Yūkyū no Kaze Densetsu: Final Fantasy III Yori, or Legend of the Eternal Wind: from Final Fantasy III in English, is a manga based on the original NES version of Final Fantasy III, published in 1991 by Kadokawa Shoten.
The manga is written by Kenji Terada, the game's scenario writer, and drawn by Yuu Kinutani. From 1991 to 1992, Kadokawa Shoten's Famicom gaming magazine, Maru Katsu Famicom (マル勝ファミコン), published Legend of the Eternal Wind. It was subsequently collected into three tankōbon under Kadokawa Shoten's Dragon Comics imprint: Legend of the Eternal Wind 1, from Final Fantasy III, Legend of the Eternal Wind 2, from Final Fantasy III, and Legend of the Eternal Wind 3, from Final Fantasy III.
This publication has not been translated into English or any other language.
Characters[edit | edit source]
None of the character's names are written in English, all names are either taken from the official Final Fantasy III or translated by the wiki. The single exception is Kenny, whose name is written in English albeit in a fancy script akin to Spiran script.
- Muuchi (ムウチ, Mūchi?), age 15
- Doug (ダグ, Dagu?), age 14
- J. Bowie (Ｊ・ボウイ, Jē Bōi?), age 17
- Melfi (メルフィ, Merufi?), age 16
- Topapa (トパパ, Topapa?)
- Old lady (婆ちゃん, Bāchan?) - a Mage
- Cid (シド, Shido?)
- Djinn (魔神ジン, Majin Jin?)
- Princess Sara (サラ姫, Sara-hime?)
- Echidna (奇獣エキドナ, Kijū Ekidona?)
- Jenny (ジェニー, Jenī?)
- Kenny (ケニー, Kenī?)
- Desch (デッシュ, Desshu?)
- Ahriman (アーリマン, Āriman?)
- Hein (召喚魔術師ハイン, Shōkan Majutsushi Hain?)
- Shiva (氷の魔人シヴァ, Kōri no Majin Shiva?)
- Ifrit (炎の魔人イフリート, Honō no Majin Ifurīto?)
- Queen Tree (女王の樹, Joō no Ki?)
- Prince Alus (アルス王子, Arusu-ōji?)
- Alus's father, king of Solados
- Unei (魔道女ウネ, Madara Une?)
- Doga (ドーガ, Dōga?)
- Noah (超魔道士ノア, Chōmadōshi Noa?)
- Xande (ザンデ, Zande?)
Creatures[edit | edit source]
Various unnamed species also exist. The old lady is accompanied by a number of small reptilian animal. Also two types of animal are seen carrying cargo, one ten-legged animal that carries on its back, and a smaller four-legged animal that tows.
In addition of a few bosses being given elevated roles the manga, various enemy designs are used as fodder for the main characters. The appearance of these do not match their location within the game, and among the first enemies fought by the party is a lying dragon enemy who are first fought later into the game. While Ahriman is a unique boss design in the game, Ahriman-type enemies are regular encounters in the manga based on designs from Ahriman's concept art. The Ahriman boss (who summons some underlings) is distinguished by its striped legs and crown, and is specifically referred to by name by Echidna.
Locations[edit | edit source]
- Floating Continent (浮遊大陸, Fuyū Tairiku?)
- Ur, Valley of the Wind (風の谷・ウル, Kaze no Tani Uru?)
- Temple of Wind (風の神殿, Kaze no Shinden?)
- A ghosttown (ゴーストタウン, gōsutotaun?)
- Castle Sasune (サスーン城, Sasūn Jō?)
- Basque (バスクの港町, Basuku no Minatochō?) - port town
- Kenny's (ケニーズ, Kenīzu?)
- Mahini Wharf (マヒニの埠頭, Mahini no Futō?)
- Kingdom of Birds (鳥の王国, Tori no Ōkoku?)
- Living Woods (生きている森, Ikiteiru Mori?)
- Castle of the Ancients (古代人の城, Kodaijin no Shiro?)
- The Motherland (母なる大地, Hahanaru Daichi?)
- Solados (ソラドス, Soradosu?) - the land Alus is from.
Story[edit | edit source]
The manga chronicles the game events with different characters featuring as the Warriors of the Light than the game's 3D remake (in the original NES game the protagonists are generic and have no names or personalities): Muuchi, Doug, J. Bowie, and Melfi (the female in the group). The manga is a dramatized retelling of the battles showing the boss fights as huge action scenes. It details the characters and the surrounding world in greater detail than the NES game could. The story is darker than that depicted in either the NES or 3D game, featuring large-scale destruction, horror scenes, and nudity. Though it covers the same events many are changed, and most of the dungeons and their bosses do not appear.
Volume 2 features the heroes battling an attack from a giant tree monster that devours Melfi. She escapes and joins up with the party that traves to Hein's palace to fight him. Hein's palace is a confusing M.C. Escher-esque labyrinth and the demon lord summons Ifrit and Shiva (who appears male) to do battle with the party. The volume ends on a cliffhanger.
Volume 3 features the conclusion to the battle against Hein and his minions, with the party victorious. The world continues to be under attack, this time from a massive dark demon coming up from the bowels of the planet. Unei and Doga appear and give the party their aid. With their support, they party defeats this final and most dangerous threat, and the world is saved. With their journey over, the group splits up to continue on new adventures.