Synonyms: Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children Complete
Japanese: ファイナルファンタジーVII アドベントチルドレンコンプリート
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 16, 2009
2 hr. 6 min.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisAC: Complete contains a considerable amount of new footage that the original version lacks, as well as roughly a thousand revised scenes. This adds a total of 26 minutes to the film.
Some of the new scenes include a more in-depth look at the Geostigma, Denzel and Kadaj's origins, as well as an extended fight between Cloud and Sephiroth.
The Japanese release of this edition features a new ending track from Kyosuke Himuro called "Safe and Sound", with additional lyrics from My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way. The track replaces Himuro's previous track "Calling" from the original cut of the film. However, in the North American release, the song "Calling" remains, and "Safe and Sound" is absent.
Related AnimeAlternative version: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Side story: Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile - Episode: Denzel
Characters & Voice Actors
Most people probably remember back in the day when the original Final Fantasy Advent Children (FFAC) movie came out and they watched it. Animation was superb but it just didn't piece together like it should have. Heaps of holes throughout the movie made it hard for non-die-hard fans to enjoy the movie.
Final Fantasy Advent Children Complete (FFACC) is like its title says: "Complete". This movie is what the original should have been.
Well the story is pretty much the same as the original. However is it by far superior as all major holes have finally been filled. Popular questions arisen when watching the original movie include: "Why is this character here?" or "What just happened?" or "Who the heck is this guy?"
In FFACC most of these questions have finally been answered. Instead of a character appearing somewhere, the movie actually shows them getting there (or planning to). Instead of vague events that are hard to understand, these events are now in detail and explained properly. Instead of random characters appearing out of the blue and becoming main characters, we get to see their background. Denzel's background for example is now explained and hes not just some random kid who lives with Tifa for no reason.
There are now enough explanations in the movie for a person who has never played Final Fantasy 7 to actually understand what is going on. Although having played the game would still be recommended.
Only major flaw that remains in plot now is that Cid, Barret, Yuffie and the rest of the gang were once again very abruptly introduced. (Also a minus on characters)
Question: What could be more amazing than the animation in FFAC?
Answer: FFAC animation in HD.
Not only was all of FFACC animation remastered to look spectacular in HD, but with the addition of many new scenes which were made with current-day technology, the movie is once again the top of the top in the animation industry. Anyone who doesn't watch this movie in HD has no idea what they are missing out on.
The sound effects in the movie were perfect.
The music was once again perfect as expected of Final Fantasy music.
Dialogue was great. Cloud finally has more than 2 lines of dialogue as do all other characters. Only problem is that Red XIII still has a single line of dialogue at the end of the movie. (Possibly done as a joke)
Finally characters have been explained properly. Denzel is no longer some random kid who teleported into the world of Final Fantasy. All the characters have more screentime now. Zack now plays a larger role which should satisfy Crisis Core fans.
Major flaw in characters was that the three "baddies" seemed to have had a very vaguely explained entry into the movie. Still was an improvement over the original movie however.
Being the big Final Fantasy fan that I am, I very much enjoyed this movie. Anyone who isn't particularly interested in Final Fantasy would likely still find this movie quite enjoyable though.
This movie was exactly what the orignal movie should have been. Most flaws have been erased and there is plenty of new material to satisfy anyone who has already seen the original movie. A must-watch for all Final Fantasy fans and is highly recommended to everyone else!
-FFACC has roughly 30 minutes of additional content compared to the original movie. The location of the new content is not all bunched up but rather spread throughout the entire movie.
-All scenes have been remastered to look great in HD.
-Denzel actually helps out now and isn't a waste of pixels. read more
I want to start off by saying that Advent Children Complete is way more satisfying than the cut and spliced original American release of Advent Children.
