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Dead Fantasy is a series of fan-made CG action movies created by Monty Oum. Dead Fantasy is a crossover of mainly the Dead or Alive and Final Fantasy video game franchises, along with a few characters from Ninja Gaiden and Kingdom Hearts. The characters from each franchise fight against each other, battle royal-style, in a number of different environments, including archaic ruins and modern cities.
The Dead Fantasy series currently consists of five episodes, with three more being confirmed, and two music videos. Dead Fantasy has been very well received by fans from all four game franchises, and has been featured in many gaming conventions.
Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts combatants
- Yuna - Yuna is the female protagonist of Final Fantasy X and the main protagonist of Final Fantasy X-2. She is almost always seen in her Gunner Dressphere, using guns as her weapon. She is the first character to be seen in Dead Fantasy I. She appears again in Dead Fantasy II, continuing the fight with her friends against the Dead or Alive cast, and in Dead Fantasy IV, in which she fights one-on-one with Kasumi and later the Kasumi Alpha Clones and is nearly defeated but is rescued by Cloud Strife.
- Rikku - Rikku is an Al Bhed girl from Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 and the maternal cousin of Yuna. She can utilize many dresspheres in battle but has only been seen in her Thief dressphere, wielding small, stylized knives. Rikku is the fourth character to debut in Dead Fantasy, appearing early in the first installment to help Yuna fight against Ayane and Kasumi. Her last appearance so far is in Dead Fantasy II, being teleported into a underground cavern with Ayane.
- Tifa Lockhart - Tifa Lockhart is one of the main female protagonists of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, making her appearance in this series in her Advent Children attire. She is an expert in martial arts and uses her combat skills along with her Materia to become a deadly foe. As the sixth character to be shown in Dead Fantasy, Tifa arrives at the very end of Dead Fantasy I, aiding Rikku and Yuna against Hitomi, Ayane, and Kasumi for the remainder of the movie and of Dead Fantasy II. She later fights Hitomi in an abandoned cathedral in Dead Fantasy III but ultimately loses. Tifa is briefly shown in a flashback in Dead Fantasy IV. Dead Fantasy V picks up where Dead Fantasy III left off, and follows Tifa as she flees from Hayate and his ninja clan, who, in the end, manage to subdue and capture her.
- Rinoa Heartilly - Rinoa Heartilly is the main female protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII and a highly powerful sorceress. She is seen permanently in her Angel Wing Limit Break and wielding a fan-made Gunblade named the Vanishing Star. She is the eighth character introduced in the movie series, appearing at the beginning of the last act of Dead Fantasy II, teleporting her comrades to fight the Dead or Alive girls one-on-one. She will appear in a later installment to battle against Rachel.
- Cloud Strife - Cloud Strife is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VII and appears in Dead Fantasy IV, making him the first male character to be seen in the Dead Fantasy series. He wields his Fusion Swords in battle. He is only seen killing a few Kasumi Alpha clones while saving Yuna.
- Kairi - Kairi is the main female protagonist and one of the representatives for the Kingdom Hearts series. She is shown wielding the Destiny's Embrace Keyblade and being able to use Oathkeeper & Oblivion in her Valor Form. She first appears near the end of Dead Fantasy II, during the fourth act alongside Rinoa, and is seen again briefly at the beginning of Dead Fantasy IV. She is set to make an appearance in Dead Fantasy VIII, fighting alongside Naminé against Ryu Hayabusa and Momiji.
Dead or Alive/Ninja Gaiden combatants
- Kasumi - Kasumi is a runaway shinobi from the Mugen Tenshin Clan who made her debut in first installment of Dead or Alive, and - in the series canon - she is the winner of the first Dead or Alive Tournament. She appears in the Dead Fantasy series in the first installment. Later in Dead Fantasy IV she fight with Yuna using the Kasumi Alpha clones, but teleports away after Cloud slays most of the clones. She is later seen battling the Kasumi Alpha clones in a lake. Kasumi ultimately succeeds in killing most of the clones, but soon gives in to her injuries and falls unconscious. She is saved by Ryu Hayabusa, who kills the remaining clones.
- Ayane - First appearing officially in the first Dead or Alive, Ayane is a shadow ninja of the Mugen Tenshin Clan, and the winner of the third Dead Or Alive Tournament, in the series canon. Ayane's debut in Dead Fantasy was in the first installment alongside Kasumi, fighting for the full length of the first movie, and for the whole of Dead Fantasy II. She will return in a later installment, battling against Rikku.
- Hitomi - Hitomi is a karate master, who enters the Dead or Alive Tournaments to test her skill against the best in the world, first appearing in Dead or Alive 3. She first appears midway of Dead Fantasy I, aiding Kasumi and Ayane in battle. Later in Dead Fantasy III she fights against Tifa and slams all her materia out of her. Near the end of Dead Fantasy V she reappears and goes along with Hayate, Helena and the almost dead Tifa in a helicopter.
