Gunblade, Origins is essentially a prequel saga that takes place before the initial events of Final Fantasy VIII. It concerns the gunblade training that Squall Leonhart and SeiferAlmasy undergo, which is supervised by a gunblade master, Shin Kigatana. It details the daily life of Squall, contains some meticulously described gunblade action scenes, and it fits well into the overall 'logic' of the FFVIII plot by making Squall forget that he ever had a master.