Granblue Fantasy

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Granblue Fantasy
Granblue Fantasy logo.png
Developer(s) Cygames
Publisher(s) Mobage
Producer(s) Koichi Haruta
Artist(s) Hideo Minaba
Composer(s) Nobuo Uematsu
Tsutomu Narita
Platform(s) Android, iOS
Release
  • JP: March 10, 2014
Genre(s) Role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player

Granblue Fantasy (Japanese: グランブルーファンタジー, Hepburn: Guranburū Fantajī) is a role-playing video game developed by Cygames for Android and iOS platforms, which first released in Japan in March 2014. The game is notable for reuniting music composer Nobuo Uematsu and art director Hideo Minaba, who previously collaborated on Final Fantasy V (1992), Final Fantasy VI (1994), Final Fantasy IX (2000), and Lost Odyssey (2007).

Gameplay[edit]

The game plays as a role-playing video game with turn-based battles.[1] The game also contains summons and a class system that alters the main character's move-set and growth.[2] Characters gain levels and abilities by accruing experience; summons and weapons equipped also confer characters with bonuses on attack power and HP. The characters themselves are gained either via quests (the main story quests or special event quests) or by using in-game currency to receive random crystal fragments, which may contain special weapons that add specific characters to the party. Characters, summons, and weapons are ranked (from best to worst) as SSR, SR, R, or N; each is also of type wind, water, fire, earth, light, or darkness. Voice actors provide voices for all of the characters in battle, and for much of the main and event storylines.

Development[edit]

I thought to myself, "Can we really make a mobile RPG with such a large-scale feeling from this?" but after seeing the game screen, I was truly surprised...It's as if you completely forget that you're playing a mobile game.[3]

DeNA director Kenji Kobayashi

Uematsu worked on eleven tracks for the game, with Tsutomu Narita doing nine others, and Minaba drawing roughly 100 potential character designs.[4] The game also contains voice overs from Hiroaki Hirata, who previously worked on Final Fantasy XII and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.[2]

The game was originally planned for release in Japan for December 17, 2013, but it was put back to March 10, 2014.[5] The game is free-to-play and published by Mobage.[6] At TGS 2015, it was announced that the game would receive an international release in March 2016.[7] Instead of an international launch, a language patch was released adding an in-game option to switch from Japanese to English.[8] This allows international players who have been playing the Japanese version to keep all of their data.

Reception[edit]

By March 2016, the game had been downloaded over 10 million times in Japan.[9] Granblue Fantasy uses a gacha system wherein players effectively gamble; rather than buying new characters outright, players spend money to get a crystal for 300 yen (~2.67 USD), then get a random "drop" from using the crystal.[10] Buying crystals in bulk provides a discount. Thus, characters and equipment are acquired randomly; any one crystal only has a certain percentage chance of being a desired character.[11] This system has proven lucrative, as some players compulsively attempt to get desired characters via spending money on repeated random character acquisitions. It was so effective to the point of raising worries of government regulation to stop exploitation; the Japan Online Game Association, a federation, self-imposed stricter restrictions on the industry after a player streamed themselves spending around 700,000¥ (~6,000 US dollars) attempting to get Anchira, a new and heavily advertised character, on December 31, 2015.[11] There was a time-limited period where Anchira's appearance rate increased, with her becoming more difficult to acquire on January 3, fueling "delirium" and peer pressure on players to attempt to get her immediately.[10] Frustration and claims of Anchira's "drop rate" being less than advertised from other players as well led developer Cygames to offer refunds to people caught in the incident, a promise to set up a system to automatically give a drop after too many "misses", and an apology from the management.[12]

Pre-release[edit]

Many journalists have compared it favorably to earlier Final Fantasy video games.[1][6][13]

Other media[edit]

Granblue Fantasy The Animation
グランブルーファンタジー ジ・アニメーション
(Guranburū Fantajī Ji Animēshon)
Anime television film
Zinkenstill Arc
Directed by Yuuki Itoh
Produced by
  • Kenta Suzuki
  • Tatsushi Moriya
Written by Cygames
Music by
  • Nobuo Uematsu
  • Tsutomu Narita
  • Yasunori Nishiki
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, AT-X, BS11
English network
Released January 21, 2017
Runtime 60 minutes
Anime television series
Directed by
  • Ayako Kurata
  • Yuuki Itoh
Produced by
  • Kenta Suzuki
  • Tatsushi Moriya
Written by Cygames
Music by
  • Nobuo Uematsu
  • Tsutomu Narita
  • Yasunori Nishiki
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, BS11, GYT, GTV, MBS, AT-X, TVA, HBC, RKB, Saga TV
Original run April 2, 2017June 25, 2017
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and Manga portal

Light novel[edit]

A light novel adaptation was released in 2014. The series currently has four books that contain game codes that can be redeemed for special items in the game. The digital volumes of the Granblue Fantasy light novel also contain game codes.

