Tales of Abyss episode 18 ~ Suddenly…it was happily ever after…

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On that note, UK has also been hit with some pretty nice snow since as long as I can remember, wheee snow angels!

Oh snap this was awfully done…It has been a while since I last saw something as anti-climatic as this and to tell you the truth, it was plain awful >_<’

Thoughts: I don’t even know what to say now since what happened in this episode was so straightfoward and frankly it all happened all too fast and lacked so much to even be called enjoyable to watch, even as a guilty pleasure type of thing.

So as the gang heads off to the “final battle” we get a lot of talk between Luke and various other members of his group for the sole purpose of making sure that everyone’s resolve remains as strong as ever. While it was a bit boring at this point it was still bearable. Asch shows up in front of Luke and tells him to be the one to kill Van otherwise he will have to sacrifice himself to kill him…was that supposed to be Asch’s way of asking for help or did he just hit his head? Worse still was Luke’s reply to it. Well at least you could expect the fight to be epic considering how extreme of lengths Asch was willing to go to see that Van is stopped…or not…

No sooner than when Luke and Tear fell off from a few hundred metres up are they comfronted with the mad scientist err I mean Van playing the organs and what should have been an epic clash where our heros finally fight against the “final boss” of this series became nothing more than some anti-climatic “smoking pile of crap”; to put it in better terms. I don’t think I could have even called that short scene (which was mostly boring speech) a fight as it turns out that Van decides to jump to his death rather than facing defeat. I mean, what defeat? He didn’t even put up a fight; full stop >.>

And then as if to laugh at the viewers we have Lorelei giving Luke and Asch the so called “key” to save him with, causing Luke to black out and then a timeskip into the future where he seemingly has forgotten about the whole plea from Lorelei and ends up being a bed bound slug. If I didn’t know any better the lazy bugger probably laid on his bed for an entire month before deciding to go visit his friends…

And as a last laugh we have Tear and Luke suddenly deciding that something has to be investigated on a last second notice and both of them rush off to Daath like a couple of superheroes ready to fight evil. Little needs to be said how unimpressed I was with this episode hence the lateness of this entry *rolleyes*

Sadly the slow parts of this series remains all too slow and wordy whereas the fight parts are always rushed as heck…why do they do this >.>

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Why are you apologising again?

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Like I said, why are you doing this?

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Though something like that should have been obvious I would rather if they just got to the action instead of loitering around

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Poor neglected Tear :___;

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Guy knows better, it is a shame he isn’t the one to pair up with Tear

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Some flashback on the goodness of Van, no effect

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Asaaaa da yoooo~

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Oh here comes some great logic

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I mean is that a blackmailing threat from Asch?

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Ironically this idiot is such a big idiot that the word idiot doesn’t even cover the half of his idiocy

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Tear FALLLL~FALLSS Kyakyaa~ Uu!Uuu!

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And would you take a look at that distance downwards

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Magically enough all is fine and no broken bones is to be found

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Good big brother Van

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Is now batshit cuckoo

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Skipping the boring talk lets just get to the fight alright?

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If there was one to begin with

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Ouch Van, that looks like a nasty cut, it will take hours to sew back together

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You call that a defeat?

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And what is with people and falling off high places in this series?

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God tells him save him

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And this is what happens one month onwards

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Time for a trip to see how Tear is doing…hang on…WHAT ABOUT FONOS-MONOXIDE WHICH SHOULD HAVE KILLED HER??

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Suddenly, he remembers

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And off they go again -_____-

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12 Responses to “Tales of Abyss episode 18 ~ Suddenly…it was happily ever after…”


  1. 1 Setsu February 7, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I think Sunrise was all “Okay, we’ve spent way too much time on part 1 and we’ve got like 8 more episodes left, so let’s just skip through this part and focus on the 2nd of Tales of the Abyss.” Unfortunately, even Tales of the Abyss, with 26 episodes, falls for the same flaws as any video game-to-anime adaptation. By trying to cram in the plot, the fight scenes had to take a hit, which is sad because unlike the Disgaea anime, Tales of the Abyss at the beginning had some nice fight scenes. Sadly, the ridiculous organ was in the game.

    As for Tear’s fonon poisoning, it’s again due to the way the events have been shuffled. In the game, you see glimpses of her fonon poisoning in the first half of the game, but it doesn’t come to light until the second half. Heck, we don’t even see that doctor until the second half of the game.

    It really is disappointing, though. Early on, the series looked like it could have been great and it seemed like it would avoid all the pitfalls of a video game-to-anime adaptation. Hopefully, the post-timeskip portion of the game will be handled properly.

  2. 2 Kaioshin Sama February 7, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    And yet relative to your average game adaptation it’s pure gold. Sounds to me like somebody’s just venting.

