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


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


Score: 7.121 (scored by 1201312,013 users)
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Ranked: #31812
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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


Izawa, Kazuma

Strife, Cloud

Sakurai, Takahiro

Lockhart, Tifa

Ito, Ayumi


Kase, Yasuyuki

Tuesti, Reeve

Ginga, Banjou


Arai, Kaito

Tuesti, Ruvie

Tani, Ikuko


Hirakawa, Daisuke


Honda, Takako


Shimoyama, Yoshimitsu


Ishihira, Shinji
Director, Storyboard
Nomura, Tetsuya
Original Character Design
Ishimoto, Takeharu
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.

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
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)
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
Feb 28, 2012
Unicorn-rider (All reviews)
First of all, after watching this I really started to adore Denzel, he's just so nice, and his character who I thought appeared quite out of nowhere in the movie Final Fantasy Advent Children. Also you learn what he do after Advent Children, so he does not just disappear.

Story: 10! - The story is both nice and sad, and it shows the story of Denzel who is thrown into a cold and cruel world where there is illness and survival of the fittest.
Art: 10! - I really like the drawings.
Sound: 9 - The music is really nice, and so are the sound effects. read more

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