- This article is about the anime OVA series. For the story found in Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales, see Legend of the Crystals.
Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals is a four-episode anime OVA that was released in Japan from March to July in 1994, and the United States from 1998.
The series is split into four episodes: "Wind Chapter", "Fire Chapter", "Dragon Chapter", and "Star Chapter". Though the soundtrack was composed by Masahiko Sato, it contains numerous cues to Nobuo Uematsu's original soundtrack to Final Fantasy V including the opening and the "Chocobo's Theme".
Legend of the Crystals takes place in the same world as Final Fantasy V, Planet R. Two hundred years after Bartz, Lenna, Galuf, Krile, and Faris saved the world from Exdeath, a new evil comes from the Black Moon, and seeks to take the Crystals. Linaly, a descendant of Bartz, and her friend and protector, Pretz, journey to the Temple Of Wind to seek the source of this new danger, forming a new generation of Light Warriors.
- "In the year 1000 cosmic calendar of the Kario Yuga era, the planet R, attended by two satellites, is an Earth which enjoys an abundance of majestic nature and a shining blue ocean.
It's existence is maintained by four Crystals which control the four basic elements of the universe: Earth, Water, Fire and Wind.
Once upon a time, when this planet was menaced by a dark entity and faced its biggest crisis the most courageous ones desperately fought to protect the crystals in a battle since long forgotten, but..."
The Chapter of the Wind focuses on how the main characters learn of the disturbance in the crystals' force, and how, upon this, Linaly and her grandfather, both descendants of Bartz Klauser, embark on a quest to protect the Wind Crystal. Pretz, a boy hailing from the same village as the two, follows them despite having been denied accompanying them. Their journey leads to a deserted town where they are attacked by a mantis-like monster, whose threat they can only overcome thanks to Pretz's intervention.
As Linaly's grandfather has been rendered unable to continue the journey, Pretz takes his place and joins her quest. While travelling, the pair gets attacked by Rouge and her pirates, however, Pretz manages to trick and defeat them. Using her earring Linaly asks the spirits of the land for guidance through the Valley of Dragons, beyond which the Wind Shrine lies. Having been told to follow the flow of the wind, Linaly allows herself to be taken away when she and Pretz get into a sandstorm. While she finds the way thanks to her trust in the wind, Pretz gets buried with his motorcycle and has to be dug out by Linaly.
The pair makes it to the Wind Shrine, which is floating in a hidden valley. While Pretz goes off to hijack the pirates' airship, Linaly solves an ancient puzzle, bringing her directly to the shrine's entrance just moments before Pretz crashes the airship near it. The pair goes on to find the Wind Crystal, albeit they soon find out that using a motorcycle in the shrine is a bad idea.
The pair reaches the Wind Crystal and obtains it, albeit not exactly the way they intended to: The Wind Crystal decides to hide within Linaly's body leaving her in pain and glowing. The chapter concludes with Pretz and Linaly leaving the Wind Shrine in order to go to the Blue Mage of Tycoon Castle, so that he may cure Linaly.
- "The crystals of Earth, Water and Fire have been stolen by the evil forces and Planet R is suffering from many grave disasters. Meanwhile, Pretz and Linaly, a descendant of the legendary valiant ones, must travel to the temple of the Wind to protect the one remaining crystal, overcoming many dangerous obstacles along the way. After finally reaching the Temple of the Wind, the crystal makes an extraordinary move and magically dives straight into Linaly's body..."
The Chapter of the Fire starts with Pretz and Linaly being apprehended by the Iron Wings of Tycoon after leaving the Wind Shrine. Due to being under the suspicion of having stolen the Wind Crystal, and being a companion of those who stole the other three, the Iron Wings Commander Valkus wishes for them to surrender, to which Pretz denies and starts escaping with Linaly. After being shot by Valkus, Pretz decides to engage the commander in battle.
The battle is short-lived, as soon Rouge's pirates emerge and put everyone to sleep. The pirates capture both Linaly and Pretz as well as Valkus, hoping to make some profit from them in one way or another. They take them to Rouge Island, where Rouge intends to learn the Wind Crystal's hiding place. She orders one of her pirates to torture Pretz, but has no result with this method. When she tries to torture Linaly, Pretz manages to attack her despite being tied up, before he gets knocked up.
Back in their cell, Valkus ponders over his feelings as he apparently has fallen for Rouge, while Linaly is in pain. The Wind Crystal leaves her body and summons the ghost of Mid Previa, one of the few courageous ones who assisted the Light Warriors in their battle against Exdeath 200 years ago. Linaly is surprised over meeting a former companion of her ancestor, while Pretz immediately begins to dislike the ghost of the young boy and names him a dirty old man for hiding in a young girl's body.
Mid and Pretz continue to go at each other. Afterward, Mid apologizes to Linaly for hiding the crystal within her, but states it was necessary in order to fool the enemy, Deathgyunos. He hides the crystal within Linaly once more, ignoring all protests from Pretz.
