|Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged|
|Run||September 3, 2015 - December 11, 2020|
|Link||Team Four Star website|
Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged (abbreviated as FF7:MA) is an abridged series by TeamFourStar based on the classic PlayStation RPG Final Fantasy VII, created by Takahata101 (Curtis Arnott) and Antfish (Anthony Sardinha). The series is a comical take on the original game's story, which revolves around Cloud Strife and the crew of AVALANCHE as they fight to save the world from total destruction. It first premiered on YouTube on September 3, 2015, and concluded with "Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged - The Movie" on December 11, 2020.
History[edit | edit source]
Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged was first announced on Team Four Star's Podcast 24 on May 25, 2015. The project was greenlit the previous summer after Takahata101 and a few other TFS members put together a teaser to gauge interest. The series premiered with two episodes on Team Four Star's website on September 3, with every following episode released every two weeks; each episode following the first was uploaded to YouTube one week later. A second season premiered on October 27, 2017.
The series' initial reception was generally positive, with some comparing FF7:MA to the already-existing Final Fantasy VII: Abridged. In terms of humor and characterization, people generally agree that certain jokes in the older series are different. Most of the show's praise went to its comedic writing, and prolific voice cast, which includes professionals such as Sarah Ann Williams (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill), Kira Buckland (Accel World, Dangan Ronpa 2, Tales of Zestria), and Xander Mobus (Super Smash Bros. 4). Later episodes were more positively received, their level of quality compared to that of Team Four Star's Dragon Ball Z Abridged towards the end of its first season.
Production[edit | edit source]
FF7:MA is produced by a separate division of the team that works on other projects such as Dragon Ball Z Abridged, allowing them to be produced more quickly. It is made in a machinima style, using edited gameplay and cutscene footage from Final Fantasy VII with added effects such as lip movements.
Takahata101 works as the series writer, producer, and showrunner, while Antfish was brought on as co-writer and project manager, and MasakoX as editor. It also features original animations and illustrations by Stephan Krosecz, most of which spoof the in-game character portraits.
AinSophAur produced the series' musical score by remixing the game's original tracks by Nobuo Uematsu. The intro theme, a remix of Final Fantasy VII's main theme, was created by TheLivingTombstone. An album collection of the first season's soundtrack, titled "Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged – Midgar Mix", was released on April 22, 2016.
Whereas DBZA's episodes are written and produced individually, FF7:MA's first season was completely scripted before its release, marking the first time TFS has attempted to produce an entire batch of episodes at once.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- A bolded name means an important major recurring character
|Justin Briner||Cloud Strife|
|Sarah Anne Williams||Tifa Lockhart|
|Anthony "Antfish" Sardinha||Barret Wallace, Soldier #2 (ep. 4), Giuseppe, Phoenix (eps. 13, 28), Tankceratops, Black Robes (ep. 20), Spirits (ep. 24)|
