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Final Fantasy: Unlimited: The Complete Box Set

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Twelve-year-old twins Ai and Yu Hayakawa take a mysterious subway to Wonderland to look for their missing scientist-parents. Wonderland is a hostile place, ruled by the petulant Earl Tyrant and his assorted hench-creatures. Ai and Yu are attacked by monsters and saved first by Lisa, a practitioner of the "Kigen Arts," then repeatedly by the taciturn, gun-totting Kaze. The first episodes are cluttered with characters who appear briefly then vanish. Although Ai, Yu, and Lisa do a lot of traveling, the series doesn't really go anywhere: the filmmakers seem more interested in showcasing the elaborate CG effects at their disposal than in coherent storytelling. The effects are very flashy, but they never meld satisfactorily with the drawn animation. Based on the popular videogame franchise, Unlimited borrows from Matsumoto's Galaxy Express and Miyazawa's Galactic Railroad, but offers none of their mystery and magic. (Rated 12 and older: violence, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon


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4.0 out of 5 stars Different but good June 30 2004
Format:DVD
The animation is odd... the hand-drawn is good, the computer animation is mostly good, but together it's not so good. So be prepared.
It's also not entirely for kids... the Magun is so blatantly phallic it's funny.
But you have all the things that make Final Fantasy: chocobos, summoning, a huge plot, and Cid. The four episodes on disc 1 make you wanting more, just to learn what you don't know yet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good anime series... for kids. Feb. 20 2004
Format:DVD
I'm a big fan of the Final Fantasy games and also of anime, so when I saw this series available on DVD I rushed out and got the first phrase. It's not a bad series, but it's not for everyone - and it's certainly not something I would recommand to most people. It has interesting characters, amazing music (some straight from the games), and some nicely done animation... But one main thing stops me from liking it, is that it seems to be aimed at kids. The voice acting is afterschool-cartoon-grade, the art direction is cutesy and immature, and the same goes for the plot, which again is cutesy, immature and thin as rice paper.
If you're after a Pokemon or Digimon type cartoon show, then this is for you. However if you're after mature Miyazaki-grade anime then look elsewhere.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing!! Dec 7 2003
By Vash79
Format:DVD
I have been a big fan of Final Fantasy since I played the first game for Nintendo. I have been eagerly awaitng this set to come out. However when I watched the first episode, I was very disappointed, the animation is terrible, the story is weak, does not resemble the series at all. I don't think any fan of the series will be happy with this set.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Under Rated Anime Sept. 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I've seen this series already and what I must say about it is although Final Fantasy: Unlimited has some flaws, the strong points by far make up for them. The soundtrack to this series is masterfully done, the character designs range from Simple to bizarre but always have character, and the plot is full of mysteries that really keep you pretty well engrossed.
I don't know why a previous reviewer said the focus was on saving the world, because for the most part the focus is on finding the Twins Parents and uncovering the little mysteries about the world in which this anime takes place. The only glaring flaw is that the battle scenes could be better, they tend to resemble the magical girl fight scenes, many people will not mind that but I do and for that reason I cannot give it a perfect score.
Still, it's a fantastic anime that's very much worth the time and money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dont be fooled by the name final fantasy! Oct. 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
dont just buy this anime because of the name "Final Fantasy" plastered on it. dont think that this anime will be as good as all the ff games. its not. although this game may have some characters and monsters (cid, chocobos, omega, and such...) in it, this story does not even come close to the games (what i mean is complexity and enjoyment). i for one bought this show thinking that it would be as good as all the other games. i was wrong. i soon found myself just forcing myself to finish watching this series just because i needed to finish the show and not waste my money. the story is so simple and the drawing style is not that good. this show might have been aimed towards little children and people who would be fooled by the name final fantasy (i was fooled). the main characters are helpless against the enemy and always have to rely on others. the story is so slow and not even compelling. you are not 'on the edge of your seat' wanting to see more. without the name ff, this was just a so so anime with nothing really special. i was very disappointed. if you want to see something really nice and gripping, try watching scryed. that show is not only filled with action and drama, but it also has a compelling story that would make you wanting to watch more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Best Final Fantasy Animation so far May 9 2004
By tvideo
Format:DVD
Rather than review all the phases, I figure it's best to do the first since you'll be starting off with this one anyway :)
The 'Final Fantasy' direct game series (meaning 1-11) has always been the basis and the best. The spin-off games have always been recieved with mixed opinions, since they can be quite different.
However, the Final Fantasy Animation have always been recieved very poorly. The first anime called "Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals" was in 4 parts and took place after the FF5 video game...the translation of names was inconsistance w/ the later released US video game, needless to say it was pretty bad. We all remeber Sony's attempt to show off the PS2 CG movie...which was terrible.
However, FFU is actually the 3rd and best atempt for an animated FF series. As the games it is a completely new story, but with classic FF elements (Chocobos, Summon Spells, Charcters leave & join the party) so in this aspect it is pretty good.
The English dubbing is also pretty good, though Yu's voice actor always sounds like he reading his lines and they should have used someone else in my opinion (that's quite annoying!).
The story will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys the games, I would base the character types (like Fungus and other weird one) on a FF6 & 9 level = NOT for everyone as some are silly, I do not believe Amano created them, but that's the overall flavor.
This is somewhat like Xenogears animation (mix of CG & Cartoon) but overall not quite that much...but again you get the idea. 90% is animated with only a few scenes and small fractions with some CG special effects like Kaze's Demon Gun (AKA Magun in US).

Overall don't expect this to be based directly on a FF game. I reccomend it for die-hard Squaresoft/FF fans.
The Japanese version would fir nicely in the "Teen" rating, but sadly the US version is slightly toned down and thus younger children would enjoy it :(
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could've done better
In episode 22 they could've made a little more sense otherwise this one is excellent! This one is a must-have although there's some sad parts.
Published on June 8 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy, Fun, And Entertaining...
Final Fantasy Unlimited has great qualities one may look for in an animated series. First of all, the story is pretty decent and captivating. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Jewels
5.0 out of 5 stars Best so far...
Perfectly in synch with the rest of this series, FFU Phase 5 still leaves some questions unanswered, but are not meant to be answered until later. An awesome series. Read more
Published on April 22 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars More Riveting
I found this DVD more riveting than those in the beginning of the series. I, for one, especially enjoyed the episode with Makenshi/Kumo's brother and their duel; however, I would... Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Bobbi Meislohn
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 episodes?
Why are there only 3 episodes on this DVD but the price is the exact same as one with 4 episodes? I think the series is starting to fall apart at this point. Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars best one so far
i watched this one and was amazed how much the plot progresses and how the mood of the story changes. Read more
Published on April 11 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars keep watching
i have to admit that the series isn't spectacular thus far. however, i'm in love with the ff series and just hearing its name draws me in. Read more
Published on April 11 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A good series for an FF fan
Unlike the first review, i enjoyed the story in this series. It is good in the fact that it incorporates some of the FF trademark characters. Read more
Published on April 6 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars A Huge disappointment
If you are buying this because you are a fan of the games, go away. It puts shame on the Final Fantasy name. Shame on you!!!! Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by "algernons_aquaintance"
1.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING EVER HAPPENS
Three episodes into the DVD I put it away, never to watch again. There's absolutely no plot development at all; the "party" walks around, they're attacked by something... Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by Matt Rutherford
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