Final Fantasy: Unlimited

Final Fantasy: Unlimited
Final Fantasy: Unlimited
FFU title card.jpg
(~Fainaru Fantajī: Anrimiteddo~)
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
TV anime
Directed by Mahiro Maeda
Studio Gonzo
Network TV Tokyo
English network Canada United States Anime Network
South Africa Animax
Original run 2 October 200126 March 2002
Episodes 25
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Final Fantasy: Unlimited (FF:U ~ファイナルファンタジー:アンリミテッド~ FF:U ~Fainaru Fantajī: Anrimiteddo~?) was an anime television series based on Square Enix's popular Final Fantasy role-playing game franchise.

Final Fantasy: Unlimited incorporates both 2D animation and 3D graphics, and takes elements from the Final Fantasy games with quite a few easter eggs, some obvious, others obscure. It was licensed for North America and the United Kingdom by ADV Films, and 7 volumes of videos were released on DVD. In 2003, the series soundtrack Final Fantasy: Unlimited After 2 was released. The continuation of the story has also been released in a variety of other media.



The original Final Fantasy: Unlimited follows the story of Ai and Yu Hayakawa, two twelve year-old twins who travel into Wonderland, a mysterious parallel dimension, in search of their missing parents. Along the way they meet Lisa Pacifist, a member of the C2 Organization, Kaze, a being of incredible power, and a variety of other characters.

The series is divided into two major sections, defined by the main mention of transport the protagonists are utilizing. The first half of the series see the group using the Interdimensional Train to reach a new world with each episode. In each of the episodes they would emerge to view a new world, confront the inherent dangers of the world, and stave off the latest assault by either the Gaudium Lords, or Omega.

Meanwhile, the story from the antagonist's view is periodically revealed with Earl Tyrant's discussion with his lords. Earl is the embodiment of Chaos, and is seeking the children as they were spawned of Chaos also, and the pieces of a powerful creature known as Omega. Omega is the ultimate destructive force, with its power only rivaled by that of the Unlimiteds; immortal beings of immense power. If he is able to collect these and adsorb them into his body, he will be able to rule Wonderland unchallenged.

The second half of the series see the protagonists join up with the rebel faction, the Comodeen, and board the submarine, Jane, which is bound for Telos, the only place in Wonderland that has a natural deposit of the gravity defying flight water. This substance will allow the airship Silvia to fly, allowing them to reach the Earl's flying fortress.

The series climaxes when the Earl himself makes a move on the Comodeen, destroying Jane and capturing the protagonists. Confronted with Chaos himself, Kaze and Makenshi, the only two surviving Unlimiteds, join forces and destroy it, thus ending its reign of terror over Wonderland.