- Helena Douglas - Helena is a opera singer and Martial Artist who debuted in Dead or Alive 2. She is the current leader of the Dead or Alive Tournament Executive Committee and the head of the DOATEC. She first appears in Dead Fantasy III, activating an army of Kasumi Alpha clones to kill Kasumi and Yuna. She is seen once more in Dead Fantasy V, taking an unconscious Tifa away in a DOATEC helicopter.
- Kasumi Alpha - Kasumi Alpha is one of the many clones of Kasumi created by the Dead or Alive Tournament Executive Committee to be the perfect fighter and human weapon, first appearing in Dead or Alive 2. In Dead Fantasy, they were created by Helena Douglas and sent to kill Yuna and Kasumi. In the end, they were all killed by Yuna, Cloud, Ryu, and Kasumi.
- Hayate - Hayate is a Karate master and the leader of the Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan. He first appears in Dead or Alive 2 while amnesiac but later regains his memory in Dead or Alive 3. In Dead Fantasy, he and his ninja clan pursue Tifa, eventually following her into an abandoned warehouse, where, after much fighting, he manages to subdue and capture her.
- Rachel - Rachel first debuted in Ninja Gaiden: a prequel series to Dead or Alive. She appears near the end of the second act of Dead Fantasy II, destroying the rest of the temple the others were fighting on. At the end of the movie, she is teleported with Rinoa Heartilly for a one-on-one battle in a unknown location.
- Ryu Hayabusa - Ryu Hayabusa is the main protagonist of the Ninja Gaiden series. In battle, he wields the Dragon Sword. He appears in the end of Dead Fantasy V with Momiji, killing off the remaining Kasumi Alpha clones. He is set to appear in Dead Fantasy VIII.
- Momiji - Momiji is a Ninjutsu prodigy and is Ryu Hayabusa's apprentice. She wields the Heavenly Dragon Naginata. She is seen in Dead Fantasy V, reading Kasumi's memories. She is set to appear in Dead Fantasy VIII with Ryu.
- Vincent Valentine - Vincent Valentine is a main protagonist in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and appears as a secret playable character in Final Fantasy VII. He is a gunner, similar to Yuna, and has the ability to shapeshift into powerful monsters due to being experimented on by Professor Hojo. He only appears in a trailer for Dead Fantasy VIII.
- Cissnei - Cissnei is a Turk who is playable in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- and appears in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. She has not been seen in battle yet, but has appeared in the music videos Dead Fantasy - Obsessed and Dead Fantasy - Gee.
- Naminé - Naminé is set to appear in Dead Fantasy VIII where she will be fighting by Kairi's side against Ryu Hayabusa and Momiji. Though she doesn't wield a Keyblade in the series, it has been confirmed that she will be using a fan-made Keyblade called the "Lunar Eclipse".
Dead Fantasy I
|Dead Fantasy I|
|Released Date||October 2007|
|Character(s) Introduced||Yuna, Kasumi, Ayane, Rikku, Hitomi, Tifa Lockhart|
Dead Fantasy I introduces the first six female characters of the series and the first fight of the series, taking place inside, and later outside, of an enormous, abandoned temple situated on top of a tower. This movie was labeled by Monty Oum as the one he "wanted to do the least", as it only served as an "introduction" for the rest of the series.
The movie starts with Yuna running through the temple, being pursued by two shadowy figures - Kasumi and Ayane. The three girls fight two-to-one; Yuna is initially able to hold her own, but is nearly overwhelmed. Before she is impaled by Ayane, Rikku comes to her aid, evening the numbers. The fight continues, destroying much of the interior of the temple as well. Hitomi appears midway through battle, aiding her fellow Dead or Alive fighters, and the fight moves outside of the temple. Ayane, Kasumi, and Hitomi start to overpower Yuna and Rikku in strength and number, before Tifa appears, evening out the sides. The film ends with the girls bracing themselves for another fight, along with Tifa, showing the glowing materia in her arm.
Dead Fantasy II
|Dead Fantasy II|
|Released Date||March 2008|
|Character(s) Introduced||Rachel, Rinoa Heartilly, Kairi|
Dead Fantasy II is the first segment to show the use of magic on both sides of the battle, and the first to feature a character not directly linked to the namesake franchises of the series: Kairi of Kingdom Hearts. The movie was featured at the Anime Boston convention on March 23, 2008.
