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Laguna Loire is a temporarily playable character in Final Fantasy VIII. For most of the game the player experiences Laguna through playable flashbacks explained to the player as the main characters’ dreams. He wields a machine gun.
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Laguna has shoulder-length dark hair and green eyes. Laguna’s in-game render depicts his hair as black, but in his menu portrait and concept art it is cocoa brown. As a Galbadian soldier Laguna wears the regular blue uniform without the helmet. His civilian attire consists of a medium blue jacket with white studs and grooves, white undershirt, brown pants, black boots and dog tags. As he ages Laguna adopts a casual appearance, wearing a baby-blue button-up shirt with khaki slacks and sandals with his hair tied back, still sporting his dog tags.
Laguna’s machine gun is a standard Galbadian machine gun he wields during his travels in Final Fantasy VIII. During a minigame Laguna briefly fights with a gunblade. In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Laguna continues to use his machine gun as his primary weapon, but also has an arsenal of different firearms and explosives: shotgun, a close range weapon capable of being charged up to increase its range and damage; sniper rifle, which, aside from shooting directly at the target, can aim at walls, the ground and ceilings to make the bullet ricochet, and, like the shotgun, the rifle can be charged up to shoot multiple bullets; sticky bombs, special grenades that stick to the target before blowing up, and a miniature Ragnarok Cannon, a scaled version of the Ragnarok airship that works as a portable laser cannon. When performing his EX Burst Laguna rides the Ragnarok cannon while blasting the opponent with laser beams.
An energetic man with a big heart. Uses a machine gun. Fires bursts at enemies to help party members in danger.
Laguna is cheerful, generous and kindhearted. He is respected among his comrades, Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac, although they scorn him at times for his impulsive attitude, but ultimately rely on him for guidance and direction. Laguna is courageous in the face of danger and especially when his friends are in trouble. When given time to think about the danger he is in, Laguna can become hesitant, but he is always willing to put his life on the line for the sake of justice.
Laguna makes up phrases on the fly whenever he does not know the correct word to a phrase. Laguna’s friends laugh at him for his mistakes to which Laguna usually becomes embarrassed and ends the conversation. He is known for his inability to talk to women, though he exclaims it is only “beautiful women” around whom he gets nervous. When Laguna gets nervous his right leg cramps up.
Laguna is playable during dream sequences, and always takes Squall’s junctions. His weapon of choice is the Machine Gun. His Limit Break is Desperado, in which he uses hand grenades and machine guns to damage all opponents at once.
As with other characters, a Triple Triad card based on Laguna can be obtained. It is not possible to play Triple Triad as Laguna, but by reading the notes on old magazines that appear randomly when looking through the magazine stacks in the Dollet pub V.I.P room as Squall, the player can discover that the pub owner once played cards against Laguna and considered him a worthy opponent.
The player can find Timber Maniacs magazine issues scattered around the world with articles Laguna submitted during the time he was looking for a way to get to Esthar to save Ellone. Reading the magazines adds new chapters to Selphie’s Sir Laguna’s Page that can be read from the study panel in Balamb Garden’s classroom. Reading some specific issues at the right time can also slightly alter the dream sequences.
Laguna’s theme is “The Man with the Machine Gun”, which is used as the battle theme for the scenes in which the player controls Laguna’s party. The song has also appeared in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series, in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and in Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon, and has appeared in numerous arranged albums and been performed in Final Fantasy concerts.
Laguna has appeared in the following games throughout the Final Fantasy series:
- PocketStation memorycard icons as an icon.
- Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as a playable character.
- Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia as a playable character.
- Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call as a playable charater.
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a summonable Legend.
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy World Wide Words.
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as a series of cards.
- Triple Triad as a card.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- Monster Strike as a playable character.
Laguna’s Limit Break, Desperado, is the Japanese name of Sazh Katzroy’s full ATB skill in Final Fantasy XIII. The name was changed in the English releases to “Cold Blood”.
In Dissidia Final Fantasy, a Ghost Card bearing Laguna’s name can be fought. The Laguna ghost is a Level 24 Squall, equipped with Mythril equipment and the Machine Gun weapon, a reference to Laguna’s signature artillery. The accessories White Gem and Occult Fan can be won from the ghost via battlegen. The quote on the card Just for that, you’re gettin’ the Cuchi-cuchi treatment is what Laguna said to Ward during their escape from Esthar soldiers in Centra Excavation Site. The Occult Fan alludes to the magazine that can be collected in the Esthar presidential palace.
