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Prologus: Bionic Fantasy
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Developer(s) GokaiWhite
Genre Web Animation

Prologus: Bionic Fantasy is the prequel to Bionic Fantasy, intended to expand on the shared setting of Planet Ankoku Nui. It was officially announced earlier than GokaiWhite intended in response to Hajime Tabata's departure from Square-Enix.

A rough transcript has already been completed in mid-2020, and Gokai is currently look for a studio to help in animating the final product, and to revise and expand wherever needed.

Setting

Gainaz(left), Crono(middle), Zonan(right).

The story takes place on Ankoku Nui 25 years before the Toa Metru and the Toa Luminus arrived to fight Dai-Shinra.

Characters

  • Gainaz - A young man living on Ankoku Nui.
  • Zonan - A young woman and Gainaz's lover.
  • Crono - A Matoran who lived on Ankoku Nui long before Gainaz and Zonan, and is destined to become the legendary Toa of Time.
  • Hairo - Gainaz's legal guardian and opinionated high school teacher. He irrationally views Crono as a war criminal who must be exterminated in the name of the Choujintei.
  • Starlighter - A somewhat snarky, yet sensible older man who agrees to protect Crono and his friends on their journey.
  • Yuria - A bisexual woman who is best friends with Tsuki.
  • Tsuki - A bisexual woman who is rumored to be connected to a nomadic race with spiritual powers.
  • Choujintei - The mysterious ruler of Ankoku Nui.

Story

In a time before time, a Great God King brought humans to an ancient planet they began to call Ankoku Nui. They lived in peace for 1087 years, until a dark force starts causing people living there to die at seventeen years of age. Five people are brought together by the sudden appearance of a Matoran from an age long past, which leads the six through a series of events that will uncover the mystery of the curse and, ultimately, the truth about their ruler.

GokaiWhite wants to include a scene where the events of Final Fantasy VII Remake are presented as an incidental character's in-universe fictionalized account of the original game's events, a la the 2016 Ratchet and Clank movie and it's video game, in a satirical commentary on remakes and reboots.

Themes

GokaiWhite originally intended to wait on revealing Prologus until he has a creative team to make a movie out of it, but Hajime Tabata's departure from Square Enix has caused him to reveal the proof-of-concept for a story he intends to write, partially as a sort of criticism of the decision to cancel three of the four new DLC episodes of Final Fantasy XV[1][2].

The idea of a mysterious pestilence that kills people when they reach 17 years old pays homage to one of the original concepts for Final Fantasy X, that "a person would reach the end of life at 17 years of age"[3].

One of the main recurring themes is love, as shown through Gainaz and Zonan's budding relationship, each seeing the other as what they've been missing all their lives. On a related note, the characters Yuria and Tsuki are in a same-sex relationship because they lost their boyfriends to the mysterious virus, and as a consequence of most people's insensitivity towards the girls' desire for an honest, intimate relationship with the men of their dreams above all mortal pleasures, and their tragic loss. Gokai does this to provide a tragic, yet more positive and sympathetic insight to what he generally believes are lesbians' true motives for a love others may consider forbidden.

The setting of a seeming idyllic society being controlled by a divine monarch who Crono does not trust is meant to symbolize GokaiWhite's own disillusionment at certain aspects of today's world, such as the recent resurgence of "PC culture", the hypocrisies of most, if not all government officials and "SJWs", and his fears that Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" rhetoric and support for policies Gokai believes are morally or universally unacceptable makes the nation of America come off as one that exalts arrogance, profit, and power at the expense of humility, compassion, and positive relations with the rest of the world.

As with it's direct sequel, or perhaps more so, Prologus also attempts to stress the idea that divinity, authority, and blind devotion(especially to the wrong individuals, and to the point of needless martyrdom) do not confer righteousness, which was also touched upon constantly throughout the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy.[4] Gokai considers this method of storytelling an analogy to asserting and proving that the Gods of Final Fantasy XV, the Astrals, (or at least their leader) are the game's true villains[5] as is finally conformed in the followup novel -The Dawn of the Future-.

Cast

Character English Voice Japanese Voice
Gainaz Cole Sprouse Akira Ishida
Zonan Molly Quinn Megumi Hayashibara
Crono Justin Briner Tomokazu Seki
Hairo Sam Worthington Etsushi Toyokawa
Starlighter Hugh Jackman TBD
Yuria TBD Wakana Yamazaki
Tsuki TBD Houko Kuwashima
Choujintei / Scryptorek Bruce Greenwood / Abubakar Salim Haruhiko Jo
Hikari Utada Hikaru Utada Hikaru
Teridax Lee Tockar Tetsu Inada
Jikanmu Norman Reedus Gackt Camui

Music

Nathan Furst, the composer for the first three BIONICLE films will compose the music, along with Masashi Hamauzu, Yoko Shimomura, and Takeharu Ishimoto serving as creative musical consultants.

The main theme of Prologus: Bionic Fantasy will be "LOST ANGELS" by Gackt, mostly in reference to the romance between the protagonists Gainaz and Zonan. An orchestral arrangement composed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra[6] will feature in the end credits, while the actual album version is in the trailers.

Trivia

  • The 1087-year gap between humankind's settling on Ankoku Nui and the start of the events of Prologus: Bionic Fantasy is an allusion to the numbers of Final Fantasy games whose main protagonists appear in Bionic Fantasy.
    • The 25 year gap between Prologus and Bionic Fantasy adds those games' numbers up.
  • Lee Tockar reprises the voice of Teridax(previously known as simply Makuta) for the first time in 15-17 years since the release of BIONICLE 2.
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