Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile - Episode: Denzel

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Japanese: デンゼルを中心としたオリジナルアニメ

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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 16, 2009
Producers: Square Enix
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, FantasyFantasy, Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 28 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Ranked: #31552
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Popularity: #3448
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Synopsis

After the three-pronged conflict between tyrannical electric company Shinra, rebel group Avalanche, and the maniacal Sephiroth, the damaged planet slowly heals its wounds. A rural town dubbed Edge sprouts up on the outskirts of Midgar's ruins. Reeve Tuesti, former Head of Urban Development at Shinra, interviews a young boy named Denzel for potential membership in Reeve's World Regenesis Organization, a group devoted to the restoration and protection of the planet.

Denzel recounts his tragic history to Reeve, detailing how the aftermath of the heroic Avalanche's actions laid waste to Midgar and took the lives of everyone the boy knew. Through reminiscing to Reeve, Denzel discovers a newfound purpose.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Denzel

Main
Izawa, Kazuma
Japanese

Strife, Cloud

Supporting
Sakurai, Takahiro
Japanese

Lockhart, Tifa

Supporting
Ito, Ayumi
Japanese

Tuesti, Reeve

Supporting
Ginga, Banjou
Japanese

Rick

Supporting
Arai, Kaito
Japanese

Arkham

Supporting
Hirakawa, Daisuke
Japanese

Tuesti, Ruvie

Supporting
Tani, Ikuko
Japanese

Johnny

Supporting
Kase, Yasuyuki
Japanese

Gaskin

Supporting
Tachiki, Fumihiko
Japanese

Abel

Supporting
Shimoyama, Yoshimitsu
Japanese

Staff

Ishihira, Shinji
Director, Storyboard
Nomura, Tetsuya
Original Character Design
Ishimoto, Takeharu
Music
Hayama, Junichi
Animation Director


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May 2, 2009
Retro8bit (All reviews)
"In a world filled with chaos and death, one kid finds the determination to move forward."

Enter the world of "Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile - Episode: Denzel." To put it pretty straight forward, it shows the end results of Final Fantasy VII, but this time we view it from the perspective of an ordinary kid named Denzel, who was caught up in it.

Story:8/10
The whole premise of the storyline takes place in flashback sequences, as told by Denzel, who not only explains just how he got where he is at present, but he also wants to join the WRO. Now don’t get read more
Nov 30, 2013
FullmetalCowboy (All reviews)
Critic’s Log - Earthdate: November 30, 2013. Supplemental Review: On The Way To A Smile: Episode Denzel.


When Advent Children was released, Last Order came alongside it. When the Complete Version of Advent Children was released, here’s On The Way To A Smile: Episode Denzel

This is the story about Denzel and he aims to enlist in the World Regenesis Organization (WRO) and he leaps back into his past. some parts of this story takes place during the game and even before Advent Children.
To be technical, this is a production between Square Enix and A-1 Pictures and I assumed that Madhouse was behind this read more
Sep 8, 2009
Chinkyu (All reviews)
First I have to say that I´m a huge fan of the Final Fantasy franchise. I didn´t play the original game Final Fantasy VII, but I played Crisis Core and are familar with FFVII´s story.

This OVA tells the story of Denzel, a boy who lost his parents by the collapse of the Sector 7 plate. He now wants to join the World Regenesis Organization (WRO) to help other people. Then the story leaps back into Denzel´s past.

The story is really touching and sad.

My opinion:
I loved this OVA. I don´t really like the other Final Fantasy movies, but this was really touching. A must-watch read more
Oct 14, 2010
Max_Avenger (All reviews)
Story:(9/10)
Denzel was the only child of Abel, a worker in the Shin-Ra Company's 3rd Business Division, and Chloe, a sociable woman who ran her household well. The three of them lived in the Shin-Ra Company's employee residential area on the Sector 7 plate. Abel had been born and raised in a poor local village, so he was satisfied to have a family living in the upper levels of Midgar. But Abel believed that you always needed a goal in life, something to aim for. So read more

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