|Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children|
|Date Released||May 5th, 2014|
|Completionist Rating||No Verdict (Choose Your Own!)|
|Link||Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children|
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (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 2005 Japanese computer-animated science fantasy film directed by Tetsuya Nomura, written by Kazushige Nojima, and produced by Yoshinori Kitase and Shinji Hashimoto. Developed by Visual Works and Square Enix, Advent Children is part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series, which is based in the world and continuity of the highly successful 1997 role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was released on DVD in Japan on September 14, 2005, and a year later in North America and Europe.
The film stars Takahiro Sakurai, Ayumi Ito, Kenichi Suzumura, Showtaro Morikubo, Maaya Sakamoto, Toshiyuki Morikawa and Shōgo Suzuki. Advent Children takes place two years after the events of the original game and focuses on the appearance of a trio that kidnaps children infected with an unknown disease. Former Final Fantasy VII hero Cloud Strife goes to rescue the children while suffering from the same disease.
The film received mixed reviews, with critics praising its animation and CGI work, but criticizing how non-Final Fantasy VII gamers would not understand the plot. It received the "Maria Award" at the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya in 2005 and the "Best Anime Feature" at the 2007 American Anime Awards. As of May 2009, the DVD and UMD releases had sold over 4.1 million copies worldwide.
For Part 6 of Final Fantasy VII month, Jirard reviewed Advent Children, which technically isn't a game, but that hasn't stopped him before. Advent Children takes place after the main story of Final Fantasy VII that follows "the children" trying to relay a message to Cloud about Sephiroth's return. It explores the theme of Forgiveness, a theme that hasn't been explored in other Final Fantasy VII media.
Jirard praises the animation, especially on the Blu Ray release. Special attention is given to the battle between Cloud and Sephiroth. He also praises the interaction between Cloud and his deceased friends, Zack and Aerith. He also finds deep symbolism of forgiveness in this interaction.