|Kira "Rina-chan" Buckland||Aerith Gainsborough|
|Curtis "Takahata101" Arnott||Red XIII, Reno, Giuseppe's Son, Squaticles, Seto, Fake Vincent|
|Courtney "Mystic Pyro Freak" Williams||Yuffie Kisaragi|
|Nick "Lanipator" Landis||Cait Sith, Mog, Reeve Tuesti|
|Chris "Faulerro" Tout||Vincent Valentine, Ramirez, Bartender (ep. 15), Censor Guy (ep. 27)|
|Brian Olvera||Cid Highwind|
|Nathan "NateWantsToBattle" Sharp||Zack Fair|
|Mike "Ovarku" Varker||Sephiroth|
Also featuring[edit | edit source]
(in order of appearance)
- James "EpicGameMusic" Ronald as Guard (ep. 1)
- Chris "Kirbopher15" Niosi as Biggs
- Jessi "Nowacking" Nowack as Jessie
- Chris Zito as Wedge
- David "ShockDingo" Dixon as Soldiers (ep. 1), Bugenhagen, Pilot (ep. 27), Civilian (ep. 31)
- Monty Glu as Shinra Security PA (ep. 1)
- Corinne "Megami33" Sudberg as Marlene Wallace, Sam (ep. 27), Boy 2 (ep. 29), Civilian (ep. 31)
- Lyle "Lyle McDouchebag" Rath as Tom Lastastaname (News Anchor), Ptractordactyl
- Zach Holzman as Subway Passenger (ep. 3), Shinra Employee (ep. 15)
- Brett Weaver as Bar Customer (ep. 3), Jim (ep. 10)
- Graham Stark as President Shinra
- ShinigamiEater as Soldier #1 (ep. 4)
- Sandra "DustyOldRoses" Espinoza as Elmyra Gainsborough, Ester, Crying Woman (ep. 18, 25)
- PurpleEyesWTF as Doorguy (eps. 5, 6, 31)
- Tyson Rinehart as Drug Store Owner (eps. 5, 6, 31), Mod 1 (ep. 27)
- Chris "GeneralIvan" Guerrero as Bropollo, Gondoladon
- Edward Bosco as Wrestler #1 (ep. 5), Tifa's Dad, Mascot (ep. 16)
- Xander Mobus as Wrestler #2 (ep. 5), Rufus Shinra, Dig Leader (ep. 25)
- YamatoSFX as Receptionist (ep. 6)
- Josh "Tomamoto" Tomar as Don Corneo, Mission Control (eps. 21, 30), Conductor (ep. 28)
- Ty "Aramek" Konzak as Heidegger
- Scott "KaiserNeko" Frerichs as Tseng
- Lawrence "MasakoX" Simpson as Stabby (ep. 8), Door Monster (ep. 24), Civilian (ep. 31)
- Jessica Calvello as Ifalna (Aerith's Mom)
- Monica Franco as Secretary (ep. 8), Woman #1 (ep. 15)
- Amber Lee "ShudoRanmaru" Connors as Scarlet
- Ben "Hbi2k" Creighton as Palmer, Shinra Soldier (ep. 17)
- Edwyn "Omahdon" Tiong as Professor Hojo
- DasBoSchitt as Assistant (ep. 9)
- Marc Swint as Rude, Old Man (ep. 21), Intercom (ep. 31)
- Hiyabusa as Pilot (ep. 10)
- Kamran Nikhad as Zangan, Commander (eps. 13, 28), Sailor (ep. 27), Civilian (ep. 31)
- Marissa Lenti as Cloud's Mom, Doctor (ep. 13)
- Fred Wood as Photographer (ep. 11)
- Jordan Woollen as Monster (ep. 11), Marching Director (ep. 14), Miners (eps. 15, 28), Gi Nattak, Inn Owner (ep. 20), Mod 2 (ep. 27)
- Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug as Choco Bill
- BohBurr as Choco Billy, Sailor (ep. 14-15)
- Morgan Berry as Elena
- Eileen "EileMonty" Montgomery as Priscilla, Boy 3 (ep. 29), Civilian (ep. 31)
- Steven "Sarifus" Kelly as Old Man (ep. 13), PA System (ep. 15)
- Elsie Lovelock as Old Woman (ep. 13), Woman #2 (ep. 15), Shera, Children (ep. 23), Boy 1 (ep. 29), Civilian (ep. 31), Lucrecia Crescent
- Brock Baker as Village Elder (ep. 15), Zack's Dad, Door Guy (ep. 19)
- Jason Marnocha as Dyne
- SungWon "ProZD" Cho as Dio, Godo Kisaragi
- Mike "1KidsEntertainment" Hecht as Mr. Coates
- Grant Smith as Shinra Soldier (ep. 17), Doctor (eps. 27, 28), Baby Phoenix (ep. 28), Bahamut
- Marianne Miller as Zack's Mom
- Cait Paige as Fake Mom (ep. 20)
- Robot as Robot Dog (ep. 20)
- Kellen Goff as Materia Keeper, Dig Assistant (ep. 25)
- LittleVMills as Velicocopter
- Bill Butts as Brodin
- Misc. voices
- Morgan Berry
- SungWon "ProZD" Cho
- Creepy Pasta Jr.
