Review: Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV – Episode 1

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The anime prequel to Final Fantasy XV, called Brotherhood, focuses on the background of our four heroes: Noctis, Ignis, Gladio, and Prompto. Produced by A-1 Pictures, this is the first of 5 episodes available free!

Though just a short 10-minute episode, it concisely sets up the main reason for why Noctis is on the run to meet Lunafreya and shows the bonds between him and his companions. Watch as they each reveal their own quirks and “status” in the group over lunch and dinner, and Noctis’ quiet but teasing sarcasm. The part with the salad was my favorite as it truly revealed the close bonds between these four.

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Of course, as with all action anime, they run into the enemy and leap into battle. Battle scenes are beautifully executed, though uniquely, the gameplay feature of instantaneously switching between weapons has been kept, making for an interesting watch. I haven’t yet decided whether this is a good or bad aspect, as it is slightly jarring, but perhaps that may change further on as I watch more of the series.

Humorously, I do have to agree with many of the comments left by fans for the episode posted by Final Fantasy XV’s official YouTube channel: Noctis does indeed resemble a certain avenging Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto in appearance. However, the differences in the voice actors portraying the characters subtlety set them apart, giving Noctis a much more relatable personality with normal teenage quirks despite his seemingly taciturn image.

Noctis is voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki (vocalist for OLDCODEX, Kazunari Takao from Kuroko no Basuke, Makoto Tachibana from Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, Akira Hose from Ghost in the Shell: Arise), while Ignis is voiced by the ever popular Mamoru Miyano (Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul, Kuroro Lucifer from Hunter x Hunter, Masaomi Kida from Durarara!! x2, Gakushuu Asano from Assassination Classroom, etc etc etc). Gladiolus is portrayed by Kenta Miyake (Akira Takaoka from Assassination Classroom, Tsume from Wolf’s Rain, Mohammed Abdul from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure), and Prompto by Tetsuya Kakihara (Natsu Dragneel from Fairy Tail, Simon from Gurren Lagann, Lundellhaus from Log Horizon).

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