Final Fantasy XV Kingsglaive
Director : Takeshi Nozue
There’s no doubt that CGI and animation in this movie is pretty and smooth, which could be entertaining if you take it as action flick. Unfortunately, the plot of the story kinda forced their convoluted way to progress so you may confused what’s going on. As in my personal opinion, I found some things to questioning the story :
Niffleheim Empire already have Magiteck Technology and Daemons army after succeed conquer Tenebrae kingdom to basically engulf Lucis Kingdom. Why they bother to force Luna, the princess of Tenebrae, to marry Noctis, the prince of Lucis, as agreement of ‘peace’? Why they bother offering ‘peace agreement’ to Regis, King of Lucis, even they know Regis itself couldn’t barely hold any longer the magic barrier in Insomnia? They can just wait untill Regis exhaust himself then attack Insomnia full strike to conquer it.
Niffleheim agreement of ‘peace’ is just a trick so they can move inside to Insomnia to steal the crystal, which can be used to dissapear the magic barrier, and the ring of Luci, the so-legendary artifact that can made the user to use godly-power of the Six. Why King Regis didn’t foresaw this? Lucis Kingdom had emerge war with Niffleheim so many year, why he didn’t realize that Niffleheim just want to wreck their kingdom?
There’s also traitor in Kingsglaive, which obvously influenced by Niffleheim, that succeed make a fuss in Lucis Kingdom before the sign of peace treaty so some people in Lucis rebel their own king. Why (once again) King Regis didn’t realize this? Is he should know there’s something wrong in Kingsglaive or Niffleheim peace agreement when Crowe get asassinated?
The ring of Lucii can only used by those who inherent King Regis blood. Those who force to use it will be burned alive by the ring and those who had the King’s blood must pay ‘blood price’ to use it. If it so, then why the Kingsglaive traitor bother to fight their own king so they can take the ring? They died in process to mastering the ring in the end. The rule of the ring itself kinda inconsistent because Nyx, who didn’t inherent the blood of kings, can use it later on without being killed first because the Six ‘feel’ he kinda worth it.
When King Regis meet Nyx and Luna in middle of war in Insomnia, he explained that he ‘planned’ Niffleheim to attack him in Insomnia so he can make sure his son, Noctis, safe from them awhile and decide to give the ring to Luna to carry it to Noctis so Lucis Kingdom can fight the Niffleheim again. Why he didn’t take Noctis to Insomnia and train him with the ring power before all of his power drained instead give in to Niffleheim? Is that better way for his kingdom and his son to win the war? His plan is suicidal and sacrifice not only his kingsglaive but also most of his people and their trust.
I haven’t play the FF XV game and I understand this movie is prologue of the game. But, most of the main character that died and the few that still alive in the movie is used for Noctis purpose in the game later, which to me, make the entire Kingsglaive story can be skippable or just explained with some sort of synopsis because Noctis didn’t have any role in Kingsglaive.
Author : Urasawa Naoki – Takashi Nagasaki (Supervised by Macoto Tezka)
The story is reinvented from Astro Boy “The Greatest Robot On Earth” (Chijo Saidai no Robotto). Urasawa made this robot-action oriented story become mystery-thriller genre story in same setting. The main character and narration heavily weight to Gesicht rather than Atom. I read it because curiosity and ended finished reading all chapter marathon in one night.
The main villain in this story is a Thracian Supercomputer, called Roosevelt, which basically is super A.I. who control United States of Thracian indirectly by ordering The president. He starting conflict to Monarchy Persian by ‘blaming’ them for making robot troops and send the United Thracian robot army to give them some ‘democracy’. Lead by seven strongest robot, Atom is one of them, United Thracian win the war and made Persian turn into democratic country.
The peace agreement, robot lives equal with human, goes on after the war, but then, fast forward eight year, one of seven strongest robot, Mont Blanc, killed monstrously, which believed killed by robot. But then, the mysterious murder continues, kill some founder and activist of robot-equal law which is questionable because robot can’t be programmed to kill human.
Gesicht, one of seven strongest robot and great detective, trying to solve the mysterious murder and succed to know that the murderer targetting seven strongest robot that lead war before. It is explained later on that to become strongest robot is not because their power only, but because they had ‘emotion’ like human.
Gesicht found that the murderer is Pluto, great robot with only ‘hatred emotion’ intentionally by his creator, Professor Abullah. Pluto somehow interesting because it is robot with human complexity. Why? Because Abullah made Sahad, his own son, becoming Pluto A.I. so Pluto had ‘emotion’ which manipullated to had only ‘hatred’ emotion.
Almost all strongest robot destroyed by Pluto. Gesicht also died in the middle of his investigation, left Atom with his memory chip to continue fight Pluto. Same as other strongest robot, Atom too had emotion so when he strive Pluto, both of them fight with their own anger and hatred. Fortunately, Atom learn from Gesicht that hatred won’t solve anything so he reconciliate with Pluto, which amazingly agree because Pluto consciousness come from Sahad who basically human who hates war and violence. They later on found that the death of strongest robot happen because Rooselvelt want activated Bora, the great robot with nuclear weapon, to eliminate most of human so the remaining population will become Rooselvet slave later on. In final fight, Atom and Pluto come challenge Bora and suceed destroy Bora with Pluto sacrifice himself. Roosevelt also destroyed by Brau 1589, the afield robot who kill human before.
The main theme in Astro Boy oftentimes about harmonizing relationship between robot and human, so the conflict usually comes from neither robot who hates human or human who hated robot radically. In Pluto however, the themes takes more deeper to ‘emotion’, what made us humans. The strongest robot in this story had emotion like human, even they had to adopt human children, married with robot, took care old man, feel anger or sad when someone they loved hurt, and other things human do to strengthen their emotion. Gesicht, ironically, dead by his own son (robot) who programmed to shot him by Roosevelt. It is interesting themes that being strongest in this universe means had same feeling and vulnerable like human being. I personally feel that what Urasawa wants to tell in this story is ‘Hatred changes Nothing’ and ‘being human made you stronger than others but will make you insane if you dive to hatred and anger’.