The episode starts where Dead Fantasy I left off: a three-on-three battle with Tifa, Yuna, and Rikku against Ayane, Kasumi, and Hitomi outside the temple. Using different combo moves and team strategies, the girls of Final Fantasy easily overpower the Dead or Alive trio. Realizing they need to do something, Ayane goes to the top of the tower, charging her Ninpo power while Kasumi and Hitomi defend her. Yuna, Rikku and Tifa try to stop them but are unable to. Ayane destroys the temple with her magic—reflecting her ending in Dead or Alive 4—forcing them all to fight during a vertical fall.
Halfway down, Rachel, who has been waiting perched on her Warhammer, destroys the rest of the tower, making all of them fall towards a river of lava at the bottom. The fighting continues as the girls flow down stream on a slab of rock, until they hit a lava-fall. Rinoa freezes the lava over and she, along with Kairi, join in with the battle. Rinoa then teleports the girls to different locations throughout the world: Rinoa is sent with Rachel, Tifa with Hitomi, Yuna with Kasumi, Rikku with Ayane, and Kairi by herself. The movie ends with Rikku and Ayane, both of whom are unconscious, falling into a giant hole.
Dead Fantasy III
|Dead Fantasy III|
|Released Date||July 2009|
|Character(s) Introduced||Helena Douglas, Kasumi Alpha|
Dead Fantasy III, which shows the first of a series of one-on-one battles between the different sides, was released alongside Dead Fantasy IV. It is also the first installment to show physical repercussions from the battle, such as injuries, blood, and ripped clothing.
The episodes feature a Materia Magic battle between Tifa and Hitomi within a partially demolished cathedral, which is set on fire during the progress of the fight by Tifa’s fire spell. Towards the end of the fight, Hitomi manages to get the upper hand over Tifa, beating most, if not all, of the Materia out of her body to use against her. The fight ends with Tifa being blasted out of the cathedral by Hitomi onto the snow outside, and she is now seriously wounded. The movie ends with a short scene of Helena activating an army of Kasumi Alpha clones.
Dead Fantasy IV
|Dead Fantasy IV|
|Released Date||July 2009|
|Character(s) Introduced||Cloud Strife|
Dead Fantasy IV was released only one week after Dead Fantasy III and features the series' first male character: Cloud Strife.
The movie starts with a brief scene of Kairi, waking up on a deserted beach alone and finding a white feather on the sand. The scene then shifts, with the words "Why am I here? Because... I trust her... and because... you remind me of someone... that I said goodbye to... a long time ago..." appearing on screen, reminiscent of the opening scene in Final Fantasy VIII, to a field where the one-on-one battle between Kasumi and Yuna takes place. As soon as the girls start to fight, the Kasumi Alpha clones appear and attack the two of them. Yuna transforms into her Summoner attire and tries to use her Aeons to defeat them; Kasumi herself attempts to aid Yuna in dispatching the clones. Ultimately the clones overpower the Aeons, and Yuna changes back to her Gunner dressphere.
Before the clones deliver the final blow to Yuna, Cloud suddenly appears, ready to aid Yuna in battle. Kasumi teleports herself and the clones away to fight them on her own. Cloud then drives Yuna to a city with him on Fenrir. On the way, Yuna falls asleep on his back, most likely because of the recent battle. The movie ends with a flashback of Cloud trying to stop Tifa from falling off the cliff near the ruins of Midgar.
Dead Fantasy V
|Dead Fantasy V|
|Released Date||July 2009|
|Character(s) Introduced||Hayate, Ryu Hayabusa, Momiji|
The fifth installment is a direct sequel to Dead Fantasy III, and shows what happens to Tifa and Hitomi after their one-on-one battle in the cathedral. This movie also introduces the first male Dead or Alive characters of the series.
Hayate and his ninja clan take over Hitomi's fight and pursue Tifa, forcing her to face many enemies at once while bleeding and exhausted. After being chased along a train, she makes a desperate jump, ending up in a warehouse. Cornered, she fights the entire horde of ninjas without the help of her Materia. She manages to defeat most of them, even while being impaled by arrows and losing more blood. During the battle, she has a flashback of her goodbye with Cloud and her arrival to the temple in Dead Fantasy I. (The exact scene that Cloud remembers in Dead Fantasy IV.)
Desperate, she resorts to more brutal fighting, disemboweling and outright killing her assailants while attempting to strike Hayate. He refuses to fight, instead teleporting right past her. In the end, Tifa succumbs to her injuries and finally collapses. When Hitomi catches up with them and sees Tifa in the bloody state, she slaps Hayate, visibly angry. Helena arrives on the scene in a DOATEC helicopter with a small squad of armed personnel and takes Tifa on board, where she could be treated or experimented on. Hitomi, after showing Helena the Materia in her arm, goes on the helicopter with them, leaving Hayate alone in the snow.
