VHS Title: "Legend of the Crystals" based on Final Fantasy (Volume 2)

PROFILE
Title Legend of the Crystals based on Final Fantasy
Volume Number and Title Volume #2
Description [FRONT]
BASED ON THE BEST SELLING JAPANESE ROLE PLAYING GAME

[BACK]

VOLUME TWO

Three of the sacred Crystals have been stolen by a mysterious Evil, and Planet R has been thrown into a state of total chaos. The unthinkable happens, when Linaly, along with the fourth and final Crystal, is captured by the Evil Force and taken to the Black Moon to initiate the transformation into the ultimate evil: DEATHGYUNOS - Bringer of Darkness, Lord of Oblivion!

In a strange turn of events, Rouge - the leader of the leather bound army of female pirates, must team up with Prettz and the Kingdom of Tycoon's royal legions to fight a common evil. As Planet R is literally torn apart by its own natural forces - it is a race against time for the fearless heroes to travel to the Black Moon, take on an mechanical army of alien soldiers and retrieve Linaly and the four crystals, before the DEATHGYUNOS force is set free. It is an all out battle to the death with the prize being the fate of the Universe.
ISBN / Bar Code number 1-890603-14-7 / 6 38652-1015-3 2
Video Format 1.33:1 (4:3) / Full screen
Audio Format Hi-Fi Stereo
Tape Count One (1)
Genre Anime (Japanese animation)
Run Time 60 Minutes (Actual time: 1:03:55)
Language(s) English (dubbed)
Subtitles --
Closed Captioning Yes
Rated Not Rated. Contains Mild Violence. Acceptable for all ages.
VHS Release February 3, 1998
Specification Color
Production / Company Urban Vision Entertainment / American Anime / SQUARE/NTT Publishing
Product / Item Number UV1017
Copyright © 1997 Urban Vision Entertainment
Other Formats --
Quoted Reviews --
Other Warning: For private home use only. Licensed for use in U.S. and Canada only

www.urban-vision.com

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Legend of the Crystals based on Final Fantasy Volume 2

VHS Copy


VHS Review (Posted on 07-08-2018)

Continuing off from volume one, this volume starting with "The Dragon Chapter" begins off with this:

While being imprisoned by the pirates on
Rouge Island, Pritz, Linaly, and Valkus
were stunned when the ghost of a boy
who had died 200 years earlier, while
fighting the evil Exodes, materialized from
within the crystal. The boy told them of
Deathgyunos and the importance of their
role in interrupting his plans to conquer
the universe.

Having already stolen the Crystals of Earth,
Water & Fire, the enemy attacked them on
Rouge Island to try to take the Crystal of
the Wind. With Pritz's effort, they barely
escaped the crises as they watched
Rouge Island sink into the ocean...

The crew arrive at the Royal Palace of Tycoon to meet with Queen Lenna. She informs them of a dragon from The Dragon Tower to help fly them to the Black Moon where Deathgyunos will launch his new operation(s) snatching away the Wind Crystal.

We also learn of Mid's grandfather, Cid, whose inventions helped the warriors fight in protecting the Crystals, though the battles became too tough to manage for them. It just so happened that Ra Devil (Deathgyunos) stole Cid's brain to dissect his mindset and his operatives to their advantages. Without question, Valkus orders the gang to fly and land on the Black Moon. While Linaly offers to fight, Prettz, Mid and eventually Rouge all tag along to The Dragon Tower to find and meet with the dragon. During their search, Linaly and Mid ride a chocobo—one of the most lovable characters in the franchise. After suddenly finding the dragon, Ra Devil confronts the gang and kidnaps Linaly after finding that she has the Wind Crystal, which she unknowingly received from Prettz. The Dragon Tower then collapses as the baby dragon evolves and grows into a larger Dragonite-sized creature getting the gang to fly out and save Linaly.

