Last Order details two events that happened before Final Fantasy VII. One event revolves around the Nibelheim scenario that focused on Zack Fair, Cloud Strife, Sephiroth and Tifa Lockhart. The other involves Zack and Cloud on the run from Shinra. The anime cuts back and forth between these two flashbacks, linked by the Turk commander Tseng's reflection on the Nibelheim events.
Some time later, Zack and Cloud escape from the Shinra Manor in Nibelheim with the intent of returning to Midgar. However, Shinra orders their elite espionage and assassination division, the Turks and their paramilitary to find and eliminate the two escapees. Tseng, the leader of the Turks, decides to capture them alive while Shinra's army is sent out to destroy the two.
On a bluff overlooking Zack and Cloud, who had hitched a ride on a truck, SOLDIER operatives decide to ignore orders to wait for the Turks, and take aim on the incapacitated Cloud. Noticing, Zack jumps toward Cloud, yelling at him to escape.
|Character||Japanese||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Cloud Strife||（クラウド・ストライフ）||Takahiro Sakurai|
|Tifa Lockhart||（ティファ・ロックハート）||Ayumi Ito|
|Professor Hojo||（宝条）||Nachi Nozawa|
|Shinra Soldier (A)||Keiji Okuda|
|Shinra Soldier (B)||Atsushi Imaruoka|
|Shinra Soldier (C)||Daisuke Kirii|
|Turk (Rod)||Daisuke Namikawa|
|Turk (Two Guns)||Ginpei Satō|
|Turk (Martial Arts)||Hōchū Ōtsuka|
|Turk (Shotgun)||Mayuko Aoki|
|Turk (Gun)||Megumi Toyoguchi|
|Old Man||Katsuhisa Hōki|
|Nibelhiem Villager||Yōhei Tadano|
Last Order was produced by Square Enix and directed by Morio Asaka, with the screenplay being written by Kazuhiko Inukai. Madhouse animated the OVA with cooperation from the company Dr. Movie. Tetsuya Nomura, who had designed the characters of the previous Compilation of Final Fantasy VII installments as well as the original game, acted as the supervising director and provided the original character designs.
The OVA is an anime rendition of two flashbacks that took place in the original game; one is a past recollection on the Nibelheim incident and another is Zack and Cloud's escape from Nibelheim, and their time on the run from Shinra. Last Order also forms the basis of plotpoint in the Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP game, and serves as a tie-in with the mobile phone game Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, as several of the game's playable Turk characters appear as minor characters, with some even getting spoken lines. Sephiroth, unlike in other installments, also jumps into the reactor core in both Before Crisis and Last Order, instead of being thrown into it by Cloud.
Last Order was released with the "Ultimate Edition" of the Advent Children movie, Advent Pieces: Limited, in Japan on September 14 originally. The set contained Advent Children, Last Order, extra videos, a variety of merchandise, and a copy of the original Final Fantasy VII game. The North American release didn't include most of the merchandise, but instead included a few of the original Japanese videos and Last Order. The collectors set was released on by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in the United States, Square Enix Company in Japan, and Madhouse worldwide. There is currently no English dub, however the OVA is subtitled. Last Order is not available with an Advent Children UMD and has not yet been released separately.