Title: Final Fantasy VII – The Kids Are Alright: A Turks Side Story
Author: Kazushige Nojima
Page Count: 224
Publisher: Yen On
Notable Notables: POC cast, based on a video game
Recommended Readers: Fans of Final Fantasy VII, the Turks, and original characters
This is definitely not going to be a typical review from me. If I’m being honest, this entire thing is one big excuse to fangirl both over this book and Final Fantasy VII in general because this past week has fed us so well, fam. So well. If you haven’t seen the new trailer or the demo of the game yet, please do because we are blessed.
When it comes to The Kids Are Alright: A Turks Side Story, I won’t lie to you: it’s probably not accessible to people who haven’t played FFVII (or at least know the game’s events) or who haven’t watched the Advent Children movie. The story bridges the two, leaning heavily on fans’ understanding of the FFVII world, its locations, and the game’s ending.
It may not even be a book that some FFVII fans appreciate if they want a book solely about the main party. While Cloud, Tifa, and a few others make brief appearances, readers are solely going to be running around with original character Evan Townshend, his best friend and crush Kyrie Canaan, and everyone’s favorite Turks: Reno, Rude, Tseng, and Elena. Oh, and Rufus Shinra, which, thank you. Thank you so much, Nojima-san.
So here we go. Time for me to shine unabashed love and feelings on The Kids Are Alright and all things FFVII.