Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
|title||Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children|
|Original title||フ ァ イ ナ ル フ ァ ン タ ジ ー VII ア ド ベ ン ト チ ル ド レ ン|
|transcription||Fainaru Fantajī Sebun Adobento Chirudors|
|Country of production||Japan|
|Age rating||FSK 12|
Takeshi Nozue (co-director)
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children ( jap. ファイナルファンタジーVIIアドベントチルドレン Fainaru Fantajī Sebun Adobento Chirudoren ) is a computer animated film from 2005. Its action is based on the internationally successful video game Final Fantasy VII to that for the Sony Playstation and Windows appeared on the PC . Almost all of the well-known characters from Final Fantasy VII appear in the film, including the entire playable group and a few former villains.
A director's cut version of the film was released in Japan on April 16, 2009 under the title Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete in Blu-Ray format. Advent Children Complete offers various expanded, changed and new scenes and has a running time of 126 minutes - about 25 minutes more than the original film.
The film continues the plot of the game Final Fantasy VII . It takes place on the fictional planet "Gaia", which was ruled by the Shinra corporation. He had discovered the so-called Mako energy, which is obtained by tapping the life stream that flows through the entire planet. But taking advantage of the planet had disastrous results.
The film is set two years later in the town of Edge, which was built next to Midgar and its residents are plagued by an incurable disease called Geostigma. This is triggered by the contamination of the stream of life by Jenova's cells and the willful influence of the antagonist of Final Fantasy VII, Sephiroth, who with the help of the black coloring of the energy flow through all those rejection and hatred and the merging with the memories of the inhabitants of Gaia not only his own existence ensures, but also secures his new arrival through the materialization of the new enemies.
The three young people, Loz, Yazoo and their leader Kadaj, believe they can find their "mother" (Jenova's head) with Sephiroth's former enemy. This is the main character Cloud, who, tired of previous fighting events and plagued by feelings of guilt about the death of two friends, has largely cut himself off from his old friends and now lives with Tifa and the orphans Denzel and Marlene. Denzel and Cloud also suffer from Geostigma, the causes of which are unknown to them.
After attacks on Cloud, Tifa and the presumed dead president of the Shinra group Rufus, Kadaj has to come up with something how to find his "mother". To do this, Yazoo persuades children who are sick with Geostigma to come with him by promising them to rid them of their suffering. Orphan boy Denzel also follows him. Meanwhile, Marlene is kidnapped during Tifa's fight with Loz.
The hesitant Cloud now sets out to pursue the three silver-haired men to bring the children back. In the meantime, Kadaj has activated the residues of the Jenova cells, which are present in the children's body through the geostigma, in order to find out the location of real Jenova cells on this side, as those are able to sense Jenova cells, what Kadaj and his “brothers” cannot do. After a fight with the three men, in which Cloud is outnumbered because the opponents are in the majority, he has to be rescued by Vincent, an old friend, who can inform him of Kadaj's intentions.
Cloud makes his way to Midgar, where Yazoo and Loz tear down a memorial because the children mistakenly believe that their "mother" is there. Kadaj, who like his two brothers is a soul fragment of Sephiroth with a new personality and has taken shape through the geostigma, explains to Rufus that through the reunion (also reunification in the original game), after which he instinctively longs for Sephiroth to return, it is, although he is a part of Sephiroth, confused because of his own new person and doubts whether the being Jenova prefers him to his real, true self. He then summons the monster Bahamut, which destroys the monument to the meteor fall and attacks the city with the other monsters of the silver-haired people. Tifa manages to free Denzel from the violence of the three silver-haired men. While Yazoo and Loz fight Reno and Rude, old friends gradually arrive to fight Bahamut. These are Barret, Yuffie, Cait Sith, Red XIII (Nanaki), Cid and Vincent. With the help of his friends, Cloud manages to defeat Bahamut.
Rufus, who watched the fight with Kadaj from a safe distance, reveals to Kadaj that he was carrying Jenova's cells with him the whole time. Thereupon Kadaj attacks Rufus and succeeds in getting the container with Jenova's cells damaged by Rufus into his possession. A chase begins between Cloud and Kadaj, Loz and Yazoo. With the help of Reno and Rude, Cloud finally succeeds in confronting Kadaj, who, however, retreats to an old church (the place where Cloud Aerith first met). The spirit of the deceased Aerith leaves a "holy rain" (known in the original game as Aeriths level 4 change-LIMIT "Great Teaching" and "Angel Choir"), which completely healed the characters in battle and put them in the "shield" state around them to make it almost completely invulnerable for a short time) to protect Cloud from an attack by Kadaj and at the same time heal Cloud from the geostigma, but inflict pain on Kadaj. Again, Kadaj manages to escape until he finally stops at the former headquarters of the Shinra group. After a short fight between Cloud and Kadaj, Cloud defeats Kadaj, but he still manages to unite with the Jenova cells and thus become Sephiroth again. Cloud has to face his old arch-rival again to prevent that he absorbs the energy of Gaia and all other planets and rules over all souls as once planned. With the help of his memories and the solution of his feelings of guilt, he manages to use Sephiroth's weakness, his arrogance and arrogance towards Cloud to his advantage again and defeat him in a moment of surprise. According to the prophesying words "Memories ... can never do me justice", this becomes Kadaj again, who passes into the stream of life, the energy of the planet, in Cloud's arms.
