart. FFVIII doesn’t get enough credit for the postmodern weirdness (watch Laguna’s sword victory pose against the ruby dragon if you don’t believe me).
Laguna’s sword victory pose is very much like Seifer’s. Seifer said he was influenced by a movie. Was that Laguna’s movie.
Seifer’s romantic dream is based on this movie he saw as a child. Seifer’s gun pose and movement is Laguna’s gun pose and movement.
Why is this?
Seifer: “One of these days, I’m gonna tell ya ’bout my ROMANTIC dream!”
This is apart of Seifer’s “romantic dream”. He says “romantic dream” in the actual Japanese. The “romance” What Seifer most likely means by his “romantic dream” is an “idealized view of reality”. What is his ‘ideal view of reality’ or his ‘romantic dream’?
Seifer: “Oh, you bet. But since I like you so much, I thought you should go first. I was hoping you’d be there, Squall. So… how’d I look in my moment of triumph? My childhood dream, fulfilled. I’ve become the sorceress’ knight.”
His ideal is to be the Sorceress’ Knight. Why? Laguna’s movie was his inspiration:
Director: “Ok, people, here we go. Scene 12, ‘Death of the Sorceress’. Ready…… ACTION!!!”
Sorceress: “Oh, Sir Knight… Save me from the wicked dragon…!”
Laguna: “Oh…Ok… I…I’ll s-save you from the dragon…” (…Darn it. I’m gettin’ all nervous here. And what’s with this gunblade? Haven’t used one of these since training. Kinda like this?)
This is why Seifer holds his gunblade in such a weird way: he’s copying Laguna’s stance.
Ironic, isn’t it? Seifer unwittingly looks up to Squall’s father. Laguna inspired Seifer to become the sick twisted torturer we see in the game, all for misguided love. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Squall, he lives out his father’s dream of protecting the Sorceress:
Final Fantasy VIII messes with our minds relates back to character’s minds. They’re amnesiacs who don’t quite know why they have the ideals they have. Why does Squall have his ideals?
What do we remember about our childhood, really? Are we in the right place at the right time due to coincidence, or for reasons we don’t know? Will we end up hating our love? And the whole message of the game is to not let our lives pass us by and… And what? That’s for us to decide.