Rouge returns and takes Linaly away in order to interrogate her. Pretz snaps Valkus out of his trance and gets him to open an escape path for him. He storms to Rouge's room, knocks out two guards and grabs a sword to go on a rampage before escaping with Linaly. Guided by Mid, they find a storehouse in which they find Pretz's motorcycle and Kiku-ichimonji, which they use in the further course of their escape.
Just when it seems their escape is successful, the Deathgyunos troupes launch their attack, forcing the heroes, Valkus and the pirates to work together. Pretz decides to play the bait and lures the enemy soldiers away, creating an opening for his allies to flee. He lures them into the storehouse where he sets up the explosives. The ensuing explosion obliterates the entire island, leaving Pretz's fate in the dark.
Already believing him dead, Linaly spots a single barrel in the sea and promptly jumps off the airship in an attempt to go and swim to his side, overjoyed he is still alive. The chapter ends with an angered Deathgyunos commander stating the failure of his soldiers is unacceptable, and his soldiers assuring him, that they'll capture the girl without fail.
- "While being imprisoned by the pirates on Rouge Island, Pretz, Linaly and Valkus encountered a ghost boy from 200 years ago who appeared from the Crystal of the Wind and told them about Deathgyunos and their attempt to conquer the universe. Having already won the Crystals of Earth, Water and Fire the enemy attacked them on Rouge Island to try and take the Crystal of the Wind. With Pretz's effort, they barely escaped the crisis and the pirates' Rouge Island dissipated into the ocean..."
The Chapter of the Dragon starts with the Iron Wings journey back to Tycoon after the battle on Rouge Island. Having taken the pirates prisoner, the soldiers are proud of themselves, much to the displeasure of both the tied up Rouge and Valkus, who is pained by seeing his beloved one in chains. Soon a message from Queen Lenna arrives, ordering the soldiers to treat Pretz, Linaly, Mid and Rouge as guests.
Upon arriving at Tycoon Castle, Valkus and Queen Lenna's guests meet the queen for an audience, during which the queen labels them as the new Light Warriors. Following this, Mid gets interrogated and he tells his story: Following his grandfather's death, the villain Ra Devil had appeared and stole Cid's brain, killing Mid in the process. He reveals Ra Devil's goal is to become Deathgyunos, god of the universe. Furthermore, the party deduces that the Deathgyunos's hideout must be located on the Black Moon.
They plan to travel to the moon and recapture the crystals of Fire, Earth and Water by using the Hiryuu, the guardian god of the Tycoon Kingdom. Linaly, Pretz and Mid opt to go through the ancient dungeon below the castle in order to reach the Hiryuu and awaken it.
While the trio is on its way, Tycoon Castle gets attacked by the Deathgyunos forces, and has to depend not only on their own Iron Wings, but also on the pirates and their airship in order to withstand the fierce onslaught. Some of the mechanical soldiers slip through the defenses and start pursuing Linaly's group, leading to Pretz having to fight them. Eventually, Linaly gets captured by the last remaining soldier, leading to Pretz furiously attacking him, while riding on his back - as a result, the group falls far below the bridge they had been walking on.
On the bottom, they soon find the Hiryuu's tower, which has been sealed. After standing on an ancient sigil placed on the floor, the power of the Wind Crystal residing in Linaly's body gets unleashed - leading her to fire a beam of light at the sealed tower. This unseals the tower, allowing the trio to enter the tower and find a miniature sized Hiryuu. Slightly disappointed, Pretz laments their bad luck, while Linaly befriends the little dragon. A golem controlled by Ra Devil appears and captures Linaly, leaving Pretz to fight him, albeit only with temporary success - after being struck down once, the golem reforms around Linaly's body, effectively rendering Pretz unable to attack him, forcing him to let Ra Devil escape with the girl.
While Pretz finds Linaly's earring and laments his inability to protect her, the saddened Hiryuu cries out and transforms into a gigantic flying dragon. Filled once more with hope, Pretz swears to free Linaly.
- "From a confession made by Mid, grandson of the legendary and courageous Cid, the true identity of the plunderer of the Crystals is revealed. Pretz, Linaly, Rouge and Valkus have been asked by Queen Lenna to recover the Crystals of Earth, Water and Fire. With the help of the Flying Dragon, guardian god of Tycoon kingdom, they were determined to venture into the Evil headquarters: The Black Moon. But just as they were about to begin their journey, the enemy made a surprise attack and kidnapped Linaly in whose body the Crystal of Wind temporarily resides..."
Ra Devil is in a bad shape and is only held up by a multitude of machines. He states he has wandered the universe in search of the truth before finding it in Deathgyunos and says the time has finally come for him to become Deathgyunos himself, the ruler of the universe.