- Robert "Rawrb" Kersey
- Joshua "The J" Key
- Anthony "Antfish" Sardinha
- Lawrence "MasakoX" Simpson
- Corinne "Megami33" Sudberg
- Elizabeth "MissShadowLovely" Sweet
- Kimlinh Tran
- Mike "Ovarku" Varker
- Jordan Wollen
Characters[edit | edit source]
- Cloud Strife (voiced by Justin Briner): Unlike the apathetic loner seen in the game, FF7:MA's version of Cloud is a whiny pushover who gets entangled in AVALANCHE's acts of terrorism against his will. Even though he tries to act tough by bringing up his service in SOLDIER time and again, he has little sensibility in battle beyond swinging his Buster Sword at his enemies, and he is prone to "fucking up" even the simplest of tasks. He does demonstrate the occasional bout of competence, however, and he grows more of a backbone against his allies' insults over time. He is mistaken for a woman or a cross-dresser in several episodes, helped in no small part by his one-time instance of wearing a dress.
- Barret Wallace (voiced by Anthony "Antfish" Sardinha): Barret is more or less unchanged as the short-fused, loud-mouthed leader of AVALANCHE with a soft spot for his "baby girl" Marlene, though his angry outbursts are much more over-the-top. He gets fed up with his teammates easily, particularly Cloud, whom he keeps a close eye on so he doesn't "fuck up" their missions. Among the other things he can't stand are racism, criticism towards his arm-gun, and fighting the many giant robots they meet in the first season. He gets along famously with Red XIII, his "talking dog best friend" that he wanted since he was a kid.
- Tifa Lockhart (voiced by Sarah Ann Williams): In stark contrast to the kindhearted woman she is from the game, the Tifa featured in FF7:MA is the definition of a bitch: irritable, crass, immature, and mentally unstable. She has a history of tricking Cloud into doing "solids" for her, many of which wind up jeopardizing his well-being one way or another. In fact, the whole reason he gets roped in with AVALANCHE is thanks to Tifa. Despite this, she genuinely believes she is acting in Cloud's best interests, and tries to come to his aid as needed.
- Aerith Gainsborough (voiced by Kira "Rina-chan" Buckland): Aerith's innocence and naivete are played up to the point where she comes across as a ditzy womanchild who treats friends and foes alike with kindness and forgiveness, and is oblivious to whatever danger she may be in. The only one who doesn't get this treatment is Tifa, whom Aerith actively despises out of jealousy towards her relationship with Cloud. She is sometimes called "Aeris" after her name's original spelling; even her introductory naming screen flip-flops over how to spell her name. She will become jealous of any woman who tries to talk to Cloud or catches Cloud's attention even going so far as to "accidentally" break the Shiva summon materia when Cloud was amazed by how beautiful it was.
- Red XIII (voiced by Curtis "Takahata101" Arnott): Red XIII is nothing like the fierce yet intelligent warrior he is in the game, appearing instead as an incredibly friendly yet simple-minded cat/dog thing (no one can tell whether he's one or the other). He was caught by Shinra while napping and used as a frequent subject in Professor Hojo's perverted cross-breeding experiments, which inexplicably gave him the ability to speak. He also seemed to develop a fetish for monsters and creatures as a result. He gets along well with AVALANCHE, especially Barret, who always dreamed of having a talking dog best friend of his very own.He has typical dog characteristics like humping anything that moves or eating whatever's on the floor.
- Yuffie Kisaragi (voiced by Courtney "Mystic Pyro Freak" Williams): Playing off of her already existent in-game personality traits, Yuffie is the same young, headstrong kleptomaniac that she appears to be in the actual game. But these traits are turned up to eleven! She will break her ninja persona by yelling "Surprise attack!" when ambushing her victims usually leading to her getting quickly knocked out. She joins Cloud's party when she offers her services to track down where the Turks are headed, which Cloud accepts because Red XIII was too stoned at the time to be of any help. Barret finds her presence "optional at best." She wants to be friends with Tifa who she views as cool and a "role model" while Tifa looks at her as annoying. Eventually, after having a blast at Gold Saucer, they quickly grow to become good friends.
