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Cosmic Fantasy was the flagship Role Playing Game franchise from Telenet Japan, created exclusively for the PC-Engine's CD attachment, with one Compilation Rerelease for the Sega CD and masterminded by manga artist Kazuhiro Ochi.
Like Sega's own RPG franchise Phantasy Star, Cosmic Fantasy combined anime presentation with a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi. However, by utilizing the CD format, CF was among the first such games to rely on fully animated and voice-acted cutscenes not unlike Nihon Falcom's popular Ys games or Game Arts' Lunar games.
Games in this series include:
- Cosmic Fantasy: Bōken Shōnen Yū (1990)
- Cosmic Fantasy 2 (1991)
- Cosmic Fantasy 3: Bōken Shōnen Rei (1992)
- Cosmic Fantasy Stories (1992) (the only non-Turbo release; remake of the first two games for the Sega CD)
- Cosmic Fantasy 4: Ginga Shōnen Densetsu - Totsunyū-hen (1994)
- Cosmic Fantasy 4: Ginga Shōnen Densetsu - Gekitō-hen (1994)
This series provides examples of:
- All in a Row
- Animal Mecha: Marley, a robotic cat.
- The Anime of the Game
- Catfolk: Very common through the franchise
- Cool Mask: Galam.
- Follow the Leader: The battle system is pretty much Dragon Quest with the serial numbers filed off. 4 introduced the Active Time Battle system pioneered in Final Fantasy IV.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: While 2 was still fairly censored in its localization, not all of it was, notably Babbette's Shower Scene.
- One Game for the Price of Two: The fourth game splits the adventure between the protagonists of 1 and 2.
- Rescue the Princess: Van for Laura.
- Science Fantasy
- Space Pirates: Or Cosmic Pirates, rather.
- Take Over the World: Galam's plan.
- Totally Radical: Good luck finding someone who doesn't use the word "Cosmic" in an unironic manner anymore.
- Unfortunate Name: Van, and did they really need to use the long A sound for Galam's first syllable?
- Updated Rerelease: Stories is such for the first two games.