Information

Biography & Profile - An introduction to Rinoa
Look-Alikes - Others who look or act like Rinoa
Style - Cosplay and fashion inspirations
Quotes - Bits of Rinoa's dialogue
Mystery Blood - The significance of Rinoa's blood
Birthday - Girl's Day & birthday stuff
Sorceresses - Magic use in FF & Rinoa's role

Deeper

Personality Bits - Examinations
Reflections - Rinoa in Rinoa's opinion
Is Rinoa Ultimecia? - The famous theory
Wings - Rinoa's recurring motif
Present - Rinoa as a symbol of the present
Politics - Rinoa's political beliefs
MBTI - Rinoa's possible "personality type" (ENFJ)

Interaction

Family - Rinoa's parents
Angelo - Rinoa's best friend and battle partner
Missed Dream - Seifer's dream becomes Squall's
Love Debate - Seifer versus Squall?
Relationships - How Rinoa acts with others
Take on Life - Childhood
The Forest Owls - The Forest Owls rebel group

Rinoa in Battle

Rinoa's Battle Stats - Technical performance
Abilities - Powers learned from GFs
GFs - Mythology, uses, and stats
Magic - All of the magic that can be drawn
Rinoa's Weapons - Upgrading
Rinoa's Limit Breaks - Skills, Pet Pals locations, etc.
Scan Rinoa - An in-game profile of Rinoa

Gameplay

Game Basics - How to play, some helpful hints, etc.
Glossary - Some RPG terms as well as FF8 terms
SeeD Test Answers & Ranks - For cheaters!
Boss Strategies - With video tutorials
Side Quests - With video tutorials
Master Runs - The types of Master Runs for FF8
Timber Maniacs - Where to get TimMani mags
Triple Triad - A tutorial
Rare Cards - Win the rare TT cards

The World

Other Characters - Profiles of other characters
Location - Origins of location names, culture, etc.
Destiny - The importance of destiny and free will
Searching - The theme of seeking out fulfillment
Faye Wong - The voice behind "Eyes On Me"

Multimedia

Lyrics - Lyrics and translations of FF8 songs
Merchandise - A shopping guide
Desktop - Wallpapers, icons, cursors, etc.
Avatars & Icons - For use on forums, LJ, etc.
Cell Phone Wallpapers - Backgrounds for cells
Ringtones - FF8 music for your mobile phone
Trivia - Did you know this about FF8?

Fan Material

Fandom - Fanart, cosplay, and fanfictions
Fan Lyrics - Rewriting lyrics to pop songs for Rinoa
Alternate Theme Songs - Songs reminiscent of Rinoa
Sprites - Animated GIFs and sprites of Rinoa
Puzzles - Cross words/word finds, etc.
Triple Triad - Interactive Triple Triad!
Doctored Pictures - Humor, fan "confessions", etc.
Parodies - Advertising featuring the FF8 crew
Meme - Which "Rinoa" are you?
YKYLRTMW... - Too much love?

Miscellaneous

Change Log - An archive of updates
Networking - Links and linking in
Affiliates & Sister Clubs - Closer connections
History - Background, experience, and why
Layout Archive - Past layouts used on this site
Credits - Those who make this site possible
FAQ & Contact - Get in touch with me

INDEX

Merchandise

Due to being a popular game in an extremely popular series, there is a lot of merchandise out there related to FFVIII. But now that the game is well over ten years old, it's become more difficult to find certain merchandise. For these two reasons, I will focus this guide on my own Rinoa-specific collection, and I will try to provide links to stores where these things may be purchased. Otherwise, names and companies are included to allow you to search more easily on eBay (and other shops) for these items.

Figures

Bandai Extra Soldier
The Extra Soldier action figures were commonly found in toy and gaming stores during Final Fantasy VIII's release. The Rinoa figure features a good level of detail (for being a cheap toy), including a Blaster Edge that could be removed from her arm. There was also a boxed set of several characters released that came with an Angelo figure, whose painting is not accurate to the game.

Kotobukiya Statue
I frequently see this called 1/6 scale figure as well. These Kotobukiya figures were also sold in gaming and toy stores after FFVIII's release. They've become somewhat rare and, despite the cheap quality, can get extremely expensive in auctions. Overall they are not really well worth the ridiculous prices of $50, $80, or even $100!

Coca Cola Bottle Cap Figurines
Coca Cola released several figurines of Rinoa. There is a red 'crystal' Rinoa chibi on a red base, a Rinoa chibi on a red base, a Rinoa on a red base, and a Rinoa on a yellow base. There may also be some other variations that I have not found. The chibi and crystal chibi seem to be the most common to come up in auction. Although I originally purchased the yellow base Rinoa on eBay, I can no longer find it.

Eraser & Pencil Topper
A set of Final Fantasy VIII erasers/rubbers and pencil toppers were released in Japan as capsule toys. I purchased the full set at an anime con, but I have also seen them come up on eBay under 'gashapon' and 'Bandai'. The eraser is a green barrel with a Rinoa wrapper around it, and the pencil topper is a chibi Rinoa on a blue base

Gashapon Capsule Toy
A multi-piece Gashapon toy of Rinoa could be won from capsule machines in Japan for awhile. The figure is actually surprisingly detailed for such a small, cheap toy. Rinoa is part of a set of Final Fantasy VIII characters, including a Chocobo, and aside from cons I've only seen them for sale on eBay.

Banpresto Figure

Trading Arts Statue & Chibi

Music

Original Soundtrack (OST) [Tracklisting]
The FFVIII OST is a four-disc set containing music from the game.

Piano Collections [Tracklisting] The Piano Collections has piano arrangements of various FFVIII songs. This is probably my favorite album out of all those listed here, because I'm partial to the piano. This is certainly a high quality collection with some great songs!

Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec [Tracklisting]
Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec features fully orchestrated arrangements of several FFVIII songs. This CD is a great collection with some of FFVIII's best songs like Love Grows.

Eyes on Me Single
This CD contains Eyes on Me---both instrumental and as performed by Faye Wong---as well as one of Faye Wong's original songs called Red Bean. The CD these tracks are stored on is, unfortunately, tiny, which makes it difficult to use with some CD players. Otherwise, all three tracks are beautiful.

Distant Worlds I & II [Tracklisting]
These two soundtracks feature music from every Final Fantasy game and are a collection of songs from the Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy symphony (which, by the way, is amazing---if you ever have a chance to see it, I really recommend it!). Both CDs are an excellent sampling of symphonic tracks from the whole series, with some lovely versions of FFVIII favorites.

Miscellaneous

Squall's Lion Ring

Sticker/Seal Book

CD Wallet

Triple Triad Cards

Playing Cards

T-shirts