Goblin Punch, the Four Fiends, and Excalipoor. If you know what all these terms mean – congratulations, you’re a Final Fantasy fan! You’ve probably been playing Final Fantasy since it was in its full 8-bit glory (and fences were a severe obstacle for the player characters) (actually, fences are still an obstacle for player characters).

But are you a true, die hard fan? Did you collect all the Espers in Final Fantasy VI and collect every Triple Triad card in Final Fantasy VIII? It’s one thing to play all the games (and achieve 100% completion for them) – but have you watched all the movies and television shows from the franchise?

We’ve listed the five shows that all true fans must watch.

1. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Cloud in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Credit: Final Fantasy Wikia

Cloud in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Credit: Final Fantasy Wikia

Set after Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is commonly acknowledged as the best Final Fantasy movie out there. It continues the story of one of the most beloved Final Fantasies, and sees our angsty hero Cloud return with even more reasons to be emo (he’s got an incurable disease). To top it all off, fan favourite villain Sephiroth returns to battle Cloud!

One of the coolest and most inspiring parts was seeing all of Cloud’s party members help him, as he leaps from person to person to face his foe in the climax.

2. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Aki Ross from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Credit: Cinema Theiapolis

Aki Ross from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Credit: Cinema Theiapolis

OK, so Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within wasn’t very good. But we were all still really stoked for it when it came out! The animators kept going on and on and on about how they animated every single strand of Aki’s (the female protagonist’s) hair. Although it didn’t really matter in the end, and they should have saved some of that budget and effort for animating other sequences.

It didn’t really feel like it was Final Fantasy though.

3. Last Order: Final Fantasy VII

Zack and Cloud in Final Fantasy VII: Last Order. Credit: BakaBT

Zack and Cloud in Final Fantasy VII: Last Order. Credit: BakaBT

Last Order: Final Fantasy VII is a half-hour traditionally animated OVA, which expands on some of the plot points in Final Fantasy VII. It’s remarkable because it’s 2D animation that’s based on a game (and subsequent media) that’s been animated in 3D. It’s like watching Final Fantasy anime, and also any story that tells us more about Cloud and Sephiroth is welcome.

If it has whet your appetite for Final Fantasy anime, then you should catch the ongoing Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV series now!

4. Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals

The Warriors of the Dawn and the original party from Final Fantasy V in Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals. Credit: Gaming Memoirs

The Warriors of the Dawn and the original party from Final Fantasy V in Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals. Credit: Gaming Memoirs

But if you’re in the mood for traditional anime, then you should check out Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals, which was the sequel to Final Fantasy V. While it might have been comparatively light-hearted (a little too much so), it was arguably the first time that any Final Fantasy had a sequel, or a continuation of some sort. Final Fantasy VII would later take that to unparalleled heights, what with the copious number of Final Fantasy VII games and media out there now.

And Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals was what started it all.

5. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Sean Bean voices King Regis in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Sean Bean voices King Regis in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

And finally we have the rip-roaring adventure, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV! It’s set during the events of Final Fantasy XV (which is out September 30!), and features a tantalising teaser of what we might see during the game. It’s a grand adventure with all the Final Fantasy staples – Fire and Lightning spells, magical Crystals, and an evil technological empire hell-bent on ruling the world.

There’s a princess to be rescued too.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Don’t miss Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV when it’s out in cinemas! It features the voice talents of Lena Headey and Sean Bean, with Aaron Paul voicing the main protagonist, Nyx Ulric. It sees the Kingsglaive, an elite group of royal soldiers, as they battle to protect their kingdom from a deadly incursion. Expect to see fantastic special effects and battles like you’ve never seen before!

Don’t forget to stay back for the post-credits scene!

 

Credits: Final Fantasy Wikia, Cinema Theiapolis, BakaBT, Gaming Memoirs, Golden Village Cinemas

 

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