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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Japanese: ファイナルファンタジーVII アドベントチルドレン) is a CGI-animated film based on the successful PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII that is set two years after the events of the game (precisely between 708-734 days after the beginning of Final Fantasy VII). It is slated to be released on DVD and on a UMD disc for the PSP handheld console. Its official theatrical release date was on September 10, 2005 as the grand public opening. It was released in Japan on September 14, 2005. The movie received the Honorary Maria Award at the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Cataluña on October 15 2005.

The official Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children website placed a countdown, showing the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds until the final release. However, due to the release date being pushed back several times, the timer was removed. Special Editions of this movie have been released, including the Ultimate Edition "Advent Pieces: Limited", which includes the OVA Last Order: Final Fantasy VII. This was the first announced title in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. The film's soundtrack, scored by Nobuo Uematsu, was released on September 28, 2005.



Plot :: (PLEASE NOTE MAJOR SPOILERS)

Two years after the events of Final Fantasy VII, the planet is in the early stages of recovering from the devastating attack by Meteor, while the survivors of Midgar have begun to build a new city (aptly named Edge) on the outskirts of the old metropolis. However, a strange disease known as Geostigma (星痕症侯群, Seikon Shōkōgun, lit. "Planet Scar Syndrome") has arisen.

After his showdown with Sephiroth, Cloud Strife established his own delivery service, the Strife Delivery Service, with the aid of Tifa Lockhart, with whom he has been living in Edge. Marlene has been entrusted to their care, and also with them is an orphaned boy named Denzel.



Cloud is attacked by three mysterious young men who believe that he knows the location of their missing "mother"; however, the battle is cut short and he escapes. Hoping to gain information on the mysterious attackers, Cloud responds to the summons of Rufus Shinra, the leader of the seemingly defunct Shinra Company. Rufus attempts to enlist Cloud's help to stop the trio but fails. After their meeting, Kadaj, one of the men who attacked Cloud, breaks into Rufus' lodge and demands that Rufus tell him where to find his mother, revealing that "she" is, in fact, the remains of Jenova and is somehow connected to the cause of Geostigma. He also announces that he and his "brothers," Yazoo and Loz are planning a new Reunion that will culminate in an assault on the Planet itself.

Kadaj and his "brothers" begin collecting children infected with Geostigma (including Denzel and the uninfected Marlene) and take them to the Forgotten Capital of the Ancients. Cloud attempts to rescue them but fails and must be rescued himself by Vincent Valentine.



Vincent reveals to Cloud what the trio are seeking and that it could result in the return of Sephiroth. He also reveals that Geostigma is the result of one's body working excessively to fight off an infection brought on by Jenova's lingering presence within the Lifestream. After some soul-searching, Cloud agrees to return to Edge and face Kadaj in direct battle.




Shortly thereafter, in Edge, the villainous trio call forth several monsters to attack the populace, including the dragon summon known as "Bahamut SIN." While the other Final Fantasy VII party members (Tifa, Barret, Red XIII, Cait Sith, Yuffie Kisaragi, Cid Highwind, and Vincent Valentine, as well as Aerith to a certain extent) deal with Bahamut, Reno, and Rude attempt to take care of Yazoo and Loz until Cloud arrives. Through their teamwork, Cloud and his friends soon dispatch the monsters and Bahamut.

While overlooking these events in a nearby building, Rufus reveals to Kadaj that he has been in possession of the head of Jenova all along, tossing the box containing it from the edge of the building. Kadaj dives after the box and recovers it, although Rufus manages to crack the box slightly. Rufus himself survives the fall when Elena and Tseng launch nets to catch him. Before Kadaj can celebrate his good fortune, he spots Cloud in hot pursuit of him. An intense motorcycle chase carries them into the ruins of Midgar, Reno and Rude appear and use two timebombs which appear to kill Yazoo and Loz who where in pursuit of Cloud and Kadaj.

Cloud catches up to Kadaj and they slide off of the end of the unfinished highway. They then go into Aerith's old church where Kadaj sees the extent of the damage to "Mother" and lets out an anguished scream before Cloud arrives. They confront each other and Cloud comes off worse for it until a magical blast from Kadaj destroys the flowerbed and releases an outflow of seemingly Lifestream-infused water (A reference to Aerith's Level 4 limit "Great Gospel") which heals Cloud's geostigma and proves harmful to Kadaj who flees. Cloud, compelled by Aerith's voice, pursues him to the derelict remains of Shinra Headquarters in the center of Midgar. Now healed of his debilitating condition, Cloud is able to match Kadaj blow for blow and soon defeats him decisively. However, before the battle can come to a complete close, Kadaj tricks Cloud by distracting him with the box containing Jenova's head, which Kadaj then jumps after and absorbs into his body to show Cloud his "reunion". Kadaj begins to transform as Cloud attacks and before the impact, Cloud is stopped in midair by the abruptly revealed Masamune in the hands of a fully regenerated Sephiroth, cueing the entrance of the new One Winged Angel music. Sephiroth reveals that once those who die from the Geostigma return to the Lifestream, he will be able to control it. Sephiroth also reveals that he plans to use the planet as a vessel as he travels space until he finds a new planet where he can start a bright new future.