Onto the last chapter, last episode, of the series titled "The Star Chapter" for this volume. The battle is about to go down:

From a confession made by Mid, the
ghost who materialized from the crystal
of the wind, the true identity of the
enemy is revealed.

By request of Queen Lenna, Prettz,
Linaly, Rouge and Valkus travel to the
Black Moon to recover the Crystals of
Earth, Water and Fire from the enemy.
But just as they are about to begin their
journey, the enemy makes a surprise attack
and kidnaps Linaly, in whose body the
Crystal of the Wind temporarily resides.

Full steam ahead into the Black Moon ready for the big showdown against Deathgyunos. Not starting off well with the Dragon getting struck by lightning causing both of the gangs' ships to crash land. The gang all go full-speed on Deathgyunos as Prettz fights one of the robotic enemies holding Linaly hostage. Mid then gets a calling from his grandfather, via his brain, and goes kamikaze on Deathgyunos. The Wind Crystal then re-tranfers from Linaly back to Prettz as he gets kidnapped for that, but then breaks free. While Deathgyunos targets Rouge, both Valkus and Prettz attack Deathgyunos constantly, and Linaly summons a chocobo to help them attack. The fight continues as the gang tries to hang on, but Deathgyunos, with one final chance gets killed by Prettz! Battle is over!

Mid comes back and saves his grandfather like he promised, reminding the gang with this:

"May you live a long, happy life. And when it's over, we'll meet again. I'll be waiting."

— Mid

Both episodes end with credits.

I find this to be the better of the two. The series overall felt dragged out to compensate for four episodes, which meant that a video game story seemed like a rather short one as opposed to playing the entire thing (what shortens it is not having to spend time leveling your characters up before the next quest). I'm not saying the crew shouldn't have made this but they gave it all they got. I sure would like to see more of this, but if you've played the game, why would you want to see the anime variant of it? Others may ask the same thing, but I completely don't mind. Like I said, the animators gave it a shot.

Once again, this VHS was never re-mastered/re-released on DVD due to contract expirations/loss of distribution rights. If you can somehow get your hands on these two VHS volume set, keep them in a safe place because I feel we may never these back on the surface again.

All in all, it's an okay series. It could've been better but it's also not the best one based on Final Fantasy. Regardless, I'd take a look if you're a recent or a long-time fan of the Final Fantasy franchise.

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© 2008-2018 written and reviewed personally by Kris Caballero.

VHS Ratings

Our Rating:
95% 5%

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VHS Credits


Legend of the Crystals based on Final Fantasy Volume 2 Episode 3 credits




Executive Producer
Kenichiro Utsunomiya

Original Story
SQUARE

Production Supervisors
Hironobu Sakaguchi
Nobuo Uematsu

General Producer
Yoshikuni Ogata

Producers
Yojirou Shirakawa
Tetsuo Daitoku
Yuji Takae

Series Framework
Satoru Akahori

Series Director
Rin Taro








Script
Satoru Akahori

Character Design
Yoshinori Kanemori
Kunihiko Sakurai

Mechanical Design
Seiji Handa

Animation Director
Kunihiko Sakurai

Key Animation
Takuo Noda
Kaoru Hirata
Hiroyuki Kasugai
Toshiya Niidome
Yoshiharu Ashino
Shinichi Imakuma
Reiko Kurihara
Jiroh Kanai
Kunihiko Hamada
Sumio Watanabe

In-Between Animation Check
Akiko Ohshima
Yoriko Mochizuki
Kayo Sakazume

In-Between Animation
Yukio Uehira
Masahiko Sasaki
Kazunori Ohta
Shigeki Ohshiro
Teruaki Tokumaru
Sakiko Watanabe
Dr. Movie
Park Tae Hyun
Kim Moon Hee
Kim Kyung Ja
Kim Yun Sook

