Final Fantasy Unlimited anime review

Final Fantasy Unlimited anime review
After their parents disappear, Ai and Yu read their parents' research and then decide to go in search of them. They ride a strange train to the Inner World and meet up with a girl named Lisa. Together, all 3 begin their journey within the Inner World.
Ai and Yu, after reading their parent's research and after their parents' disappearance, they decided to go on search for them. They ride a strange train to the Inner World in search of their parents and meets up with Lisa in the train and together they begin their journey within the Inner World.
Ai and Yu, after reading their parent's research and their parents' disappearance, decide to go in search of them. They ride a strange train to the Inner World and meet up with Lisa, together they begin their journey within the Inner World.

In the last decade, Final Fantasy has established itself as the marquee title in the role-playing genre, and nearly everyone who has touched a video game system has played at least one incarnation of this game. However, a good game series doesn't necessarily translate into instant success in other fields, as FF: Legend of the Crystals proved to our eternal dismay. Of course, this was followed up by the 3D computer-generated film FF: The Spirits Within, whose animation has been praised by many, but whose plot hasn't quite proved as worthy of acclaim.

So where does FF: Unlimited fit into all this? Well, as the franchise's first full-length television series, it's not a bad start. The FMV mastery of the Final Fantasy games has translated quite well into the 3D CG animation field, and this is in effect from the first minute of this show. Spell and mechanical effects (much of which seem the same, when it all comes down to it) are beautifully rendered and wondrous to behold.

Unfortunately, the traditional 2D cel animation of the characters is nowhere as impressive - while competent, it really reflects on this title's intentions as more of a children's show than a show for older FF fans. The style is firmly entrenched in Saturday morning, but at least it's better than FF Legend of the Crystals. More rabid FF fans may have to resist the urge to mail-bomb the animators, especially when the animation goes from adequate to really bad in certain spots.

While the premise is interesting, it's evident from the beginning that this is Final Fantasy for the Digimon crowd - rather than dwelling on the mystery of magic and action involving powerful beasts, the audience gets to watch the children get into various chocobo shenanigans usually involving the yanking of Ai's pigtails. Adult characters seem to be either glorified babysitters, ciphers, or weird, creepy villains. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but fans of the more recent FF titles will probably be disappointed. And the action sequences could've used a lot more polish. I really don't think any reasonable creature would just sit there while so-and-so takes fifteen minutes to summon Phoenix or Typhoon ... would you?

Not to mention the questionable choice of opponents - after you've shown the audience super-cool dragons and magical trains, you can't tease them with the Stay-Puff Mushroom Man. Come on already! At least the spell effects look cool.

Still, FF: Unlimited has an interesting story peppered with amusing in-jokes, like having the famous victory played after the end of a battle, and numerous references to the earlier FF games. The characters are likable and cute, and the music gets a passing grade. Bonus points for the adorable (if obviously no-budget) end sequence, especially if you're a chocobo fan.

While I reserve the right to raise my opinion of this show if and when the plot starts kicking in, our first look at this title gives us the feeling that perhaps the creators and animators weren't as Unlimited as they thought. Simplistic 2D animation and a kiddified plot may drive off newer FF fans who are more used to Tidus and Yuna (or even Zidane and Garnet) than Palom and Porom. But as a synthesis of classic Final Fantasy and modern monster-show visuals, it's worth a further look.

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