Tales of Abyss episode 9 ~ Hair Redemption

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And another moment of silence please for Luke’s hair

I for one quite enjoyed the peace and quiet of not having Luke screaming down your hear in an annoying fashion this episode and will only hope that it stays this way from now on. Even though Asch sort of replace Luke in the shouting, I find his voice more acceptable and less annoying than Luke in a strange, strange way. Maybe it is because I prefer Asch a lot more than Luke (at the moment) and actually feel sorry for his case…

Thoughts: Quite a lot of information in this episode and not that much action, even so I still thoroughly enjoyed it like all the other previous episodes from this series. The story is really solid and has yet to fall prey to being rushed crap, like other Tales adaptions.

So the story continues with Asch synching with Luke so that he will be able to hear the situation without given the chance to voice his own opinions, or he does try to but I just laughed at how easily Asch was able to just ignore Luke and carry on normally. Though I found this act from Asch quite strange as it seems like he is actually trying to help Luke to walk down a better path than what he is currently used to. Perhaps Asch wants to help Luke in some way even though he still calls him a dreck…either that or he just wants to cause Luke pain and angst through regret though I see that as unlikely.

Asch knows a lot about that kind of pain himself and his dream just makes me feel sorry for him even more. It’s quite an interesting dilemma because Asch’s pain is trying to balance out with “Luke’s pain”.

What’s more the attitude towards the “original and replica” situation from Guy and Natalia seems to just outline both sides of the argument. On one hand Guy is arguing for the Luke who they have known for seven years since his “creation”. It is very understandable that they should be helping Luke to get back onto his feet…afterall they have been together for the past seven years and thus should hold stronger bonds than the “Luke” who disappeared for seven years.

Yet on the other hand we have Natalia arguing for Asch who has lost seven precious years of his life through no fault of his own. I can see why Natalia wants the real Luke to acknowledge her because afterall, he is the real Luke who she once fell in love with not this “selfish, arrogant fake” who took his place. Now that is putting it in a bad tone but I don’t believe Natalia thinks this way. I believe she just wants to spend time with the real Luke and to give him the love which was rightfully his but was taken away by Van.

So whilst Guy goes off to reunite with Luke we have Natalia staying to be closer to Asch. I can’t blame either of them for their actions which makes this such a dilemma. But for Guy at least…it seems like he has another reason hidden which may surface later on (in fact, I say that it will!). Asch actually showed a good sense of understanding when he “jokingly” said that he knew that Guy would pick Luke over him. Though Natalia just can’t help but call Asch Luke thus resulting in him not liking that. Poor Natalia or poor Asch?

The dream really hit on my heart strings how much Asch has suffered. I have heard that he is becoming more and more different than he is from the game which could be a good or bad thing. For now I like Asch the way he is as he isn’t shown to be a real Villain but rather a victim. I like the guy but his “straight forward and blunt” personality can be taken in a bad way.

Stepping back away from this for a bit, we have most of the gang returning to the surface to look for some information. This leads to Jade getting some development when it was revealed by Spinoza that he is in fact the father of fomicry. Spinoza turned out to be one of the bastards who was involved in creating Luke and tries to push the blame onto Jade for presenting the world with the theory of fomicry…though HAHA! it doesn’t work that easy you old fool.

The argument presented by Spinoza was just crap and messed up in logic. As if someone would try to blame the creator for something he didn’t do and not only that, it was something Jade tried to stop. Though I suppose we can see how Jade feels guilty of being indirectly responsible for Luke’s creation. His role is becoming more clear and I feel that this scene has just explained a lot of things, including why he once said that Luke might hate him.

So with more talking it is then revealed that Van has plans to cause more destruction to the outer lands and things aren’t already looking pretty either with another chunk of land soon to collapse because one of the support pillars disappeared thanks to Luke.

Asch then banishes Luke from his mind and tells him to think what he has to do from now on for himself. Actually I take this as some advice almost as if Asch wanted to show Luke a more serious side to the situation than what he only knows about.

So Luke confronts Tear about his problems and gets yet another slap to the face. Though this time he actually does want to chance and instead of going off in a mood he wanted to prove to Tear that he will become a different person. So he cuts his hair! I think this is a scene a lot of us has been waiting for and finally it is here. Now how will the new and improved Luke act. I certainly hope his words of change aren’t just hot air. The jury is out and it is time for Luke to gain some good points (about damn time too).

Screen caps and “wise guy” comments:

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That’s because…YOU ARE HIM!

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Oh so that was what Dist did to Luke

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Mieu is really loyal, isn’t he…but this time round I find their relationship to be quite “cute”

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You tell them Natalia :p

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I take it he means that this will only be a quick fix for the meantime

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I see…

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Tear staying behind to pray for the dead? (or just for Luke…nahhh)

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Nice CG effects :3

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Oh someone who sells information for money, I can’t believe that even Van makes use of their services

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Guy being a good buddy to Luke

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I suppose…but don’t beat yourself too hard about it

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On there other hand she also has a point

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KILL HIM

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KILL HIM MOAR!

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Jade is awesome as always with his use of words 😄

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You mean extinction don’t you?

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Guy’s choice huh

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And it’s great to see Asch being so accepting

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Van’s special torturing machine D:

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I agree…poor Asch, but instead of becoming a depressed bugger he became a badass

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Is that his weak side I wonder?