The rain heals Cloud from the geostigma and he is sent back to life from the afterlife by the deceased Aerith and Zack after being seriously wounded. He wakes up in the church and can now heal other people who have geostigma with the water in which he sits. When he sees this, he realizes that the fight against Sephiroth was worth it and is freed from his feelings of guilt.
Like Final Fantasy: The Powers Within , the film was created using motion capture . Some musical themes and motifs from Final Fantasy VII are taken up again in the film. For example, during Tifa's fight against Loz in the destroyed church, the main battle theme of the game is played as a piano arrangement. As with the game, Nobuo Uematsu was responsible for the background music.
|role||Japanese speaker ( seiyū )||German speaker|
|Cloud Strife||Takahiro Sakurai||Björn Schalla|
|Tifa Lockheart||Ayumi Ito||Shandra Schadt|
|Kadaj||Shōtaro Morikubo||Marc sting|
|Sephiroth||Toshiyuki Morikawa||Simon hunter|
|Denzel||Kyōsuke Ikeda||Tobias John von Freyend|
|Elena||Megumi Toyoguchi||Solveig Duda|
|Aerith Gainsborough||Maaya Sakamoto||Manja Doering|
|Cid highwind||Kazuhiro Yamaji||Christoph Jablonka|
|Yuffie Kisaragi||Yumi Kakazu||Ilona Otto|
|Loz||Kenji Nomura||Andreas Borcherding|
|Red XIII||Masachika Ichimura||Marcus Off|
|Reno||Keiji Fujiwara||Philipp Brammer|
|Rude||Taiten Kusunoki||Oliver Stritzel|
|Rufus Shinra||Tōru Ōkawa||Crock Krumbiegel|
|Cait Sith||Hideo Ishikawa||Jakob Riedl|
|Reeve Tuesti||Banjō Ginga||Frank Engelhardt|
|Tseng||Jun'ichi Suwabe||Martin Halm|
|Vincent Valentine||Shōgo Suzuki||Dietmar miracle|
|Barret Wallace||Masahiro Kobayashi||Dieter Memel|
|Marlene Wallace||Miyu Tsuzurahara||Maresa Sedlmeir|
|Yazoo||Yūji Kishi||Niko Macoulis|
|Zack Fair||Ken'ichi Suzumura||
Patrick Roche (Director's Cut Version)
Notes : The German, American and original Japanese voice actors for the characters Cloud, Sephiroth, Aerith, Tifa, Cid and Zack are also responsible for the same speaking roles in the series Kingdom Hearts . An exception is Sephiroth, whose American voice was borrowed by singer Lance Bass in the first part of the saga.
The film was released in Japan on September 14, 2005.
In Germany, the film was shown in the original Japanese version for the first time on July 23, 2006 in Munich as part of the Fantasy Film Festival . On December 5, 2006, UMD and DVD were released , with the latter being a limited edition and a special edition, which differ only in the cover design.
On April 16, 2009, the film was released in Japan as a Director's Cut on Blu-ray Disc , which also contains 25 minutes of new material. There was also a version that was bundled with a demo version of the new game Final Fantasy XIII including a 160 GB model of a PlayStation 3 .
The German free TV premiere was on June 9, 2010 on Kabel Eins as part of a “Final Fantasy Special”. Previously, Final Fantasy: The Powers Within You was shown.
- On February 24, 2007, she received the American Anime Award in the “Best Anime” category.
- Nominated for the “American Anime Award” in the “Best Package Design” category.
The Director's Cut version of the film, entitled Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete (Blu-Ray), was released in Japan on April 16, 2009. There Advent Children Complete was available in three different versions. In addition to the normal retail version, there was also a limited first edition that included a playable demo version of Final Fantasy XIII . In addition, a bundle of the film with the PlayStation 3 was on sale. In addition to the approximately 25 minutes longer running time compared to the original film, Advent Children Complete offers various bonus material. These were various trailers and a newly filmed episode of the Final Fantasy VII short stories On The Way to a Smile .
In Japan, Advent Children Complete nearly tripled PlayStation 3 sales the week it was released. Within the first three days of sales, 312,000 copies were sold, of which around 40,000 were accounted for by the PlayStation 3 bundle. The PlayStation 3 sales rose in the affected sales week to 62,527 units. Advent Children Complete was released in North America on June 2, 2009.
In Germany, the Director's Cut was released on Blu-ray on December 9, 2010 exclusively by the online mail order company amazon.com .
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- ↑ Anime News Network
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- ↑ Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Director's Cut in Germany ( Memento of the original from September 8, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on bluray-disc.de , accessed on September 8, 2010.
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children at the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children in the online movie database
- Official English website
- Official Japanese website
- Entry in the Anime News Network (English)
- Review on G for Gorilla
- Comparison of the cut versions Original version - Complete Edition of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children at Schnittberichte.com