"Brotherhood" is a form of prequel to the as of now still upcoming game Final Fantasy XV.
It's not a different form of telling the game's story, and therefor independent (sort of), but obviously held short, basically only long enough to spark interest for the game. It is not supposed to be a full length story anime.
The episodes focus mainly on the dynamics and friendship of the group and the bonds between the main character Prince Noctis and his companions.
Most episodes give insight on each character's backstory and purpose, doing greatly so.
Each episode feels complete, and even if you didn't like this or that
character at the start, you might find yourself liking him a bit more after that character's assigned episode with well-written development.
I sometimes find myself rewatching an episode or two, simply because it's enjoyable.
As for the art and sound: It does its job. You won't be blown away - but that's not the point of this show anyway. Its focus lies elsewhere after all.
An enjoyable mini-series with one clear purpose: character backstory. It's about the extent of what you can expect, but it's doing its job well. Being a fan of Final Fantasy is not required, since the episodes are basically complete on their own.
Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV is a five episode short(special sixth episode limited to the special editions) that is supposed to be a treat for those like me who are anticipating the grand game. Now I have waited a decade for this beautiful game so seeing an animation short is pretty sweet. While I would like a full blown 25+ episode anime made for this game, I can see why this exists and its purpose. It's there to present the fans of the series who have been long anticipating this game to connect with the characters and build on them. The animation short does just that.
It represents each character nicely. I find it to really deliver on that aspect. A prequel of sorts that tells the story from a more character-based perspective. This is really important as if we are going to be experiencing this game we would love to know more about these characters and who they are.
The four characters have an episode of their own and each episode also shows their connections with each other. In particular, the episodes dedicated to characters other than Noctis always come back to showing their connection with Noctis.
Story-wise, it does what it does. It tells the character's background story as an overhead of what is to come in the future. This requires them taking flashbacks to past moments in the lives of these characters, ultimately achieving the goal to present us with details on who they were before the present. And it is all done in a very sweet way. It certainly feels like "an anime." It's Final Fantasy XV in anime form. Characters all feel alive to me now after watching this.
The art is gloriously beautiful. Honestly, I prefer the art in this to any of the stuff we have coming from the more established anime titles now(anime like Sword Art Online and Shingeki no Kyojin). It's just magnificent. Colors and lighting are just so flexible and vibrant. The vast detail in the scenes(especially the fight scenes) is perhaps where the animation and art is the best.
Any music related to Square is an automatic 10/10. For anything related to Final Fantasy XV, it's beyond that. The music for this game was spectacular to begin with. Carrying over to the animated series just takes it even further. If there's one thing good about Final Fantasy XV, it's the music(although I love everything about it). The music is orchestrated divinely. Yoko Shimomura deserves a lot of credit for it.
Overall, I have to say I extremely enjoyed it, as I do with anything related to Final Fantasy XV. If you are someone anticipating this game or are a newcomer to the franchise I recommend checking this out because it really lets you know the characters are alive. They have personalities and we have information as to who they are. It's not something you would watch if you are treating it like some seasonal anime, it's more like something for the fans to watch and understand.
The characters won't have to be a worry for me while playing this beautiful game. The animated short, for me, did a really good job at actually getting to know Noctis, Prompto, Ignis, and Gladio.
I went into this anime to mainly get a feel for the main company of characters and their dynamics and was kinda disappointed, kinda because it turned out to be what I expected.
The main cast consistent of very one-note characters and getting an episode to learn a bit more about them unfortunately doesn't change that since it adds very little aside from past details that become seemingly irrelevant in the grand scheme. Noct is a moody brat, Prompto is a cheerful bishounen, Ignis is a wet sponge and Gladiolus is a big guy who doesn't know how to wear a shirt. All of them
just feel like a bunch of archetypes thrown together for the sake of variety rather than a proper company of friends who share a history. They go through a couple of pretty personal interactions but that's it, otherwise you could claim they met each other yesterday and it wouldn't feel much different, I feel like having some interesting banter and more real friendship moments could've helped to change that.
Otherwise there's little going on in this story-wise, there are some plot points that might be relevant to the game but I don't know of them so pretty much all I got out of this is a short road trip filled with flashbacks providing insights for the characters and occasional glimpse of the world surrounding them. Each individual story was bit of a bland plot template with FFXV characters drawn on top so that wasn't exactly an interesting watch.
All character designs themselves are painfully boring, I don't know why but everyone seems to be opposed to characters wearing something other than lame black outfits most of which reflect their personality in the most blatant way possible. Doesn't help that a lot of the time animation is underwhelming and stiff with character art eventually having a stroke thanks to designs being quite detailed and not animation friendly. One thing show does really well however are backgrounds, they're all quite nicely drawn and composed, almost to a point where I'd say it's worth watching just to look at how nice they are.
To summarize it's a mediocre show with nothing going for it aside from the gorgeous background art.