Color Design
Miwako Nakamura

Color Setting/Cel Checking
Tomoko Yamamoto

Special Effects
Kaoru Tanifuji

Trace & Paint
Ken Hashimoto
Tomoko Fukushima
Sachiko Ohto
Kaeko Matsuo
Dr. Movie
Lee Dong Greum
Cho Kyung Mi
Kim Jeang Hwa
Oh Mi Ok

Art Director
Hidetoshi Kaneko

Backgrounds
Yuka Okamoto
Masahiro Kawashima
Yasunari Usuda
Noriko Kaneko
Emiko Koizumi
Hisae Saitoh
Masumi Nishikawa
Hirofumi Shiraishi
Toshiyuki Yoshimura

Title Art
Yamako Ishikawa

Director of Photography
Hitoshi Yamaguchi

Photography
Atsuo Saitoh
Tsuneo Tomitaka
Yuuki Sakitani

Photography Cooperation
Mushi Production

Editing
Harutoshi Ogata
Yukiko Itoh
Satoshi Terauchi

Music
Masahiko Satoh

Theme Song
"Husui Kikou"

Lyrics
Keruto Ajiya

Composition/Arrangement
Masahiko Satoh

Vocals
Shigeri Kizu

Chorus
Mishio Ogawa

By Courtesy of Epic/Sony Records
Sound Track by Nippon Columbia

Music Producer
Norihiko Tada

Music Production
Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.

Sound Director
Yasunori Honda

Effects
Shizuo Kurahashi

Recording
Yukio Abe

Sound Production
Arts Production

Recording Studio
Avaco Creative Studio

Assistant Director
Hiroyuki Tanaka

Line Producer
Masahiro Ohtake

Production Office
Maki Nakagawa

Title/Lease Work
Maki Production

Laboratory Development
Tokyo Laboratory

Associate Producer
Mitsumasa Ikeda
Hirofumi Nakamura
Mitsunobu Nakamura

Publicity
Mitsuru Ishii
Edit 90

Animation Production
Mad House

Animation Production Producer
Masao Maruyama

Director
Tomihiko Ohkubo

Project Collaboration
Shyueisha & V Jump

Production Collaboration
SQUARE & Final Fantasy
Development Staff

Production
NTT Publishing Co., Ltd.

Executive Producer
Mataichiro Yamamoto

Producers
Kara Redmon
Art Mizuno

Written by
R.D. Makepeace




Cast




Prettz
Matt Miller

Linaly
Sherry Lynn

Valkus
John DeMita

Rouge
Kate T. Vogt

Mid
Julia DeMita

Queen Lenna
Barbara Goodson

Hassam
John Hostetter

Ra Devil
Michael Sorich

Recording Engineer
Ernie Sheesley

Final Mix and Sweetening
Ernie Sheesley

Second Engineers
Laurie Bean
Mark Caballero

Post Production Supervisor
Scott Narrie

Production Coordinator
Dee Gomillion

Trailer Edited by:
Action Video Productions
Hermosa Beach, CA
(800) 840-9956

Trailer Music by
RPM Entertainment Group
Post Office Box 815
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
email: RPMHITS@AOL.COM

Music Written & Performed by
Andy Preito & "Dying Breed"

Translator
Mutsy Erskin

Title Design and Packaging
David Chen

Recorded at
Screenmusic Studios
11700 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, Ca 91604

Distributed By
Urban Vision Entertainment
www.urban-vision.com




©1994 Square/NTT Publishing Co. Ltd.

Legend of the Crystals based on Final Fantasy Volume 2 Episode 4 credits




Script
Satoru Akahori

Character Design
Yoshinori Kanemori
Kunihiko Sakurai
Satoshi Tazaki

Mechanical Design
Seiji Handa

Animation Director
Satoshi Tazaki

Key Animation
Ikoh Kaneda
Takuo Noda
Toshiya Niidome
Kaoru Hirata
Shinichi Imakuma
Hiroyuki Kasugai
Norimitsu Suzuki
Chiaki Tanekoda
Ken Ueno
Kumiko Takashi
Yoshiharu Ashino

