Final Fantasy XIV inspires Japanese TV Drama ‘Daddy of Light’

Final Fantasy XIV inspires Japanese TV Drama ‘Daddy of Light’

Final Fantasy is a franchise that is synonymous with pop-culture in Japan. It is also one of the highest grossing roleplaying game franchises in the world. Similarly, it takes players from across the globe, and puts them in fantastic situations, sometimes alone, and sometimes with countless others. In the case of Final Fantasy XIV, it is the latter.

Final Fantasy XIV is Square Enix’s latest foray into the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) genre. The game, which initially released in 2010, re-released again in 2013 to a better reception. Since then, the game has only grown in popularity. So much so, that the game is getting its own televised drama.

Tokyo Broadcasting System and Mainichi Broadcasting System have jointly announced that a new TV Drama called Final Fantasy XIV: Daddy of Light will soon air in Japan.

Daddy of Light is about a father and son duo who absolutely love Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Despite having an immense age gap, the two manage to bond and find common ground. It sounds like a bittersweet tale about a common problem in many households: the generation gap keeping parents from bonding with children.

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The story itself is actually based on a Japanese blog of the same name. This blog featured the story of a boy who had a strained relationship with his father. Due to a massive lack of communication, they never managed to bond. The son eventually finds and gifts his dad a copy of Final Fantasy XIV for PlayStation 4. The father immediately falls in love with the game, which gave his son an idea: joining him online. The thing here, however, is that he never told his father that it was he who befriended him in the game.

Final Fantasy XIV: Daddy of Light will star former Tensou Sentai Goseiger Red Ranger, Yudai Chiba as the son; and Ren Osugi, known for his role as Prime Minister Seji Okochi in Shin Godzilla (2016), as the father.

I cannot explain how big the smile on my face is right now, as I write this article. I am a sucker for hard-hitting dramas and an even bigger one for Korean and Japanese television. As such, I am so excited to watch it. With that said, the series will reportedly begin airing from April 2017 in Japan. Currently, there are no plans to localise the series for Western audiences (not like that will stop us from watching it, if you know what I mean).

[Sources: Kotaku, Mashable, Twinfinite, US Gamer]