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Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals is a OVA series that takes place 200 years after the events in Final Fantasy V.
Two hundred years after the elimination of the evil Exdeath, reckless swordsman Prettz and the summoner Linaly are the youngsters who must save their world from Ra Devil, a bio-mechanical being from the dark moon. Set several centuries after the end of the game, this series is a distant spin-off from Final Fantasy V, whose character Batts is supposedly Linaly's ancestor.
The plot is similar to a computer game-after a few random encounters with wandering monsters, the leads must unite two warring parties to create a suitably mismatched party of fearless heroes. Pirate queen Rouge, the whip-wielding mistress of an airship crewed by leather-clad fat girls, falls in love with her sworn enemy, Valcus, leader of the Iron Wing squadron. After some mild tortures (Prettz is tickled and Linaly has to drink prune juice), the former enemies unite to fight Ra Devil, destroying both him and his Bond-villain hideout.
FF's hackneyed quest to save four elemental crystals is upstaged by its backgrounds. As in the games, a good image wins out over the practicalities of physics or geography. With a large number of Chinese and Korean staffers, FF lifts design ideas from all over the Orient, with the tall, thin mountains of Guilin forming a backdrop for klong canals from Thailand, and old-world Chinese houses from Canton providing hangars for pseudo-Miyazaki giant airplanes.
As later FF games achieved fame abroad, this anime was dusted off and released in English with undue prominence given to the words Final and Fantasy and rather less to its origins as a spin-off from an untranslated prequel.
Hironobu Sakaguchi's fully computer animated Final Fantasy:The Spirits Within (2001) features a quest to obtain eight organic specimens, whose "spirit signatures" will cancel out the energies of alien ghosts. Made in Hawaii, it boasts an all-star cast and the anime version's voice director, Jack Fletcher.
Presumably intended as an attempt to make a truly international FF movie, The Spirits Within boasted so many foreign staff members that it does not strictly qualify as "anime" within our own criteria. It was also a box office flop, although Hollywood accountancy excels at making anything look like a box office flop-the fact remains that the code and development used on Spirits Within was paid for out of the movie budget, and could be reinvested in the next game.
Mahiro Maeda's TV Tokyo series FF: Unlimited (2001) was a return to old-fashioned anime stylings, brashly announced as a 52-episode series, but cut back to a cheaper 25, supposedly after low ratings, but largely because Square had lost its taste for investment after the failure of Spirits Within was plain on the balance sheets. It featured two children Ai and Yu, whose search for a lost parent draws them into an "Inner World" where they become the latest champions to fight against the onset of chaos, utilizing many items and references to earlier games in the FF series.
As with Street Fighter II, numerals on the titles of films in the franchise do not refer to chapter numbers in a story, but to the incarnation of the game from which the anime is adapted. Hence Tetsuya Nomura's FF VII: Advent Children (2004) is a movie whose title refers to the FF VII game. Set two years after the events of the game, the CG Advent Children features Cloud Strife and Tifa, who have set up a delivery service after their heroic activities in the game, drawn into a new conflict to prevent their enemy Sephiroth from returning, aspiring to a messianic climax that has elements of Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, at least in terms of its inspiration.
A further release, Morio Asaka and Tetsuya Nomura's video FF VII: Last Order (2005), serves as a prequel to the game, revisiting several incidents only remembered in flashbacks in the original, but also ties in to later game spin-offs for the PSP and mobile phones.
1995. jpn: Fire Emblem: Aritia no Oji. aka: Fire Emblem: Prince of Aritia. Video. dir: Shin Misawa. scr: Yosuke Kuroda. des: Yuji Moriyama. ani: Yuji Moriyama. mus: N/C. prd: KSS, Studio Fantasia. 30 mins. x 2 eps.
Pacifist prince Mars reluctantly tools up when his homeland, Aritia, is conquered by the evil Druans. On the run with his faithful knights and a reformed mercenary in the neighboring kingdom of Taris, he enlists the aid of the king's only daughter, the Pegasus-riding Princess Cedar. Originating in a "Fantasy Simulation Game" for the Nintendo Famicom (NES) console, this is a predictable spin-off-just enough episodes to drag back hard-core game fans then rerelease as a one-shot for rental and the export market, which cannot be expected to be as forgiving.