I may not be as big a Motomu Toriyama fan as you are, but I still think the man is competent. I will never agree or participate in any hate he gets. I loved what he did on FFVII. If he hadn't made the Midgar section so compelling, myself and many other people would have given up on the game before the party reaches the World Map for the first time. I loved the build up of romance between Cloud and Aerith over the course of disc 1, as that really did make her death have a bigger impact by the end of the disc. The man is good at slowly evolving romance over the course of a game. He again did this on FFX, which many people love. FFVIII had no Toriyama involved, which is why the love story is so inferior to Cloud/Aerith and Tidus/Yuna. I really don't get the hate the man gets. Ignorant people are just jumping on his hate bandwagon without finding out what the man has actually done. So he fucked up on FFXIII and made the game too linear? Well, FFX was even more linear than FFXIII. Nobody had a problem with that. Furthermore, it wasn't even Toriyama that decided on the linearity. That decision came from Kitase, who was basing it on the Interactive Movie blueprint he created for FFX. On the contrary, when Toriyama is both directing a game and in charge of the narrative structure, he prefers to go for a more open and mission-based method. FFX-2, FFXII RW, Blood of Bahamut FFXIII-2, and LRFFXIII all had this. Also, it's ironic how people piss and shit on Toriyama's career and leave Nomura unscathed, especially when Nomura conceived and creatively produced the worst Final Fantasy in history. Nowhere in Toriyama's track record is a game that abysmal. It's as I've said. People are just jumping on the Toriyama hate bandwagon without doing their research on the man's contributions to the FF series over the years.