Final Fantasy XIV: Dad Of Light, a father and son rekindle their bond through the online role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV in this live-action series based on a true story. As a player who has played Final Fantasy XIV for a long time, I was surprised to find the show to be easily approachable for a show about a video game. More amusingly, and if you want to know more details about FFXIV, then visit here.
Because at the heart of Dad of Light is a touching tale of a son trying to get in touch with his father. And it was approached with a very subtle hand, which is a credit to both the creative team and the real-life story the show was based on. Basically, Dad of Light is part live-action, Japanese-language soap opera and part machinima using the Final Fantasy XIV engine to chronicle the digital adventures of father and son.
Dad of Light maintains a proper balance between comedy and melodrama throughout. Occasionally, the series even veers into full-on raunchy comedy mode, including one memorable scene with Hirotaro walking in on his son at a very inopportune time. Dad of Light certainly has some sitcom worthy beats, but instead the plot is simply earnest.
Overall, the series seems self-aware enough not to get too serious with the family drama or the slowly unfolding mystery of Hirotaro’s retirement. Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light plays like a long-winded commercial for the game as much as it does an earnest soap opera about a father and son reconnecting.