I have to admit, given Final Fantasy's bad record of anime/3D animation adaptations I wasn't particularly excited about these shorts. But when I heard the minor buzz that they were actually better than they had any right to be I decided to give them a shot. And I'm glad I did. While Kingsglaive shows off the effects and action that Final Fantasy XV is capable of these shorts focus more on the characters. And that gives them a tremendous advantage. Each episode is focused on a different character, apart from episode one which establishes the basics of their relationships. These shorts are only about fifteen
minutes long so they don't have time to show us too much and instead focus on one aspect of their personalities. The focus at all times is on their relationship with Noctis. Episode 2 shows how Prompto and Noctis became friends despite his being a filthy peasant, episode 3 shows how Gladio came to respect Noctis despite his being a bit of a spoiled brat, and episode 4 is about Ignis' attempts to educate/understand Noctis. Episode 5 tells how Noctis' mother(?) died and a bit about why he's so detatched. These are all told through flashbacks set up by events on their roadtrip. The series as a whole is bookended by an attack that happens in the first episode and is resolved in the final one.
I enjoyed all of these and especially appreciated how the characters were actually allowed to experience real change throughout the series. It's not overly long or complicated, and it barely has any overarching plot, but it works well at humanizing these characters. The series is basically just an advertisement for the game (they're available for free online) and as such they do their job well. If this level of quality is what Final Fantasy XV is like I'm game.
I really enjoyed these shorts. While I have some things to critique, overall they exceeded my expectations (by far) and served their purpose (i.e. got my hyped for the game).
The story is what you would expect from a FF game/spin-off (or prequel, in this case)--but in my opinion, I personally like this story more than others from preceding games. It has a uniqueness I can't quite delineate--in fact, it might just be Noct as a character that draws me in, as opposed to, say, Tidus (lol citing basically the only other FF game I've invested any sort of time into). Despite the subtle cliché basis
that comes from FF as a whole, the fact that Noct is a character I've come so quickly to care about is enough to make the story feel, from what we were given, well composed.
The art, while I have no complaints about it particularly (considering I normally prefer the hand-drawn style), was nothing to flaunt. I almost wish (and I know this probably wouldn't have been feasible) that these shorts were in the beautiful CGI style that the game demo advertised. Again, that's just my preference, but it was what I was sort of expecting (given that I did no research whatsoever before diving into watching these shorts).
Overall, I'd certainly recommend these shorts to anyone planning or contemplating buying FFXV. After playing the demo I was already pretty excited for the release, but this little mini-series gives a lot more information as to our main characters in the game and their backstories.
"...The bond between friends is strong but the bond between brothers? even stronger..."
Noctis Lucis Caelum, Gladiolus Amicitia, Prompto Argentum, Ignis Stupeo Scientia.
The Versus Epic expands even deeper into the world of Final Fantasy XV by exploring the relationships between these four young men and divulging into their respective pasts, to discover what makes them stronger in brotherhood when they do not share blood to begin with? ...
Noctis, the crown prince of Insomnia is sent away by his father, the current king Regis alongside his three vassals to rendezvous with Noctis' lovely and beautiful bride to be, the Oracle Lunafreya Nox Fleuret in the grand city
However, due to certain circumstances, Noctis has been declared dead alongside Lunafreya and Insomnia has fallen under imperial control of the empire, deciding to continue to Altissia but laying low for the time being, Noctis and his companions travel by car around the world in what could be considered the greatest road and camping trip of all time ever...
As they journey, "Noct" and friends battle against imperial soldiers they come across to ensure that Noctis' status of being dead stays that way, to give him and the others a chance to slip by through enemy footholds owned by the empire...
During the journey to Altissia, Noctis, "Gladio", Prompto and Ignis all reflect on their lives back in Insomnia and how they have come so far since then in the current situations they now face.
Final Fantasy XV: Brotherhood is a must see if not a must own for all Final Fantasy XV fans, as it shows more sides of the quartet dressed in swank black then the original game does, namely their motivations, as to why they continue travelling despite the loss of their homeland and their dedication towards their mission and especially to one another, in Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis' cases, their undying loyalty of friendship with Noctis stronger then the bonds of real brothers...and Noctis, wanting to live up to that friendship that makes him stronger above everything else, also wanting to help inspire hope that all is not lost and Insomnia will one day again become free, by returning with what is rightfully his and becoming the true king that he was born, destined, to be...
Story, Art, Sound, Character, Enjoyment and Overall deserve individual respect for each episode that focuses on one of the travelling four with the final episode delivering a conclusion that will probably, possibility make fans want to buy and play the original Final Fantasy XV for both the PS4 and Xbox One, there is a lot to be found in the game and it promises to deliver a good if not great engaging story alongside a whole cast full of 100% certainly promising characters full of unique traits and individualism.
"The Crystal Legend Born Anew...The Shining Light of the Versus Epic."
This is my first review ever, and I'd like to first say I'm an avid Anime watcher with relatively high expectations. I also don't like writing long reviews so:
I had a blast watching this! 5 episodes of character development and insight into the lives of FFXV characters (btw i have yet to even play the game).
I'm more pumped to play than ever! Story was great, art is amazing, sound is....sound.
...it sounds! It does its thing.
Characters were incredible in my opinion (favorite is Pronto's story!).
It was just incredible in general!
