Final Fantasy: Unlimited is a Japanese anime series based on Squaresoft's popular Final Fantasy video game franchise. It was released in Japan in October 2001 and while it was originally scheduled for 52 weekly episodes, low ratings resulted in the series to be cut to 25 episodes. Final Fantasy: Unlimited was intended to bring in a new audience base and attract new interest in the Final Fantasy realm.
Final Fantasy: Unlimited incorporates both 2D animation and 3D graphics, and takes elements from every Final Fantasy game with 'Easter eggs', some obvious, others obscure.
It was licensed for the U.S. by ADVFilms.
Ai’s twin brother and the son of missing scientists Mary & Joe Hayakawa. The steadfast and resolute Yu & his sister Ai boarded the Ghost Train to the mysterious world which lies beyond the pillar of darkness, in hopes of finding their missing parents. Yu definitely comes off as the more passive of the twins. He has a special connection with the mysterious Kaze, to whom he looks up to as almost a savior type figure. Yu also adopts rambunctious chocobo Chobi as his own pet, and with the aid of the "penna", a chocobo feather which never leaves his head, he is able to understand the feelings of any chocobo, even his pet/friend Chobi.
Yu’s twin sister. Ai is definitely the louder, brattier, and more outgoing of the two twins. After Ai’s backpack was stolen by Fungo, Fabula gave her the bizarre Poshepocket. This little purse with an attitude is able to spout anything from his mouth that Ai wishes for. The only problem is that Poshepocket can tend to be a tad stubborn and he is also known to misbehave. His mouth winds up being taped over after he eats a huge amount of the team’s food supply, but he does come in handy quite often throughout the show, spitting out very useful items that gets Ai and the others out of trouble. But the twins soon learn thing about themselves that would affect their fate for all time...
A Woman dispatched by a mysterious agency to find the missing Hayakawa professors. But meeting the scientists' twin children, she decides to accompany them as they all are looking for the same people. Lisa is a practitioner of the powerful Kigen Arts (JP: kigenjitsu) style of magic, & her formidable powers have gotten the group out of dangerous situations on numerous occasions. As the series progressed, it becomes quite apparent that Lisa has developed an extreme sense of closeness with the twins as she looks after them in a combination motherly, big-sister fashion. She also displays a unique fondness for Kaze during their travels together throughout the perilous world of Wonderland. As a child, she witnessed the battle bewteen SwordDragon & Chaos-GunDragon.
Kaze is a lost traveler from another world who has forgotten his name and everything else about himself. His original home world, Windaria, was destroyed by Chaos, and now that he is in Wonderland, he has nothing to do but plot to destroy his arch-enemy Makenshi, or White Cloud as Kaze calls him. The truth is that they were friends, but when Kaze turned himself into soil to become GunDragon (who was fused into Chaos) & Makenshi had to destroy him as SwordDragon, Kaze lost most of his memory & believed that it Makenshi & not Chaos that was responsible for his world's destruction. He was the older brother of Aura, who used the last of her dying strength to turn herself into Soil to give Kaze a chance to fight.
Kaze showed up & traveled Lisa and the twins for a portion of their journey, but he is hesitant to commit to protecting them, even though he knows that he should. He is the wielder of the incredibly powerful Magun, and the user of Soil to call his Summons like GunDragon. He is called "Black Wind" by the villians, "Mister-Kaze" by the kids, & "that man" by Lisa. Over time, after being reunited with his old friend Moogle, Kaze regained his memory & with Makenshi, defeated Earl Tyrant once & far all.
Shrouded in mystery, we initially meet Makenshi serving as a henchman for the finicky Earl Tyrant. However, Makenshi has another name, spoken only from the lips of Kaze, who knows him as White Cloud. A native for long-destoryed realm of Misteria, Makenshi used the power of Mist & his SwordDragons to fight. Makenshi seems to be indifferent to Earl Tyrant’s ambitions, as he only joined the Earl's group to learn more about Chaos. When the finale battle began, Makenshi returned he favor to Kaze by possessing Chaos himself. After GunDragon & Chaos-SwordDragon killed eachother, Makenshi was unconsious, but Crux took him away. He had a older brother named Madoushi.
The tempestuous ruler of Wonderland, this little brat is actually a human represention of Chaos, a enity that destroys other worlds, and feeds on the suffering & anguish of its people. It was the Earl's desire to collect all of the various crystals of Omega, whose power will give Chaos the ability to consume all outside worlds, with the Earl as the all-powerful ruler of the universe.
Lords of Gaudium
Earl Tyrant's four most loyal servants. They are responsible for ensuring Chaos' surival & their master's enjoyment by destorying his enemies & making others suffer.
This mushroom man is supposedly unable to be killed, even if chopped into very small pieces. He proves to be quite a formidable foe, who seems to have a deep desire to impress the Earl. But he was finally killed when he was betrayed by his comrades for his repeated failure.
A sassy, sexy plant girl who will sic her "Hug-Hug", an artificial plant that will eat anything (given half the chance) on those who get her angry. She is probably the weakest of the Lords of Gaudium, but undoubtedly the Earl’s favorite, for obvious reasons. Despite her fall into Chaos, she actually surived & 'bloomed' into a new Herba.
A arrogant shark-humanoid who seems to be one-step ahead of everyone. His greatest achievement was the treacherous Ocean Puzzle. Strangely, his mouth is in the back of his head. He drives a rather luxurious-looking convertible whose front seat looks more like a small swimming pool. He prides himself on collecting and using "data" from previous battles to plan an attack for the next, but these almost always end in failure.
The most dangerous of the Earl's henchman, he relies on other people to get his deeds done. His only job is to serve as the Earl's ambassador & ensure the well-being of Chaos, which he greatly enjoys. Some people believe Oscha is an aspect of Chaos itself, due to the fact that Oscha,as a word, is actually an anagram of Chaos. He survived his fall in the final episode, though his mask is cracked.
A group of people who refused to give in to despair & banded together to bring order to WonderLand & stop Earl Tyrant's evil. Only four prinicpal members are known.
- Knave: The Leader of the Comodeen, a romantic by nature. He wields a bazooka.
The only female member of the Comodeen, or so it would seem. She's a bit of a tomboy in personality (though she was more feminine as a child}. She wields a pan-flute version of the bow guns the generic members use. She develops a crush on Cid and has a taste for reptiles and amphibians.
- Fungo: The youngest and most recent member of the Comodeen, he introduced Lisa & the twins to the Comodeen (after he stole Ai's backpack & ate it). From his homeworld, stealing was a way of life and was deemed perfectly acceptable. Fungo also has a sixth sense, even though it always takes effect just seconds before something bad happens and can understand Cactuar.
The most popular member of the Comodeen as well the groups greatest advantage. Cid's inventions are always benefical, though he names them after women and cares for them a little too deeply. When his machines get even slightly scratched or otherwise "broken", Cid goes mental with his 'Ultimate Hammer' attack. He was the one who invented Elizabeth, better known as the Ghost Train. But he never got to ride his Elizabeth and was heartbroken when he learned Omega obliterated it. But he overcame his grief with his new Comodeen projects, the submarine Jane (used to fetch "Flying Water" from Teros) and the airship Sylvia (used for the final battle aginst Earl Tyrant, though it never happened).
Better known as the "guide", she appears before and after each episode, giving a brief synopsis of the previous episode at the beginning, and "prophecising" (basically giving a preview) of the next episode. She rarely get involved, with the exception of giving Ai Poshepocket, & saving the twins & Lisa when Omega destroys the Ghost Train.
- Seiyuu: Hikaru Midorikawa
- Joe & Mary Hayakawa