Monday, May 15, 2006

Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children (UMD Mini for PSP)

Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children (UMD Mini for PSP)

FINAL FANTASY VII: Advent Children continues the game s storyline in this CG-animated film, featuring non-stop action and exciting visual effects. Two years have passed since the ruins of Midgar stand as a testament to the sacrifices made in order to bring peace. However, the world will soon face a new menace. A mysterious illness is spreading fast. Old enemies are astir. And Cloud (Burton), who walked away from the life of a hero to live in solitude, must step forward yet again...

Backed by a full team of video game extraordinaires, the film was directed by Tetsuya Nomura and Takeshi Nozue, written by Kazushige Nojima and produced by Shinji Hashimoto and Yoshinori Kitase.
Customer Review: A Final Fantasy Wetdream
Many could say that this movie is very subpar with all the anime's out there; even the ones that are purley CGI (Appleseed comes to mind). What makes this movie an exception is the fact that there was a plot when the game ended. What Happened to all the Sepiroth Clones that he didn't kill? Did Cloud ever forgive himself for letting Aerith die? and ofcoarse, did Holy kill mankind in saving the planet? the answers are here and the time for Cloud to rekindle a flame that is destined to burn brighter has been lit for a power that he wouldn't even tell Sepiroth where it came from in his last moments of the short life that Cloud has granted him. If ever there was an epilogue to a Final Fantasy that gave closure, this would be it. NO Fanfiction; NO Rumors, this isn't just a second story that happens in the FFVII universe; its the end of the original story and its about time.

Now onto what makes the other aspects of this movie so impecible. The CGI in this movie is second to none. To think that Square is capable of surpassing in animation what companies have spent decades trying to acheive. Voice acting is topshelf too from the unexpected Scotish accent of Cait Sith to the deep emptiness that embodies Sephiroths cruelty, every character truly lives up to what a true fan of the game would excpect. Music is even better that what a privileged few have heard from the 02022002 Final Fantasy concert CD.

While the only letdown is that the other members of the team weren't featured more, I can understand that they do have lives to lead and get on with since there is a planet to rebuild and some simply have their own personal demons to deal with.

Personally I couldn't think of a better end of the series with cameos from two very special people to Cloud reassuring him that his life is his and he isn't to forget that.

While I probably can't convince some of you to look past the fact that this movie only truly works if you undertook the quest of playing the game. I know that the two combined can and in my mind that they do rival and some, surpass the best anime's out there (what would you expect from the best RPG ever made?)
Customer Review: The Incredible Shrinking Masterpeice........
What can you say for Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children? How about this: it's a flawless masterpiece. Taking place just two years after the beloved Final Fantasy VII video game, A.C. continues the story of the game in perfect fashion, keeping true to the roots, as well as keeping the story of FFVII just as compelling as it was in the game. I don't want to say much more about the story(so as not to spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet), but I will say that the story you mainly follow this time is once again that of Cloud, his buddies Tifa, Vincent, Barret, etc., and Cloud's inevitable transformation back into a hero, after attemping to live a life of solitude. The story is made even better by the excellent voice acting done by both the english and japanese actors. In a lot of movies of this caliber, you don't always have that, but the way they perform the dialogue just keeps you hooked on their every word all the way through the movie. The music in the movie is done perfectly, syncing up with the action at all the right times, keeping you excited and waiting anxiously for the next action sequence. As for the cgi animation in the movie, it's almost too good to describe, but let me try my best here. Firstly, let me give as much credit as possible to the cgi team. It's clear they put a lot of their time over the past few years working on making everything from the characters, to the scenes, to the areas and environments look absolutely, uncompromisingly perfect. They've succeeded in masterfully making something so visually stunning, you'll want to see it again and again. And having it portable just makes this slice of Heaven even sweeter. The porting of the movie to the PSP is done extremely well, making it just like watching the dvd. All the action, music, voice acting, and visuals are just as equally pleasing on UMD as on dvd. So, overall, I highly recommend that if you have a PSP, and you're looking for a masterpiece of a movie that you can watch anywhere, reward yourself by buying this movie for it. You'll never regret it. Really. I hope this has helped anybody wondering whether or not to buy this, and I hope you like it. Enjoy!!!

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