LONG VERSION NEW GAME PLUS!?
SO apparently i need a word count for this review to process
so I'll just keep writing with some spoilers involved. Loved Pronto's storyline, and how they gave us a look at life inside the city of Insomnia. Gladio's story was fun to watch too, alongside Ignis's storyline which really let us see how Noctis is as a person. Great anime, can't recommend it enough!
Brotherhood serves as a prequel to the video game Final Fantasy XV and gives some insight on the characters that had to be cut from the video game itself. It does well in what it sets out to do, which is to serve as a supplement to the game.
Story: 5/10 Mediocre
The central plot itself isn't very exciting, Noctis is to be married as some sort of peace agreement with Niflheim and must go on a long road trip to meet up with his bride so they can protect the fate of the world. The majority of screentime is devoted to banter and bromantic moments
between the main cast ( I mean what else do you get when you send four hot guys on a roadtrip). There are some fight scenes where you get to see the awesome weapons the guys have but they are short and only exist to create an actual plot in between the character interactions. For 3 out of the 5 episodes something happens to one of the main characters which triggers a flashback on how they become friends with Noctis and the entire episode is spent in that flashback. Not saying this is necessarily bad but its very clear that the central plot exists just to tie the flashbacks together and create a story.
Art: 7/10 Good
All the main characters are designed to be good looking and are enjoyable to look at. The backgrounds are beautiful and diverse and the animation is fluid enough. However nothing about the art in this series is above average. The main characters do not get much expression and at times appear stiff. As a result I found the characters rather bland compared to other anime I've watched. I tend to enjoy more over the top expressions but some may prefer the more scaled back emotional displays. The art is solid and is no way bad enough to hinder the viewing experience but is nothing special either.
Sound: 6/10 Fair
First off I have to say the video games OST is much better than the anime's but that's to be expected with the anime only being 5 episodes. I'm a sucker for piano music so I enjoyed those bits quite a lot (the main theme is my favorite out of the soundtrack). I am by no means a music genius so take my opinion in this section with a grain of salt, but I didn't find much of the music to really enhance the scenes for me. It had the classic danger music when an enemy appeared but no songs that had me thinking to myself "this is awesome". The voice acting was good but average, I like Prompto's voice the most. The majority sounded like the typical anime male to me.
Character: 7/10 Good
Brotherhood is all about the characters. The goal of this series was to provide background information about the characters relationship with one another and in that they succeeded. It is almost crucial to watch this anime if you have any interest in playing the video game because it gives much more depth to the characters relationships than what is provided in the game. The game sort of just plonks you down on a roadtrip with these four guys with little explanation. It made me care much more about the characters after seeing the anime. Prompto is the most interesting character in my opinion and his episode was my favorite. However all the characters seem to fall into a stereotype. Prompto is the happy go lucky comedic relief, Ignis is the serious silent one, Gladiolus is the gruff but caring older brother type and Noctis is the distressed pretty boy. They are still enjoyable but if you're looking for unique characters you won't find them here.
Enjoyment: 6/10 Fair
I started playing Final Fantasy XV and heard about the anime and figured I would give it a watch. I'm glad I did so because it let me appreciate the characters and gave me an actual sense of why I was on a road trip with four hot guys who screamed bromance. Prompto's backstory made me laugh and was the best episode in my opinion. The others were interesting enough to keep my interest and enhance my experience. One thing the anime did right was the length, the episodes put together equal about an hour. So whether you enjoy it or not, it doesn't waste much of your time.
Final Verdict: 6/10 Fair
If you plan on watching this anime by itself I don't think you would enjoy it very much. There is no "ending" that leaves you satisfied since its basically a prequel to the video game. In order to enjoy this anime the most I would watch it as a companion to the video game. If you're playing Final Fantasy XV this anime serves as a great way to get more immersed in the characters and actually care about them. Otherwise I would give this show a pass.
I guess this was a serviceable little show. I'm deep into FFXV now and I heard this series gives you a greater appreciation for the characters. Basically, it goes into some little vignettes in the past about each member of the party, but it doesn't really show anything major. Prompto loses weight as a kid, Gladiolus gains respect in training Noctis, Ignis gains respect in taking care of Noctis, Noctis gets revenge on a lamia thing that killed his mom. Out of the four, Noctis' story is the most interesting as something of consequence actually happens. It would have been cool to see further into
the other 3's backstories but I'm guessing this is either explored in the game or will be explored further. Overall, a decent show that will give you a little more appreciation for the characters you play as, as the game does kinda throw you right in expecting who these characters are.
This series of Final Fantasy sounds like a rip off rather than an actual game.
The story, which is the core of every Final Fantasy media is not well written at all. These free episodes were just an excuse for the bad story telling, and not only the didn't fix the story, they just made it look even more plain. The character interactions are nothing like the previous series, Noctis and his friends are like complete strangers to each other. That gives me an uncomfortable feeling like they're forced to be together. I know that this is a tragic story but where are the emotions?
The story could be developed into a master piece. On the other hand, I really like the Art style. It some how reminds me of Japanese anime style and western style at the same time, just like how the way it should be.