Anime: Agnis Philosophy

Agni's Philosophy is a graphical tech demo shown at the 2012 E3 conference by Square Enix. It was designed to show off their new Luminous Studio Engine, which can render extremely detailed and realistic graphics in real time, being shown again during the PlayStation 4 announcement conference running on the new hardware, continuing a trend of Final Fantasy related media showing the processing and graphical power of a new home console. As such, it looks very pretty.

The demo shows a very short story starring the title character, Agni. A group of mages performing a ritual around a crystal come under attack by aggressors bearing modern firearms. Their leader is shot and killed, but he passes on a smaller crystal to Agni, who escapes the massacre. She flees into the city, pursued by mutated dogs, and completes the ritual to summon a dragon to save herself. The clip ends with Agni mounting the dragon and flying off, viewing a city in the distance.

Although Square Enix has said nothing of the sort, there are many rumors that this demo's characters or story may make it into a future installment in the Final Fantasy series. In particular, it really hasn't escaped notice that the "minister" looks almost exactly like one of the central villains from Final Fantasy XV, that the displayed technology levels (not to mention the general visual design) of FFXV and AP are virtually identical,note  and that the known playable team to date for FFXV has neither any dedicated spell-casters nor, more infamously, any women. While Agni joining the team might introduce a different problem, it would still neatly solve both those issues.

This demo contains examples of:

  • Dragon Rider: Agni, at the end of the clip.
  • Green Eyes: Agni, who fits the magical part of the trope to a T.
  • Healing Potion: Agni creates one from a soda bottle filled with a clear liquid during a breather in her escape. The results certainly heal her, but it looks extremely painful.
  • Hell Hound: The result of injecting a hyena-like animal with a glowing serum looks like a cross between a hyena and a porcupine, with More Teeth than the Osmond Family.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: A variation. The leader of the coven is mortally wounded despite the acolyte's best efforts. He passes on the smaller crystal to Agni before dying. While the two characters are clearly acquainted, this hits all other aspects of the trope perfectly.
  • Immune to Bullets: The acolyte's magic is able to render them thus for a short period of time, but they are eventually overwhelmed.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: See Hell Hound.
  • Mythology Gag: Several to the Final Fantasy series:
    • The main character's name is Agni, meaning "fire". It's a common trend in the series for protagonists to have names that correspond to natural forces or phenomena.
    • Summon magic in general, and a dragon summon in particular. It may even be Bahamut. Its design, which features in colorful scarves and beads, may also be a reference to Yoshitaka Amano's Signature Style.
    • A red mage.
    • A healing potion makes an appearance, and is shown in a Coke-shaped bottle, which may be a simple example of Bland-Name Product or a reference to Final Fantasy's various cross-promotions with Coca-Cola.
  • The Red Mage: Agni is shown to use lightning both offensively and defensively as well as healing magic. She also wears red garb.
  • Samus is a Girl: The acolytes are initially presented as identical, robed figures, with hoods over their faces. Only when Agni pulls her hood free do we realize that "he" is a she.
  • Scenery Porn
  • Sickly Green Glow: The Psycho Serum injected into the hyenas.
  • Sole Survivor: Agni is the only one to survive the attack.
  • Shock and Awe: The acolytes seem to specialize in lightning magic, and use it to defend themselves and their leader.
  • Summon Magic: At least one of the functions of the large crystal is to summon a dragon.
  • Urban Fantasy: The setting combines magic and a setting that wouldn't be too far out of place in the modern Middle East, complete with turban-wearing attackers using modern firearms that strongly resemble AK-47s.