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By this logic, even while in the middle of a warehouse we can assume that Zack can summon a guy with a helicopter to airstrike through the warehouse without hitting the walls. There's a huge difference between Canon and Gameplay.
According to this, we should also assume Cloud had Meteor Strike because of Zack's DMW.
Isn't the Digital Mind Wave completely different from like a normal summon though? I don't really know if this is the best example to use. That being said, Cloud could know meteor strike. His mind got scrambled by the end of the game. But still the point stands, DMW and Summons aren't relatable.
Cutscenes and actual footage > Gameplay
Bahamut's attack is a cutscene...The gameplay is him not destroying anything of note... so depending on how you read into your own statement it's counterproductive to your argument.
The discussion about Sephiroth is in the Ultimania pages that include the official FF7 canon.
I'm sorry; but the writer, director, and creator of the FF7 franchise flat out stating that Sephiroth is the most powerful being in Advent Children, and having people comment on Weapons power (which they do in Crisis Core as well, by the way) is greater than a cutscene specifically designed for Zack's DMW.
Nobody in the FF7 verse is above City+ level. Sephiroth himself had to use Black Materia to summon a small continent busting attack; which was leaps and bounds above any other thing in existence, save Holy. It was so dangerous the Ancients sealed it away somewhere that required someone to die in order to try to retrieve it; and face a bunch of life ending threats over and above that.
Again, current FF7 is way stronger than original FF7. So while the scaling could be accurate in terms of inverse comparisons, the feats don't have to correlate to the scaling, and the feats could be superior to things that have already been represented.
So we're to assume Writer/Creator Intent > Everything else except animation; but animation != animator intent based on what fans do and do not want to believe?
Writer/Creator intent/ gameplay and animation are almost inseparable. The Director /Writer never really go into details over what their intent is, especially with the deep intrinsic parts. And it's not like comics where we can ask on their twitter page, even though games are much more open to interpretation. At this point, supernova has like nearly several explanations, none from the director's themselves. Thus why we discuss in the first place.
Neither of them were in Sephiroth's ballpark. They failed to land a single blow or push him back an inch in their dual. Sephiroth was shown to be leaps and bounds above them, even prior to Genesis's degeneration. And if you watch the Dual, Sephiroth is smiling and barely trying; while Genesis is giving it his all (and failing).
Angeal casually blocked Sephiroth and Genesis. Obviously Sephiroth was superior to either of them but saying neither of them wasn't in the ballpark is silly. Just because Spider-man can trash Wolverine, doesn't mean they're not in same tier.
And that was, in canon, the weakest version of Sephiroth. Who still relied on materia to cast magic.
When Cloud stabbed Sephiroth the first time it was with the Buster Sword while he was distracted and he was clearly injured. We watch him limping away with his mother's head; presumably because he's no longer strong enough to lift her body (remember, earlier he had ripped a metal statue out of its hold effortlessly). It's only here that Cloud is shown to be capable of overpowering Sephiroth. If that's not context, I don't know what is.
To be fair, completely forgot about this. But after rewatching the scene we still see Sephiroth is ridiculously stronger than Cloud. The only point I'm making is the scaling is inconsistent, as literally after getting batted away like a fly, Cloud still Overpowers Sephiroth with a sword in his stomach.
What looks like the blast area and what is the blast area are two different things. The blast area from Chaos's attack covers most of a continent; but it affected only a metropolis sized area. So we should take blast radius with a few grains of salt.
I know nothing about what you're talking about here. I mean in my opinion a blast radius usually includes high heats and powerful winds and stuff, so that should effective in destroying things. Though To be fair, you probably know more about FF7. I just need some amazing reasoning to not believe what we're seeing on screen. I understand your reasoning for saying it's not moon level, as clearly that's smaller than a moon, but to just discount the feat would take some explaining.