To this day, many people still question why and how Cloud's massive Buster Sword is able to remain on his back. The answer lies in his early concept artwork: there is a magnet strapped to Cloud's back and pants straps that holds the sword in place.
Ironically, the final boss of this game only has 1 HP. Of course, this is mostly left as such because the final battle is plot-driven more than anything and thus made so that you are certain to kill, regardless of level.
Originally, Final Fantasy VII's story was to be set in New York City during 1999. It was also to have a "detective story" theme and the main character was to be "Hot Blooded Detective Joe", who would chase the main protagonists and ultimately blow up Midgar.
The introductory parts of Sephiroth's theme played during the final bosses ("One-Winged Angel") was inspired largely by the song "Purple Haze" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Originally, Cloud was not to have his iconic spiky hair but rather slicked-back, black hair: the intentions with this included a contrast to Sephiroth's white hair and to also use slightly less memory. Though it was changed, a similar hairstyle was later used for Angeal in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.
Connection to Other Media
When playing the Steam version at the North Crater, go on the left path and then the up path. Drop the Save Crystal there and enter the menu to find you are in the "Secret Cow Level". This is likely a reference to a rumor originating with the first game in the Diablo series that later was made real in Diablo II.
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