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Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
Information about Final Fantasy VII Advent ChildrenFinal Fantasy VII Advent Children (ファイナルファンタジーVII アドベントチルドレン, Fainaru Fantajī Sebun Adobento Chirudoren) is a 2005 (12 years ago) CGI movie directed by Tetsuya Nomura and Takeshi Nozue and produced by Yoshinori Kitase and Shinji Hashimoto. It was written by Kazushige Nojima and the music was composed by Nobuo Uematsu. Advent Children was the first announced title in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series.
The movie is based on the highly successful 1997 (20 years ago) console role-playing game Final Fantasy VII. It is set two years after the events of the game, and follows Cloud Strife as he unravels the cause of a mysterious plague called "Geostigma" that has beset the population.
Advent Children received mixed reviews from critics, attaining an approval rating of 40% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. In 2005 (12 years ago), the movie received the "Maria Award" at the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya, and at the 2007 (10 years ago) American Anime Awards it was awarded "best anime feature". As of 2006 (11 years ago), the DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) and UMD releases of Advent Children have sold over 10.5 million copies worldwide.
PlotTwo years after the events of Final Fantasy VII, the survivors of Midgar have begun to build a new city, Edge, on the outskirts of the old metropolis. A strange disease known as "Geostigma" has arisen. After Cloud's showdown with Sephiroth, he has been living with Tifa in Edge. Marlene and an orphaned boy named Denzel have been entrusted to their care. After receiving a message from Tifa, Cloud is attacked by three men, Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo, who believe that he has hidden their "mother". The leader, Kadaj, ends the battle as he discovers that Cloud does not have their "mother". Cloud responds to a message from Tifa, who tells him that the Turks have a job for him. At the meeting place, Cloud discovers that Rufus Shinra is still alive. Rufus attempts to enlist Cloud's help to stop the trio, but fails as he refuses and leaves. Kadaj arrives and demands that Rufus tell him where to find his "mother". It is revealed that his "mother" is Jenova's remains, and is somehow connected to the cause of the Geostigma. The trio are planning a new "reunion" that will culminate in an assault on the Planet.
Loz arrives at Aerith's church in Midgar in an attempt to find Jenova's remains, and is confronted by Tifa. After battling Tifa, he receives instructions on his cell phone to capture Marlene. Kadaj and the gang begin collecting children infected with Geostigma, including Denzel and the uninfected Marlene, and take them to the Forgotten City. Cloud attempts to rescue them but fails, and is quickly defeated, and is then rescued by Vincent Valentine, who reveals to Cloud what the trio is seeking and that it could result in the return of Sephiroth. Cloud agrees to return to Edge and face Kadaj in battle. In Edge, the trio call forth several monsters to attack the populace, including the summon "Bahamut SIN". While Cloud's companions deal with Bahamut SIN, Reno and Rude try to take care of Yazoo and Loz until Cloud arrives. Cloud and his friends are able to dispatch the monsters and Bahamut SIN.
In a nearby building, Rufus reveals to Kadaj that he has been in possession of Jenova's remains all along. He throws the box containing it from the edge of the building. Kadaj dives after the remains and recovers them shortly after Rufus shoots the box and damaging its' contents. Kadaj spots Cloud in pursuit of him, and is followed to the ruins of Midgar. They battle each other in Aerith's lodge. Kadaj destroys the flowerbed, which releases an outflow of Lifestream-infused water that cures Cloud's Geostigma. Kadaj flees to the ruins of Shinra Headquarters, where they continue their fight. Outmatched, Kadaj absorbs Jenova's remains into his body, allowing Sephiroth to be reborn through the Remnant's body. Revealing that once those who die from the Geostigma return to the Lifestream, Sephiroth will be able to control it and use the Planet as a vessel to travel space in search of a new planet for him to rule. After a heated final battle, Cloud defeats Sephiroth as he dissipates with weakened Kadaj at Cloud's mercy. Aerith begins to pour healing rain across Edge, curing the people of their Geostigma. She tells Kadaj to be at rest, who believes her voice to be that of his "mother", and he is taken by the Lifestream. Cloud is then shot by Yazoo in the back. Also succumbing to the healing rain but bent on not going alone, Yazoo and Loz prepare one final blast at Cloud as he charges at them, resulting in a large explosion that engulfs all three.
Afterward, Cloud appears surrounded by a white light, and Aerith and Zack are heard. Aerith tells Cloud that his place is not with them yet, and sends him back. Cloud awakens in a pool of Lifestream-infused water in Aerith's lodge, surrounded by his friends and the citizens of Edge. After curing the Geostigma-infected children, he turns and sees Aerith crouching by some children. As she stands and walks to the doorway, she turns back and says that everything's all right now, and steps into a white light with Zack. Cloud watches them go, and says that he knows that he's not alone.
A former mercenary and self-proclaimed EX-SOLDIER, Cloud is now living with Tifa in Edge, working as a courier for the "Strife Delivery Service" that Tifa set up in her new bar. After the fierce battle with Sephiroth that resulted in the death of Aerith, Cloud has already forgotten the feeling of victory and has begun to wallow in his own misery. He feels unable to come to terms with his guilt and believes that his loneliness is his penance for the "sins" he has committed. He is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in the Japanese version and Steve Burton in the English version.
