Tales of the Abyss #01 — 35% as Gay as Expected

October 3rd, 2008

But still containing two men scared to death of vaginas.

New Season Disclaimer:

I’ll make a post for almost all new series (barring sequels) with a wrap-up and bullet point opinion of each once the premier week is over. Remember that these are just my kneejerk reactions to the first 20 minutes of shows, many of which in genres that I don’t even particularly like, but I do believe in giving every new series at least an episode to interest me.


I’ll play nice with the spoilers this week. It’s impossible for me to really seperate myself from the source since I’ve played the game through twice now, and am considering starting a third run… so I’m really not even going to try. They started this one out slowly. Really slowly. I’m not sure if that actually means much of anything though because if you cut out all the BS fed ex quests and backtracking from Abyss, you have about a 25 hour game… and since they don’t need to show the random battles or other general RPG… uh… RPGness, that probably drops it down to about 5 hours of actual stuff to cover, so they’ve got more than enough room to space things out a bit. Oh well, the longer we put off meeting Ion, the better I suppose, even if it’s just one week.

I was very happy to see Natalia a little early, even if she pretty much did nothing but bitch at Luke while Gay Guy flirted with him. They even added some hand holding to get Hinano on board. Boy is she going to be disappointed when… well… spoilers can wait. That’s fine though, Talia’s so much better than Tear, Ion, and Anise, who we’re going to be stuck with for the next 4-5 episodes at a bare minimum. Yes, I know Ion’s not a girl, but he may as well be. They also ramped up Luke’s headaches to show a little better that he was actually going a bit crazy and not just hearing voices. Otherwise, they pretty much took stuff directly from the game, right down to the conversation Luke has with the gardener about how gardening sucks. You’re a true champion of the people, Luke. They even had Guy’s bedroom conversation with Luke, though didn’t show him retreating in a panic when a maid showed up. Score one for cutting down on the Guy x Luke vibes. I do find it funny that they gave Tear a bladed staff instead of her silly little bubble shooting staff in the game.

As expected from Sunrise’s Pizza Hut sponsored show, the production values were excellent across the board, albeit with a few hiccups in distance shots. Music was well done, though I honestly expected them to use a few more tracks from the game, but am pleased that they didn’t. Again, they could have cut down on the exposition at the start and/or during the meeting with Van since they’re going to rehash that in a couple episodes anyway, but blah blah blah "sticking to the game." They’re going to have to make some cuts somewhere, I just hope it’s not something important. They seem to be completely ignoring all the skits so far, which is probably for the best anyway. The action sequences were well done, but we’ve seen them in pretty much their entirety from the promos already, so it’s hard to be too impressed there.

I had planned on covering this from the start anyway since I’ve been rabidly devouring any and all Tales games I could get my grubby hands on for the last decade, so I’m a bit of a fan. I’m on board with this one for good or bad. It shouldn’t be too hard to cover either since I already know everything that’s going to happen anyway. Between this running, Symphonia’s OVA getting its Tethe’alla chapters, and Vesperia just having Yuri and Raven, it’s a good time to be a Tales fan.

Abyss OP (From start of Karma)

Game OP


Not the cheagles. Not the goddamned cheagles!

Posted in Tales of the Abyss | 19 Comments »

19 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • kiryuu says:

    Ah we get the arrogant,sadistic,”genius” fonist next ep. joy.

    and only 35% as gay? off to a good start then I’d say. :D

  • Joule says:

    Do we get a scene with Guy spending an entire night teaching Luke “Sonic Thrust” out in the wilderness by a campfire?

  • Aroduc says:

    That’s the DVD special. ^^

  • Hinano says:

    *draws more totali x aroduc yaoi*

    I’m on board on this as well, and just because I have a rabid desire to blog about anime based on RPG games that I’ve never played (except ragnarok online)

  • Joule says:

    I highly anticipate it then. I hope they go about animating all the lulz scenes from the game.

  • Senna says:

    As a fan of the game, I was pretty happy with this episode. Heh, can’t wait for Jade to show up though ^_^

  • Kabitzin says:

    The yellow hair gradient is so very web 2.0 =3.

  • Shiro Long Tail says:

    The new OP has got a lot more polish and action but I felt the games OP had better choreography with the music. Although I’m fine with the lack of track suit Luke.

    Also, wasn’t the game OP lyric-less?

  • Aroduc says:

    Wait… -more-?

    The US version just used the karaoke track of Karma instead of leaving the Japanese lyrics in.

  • Alt Eisen says:

    Hu, Isn’t This blog gay-friendly? Poor Guy,Sonic Thrust or not he´s gonna get some manly love sonner or latter

  • Aroduc says:

    It’s more just making fun of Luke’s mancrush on Van and Asch and Guy’s gynephobia than anything else really. Tear practically throws herself at Luke through the entire game, and all Luke ever does is whine about how Van/Asch don’t love him enough.

    Also… the guy doing the screenplay specializes in male crossdressing shows.

  • serenade_beta says:

    Tear and Luke look just great here~ *laugh*


  • […] popular belief, I was actually sold on the scene […]

  • loki says:

    wow Tear sounds like Lacus Clyne………… is she voiced by Rie Tanaka??

  • Ryan A says:

    Only qualm is the guy with inverse butterfly costume, shit like school bus-colored iguana fingers that merge into a full-chested heart pattern don’t fly… at least not as an overcoat.

  • Nayuki says:

    I’m glad the anime op (the end of it at least!) gave a little Anise love with that hop-hug. Am sure they’ll cut out all of her good story elements, but oh well, the life of a secondary female – no romantic interest even unlike Natalia :(

    Edit: How did I never notice Luke has blonde tips in spite of two plays myself…that’s sad…

  • Gearhead says:

    Tear is voiced by Yukana, not Rie Tanaka.

  • Vangui says:

    Was the second episode supposed to air today? Because I have just watched it on Niconico Douga (it was obviously deleted a few minutes later…)

  • Gummi says:

    Im liking this series :)