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Love Is Not A Victory March

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Published on Dec 17, 2009

Song: Hallelujah
Artist: Rufus Wainwright
Album: Believe it or not, the Shrek II soundtrack
Program: Sony Vegas Movie Studio
Theme: Noctis x Stella, love in all its many different forms.
Dedication: NokasKokas94, YoungestMangaka
Merry Christmas, you guys! I saw you both wanted videos dedicated to you, and I know Nokas likes Nocty/Stella. And YoungestMangaka, you wanted something sad and pretty, right? I hope this delivers.

So, this is a pretty abstract video, with more effects than I'm used to using. So, Noctis is looking for love, and wondering what, exactly, the dividing line between romance and real, forever love is. He looks at all the couples of all the previous games, and he looks at his and Stella's love, and compares them... and eventually he realizes, what he and Stella have is different from what the others have, and that's okay. It's not better, it's not worse, it's just different, and it's right for them.
As to the choruses, each reflects a different time in their story, a different step in their evolving love. They meet, at the beginning, and the first chorus reflects that meeting. He meets up with her again later (bathing on the roof) and so begins their courtship; the second chorus references their secret meetings together; well, not secret, but known to none but their friends.
War breaks out, with them on opposing sides, and Noctis still isn't sure what they have is worth risking everything for. Then he decides, hence the title line, and searches for Stella, to find her and keep her safe. She draws on him when they meet, but he doesn't attack her, and in the end, she can't kill him.
Later on the war is over, but still things aren't the same. There's a rift. Noctis remembers the time they shared, how they'd dance together at the parties, how they'd slip away, to places upstairs or the edge of the lake, and there, alone, they'd... talk. Not anymore, though. But Stella's remembering it too, when they're alone in the city at night, and in the end, she calls him, and invites him over. And they... talk... again.
And at the end, Noctis says "Maybe there's a God above after all" (the 'outdrew' part is metaphorical, for how unready they both were.) They glance upwards, at the promise of their life together, and make their choice. What they have is close enough to love.

URGH MOTHER OF ALL GLITCHES AT 1:19. I swear, all of the times I rendered it before I hit 'direct upload' (and there were at least three or four) did not have that. You know, there would definitely be a good side to losing my channel. I'd get to FIX ALL THOSE THINGS and then re-up. As it is, though, I do finally have something to lose.

I do not own the song. I do not own the clips. I am not making any profit.

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