The four crystals have been placed in a machine, where Linaly takes the place of the Wind Crystal due to carrying it inside her. The spheres containing the crystals start glowing and Deathgyunos's reforms itself, opening something similar to a solar sail. Several streams of energy converge on the Black Moon and are gathered by the airship and propagated to the machine. Ra Devil announces he can feel the power of the entire universe flowing through him. The power is drawn from the Crystals, which awakens Linaly.
The pirates' airship soars through outer space toward the Black Moon being pulled by the Hiryuu along with the Iron Wing, aboard which Valkus shows concern over how Ra Devil is absorbing energy out of the universe. Ra Devil's body begins rebuilding himself, a feat upon which the imp-like beings on the moon's surface rejoice, stating that their god is finally about to be born. The Hiryuu along with the two airships enters the Black Moon's atmosphere. The Hiryuu is hit by a lightning bolt and tumbles down to the surface, and the two airships crash on the Black Moon.
The pirates' ship is heavily damaged, leaving Rouge to order her crew to repair it while she goes to the Iron Wing along with two of her pirates. On the way she catches the unconscious and now once more minuscule Hiryuu as he falls from the sky. She tosses him over to her remaining crew, stating that while fixing the ship, they should fix him too.
Ra Devil's new and still incomplete body rises into the air, while the imp-like creatures rejoice as Deathgyunos, god of the universe, has successfully been reborn as their master. Using Linaly's earring Pretz tries to mimic her and converse with the spirits. He manages to contact Mid who tells him to head north. The Iron Wing is soon welcomed by the enemy engaging them in battle. The Iron Wings send out their elite troops, but despite their abilities, the Iron Wing gets in the line of fire. Rouge is hit on her shoulder and Valkus turns berserk, shooting at every enemy without hesitation. Pretz and Mid can only watch in astonishment as Valkus eliminates the enemies on his own, to which Mid only can say that "Love makes one insane."
Deathgyunos is still not fully constructed, but nonetheless opens fire at the Iron Wing and the heroes start a full-scale attack against it, colliding the ship with Deathgyunos. Pretz and Valkus decide to split up. Pretz goes to look for Linaly, and Valkus starts searching for the crystals in the debris. Pretz encounters a robot carrying Linaly, which opens fire on him before attempting to escape. Pretz catches up and destroys the robot with his Kiku-ichimonji, rescuing Linaly. Linaly starts attacking Pretz knocking him out, before Mid appears and lifts the mind control off her. After Pretz regains consciousness and learns from Mid Linaly was under mind control, he returns her earring to her.
Valkus and his men successfully found the three crystals, and Rouge says they should leave the Black Moon, but the Iron Wing is unusable. Mid can hear Cid's voice calling out to him and goes to look for it, finding his grandfather's enlarged brain. Mid talks with him, promising to take him home. Deathgyunos starts moving once more, claiming it is the truth of the universe, and as such does not know death. Mid goes off to engage Deathgyunos and manages to stall him, buying his friends time to make their escape. However, before they can reach the pirates' airship, Deathgyunos emerges once more.
Valkus and Pretz face the approaching Deathgyunos and lure him away from the airship. Linaly and Rouge join them and Linaly starts emitting light from her body just before the Wind Crystal leaves her to make its new home in Pretz. The heroes battle Deathgyunos and Linaly eventually summons a wave of chocobos at him. This fierce onslaught of featherless birds takes Deathgyunos down, but his upper part rises once more to attack them. This last stand of Deathgyunos is short lived, as Pretz charges at it and cuts it cleanly into two halves.
Following this victory, Mid reappears, fine and well. He thanks the party for having helped him free his grandfather, before the old Light Warriors appear with Cid holding his brain in the middle. Mid departs alongside his grandfather. Using the chocobos summoned by Linaly, the party returns to the pirates' airship ready to go back home to Planet R.
Linaly's grandfather is heard complimenting his granddaughter as she has proven herself a true descendant of the courageous Bartz. Hiryuu pulls the pirates' airship back to the planet, and the party, along with Queen Lenna, visit the Wind Shrine, returning the Wind Crystal to its rightful place. Rouge goes back to being a pirate and Valkus joins her crew. Linaly, her grandfather and Pretz continue their journey home.
- See also: Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals Kaze no Shou, Hono'o no Shou and Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals Ryuu no Shou, Hoshi no Shou.
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|Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals|
|Warriors of Light|
Linaly - Prettz - Valkus - Rouge
Mid Previa - Hassam - Ra Devil - Deathgyunos - Queen Lenna - Gush - Hyriuu - Kisana - Blue Mage
|Locations on Planet R|
|Tycoon - Valley of Dragons - Temple of Winds|
|Chapter of the Wind - Chapter of the Fire - Chapter of the Dragon - Chapter of the Star|
|Antlion - Black Moon - Chocobo - Crystal - Iron Wing|
|Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals Kaze no Shou, Hono'o no Shou - Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals Ryuu no Shou, Hoshi no Shou|