Tsukasa Abe
Kunihiko Hamada

In-Between Animation Check
Akiko Ohshima
Yoriko Mochizuki

In-Between Animation
Yumi Takano
Yukio Uehira
Masahiko Sasaki
Sakiko Watanabe
Dr. Movie
Choi Do Hyang
Jeong Mai Sook
Joo Sedng
Kim Tae Hee

Color Design
Miwako Nakamura

Color Setting/Cel Checking
Ken Hashimoto

Special Effects
Kaoru Tanifuji

Trace & Paint
Tomoko Yamamoto
Sachiko Ohto
Tomoko Fukushima
Dr. Movie
Bae Dae Ok
Choi Gyung Bun
Yun Jeong Soom
Park Sang Mi

Art Director
Hidetoshi Kaneko

Backgrounds
Masumi Nishikawa
Hirofumi Shiraishi
Toshiyuki Yoshimura
Yasunari Usuda
Masahiro Kawashima
Yuka Okamoto
Noriko Kaneko
Hisaw Saitoh
Tsuyoshi Nagae

Title Art
Yamako Ishikawa

Director of Photography
Hideo Suzuki

Photography
Mushi Production
Masaaki Fujita
Toshiaki Yamaguchi
Makiko Ide
Hiroshi Isagawa
Tohru Nishiide

Photography Cooperation
Studio Cavern
IMG

Editing
Harutoshi Ogata
Yukiko Itoh
Satoshi Terauchi

Music
Masahiko Satoh

Theme Song
"Husui Kikou"

Lyrics
Keruto Ajiya

Composition/Arrangement
Masahiko Satoh

Vocals
Shigeri Kizu

Chorus
Mishio Ogawa

By Courtesy of Epic/Sony Records
Sound Track by Nippon Columbia

Music Producer
Norihiko Tada

Music Production
Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.

Sound Director
Yasunori Honda

Effects
Shizuo Kurahashi

Recording
Yukio Abe

Sound Production
Arts Production

Recording Studio
Avaco Creative Studio

Assistant Director
Naoto Kanda

Line Producer
Masahiro Ohtake

Production Office
Maki Nakagawa
Ryo Ono

Title/Lease Work
Maki Production

Laboratory Development
Tokyo Laboratory

Associate Producer
Mitsuo Nakamura
Mitsumasa Ikeda
Hirofumi Nakamura

Publicity
Mitsuru Ishii
Edit 90

Animation Production
Mad House

Animation Production Producer
Masao Maruyama

Director
Rin Taro

Project Collaboration
Shyueisha & V Jump

Production Collaboration
SQUARE & Final Fantasy
Development Staff

Production
NTT Publishing Co., Ltd.

Executive Producer
Mataichiro Yamamoto

Producers
Kara Redmon
Art Mizuno

Written by
R.D. Makepeace

Directed by
Jack Fletcher




Cast




Prettz
Matt Miller

Linaly
Sherry Lynn

Valkus
John DeMita

Rouge
Kate T. Vogt

Mid
Julia DeMita

Queen Lenna
Barbara Goodson

Hassam
John Hostetter

Ra Devil
Michael Sorich

Recording Engineer
Ernie Sheesley

Final Mix and Sweetening
Ernie Sheesley

Second Engineers
Laurie Bean
Mark Caballero

Post Production Supervisor
Scott Narrie

Production Coordinator
Dee Gomillion

Trailer Edited by:
Action Video Productions
Hermosa Beach, CA
(800) 840-9956

Trailer Music by
RPM Entertainment Group
Post Office Box 815
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
email: RPMHITS@AOL.COM

Music Written & Performed by
Andy Preito & "Dying Breed"

Translator
Mutsy Erskin

Title Design and Packaging
David Chen

Recorded at
Screenmusic Studios
11700 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, Ca 91604

Distributed By
Urban Vision Entertainment
www.urban-vision.com




©1994 Square/NTT Publishing Co. Ltd.