Fi­nal Fan­tasy XIV: Dad Of Light

Square Enix se­ries keeps it in the fam­ily

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Good news: Net­flix has made a Fi­nal Fan­tasy se­ries! Un­ex­pected news: it’s a goofy drama about a fa­ther and son who re­con­nect by play­ing Fi­nal Fan­tasy XIV. While it may not fea­ture a man with a gun-arm su­plex­ing a train, Dad Of Light is a sur­pris­ingly sweet soap about the power of videogames to bring peo­ple to­gether.

Af­ter a brief pro­logue where Akio In­aba (Yu­dai Chiba) is bought his first games con­sole and a copy of Fi­nal Fan­tasy by his fa­ther Haku­taro (Ren Osugi), the pair bond­ing over ex­cit­ing turn-based bat­tles, events jump for­ward a decade. Fa­ther and son have be­come emo­tion­ally es­tranged, living un­der the same roof but talk­ing only to say hello and good­bye each day. Struggling at work, Akio takes refuge in Fi­nal Fan­tasy’s world of Eorzea by night, which gives him a brain­wave – what if fa­ther and son could re­con­nect on­line? For rea­sons that only make sense if you re­mem­ber this is an eight-episode se­ries, Akio con­cocts a con­vo­luted plan that re­quires he keep his true iden­tity con­cealed and be­friend his fa­ther in-game.

While un­de­ni­ably a bare-faced ad­vert for FF XIV, there’s some­thing charm­ing about Dad Of Light’s daft plot­ting, melo­dra­matic stag­ing, soap-opera flat cin­e­matog­ra­phy and bat­tle­ship-broad per­for­mances. Look past the kooky fa­cade and there’s au­then­tic emo­tion un­der­pin­ning the drama. It doesn’t need to be any­where near as long as it is, and ma­chin­ima footage from FF XIV that pushes the story for­ward in-game only serves to demon­strate the lim­i­ta­tion of that en­gine to con­vey any­thing close to con­vinc­ing emo­tion. But FF fans look­ing for a binge watch could do a lot worse. Just don’t let it give your par­ents ideas about nick­ing your PS4. Jor­dan Far­ley

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