Tales of Zestiria: The X

TV (12 eps)
3.802 out of 5 from 7,162 votes
Rank #2,194
Tales of Zestiria: The X

Legends speak of the Shepherd, a savior who will bring peace to the seraphim and human worlds. Sorey has spent his life studying ancient books and exploring ruins to learn more about the legendary savior. When he and his seraphim companion Mikleo encounter a mysterious girl in the ruins, the stories of the Shephard become Sorey's reality. Is he strong enough to take on the evil Lord of Calamity?

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When I started watching this series I had high hopes, sadly this anime doesn't come close to what I had hoped for, it contains far too many flaws in it's fantasy setup for my taste. Don't continue reading unless your fine with some spoilers!  The story starts out with the princess of a kingdom out and about, stumbling through ruines and going on crazy quests, the entire beginning of the story seems unstructured, for one the princess is naive in the extreme and acts totally unbefitting for a ruler, the main plot is built up in an amature fashion, the princess interest in ruins, which for some reason are randomely placed literally whenver convienient, furthermore it is unlogical for the pricess, the ruler of the kingdom to constantly be putting herself in danger, instead of actually ruling and having others do such tasks in her stead. Another surprise of the story is when you find out how masterful her fighting skills are for a normal teenage looking girl, who doesn't seem to have ever trained, the only hint is another non suitable warrior character, which the princess calls her master. What alos bothers me is that no background information is given, who are her parents, why are they not mentioned and what the fuck is she even doing in her kingdom?? I'm not surprised she has assasins after her (which miraculously all fail, since she's such an amazing fighter not even trained assasins can "harm" her). For me the story took an upward turn, when introduced to the main character( The shepherd) Who adds a little more direction and life to the story. Sadly that life is quickly extinguished, when you see his steriotypical naive nature, which even though far more interesting than all the other characters introduced, is made worthless rather fast as the story progresses it's "plot". Another unrealistic scene is the fight the main character has when his home is invaded my evil and all the seraphs split up for some reason to go fight it alone?- Which ends in a minor casualty and the main character without even being made a shephard yet smashes through walls and flies over a hundred meters, where earlier a seraph had to save him from a 60 meter fall.. What's more, later the lady of the lake proclaims that she cannot purify evil, only the shephard, which makes me wonder what use the seraphs are for than. To me it seems the story is made up on the go.  The animation is slightly above average, there are some scenes which are beautifully made, on the other hand the character animation makes it hard for me to take the characters seriously, for example when the princess loses all her friends (who were never properly introduced in the first place), it seemed more like a bad joke to me, an attempt to be serious. Furthermore the fighting scenes are mixed, some are made rather well and some make me wish they'd just skip the entire scene and cut the bullshit. Recommendation:  I'd recommend this anime to people who are bored and have nothing else to watch, it may not be too great and there are loads of better anime out there, but it is still above average compared to a lot of other crap out there and certainly in the top 13 of this seasons releases. I strongly however doubt that this will become anyones favorite and if your tastes are similar to mine, you'll probably get bored with this anime rather quickly.


UPDATE - The show gets substantially better in the last two episodes. But I'm disappointed I had to watch the whole thing before it got better. TL;DR - They had the chance to expand into story and animate some great stuff from the game. They didn't. It's boring, it skips around too much, it moves too quickly, and none of the charm, the excitement, or the beauty from the game transferred to the anime. Also, why the hell did we suddenly devote two episodes in the middle of this to Berseria, when it didn't do anything to educate viewers on Zestiria's background? Story (2.5/5) So much of the good stuff, including drama from evil characters from the game are just not present here. They're trivialized, and it's almost as if the entire plot itself was dumbed down because they couldn't figure out how to turn this thing into an anime. As mentioned in summary, story skipped some pretty major (in my opinion) events, and even if you ignore that, it progresses too quickly without making much sense to a non-Tales-knowledgeable person. Animation (3/5) Animation was pretty in some parts. As usual, ufotable makes some very attractive and visually appealing characters. But there wasn't anything outstanding or spectacular. Some of the hellions looked kind of weird, like they switched from awesome anime to sub-par CG and then back to anime. Blegh. At least in the game, all of the parts that were anime were *only* anime. Sound (4/5) One of the few things I highly enjoyed about the anime is the good quality voice-acting and music. Sound effects were fine too. Pretty good, although the game is still better. Characters (1/5) What the hell happened here? The only characters that maintained 100% of their personality from the game were Sorey and Rose. Mikleo isn't as sassy as he is in game (he's hilarious), they went and turned Alisha from tomboy knight to damsel-in-distress, and Lailah also doesn't retain any of her super awkward, but cute quirkiness from the game. They went and completely toned down the "evilness" of the lord guy in Ladylake fighting to kill Alisha, and at no point in the anime do you ever feel the desperation of the people facing the "Age of Chaos" that you do in the game. Overall, just super disappointed. It pains me because I'm 100% a massive Tales fan - every time a new game comes out I throw my wallet at them like I'm a crack-addict. The anime just doesn't cut it for me.

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