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That type of thing resonates by giving the audience some connection to the story and characters that they would find appealing.Appealing because it portrays Jehovah as Jenovah and the audience really hates Jehovah? Or appealing because it portrays Jenovah as a contrast to Jehovah -- as Sephiroth's false idol?
I don't think it's necessarily Crystal Dragon Jesus, there's not religious beliefs and large churches set up that are a main focus in the story of the game like they were in Final Fantasy Tactics.What do you mean? Cloud meets Aerith in an abandoned church, which is the only place in Midgar where flowers grow. It's also an important fight scene in Advent Children. The "On the Way to a Smile" novel "Case of the Lifestream" has all kinds of pseudo-religious stuff in it. Genesis won't shut up about this "gift of the goddess" thing. Sephiroth appears as a one-winged angel. Religious themes and symbology permeate Final Fantasy VII. I just don't know what the heck any of it is supposed to mean, other than the obvious political environmentalist themes. Is it some kind of pantheism or nature religion being opposed to traditional organized religion? Or is it just natural good versus artificial evil without respect to different types of religion? I'm not sure.
No, I think they chose those combinations of traits and events to resonate more widely with their audience. I'm not sure how far they got in Japan, but in the West those themes would be recognized easily (if subconsciously).What themes? Resonate how? Are you saying that it's really that they just have no idea what the hell they're doing and it's all just Crystal Dragon Jesus? http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CrystalDragonJesus