The scene then cuts to Kasumi, battling against the Kasumi Alpha clones in a lake. She has killed off most of the clones, but is exhausted from fighting and blood loss. Luckily for her, Ryu Hayabusa arrives, killing the last of the clones and catching Kasumi as she collapses. Momiji, who appeared alongside Ryu, reads Kasumi's mind, and sees all the events that have happened so far. The three then disappear, likely to get Kasumi aid for her wounds, and leave a bloody lake littered with dead clones behind. The movie ends with a scene of Cloud and Yuna watching the helicopter carrying Tifa fly towards a luxurious city.
Dead Fantasy VI
|Dead Fantasy VI|
|Released Date||Yet to be released|
Dead Fantasy VII
|Dead Fantasy VII|
|Released Date||Yet to be released|
Dead Fantasy VIII
|Dead Fantasy VIII|
|Released Date||Yet to be released|
|Character(s) Introduced||Naminé, Vincent Valentine|
The trailer for Dead Fantasy VIII picks up where the beginning of Dead Fantasy IV and the end of Dead Fantasy V left off, where Kairi is seen wandering in an abandoned city. Ryu Hayabusa and Momiji appear, ready to fight Kairi. Kairi, upon seeing her foes, transforms into Naminé, wielding a Keyblade named the Lunar Eclipse. She and Momiji then engage in a brief duel, in which Naminé seems to be fighting with ease while Momiji is struggling to land a hit. Naminé then summons a blood-red and black Keyblade and nearly kills Momiji, who is saved by Ryu. Her new Keyblade sinks into the ground, which Vincent Valentine slowly emerges from. Ryu, Momiji, Naminé, and Vincent then ready themselves to fight.
Dead Fantasy - Obsessed
Release Date: March 2010
Running Time: 02:24
Characters Featured: Tifa, Cissnei, Kasumi
Dead Fantasy - Obsessed is a music video featuring Tifa, Cissnei, and Kasumi dancing to Mariah Carey's "Obsessed".
Dead Fantasy - Gee
Release Date: April 2010
Running Time: 03:27
Characters Featured: Yuna, Kasumi, Ayane, Rikku, Hitomi, Tifa Lockhart, Kairi, Rinoa Heartilly, Cissnei
Dead Fantasy - Gee is a music video, similar to Dead Fantasy - Obsessed, featuring every character who had appeared in Dead Fantasy I and Dead Fantasy II with the exception of Rachel, dancing and singing to Girls' Generation's "Gee".
Development and Production
The project for the Dead Fantasy series started in July 2007, after Monty Oum gained acclaim for the creation of the fan made CG movie Haloid, which featured Metroid series's Samus Aran fighting the Halo series's Spartan.
His intention for Dead Fantasy was to create a new CG movie which featured more human characters, instead of simply "humanoid" characters, as was the case in Haloid.
While Monty used the original voices of the Dead or Alive cast, due to lack of voice clips, he used voices from different sources for the Final Fantasy characters.
- Some of the music used in the movies come from the soundtracks of well-known action games and movies:
- In Dead Fantasy I, the music featured is from the fight in the Chateau from The Matrix Reloaded, composed by Rob Dougan.
- In Dead Fantasy II, the first theme featured is from the climactic final race in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The theme played during the last act is Showdown from War.
- In Dead Fantasy III, the theme for Devil May Cry 3 - Devils Never Cry - can be heard.
- In Dead Fantasy IV, the song Liberi Fatali from Final Fantasy VIII is played in the background.
- In Dead Fantasy V, Monty Oum uses the tracks Assassin and Hitman from the Bangkok Dangerous soundtrack. Both are composed by Brian Tyler.
- Monty Oum has stated that Rikku will be going through multiple Dressphere changes in her battle against Ayane and had set up a contest where artists would draw designs for the Dressphere changes Rikku could go through. Winners seen so far include a Ninja dressphere , a Spellsword dressphere  and a Lolita dressphere . Although there were 3 selected submissions he created, Monty has announced he will be using 15 dresspheres, each one appearing for a short period of time in the battle.
- Monty Oum has also set up another contest on deviantART , stating that he needs new design for Kairi's remaining Drive Forms, as well as new Keyblade designs. He also asked fans if they could come up with a better Valor Form.
Since the first installment of Dead Fantasy, the series has been well received by the fans of all four game series, with trailers, previews and the installments themselves being featured at several gaming conventions. Currently there are five movies in the series, and Monty Oum and has confirmed episodes VI, VII, and VIII. It is unknown how many more will be created due to Monty Oum's recent hiring at Rooster Teeth.
Kairi's appearance in the series came as a shock to fans, as it was thought that only characters from the Final Fantasy and Dead or Alive universes were to make appearances.