- Cait Sith (voiced by Nick "Lanipator" Landis impersonating Ed Wynn): A fortune-teller robot operated by Reeve working at Gold Saucer that acts as upbeat and comically desperate as he does in the game. However, the moogle he rides has a speaking role, is given the recurring moogle name "Mog", and is portrayed as a nihilist. With most of his lines being pessimistic and morbid remarks. He meets Cloud and Aerith to give them fortunes when he hears they need cheering up but instead of handing out fortunes, he hands out items that allude to Reeve's lonely life. He bonds quickly with Cloud because they both share the same pathetic experiences that they've gone through in life. This sad fact allows him to almost immediately join Cloud's party. He is quickly pointed out by Tifa when Cloud floats around the idea of a traitor being in their group.
- Vincent Valentine (voiced by Faulerro): The same brooding character he was in the actual game except being based more on classic horror film cliches rather than anime "edge lords". Vincent is found below the Shinra Mansion in Nibelheim asleep, apparently dreaming of all the tortures he's going to subject Hojo to. He was once a Turk who was tasked to bodyguard professors Ghast, Lucrecia, and Hojo. He easily joins Cloud's party due to Yufie's attraction to him, Aerith's kindness, and Cloud being too frustrated at losing Sephiroth to give a f***. He quickly scares Barret due to the fact that he's filled with spiders who "crawled into me flesh and laid eggs". In his first scene, Vincent is voiced by Takahata101 for about 10 seconds using the same voice he uses for Alucard before coughing out some "morning death breath". Afterwards, he is voiced by Faulerro impersonating Richmond Avenal from The IT Crowd.
- Cid Highwind (Voiced by Brian Olvera): A foul-mouthed pilot with a heart of gold. Like in the original game, Cid is driven to realize his dream of being the first man to go to space. He's high-strung, quick to curse, and driven to stand by his dream. He lives with his scientist/S&M partner, Shera, who puts up with his constant criticisms due to him saving her life on the day of the scheduled takeoff into space. He's addicted to smoking which has become so bad that people can see his second-hand smoke rising up from the town he lives in. He joins Cloud's party when he finds out that Rufus won't be continuing the space program and when the Shinra president mocks his dream. Cloud is instantly driven to accept him into the party due to his no-nonsense attitude and his cool demeanor.
- Sephiroth (voiced by Mike "Ovarku" Varker): Although he has only made minor appearances in the series thus far, Sephiroth is portrayed almost identically to how he is seen in the game: a nightmarish force of evil with little to no humor surrounding his acts of horrific violence. He is leading Cloud's group along a cross-world journey with the intention of eventually causing a calamity that will destroy the world. Despite being played mostly straight like in Final Fantasy VII, he does have a few comedic moments. Most of which comes from his exasperation towards Cloud's excessive worshiping of him in the past.
- Professor Hojo (voiced by Edwyn "Omahdon" Tiong impersonating John Kassir): As he is depicted in the games, Hojo is the inhumane mad scientist and head of the Shinra Co.'s science division. FF7:MA's Hojo exhibits little divergence from his game counterpart. He speaks in a refined, but condescending manner, even to his fellow Shinra executives and seems to be slightly more irritable than his game counterpart. His insanity is further emphasized as having, in his own words, a fetish towards breeding different organisms while watching and recording the spectacle, which he very earnestly expresses when he tried to breed Aerith and Red XIII, much to the disgust of Cloud, Tifa and Barret. He proudly expresses taking part in this depravity "all day, every day", mentioning that failed products of said breeding are flushed down the toilet (which explains the presence of Apps in the sewers that Cloud, Aerith and Tifa encountered after escaping from Don Corneo).
- President Shinra (voiced by Graham Stark): Much like his game counterpart; President Shinra is the unscrupulous head of the Shinra Power Company. He speaks is a slow, calm voice with very formal vocabulary and with a noticeable southern twang. This iteration has an tendency for using metaphors, such as referring to members of AVALANCHE as "rats", his profits and property as his "cheese", the robot Air Buster as "a brass bar" (as in the mechanism of a mousetrap). Metaphors are so much a part of his character that he supposedly used them even in his final conversation with Sephiroth before being impaled.
In this version of events, President Shinra has a weakness for nepotism; he granted Palmer (here, his cousin) an executive position despite him proving to be horrendously incompetent, and employed his niece as the front door receptionist of Shinra HQ (where she naively facilitated AVALANCHE's raid on the building).
