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Twelve-year-old twins Ai and Yu Hayakawa take a mysterious subway to Wonderland to look for their missing scientist-parents. Wonderland is a hostile place, ruled by the petulant Earl Tyrant and his assorted hench-creatures. Ai and Yu are attacked by monsters and saved first by Lisa, a practitioner of the "Kigen Arts," then repeatedly by the taciturn, gun-totting Kaze. The first episodes are cluttered with characters who appear briefly then vanish. Although Ai, Yu, and Lisa do a lot of traveling, the series doesn't really go anywhere: the filmmakers seem more interested in showcasing the elaborate CG effects at their disposal than in coherent storytelling. The effects are very flashy, but they never meld satisfactorily with the drawn animation. Based on the popular videogame franchise, Unlimited borrows from Matsumoto's Galaxy Express and Miyazawa's Galactic Railroad, but offers none of their mystery and magic. (Rated 12 and older: violence, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Samantha Clark, Chris Scott, Elena Carrillo, Lainie Frasier, Ira Henderson
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C9JEJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Final Fantasy - Unlimited (Phase 1)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

It's a great series to watch for a Final Fantasy fan because it has qualities from the games.
The story is done very well, and although the animation isn't cutting edge, the cg included makes up for it.
Andrew B. Davis
I mainly wanted to make sure this anime doesn't get a bad rating due to a few who didn't like it.
J. Merrick

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Antonio D. Paolucci on December 7, 2005
Format: DVD
I'd have to say I was disappointed when I first saw the first episodes of Unlimited. It was named Final Fantasy, but very little linked it to the incredible video game series of the same name. The story seemed immature and generic and not interwoven with many character driven side stories; only the Final Fantasy mascots appeared (Chocobo, for one); and the music didn't reflect the classical style that went with the games. So, needless to say, I didn't bother buying anymore of the DVDs in the series.

Then the box set came out, and I admitted to myself that I was at least curious about how this series would end, plus I had learned that Gonzo made Unlimited, and Gonzo has yet to fail me in any of my anime endeavors. I bought it, and I watched the first episodes again. I cringed, because suddenly I felt the same way and even found a few more things I disliked about it. But I didn't stop, and continued to watch, and found that, slowly, this series evolved. It became emotionally driven, with a lot of elements that made Final Fantasy great. There were mascots galore (the stated chocobo, cactuar, moogles, summons, and Cid). Some of the music heard can be heard in previous games (the opening song--not the title song--and the battle victory).

Still, it wasn't as Final Fantasy as its namesake, but I found that in watching the anime the entire way through that that was okay. Though it isn't a good chapter in Final Fantasy, it's a great stand-alone anime nonetheless. It has great animation, a strange style that seems both classical and cutting edge (Astroboy with CG).
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 30, 2003
Format: DVD
When I first heard that there was a Final Fantasy series that was to be introduced as a DVD series in the US I was quite excited. Certainly, as a game series, Final Fantasy has consistenly hit high marks in both story and graphics. It seemed reasonalble to expect that the series, coming out at the same time as other series that have shown landmark levels of quality would be something to watch. Alas, that is not the case.
A great tower of light suddenly plunges into the modern world, and titanic monsters appear in epic battles. The world changes subtly as a darker presence begins to take possession of the shadows. A pair of research scientists start an investigation, but disappear right after they publish a book about a strange underground world that seems to have appeared right under our feet. Now it falls to Yu and Ai Hayakawa to try and find their parents. The board an odd subway train, and are transported to...Wonderland.
In this DVD we take our first tour of wonderland, as the young children discover the mysteries and threats that surround then and acquire new companions like Lisa, who has her own special variety of 'martial arts,' and Kaze who uses a magical gun to carry out his role as a summoner (remember FF8 and FFX). At present the story stays focussed at this level, a bit more fight and adventure oriented, although I expect that the serious story arcs will gradually become more important.
While the work is acceptible as standard Saturday morning cartoon fareit really lakes the flair that marks most Final Fanasty work. In fact, other than some creatures like Chocobos, it really has very little in common with the Final Fantasy game series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brock R. Joncas on July 19, 2006
Format: DVD
Ok... this series isn't exactly like the Final Fantasy games, but the elements are there. For instance, you have chocobo's, you have cactuar's, you have the summoning of Guardian Forces (which by the way look really cool), you have character's which have too much power for their own good, and a journey. This journey is that of Ai and Yu's search for their parents, where they are accompanied by Lisa Pacifist, a woman who possesses the cool power of Kigen Arts. During their journey, they see and do many wonderous things in wonderland (I wont say anymore, I dont want to spoil too much of the plot).

I have this product rated as 4/5 stars, but actually i think there it should be 4.5/5 stars. I really enjoyed this series, but I dock it .5 points because the time length ADV gives the series to be is inadequate. They say it is total 625 minutes, where actually each episode is 22min 45 sec, thus 22.75 min * 25 = 568.75 minutes long total length of series.

Anywho, if you like final fantasy, i suggest watch this series.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Emily Seibold on November 9, 2004
Format: DVD
I enjoy this anime not because it has the "Final Fantasy name"

cause I enjoy the plot and characters.

The anime gets such low ratings cause they think of it as "Final Fantasy" and base it off the games. FFU is an orginal Final Fantasy title, like every final fantasy game has it's own storyline. What people actually want is a final fantasy anime that is based on one of the games. People have no concideration for an original FF storyline anime. That's why it gets such a low rating. I am not a newbie to anime, I personally look for the message of FFU, which is family and friends conqure evil and keep hopes high. I think to be a true fan of this anime is to get its message. I would suggest this to non-final fantasy fans, because they wouldn't judge the anime on how Final Fantsish it is.
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