"Mag Mell" ~ Kumi Tanioka
Finally got to play the original Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles the other day and it’s a really cool and unique little game! It’s a bit of a bummer that there hasn’t been anything quite like it since it came out.
The only playable races that matter in that game are Liltys and Yukes. Selkies and Clavats can go right on home.
Lineless painting is hard… 8’D
Anyways this is a redraw of one of my first digital works, and the first painting I ever did of Layle! Wow, I’ve improved a lot!
Layle ©2009 Square-Enix
Artworkd ©2013 Keikilani
FINALLY BACK HOME WITH A PROPER INTERNET CONNECTION.
I’ve got some proper pictures to show off this time!!
As I said in my initial ‘freakout’ post, the story of the manga doesn’t follow the game’s plot. (Oh come on you know I sat down and read them the instant I had them in my hands - I’ve actually read through them like three times already, though with limited Japanese skills. I was still able to grasp the plot though and BOY IS IT GOOD.) Instead it veers off a bit and while the main characters’ goal is still to collect Myrrh, there’s a new villain (and some new allies too!), and different events from the game. I would describe the manga as a bit of an Alternate Universe, the ultimate villain is still Raem, but he’s got some new lackeys this time around and the main characters never meet Raem in the story. I’d say that if the manga had more than three volumes, they eventually would meet and fight Raem. As it is now, this story takes place in a single “year” (those who’ve played the game will know what a “year” is) so it’s more like it could be a prequel to the game.
While we do see the entire cast from the game, some have had their appearance changed, while others only get a short cameo. Then there are those like Fiona, who now play a major role in the story. De Nam is the most pronounced change, as his appearance has been completely altered for the manga. We also get to see some new characters, such as Fiona’s father, the Lilty King, and the High Commander of the Lilty army.
The story itself revolves around our caravan and their quest for Myrrh. However, their attempts at filling the chalice are thwarted by a Clavat man wearing Yuke armor - who has been destroying the trees with an unknown power. Now our heroes must find a way to gather myrrh while competing with the other caravans over the few trees that are left. With each tree that falls, tensions between tribes/towns/cities escalate. Myrrh is already precious, but with fewer trees, there are fewer drops left to recharge the crystals. On top of that, the Lilty King’s ailing health has created inner turmoil within the Lilty kingdom, and a power struggle is born between the high commander and the Lilty Princess.Now old enemies must set aside their differences if they are to combat this new nemesis.
The creators tried to cram A LOT of story into the three volumes they were given, so even though the plot flows pretty well, it definitely feels a little rushed. I would have loved to see what they could have come up with if they’d had another volume to space the story out, but I still really like this manga. It was very well done. Each character is lovable and the art style is absolutely adorable. It matches the world of FFCC very nicely.
I’m planning on scanlating this manga, but it probably won’t be done in the near future haha. It’ll take a while but I hope to get an English version out there eventually XD
I’ve never been able to find these anywhere. Just having a summary is lovely and so much more info than I had!
Annual Festival - Tanioka Kumi
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Original Soundtrack
Thanks! I had noticed the lack of Crystal Chronicles blogs, so I decided to make one. Sorry I can’t always update it (Tumblr is far too time consuming).