Many dope anime have been adapted from equally stellar video games. While the two art mediums are very different forms of storytelling where games give you control over your fate, the anime lets you chill while giving you the time to watch your fav characters play out their lives. The Tales Of The Abyss is one such video game whose PS2 version has sold over 700,000 copies when it was launched.
Namco had to reprint the 3DS version 3-4 times to keep up with continuous demand for the title. That’s why when an anime adaptation was announced, everyone had already expected it and hence, wasn’t even slightly shocked. Bandai Namco produced a 26-episode anime version more than a decade back and still, it has a loyal fan following.
Recently, Namco announced that it’ll be airing the anime for absolutely free. The first episode is already available online and the second episode is set to be released on January 1, 2022. The episodes will be released regularly at set regular intervals on YouTube.
This is to commemorate the one-year anniversary of its YouTube channel. The anime will be streamed in Japanese but with English subtitles.
Plot of the Anime
Tales of the Abyss is set on Auldrant ,a planet made up of basic particles known as “Fonons.” Only six fonons were known to exist, representing the elements of Shadow, Earth, Wind, Water, Fire, and Light.
However, a seventh fonon, governing Sound, is later found. Its revelation causes immense upheaval: with the newest Seventh Fonon, one may read the future.
Luke fon Fabre is an adolescent who has been held captive in his estate for years by his uncle, King of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear, after being kidnapped and suffering from amnesia.
The Tales Of The Abyss Anime
The anime adaptation of the game, which debuted in 2008, was developed by Sunrise, the animation company behind the Mobile Suit Gundam series and Cowboy Bebop. Kenji Kodama, an industry veteran who has worked on the City Hunter and Case Closed (Detective Conan) series, helmed the anime. Many of the same voice actors from the game appear in the anime.
Tales of the Abyss originated as an action-RPG for the Sony Playstation 2 in 2005. The game’s engrossing gameplay was commended, while the narrative’s reliance on genre clichés and poor pacing was panned. Despite this, it remains one of the franchise’s most well-regarded installments.
In 2011, a version for the Nintendo 3DS was published, adding stereoscopic 3D graphics and touch screen shortcuts to the game.