Title Original airdate English airdate
1 "Wonderland: Journey into the Darkness"
"Ikai: Yami e no Tabidachi" (異界 -やみへのたびだち-) 
October 02, 2001
2 "Magun: Man of the Black Wind"
"Magan: Kuroki Kaze no Otoko" (魔銃 -くろきかぜのおとこ-) 
3 "Fruit: The Town of Sweet Scent"
"Kajitsu: Amai Kaori no Machi" (果実 -あまいかおりのまち-) 
4 "Makenshi: The White Etude"
"Makenshi: Shiroki Echūdo" (魔剣士 -しろきエチュード-) 
5 "Cid: The Adventure of the Underground Waterway"
"Shido: Chikasuimyaku no Bousen" (シド -ちかすいみゃくのぼうけん-) 
6 "Kigen Arts: The Saviour of Souls"
"Kigenjutsu: Inochi Mamorumono" (氣現術 -いのちまもるもの-) 
7 "Subway: Enemy of the Dimensional Tunnel"
"Chikatetsu: Jigen Tonneru no Teki" (地下鉄 -じげんトンネルのてき-) 
8 "Soil: The Heart of the Magun"
"Soiru: Magan no Shinzō" (ソイル -マガンのしんぞう-) 
9 "Oscha: The Endless Project"
"Osukā: Owarinaki Shigoto" (オスカー -おわりなきしごと-) 
10 "Mansion: The Memory of Sagiso"
"Yashiki: Sagisō no Omoide" (屋敷 -サギソウのおもいで-) 
11 "Ciel: The Departure of Chocobo"
"Shieru: Chokobo to no Wakare" (シエル -チョコボとのわかれ-) 
12 "Fungus: Eternal Life"
"Fungusu: Eien no Inochi" (フングス -えいえんのいのち-) 
13 "Meteor: Abominable Memory"
"Meteo: Imawashiki Kioku" (メテオ -いまわしききおく-) 
14 "Omega: Reunion and Departure"
"Omega: Saikai to Tabidachi" (オメガ -さいかいとたびだち-) 
15 "Jane: The Moving Ocean Puzzle"
"Jēn: Ugokidasu Umi Pazuru" (ジェーン -うごきだすうみパズル-) 
16 "Kigen Dragon: Behind the Smile"
"Kigenjū: Egao no Mukō ni" (氣現獣 -えがおのむこうに-) 
17 "Frog: The Smallest Great Adventure"
"Kaeru: Chicchana Daibōken" (カエル -ちっちゃなだいぼうけん-) 
18 "Madoushi: The Battle of Kiri and Kumo"
"Madōshi: Kiri to Kumo no Taiketsu" (魔道士 -きりとくものたいけつ-) 
19 "Ai: Meeting with Clear"
"Ai: Kuria to no Deai" (アイ -クリアとのであい-) 
20 "Yu: The Secret of Gaudium"
"Yū: Gaudiumu no Himitsu" (ユウ -ガウディウムのひみつ-) 
21 "Cactus: The Wandering Sea"
"Saboten: Samayoeru Umi" (サボテン -さまよえるうみ-) 
22 "Moogle: Long Lost Memories"
"Mōguri: Natsukashī Omoide" (モーグリ -なつかしいおもいで-) 
23 "Teros: In Search of Flying Water"
"Terosu: Tobimizu o Mezashite" (テロス -とびみずをめざして-) 
24 "Chaos: The Earl Unveiled"
"Konton: Hakushaku no Shōtai" (混沌 -はくしゃくのしょうたい-) 
25 "Kaze: The Glory of Life"
"Kaze: Inochi Kagayaku Toki" (風 -いのちかがやくとき-) 
March 26, 2002


The North American complete FF:U boxset re-arranges the series into five discs of five episodes each. The English complete FF:U boxset retains the seven disks as released singularly.

Phase Episodes
Phase 1 01-05
Phase 2 06-10
Phase 3 11-15
Phase 4 16-20
Phase 5 21-25


The theme songs of the series are:

Opening theme

  • "Over the FANTASY"
Lyrics: Yuko Ebine
Composition: Nobuo Uematsu
Arrangement: Takahiro Ando
Vocals: Kana Ueda

Ending themes

  • "VIVID" (Episodes 1-12)
Lyrics and composition by: Takashi Genouzono
Arrangement by: FAIRY FORE & Masao Akashi
  • "Romancing Train" (Episodes 13-24)
Lyrics: motsu
Composition and arrangement: t-kimura
Vocals: move
  • "Over the FANTASY" (Episode 25)
Lyrics by: Yuko Ebine
Composition by: Nobuo Uematsu
Arrangement by: Takahiro Ando
Song by: Kana Ueda

Final Fantasy: Unlimited Music Adventure Verse 1 was composed by Nobuo Uematsu and Shirō Hamaguchi. It was released on December 19, 2001 on the label Geneon. Final Fantasy: Unlimited Music Adventure Verse 2 was composed by Uematsu, Hamaguchi, and Akifumi Tada. It was released on April 17, 2002.