- Rufus Shinra (voiced by Xander Mobus): Former vice-president, then President of Shinra Power Company and illegitimate son of President Shinra. Like President Shinra, Rufus has a pronounced, though less than his father, southern twang in his speech. He is described as being more subtle, practical and smarter than his father, though he does display some of his ineptness too, such as his eagerness to invite "Private Thunderhead" (i.e. a disguised Cloud) on his trip to Costa del Sol due to ending up a ShintraNet (a Shinra-owned form of the Internet) sensation. He is hinted to practice cross-dressing after Cloud damaged his Guiseppe brand suit in their battle.
- Heidegger (Ty "Aramek" Konzak): Heidegger, the Shinra head of security, much like his game counterpart, is a cruel and condescending personality who delights in tormenting others, particularly his fellow executive Reeve over his moral and financial disagreements with the other execs. Ironically, despite being head of security, Heidegger, according to Reeve, and even confirmed by Heidegger himself, has caused a noticeable dent in Shinra Co's budget due to bribes paid by the company to dismiss his sizeable assault charges, to the point that if someone refuses the company bribes, he assaults the people being bribed. Reeve has coined this behavior as the "Assault Spiral".
- Scarlet (voiced by Amber Lee "ShudoRanmaru" Connors): Like her game counterpart, Scarlett comes off as a pompous and arrogant head of Shinra Power Company's weapons development division. She, like all the other executives, delights in insulting and demeaning Reeve, whom she apparently had sex with.
- Palmer (voiced by Ben "Hbi2k" Creighton): Palmer is depicted as an overeager, to the point of childishness, head of "space exploration and all the cool space stuff" of Shinra Power Company, who is borderline obsessed with outer space. He turns out as a huge drain on Shinra's budget for his activity in "buying spaces", an activity that he describes in detail as making a telescope with one's hands, looking up at the night sky, the bit of space visible being "one space", after which he takes 1 billion gil (which, according to him is what a space costs) for each space and burns it, the smoke apparently delivering the payment to space itself. He is President Shinra's cousin, thus making him Rufus Shinra's uncle, and his daughter works as the front door receptionist of Shinra headquarters. Unlike his game counterpart; he's unceremoniously killed getting hit by a truck which flings him into getting decapitated by one of the propellers of Cid's Tiny Bronco plane that he was planning on literally taking it to the moon.
- Reeve (voiced by Nick "Lanipator" Landis): Much like his game countepart; Reeve, the head of Shinra's urban development team, is the sole morally grounded executive in the Shinra Power Company, audibly objecting to President Shinra's plans on killing AVALANCHE by dropping an entire portion of Midgar on top of the Sector 7 slums and having to make note of how much resources the company wastes in regards to its executives' investments. All the other executives demean him over his displays of basic human empathy.
- Tseng (voiced my Scott "KaiserNeko" Freirichs impersonating Alan Rickman): The leader of Shinra's private intelligence team, the Turks. His abridged counterpart speaks in a very formal, flat to near monotone voice, rarely using contractions. The only times he breaks said monotone is, as he puts it, "the act of laughter", which in his case is a loud braying noise.
- Reno (voiced by Curtis "Takahata101" Arnott): One of the Turks: Abridged Reno comes off as irritable and disgruntled and is hinted to have unvoiced disagreements over his job. During his encounter with Cloud, Tifa and Barret atop Sector 7's support structure, after trading insults with Tifa, he was brutally struck in the groin, shattering part of his pelvic bone, rendering him temporarily absent. It's revealed that his injury required surgery on his testicles, of which one somehow traveled through various parts of his body, while the other one, in the surgeon's own words was destroyed (i.e. "dead"). Since then he is far more cautious, if not terrified, around Tifa.
- Rude (voiced by Mark Swint): One of the Turks: Along with Tseng, Rude remains the most level-headed of the Turks. Like his game counterpart, he has a crush on Tifa, to the point of coming up with an excuse to flee from battle with her around.
- Elena (voiced by Morgan Berry): One of the Turks and a former intern. Contrasting her teammates, Elena is chipper, happy-go-lucky and eager to please, unable to let go of her job as an intern of bringing people coffee (this offer extends even to her enemies). Her helpful attitude often results in her revealing confidential information, such as the Turks' task of tracking down Sephiroth and Reno's testicular surgery.
