Every year that passes, the lifeblood known as mana which sustains the world of Sylvarant slowly ebbs away. The land itself is dying, fields are turning barren, and life itself is on the brink of collapse. In the quiet country town of Iselia the last remaining hope, the Chosen of Martel, begins the Journey of World Regeneration – a quest which, if completed, would renew the world’s supply of mana and bring prosperity once more. However, Colette is not the first chosen to attempt the Journey; many have already fallen before her. Along with the mercenary Kratos and the half-elf school teacher Raine, Colette must travel to each of the elemental shrines and release the seals so that the regeneration can begin.
In a world known as Soul Shell, floating islands are mankind’s only protection against falling into oblivion. The power of the song is able to heal wounds and create miracles; a power that the young Aurica can’t seem to master. After his ship crashes, Aurica finds herself in the company of Lyner, a fighter who desperately needs to return to what’s left of the sky. Together, the duo set out to find an engineer who can repair Lyner’s ship; but monsters are afoot! With shifty engineers and fire-breathing beasts in their way, can the two manage to stay alive?
Two OVAs inspired by computer RPGs, both Tales of Symphonia and Ar Tonelico will find fans with those who like great tales of adventure and accomplishment. In both, the main focus is on a boy-girl pairing and how they overcome their apparent innocence and feelings of hopelessness in order to win through for their friends.
The stories both see the presentation of mythical worlds where magic, flying machines and dragons may reside, and both act as an excellent companion to the games, but can in fact be viewed independently from the games without too much of a problem except for the rather incomplete endings, which may leave the viewer with the impression that only part of two rather large and fantastic universes have been uncovered. This may, however, inspire and encourage you to pick up the games to take control of the very characters you have been watching, and play out both tales yourself to find out the full story!
Enter the world of devils! Laharl, the prince of the Netherworld, awakens after a two-year-long slumber to find the land thrown into chaos. His father, King Krichevskoy, has died and the land has no ruler. Laharl decides that he is the only one worthy to replace his father, so he sets out on a journey back to his castle to claim the throne before another rogue devil tries to take what is rightfully his. Aided by the unlikely and unfortunate Flonne the angel and the deceiving former assistant to the King, Etna, what kind of hardships, misadventures, and bizarre encounters will they inevitably run into along the way?
Do you like a slice of comedy with your Anime? Some clumsy characters with a pinch of innocence, but you also still want a good dose of action? Then you should find Disgaea and Tales of Symphonia are just your kind of thing. Set in fantasy worlds of Gods and Demons, our main protagonists are Lloyd (Symphonia) and Laharl (Disgaea) and although these two don't seem have an awful lot in common, other than that they are young, eager and sword-wielding, there is enough elsewhere for us to draw favorable comparisons. Indeed, Lloyd and Laharl seem to come from different ends of the spectrum - one is a young man who wants to prove himself as a swordsman ad friend, and the other is the Prince of Darkness. Yet Lloyd will have to get tough, and Laharl will have to learn kindness, if they are to succeed in their quests.
A whole host of supporting characters and monsters will be on show, and the various locations - from the Netherworld to deserts and Grand Palaces - look colorful and vibrant. The clumsy element in both stories comes from a young girl - Flonne is the innocent waif in Disgaea and Colette is our sweet little thing in Symphonia. Both are prone to frequently tripping up and generally getting in the way of things (as they also are in the related console RPG games), but at the end of the day they will both need their friends to come through for them in their hour of desperation.
Welcome to Planet R, a place where four crystals representing the elements keep the world in balance. But the crystals of Earth, Fire and Water have been stolen by the evil Deathgyunos. Linaly, a descendant of an ancient protector of the crystals, and Pritz, a headstrong young man, must protect the Crystal of Air to prevent the world from being plunged into Chaos. With the Tycoon military and air pirates after them as well, will they be able to succeed?
Tales of Symphonia and Final Fantasy: Legend Of The Crystals have similar story lines: the world is dying, and to save it a young girl goes on a quest, with a young, rash swordfighter accompanying her as a protector. Epic adventure abounds as our adventurers oppose the forces of darkness.
Both are short, so if you enjoyed one, you might want to check out the other for more of the same.
In the lush fantasy world of Earthsea, dragons and humans no longer live together as one due to the greed of humanity. It is in this world that the young Prince Arren lives – a young man who is dejected, tormented, and afraid of the ultimate goal of life: death. After killing his father and stealing an heirloom sword forged by magic, Arren sets forth with his trusty steed into the unknown countryside, experiencing the joys and darkness of mankind. Along with the powerful mage Sparrowhawk, an unlikely friend and his own personal angst, Arren must rediscover his desire to live while evil forces threaten his precious life's existence.
Arren and Colette are barely out of childhood, yet the fate of their universes lies in their young hands. Journeying through new and strange lands, not only will they discover more about their worlds but also will learn to understand more about themselves, and of the importance of friendship. From desert landscapes and vast forests, to mighty seas and vast ruins, both Anime really try to give a graphic impression of the size and variety of these two worlds.
In Kratos (Tales of Symphonia) and Sparrowhawk (Gedo Senki) we have two mentor figures who also have an initially undisclosed and mysterious past. Are their interests complementary to, or in conflict with, Arren and Colette's goals? As the story progresses our main characters combine with a good friend to create a strong boy-girl partnership, with Colette finding comfort in childhood friend Lloyd, and Arren meeting Therru. Both of these girls, Colette and Therru, share something in common central to the main storyline, which can not be disclosed here without spoiling the plot. There is also a great sense of 'Innocence Lost', with both Arren and Colette having to face up to a life very different from the one they had known so recently, but have had to move away from for various reasons. Ultimately, it is the strength of their friendships that will greatly help in determining the outcome of these Tales
Shuugo and Rena think they're just two siblings who got lucky and won two 'special' characters in the MMORPG The World, but mystery is afoot! What is the truth behind the characters they've been given? What is the 'Twilight' that has worried the game's most powerful? The answers lie in Shuugo's bracelet, as well as the power to save his sister from a fate worse than death!
Both of these games are based off RPG video games. The characters come and go, like in video games, but everyone is linked. These shows are both cheery most of the time, but are full of battles, magic, and more serious situations.