Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile is coming to the West with an official publication thanks to the efforts by the people at Yen Press.
FFVII: On the Way to a Smile is a collection of short stories written by Kazushige Nomura that bridges the gap between Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The series had began with a short episodic story, titled “Case of Denzel”, being released on the official Japanese website for Advent Children, which inspired an OVA anime of a similar title: “On the Way to a Smile: Episode Denzel.” Following the OVA’s release, “Case of Tifa” was released in an issue of V-Jump.
These short stories had really only been available in Japan officially, with America and Europe receiving the short story “Case of Barret” with the release of the limited edition box set of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. However, with the announcement made at Anime NYC by Yen Press, fans in the West will soon have the entire collection together in one book.
Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile will feature all the previously mentioned stories as well as the additions of “Case of Yuffie,” “Case of Shinra,” “Case of Nanaki” and “Case of the Lifestream.”
The release date or price for the novel has not yet been announced.