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Final Fantasy 

Fainaru fantajî (original title)
Based on the obscure "Final Fantasy 5". 150 years later, two decendants of the heroic Battsu must track down the crystals. Along their way, they meet monsters, phantoms and two airship ... See full summary »
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Based on the obscure "Final Fantasy 5". 150 years later, two decendants of the heroic Battsu must track down the crystals. Along their way, they meet monsters, phantoms and two airship captains, one a bumbling yet ambitious man and the other a sexy pirate leader. Written by Jenova Synthesis <mayu_jen@prontomail.com>

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Based on the best selling Japanese role playing game


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Japan | South Korea

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Japanese

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1998 (USA) See more »

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Legend of the Crystals See more »

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(4 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Very inconsistent
30 July 2018 | by BlazehgehgSee all my reviews

There are flashes of something great in "Legend of the Crystals." The art is very vibrant, with lots of bold colors and neo-retro character designs. There are times where it looks incredibly well animated, reminiscent of a lower-budget version of all-time classic Akira.

But too often, that vibrancy works against it, as many characters are flatly colored. That low budget also drops out quite often, leading to some larger scenes that look and move incredibly poorly. Somebody on this project seemed to be very ambitious about certain things, but seemingly ran in to constraints that end up spoiling the overall quality of the picture. For every moment I thought this anime looked pretty, there were three times I thought it looked ugly.

Story-wise, anything cool about these characters, their world, or the narrative itself is almost always killed by this anime's insistence on being a comedy. The game it's based on, Final Fantasy V, wasn't totally devoid of humor, but it wasn't exactly a laugh-riot, either. Legend of the Crystals goes hard on trying to be funny, but it's all typical low-brow anime humor about girls underwear and bodily functions. I grew out of that stuff a long time ago.

It also doesn't help that part of its humor involves Prettz, one of the protagonists, being aggressively stupid. Like most of the cast, he's a pretty generic anime archetype, but Prettz specifically has been amped up to 11. He jumps head first in to every problem, often with the wrong answer, and nobody ever bats an eyelash at his idiotic shenanigans. Beyond acting like a clown, he mostly just shouts a lot and berates everyone, making him incredibly unendearing.

The story does try and get serious every now and then, which is where most of the callbacks to Final Fantasy V reside, but it's never enough to save it from how much groan-worthy comedy there is. Teehee! Her butt is glowing! I said "butt"!

Mostly, Legend of the Crystals is a disappointment. Its connections to Final Fantasy V feel sort of tangential, and it's a lot of generic 90's anime fluff. Even ardent fans of the games can safely skip this.


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