The Compilation of Final Fantasy 7 was revived with the release of the FF7 Remake, but Square Enix’s ambitions for the franchise aren’t just limited to that new series. Or even just video games.
The publisher is dusting off Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children, with plans on remastering the movie in 4K Ultra HD. The re-release will be based on the Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children Complete version of the film, which is effectively a director’s cut with 26 minutes of extra footage as well as other new content. Here’s everything you need to know about the Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children remaster, and how it ties into the FF7 Remake.
Be warned, there are spoilers ahead for Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children and possibly for the FF7 Remake.
Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children picks up two years after the conclusion of the original Final Fantasy 7’s story. It’s revealed that while Cloud and the team were successful in saving the world from Sephiroth, the Mako energy released by the planet resulted in a deadly plague named Geostigma that has ravaged the rebuilt city of Midgar, Edge.
Cloud is suffering from Geostigma as well, but is summoned by Tifa to visit Rufus Shinra, who survived the Diamond Weapon’s attack on Midgar. It’s revealed by Rufus that a number of individuals named Kadaj, Yazoo, and Loz that have mysterious ties to Sephiroth have obtained a piece of Jenova and are looking to resurrect him.
Though Cloud initially refuses to help Rufus, he’s forced into action when the trio attack Edge and kidnap Barett’s daughter, Marlene. This forces Cloud and the rest of the surviving cast of Final Fantasy 7 into action.
Kadaj, Yazoo, and Loz wreak havoc across Edge and succeed in bringing Sephiroth back to life. Sephiroth reveals that he was behind Geostigma and was hoping to kill enough people with it to flood the lifestream with people under his control and become one with the planet. Cloud defeats him and Aerith’s spirit returns to create a cure for Geostigma.
Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children was widely praised for its animation, but was widely panned for its shallow and fanservice-focused story.
Though the movie is now 16 years old, Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children still looks very good. While it was mind-blowing at the time, Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children has aged a bit over the years and that’s obvious very quickly as the opening scene includes the floaty movements and muddy textures that are . The movie still looks good enough to enjoy, but
While Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children is big on style, it’s lacking in substance. There are certainly stories to be told about life after an apocalyptic calamity, but that’s not what Advent Children offers. Instead of a strong story, the movie focuses on jamming in cameos for every major character from the game and a flashy battle between Cloud and Sephiroth.
The movie is still appealing due to its strong visuals, but it has limited appeal to those who aren’t established Final Fantasy 7 fans.
Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children’s 4K Ultra HD remaster is set to launch on June 8. The movie will be available on Blu-Ray in a two-disk set and will feature both Japanese and English voice tracks. Alongside the extended version of the film contained in Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children Complete. This includes the animated adaptation of On the Way to a Smile: Denzel, which serves as an origin story for a new character introduced in Advent Children.
It is currently unknown how the FF7 Remake series will end. The first installment only followed the party’s journey through Midgar and will see at least two sequels that will bring the story to its conclusion.
The first installment of the FF7 Remake series set up that the story of the remake series will diverge from the story in the original. It’s unknown how that will play out, so it’s unclear whether Advent Children will fit into the FF7 Remake’s canon by the time the series ends.