You might remember our coverage of the Final Fantasy XV live event back in March of this year. One of the more notable things released that night was the first episode of the Final Fantasy XV Brotherhood anime that followed the 4 friends and shed some light on their friendship and how they became a team.
To put it out there, and be completely honest, this anime will take very little of your time, it’s not a huge production and its purpose isn’t to be an awe inspiring piece of art with a flowing story and impressive action sequences. This is, quite simply put, a bridge, a filler, or an extension of the whole that you will experience come November (yeah September was too soon apparently) when the game finally releases. To avoid such long story lines or extended side quests, the Final Fantasy XV team has opted to offer other media options to help flesh out the story of characters you might want to know more about, and Brotherhood does this exceptionally well in 4 short, sweet and well-paced episodes.
The first episode expertly sets up the vision of 4 young men on a road trip of sorts, one of whom is being transported to his fiancé in a neighboring country for their wedding. As the episode rolls on you see that these 4 have a close and very personal relationship, which will be further explored in game. The story always includes Noctis who is the core of the game, but in the following 3 episodes, while he is included he takes up less of the limelight as the focus is on Prompto, Gladio and Ignis.

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Episode 2 starts off with Prompto driving, the crew had just escaped an attack from a warring nation and had been discussing pulling over but thought twice since its more likely they will be caught by stopping. Soon, the car swerves to the side of the road and Prompto launches himself from the car to take care of an injured wild pup. While he is caring for the wound he remembers his first encounters with Noctis and how he tended to the young pup of the princess Noctis is to marry. She sends Prompto a letter and mentions that she heard he was friends with the young prince who seems to be a loner at this point, she asks that he be a good friend for as long as he can. Prompto at this time of life, lives mostly alone, is not a healthy child and is feels unfit to be a friend of Noctis due to his size, and here we see him begin his transformation into who we have originally introduced to. Near the end of the episode Prompto’s transformation is complete and while everyone in school looks on at Noctis in awe, Prompto walks up to him and calls him friend and they walk off together.

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Episode 3 follows Gladio as Noctis’ sword trainer. Noctis struggles with keeping up the desire to train and Gladio fails to see any worth in the young prince. Gladio lives alone with his young sister who, because of his job at the Palace, he doesn’t get to see often. One day Gladio’s sister storms the palace and demands he get her an audience with Noctis, she would like to meet him first hand. While she is waiting she sees a cat walk through the garden and is eventually lead outside the palace into relatively unsafe grounds. Luckily for her, Noctis, walking with his hand maiden saw her and followed to assist. Once the two returned to the palace both the guards, Gladio and Noctis’ father were up in arms, Noctis to everyone’ surprise took the blame for the incident. Gladio and his sister head home and as he begins his nightly work out routing he starts trash talking Noctis, his sister is quick to his defense and Gladio finally sees what he wanted to find in the young prince. This would be the start of their relationship on a positive note.

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Episode 4 follows Ignis, an adviser to the King and a helper to Noctis. He seems to always be picking up after the boy and is just trying to make him see that soon the duty of King will soon fall on his shoulders. His devotion is bar none beyond what anyone would expect despite the attitude of Noctis. The King is weakening and Ignis is there to make sure that Noctis is ready, but he also has a soft spot for the boy and his tastes, which plays into the weird addiction he has for baking pastries all the time.

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In the end this little distraction gives us all we need to know about these characters and why they belong together. It satiates the desires that will inevitably boil up while playing the main game and give you that basis to already care for these people long before you slip the disc into your PS4 or Xbox. Give this a look because in its own right, it’s a well done piece.

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