Final Fantasy: Unlimited is the second anime based off the popular video game series, Final Fantasy. It was originally scheduled for 52 weekly episodes (two seasons). Unfortunately, low budget due to "The Spirit's Within" resulted in the production cut to 25 episodes, forcing the story to be quite condensed in the final episodes. But the story would later continue in web, manga & radio drama specials: Final Fantasy Unlimited: Before, Final Fantasy Unlimited: After, FFU: After Spiral and FFU: After 2.
Plot (Summary) ::
Final Fantasy: Unlimited is 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 many strange new characters and travel to exotic lands in pursuit of their quest. All the while, the evil Earl Tyrant is holding the twins' parents hostage, and has had them brainwashed into working on his side to help him in the nourishing of himself and the entity Chaos. The Earl desires to consume every world outside Wonderland, other worlds like our own, in Chaos so he could rule universe.
However, there are two whose power challenge the Earl. The two known as "Black Wind" and "White Cloud". Known by the others as Kaze and Makenshi, they are Unlimited, the only threat to Chaos. But that is only if they put aside their own differences.
Final Fantasy: Unlimited Continuations::
The story of Final Fantasy: Unlimited, left incomplete by the television series, was continued in several other media and released only in Japan. These are listed below, ordered by the chronology of the events they cover.
* Sou no Kizuna is a novel that explores a side-story that is set somewhere before episode 12 of the series.
* Final Fantasy: Unlimited Before is a drama CD that features a flashback to the destruction of Kaze and Makenshi's worlds. The ending shows what becomes of Kaze and Makenshi after the final episode. FF:U Before was awarded to competition winners in Japan.
* Final Fantasy: Unlimited After is a book that contains a 32 page manga and 120 page script, released in 2002 by DigiCube. It depicts how the Hayakawa family and Lisa ends up back in their own world after the final battle. However, trouble stirs anew as the twins learn more of the mysterious organization that Lisa works for. It includes revelations of Lisa's past as well as featuring a new villain under Gaudium named Soljashy.
* The After Spiral is a series of web novels published on the official Japanese FF:U website (which has since gone down). 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.
* Final Fantasy: Unlimited After 2 is another radio drama. 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.
And of course the twins:
—Ai and Yu Hayakawa
1. Wonderland: Journey into the Darkness
2. Magun: Man of the Black Wind
3. Fruit: The Town of Sweet Scent
4. Makenshi: The White Etude
5. Cid: The Adventure of the Underground Waterway
6. Kigen Arts: The Saviour of Souls
7. Subway: Enemy of the Dimensional Tunnel
8. Soil: The Heart of the Magun
9. Oscar: The Endless Project
10. Mansion: The Memory of Sagiso
11. Ciel: The Departure of Chocobo
12. Fungus: Eternal Life
13. Meteor: Abominable Memory
14. Omega: Reunion and Departure
15. Jane: The Moving Ocean Puzzle
16. Kigen Summon: Behind the Smile
17. Frog: The Smallest Great Adventure
18. Madoushi: The Battle of Kiri and Kumo
19. Ai: Meeting with Clear
20. Yu: The Secret of Gaudium
21. Cactus: The Wandering Ocean
22. Moogle: Nostalgic Memories
23. Teros: Long Lost Memories
24. Chaos: The Earl Unveiled
25. Kaze: The Glory of Life
Final Fantasy: Unlimited has been criticized for only having minimal connections to the main series, but if you look closely you will begin to notice the similarities.
* The Job System can be applied to certain characters in the animé: Kaze can be seen as a gunner with summoner as a sub-job, while Makenshi (and Madoushi) would be warriors with summoner as sub-jobs. Lisa is somewhat more difficult to place. The Kigen Arts have numerous uses, but the majority seen in the animé are used for offense, with only a few defensive or restorative abilities. This layout, along with her quick reflexes, would make her similar to a monk, or possibly a ninja, while the "spirits of nature" aspect of the Kigen Arts tie it to geomancy. Amidst this confusion, one certainty is that the Kigen Dragon summon shows that she, like Kaze, Makenshi and Madoushi, has summoner as a sub-job.
* Earl Tyrant and the Four Lords of Gaudium are parallel to Chaos and the Four Fiends in Final Fantasy.
* Despite Final Fantasy XII being created after Unlimited finished, Gaudium looks a lot like the Alexander.
* In the first appearance of Earl Tyrant and the Four Lords of Gaudium (minus Pist) in the second episode, the Earl is enjoying a meal of steak with Sylkis Greens (mispronounced and misspelled in the English dub and subtitles respectively as "shilkiss"), which apparently complements the flavor of the meat, unlike Gizzard. The Earl is referring to two variants of Gysahl Greens. Also, the greens appear here as leaves rather than root vegetables.
* The Earl Tyrant has also bee seen eating a soup with a small Malboro (mispronounced as Marbolo in the English dub) in it.
* Dead Peppers, which appear in Final Fantasy IX, make their first appearance, and have the same basic effects on Chobi (a Chocobo) as it did on Final Fantasy IX's Chocobo.
* Cactuars make an appearance in an episode.
* Chaos, a recurring creature in the Final Fantasy series, is part of the Earl Tyrant's grand scheme.
* Omega is also part of the Tyrant's scheme, and can obliterate things just be being near it. Which reflects it's role as a super boss in the games.
* The summons used in the anime (minus Gun Dragon and Sword Dragon) are all from the games, including Phoenix, Typhon, Shiva, Ixion, Bismark, Ifrit, Odin, Tri-Disaster (Valigarmanda), Atomos, Titan, Hades, Knights of Round, Raiden, Alexander, and Anima. All of the summons past Hades were used in Final Fantasy Unlimited - After. Additionally, a summon named Meteor Master appears in one episode, which is often referred to be a reference to Tonberry (due to it's similar looks).
* Flare appears in the form of one of Madoushi's attacks, Flare Sword.
* Cid is one of the main characters in the anime, and is once again creator of the airship.
Live and let live.
I liked this series my favorite character of all time was Cid! XD I just always thought it felt incomplete...now I know why! (FF:The Spirits Within was in production >.< ) lol I guess I'll have to find a way to finish this series somehow!
Live and let live.