ACC's animation is gorgeous. I cannot stress this enough. It is incredible to see all of the classic characters emoting and looking like real people instead of strangely colored rectangles. This is especially true for Cloud, a character whose expressions and actions convey more meaning than his dialogue. The soundtrack is a nice edition and it features many sleek remixes of those familiar FF7 jingles. Aerith's and Jenova's themes are especially catchy. The voice acting is satisfactory in both Japanese and English, though I preferred the Japanese sub a tad more.
The story is engaging, if not entirely plausible. The origins of the Remnants and Geostigma are borderline nonsensical, but if you look past that, ACC is still enjoyable. It's fast-paced and the action sequences are intense and delightfully bizarre (parkouring up trees, slicing buildings in half and hurling himself into the stratosphere are all in a day's work for Cloud). Another nice touch is the incorporation of a few Limit Breaks here and there. The movie's themes--redemption, what it means to be a hero, family, and the search for identity--are all well-executed. Even though there's an occasional plot hole, it's hard not to be moved at the end of the film.
Characterization is another one of the movie's high points. As in FF7, Cloud is the protagonist. He's still a fascinating bundle of contradictions, and his struggle to let go of the past and begin a new life is believable. He transitions smoothly from near-total hopelessness to rewarding empowerment, both mentally and physically. Tifa is supportive and capable, but she doesn't hesitate to call out anyone who needs it. Vincent plays a larger role than I expected (Dirge of Cerberus promotion, anyone?). Rufus Shinra provides plenty of catty one-liners, and Kadaj assumes the role as the only Remnant with personality.
It makes absolutely no sense that Sephiroth is revived. I don't care what the Remnants say. Even so, I am totally okay with his reappearance in ACC. It just wouldn't be the same without him and his quotable quotes. On a more plot-based level, Cloud's thwarted hero complex is one of his biggest issues and he needs to put that to rest with a nice, extended, unnecessary yet totally satisfying battle. Works for me.
However, I do have a serious problem with the Turks. I get it, the Turks are those cool, morally gray characters, but they get WAY too much screentime. They have their own spin-offs and they weren't that important in the original game to begin with. Cid? Barret? Yuffie? You remember them, the other crucial party members? Forget it. All together, they get about five minutes of screentime versus the Turks' hour. Not to mention poor Red XIII who gets a whopping one line of dialogue. And suddenly, the Turks, who specialize in espionage and seedy assassinations, have become powerhouses. They must have injected themselves with mako between the end of the game and ACC, because they're unstoppable now.
This brings me to the final problem I have with ACC: Tifa and Loz's fight scene. Throughout the movie, the Turks battle the Remnants. Yeah, they get a little busted up, but they take on Kadaj and Co. like nobody's business. And Tifa, the same master martial artist who put Cloud's head back together and dragged him out of the Lifestream without becoming a vegetable and who fought Sephiroth with her bare hands, loses to Loz? What? Even if she didn't beat him, there were a thousand other ways the fight could've come to a standstill--Loz could've grabbed Marlene and used her as a human shield, for instance. But no. Tifa has to be beaten up by a guy. Can't let those girls seem too empowered.
Despite this irksome turn, ACC is still a worthwhile foray. Visually, it's beautiful, the score is excellent, and the major characters are wonderful.
Plotwise, if you haven't played FF7, this movie may not be for you, but its themes are well-suited. It was wonderful to reenter the distinctive world of FF7 and ACC has very high replay value. Yeah, all of these FF7 compilations are made solely to milk the fans' money, but ACC has style and plenty of heart.
FF7 was said to be similar to Berserk in terms of characters with a story alike. Cloud is basically like Guts whereas Sephiroth is to be like Griffith as for example. It's great to see Berserk because Berserk has the best story out of all of the manga/anime and it too has sword fights as good as FF7. The only difference is that Berserk is pure adult oriented than FF7 because of its contents but its worth a try.
Opening ThemeNo opening themes found, add themes.
Ending Theme"Safe and Sound" by Kyosuke Himuro & Gerard Way
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