Final Fantasy: Unlimited Music Adventure Verse 1 and 2 listing
Final Fantasy: Unlimited Music Adventure Verse 1 Final Fantasy: Unlimited Music Adventure Verse 2
  1. Top Title
  2. Ai's Theme
  3. Mysterious Boy, Fungo
  4. Yu’s Theme
  5. A little courage
  6. The endless road...
  7. Subtitle
  8. Enter Kaze
  9. Difficult battle
  10. Silent wind
  11. Departing wind
  12. The Magun has Thawed
  13. Firing of the Magun
  14. Preview
  15. Enter monster
  16. Trampled by the monster
  17. Colossal Fortress Gaudium
  18. Tyrant's dinner table
  19. Unseen anxiety
  20. Strange feeling
  21. Subway
  22. Fabula's mansion
  23. The absurd world
  24. Chocobo will walk, no matter how far
  25. Get out of here ~
  26. Emergence of an alternate world
  27. Summoning the beast's return
  28. City of fruit
  29. Nihilistic world
  30. Cid the genius scientist
  31. The hearts that touch
  32. Recollections of Lisa
  33. Over the FANTASY
  34. Over the FANTASY (Luckspin Remix)
  35. Over the FANTASY (EXOTIC Remix)
  1. Prayer: Lisa
  2. Home Town: Kaze
  3. Recollection: Kaze
  4. Over the FANTASY (TV Size)
  5. Underwater Voyage
  6. The Ocean Puzzle
  7. Reminiscence: Ai and Yu
  8. Peace~Hard Fight: Ai and Yu
  9. Hard Fight: Lisa
  10. Kigen Dragon
  11. Comodeen
  12. Miles
  13. Cid
  14. Cactuar
  15. Lou
  16. Transformation: Lou
  17. Moogle
  18. Chocobo
  19. Ciel Chocobo
  20. VIVID (TV Size)
  21. Fungus
  22. Herba
  23. Pist
  24. Oscha
  25. Formidable Enemy
  26. Run!
  27. Omega
  28. Shotgun Kaze
  29. Makenshi
  30. Sword Dragon
  31. Demon Sword
  32. Death
  33. Battle to the Death
  34. Phoenix
  35. Victory
  36. Airborne Assault
  37. Romancing Train (TV Size)


Allen Divers of Anime News Network ranked the series an overall score "B".[1] Carlos Ross of T.H.E.M. ranked the series three stars stating that "The style is firmly entrenched in Saturday morning, but at least it's better than FF Legend of the Crystals."[2]



The story of Final Fantasy: Unlimited, left incomplete by the television series, was continued in several other media and released only in Japan. These are listed below, ordered by the chronology of the events they cover.

  • The Bonds of Two (双の絆 Sou no Kizuna?) is a novel. It explores a side-story that is set in the time of the television series (somewhere before episode 12).
  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited Before is a drama CD that features a flashback to the destruction of Kaze and Makenshi's worlds. FF:U Before was awarded to competition winners in Japan.
  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited After is a book containing a 32 page manga and 120 page script. It was released in 2002 by DigiCube. It covers the twins' return to their own world, revelation of Lisa's past and introduces a new villain under Gaudium: Soljashy.
  • The After Spiral is a series of web novels published on the official Japanese FF:U website (which has been taken down). The first of these short stories takes a quick plunge into Makenshi's past, while the rest describe an encounter between the show's heroes and Soljashy on the twins' childhood home of Sado Island, where Ai and Yu are briefly reunited with their old friend Touya Satomi.
  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited After 2 is another radio drama. It deals with Comodeen's final attack on Gaudium and brings a conclusion to the conflict between Lisa and Soljashy, however it leaves many questions yet unanswered.

Video games

  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited with U is a mobile phone (iPhone) game set in the Final Fantasy: Unlimited universe. It was released in August 2002.[3]

  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited on PC Adventure - Labyrinth is a personal computer game set in the Final Fantasy: Unlimited universe. Published by Amada Printing, it was released May 16, 2003.[4]


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