Love Final Fantasy? Me too! *highfive*
You’ll be delighted to hear that Square has released a new manga, titled Final Fantasy: Lost Strangers, to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
The protagonist of Lost Strangers is Sasaki Shogo – a Japanese guy who gets a job at Square working on games, and who plays a lot of FF in his spare time. He’s unhappy that he’s not given a chance to work on the FF franchise, which is why he wanted the job to begin with.
Wait, what? The Final Fantasy manga is about a Square employee?
Yes, the story is very meta in the beginning. But the hero is soon pulled into the fantasy world he loves so much. Here’s the official description:
Scoring a job at Square Enix, Sasaki Shogo’s dream of producing a Final Fantasy game finally seems within his grasp! But after he starts, he quickly discovers that the work has nothing to do with his favorite franchise at all… Disillusioned, his enthusiasm for FF begins waning despite his sister / co-worker Yuko’s attempts to lift his spirits. Their conversation is cut short, though, when a runaway truck suddenly careens toward the two of them…! When Shogo comes to, the first thing he sees is…a Moogle?! Wait, was that a Cure spell? And chocobos…?! Hurled into a Final Fantasy world unbound to any particular installment, how will an uber-fan like Shogo survive?
The new FF world isn’t associated with any others from the franchise, but the various races that Final Fantasy is known for definitely make an appearance. You’ll see the aforementioned Moogles and Chocobos, but also Elezen, Hyur, and Lalafell-looking chums. Players familiar with FF XIV will recognize them immediately, even if their names have been changed.
Now go read the free episode of Final Fantasy: Lost Strangers over at Crunchyroll and let us know what you think.