Tales of Zestiria the X Alias: Tales of Zestiria the Cross Genres: Fantasy Studio: ufotable Premiere Date: July 3, 2016, Episode Count: ? Adaptation: Game Streaming: Anime Digital Network, Daisuki, FUNimation,
Plot: Sorey is a human youth who grew up among the seraphim, spiritual beings not visible to humans. Sorey believes in the folklore that says "long ago, every human was able to see the seraphim" and dreams of unraveling the ancient mystery to make the world a place where people and seraphim can live together in peace.
One day, Sorey visits the human capital for the very first time. He becomes embroiled in an incident during which he pulls out a holy sword embedded in a rock and ends up becoming a Shepherd, one who casts away calamity from the world. He begins to realize the gravity of his mission, and his dream of coexistence between mankind and the seraphim becomes more intense—
And thus, the Shepherd embarks on an amazing journey with his companions.
Just to keep things short, I copied the table from the Tales of Zestiria discussion. I'm assumed most who read this review would be familiar with the game.
One of the cons I will mention later is that this anime adaptation isn't good for newcomers who didn't play the game.
The good parts of the anime adaptation of the video game is that it's flexible. It's not a 100% faithful adaptation, but it does some things better than the game such as making exclusive scenes for Edna and her brother, Eizen, with their backstory. The prologue might confuse fans because it focused on Alisha and Rose first. Then, episode 1 returns to focus on Sorey. The anime features Alisha in more prominent role than the video game itself while bringing Rose in early, too. Another change was making Mikleo go after his weapon alone in the anime and then the war where Alisha and Rose have an anime exclusive role in stopping the war by fighting General Landon. In the game, Sorey was fighting Landon. I believe those changes are good since the video game has Sorey be in the middle of the action since he, the video game player, has to be involved in everything.
The animation and music was top notch. Ufotable is known for their quality animation. I couldn't tell what it was for the animation. It wasn't CG, I think. It was really fluid animation during the fight.
One of the cons is the Tales of Berseria insert which didn't add anything to story except for selling the game as it hasn't been released as of this review. They could have made a separate anime or OVA. It was purely fan service which one could enjoy if you are interested in buying the game which is prequel to Zestiria.
As mentioned earlier, I can't recommend this anime to newcomers who haven't play the game. The anime is quick in its pacing.
That is pretty much it. I have played the game and knows its flaws in the story. I didn't really like the ending and the characters weren't as fleshed out. I'm hoping the 2nd season doesn't fall in the same traps as the video game.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT