McDonald’s Twitter Overtaken with FFVII Images and Jokes for 25th Anniversary
The Japanese arm of the McDonald’s franchise is known for involving itself with otaku interests, like teaming up with Demon Slayer or releasing Gundam Char Hamburgers. Meanwhile, McDonald’s in the U.S. is more likely to team up with something like Disney. But it seems someone at the American McDonald’s (or at least the person in charge of their Twitter) is a fan of Final Fantasy VII.
The iconic original Final Fantasy VII game came out in North America on September 7, 1997. Twenty-five years later, on the anniversary, McDonald’s tweeted an image of Cloud with the golden arches in the background, asking who needed a ride to the FFVII anniversary party.
As of this writing, the tweet has been shared more than 27,000 times and received more than 140,000 likes.
The Twitter handle for Final Fantasy VII saw this, and responded with a reference to McDonald’s trademark line.
So McDonald’s responded with its own reference:
And McDonald’s continued to make other references to the game in response to people’s tweets.
u take Ronald’s car i’ll take the Chocobo
— McDonald’s (@McDonalds) September 7, 2022
XBox gave this description of the groundbreaking Final Fantasy VII game:
“The world has fallen under the dominion of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a sinister corporation that has monopolized the planet’s very life force as Mako energy.
In the urban megalopolis of Midgar, an anti-Shinra rebel group calling themselves Avalanche have stepped up their campaign of resistance.
Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to the rebels, unaware that he will be drawn into an epic battle for the fate of the planet, while having to come to terms with his own lost past.”
Do you think this might mean that McDonald’s in America is going to make more references to otaku interests? Are there any franchises you’d like to see them cover?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.