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).
The game plays as a role-playing video game with turn-based battles. The game also contains summons and a class system that alters the main character's move-set and growth. 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.
Uematsu worked on eleven tracks for the game, with Tsutomu Narita doing nine others, and Minaba drawing roughly 100 potential character designs. The game also contains voice overs from Hiroaki Hirata, who previously worked on Final Fantasy XII and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.
The game was originally planned for release in Japan for December 17, 2013, but it was put back to March 10, 2014. The game is free-to-play and published by Mobage. At TGS 2015, it was announced that the game would receive an international release in March 2016. Instead of an international launch, a language patch was released adding an in-game option to switch from Japanese to English. This allows international players who have been playing the Japanese version to keep all of their data.
By March 2016, the game had been downloaded over 10 million times in Japan. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
|Granblue Fantasy The Animation|
(Guranburū Fantajī Ji Animēshon)
|Anime television film|
|Directed by||Yuuki Itoh|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, AT-X, BS11|
|Released||January 21, 2017|
|Anime television series|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, BS11, GYT, GTV, MBS, AT-X, TVA, HBC, RKB, Saga TV|
|Original run||April 2, 2017 – June 25, 2017|
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.
- Gran (グラン Guran)
- Voiced by: Yuuki Ono
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Io Euclase (イオ・ユークレース Io Yūkurēsu)
- Voiced by: Yukari Tamura
- Rosetta (ロゼッタ Rozetta)
- Voiced by: Rie Tanaka
- Sierokarte (シェロカルテ Sherokarute)
- Voiced by: Emiri Katō
- Drang (ドランク Doranku)
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita
- Sturm (スツルム Sutsurumu)
- Voiced by: Kanae Itō
- Eugen (オイゲン Oigen)
- Voiced by: Kazuhiro Yamaji
An anime series based on the franchise was announced in September 2015. 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, however it was delayed to April 2, 2017 for unknown reasons. 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. Aniplex of America has licensed the series in North America. The series ran for 13 episodes. MVM Films will release the series in the United Kingdom.
|No.||Title[a]||Original air date|
|1||"Girl in Blue"
"Aoi no Shōjo" (蒼の少女)
|April 2, 2017|
|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|
|June 4, 2017|
"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|
"Mō hitotsu no sora" (もう一つの空)
|June 25, 2017|
- All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
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