Final Fantasy: Legends of the Crystals

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Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals is the first anime to use the Final Fantasy license. It was released in Japan in 1994 and distributed by Urban Vision in 1997-1998 in North America.

It is divided into four thirty minute Original Video Animation episodes:

Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals Volume 1
  • Volume 1
    • The Wind Chapter
    • The Fire Chapter
Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals Volume 2
  • Volume 2
    • The Dragon Chapter
    • The Star Chapter

Setting[edit | edit source]

The story takes place on the same world as Final Fantasy V, named Planet R, set two hundred years in the future, where three of the four crystals have been stolen. The original heroes in Final Fantasy V are now legends of the past, and a new evil, Deathgyunos, has risen on the Black Moon and must be dealt with. Mid, the only recurring character from Final Fantasy V, contacts a new hero and heroine: Prettz (Pritz) and Linally. They eventually meet the sky pirate Rouge and Commander Valcus, commander of The Iron Wing.

Analysis[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals has a short and quickly resolved plot, typical of many fantasy OAVs. Due to its short length, a small time passes between the introduction of characters to their ability to defeat the "final boss." This contrasts sharply with the overall length of the Final Fantasy games themselves, as well as longer fantasy anime series such as Dragon Quest: Dai No Daibouken.

Contrast with game setting[edit | edit source]

Several visual differences exist between the anime and the game its setting is based on:

  • Chocobos appear featherless and somewhat alien in appearance.
  • Linally discovers that her magic abilities are channeled through her undergarments, rather than chanted and cast.
  • Linally eventually unleashes a powerful wave of Chocobos, resembling an ultimate spell or summon. Chocobos have been available as Summoned creatures in previous Final Fantasy games, usually at lower levels. This would indicate Linally's spell is a significantly magnified version of such a lower level spell.

Externals links[edit | edit source]

Episodes[edit | edit source]

-Part 1 -Part 2 -Part 3 -Part 3 -Part 4 -Part 5 -Patr 6 -Part 7 -Part 8 -Part 9 -Part 10 -Part 11 -Part 12

Final Fantasy: The Legends Of The Crystals is a 12 part OVA. The original game focuses on the four crystals, however the OVA version mainly focuses on saving the Wind Crystal. When the two main characters arrive at the Wind Shrine, the Wind Crystal ends up getting trapped inside. Linally is protecting it as best as she can. In the end, the Wind Crystal is safe.