If you haven't gotten a close look at Final Fantasy XIII yet, you simply haven't looked. To catch up, you may watch a few of the videos we have, and there's also a long trailer available for download from the PlayStation Store.
But if you want more character and combat information, the latest issue of Jump magazine has you covered . The two characters who take the limelight in the article are Hope Estheim and Vanille; the former of which is seen during the introductory section of the game, and yes, he's in the demo, too. He uses a Boomerang as a weapon (kinda reminds us of Wakka's Blitzball weapon in FFX) and apparently, "holds a grudge against Snow for getting his mother involved in a major battle." We don't know quite as much about Vanille, who looks similar to Rikku, but we do know she'll use "a yo-yo type of weapon." We can't be sure what sort of special skills she has in battle, but you can bet that agility and dexterity will be a few of her strong suits. They also make mention of a new creature called a "Cie Corpse," which "can only be formed when an I'Cie fails at completing an objective in so much time" (whatever that means). We should also remind you once again that Lightning is the main character, and there are plenty of videos and trailers featuring the protagonist.
As more FFXIII details become available, we'll bring 'em to you ASAP. If we can't have the game this year in North America, at least we can read about it and drool.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII