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Bionic Fantasy (バイオニックファンタジー)
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Setting Ankoku Nui
Date Mid 2018
Timeline
Previous Metru Nui Arc
Concurrent End of Metru Nui Arc
Next Toa Mata Arc

Bionic Fantasy (バイオニックファンタジー Baionikku Fantaji) is a fan story by GokaiWhite and a crossover between Bionicle and Final Fantasy 7, 8, and 10. Gokai conceived the idea while considering taking over the Dead Fantasy series of fan films, which also featured characters from the Final Fantasy series.

A prequel, Prologus: Bionic Fantasy, which will expand on the history of the setting, is currently shelved after some years in development hell, but a board game is also being planned.

Setting[]

The post-apocalyptic planet Ankoku Nui is divided into eight elemental regions, instead of the usual six Metru/Wahi on Metru Nui and Mata Nui. It is revealed to be a living organism sustained by a crystal that had lost it's light due to the actions of Dai-Shinra, a Makuta-run organization, supposedly built from the ashes of the Shinra Electric Power Company, whose primary base of operations is located on Do-Mura. The only known natural wildlife remaining are powerful, giant Rahi-like creatures called Genjuu.

Characters[]

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Toa Metru, the main protagonists of the 2004-2005 story arc.

  • Vakama, the Toa Metru of Fire and team leader.
  • Nokama, the Toa Metru of Water
  • Matau, the Toa Metru of Air
  • Onewa, the Toa Metru of Stone
  • Whenua, the Toa Metru of Earth
  • Nuju, the Toa Metru of Ice

Toa Luminus, a team of warriors of light, two each from three different worlds.

  • Cloud Strife, the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VII, Toa Luminus of Dreams, and team leader.
  • Tifa Lockheart, the Toa Luminus of Friendship
  • Squall Leonheart, the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII, and Toa Luminus of Courage.
  • Rinoa Heartilly, the Toa Luminus of Love
  • Tidus, the main protagonist of Final Fantasy X, and Toa Luminus of Hope.
  • Yuna, the secondary protagonist of Final Fantasy X, and main protagonist of Final Fantasy X-2, and Toa Luminus of Justice.
  • Aerith, a posthumous honorary Toa Luminus and a half Cetra who continues to exist on a more spiritual level, helping Cloud from beyond the grave many times.

Jikanmu, an original character and the mysterious Toa of Time who works to unite the above Toa teams in order to save Ankoku Nui.

Scryptorek, an original antagonist and a time-traveling Makuta who founded the Dai-Shinra organization.

Story[]

Promotional poster depicting Tidus, Vakama, Yuna, and Nokama, the protagonists of Part 1.

"Listen now, to this long lost chapter in the legend of the BIONICLE. In the time before time, there was a distant planet called Ankoku Nui, stricken by a terrible darkness. The lands were dried, scorched, withered, fractured, and nearly all manner of life has been extinguished. Ankoku Nui was on the brink of destruction, and only twelve warriors from worlds afar, brought to this desolate planet by pure chance, by causes unknown, had a chance to save it. This is their story..." - Turaga Vakama

Compilation of Bionic Fantasy[]

The following list refers to the recommended order of games/novels/movies to play/read/watch before reading Bionic Fantasy, to familiarize with the characters and better understand the lore behind it, in the vein of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[1]

  1. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Game)
  2. Final Fantasy VII (Game)
  3. Final Fantasy VIII (Game)
  4. Final Fantasy X (Game)
  5. Final Fantasy X-2 (Game)
  6. Bionicle Adventures #1-3 (Novels)
  7. Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui (Movie)[2]
  8. Bionicle Adventures #4-8 (Novels)
  9. Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (Movie)
  10. Bionicle Adventures #9-10 (Novels)
  11. Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile (Novels/Audio Drama[3])
  12. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete (Movie)
  13. Bionic Fantasy

Board Game[]

As early as 2019, GokaiWhite started making a homemade prototype for a related board game inspired by the battle mechanics of Final Fantasy Tactics.[4] A 3D template with basic assets made in Maya 2020, codenamed "Project Super Fighter"[5] was also made in 2021.

Gameplay[]

The game is played on a 6x6 - 9x9 tile board by two to four players each using a team of up to four player units. After each active unit in a player's team makes their move, going in order of speed(SPD), the next player's team goes in order determined by player age or player units' combined speed. The game lasts for up to five rounds counted by each active team with at least on active player unit taking a turn, and the player with the most hit points(HP) in between remaining units at the end of the final round wins.

On the board, player units move a maximum number of tiles determined by movement(MVT), and/or attack units within range of their area-of-effect(AOE). Each player unit starts with 10 HP, inflicts a certain amount of damage determined by their attack(ATK), and may choose to attack first, then move, or vice versa, depending whether the target is (already) within the unit's AOE.

Playable Units[]

Square Enix Character Origin Alignment
Cloud Final Fantasy VII Good
Tifa Final Fantasy VII Good
Reno Final Fantasy VII Neutral/Evil
Sephiroth Final Fantasy VII Evil
Squall Final Fantasy VIII Good
Rinoa Final Fantasy VIII Good
Seifer Final Fantasy VIII Neutral/Evil
Ultimecia Final Fantasy VIII Evil
Tidus Final Fantasy X Good
Yuna Final Fantasy X Good
Jecht Final Fantasy X Neutral
Seymour Final Fantasy X Evil
Lightning Final Fantasy XIII Good
Noctis Final Fantasy XV Good/Evil(brainwashed)
Sora Kingdom Hearts Good
Riku Kingdom Hearts Good/Neutral

*all Square Enix character game pieces(in the prototype) are FFRK sprites on white cardboard with translucent stands.

LEGO character Theme Alignment Format
Toa Vakama BIONICLE Good MoS sprite on paper
(Clone) Hordika Vakama BIONICLE Good/Neutral(real)

Neutral/Evil(clone)

Minifigure
Toa Nokama BIONICLE Good MoS sprite on paper
(Clone) Hordika Nokama BIONICLE Good(real)

Evil(clone)

Minifigure
Toa Matau BIONICLE Good MoS sprite on paper
(Clone) Hordika Matau BIONICLE Good(real)

Evil(clone)

Minifigure
Toa Onewa BIONICLE Good MoS sprite on paper
(Clone) Hordika Onewa BIONICLE Good(real)

Evil(clone)

Minifigure
Toa Whenua BIONICLE Good MoS sprite on paper
(Clone) Hordika Whenua BIONICLE Good(real)

Evil(clone)

Minifigure
Toa Nuju BIONICLE Good MoS sprite on paper
(Clone) Hordika Nuju BIONICLE Good(real)

Evil(clone)

Minifigure
Vohtarak BIONICLE Evil Minifigure
Boggarak BIONICLE Evil Minifigure
Keelerak BIONICLE Evil Minifigure
Roporak BIONICLE Evil Minifigure
Oohnorak BIONICLE Evil Minifigure
Suukorak BIONICLE Evil Minifigure
Batman DC Good Minifigure
Robin DC Good Minifigure
Joker DC Evil Minifigure
Harley Quinn DC Neutral/Evil Minifigure
Harry Potter Harry Potter Good Minifigure
Lord Voldemort Harry Potter Evil Minifigure
Gandalf Lord of the Rings Good Minifigure
Saruman Lord of the Rings Evil Minifigure
Indiana Jones Indiana Jones Good Minifigure
Mola Ram Indiana Jones Evil Minifigure
Spider-Man Marvel Good Minifigure
Doctor Octopus Marvel Evil Minifigure
Luke Skywalker Star Wars Good Minifigure
Darth Vader Star Wars Neutral/Evil Minifigure
Spongebob Squarepants Spongebob Squarepants Good Minifigure
Plankton Spongebob Squarepants Neutral/Evil Minifigure
Emmet Brickowski The LEGO Movie Good Minifigure
Lord Business The LEGO Movie Neutral/Evil Minifigure


Bosses[]

Square Enix

  • Ifrit
  • Shiva
  • Ramuh
  • Valefor
  • Leviathan
  • Titan
  • Alexander
  • Diabolos
  • Bahamut (FF7/8/10/13/15 variants)
  • more to be considered...

LEGO

Themes[]

Nostalgia is a major theme in the story, which Gokai wrote as a salute to two of his favorite series that he grew up with. He had wanted to follow in Kingdom Hearts creator/director Tetsuya Nomura's footsteps in making some kind of similar crossover fiction for a long time, and creating Bionic Fantasy was his first major step in that direction. Gokai refrained from including any characters from Final Fantasy XIII and XV to put more emphasis on the nostalgia factor, despite those games' characters also being designed by Tetsuya Nomura, though Gokai would love to have Lightning from FFXIII and Sora from Kingdom Hearts play a role in some sort of future related project[6].

