Banal Fantasy is a French Audio Play series created by Thimothée "Durendal" Fontaine on Le Demon du Rire website. It started in 2004, from the MP3 sagas era initiated by Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk. It consists of Affectionate Parodies of severals installments in the Final Fantasy franchise, told in an Abridged Series fashion.
The franchise is caracterized by its altered voices (a MP3 saga norm), his Vulgar Humor (mostly in its early installments) and his parodic Punny Names. It is a notorious source of inspiration in the MP3 saga community, spawning a lot of Final Fantasy spoofs (of varying quality) by fans of the original (including Kingdom Paf), Durendal himself starring in some of them.
The franchise is composed of:
- Banal Fantasy: Parody audio play of Final Fantasy VII.
- Banal Fantasy: Advent Children: Parody video of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, followed several years later by an extended cut based on the Complete re-release.
- Banal Fantasy: Dirge of Cerberus: Parody audio play of Dirge of Cerberus.
- Banal Fantasy: Last Order: Parody video of Last Order: Final Fantasy VII.
- Banal Fantasy II: Parody audio play of Final Fantasy VIII.
- Banal Fantasy Origins: Parody audio play of Final Fantasy I.
- Several audio Trailer Spoofs for an hypothetical Banal Fantasy III based on Final Fantasy IX to XIII.