I'm a die-hard Clo-Ti fan, but it seems that everywhere I turn, Squaresoft is pushing Clo-Aer on me. I think it's because, if you look at Rinoa and Aeris, there are a LOT of personality similarities. Bubbly, flirty, child-like innocence, angelic... it makes for a lovable character and a great 'leading lady', but the right one for our precious Cloud?
I think not.
Amano did more than one beautiful artwork of Cloud and Aeris together. Kingdom Hearts ended with Cloud and Aeris 'reuniting'. But what did Aeris really do for Cloud...?
Tifa did so much.
Tifa was there to put his life back together when he was in the lifestream. Tifa stayed with him under the Highwind when he had nothing to go back to. Tifa gave him the space to choose between her and Aeris, and never pushed. THAT'S love. The kind of love that is unselfish and just wants the other person to be happy. Besides, the poor guy didn't even know who HE was, he wasn't strong enough to have a relationship right then, and she understood that and supressed her feelings.
And did Cloud care?
Cloud went berserk and 'killed' Sephiroth in Nibelheim when she was slashed. Cloud promised to be her hero that night under the stars. Cloud went off to be a Soldier just to impress her. Cloud went with her when no one else would when she climbed up Mt. Nibel and saved her. Cloud told Tifa her words gave him strength:
"But Tifa......But you said, 'long time no see, Cloud right? Those words will always support me." - Cloud, (disk 2)
Are they compatible?
Cloud is a distant and angst-ridden character. And well he should be! I mean, the boy has problems ^^; He needs someone to save him, help him, heal him. Tifa is a sweet (cares about everyone, including the planet), courageous ( she saves HERSELF from the gas chamber and the slap fight with Scarlet...when's the last time you saw an FF female do that?? And going off to Don Cornero alone!), and smart (ran her own business). But the quality I really respect in her is her ability to assess a situation, and use her inner strength to pull through. He parent's died at an early age, her home burned to the ground, was left on the streets, and she retained her caring attitude and didn't grow bitter or jaded. What purpose would it serve to do that? What purpose would it serve to regret what had happened? Instead, she rose above it, without letting herself get dragged down by the tragedy and the hard life. Cloud did let himself get dragged down. He became cold, lost, seemingly uncaring. Tifa helped him remember who he was. I think she is the best one to help him rekindle his feelings as well.
Aeris and Cloud?
I think the main reason why Sqaure keeps this one alive, is because she is so so so so much like every other heroine they had. If you look at most FF's you have 3 females:
The cute one
And the fanservice
Think about it:
But with FF7, what they tried so hard to make simply an object of lust, somehow really showed more character and personality than the short skirt and the boob-jiggling victory dance.
Aeris was very cute, and I like her, just not for Cloud. I think she was a bit too flirtatious with him (telling him his payment for saving her was a date with her), and too innocent to really help him deal with the inner turmoils he was going through. She was a flower girl in the slums. Tell me that isn't the picture of idealistic dillusion. Though I definitely give her kudos for trying, bringing flowers to the people of the slums wasn't the best way to make a living ^^;
And though I believe Cloud truly does care for her, I think the fact that he failed her weighs more on him than his love for her. I can't explain it well...but, I believe he'd be just as obsessed with finding Vincent if he blamed himself for his death as Aeris. It hurt him a great deal, but I don't believe it shattered his heart into tiny pieces forever.
Tifa and Aeris.
Friends! They were friends! They always talked together when they could, and they kept their love triangle seperate from eachother. I don't know many friends who could do that. I think they both truly respected the other. I don't believe Tifa thought she was whiney or Aeris thought Tifa was a slut...that's just over-avid anti-fans at eachother's throat ^^;
Oh....man...I babbled on, huh? ^^;
So, anyone's thoughts on this? Agree? Disagree? Wish I'd shut up? Post away!