An intense one-on-one battle follows across Midgar, destroying large sections of the ruins in the process. Cloud eventually gains a burst of strength and confidence from thinking of everything he holds dear which Sephiroth would destroy. Cloud separates his sword, the First Tsurugi, into its six pieces, and performs a new Limit Break (identified as "Omnislash Version Five," a variation of Cloud's ultimate Limit Break from Final Fantasy VII), which defeats Sephiroth at last.

Sephiroth dissipates, leaving a severely weakened and pathetic Kadaj to Cloud's mercy. Aerith's spirit begins to pour healing rain across Edge, curing everyone of their Geostigma. Speaking softly to Kadaj, who now lies dying, Aerith tells him to be at rest. Believing Aerith's voice to be that of his "mother," he complies and is joyfully taken by the Lifestream. Before a full-scale celebration can begin, however, in an unexpected move Cloud is shot through the back by Yazoo's Velvet Nightmare. He and Loz survived the time bombs, but are now slowly succumbing to the healing rain as well. They both had an arm full of Materia and they prepare one final blast for Cloud, resulting in a large explosion that disintegrates them and engulfs Cloud. The English script of the movie packaged with the "Limited Edition Collector's Set" of the movie reveals that Loz and Yazoo used "Comet, Flare, and Explosion spells."



Cloud appears surrounded by a white light. Aerith and Zack Fair are heard and Zack tells Cloud that his place is not with them yet, and sends him back to Aerith's church through the Lifestream. Several small hands touch Cloud and he opens his eyes.

Cloud awakens in Aerith's old church with wounds healed, now surrounded by his friends and the citizens of Edge. After a moment, Cloud demonstrates the healing powers of the water pooled in the church by curing Denzel of his Geostigma, and then the remainder of the afflicted children, in a baptismal-like ceremony. He then looks up and sees Aerith crouching by some other children. As she stands and walks to the doorway, she turns back to assure Cloud that he's alright now, and then steps into a white light with Zack. Cloud smiles and agrees, stating that he is not alone anymore.

Bonus Ending ::
A small cutscene is shown after the main credits to "Calling" by Kyosuke Himuro. This scene features images of Cloud traveling on his motorcycle, Fenrir, through various landscapes. As the song reaches its climax, a flower field is shown that Cloud appears to be approaching and the camera pans out to show Aerith standing in this field. We see her at first from the side, but she turns her head eventually to face the camera, and, many speculate, to face Cloud. Cloud rides further into the horizon towards the flower field, smiling. The last scene shows Cloud's desk at 7th Heaven filled with postcards, letters and photographs of the places he has visited. A close up of his desk is shown with a new photograph of him and the AVALANCHE crew together (notable because the picture that was originally shown, only showed Tifa, Marlene, Denzel, and on the side; the new picture implies that Cloud is holding on to his new happiness) and a small bouquet of flowers (from the field shown earlier) laid in front of it.



Advent Children Complete ::

At the Tokyo Game Show 2006, Square Enix showed a trailer of a movie titled Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete that is to be released on the Blu-ray disc format. New scenes will be added to the movie so it could be called an extended version, however, Director Tetsuya Nomura says that "it's not meant to be just an update to the original, but rather a replacement". The release date of this Blu-ray version has not been confirmed, although Nomura said a Japanese release should be mid 2007 and, as long as Blu-ray continues to expand in North America and other regions, Nomura says he would like to release it in those regions too.



At Tokyo Game Show 2007 Nomura stated that Advent Children Complete had been postponed until the 2nd quarter of 2008. In a released trailer, altered scenes included an extended scene between Kadaj and Rufus, and the fight between Cloud and Sephiroth is also altered, including a scene where Sephiroth impales Cloud with his sword and lifts him into the air, a direct juxtapose of what happened in their battle at the Nibelheim reactor.

At Square Enix's DKΣ3713 party, they announced that Advent Children Complete would be coming to Blu-Ray in Japan sometime in March 2009, futher delaying the movie's release. A demo of Final Fantasy XIII will be released along with the movie.

In a recent interview with Nomura, the new cutscenes could add about 30 minutes to the film. This would make it 131 minutes or just over 2 hrs.

According to the trailer from CLOUD Vol. 1, Advent Children Complete is also being released on the DVD format.

