Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (Blu-ray release 2016-10-4) shows the Kingslaive – an elite guard of a kingdom – defending against an invading empire.  As in Final Fantasy tradition, this movie-length CG cutscene is visually awesome.  However, that’s the only good thing I can say about it.

The action scenes, although awesome, are sometimes confusing to watch: The scenes are crazy fast, with moving camera angles just because they can do whatever they want in CG.  Its style of teleportation makes it worse, and in the climax sequence, the big guy uses the same teleportation as does the protagonist, so it is sometimes harder to figure out who we’re watching.  Speaking of which, the big guy does not look that much different from the demon he’s dealing with when things move so fast.

Compared to the story, the action sequences are just a minor problem.  The story is formed based on an illogical reasoning: when the enemy destroys your home, and your own country fails to counter the invasion, you think your country is not properly doing its job, so you join the enemy and attack your own country?!  There are several other problems, one of which is that how can the survivors run away without being attacked at all, and I don’t think it’s explained clearly enough why the survivor’s job is so important.  It is also really odd that the number of good guys in the movie can be counted in one hand.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is followed by the anime Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV (Blu-ray release 2016-9-30).  However, they only have a little relation to each other.  Brotherhood mainly gives some background to the characters in the video game.  In the context of Kingsglaive, in Brotherhood we learn why the prince is hurt when he was a child, and why we never see his mother.

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