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Final Fantasy: Unlimited
FFU title card.jpg
Screenshot of the series' title card
~ファイナルファンタジー:アンリミテッド~
(Fainaru Fantajī: Anrimiteddo)
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Anime television series
Directed by Mahiro Maeda
Music by Akifumi Tada
Shirō Hamaguchi
Studio Gonzo
Licensed by NA / UK ADV Films
Network TV Tokyo
English network Canada United States Anime Network
South Africa Animax
Russia MTV Russia
Original run 2 October 200126 March 2002
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga portal

Final Fantasy: Unlimited (FF:U ~ファイナルファンタジー:アンリミテッド~ FF:U ~Fainaru Fantajī: Anrimiteddo~?) is an anime television series based on Square Enix's popular Final Fantasy role-playing video game franchise.

Final Fantasy: Unlimited incorporates both 2D animation and 3D graphics, and takes elements from the Final Fantasy games with quite a few easter eggs, some obvious, others obscure. It was licensed for North America and the United Kingdom by ADV Films, and 7 volumes of videos were released on DVD. In 2003, the series soundtrack Final Fantasy: Unlimited After 2 was released. The continuation of the story has also been released in a variety of other media.

Story[edit]

Final Fantasy: Unlimited follows the story of Ai and Yu Hayakawa, 12 year-old twins who travel into Wonderland, a mysterious parallel dimension, in search of their missing parents. Along the way they meet Lisa Pacifist, a member of the C2 Organization. The series also revolves on Kaze and Makenshi, beings of incredible power who each lost their world before coming to Wonderland. The series is divided into two major sections, defined by the main method of transport the protagonists are utilizing. The first half of the series see the group using the Ghost Train to reach a part of Wonderland, crossing paths with Kaze as he has no memory of his past save Makenshi, who aids the Lords of Gaudium who attack them. The group also encounter fragments of a destructive being named Omega, which is after the Ghost Train's powerful source to become whole. Meanwhile, the story from the antagonist's view is periodically revealed with Earl Tyrant's discussion with his lords. Earl is the embodiment of Chaos, and is seeking the fragments of Omega to possess power equal to the Unlimited, beings of immense power like Kaze and Makenshi who could destroy him.

