Thanks to exdeath1987 for the inspiration!
One of the comments struck my interests:
What gets me is when people pretend the monsters post-death are totally different than the monsters before Squall’s incident. In fact, they’re not; same weird monsters (the President’s body-double, for one), same weird scenarios.
As we all remember about the Squall’s Dead theory, evidence for Squall’s death revolves around weird dream-like phenomena. The author of the Squall’s Dead Theory states:
The first disc had a fairly high level of realism despite the fantasy and low sci-fi topics present. The characters were all human, and outside of “monsters” there were no unearthly creatures to be seen.
Unfortunately, no, this isn’t correct. But we do see what the author is getting at. The first few monsters/enemies you encounter do appear similar to our world. Since the world of Final Fantasy VIII is analogous to ours, we don’t find them too out of the ordinary. We have an oversized caterpillar:
a giant flying bug with a massive overbite:
a levitating (???) pirahna-like killer fish (swimming in the sand?!!):
and an actual dinosaur:
So far, Final Fantasy VIII looks like another “fantasy based on reality”. Even then, you’ve got a couple of curve balls. Is this a Venus Flytrap?
I’ve never seen something like this before?
But when Squall and Quistis take a field trip to the Fire Cavern, Final Fantasy influences start to take over. Bats are one thing, our world has bats.
But what is this?
And now we have to fight an actual unearthly creature, the Guardian Force summon Ifrit.
And tons of unearthly creatures exists even before you meet before Edea hits Squall with her special Ice Strike limit break. I’m sure we all can name even more ridiculous monsters…
So then, the monsters aren’t evidence of a dream like state. No matter how many NORGs, Shumis and moombas we see in the second disc, the amount of GFs, Blobras, Granaldos and OMG WTH IS THIS!!! exists in the first disc BEFORE Squall supposedly dies casts doubt over the theory.