Want another take on the infamous Nibelheim incident from Final Fantasy VII? Want to see what Zach was like other than in a flashback? Then you need to see Last Order: Final Fantasy VII.
Last Order isn't dubbed in English, but the voice acting is superb. Narrated by Tseng of the Turks, the story unfolds as a flashback, fleshing out the story of what went down in the mountainous home of Cloud Strife and Tifa Lockheart.
Anyone who played the game knows what happened, but for viewers unfamiliar with the story, I'll fill you in.
Zack, a First Class SOLDIER, accompanied by Cloud Strife, Zack's friend, and the infamous Sephiroth, ShinRa's ultimate SOLDIER, first arrives in the small mountain town of Nibelheim to inspect a malfunctioning power reactor. Here they hook up with Tifa Lockheart, who will guide them through the mountains to the reactor. But Sephiroth sees something in the reactor that he doesn't like....
I LOVE the single episode series, and personally watch it over and over. I am geeky sometimes, so not everyone may want to watch it as often.
Although die-hard fans of FFVII may notice some differences between the game and Last Order, they don't change much. The fights are much better than Playstation could ever render, and I think it is a must-have for any fan of Final Fantasy, not just FFVII.
Graphics and Sounds
The art and animation throughout the episode is superb to say the least. Other than seeing classic characters anime-style, some details, like the town burning, look amazing, and the action sequences look natural... er, well, as natural as a SOLDIER First Class would look.
All the sounds are natural as well, none of it sounded like recycled FX used in every movie. From the sound of the Buster Sword clashing with Sephiroth's Masamune to the bursts of gunfire from the ShinRa grunts, every noise you hear sounds fresh and realistic.
Although many great qualities present themselves in this OVA, the complex story of Final Fantasy VII may make this somewhat confusing to people not familiar with the plot. The action should be enough to keep your eyes fixed to the screen.
Where to See It
Last Order comes on the Special Collectors Edition of Advent Children, or can be viewed on the internet.
Would you recommend the product? Yes
Price you paid? None indicated
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