Tokyo Broadcasting System and Mainichi Broadcasting System have announced a new live-action drama based on Final Fantasy XIV. The full name of the show is Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otousan, which roughly translates to Final Fantasy XIV: The Father of Light. Japanese creators have unfortunately given it the English subtitle of "Daddy of Light".
The show is adaptation of a true story related on a Japanese blog of the same title. The blog involves the story of a son with a strained relationship and lack of communication with his father. The son gives his gamer dad a copy of Final Fantasy XIV for PlayStation 4 and some game time cards as a gift. As the father gets into the game, the son joins him online, helping him through FFXIV without revealing his true identity. The son wrote the blog, detailing his experiences with his unknowing dad.
The Father of Light blog ran for 32 entries, starting in August 2014 and ending early last year. The blog itself was turned into a book from Kodansha, which is what likely led to to this television adaptation. A similar story led to the popular Densha Otoko (Train Man) drama and film, which involved a 23-year old otaku sharing the story of his growing relationship with a woman on the Japanese 2Chan forums.
Final Fantasy XIV: The Father of Light stars former Tensou Sentai Goseiger Red Ranger Yudai Chiba as the son. (What? I like tokusatsu.) Ren Osugi, a veteran actor and frequent collaborator with Takeshi Kitano, will be playing the father. The show will use live-action scenes and moments from the game itself to tell its story. Final Fantasy XIV: The Father of Light is scheduled to begin in April.
Here's a tweet announcing the show's casting from the author of the blog, who goes by Maidy online.
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