Another major theme is homesickness, as the heroes of the story were suddenly taken away from their homes, but despite their longing to go back, they understand it is their duty to save Ankoku Nui from becoming a lifeless rock, much like how environmentalism and the preservation of life are themes in Final Fantasy VII, as is the latter especially in Final Fantasy IX.

Spoiler warning!
This article contains plot details about an upcoming episode.

History and legacy also play a part in the story. Both Toa teams tell each other of events in their past as a partial recap of the events of their original publications. The Dai-Shinra organization also strives to keep the sins of the past, particularly those of it's spiritual predecessor, the Shinra Corporation, strong and alive in the present and beyond. Jikanmu, being a historian at heart, unfortunately, also believes the hypocrisies of the past to be necessary evils that must be respected as history if one is to be deserving of a future; that if people change themselves and/or the "rules" of today's world, even if for the better, history will be forgotten and everything will fall apart. However, the protagonists see the truth of Jikanmu's words and choose hope for the future, over the idolatry of corrupt or otherwise controversial authorities and historical figures whose age-elitism and wickedness ultimately overtook whatever legitimate sense of morality or dedication to the common or greater good they may have had in the past, or claim that they still do. Thus, Scryptorek is symbolic of falsified history which is meant to censor out the truth in order to glamorize the suffering of those who do not deserve it.

As with the Final Fantasy series, dualism also plays a huge role in Bionic Fantasy, as probably best represented through the two protagonist teams, one of which has three males and three females, one of each from three different games in the series. Another example is the concept of the younger generation vs. the older generation. The older, bigoted generation, symbolized by Scryptorek, believes itself to always be superior to all who come after, that any atrocities their youngers rightfully accuse them of, including forceful imperialism and "ethnic cleansing", are justified under serving some higher power or as being "historically correct"; this is emphasized by the idea that Ankoku Nui's "history" was written by those who make hypocrites out of heroes and heroes out of hypocrites, and misled the people who lived there. Thus it is suggested that the younger generation, symbolized by the Toa Luminus and Toa Metru, who have learned from the mistakes of those who came before them, choose to think for themselves instead of blindly follow the rules established by the corrupt/amoral powerful to be enforced by and onto the misguided masses, and strive to change the heartbreaking realities of today for the better, are the truly enlightened ones who deserve to lead others through example, not authority. Gokai also crafted the world of Ankoku Nui to be what he would consider the perfect marriage of high fantasy and cyberpunk.

Cast[]

Character English Voice Japanese Voice
Narration/ Vakama(Turaga) Christopher Gaze Yoshisada Sakaguchi
Vakama(Toa) James Arnold Taylor Ken Narita
Nokama Laura Bailey Takao Honda
Matau Nolan North Koji Ochiai
Onewa John Burgmeier Sosuke Komori
Whenua Crispin Freeman Naomi Kusumi
Nuju Eric Vale Tokuyoshi Kawashima
Cloud Strife Steve Burton Takahiro Sakurai
Tifa Lockheart Sarah Cowan Ayumi Ito
Squall Leonheart Giuseppe Lattanzi Hideo Ishikawa
Rinoa Heartilly April Stewart Kotono Mitsuishi
Tidus James Arnold Taylor Masakazu Morita
Yuna Hedy Burress Mayuko Aoki
Jikanmu Norman Reedus Gackt Camui
Scryptorek Abubakar Salim Haruhiko Jo
Aerith Gainsborough Andrea Bowen Maaya Sakamoto

*Default voice in bold

Special Thanks[]

Trivia[]

  • This is the first BIONICLE related production, if (currently) an unofficial one, to focus on the Toa Metru, as well as feature Christopher Gaze as Turaga Vakama's voice, in thirteen years.
    • Similar to Web of Shadows, Teridax has no direct involvement with the events, but he is still the larger-scope main villain who is at least indirectly responsible for the events that took place.
  • This marks Gackt's overall third involvement with Final Fantasy, and first involvement with Bionicle.
    • Jikanmu's conception is probably meant to be a substitute to whatever hypothetical role Genesis Rhapsodos might have in any future FFVII project(s).
  • Aside from Tetsuya Nomura himself, GokaiWhite has cited Hideaki Anno, the writer of Neon Genesis Evangelion, as one of the main influences on this work.[7]
  • This fiction is also dedicated to Dead Fantasy creator Monty Oum.
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