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Tales of Zestiria Anime Special's New Promo Looks Back at Past Tales of Games

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Promo for December 30 special telling the beginning of Sorey, Mikleo, Alisha's journey also features new animation

Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming an extended promotional video for Tales of Zestiria: Dōshi no Yoake (Tales of Zestiria: Dawn of the Fon Master), the anime special inspired by its upcoming upcoming Tales of Zestiria PlayStation 3 game on Thursday.

Text: Everything started from a "legend" (read as "Phantasia") The legend - Phantasia
The fate - Destiny
Eternity and bonds - Eternia
Being released from fate - Destiny 2
Echoing with you - Symphonia
You are born again - Rebirth
Bonds weave a legend - Legendia
Knowing the reason we were born - Abyss
Connecting feelings - Innocence
Enforcing "justice" - Vesperia
Knowing the strength to protect - Graces
Unwavering belief - Xillia
Choices will make the future - Xillia 2
Expressing 20 years of thanks from the Tales of series...
Passion shines on the world
Sorey: The hero who holds the holy sword...! It's a mural of the Fon Master!!
Text: Tales of Zestiria: Dōshi no Yoake
Mikleo: Wait! You shouldn't get involved with humans.
Alisha: My dream is to travel and see all the ruins in the world. Everyone who's read that book says the same thing.
Mikleo: Even so, she was the first human Sorey had ever met!
Alisha: The Fon Master of legend... I think... Sorey... That person was someone like you.
Alisha: You are an interesting person!
Man: The only one who can defeat them is someone who can control a certain type of holy power...
Alisha: This place... is like the one that shows up in legends where the Heavenly Beings lived...
Text: Tales of Zestiria: Dōshi no Yoake

Namco (now known as Bandai Namco Entertainment) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Tales of RPG series. One of its games, Tales of Rebirth, celebrated the 10th anniversary since its release on Tuesday.

The special will air on Tokyo MX on December 30 and 31 at 9:00 p.m. JST, and on December 31 on BS11 at 9:00 p.m. JST. ufotable (Tales of Symphonia the Animation, Tales of Xillia in-game cutscenes) will animate the special, as well as the in-game animated cutscenes for the game. The anime special will be included on the game's disc.

Namco Bandai Studio's Daigo Okumura designed the character Alisha, while Kousuke Fujishima designed Sorey. Mutsumi Inomata is also returning to contribute character designs along with Minoru Iwamoto. The anime studio ufotable is once again contributing animation for cut scenes and the opening for the game under studio founder and producer Hikaru Kondo. Motoi Sakuraba and Gō Shiina are composing the soundtrack, and Superfly is performing the game's theme song, "White Light."

The full battle system, titled "Fusonic Chain-LMBS" (with LMBS standing for "Linear Motion Battle System), renews the franchise's real-time battle system, and adds a gauge that lets characters freely battle as long as there is stock in it. By using the gauge, effects such as healing and blowing away the enemy will be usable. The game will also include a new battle feature called "Kamui" that allows for a human and a heavenly being to fuse. In the game, Sorey will be able to fuse with Heavenly Beings such as Lailah, changing his form and allowing him to use Lailah's attributes to attack.

The game will be released on January 22 in Japan. Pre-orders of the game will include a product code to download a "Limited Premium Hidden Artes," as well as one of four premium rubber straps designed to look like Sorey, Mikleo, Alisha, and Edna. The game will sell for the suggested retail price of 8,070 yen (about US$80).

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