In Last Order: Final Fantasy VII, everybody calls Zack “Zacks”, as if there are more than one of him. This is just a Japanese pronunciation of a Western name. They haven’t dubbed this anime into English, or any other language for that matter. Still, I guess there’s no need. We can hear some English words like “SOLDIER, Class First”, so we know who they’re talking about.
Last Order: Final Fantasy VII retells Zack’s last mission to a Nibleheim reactor. Only, the events seem out-of-place.
In Final Fantasy VII, Tifa sees her father dead, right before the Mako reactor. What’s he doing there? No one knew, so in Last Order: Final Fantasy VII he’s dying in the village. But in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII…where is he? The Zack makes it to the Mako reactors, where he sees a fallen Tifa. In Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Tifa curls up into a ball before cursing all things Shinra. She doesn’t even want to see Zack. But in Last Order: Final Fantasy VII, Tifa tearfully recounts the events leading up to now with Zacks.
We see Zacks carrying an incapacitated Cloud through the forest, fighting Shinra ninja in Last Order: Final Fantasy VII. OK. This must have been before they make it to Midgar. But there isn’t a forest anywhere around Nibleheim, and neither in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. So…when’s this? Cissnei gives him the keys to a motorcycle in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. She’s nowhere in Last Order: Final Fantasy VII.
Nearly everything else is more or less the same. At the end of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Zack fights the entire Shinra army. Here, as in the game, someone headshots Zacks. This is what I thought happened to him. Maybe they miss, and he jumps out with Cloud to fight the onslaught. But we’ll never know because the anime ends. If you want to know what happens, play Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.
Wait, what order is this again? Which is it? I can only guess that different writers reinterpreted the script, and we got continuity errors. But Kazushige Nojima wrote both scripts. In fact, he wrote Final Fantasy VII! So how is this major contradiction possible? Why aren’t they following the source material? Are you wondering if the Final Fantasy VII remake will be the definitive version of Final Fantasy VII? Curb your enthusiasm for now.