If any of you, like me, try to watch that on your ps3... you'll probably not get a nice version. Youtube looks pretty gnarly most times. :P However, gametrailers has a nice HD version of it: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/japanese-life-final-fantasy/63925
Just gotta wait for it to load (it is, even if it looks like it's not... just wait).
Was not impressive to me at first, but the HD version looks way, way better. Some nice touches in there, like the water flowing down the wall behind the tar....lalafell....
SE did awesome with FFXI area designs, even just on the ps2. Ps2 is far from super powerful, but even now some of the areas look amazing. Purgonorgo, Zi'tah, Sea, Sky, Promyvion, Misareaux's Coastline, and many others. It honestly makes me really, really excited to see what some of these FF14 zones could look like. SE can be wildly imaginitive and come out with some great stuff. And with the ability to make even more detailed evironments... well, I'm interested in going exploring. :P
Even just FF13 has some truly beautiful areas (despite most of it being locked away). The crystallized lake was among the best RPG area ideas I've ever seen. And some other zones really make you hungry for 14's style. Can't wait to see what they do.
As for the characters... they look ok, but not enough Elezen action. :P
And how come they seem to walk and run like they've all.... soiled... themselves. XD