On the Way to a Smile ::

There is a small series of stories taking place between the time Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Written by Kazushige Nojima, they are being released in episodes on the Japanese Advent Children website, and as a novella in the Limited Collector's Edition of Advent Children, along with a new story, "Case of Barret." Various fan translations are available online.
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Great movie.. i also read the novel " on the way to a smile"
but i was wondering ... in the movie sometimes a Grey wolf appears...i still dont understand, at first i thought it was zack ,but zack already appeared ..
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LOVE IT! Watch it every once in awhile. Cloud is mine! ^_^
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I know! I lve this film!
As for the wolf... well the wolf does symbolize (at least this is what I think) Zack. As a way to say he's not alone. Kinda how like Aerith/Aeris speaks to him throughout the movie ne? ^.^
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Love this film!
The fight scenes were awesome. They would stay in the air for impossibly long intervals. lol
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I'm just wondering how Cloud became so powerful in a span of two years. He couldn't jump that high and isn't as strong back in FF7. At first I thought they did it for eye-candy but I read somewhere that Cloud became strong because he was a Sephiroth Clone (?). Can someone confirm this?
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questorminator wrote:
I read somewhere that Cloud became strong because he was a Sephiroth Clone (?). Can someone confirm this?


i am not sure but Seprioth clone was a project created by Hojo as a continuation of his research on Jenova. The "specimens" for this experiment were the survivors of Sephiroth's massacre in Nibelheim.Cloud and Zack were among these new subjects. Hojo did not intend to create a new breed of super soldiers, his intention was to test the validity of his Jenova Reunion Theory...So in the end i would say yes he is a clone.

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Yeah, I read that part too. The only problem is, did this experiment give Cloud additional powers? Because although the original intent of Hojo was to test his Jenova Reunion Theory, Cloud regained his self in-game (with the help of Tifa) and broke Sephiroth's control over him. So did this experiment unwittingly gave Cloud the powers of a First-Class Soldier - if not the powers of the earlier products of the Jenova Project themselves (Genesis, Angeal, and Sephiroth)?

Based on Crisis Core, even Zack didn't have the level of power and strength that Cloud exhibited in Advent Children (and to a little extent - Dirge of Cerberus...managing to survive the sadistic Rosso the Crimson). Not meaning to say that Cloud was superior to Zack (since Cloud did fail from entering SOLDIER), but would it be better to say that he got his powers through an experiment that WASN'T supposed to give him any?
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The reason I'm really curious about this is also because of what Sephiroth said to Cloud during their showdown in Midgar:

"Where did you find this strength?"
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Great movie.. i also read the novel " on the way to a smile"
but i was wondering ... in the movie sometimes a Grey wolf appears...i still dont understand, at first i thought it was zack ,but zack already appeared ..


the wolf is symbolism of cloud's guilt. Think about where it appears..
- when Cloud visits Zacks grave - who died for him since he was zonked out from all the mako exposure and jenova cells. you've seen it, we've all seen it xD
- when he see's Tifa who LOOKED dead after Loz beat her up. It is majorly hinted in On the Way to a Smile that Cloud had left the 'family: Tifa, Denzel, Marlene' because he thought that he was at fault for their pain and suffering (in particularly Marlene's) and when he contracted Geostingma himself, he didn't want to be more of a 'burden' so to say.
- at the city of Ancients where Aerith died. Lets not forget Cloud almost killed Aerith with his sword (until he resisted and Sephiroth finished the job right in front of him that is oO)
- finally the wolf is seen with cloud after zack and aerith 'send him back'. the fact that the wolf and cloud are seen together tells viewers that Cloud finally forgives himself for all the unnecissary guilt he placed on himself.
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aeris83 wrote:

Great movie.. i also read the novel " on the way to a smile"
but i was wondering ... in the movie sometimes a Grey wolf appears...i still dont understand, at first i thought it was zack ,but zack already appeared ..


the wolf is symbolism of cloud's guilt. Think about where it appears..
- when Cloud visits Zacks grave - who died for him since he was zonked out from all the mako exposure and jenova cells. you've seen it, we've all seen it xD
- when he see's Tifa who LOOKED dead after Loz beat her up. It is majorly hinted in On the Way to a Smile that Cloud had left the 'family: Tifa, Denzel, Marlene' because he thought that he was at fault for their pain and suffering (in particularly Marlene's) and when he contracted Geostingma himself, he didn't want to be more of a 'burden' so to say.
- at the city of Ancients where Aerith died. Lets not forget Cloud almost killed Aerith with his sword (until he resisted and Sephiroth finished the job right in front of him that is oO)
- finally the wolf is seen with cloud after zack and aerith 'send him back'. the fact that the wolf and cloud are seen together tells viewers that Cloud finally forgives himself for all the unnecissary guilt he placed on himself.


yea i actually read about that somewhere, but for some reason im still in doubt >_< but anyhow
thanks for clearing it =)

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best cg movie i watched in a long time shortly
only in comparison is spirit within...
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the completed ver is much better than the other one
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