  3. 3 deathkillz February 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    @Setsu ~ What a coincidence you mentioned Disgaea since I am currently playing the game one my psp and about to watch the anime, hmm :)

    As for the shuffling, it is quite strange that they seem to have forgotten the entire thing about Tear after making such a big fuss of it beforehand. And I suppose that it will pop up later again during an “oh so coincidence” timing.

    @Kaio ~ I guess you haven’t noticed how much I have praised this before? *rolleyes*
    And yes I am venting because I care <3

  4. 4 Setsu February 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    @Kaioshin Sama:
    Yeah, I probably am venting, but I do agree with you. It is definitely much better than your average video game adaptation, especially at the beginning of the series.

  5. 5 Miken February 8, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Needless to say, Sunrise needed to cram, since the Mid-boss battle only just happened and we’re already more than 2/3 in. At this point, I see a number of certain points being cut. Not that I’m angry about that, since the one’s I think will be cut out didn’t really appeal to me anyways.

    It’s people who make halfhearted sarcastic comments like you who make me actually want to ship Guy x Tear. >:C

    The battle against Van was much more fun in-game, since he actually dealt damage heavy like a proper Mid-Boss would. Of course, the after-battle anime cutscene did feature everyone without a single scratch…

    The Miasma poisoning Tear has will be brought up once again next episode, don’t worry. *went crazy about 19 and DLed an HQ raw*

  6. 6 Kaioshin Sama February 8, 2009 at 4:14 am

    @Deathkillz: I’m just not used to you being a hardass on anime. That’s always been my job. You’re stealing my thunder! *Clubs Deathie over the head*

    @Setsu: I still like Tales of Eternia the best mostly because it takes an unusual path in being a totally original sidestory to the game complete with a fairly interesting and likeable set of side characters.

  7. 7 Zack February 8, 2009 at 5:30 am

    I’ve been replaying Abyss alongside the anime to see what little things change. It’s enjoyable to say the least. I need to constantly kick myself so I don’t get further in the game than the anime. Definitely saw the cramming of stuff coming thought, with the part they were at and the numbers of episodes left. Still enjoying the anime version though.

    Seeing the Abyss anime makes me want a Vesperia anime done in the same fashion, but I’m worried if they did something like that they would screw it up. If they did it in a similar way as this I think it could be okay. That might just be me though. I loved the characters of Vesperia. Although not hearing the English voices would be awkward since I happen to love the voices of the English release…

    There’s actually a number of games I think could make a good anime adaptation, but that’s a different topic entirely.

  8. 8 Abel February 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    This game deserved longer than a standard 26 ep treatment. As a game, its plot in terms of events strings out much longer than your average RPG, so the transition to anime would be even more difficult. The problem I think is with some of the selection in what to include and what to cut. I am frankly quite sick of the redundant Luke/Tear moments and am more interested in the cast of other characters more. Even though Guy does already get a decent amount of exposure in this anime, I can never quite get enough of him (in large part because he makes the most sense, and is the least emo about otherwise very emo circumstances). Every time he opens his mouth, I can come to forget all of Luke’s emo idiocy, Tear’s nonsensical admonishments, and Jade’s hypocritical high-horse.

    In this particular episode, when the group gets separated in the Absorb Gate, there was a cut Guy/Natalia scene where Guy once again shows how awesomely straight he has his head screwed on. I certainly hope they don’t continue to cut great characterization time for the other characters just to do the whole Luke/Tear routine again. At least Jade has an amusing acide tongue, Anise has her precociously sly cutesiness, and Guy gives great (and varied) insight into people and their circumstances.

    I love this game/anime, and overall it has a tremendous cast of characters. The only thing that ever bugged me about it was the whole Akzeriuth situation and whole that became the whole focal point for Luke’s characterization. Fact of the matter is that out of all people there, Luke was the LEAST responsible person and yet received all of the blame.

    Ion knew what the Trees were for, and unlocked the door. Jade knew Luke was a replica (and replicas are never made for good purposes). Guy knew Van was two-faced and had a vengeful heart. Tear knew her brother was up to no good (which precipitated the whole story). Natalia knew that Van was a schemer that had kidnapped Luke, and that they were plotting something together. Anise was a spy for Mohs for Christ’s sake.

    The only thing that LUKE ever did was listen to a man who was like a father to him, and the only one who ever gave him the kind of attention he wanted. Luke had no reason to distrust Van whatsoever, and was told he was saving the world with his actions. Everyone else went along with Van even though they knew something was up, but when the shit hits the fan, they blame LUKE? Unbelievablely stupid plot device. Luke was entirely blameless. A seven year old kid who listened to his father figure and did nothing more than flip a switch. But yet he wears the albatross throughout the entire story.

