Now that I have downloaded DFII and watched it at my own pace, I can see/understand more of what is going on. So here's my analysis. (Before I start I would like to say that I have only played FFX, X-2, and KH 1 & 2. I haven't played the previous FF games or any DOA game, but I know who the characters are and overall story. So I am biased toward the FF girls. Oh and there are spoilers ahead.)
I love how aggressive/bold Rikku is in fights. Mindlessly charging toward the fight (kind of my style of playing in fighting games, I lose a lot that way), and again charging Rachel when she is first introduced. She displayed similar characteristic in DFI, so I like how you gave them different personalities. I've said this before but she makes a very good partner.
I was going to say that Yuna seemed to be lacking, and doesn't really do much on her own. But as I rewatched it I noticed that she really looks after Tifa. Covering for her when she gets hit by Kasumi and staying with her when she low exhausted and eventually pulling out the potions. The team really has good chemistry, Rikku seems to look after Yuna, and Yuna after Tifa.
Tifa doesn't really need to do anything. She could just stand there and everyone (viewers) would be happy. I love how after she drank the potions, she added spells to her hits as if she didn't care and had mana to burn. Again, love the personality.
I was wondering if the falling battle, especially the part with the falling pieces was inspired by Advent Children. Also, I love Rikku's Xiaoyu move (the jump kick, kick, flip). She's one of the characters I frequently use when I play Tekken and it was cool to see it. Also I kind of saw some Taki moves in Kasumi and Ayane, Sophitia in Rinoa, and a bunch of Tekken moves in Tifa (heh Hwoarang combos). I also liked how you synced the action with the music (or vice versa), especially when Tifa cast haste and at the end with the strong beats. Also the end, did you get that part from Bleach? Like when Aizen and the others got caught up in those things. And the separating in different directions looked like when Ichigo and company first entered Seireitei.
Then I started think about the individual fights:
Ayane VS Rikku
Kasumi VS Yuna
Hitomi VS Tifa
Rachel VS Rinoa
?? VS Kairi
I want Rikku to win her fight, just because she is my favorite character in this series. And it would kinda be a downer to hold a fan costume contest, making her more of a favorite character and then have her lose. lol
Yuna's fight, I could see Yuna losing. I personally like what Kasumi has contributed to the fight (saving ppl with the "teleport" and taking the hit for Ayane so she can finish her move) than what Yuna has done for hers. Actually not only taking the hit, but teleporting away in case the Ayane needed more time. The only way I could see Yuna winning is that at some critical point in the match she pulls out something spectacular, something like Floral Fallal
(the 3 things above her kinda reminds me of Hitsugaya's bankai). It would be kind of cool to see Yuna summon something.
In the Tifa/Hitomi battle I think you're trapped into having Tifa win because she's a fan favorite. But then again you hate predictability.
In the RvR battle, I don't really have an opinion since the characters were just introduced, but it should be a pretty interesting match-up. And I'm not very familiar with the characters' fighting style.
Then Kairi, I LOVE that Kairi is in this. Admittedly it was random, but the good kind. I thought it was cute that Kairi thought she could take on Rachel at the end. It would be cool to see her switch forms (Valor, Wisdom, Master, and Final). Oh, imagine Anti-Form Kairi!
Finally, I thought about how all this would end. I wonder if they will eventually all get together again for a final showdown. If that is the case I wonder if the they will fight and slowly kind of find each other or if the victor of matches would just drag the unconscious person to the final battlefield. I wonder how you can justify reviving the defeated DOA fighters, since FF characters can just cast Life or something. But whatever you do I'm sure it'll slide. I struggle to see how this will ultimately end with one team as a the victor. If I were to pick one team, it would be the FF team (cuz I'm biased). But even if I wasn't, I think the FF series is better as an RPG than DOA is as a fighting series. Especially since they sold out with Beach Volleyball. So I think gamers/viewers would be happier if the FF team won, I know I would (heh heh). I thought of two ways this could end:
One is have have the teams down to 2v1 or 1v1, the other people are unconscious around the battlefield. And before the final deciding strike (that would make one team clearly the winner) is dealt she freezes and helps her opponent up. Then everyone kinda slowly gets up, teams help each other out. Then somehow show them picking new teams then they scatter, kind of starting how DF1 started with Kasumi and Ayane chasing Yuna, but different (as if these girls get together weekly and beat the crap out of each other). Roll credits.
The other way I see this ending is as they fight the ground starts to shake, or something happens that they all sense and BAM. Something crashes and out of the smoke walk Ryu (Street Fighter), Dante, Snake, Link, Agent 47, Scorpoin, Vincent, etc... And they kinda join forces against a greater enemy, men. Sort of how the DOA movie ended (ya, I watched it) or Haloid (how M. Chick and Samus teamed up against the aliens). Heh, it would be funny to see all of the characters do a choreographed dance as a bonus. LOL.
Anyways, that's all I have to say. Thanks for reading and indulging my speculations. And yes I am aware that I am a dork.