Tales of Zestiria: The X (2017)

TV (13 eps)
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Tales of Zestiria: The X (2017)

Continuation of Tales of Zestiria: The X.

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This season surprisingly takes a detour from following the flow of the story from the game and its story in general. If anything, this season is even better than the game as things that seemed simple at the surface all have much more depth and complexity. The first 6 episodes dive deeply into Rose and a lot of her story and her background. The events still match up with the game to some extent, but this is more of a in depth look at what happened during that timeframe. The start of it may be a bit slow, but it builds a really important connection with the choices Rose makes and how she fits into the main story with Sorey, and why she chooses the path she does. After the Rose filled episodes, Alisha is brought into the mix and shows her development and how she fits alongside Sorey. The mood from the first half continues as the malevolence plays a major role in the dark theme, then eventually some light shines, and more darkness. The pacing also gets drastically faster towards the last episodes as it heads towards the final battle. This is also where it gets epic and has more action with the Armatus forms (my favorite piece) and the showdown with the Lord of Calamity come. The final episode is a pretty amazing conclusion/battle. Lots of flash and all the armatus power you could want! While the pacing may seem slower in the first episodes, having played the game, I can say that all of what is shown is pretty critical to what makes Zestiria. The concept of malevolence is made very clear and so are each of the main characters roles. There is a lot more flash and effects as you progress through the season though. The depth, amount of information, and clarity of the characters is a beautiful combination really and made me love the Zestiria universe even more. It is really neat seeing the difficulty and effort that goes into the armatization process for example, where as in the game, the characters are simply able to do it. As you would expect based on the first season, the animation is crazy awesome and the sound is just as amazing. Any effects look amazing and from the opening theme, all the way through to the ending theme, the amount of effort and work put in really shows compared to almost any other anime out there. In episode 5 of the dubbed version (and ep8 skit) however, they had a different voice actor for Sorey for whatever reason, and it was just terrible sounding, so that is the reason for a .25 sound deduction. This could have been avoided but they made a slip in judgement and choice there. Also, don't forget to watch the little skits after the credits. Naturally, they are in the same format as from the game and have the same charm. Just a little extra effort on top of everything really. If all that wasn't enough, the additional connection to the Tales of Berseria universe and some of the story referencing to that era and a few of its main characters was a neat addition. It is always nice to see ties among the different universes and how the stories connect between them. Overall, an amazing season. It is a heavier story and character driven season, but this is an important aspect of the Tales series. It was also nice to see a lot of new stuff and lore not seen in the game. I could write tons more simply because of how much I love both the anime and the game, and the depth and complexity behind stuff that seemed simple is just beautiful which I think makes the anime more exciting than the game. Review of Season 1 ; Scored 10/10


Among the countless varieties of computer games, jRPGs have always been somewhat special; most of them have quite a plot to boast about.   Tales of Zestiria the Cross is a Japanese anime television series based on both Tales of Zestiria and Tales of Berseria video games developed by Bandai Namco Studios that was made to promote both games. It is produced by Ufotable, directed by Haruo Sotozaki and written by Hikaru Kondo, featuring character designs by Akira Matsushima and music by Motoi Sakuraba and Go Shiina. But did it help to appreciate Berseria and Zesteria? This is the question I will try to answer.   Tales of Zesteria as mentioned before is based on the game and, of course, the game has many details that have not been mentioned in the anime adaptation.  Story wise, from way back, people worshiped Seraphs as Gods. Seraphs are beings that are able to use magic, however, they have always been among people. Yet, only a few are able to see them, those who can, leave their names and legacies in the history of the mankind. Sorey, the main protagonist of the series, is a human raised by the Seraphs. Long-long time ago, Shepherds, humans contracted to a powerful Seraph, were that only power keeping peace and all terrors of wars away from the humanity. They are no more, so the world sinks in malevolence. Sorey having saved the princess, finds out that the humanity is in grave danger yet again. He together with his friend Mikleo and the princess Alisha embarks on a quest to save the mankind.   The fact that the series is based on the game is pretty obvious; there are so many interesting characters, with a well thought out storyline. And, of course, it is nothing special for a game, where you can devote character and story as much time as you want, however, it is all different for an anime.  So, long story short, Tales of Zesteria, does not have enough episodes to work with, in result, characters do not receive enough development. Indeed, the heroes cannot be called bad, because they still get some development to work with. And this is the main problem, because not only does the series lack enough time to provide the viewer with a good story and well-developed  characters, but it also tries to show the events of Tales of Berseria, which is kinda a prequel to Zesteria.   And that is why it fails. Tales of Berseria alone has so many things that are needed to be explained to the viewers for them to have some kind of an understanding of what is happening, but the series also tries to focus on the events of Tales of Zesteria, so what I am trying to say is that with no time to waste, the creators should have made an anime adaptation of either Tales of Berseria, or Tales of Zesteria only. That way, it would have done the work the way it should be. But as something that should promote the game, it did its job pretty well. Even with some great misses in story and character development, Tales of Zesteria the anime is still an amazing journey, with quite a stunning animation and amazing OST. Indeed, it has problems I have already mentioned, but you might check the game and enjoy the amazing world of the both Tales games, too. Even if you do not want to check the game, do check the anime series; quite an enjoyable series to watch.

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