Laguna was originally planned to appear in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, and a scenario was planned where he would be the one in charge of the Mirage Arena. However, due to his inclusion in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, he was left out.
Behind the scenes
Kazushige Nojima planned for the two playable parties—Squall Leonhart’s present day group and Laguna Loire’s group from the past—to contrast with one another. Laguna’s group consists of characters in their late twenties who have plenty of combat experience and are close friends who have fought together for a time and trust one another. Squall’s party on the other hand is young and inexperienced, and Squall himself does not initially understand the value of friendship.
The concept of two main characters was planned since the beginning of the game’s development. Tetsuya Nomura tried to create a contrast between Laguna’s and Squall’s occupations; thus, Laguna became a soldier and Squall became a mercenary student. The designers intended Laguna to be similar to the previous protagonists in the Final Fantasy series to complement Squall, who is different from previous main characters.
Scenario writer Kazushige Nojima initially envisioned for Laguna’s part to encompass the first half of the game. It ended up being cut down “due to various reasons,” and the map made just for Laguna’s timeline did not get much use.
Various examples of unused backgrounds hint that Laguna may have possessed a lime-green convertible pickup truck during his time in Winhill. Laguna’s black-and-white intro picture depicts him driving said car, and the artisan in Shumi Village—one of the places Laguna spent time in—has a miniature model of it. The car can be found in the garage in Ellone’s parents’ house where Laguna resides during his stay at Winhill if the location is hacked into the game. The car, however, is never used as Laguna’s car in the final game.
In the Debug Menu, among the FMVs listed for disc 2, are ones called Laguna/Squall watching the moon. When played, they show scenes from the Battle of the Gardens—indicating these FMVs were left out. There also exists a promotional CG artwork that depicts Squall and Laguna looking at the night sky, which may have been part of this unused FMV at one point. There are also dozens of unused battle formations with Esthar soldiers being fought in Esthar City. All this may indicate that a good portion of Laguna scenes may have been cut.
The film Laguna and his friends were in while raising money is implied to have inspired the dream of Squall’s rival, Seifer Almasy. Seifer wants to become a sorceress’ knight like the character Laguna played, named “Zefer” according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania. Seifer has the same battle stance as Laguna did when acting in the film, and in Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia reveals he is a fan of Laguna and his inspiration for taking up a gunblade.
Laguna’s connection to Winhill is alluded to in the present day timeline. When approaching his office within the presidential palace in Esthar City, a detailed portrait of downtown Winhill is placed above the doors. If Squall’s party visits Winhill in present times they find the town guarded by two SeeD drop-outs, having been hired by an undercover figure who helps the town, likely meaning Laguna.
The Banpresto Final Fantasy VIII Laguna Loire figures were released in 1999, and has Laguna on a black stand touting his machine gun. These were won from crane catcher games in Japan. Also in 1999 Kotobukiya released Laguna Loire 1/6 Scale Figure of Laguna, and Bandai released an official action figure the same year. Manufactured by Banpresto, a Laguna keyholder also exists, available briefly from crane catcher games in Japan.
The first Final Fantasy themed Coca-Cola marketing campaign brought Final Fantasy figures attached to Coca-Cola products sold in shops, the first edition containing characters from Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, thus including Laguna. The variants were “deformed” (big head, disproportionate body), “real” (more realistically proportioned), and “crystal” (solid red figurines).
A physical version of Triple Triad was released as merchandise, containing Laguna’s card.
[view · edit · purge]Laguna is the Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Tagalog, Spanish and Portuguese word for “lagoon”, a shallow body of salt water separated from larger seas by small sandbanks or coral reefs. Additionally, Laguna is a Spanish term for a “mental blackout” – periods where one loses consciousness and is unable to remember what happened during that time when one wakes up. In Basque, laguna means “the friend”.
All of these traits befit the character, as both his wife and son share a name linking to water. Further contrast between the two protagonists is seen in the etymology of their names: “Laguna” refers to a serene body of water, and “squall” refers to a tempestuous windstorm.
Laguna’s name in Japanese, (ラグナ, Raguna?), is spelled the same as the first three characters in the name of the Ragnarok (ラグナロク, Ragunaroku?). This is noted in-game when Laguna says, “I always wanted to ride that thing. Plus the name sounds so cool!”
[view · edit · purge]The Loire [lwaʁ] is the longest river in France. There is also a department called “Loire” and “Haute-Loire” in Rhône-Alpes’ region.
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