Episodes[edit | edit source]
Season 1[edit | edit source]
|Episode 1||September 3, 2015|
|Episode 2||September 3, 2015 (Website)|
September 10, 2015 (YouTube)
|Episode 3||September 17, 2015 (Website)|
September 24, 2015 (YouTube)
|Episode 4||October 1, 2015 (Website)|
October 8, 2015 (YouTube)
|Episode 5||October 15, 2015 (Website)|
October 22, 2015 (YouTube)
|Episode 6||October 29, 2015 (Website)|
November 5, 2015 (YouTube)
|Episode 7||November 12, 2015 (Website)|
November 19, 2015 (YouTube)
|Episode 8||November 26, 2015 (Website)|
December 3, 2015 (YouTube)
|Episode 9||December 10, 2015 (Website)|
December 17, 2015 (YouTube)
|Episode 10||December 24, 2015|
Season 2[edit | edit source]
|Episode 11||October 27, 2017|
|Episode 12||November 3, 2017|
|Episode 13||November 10, 2017|
|Episode 14||November 17, 2017|
|Episode 15||November 24, 2017|
|Episode 16||December 1, 2017|
|Episode 17||December 8, 2017|
|Episode 18||December 16, 2017|
|Episode 19||December 22, 2017|
|Episode 20||December 29, 2017|
Season 3[edit | edit source]
|Episode 21||November 23, 2018|
|Episode 22||November 30, 2018|
|Episode 23||December 7, 2018|
|Episode 24||December 14, 2018|
|Episode 25||December 21, 2018|
Season 4[edit | edit source]
|Episode 26||November 15, 2019|
|Episode 27||November 22, 2019|
|Episode 28||November 29, 2019|
|Episode 29||December 6, 2019|
|Episode 30||December 13, 2019|
|Episode 31||December 20, 2019|
Movie[edit | edit source]
|The Movie||December 11, 2020|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- This is Team Four Star's fourth abridged series after Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, and Attack on Titan Abridged. It also marks their first abridged series not based on an anime series.
- Team Four Star's logo (the Four-Star Dragon Ball) is hidden within the FF7:MA logo.
- Most of the voice actors are credited by their real names, not just their online usernames.
- Several disparaging remarks are made towards Final Fantasy VIII across the series:
- In episode 1, Cloud says that no one likes squalls, a reference to the fandom rivalry between him and VIII protagonist Squall Leonhart.
- In episode 16, Cloud questions the functionality of a "gunblade", Squall's signature weapon.
- In episode 21, the issues Shera finds with "Oxygen Tank No. 8" in Cid's rocket—namely its "siphoning" and "junction" systems—are both gameplay mechanics in Final Fantasy VIII.
- Marlene is 8 years old in FF7:MA. In the original game, she is 4. The age discrepancy is spoofed in episode 17, where Cloud says that Marlene looks like a 4-year-old.
- Palmer is depicted as President Shinra's cousin and Rufus's first uncle once removed named Palmer Q. Shinra (simply called "Uncle Palmer" by Rufus). The secretary at Shinra HQ is also said to be Palmer's daughter. There is nothing to suggest they are related to the Shinra family in the original game.
- Throughout season 1, several names are pronounced differently than they are in the games, particularly Mako as "MAY-ko" rather than "MAH-ko", and Tseng with an audible "T" rather than a silent one. Season 2 reverts to more game-accurate pronunciations, with the changes addressed by the characters.
- "Midgar Mix" was the first soundtrack album Team Four Star released for one of their series.
- Mog, Cait Sith's moogle companion, is unnamed in the original game, with his name referencing a common recurring character across the Final Fantasy series.
- Cid mentions having a great-grandfather named "Cid IX" whose scorned wife turned him into an oglop, a direct reference to Cid Fabool IX from Final Fantasy IX. It also parodies the recurrence of the name "Cid" throughout the Final Fantasy franchise by suggesting at least these two Cid's are related.
- Cloud's dream of fighting a "gorilla with a tie" that he "didn't see coming" alludes to his inclusion as a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series and gamers' initial reaction to it.