Ranked #4824

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ファイナルファンタジー


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2001
Source: Unknown
Genres: Sci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #48242
Popularity: #853
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A planet is overrun by a mysterious group of creatures that infect and destroy all life on Earth. Only the determination of a single woman to find a cure will prevent the world from slowly being eaten away. Yet there are those from within who are impatient for results and will do anything to win this war.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Ross, Aki
Ross, Aki
Toda, Keiko
Toda, Keiko
Dr. Sid
Dr. Sid
Kobayashi, Kiyoshi
Kobayashi, Kiyoshi
Edwards, Gray
Edwards, Gray
Koyama, Rikiya
Koyama, Rikiya
Whitaker, Ryan
Ootsuka, Akio
Ootsuka, Akio


Sakaguchi, Hironobu
Sakaguchi, Hironobu
Director, Script
Theme Song Composition
Theme Song Performance
Kaneko, Hidetoshi
Kaneko, Hidetoshi
Art Director

Opening Theme

"Spirit Dreams Inside" by L'Arc-en-Ciel

Ending Theme

"The Dream Within" by Lara Fabian

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Jan 6, 2008
Despite what people say, this film was not awful. Okay, it didn't quite match up to the magical, epical, astounding, spellbinding, memorable, groundbreaking quality of the game series, but think of it as a normal SciFi movie and you'll be fine. That's right, SciFi. It's not really what I would classify as fantasy.

The story was quite simple, but decent enough. It had some good qualities, but nothing new. There were a couple of unexpected moments, some romance, action, and some interesting ideas. However, it wasn't nearly as good as what people hoped it to be. I preferred it to Advent Children since it was a read more
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Sep 18, 2009
The Spirits Within is not like Anime at all. It sits at the midpoint between a Square style RPG and a Hollywood blockbuster. Reviewing this on an Anime website as a frequent movie goer and a fan of the Final Fantasy series, my perspective is, as you might expect, a little bit scattered. As an FF fan, this movie is a bit of a disappointment because it lacks a strong fantasy element and limit breaks (lets face it, we all want to see limit breaks). As a Hollywood Sci-fi movie sitting next to something like The Matrix, it is racked with cliches, but an engrossing read more
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Feb 28, 2011
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is an intriguing film. Released back in 2001, it was a bit of an unmitigated disaster for Square, costing them a lot of money. To this day, many people consider the later animated film by Square, Advent Children, to be vastly superior (although they are very different). However, whereas Advent Children was a lamefest of no plot and character development, The Spirits Within maintains some level of story and characterization.

Easily the first thing you will notice about The Spirits Within is that, even today, it looks amazing. You can see the pores and freckles on skin, hair moves independently, the read more
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Feb 6, 2013
First and foremost you must take Final Fantasy out of your head when you watch this. I saw this film when it was released in theaters. I remember walking out at the end and simply repeating "That was not Final Fantasy." The only thing that links this to the Final Fantasy series is the person responsible for it. Other than that, it is best to view it as a unique film. That being said, it wasn't bad at all.

Visually this was a masterpiece. It really should have changed the industry instead of bankrupting a studio. It was filled with the most beautiful computer animation that read more
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