Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals

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Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals
Cover to the North American release of the anime
(Fainaru Fantajī)
Genre Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
Original video animation
Directed by Rintaro (series director)
Naoto Kanda (#2)
Tomohiko Ohkuda (#3)
Produced byTetsuo Daitoku
Yūji Takae
Yojirō Shirakawa
Written bySatoru Akahori
Music byMasahiko Sato
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Released March 21, 1994 July 21, 1994
Runtime30 minutes each
Episodes4 (List of episodes)
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Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals(ファイナルファンタジー,Fainaru Fantajī) is an anime OVA based on the Final Fantasy series of role-playing video games. It was released in Japan in 1994 [1] and distributed by Urban Vision in 1997 in North America on VHS. Urban Vision have since lost the distribution license and to date the series hasn't been released in any other format, such as DVD, following its initial video release.

Anime Japanese animation

Anime is hand-drawn and computer animation originating from or associated with Japan.

Final Fantasy is a Japanese science fantasy media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, and developed and owned by Square Enix. The franchise centers on a series of fantasy and science fantasy role-playing video games (RPGs/JRPGs). The first game in the series was released in 1987, with 14 other main-numbered entries being released since then. The franchise has since branched into other video game genres such as tactical role-playing, action role-playing, massively multiplayer online role-playing, racing, third-person shooter, fighting, and rhythm, as well as branching into other media, including CGI films, anime, manga, and novels.

A role-playing video game is a video game genre where the player controls the actions of a character immersed in some well-defined world. Many role-playing video games have origins in tabletop role-playing games and use much of the same terminology, settings and game mechanics. Other major similarities with pen-and-paper games include developed story-telling and narrative elements, player character development, complexity, as well as replayability and immersion. The electronic medium removes the necessity for a gamemaster and increases combat resolution speed. RPGs have evolved from simple text-based console-window games into visually rich 3D experiences.


Legend of the Crystals takes place 200 years after the events of Final Fantasy V . [2] It is divided into four thirty-minute OVA episodes spanning two VHS tapes.

<i>Final Fantasy V</i> video game

Final Fantasy V is a medieval-fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square in 1992 as a part of the Final Fantasy series. The game first appeared only in Japan on Nintendo's Super Famicom. It has been ported with minor differences to Sony's PlayStation and Nintendo's Game Boy Advance. An original video animation produced in 1994 called Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals serves as a sequel to the events depicted in the game. It was released for the PlayStation Network on April 6, 2011, in Japan. An enhanced port of the game, with new high-resolution graphics and a touch-based interface, was released for iPhone and iPad on March 28, 2013, and for Android on September 25, 2013.


The story takes place on the same world as Final Fantasy V, named Planet R, set two hundred years in the future, where three of the four crystals have been stolen. The original heroes in Final Fantasy V are now legends of the past and a new evil, Deathgyunos, has risen on the Black Moon and must be dealt with. Mid, a recurring character from Final Fantasy V, contacts a new hero and heroine: Prettz and Linally (a descendant of Bartz). They eventually meet the sky pirate Rouge and Valkus, commander of the Iron Wing.


The OVA introduces several original characters and a few characters who made an appearance in Final Fantasy V.

The main protagonist Prettz is a headstrong and reckless young man with feelings for Linally who rides a motorcycle and uses a nodachi and spiked bombs as his weapons. The other protagonist Linally is a brave, young, blue-haired girl, the direct descendant of Bartz and a novice in the art of summoning (she can only summon Chocobo), and became a vessel for the Wind Crystal after the others were taken. Supporting characters include: Valkus is the bumbling general of the Tycoon air force, leading the flag-airship Iron Wing, who, despite his aggressiveness and large size, is fiercely loyal to Queen Lenna; Rouge, a scantily clad sky pirate captain, with a love for all things shiny, who attempted to take the Wind Crystal from Linally and company, but was captured by Tycoon and held prisoner until Queen Lenna offered her a full pardon if she agreed to aid the others; and Mid, Cid's grandson, an engineer who returns as a ghost to aid the heroes with his advice and general knowledge of historical events important to the series, and, although apparently unable to physically manipulate the world in this state, is clever enough to convince his living allies to complete tasks with words alone.

Protagonist the main character of a creative work

A protagonist is the leading character of a story.

Ghost soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living (for ghosts from a work of fiction see Q30061299)

In folklore, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living. In ghostlore, descriptions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a séance.

The antagonist of Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals is Ra Devil, a powerful wizard intent on gaining the power of the Void for his own ambition. He steals Cid's brain away in hopes of using its knowledge of the four Crystals to his advantage, assuming his true form, Deathgyunos, once he succeeds.

An antagonist is the character in a story who is against the protagonist.



The original score was composed by Masahiko Sato and contains numerous cues to Nobuo Uematsu's original soundtrack to Final Fantasy V including the opening and the Chocobo theme. [3]

Nobuo Uematsu Japanese video game composer

Nobuo Uematsu is a Japanese video game composer, best known for scoring most of the titles in the Final Fantasy series by Square Enix. He is considered to be one of the most well known composers in the video game industry. Sometimes referred to as the "Beethoven of video games music", he has appeared five times in the top 20 of the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame.


Legend of the Crystals is separated into 4 individually titled episodes:

  1. Episode I - Wind Chapter
  2. Episode II - Fire Chapter
  3. Episode III - Dragon Chapter
  4. Episode IV - Star Chapter

In VHS format, Episodes I and II were contained on the first video, with episodes III and IV on the second, later released as a boxed set.

Voice actors

CharacterJapanese Japanese Voice Actor English Voice Actor
Prettzプリッツ Rica Matsumoto Matt Miller
Linallyリナリー Yūko Minaguchi Sherry Lynn
Valkusバルカス Shigeru Chiba John DeMita
Rougeルージュ Fumi Hirano Kate T. Vogt
Ra Devilラーデビル Kenichi Ogata Michael Sorich
Queen Lenna女王レナ Hiroko Kasahara Barbara Goodson
Mid Previaミド Etsuko Kozakura Julia Fletcher
Gushガッシュ Hiroshi Naka John Hostetter
Hassam (Linally's Grandpa)ハシム Kei Tomiyama
Blue Mage青魔道士 Mahito Tsujimura
Piratesマッチョガールズ Urara Takano
Kae Araki
Naoko Nakamura
Hyriuu飛龍 Mami Matsui
Cid PreviaシドHiroaki Ishikawa


The OVA has had mixed reviews. IGN described it as notable for being the first sequel to a Final Fantasy title, but stated it "did not become a favourite addition to the Final Fantasy Legacy", citing its animation as "nothing special" and noting its reliance on comedy over dramatic story telling. [4] T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews called it "a cruel mockery of all Final Fantasy stands for", citing it as basing the storyline off the "weakest" title in the series, and citing the finale as anti-climactic and the villain disappointing. [5] Animefringe criticized it as one of several failed attempts to translate Final Fantasy to film, calling it a "lacklustre and drawn-out retelling of Final Fantasy V". [6] Kotaku called the film "a mess" for its un-Final Fantasy aesthetic and fan service. [7]

However, GameSpot described it as a worthy adaptation of the series, and noted while the animation was "somewhat simple", the story was immersive and praised it for not meandering to include all aspects of the game. [8] EX praised the title heavily, noting the similarity to Square's existing characters helped lend credence to the Final Fantasy title. They additionally noted with exception to the backgrounds the animation was good, and the dubbed voices for the English version were believable, notably Linally's and Prettz's, and added "Final Fantasy provides a good balance of action, adventure, and just enough humour to make the characters personable." [9]

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