The second half of the series see the protagonists join up with the rebel faction, the Comodeen, and board the submarine, Jane, which is bound for Telos, the only place in Wonderland that has a natural deposit of the gravity defying Flying Water. This substance is sought by both parties: the Comodeen to power their airship Silvia to reach Earl's flying fortress Guadium and the Earl's forces using the substance to contain Omega's power. The series climaxes when the Earl himself makes a move on the Comodeen, destroying Jane and capturing the protagonists in his true form: Chaos Tyrant. It was then that the Earl's right hand man, Oscha, reveals that Ai and Yu were spawned from Chaos in the aftermath of Kaze and Makenshi's sending their adoptive parents to Wonderland. With only Omega's heart, Clear, remaining and fused with his Fying Water suit into a crystal, the Earl intended to absorb the Hayakawa twins as well to increase Chaos's power from their experiences. Luckily, Lou Lupus and Moogle come to their friends' aid as the Earl killed the former. Confronted with Chaos Tyrant, Kaze and Makenshi sacrifice themselves to destroy the Earl, thus ending his reign of terror over Wonderland while Lisa and the Hayakawa family were found by the Comodeen.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
1 "Wonderland: Journey into the Darkness"
"Ikai: Yami e no Tabidachi" (異界 -やみへのたびだち-) 
October 2, 2001
2 "Magun: Man of the Black Wind"
"Magan: Kuroki Kaze no Otoko" (魔銃 -くろきかぜのおとこ-) 
October 9, 2001
3 "Fruit: The Town of Sweet Scent"
"Kajitsu: Amai Kaori no Machi" (果実 -あまいかおりのまち-) 
October 16, 2001
4 "Makenshi: The White Etude"
"Makenshi: Shiroki Echūdo" (魔剣士 -しろきエチュード-) 
October 23, 2001
5 "Cid: The Adventure of the Underground Waterway"
"Shido: Chikasuimyaku no Bousen" (シド -ちかすいみゃくのぼうけん-) 
October 30, 2001
6 "Kigen Arts: The Saviour of Souls"
"Kigenjutsu: Inochi Mamorumono" (氣現術 -いのちまもるもの-) 
November 5, 2001
7 "Subway: Enemy of the Dimensional Tunnel"
"Chikatetsu: Jigen Tonneru no Teki" (地下鉄 -じげんトンネルのてき-) 
November 12, 2001
8 "Soil: The Heart of the Magun"
"Soiru: Magan no Shinzō" (ソイル -マガンのしんぞう-) 
November 19, 2001
9 "Oscha: The Endless Project"
"Osukā: Owarinaki Shigoto" (オスカー -おわりなきしごと-) 
November 26, 2001
10 "Mansion: The Memory of Sagiso"
"Yashiki: Sagisō no Omoide" (屋敷 -サギソウのおもいで-) 
December 8, 2001
11 "Ciel: The Departure of Chocobo"
"Shieru: Chokobo to no Wakare" (シエル -チョコボとのわかれ-) 
December 15, 2001
12 "Fungus: Eternal Life"
"Fungusu: Eien no Inochi" (フングス -えいえんのいのち-) 
December 22, 2001
13 "Meteor: Abominable Memory"
"Meteo: Imawashiki Kioku" (メテオ -いまわしききおく-) 
December 29, 2001
14 "Omega: Reunion and Departure"
"Omega: Saikai to Tabidachi" (オメガ -さいかいとたびだち-) 
January 8, 2002
15 "Jane: The Moving Ocean Puzzle"
"Jēn: Ugokidasu Umi Pazuru" (ジェーン -うごきだすうみパズル-) 
January 15, 2002
16 "Kigen Dragon: Behind the Smile"
"Kigenjū: Egao no Mukō ni" (氣現獣 -えがおのむこうに-) 
January 22, 2002
17 "Frog: The Smallest Great Adventure"
"Kaeru: Chicchana Daibōken" (カエル -ちっちゃなだいぼうけん-) 
January 29, 2002
18 "Madoushi: The Battle of Kiri and Kumo"
"Madōshi: Kiri to Kumo no Taiketsu" (魔道士 -きりとくものたいけつ-) 
February 5, 2002
19 "Ai: Meeting with Clear"
"Ai: Kuria to no Deai" (アイ -クリアとのであい-) 
February 12, 2002
20 "Yu: The Secret of Gaudium"
"Yū: Gaudiumu no Himitsu" (ユウ -ガウディウムのひみつ-) 
February 19, 2002
21 "Cactus: The Wandering Sea"
"Saboten: Samayoeru Umi" (サボテン -さまよえるうみ-) 
February 26, 2002
22 "Moogle: Long Lost Memories"
"Mōguri: Natsukashī Omoide" (モーグリ -なつかしいおもいで-) 
March 5, 2002
23 "Teros: In Search of Flying Water"
"Terosu: Tobimizu o Mezashite" (テロス -とびみずをめざして-) 
March 12, 2002
24 "Chaos: The Earl Unveiled"
"Konton: Hakushaku no Shōtai" (混沌 -はくしゃくのしょうたい-) 
March 19, 2002
25 "Kaze: The Glory of Life"
"Kaze: Inochi Kagayaku Toki" (風 -いのちかがやくとき-) 
March 26, 2002

Boxset[edit]

The North American complete FF:U boxset re-arranges the series into five discs of five episodes each. The English complete FF:U boxset retains the seven disks as released singularly. Both were released by A.D.V. Films.

Phase Episodes
Phase 1 01-05
Phase 2 06-10
Phase 3 11-15
Phase 4 16-20
Phase 5 21-25

Music[edit]

The series was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Shirō Hamaguchi, and Akifumi Tada.

The series received an opening theme and three ending themes. The opening theme for the series is "Over the FANTASY" (Composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Arranged by Takahiro Ando, Lyrics by Yuko Ebine) performed by Kana Ueda. The first theme is "VIVID" (Lyrics and Composition by Takashi Genouzono, Arrangements by Fairy Fore and Masao Akashi) performed by Fairy Fore and was used for episodes 1-12. For episodes 13-24 the ending theme was "Romancing Train" (Compition and arrangements by t-kimura, lyrics by motsu) performed by move. The third ending ending was "Over the FANTASY" and was used on the final episode of the series.

Two soundtracks were for the series. The first is Final Fantasy: Unlimited Music Adventure Verse 1 December 19, 2001 on the label Geneon. Final Fantasy: Unlimited Music Adventure Verse 2 and released on April 17, 2002.

