Series / Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light

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Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light is a Japanese television series by Square Enix, based on their popular MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV and inspired by the blog posts of a real-world player known as "Ichigeki Kakusatsu SS Nikki". The series premiered in Japan in April of 2017, and was released worldwide via Netflix in September of the same year.

Akio Inaba, a young officer worker, has been distant from his father, Hirotaro, for many years, the two not having talked with one another since he was a child. When Hirotaro suddenly quits his job, Akio recalls when his father bought him Final Fantasy III as a child and how they bonded over the game. To that end, he hopes to use his passion for FFXIV to reconnect with his father; he buys a copy for Hirotaro, and plans to befriend him in-game, keeping his identity a secret while trying to understand his father better.

Tropes

  • Adorkable: Hirotaro is funny and endearing in his attempts to learn the ropes of FFXIV. After Maidy saves him from a Treant Sapling, being unable to communicate for lack of a keyboard, he just runs in circles around Maidy before leaving. Later, after Akio gives him a hand-me-down keyboard, his first attempt at communicating is flubbed when the "A" key becomes stuck.
  • Archer Archetype: Hirotaro plays Indy as an Archer/Bard.
  • Cross Player: Akio's avatar is a female Miqo'te Monk.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Played With. In episode 2 Hirotaro walks in on Akio. Who is hiding his screen and holding a tissue. He's not really flogging the dolphin, he's playing FFXIV and the tissue was from him blowing his nose.
  • Descent into Addiction: The more Hirotaro plays FFXIV, the more addicted to it he becomes, eventually driving a wedge between him and his wife.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Hirotaro and Akio are basically similiar in having Adorkable personality.
  • Loophole Abuse: When Kimiko limits Hirotaro's playtime to an hour a day, he obliges the new rule. He logs in one day after the stroke of midnight, so he can use his one hour a day right after the end of his playtime the previous day.
  • Machinima: The series uses a combination of live-action scenes and footage shot from within FFXIV.
  • Mythology Gag: So much of the shows music cues come from the game. Like in episode 2 when Akio's boss gives him a task to do, the FFXIV Quest accepted music plays.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: At Akio's suggestion, Hirotaro names his avatar after a hero from movies: "Indy Jones".
  • Not What It Looks Like: Hirotaro walks in one evening on Akio. Akio covers up his monitor, which won't shut off, to keep his father from knowing he's Maidy. The tissue in his hand leads Hirotaro to think Akio's on A Date with Rosie Palms.
  • Oblivious to Love: Yoko holds a flame for Akio. Too bad for her, he doesn't realize it.
  • Parents as People: Hirotaro is somewhat alienated from his relations with his son Akio. In addition, his lack of open communications with his family in reasons for his resignment is what caused Akio to communicate with him secretly via Final Fantasy XIV.
  • The Plan: Akio's plan for reconnecting with his father is to invite him to play FFXIV, befriend him in-game without letting him know his true identity, and learning more about what is going on in his life as they work their way up to fighting one of the toughest bosses in the game, Twintania. After felling the beast, he would reveal his true identity.
  • Porn Stash: One of Akio's coworkers mentions how after his father passed, he found he had a folder full of porn. Akio is likewise afraid that may be what Hirotaro is hiding when looking for his medical records. To his relief, it's actually a strategy guide for FFXIV.
  • Soap Opera Disease: When Hirotaro revealed his illness, the audience is left to wonder what specific disease he was having. Though based on his increasigly inability to eat certain food and his brief stomach reaction, it must be stomach related.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Hirotaro, at first. He eventually becomes an excellent player..
  • Training Montage: Before their last fight with Twintania, Maidy, Indy, and their friends are shown training for the big fight.
  • Wedding Day: A post-series special revolves around two of Akio's guildmates undergoing the Eternal Bonding ceremony.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Hiotaro has been diagnosed with cancer and doesn't have much time to live. He then realized that he had to quit his job, which has been hard for him to live on as it was his entire life. Fortunately, his new time with his son and his friends provided him with purpose in life that he decided to have a surgery.
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