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Who Would Win Wednesdays: Yu Narukami vs. Squall Leonhart

Posted by Robert Ramsey

Round seven

Since the inception of Who Would Win Wednesdays, we've had plenty of memorable battles, but last week's duel between two witches perhaps didn't go down as well as we had originally planned. Alright, so maybe it wasn't the Morrigan that most were evidently hoping for, but Bayonetta absolutely stomped her regardless. Today's fight, however, should prove to be a good one as two heavy-hitters of the Japanese RPG genre go head to head. We'll once again provide you with chunks of information regarding each combatant, and then ask you to duke it out in our poll. Whose victory theme will be playing when this is all over? Let's find out.

Yu Narukami

Did you know that bonds of people is the true power? Persona 4 Golden protagonist Yu Narukami certainly does, as it's his relationships with his friends that gives him the ability to summon powerful entities known as personas. When he's not wooing every female in the sleepy town of Inaba, he's busy slicing up shadows in a realm that's only accessible through the screens of televisions. Because the stylish teen can command a gigantic number of otherworldly selves, it's safe to say that Yu is equipped to handle any situation. He can conjure a magical beast to rain down the elements on enemies, summon a being that can heal himself and his allies, or fall back on good old Izanagi's giant blade. He's not too shabby with his own katana, either.

Squall Leonhart

Not only does Final Fantasy VIII's moody lead hold the record for most uses of the word 'whatever' in a video game, he's also a pretty good fighter. Wielding his iconic gunblade, Squall's been trained in combat since he was a child, and graduates from Balamb Garden as one of the academy's top students. His social skills may need some work, but by the end of the classic PSone adventure, he's matured into a capable leader. In a brawl, Squall makes use of guardian forces, summoned beings that can lay waste to entire battlefields, but unfortunately requires the user to spend ridiculous amounts of time drawing magic spells from foes to get the most out of them – a mechanic that, to this day, makes us wonder how Squall managed to stay sane.


It's a clash between two teenagers with great hair, but who would cut their opponent into ribbons? Would Yu's lovey-dovey bonds prove too much for the unsociable Squall? Vote for your winner in our poll, and tell us how you think the battle would unfold in the comments section below.

Who do you think would win this Wednesday? (50 votes)

Yu Narukami

48%

Squall Leonhart

52%

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User Comments (24)

rjejr

#2

rjejr said:

I have no idea who Yu is, but good description on Squall. Forgot all about that "Draw" mechanic even though its the reason I played thru the game twice, the first time I didn't Draw at all, the 2nd time I just gave in and leveled up every spell to 100 as soon as I got it no matter how long it took.

So I vote Yu as Squall is just a poor whiny derivative of Cloud. Somehow despite Squall and Draw it's still a really good game which is saying a lot as it had to follow up the masterpiece 7. Triple Triad is still my favorite FF side game.

RawShark

#4

RawShark said:

I think Squall's favourite line from FFVIII was in fact "...", but "whatever" came in a close second.

Yeah, the gunblade holds a lot of sway. It's a sword, and a gun! What more can you say? And although it wasn't neccessarily a Squall specific move, the Eden Guardian Force attack was probably the most ridiculously over the top attack sequence ever put into a game. I'm not even sure how to describe it, other than the animation takes over a minute to unfold, and I think it ends with the destruction of a galaxy. Watch for yourself...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZbfDMzynwg

So yeah, if Squall's got that on his side, he'll win.

Bliquid

#5

Bliquid said:

This is a tough one, as their supernatural abilities more or less on the same level (GFs + Junction vs Persona Fusions)
I'd say Squall would win this because he's a trained soldier while Yu is a self made fighter.
Plus, Yu real strength lies in his comrades bonds and support, so in a face to face battle Lone Wolf Squall would have an edge.
But again, this fight could turn out very balanced.
Voted for squall, even if i slightly prefer Yu.

BornOfEvil

#6

BornOfEvil said:

Squall would only win because he's been training for years, though, I still voted for Yu.

get2sammybAdmin

#8

get2sammyb said:

@ShogunRok I keep meaning to ask you: as a BlazBlue and Guilty Gear fan, but someone totally unfamiliar with Persona (though this may change one day), would P4A be worth my time?

JMC

#9

JMC said:

I'm really torn on this one. I stil couldn't vote. I think both characters interesting and their respective games (Final Fantasy VIII and Persona 4 Golden) was the first game I played on both franchises, and they made me fall in love with the Final Fantasy series and the Persona series. I also played Persona 4 Arena and Dissidia Final Fantasy so I know they both could hold their ends in a fight.
In my mind this fight would end in a draw as both are evenly matched.

eliotgballade

#10

eliotgballade said:

like JMC i can't vote , i've never heard of either of them !
(next week can we have Jack Flak [Rick Norton] versus
Oswald "Oosie" Nelson [Douglas Bild] please)

ShogunRokAdmin

#12

ShogunRok said:

@get2sammyb The actual gameplay: absolutely. I like it better than BlazBlue. The story mode? Not so much — you won't be familiar with the characters and their relationships with each other. That said, it's still possible to view the plot as a standalone thing. Probably makes more sense than anything BlazBlue's done, as well.

ztpayne7

#15

ztpayne7 said:

Just started replaying ff8 because I always gave it a bad rep because it was one of the few games I rage quit at the ending (that last castle wiped an hour of time from my life). Never played persona though.

tabris95

#16

tabris95 said:

On the battle expertise side of things, Yu is an inexperienced teenager who got his start fighting with a golf club. I'll give that one to Squall. On the sommoning side of things however.... Yu's got Lucifer. I kinda feel like it would be silly for Lucifer to lose out to any Final Fantasy summon by default. I'm actually ok with either winning this fight. Good match up.

ShogunRokAdmin

#17

ShogunRok said:

I think it's fantastic that Yu can go up against the likes of Squall and stand his ground. Persona is a series that's really solidified its place in the hearts of JRPG fans.

ThreadShadow

#18

ThreadShadow said:

It may seem crazy, but Squall might win this on the Draw ability alone. Any magic Yu has Squall can pull from him. If Yu needs to be weakened, it's already been argued that Squall is a superior physical fighter, and especially since it's one on one. Once Yu is weakened Squall can pull stronger and stronger magics and summons from him. Then hit him hard with Eden. In a weakened state Squall has a multitude of Limit Breaks to use. So he's got that going on too!
I'm bias to FF but I don't care.

Bliquid

#20

Bliquid said:

@ThreadShadow: you may be biased but your reasoning is sound.
@ ShogunRok: well, in P4A Yu surely knows how to kick, but if you take Dissidia in account, Squall basically flies, throws fireworks all around and smashes walls.
Plus, he would get Yu on the sides, since the latter can move only back and forth. :p

CanisWolfred

#21

CanisWolfred said:

Hahaha! This is no contest. Who the hell like's Squall, king of the dorks and useless weaponry? Yu, however, is awesome, good with the ladies, and is a versatile fighter with a great Persona ability.

Surely Yu owns this poll.

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BlaqStar

#22

BlaqStar said:

Ff8 is my favourite in the series by far. If squall could smite omega weapon, he would certainly beat you..excuse me, yu.

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