Characters[edit]

Gran (グラン, Guran)
Voiced by: Yuuki Ono[14]
Gran's dream was to become skyfarer like his father. He saves Lyria but he ends up gravely hurt. Lyria saves him in return by sharing her powers. After which, they begin their journey together, along with Vyrn and Lyria's protector, Katalina, to evade capture by the Emplre, who are after Lyria for her powers.
Lyria (ルリア, Ruria)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama[14]
Lyria has the ability to connect with Primal Beast (as they are called in the anime adaptation) through her blue jewel. She was hostage to the Empire for her ability as they wanted to use her in their experiments to control Primal Beasts.
Vyrn (ビィBī)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya[14]
A lizard like creature that insists that he isn't. He's a companion of Gran and follows him wherever he goes. He has a love for apples and has been seen to be somewhat swayed into doing something when offered an apple as a reward.
Katalina Alize (カタリナ・アリゼ, Katarina Arize)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro[14]
Once a lieutenant of the Empire. She saves Lyria from a cell abroad an Empire war ship and escape. Though successful, she is branded as a traitor but believes she has done the right thing by Lyria. She is a strong sword fighter and wields a reaper. She frequently shows her skills when up against the Empire's soldiers.
Rackam (ラカム, Rakamu)
Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata[14]
Io Euclase (イオ・ユークレース, Io Yūkurēsu)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura[14]
Rosetta (ロゼッタ, Rozetta)
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka[14]
Sierokarte (シェロカルテ, Sherokarute)
Voiced by: Emiri Katō[14]
Drang (ドランク, Doranku)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[14]
Sturm (スツルム, Sutsurumu)
Voiced by: Kanae Itō[14]
Eugen (オイゲン, Oigen)
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Yamaji[14]

Anime[edit]

An anime series based on the franchise was announced in September 2015.[15] The anime series is being produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Yuuki Itoh, featuring character designs by Toshifumi Akai, and music by Nobuo Uematsu, Tsutomu Narita and Yasunori Nishiki. Bump of Chicken performed the series' opening theme, titled "GO", and Haruhi performed the series' ending theme, titled "Sora no Parade" (ソラのパレード). It was scheduled to premiere in January 2017,[16] however it was delayed to April 2, 2017 for unknown reasons.[17] An anime television special which aired the first two episodes of the anime television series was broadcast on January 21, 2017 on Tokyo MX prior to the anime series.[18] Aniplex of America has licensed the series in North America.[19] The series ran for 13 episodes.[20] MVM Films will release the series in the United Kingdom.[21]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[a] Original air date[22]
1 "Girl in Blue"
"Aoi no Shōjo" (蒼の少女) 
April 2, 2017
2 "Departure"
"Tabidachi" (旅立ち) 
April 9, 2017
3 "Meet the Wind"
"Kaze no Deai" (風の出会い) 
April 16, 2017
4 "A Helmsman's Resolve"
"Sōda-shi no ketsui" (操舵士の決意) 
April 23, 2017
5 "The Storm Guardian"
"Kessen, Arashi no shugoshin" (決戦、嵐の守護神) 
April 30, 2017
6 "The Veil is Lifted"
"Omoi wa kagerō nogotoku" (想いは陽炎の如く) 
May 7, 2017
7 "The Iron Giant"
"Tetsu no Kyojin" (鉄の巨人) 
May 14, 2017
8 "A Pair Apart"
"Futari no Kyori" (ふたりの距離) 
May 21, 2017
9 "Horizon in the Clouds"
"Unjō no Suihei sen" (雲上の水平線) 
May 28, 2017
10 "Separation"
"Kairi" (解離) 
June 4, 2017
11 "Lyria's Wish"
"Ruria no Omoi" (ルリアの想い) 
June 11, 2017
12 "Showdown on the High Seas"
"Taikai no kessen" (大海の決戦) 
June 18, 2017
13 "Another Sky"
"Mō hitotsu no sora" (もう一つの空) 
June 25, 2017

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James, Dean. "Granblue Fantasy revealed as Nobuo Uematsu's mobile 'blockbuster' JRPG". Just Push Start. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Final Fantasy veterans team up for mobile 'blockbuster JRPG' Granblue Fantasy". Polygon. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  3. ^ "Final Fantasy VI Art Director Reunites With Nobuo Uematsu For A New RPG". Siliconera. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  4. ^ Schulenberg, Thomas (2013-11-09). "Final Fantasy 6 art director, composer working on Granblue Fantasy". Joystiq. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  5. ^ Shearer, Stew. "Nobuo Uematsu and FFVI Art Director Join Mobile RPG Granblue Fantasy". The Escapist. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  6. ^ a b "Nobuo Uematsu and FFVI art director reunite for Granblue Fantasy, a Mobage mobile game". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  7. ^ Musgrave, Shaun. "TGS 2015: Hit Social RPG 'Granblue Fantasy' Will Be Coming To The West In March 2016". Touch Arcade. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "『グラブル』新ジョブの賢者・ガンスリンガー・剣聖・アサシンが発表。新コラボ情報も【TGS2015】". 電撃オンライン (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  9. ^ "登録者数1000万人突破!!". Granblue Fantasy. Cygames. 25 March 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  10. ^ a b $6,065 Spent in One Night Shows Dark Side of Japan's Mobile Games
  11. ^ a b Smartphone gamers blow small fortune on their obsession
  12. ^ グラブル」高額課金をサイバー副社長に問う
  13. ^ "Final Fantasy Devs Collaborating on ‘Blockbuster’ JRPG Granblue Fantasy". EGMNOW. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Granblue Fantasy TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video, Additional Cast Revealed". Anime News Network. March 25, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Granblue Fantasy Smartphone Game Gets Anime, Manga Adaptations". Anime News Network. 2015-09-17. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  16. ^ "Granblue Fantasy The Animation TV Anime Series Premieres in January". Anime News Network. August 21, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Granblue Fantasy TV Anime Slated to Premiere on April 1". Anime News Network. March 5, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Granblue Fantasy Anime's 2nd Video Reveals Spring Delay, January Preview Special". Anime News Network. December 25, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Aniplex USA to Stream Fate/Grand Order, Granblue Fantasy Anime on Crunchyroll, Daisuki". Anime News Network. December 27, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  20. ^ "BD/DVD". 
  21. ^ "MVM Release Announcements". Anime News Network. May 27, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  22. ^ "GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation" (in Japanese). Tokyo MX. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 

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