A drama series based around a father and a son playing Final Fantasy XIV? How did no one think of this before?!
When Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light popped up on my Netflix recommendations list, I was intrigued. The premise sounded pretty novel: when his father suddenly quits his job, Akio tries to bond with him by playing Final Fantasy XIV together. I didn’t think that this Japanese comedy/drama would hold my interest for long… how wrong I was.
Don’t get me wrong, the acting can be cheesy and the plot is pretty straight forward, yet I couldn’t help be drawn in and fall in love with these characters. I completely understand some of the issues Akio’s father has with playing MMO for the first time, like typing gibberish in the chat box. Akio trying to succeed in his workplace and overcome the many obstacles that occur often leads to some entertaining situations.
This doesn’t mean that there aren’t flaws with the series, almost all of the Final Fantasy XIV scenes, taken from within the game, are pretty jarring. The movement of the characters can be stilted and get a little annoying but if you stick with it, you do get used to it.
I thin Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light will definitely appeal to MMO players, as they will probably understand what Akio and his father are going through in the game. However if you are looking for a light hearted, and sometimes overacted, drama about a father and son trying to bond over something they used to do together, then you may want to give Dad of LIght a try.