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Final Fantasy: Unlimited

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Distributor: ADV
Original Story: Square Enix
Volumes: 7
Rating: 12+ (Bullets flying, swords slicing, and CG)
Anime Code: E

Even though this is based on the widely popular RPG series, don't expect a lot of the characters from the games to appear (human characters anyway).  While this has chocobos, moogles, Cactuar, and even special monsters like Ifrit and Shiva, it is also entirely separate from the video games.  FF:U starts out by showing a pillar of darkness that appears on Earth one day.  Two huge (cg) dragons appear and promptly destroy each other.  Fast-forward 12 years.  Twin children Ai and Yu Hayakawa set out to search for their parents who they believe are trapped somewhere in the mysterious dimension of Wonderland.  Taking a living subway train (called the ghost train), they set out and meet up with a barrage of interesting characters including Lisa, who can manipulate the spirits of nature through a martial arts called kigen.  And Kaze, who can wield a (cg) gun called a Magun that can summon monsters by shooting three color bullets.  However, NOBODY is who they seem to be and everyone has a secret.  You may need to watch it a couple of times to spot it.

Review: I love Final Fantasy so when this first came out, I immediately picked it up.  It was fantastic.  The CG monsters are spectacular and incredibly detailed.  The plot is so deep that not even I know the full story.  The characters can get a little annoying at times, but then again, most RPG characters annoy you anyway.  This is another "watch because you might be surprised at how good it is" animes with lots of extras including voice commentary.

Action Level: 5/5
Kaze's battles are incredible even if he has only two weapons (and they're both guns).

Romance Level: 3/5
You can tell that the producers are hinting at a Lisa/Kaze relationship.  However, they're the only two grownups of the good guys so not much else they can do.

Comedy Level: 3/5
The Chocobo that pals around with them is only there for comedy relief IMO.  But in the middle of all the angst and drama, they do need something to lighten the tension.

Adult Level: 2/5
Lots of angst, some of it misplaced and lots of bullets flying.  But nothing much.

Drama Level: 4/5
They overdid it just a little.

Overall Level: 4/5
Beautiful graphics, spectacular effects, and intriguing plot, and each character with his or her own secret (even if they don't know it yet).  You'll be on the edge of your seat with each episode.