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Final Fantasy: Unlimited
FFU title card.jpg
Screenshot of the series' title card
(Fainaru Fantajī: Anrimiteddo)
Genre Adventure
Anime television series
Directed by Mahiro Maeda
Studio Gonzo
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)
Portal icon 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.


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; Kaze, a being of incredible power; and a variety of other characters.

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 new world with each episode. In each of the episodes they would emerge to view a new world, confront the inherent dangers of the world, and stave off the latest assault by either the Gaudium Lords, or Omega.

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 children as they were spawned of Chaos also, and the pieces of a powerful creature known as Omega. Omega is the ultimate destructive force, with its power only rivaled by that of the Unlimited(plural); immortal beings of immense power. If he is able to collect these and absorb them into his body, he will be able to rule Wonderland unchallenged.

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 will allow the airship Silvia to fly, allowing them to reach the Earl's flying fortress.

The series climaxes when the Earl himself makes a move on the Comodeen, destroying Jane and capturing the protagonists. Confronted with Chaos himself, Kaze and Makenshi, the only two survivors among the Unlimited, sacrifice themselves to destroy it, thus ending its reign of terror over Wonderland.


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


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


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]


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.


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]


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]


  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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