    Oops, sorry. That was a huge digression (always happens when I talk about ToA).

    Anyway, yeah. I hope the rest of the series turns out well (and hopefully giving us a more satisfactory ending than the game. GuyxNatalia please!)

  9. 9 FantomFang February 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    ***REFERENCE TO SPOILER***

    @Abel

    Watch the spoilers, you’re mentioning a part that hasn’t occurred yet in the anime. *cough*aboutAnise*cough*

  10. 10 Abel February 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Ah, my bad, I let one slip in. While that bit was revealed in the most recent episode, I forgot that these reviews are only up to last week’s episode. I’d edit it out if I could, but I’m not quite sure how.

  11. 11 deathkillz February 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Well slip or not, the Anise thing is now shown XD

    @Abel ~ “Ion knew what the Trees were for, and unlocked the door. Jade knew Luke was a replica (and replicas are never made for good purposes). Guy knew Van was two-faced and had a vengeful heart. Tear knew her brother was up to no good (which precipitated the whole story). Natalia knew that Van was a schemer that had kidnapped Luke, and that they were plotting something together.”

    Well in their defense a lot of what happened did end up being Luke’s fault since he crowned himself the “so called” leader of the group back in the days when he was a naive prick. Ion is unsavable, Jade didn’t want to hurt Luke (as well as maybe he didn’t forsee the problems that Luke might cause), Guy was in it with Van for most of the part so he would be on the side that wanted Van to succeed and even though Natalia did overhead Van’s confession, she was also taken by his lies at the time…the same way as Luke.

    Though I agree that it is rather unfair that Luke gets all this smack being “7 years old” although I tend to think that this excuse for him is rather bull, reason being that he was treated as a growing teen so his mentality should reflect that of one. I don’t see his brain development being any different than Asch at all despite being a clone. It’s just that he isn’t used to being considerate of others after living a life of a prince…he thought it was normal for people to just bow down to him etc.

    So I really wouldn’t call this a plot device.

    “Anyway, yeah. I hope the rest of the series turns out well (and hopefully giving us a more satisfactory ending than the game. GuyxNatalia please!)”

    Hopefully…and agree’d for the latter. Although Asch isn’t that bad of a guy either ;___;
    Why can’t Natalia have both that she deserves.

  12. 12 Abel February 12, 2009 at 5:24 am

    “Though I agree that it is rather unfair that Luke gets all this smack being “7 years old” although I tend to think that this excuse for him is rather bull, reason being that he was treated as a growing teen so his mentality should reflect that of one. I don’t see his brain development being any different than Asch at all despite being a clone. It’s just that he isn’t used to being considerate of others after living a life of a prince…he thought it was normal for people to just bow down to him etc.”

    Even if we consider Luke as developed as Asch mentally, he’s still deserves the least blame out of anyone in the party. While I agree that Luke (and heck, even Asch) are complete pricks with respect to their personality, Luke’s lack of consideration for others isn’t what caused Akzeriuth to fall. It’s not like Van said “kill all these people and glory will be yours”. Luke simply followed instructions from a man he had no reason to distrust, thinking he was saving everybody.

    Imagine if your father told you to do him a favor and flip a switch. But instead of turning on the lights, it sets of a nuke. I mean, that’s essentially what happened to Luke. Being an inconsiderate prick has nothing to do with it. Everyone else had actual reasons to distrust Van but never said a word or did anything about it.

    I mean, Tear keeps going on and on about how Luke should think for himself. But what the heck does that even mean? It’s only natural that we trust the people close to us. Luke was duped by his father figure. Heck, Tear was following Mohs’s orders all that time, and he’s a slimebag. Where was all her preaching about “thinking for herself” then? She simply trusted her superior officer.

    Point is that I see just outrageous hypocrisy from everyone who ever criticized Luke. It’s just all so nonsensical. Maybe it makes sense to Japanese people, and their own cultural conception of blameworthiness/fault/responsibility (I wouldn’t know), but as far as I am concerned, it’s total BS.

    Anyway, I’m beating this horse to death. Sorry, I’ll stop now. :-)

    “Hopefully…and agree’d for the latter. Although Asch isn’t that bad of a guy either ;___;
    Why can’t Natalia have both that she deserves.”

    Hehe. I think Guy is simply perfect for her (though he’s practically perfect for everybody). Asch, as far as I am concerned, is just a jerk — a noble-hearted jerk, but a jerk nonetheless. And while this may be just my Guy bias at work, I always felt like Natalia’s feelings for Asch were pretty shallow. It’s not Asch that she loves so much as she loves the girlish romantic dream that their promise (essentially his childhood proposal to her) represents.


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