Tales of the Abyss

Title:Tales of the Abyss
テイルズ オブジ アビス
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Notables: FUJISHIMA Kosuke
Luke fon Fabre, the son of Duke Fabre of the Kimlasca Kingdom, is 17 years old. He is the Light of the Sacred Flame who is destined to bring prosperity to Kimlasca. But since being kidnapped seven years ago by the Malkuth empire, he has been kept confined to the Fabre family mansion. The shock of the kidnapping erased all of Luke's memories prior to the event. But one fateful day, a mysterious woman breaks into the mansion and sets off a chain of events that will change the world forever...
26 TV episodes.
[edit] The ↗Tales franchise (separate RPG stories, same setting):
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Unevaluated Stretch [series:1913#628]
(Two episodes watched):

Watching this show makes me feel like I really am playing a RPG, or, more accurately, watching somebody else play one (and we all know how exciting that is). The scenes seem like prepackaged experiences which were not designed to fit together into one skillful and intriguing plotline so much as to make a fair amount of sense no matter what their outcome is. It's like the events are designed to shoehorn the players into accepting the most obvious outcome--almost like the game is playing you. The characters' motivations seem poorly explained; they make hasty decisions which don't make a whole lot of sense (like a person we've barely met being adopted in our wandering group). Why is the warrior mage girl so dutifully escorting Luke home when she was fighting him not long ago? Another problem is that the show doesn't seem to know whether it should be serious or ridiculous. I agree with Luke, the sickeningly kawaii creature that tags along with them kinda pisses me off, too. I can't afford to watch every new series this fall, and I'm tempted to cut Tales of the Abyss from my schedule.

Indeed, I've cut this show from my viewing schedule. Perhaps if it were not up against such stiff competition as is present in the outstanding '08 fall season, I might watch it after all. But as is, I may not even bother to download the episodes for later viewing. Not terribly bad I would say, but not significantly good either.

Last updated Wednesday, November 05 2008. Created Tuesday, October 14 2008.
Unevaluated aoneish [series:1913#1615]
ep 2.

a very pg-ish feel. i haven't played the game, but i already know where the plot is going and the "surprise twist" at the end just by watching the OP and ED.

Last updated Wednesday, October 08 2008. Created Wednesday, October 08 2008.

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