Related media[edit]

Tie-ins[edit]

A novel titled, Final Fantasy: Unlimited - Sou no Kizuna (ファイナルファンタジー:アンリミテッド―双の絆?, lit. "Final Fantasy Unlimited - The Bonds of Two Souls") was released on March 28, 2002 by Kadokawa Shoten. The novel was written by Katigiri Sho, illustrated by Kazuto Nakazawa, and supervised by Squaresoft. It explores a side-story that is set in the time of the television series (somewhere before episode 12). Final Fantasy: Unlimited Before is a drama CD that features a flashback to the destruction of Kaze and Makenshi's worlds. FF:U Before was awarded to competition winners in Japan.[1] A serial web novel After Spiral was novels published on the official Japanese FF:U website. The first of these short stories takes a quick plunge into Makenshi's past, while the rest describe an encounter between the show's heroes and Soljashy on the twins' childhood home of Sado Island, where Ai and Yu are briefly reunited with their old friend Touya Satomi.

Sequels[edit]

The story of Final Fantasy: Unlimited, left incomplete by the television series, was continued in several other media and released only in Japan. A book titled Final Fantasy: Unlimited After - Gakai no Sho (ファイナルファンタジー:アンリミテッドアフター~外界の章~?, lit."Final Fantasy: Unlimited - Chapters of the Outside World") was released in 2002 by DigiCube. The book contains a 32 page manga and 120 page script. It covers the twins' return to their own world, revelation of Lisa's past and introduces a new villain under Gaudium: Soljashy. A radio drama titled FF:U After 2 - Risa tachi kira reta kusari (FF:U After 2-リサ た ちきられたクサリ-?) was released on released on December 26, 2002 by Avex. It deals with Comodeen's final attack on Gaudium and brings a conclusion to the conflict between Lisa and Soljashy, however it leaves many questions yet unanswered.[2]

Video games[edit]

Two video games have been released. The first, titled FF:U with U, is an RPG video game adaptation for Japanese mobile phone on i-mode's distribution service developed by Index was released in August 20, 2002.[3] The game contains the same plot as the anime. Points can be accumulated by playing through the game's scenarios and be used to purchase more characters. Ringtones based on the music of Final Fantasy: Unlimited can also be purchased through the game as microtransactions.[4] The second game, titled Final Fantasy: Unlimited on PC Adventure - Labyrinth, is a video game set in the Final Fantasy: Unlimited universe. Published by Amada Printing, it was released May 16, 2003.[5]

Reception[edit]

The series was ranked 18 by popular vote for Top 20 Anime in Japan for the month of November 2001.[6]

Outside of Japan the series had received mixed reviews. Allen Divers of Anime News Network ranked the series an overall score "B" stating, "Despite its somewhat formulaic plot, Final Fantasy is an ambitious series and manages to be visually engaging."[7] Sandra Scholes of Active Anime praised the series stating, "It is interesting to see how well thought out this series has been. The characters have been created with care and consideration for the ones out there who have followed the Final Fantasy genre from the start."[8] However Ken Hargon criticized the series for its unappealing and not living up to the Final Fantasy series nor any other anime.[9] Carlos Ross of T.H.E.M. ranked the series three stars stating that "The style is firmly entrenched in Saturday morning, but at least it's better than FF Legend of the Crystals."[10] Paul Gaudette of Mania gave the series a "D" stating "Although it has almost nothing to do with its namesake, Final Fantasy Unlimited was somewhat enjoyable in the beginning while falling into every cliche of a show written for a younger audience."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ァイナルファンタジー:アンリミテッド 双の絆 (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "ドラマCD「FF:U After 2 -リサ たちきられたくさ り-」" (in Japanese). JBook. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "インデックス、iモードサイト「FF:U with U」提供開始" (in Japanese). 2002-08-20. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  4. ^ "インデックス、FFアニメのiモードサイトを運営開始!「ファイナルファンタジー:アンリミテッド ウィズ ユー」" (in Japanese). 2002-08-20. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  5. ^ "FF:U on PC" (in Japanese). 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-08-02. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Top Anime in Japan". Anime News Network. December 17, 2001. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ Divers, Allen (December 8, 2003). "Final Fantasy: Unlimited DVD 1: Phase 1 + Artbox". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ Scholes, Sandra (December 8, 2003). "Final Fantasy: Unlimited DVD 1: Phase 1". Active Anime. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ Hargon, Ken (March 24, 2004). "Final Fantasy: Unlimited DVD 2: Phase 2". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ Ross, Carlos. "Final Fantasy: Unlimited". T.H.E.M. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ Gaudette, Paul (March 31, 2010). "Final Fantasy Unlimited: Complete Collection". Mania. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 

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