Final Fantasy IX Is Getting An Animated Series

Final Fantasy IX Is Getting An Animated Series
Expect to see at least one episode dedicated to the Tetra Master card game. (Screenshot: Square Enix)

Final Fantasy IX, one of the most beloved entries in the JRPG series, is getting a cartoon adaptation aimed at eight to 13-year-olds.

Reported yesterday by Kidscreen and confirmed to Kotaku by Square Enix, the French production company Cyber Group Studios, known for their children’s edutainment shows, will lead the project.

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In a press release, Pierre Sissmann, CEO of Cyber Group Studios said, “We are honoured and enthusiastic to participate with our friends of Square Enix in such a great adventure.” Cyber Group Studios COO Dominique Bourse added, “It is a dream come true for our teams in France and in the U.S and we already look forward to creating a great piece of entertainment that respects this fantastic brand.”

Released more than 20 years ago, Final Fantasy IX was seen as a return to the series’ fantasy roots after the previous games, Final Fantasy VII and VIII, introduced audiences to a darker, more technopunk version of the franchise.

Final Fantasy IX is the story of Zidane Tribal, a thief contracted to steal a princess, Garnet Til Alexandros XVII, from her home in the royal city of Alexandria. As with most Final Fantasy games, several plot turns ensue and the game ends with a band of misfits consisting of a literal child, an autonomous construct with a soul, and a genderless gourmet chef with a thing for frogs, fighting god.

It will be interesting to see how Cyber Group Studios tackles some of Final Fantasy IX’s darker subject matter. While kids are smarter and more culturally aware than TV executives like to give them credit for, it might still be difficult to navigate FF9’s themes of death, depression, war, and genocide in ways palatable for 8-13 year olds. However, of the recent Final Fantasy games, making a children’s show out of FF9 makes the most sense. It’s more lighthearted (aforementioned genocide and war themes aside) than its predecessors, and its plot is fairly straightforward — no Sephiroth clones or memory wiping monsters living in your brain to keep track of.

In addition to production, Cyber Group Studios will also handle merchandise licensing. Given that this show is aimed at young children and tweens, expect to see Vivi plush toys coming to a store near you.

Comments

  • I’m super worried this will be to FFIX what Teen Titans Go was to the original TT.

    “It’s more lighthearted (aforementioned genocide and war themes aside) than its predecessors, and its plot is fairly straightforward — no Sephiroth clones or memory wiping monsters living in your brain to keep track of.” Just a whole bunch of existential crises, identity issues, soul puppets, extra-planetary beings, time travel, planetary fusion, and Oglops. Did I mention Oglops?

    If you think FFIX is straightforward you obviously weren’t paying attention to the latter half.

    • So hard to tell these days and it’s narrative was a lot more solid and cohesive, at least when compared to others.
      (What happened in FFXII, I still can’t say)

      I would prefer if it stuck close to the original too but if it has the same effect as TTGO and introduces a whole new generation to FF then it can’t be all that bad.
      (I actually found GO to be fairly funny for what it was though)

    • FFIX is straight forward though. It’s not hard for younger minds to follow along, comprehend and find deeper meanings. Sure, certain story elements may hit differently as your perspective changes through your life, but it’s by no means convoluted or confusing.

      • It’s relatively straightforward until you start getting to the point where you find out about Gaia, Terra, soul recycling crystals, Garland, Genomes, and time travel to the source of all world crystals. It’s basically the events of FFVII’s Genova/Sephiroth assimilation into the life stream and FFVIII’s time compression all mixed together.

        My point was mainly just saying that FFIX is a little more than war and genocide and has its fair share of Sephiroth clones and mind wiping monster plots.

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