My love affair with Final Fantasy games started 14 years ago, the first game that got me into it was Final Fantasy VI (known to me as Final Fantasy 3 then). I first borrowed the Japanese version of the game from a schoolmate, loved it, and then I received the English version from dad as my birthday gift, I was totally giddy with joy. Before the days of Playstation, where pirated games can be bought for 5 ringgit each, each game then was precious to me. I ended up only having around 10 games for my Super Nintendo because each game was so insanely expensive, and most of these 10 games I had were the classics: Mario Kart, Secret of Mana, Super Metroid, Twinbee, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 6 etc.
Yet Final Fantasy 6 was special to me. I lived and breathed it. Its soundtrack (still the best, in my opinion) was constantly playing on my CD player. I named characters after people I know to immerse myself even more into the world. It's the only Final Fantasy game to date (yes, I've played and completed all FF games that came out since then except the MMORPG FF11) that I play through more than once.
So when I stumbled upon this gem on Youtube late last night, I could barely contain my giggly giddying glee. Immediately, I sent the link to Justin, asking him to watch it. On my MSN list, aside from my little sister, he was the only one who had played the game, the only one who, like me, grew up with FF6.
Apparently, this guy, fleetingsight, had started a fandub project for the game recently. So we now get to watch the entire game, but with voice-acting! It's pretty amusing to hear voice-acting in such an old-school RPG, and nostalgic too. (Final Fantasy games didn't have voice-acting until they came to PS2, beginning with FF10) Before that, it was all about myself imagining what kind of voices these characters have. Fleetingsight had been churning out each episode of the series rather swiftly (9 so far in the past month) Each episode clocks around 9 minutes and is heavily edited, so you don't have to worry about sitting through the entire game, including the random battle and (most of the) dungeon crawling parts
Most of the voice-acting's pretty good, especially Kefka and Edgar's (I lost my shit when I first heard his Brit accent, I never thought that Edgar would have a British accent). I want to see more international flavour among the Final Fantasy 6 characters, Setzer should have a French accent (or Italian?), Strago and Relm should sound Spanish, Emperor Gestahl should sound Japanese etc. etc.
Would be cool too if sounds of grunting, shouting and cursing ("HAIYAH!" "FIREEEE!" "OW!!") were added during the battle scenes in future episodes.
Obviously, this is best watched by people who have played FF6 before.
Here are the first four parts of Episode 1.
Check out the rest of the series here. It get progressively better.