Released in 1994. Produced by NTT Publishing Co., Ltd. Animation by Madhouse.
Series Plot Summary
A continuation of the events from Final Fantasy V. Two hundred years after Batz and his friends saved two worlds from the threat of ExDeath, a threat arises and seeks to take the Crystals for itself. Linaly, a descendant of Batz, and her friend/protector Pritz journey to the Temple of Wind to seek the source of this new danger.
My Thoughts on the Series
This anime is loosely based on Final Fantasy V. The creators took a lot of liberties with the changes. It still has the five main characters of the game. It has chocobos and airships. The story revolves around the elemental crystals, just like in the game.
With the “Final Fantasy” title slapped onto this anime, you'd probably be expecting something grand and awesome. It's a pretty average, cartoony anime. Don't watch it with high expectations or else you'd be setting yourself up for disappointment. It's not a bad anime, though. I think it's cute. The nostalgic factor is high if you're a fan of the game and 90s anime. I especially love that the English voice actors here are the same ones from Tenchi Muyo. Back then this anime was commonly available at Blockbuster Video, so with the wide exposure, it gained a nice little fanbase.
The Crystal of the Wind is in danger! Two unsuspecting heroes seek to protect it.
Our heroes are captured by short-tempered female pirates! How can they escape?
Our heroes reach the kingdom of Tycoon, but it is soon attacked!
The evil entity reveals itself! The final battle for the crystals ensues.
Buy From Amazon
You can buy this series from Amazon; only in VHS because it never received a DVD release. It goes for around $20-30 (US).
Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals can be watched or downloaded from Archive.org (Internet Archive), or downloaded via torrents from Nyaa. These sites are the best, safest, and most dependable resources to get anime for free.
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Is the MKV too big?
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Playing on your TV
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