Final Fantasy: Unlimited is the second anime based on the popular video game series, Final Fantasy.
Background[edit | edit source]
Originally scheduled for 52 weekly episodes (two seasons), due to box office failure of The Spirits Within, the aired series was halved, leaving a large amount of information omitted and the plot becoming rushed in the final stages. The Japanese DVDs used the subtitle Ikai no Sho (異界の章?, lit. Wonderland Chapter). As money became available, the series continued, first with the Final Fantasy: Unlimited After book (subtitled Gaikai no Sho (外界の章?, lit. Outside World Chapter)) which featured an 120-page script and 32-page manga.
Home release[edit | edit source]
On January 30, 2002, the Final Fantasy: Unlimited Prologue DVD (Phase.0) released which featured a story breakdown, development pieces, and interviews. The series was released in Japan on DVD and VHS in nine parts (referred to as "Phases") featuring two to three episodes. ADV Films released the anime on seven DVDs in North America and the United Kingdom, featuring production sketches, key animation backgrounds, preliminary illustrations, reversible covers, style guides, textless opening and closing animations, English voice actor commentary, character booklets, and an "FF:U Style Guide". A Final Fantasy: Unlimited Complete Collection was released on August 23, 2005 with the the episodes split between five DVDs.
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March 6, 2002
October 28, 2003
April 3, 2002
December 9, 2003
May 2, 2002
June 5, 2002
January 20, 2004
July 3, 2002
March 2, 2004
August 7, 2002
April 13, 2004
September 4, 2002
May 25, 2004
October 2, 2002
July 6, 2004
November 7, 2002
Story[edit | edit source]
The original Final Fantasy: Unlimited follows the story of Ai and Yu Hayakawa, two twelve 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 Interdimensional 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 reveal 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 rival by that of the Unlimiteds; immortal beings of immense power. If he is able to collect these and adsorb 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 flight 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 surviving Unlimiteds, join forces and destroy it, thus ending its reign of terror over Wonderland.
Characters[edit | edit source]
The series follows the story of Ai and Yu Hayakawa, who journey through Wonderland acompanied by Lisa Pacifist and Chobi searching for their parents, Mary and Joe Hayakawa, as they are hounded by the Gaudium Lords. The lords consist of Fungus, Herba, Oscha, Pist Shaz XI and, partially, Makenshi.
Continuation of Final Fantasy: Unlimited[edit | edit source]
The story of Final Fantasy: Unlimited, left incomplete by the television series, was continued in several other media and released only in Japan.
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited Sō no Kizuna (双の絆) (literally "Twin Bonds") is a novel that explores a side-story that is set somewhere before episode 12 of the series.
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited Before covers the destruction of Windaria and Misteria, and Kaze and Makenshi's first battle with Chaos.
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited After is a book consisting of a manga and a script section, describing the events taking place after the main series, with the Hayakawas and Lisa returning home to Earth. The story explores the C2 Organization Lisa works for, and their goals and purposes.
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited After Spiral is a series of web novels. The books cover Makenshi's past and the events surrounding Ai and Yu's return to their home.
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited After 2 is a radio drama. It deals with Comodeen's final attack on Gaudium and brings a conclusion to the conflict between Lisa and Soljashy.
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited with U is a cellphone RPG based on the series.
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited on PC Adventure - Labyrinth is a video game set in the Final Fantasy: Unlimited universe.
Music[edit | edit source]
The music for Final Fantasy: Unlimited was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Shirō Hamaguchi and Akifumi Tada and released in two volumes-- Final Fantasy: Unlimited - Music Adventure Verse 1 and Final Fantasy: Unlimited - Music Adventure Verse 2.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
JP VHS and DVD artwork[edit | edit source]
The English ADV DVDs have reversible covers that feature the JP artwork. Since there are fewer ADV DVDs not all are used.
ADV DVD covers[edit | edit source]
The Complete Collection uses the same artwork as the single DVDs, but since there are fewer DVDs not all are used.