Parents' Guide to

Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Video game brings a family together in sweet, unique tale.

TV Netflix Drama 2017
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Hidden stuff inapproprioate

Talks about girls, sex in a joke. Most shoking was that episode 6 on netflix series in the office they were talking about porn and few times this went on. It wasnt even funny but pure disgusting. Drinking and smoking references spoil the story which is good and interesting.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 8+

Great show

Great show watched the first couple of episodes and it's better then I thought it would be. If you are debating on watching it or not you should its worth 100% watching.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Marketing messages never went down so sweetly as they do in this genuine oddity, a Japanese-language mashup of family-love drama and role-playing game quest. The central fantasy of Dad of Light (that name! almost as weird as the original Japanese name, Daddy of Light) is made clear in the show's credits, with an image of Dad kneeling at his son's feet to teach him how to throw a baseball dissolving into an animated scene that shows the dad's Final Fantasy character kneeling before his son's avatar. Instantly, we get it: Through identifying with fictional characters, humans can break down the barriers that keep them from connecting. It seems like an obvious idea, yet it's handled with such delicacy here. Akio genuinely yearns for his father's love, feeling the gulf between them as they sit at the breakfast table, silent in identical white shirts and ties. When he presents his father with the gaming system he hopes will bring them together, his eager face waits for his father's reaction: Will he be pleased? Or will Akio's hopes be dashed?

Indeed, though it's hard to relate to a game company's desire to push more product, it's easy to relate to a son who just wants more time and attention from his dad. And that's why this highly unusual import is worth a look, particularly for viewers with a soft spot for family dramas. You may just be surprised by how moving you find Akio's efforts. At one point, Akio's dad seeks reassurance -- he's scared to explore the woods near the game's imaginary town. "You'll be fine," says Akio kindly. "There will be monsters, but they aren't strong ones, so you can easily defeat them." It's as good a motto for life as any.

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