Tifa is Cloud's steady friend, partner, and potential love interest. Two years after the events, she works at her bar, Seventh Heaven, and works with Cloud and his delivery service. The two live together with Marlene, Barret's adoptive daughter, and Denzel, an orphaned boy infected by the Geostigma. For the longest time that Cloud was in love with Tifa, she did not acknowledge his feelings. Only when Cloud had joined SOLDIER did she admit her feelings for him. In Advent Children, she plays the part of Cloud's earthly anchor and she urges him to come to terms with the unwarranted guilt he has placed on himself. She is voiced by Ayumi Ito in the Japanese version and Rachael Leigh Cook (10 walls) in the English version.
Aerith, a close friend to Cloud, makes brief appearances to Cloud as his spiritual guide with Zack Fair. Aerith is unique; as she is the last remaining descendant of the Ancients known to Shin-Ra at the time. Aerith developed an interest in Cloud after the death of Zack, but the interest was short lived. She died at the hands of Sephiroth, and her death lead Cloud to believe that he was unable to save anyone. In the movie, she tries to make him move on with his life and explains that he was not the reason for her death. She is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto in the Japanese version and Mena Suvari (8 walls) in the English version.
Zack, Cloud's old friend who was killed in attempt to escape Shin-Ra, also appears with Aerith at the end to tell him to take care and live as Zack's living legacy. Voiced by Kenichi Suzumura in the Japanese version and Rick Gomez in the English version.
Vincent reveals several plot elements to Cloud, such as the cause of the Geostigma and Kadaj's intentions to bring back Sephiroth. He is the only character in the movie that knows what is going on, even the intentions of Kadaj. He is voiced by Shōgo Suzuki in the Japanese version and Steven Blum in the English version.
Barrett's adopted daughter. Unaffected by the Geostigma, Marlene cares for her friend Denzel, who has been infected by the disease. She is voiced by Miyū Tsuzurahara in the Japanese version, , by Grace Rolek in the English version of FFVII: Advent Children and by Ariel Winter in the English version of FFVII: Advent Children Complete.
Denzel is an orphaned boy living with Tifa, Cloud, and Marlene. Being infected by the Geostigma, he suffers tremendous pain. He is voiced by Kyōsuke Ikeda in the Japanese version, by Benjamin Bryan in the English version of FFVII: Advent Children and by Aaron Refvem in the English version of FFVII: Advent Children Complete.
After being resurrected by Kadaj, Sephiroth reveals that he has been using Geostigma in a plan to corrupt the Lifestream and grant him control of the entire planet. He is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in the Japanese version and George Newbern in the English version.
Thought to be dead, Rufus returns with the intention of repairing the damage his company had caused to the world. He has been infected by the Geostigma disease and must be in a wheelchair. Rufus is also in possession of Jenova's remains. He is voiced by Tōru Ōkawa in the Japanese version and Wally Wingert in the English version.
Reno, a Shin-Ra Turk, joins the fight in Advent Children. Fighting along side his partner Rude, they help Cloud and the others. He is voiced by Keiji Fujiwara in the Japanese version and Quinton Flynn in the English version.
Kadaj is the leader of the "Remnants of Sephiroth" trio, also consisting of Loz and Yazoo. Representing Sephiroth's anger and cruelty, he is the youngest of the three and also the most vengeful. His goal is to find Jenova, who he believes is "Mother", and conquer the planet. He is voiced by Showtaro Morikubo in the Japanese version and Steve Staley in the English version.
The eldest of the three Remnants, representing Sephiroth's masculinity and strength. He is a large, angry young man with short, cropped hair. However, he is very sensitive and cries when disappointed. He is voiced by Kenji Nomura in the Japanese version and Fred Tatasciore in the English version.
The "middle child" of the three Remnants, with the longest hair. Yazoo represents Sephiroth's aloofness and allure, and is very passive and calm. He uses a gunblade when in combat. He is voiced by Yūji Kishi in the Japanese version and Dave Wittenberg in the English version.
ReceptionThe DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) release of Advent Children sold over 420,000 copies in Japan in its first week, which was 93% of all published copies at the time. In 2006 (11 years ago), Square Enix and Sony announced that the English language DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) and UMD releases combined had sold over 1.4 million units worldwide. Only 100,000 of these sales were in Europe, while the rest was sold in America and Australia. Combined with the Japanese sales, Advent Children had sold over 2.4 million copies. The movie achieved number one on Amazon.com's "Top Sellers" page days before the North American DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) release.
Advent Children has received mixed reviews by critics. Many critics[who?] praised the visuals, but criticized the movie for its main focus on the action rather than plot and character development. Chris Carle of IGN praised the sound and the English voice acting, but criticized the lack of commentary in the DVDs extras. He gave the movie an overall score of nine out of ten. 1UP.com's James Mielke commented on the quality and clarity of the CG visuals as "genuinely amazing". He did however criticize the film's music, and called it "a bit sappy". Advent Children attained a 40% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 8 reviews, while the PlayStation Portable UMD release of the movie got an 88% score at Metacritic, based on five reviews. The movie received the Honorary Maria Award at the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya on Oct. 15, 2005 (12 years ago). The movie was also awarded for "best anime feature" at the 2007 (10 years ago) American Anime Awards.
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