Fall 08: 「Tales of the Abyss」 Impressions

Not having played the game, I don’t how this anime matches up to it’s counterpart, but it’s not a bad start for an adaptation.

Story is pretty much the standard JRPG-style, out protagonist being Luke, son of a noble and said to bring great prosperity bla bla bla. A series of events leads him to meet a girl, Tear, and our story begins from here. Not much else I can say that hasn’t been said by the wiki anyways.

Production values seem pretty high and I hope it maintains it that way. One thing I find pretty refreshing is how the characters interact with each other, and there is an air of maturity over most of the characters in the episode, except for Luke with his childishness, although it’s justifiable based on his upbringing and it’s not annoying.

Even when he gets blasted away along with Tear, they choose to cooperate with each other instead of doing all the usual bickering that accompanies the initial encounters of such kind, even actually fighting off monsters together. While Tear sure looks like a cool, icy type, she seems to have a reasonable head on her as well. It’s somehow, moe~, XD.

One thought I have though, is that Luke’s fiancee and Tear should’ve switched seiyuus. Somehow, Yukana fits the ojou-sama image more, while Michiko Neya would sound perfect as the cool Tear. Of course, both of them are actually doing a good job of their characters, just something I feel as a fan of both seiyuus.

OP and ED, didn’t make much impact on me, though the OP felt quite a bit long and in the tradition of Sunrise works, extremely spoilerish. Tons of foreshadowing is to be found in it.

6 Comments

  1. Impz Said,

    October 4, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

    Tear is freaking awesome. she’s the woman among women. Seriously.

  2. ryggim Said,

    October 4, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

    Having finished the game, all I can do now is compare on how the anime will follow the game’s story. The OP is the same one in the game though ^^ Karma is pretty catchy when done in instrumental. Jade’s gonna be the source of most of the comedy I bet, other than Guy and his fear of women. Jade likes to tease or rather annoy Luke most of the time ^^ I just hope they can capture the humor as Jade was in the game. If not….I’ll cast Indignation on those freakin bastards T_____T INDIGNATION!!!!!

  3. Kaisos Said,

    October 4, 2008 @ 11:29 pm

    I’ve never seen so much attention to detail in an adaptation.

    In the opening, when it shows shots of Van and all the God-Generals, the backgrounds shown are the actual locations where you fight them in the game. I thought that was awesome.

    I have actual high hopes for this… I hope they can adapt the entire game, as a large portion of it is actually travel and load times…

  4. miken-chan Said,

    October 5, 2008 @ 1:27 am

    The anime uses the same OP as the game — and it’s a pretty good choice seeing that the verses of KARMA tie directly into events later. Still, they overused a certain spoilerish character much more than the game OP did.

    I’m so glad that the animation quality is good (and isn’t “QUALITY”, and even though it’ll never get as much money as Gundam 00, it’s doing very well despite being overshadowed by the larger franchise.

    I found the spoilerish short haired version of Luke so very moe in the OP for some strange reason.

  5. Cardcaptor Said,

    October 5, 2008 @ 4:28 am

    Michiko Neya shines when Natalie goes into tsundere mode. Just you wait.

  6. Staberinde Said,

    October 7, 2008 @ 3:08 am

    The first episode shows promise, but I found Luke _extremely_ annoying. I will trz to give it a few episodes maybe he will change or I will get used him.

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