Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light
Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light[a] is an eight-part 2017 Japanese-language miniseries starring Yudai Chiba, Ren Osugi and Mako Ishino. It was released on April 17, 2017 on MBS/TBS. It was released on Netflix on September 1, 2017.
|Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Original release||April 17, 2017|
The plot revolves around Akio Inaba (Yudai Chiba) who rekindle his bond with his retired and distant father Hirotaro (Ren Osugi) through the online role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV. Akio's plan is to connect with his father in-game and that it will expand into the real world.
- Yudai Chiba as Akio
- Ren Osugi as Hakutaro
- Mako Ishino as Kimiko Inaba
- Fumika Baba as Yoko Shoda
- Yoshihiko Hakamada
- Hatsunori Hasegawa
- Kentarô Shimazu
- Kosuke Imai
- Komegumi Koiwasaki
- Chieri Ajioka
- Nao Honda
- Masayuki Shida
- Hirota Ohtsuka
- Minako Kotobuki
- Aoi Yūki
- Kaede Yuasa
- Taishi Murata
- Yuriko Ohshima as Narration
- Yoshino Nanjô
The premise of the show comes from a Japanese blog written by a Final Fantasy XIV player who introduced the game to his elderly father. The show was originally translated as Daddy of Light, but was changed by Netflix to Dad of Light for its international release.
Director Kiyofumi Yamamoto stated that no computer graphic manipulation was used as the budget of a half hour drama is more limited and thought it was best to avoid using it. During development, there was an idea of sticking an in-game camera on a player to simulate what the father and son were experiencing. Many on the filmmaking team were skeptical, but Yamamoto experimented for two weeks and showed the team a video storyboard demonstrating that it could be done. There was discussion about what frame-rate for the game footage should be, since the footage is from a family’s apartment internet, or if they should focus more on the footage looking good.  After a week of experimentation, Yamamoto settled on 30 frames per second at 4K. Yamamoto not only helped produce the show but helped make the game footage. Another challenge was the lack (at the time) of facial expressions within the game. The footage was shot on a public Final Fantasy XIV server.
The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 100% of critics have given the series a positive review based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. IGN found the show "charming", but thought the premise too long for an eight episode series, and that Final Fantasy XIV didn't look as good as the actors portrayed it to be. GQ Magazine stated that the show was not particularly deep, well acted or surprising, but still found it compelling and earnest. The Verge described the series as "silly and sweet", calling the slow absorption of Akio's father into the game adorable. Polygon praised the title as a "joy to watch", also saying it was relatable and unassuming. The Japan Times reflected on how the show signals an increase in Japanese television coming into the Western consciousness through Netflix, with many of the "weird Japan" stereotypes of previous decades being replaced by more relatable, "charming", and calming material.
On March 23, 2019, plans to adapt Dad of Light into a film were announced at the Final Fantasy Fan Festival in Tokyo. The film, titled Brave Father Online: Our Story of Final Fantasy XIV, was released on June 21, 2019.
- Fainaru Fantajī Fōtīn: Hikari no Otōsan (ファイナルファンタジーXIV 光のお父さん)
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