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Now why would they have that lying around…

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Van’s personal army?…OH SHI~

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I support this pairing!

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Bad news just keeps coming

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And it is time for Luke to repent

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Tear with her cold stare <333

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Finally he understands (?)

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Well according to Tear he still doesn’t

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But he is trying to show change so I would at least give him that much

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Goodbye long hair

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12 Responses to “Tales of Abyss episode 9 ~ Hair Redemption”


  1. 1 FlareKnight November 28, 2008 at 3:33 am

    I did find the two sides with Guy and Natalia pretty interesting. Really it just shows who they were individually closer to. We have yet to see a flashback with Asch and Guy. Which makes one think they weren’t nearly as close as the current Luke and Guy are. Natalia on the other side has always been chasing one person, Old Luke. So its no surprise she would want to be closer to Asch and pushes for his case. I don’t blame either for what they think since its natural to focus on the person you care about more.

    I liked the inclusion of the dream with Asch. That wasn’t in the game, but really helps to hit home how much he has suffered along the way. They can tell you he was kidnapped and lost his identity but really seeing it helps. Having to fight to just make it home and then not even be allowed in. Then to really hit it home watching everyone fawn over this fake who has taken your place.

    Think on some level Asch wants to help Luke. If only to make him someone he’s not embarrassed to call his replica.

    Death to Spinoza! Seriously he does all this crap and dumps it on Jade. Its like a murderer blaming the inventor of the gun for his crime.

  2. 2 Setsu November 28, 2008 at 6:11 am

    “I have heard that he is becoming more and more different than he is from the game which could be a good or bad thing.”

    It’s not really that he’s different but more like we see more of his thoughts early on than in the original game. Asch’s dream sequence/flashback, like Natalia’s flashback earlier in the series, was something Sunrise added to bring out more of his character. In the game, all Asch did was taunt Luke and blow off Natalia three-four times saying something like “Luke fon Fabre is that dreck we left behind. I am nothing more than the charred remains of the Sacred Flame” (Hence the name Asch). The episode is still pretty accurate. As for AschxNatalia, Anise pretty much ships the pairing too as you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W7WYiBxB5k

    As for Luke, yes it’s the end of his whiny spoiled personality and I’m happy because I like him after he cuts his hair, though I’ve seen about half the Tales of the Abyss fandom, in retrospect, actually wish for bratty Luke to return and felt that the party’s reaction to Luke after Akzeriuth was uncalled for. Well, I guess different people will have different opinions of Luke’s change.

    Still, how can you not like a guy who says this:

    ANISE: Hey! Just you wait, I’ll get as big as Tear when I’m grown up!

    LUKE: Please. There’s no way you’ll get melons like that.

    TEAR: M-MELONS?!

  3. 3 miken-chan November 28, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Yes~ Another Asch x Natalia fan, I find the pairing so cute~ >>>>>>>>> Kimlasca >>>>> Daath. I randomly inserted Daath because of the sickening amount of times you had to revisit that place. One of my friends said: “If you’re stuck and don’t know where to go, just head to Daath (or Belkend).”

    The haircut scene felt more epic in the game despite the epic music in the adaption. My guess would be that there was an isntrumental remix of the OP playing in the background then.

    PS – Go and closely read a translation for the OP lyrics now, you should understand at least some of the connections the lyrics have to the storyline.

  4. 4 miken-chan November 28, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Sorry for the repost, I did some illegal coding in my last attempt.

    Yes~ Another Asch x Natalia fan, I find the pairing so cute~

    Ah, the inclusion of the Asch Gaiden material. Possibly my favorite part of the manga-exclusive storyline. Even though I do like all of the other Gaiden chapters too…I love Asch so much more than Luke not only because of my sympathy towards his past, but also because he managed to rise from his crisis as a strong individual and not a whiny brat or mopey individual.

    About Asch being different than in the game: He’s pretty much the same, but he is a little more open and less jackass-y. Still, that’s for the better. Also, you should know that he’s a very good cook and Natalia is a poisonous chef. Of course, that’s understandable since princesses don’t generally cook for themselves.

    Jade’s also awesome as always. He’s the main reason why most people are Malkuth is better than Kimlasca, which is better than Daath. Daath was randomly inserted in there because of the sickening amount of times you had to revisit that place. One of my friends said: “If you’re stuck and don’t know where to go, just head to Daath (or Belkend).”

    The haircut scene felt more epic in the game despite the epic music in the adaption. My guess would be that there was an isntrumental remix of the OP playing in the background then.

    PS – Go and read a translation of the OP lyrics now, you should understand at least some of the connections the lyrics have to the storyline. If I remember correctly, Motoo Fujiwara composed/wrote the song to fit the story of the game (Likewise with his lyrics for the ED in the anime).

  5. 5 FlareKnight November 28, 2008 at 7:00 am

    @ miken-chan ~ I know what you mean with Asch. He’s just a bit more of a jackass than in the anime. Mostly its just limiting the amount of times he shut Natalia down. I think the amount the anime showed is enough to make the point he’s finding it tough to open up to her. Makes sense with the cooking really. Asch has had to survive on his own which either gives you good cooking skills or kills you. Since he came from similar upbringing the results likely weren’t great to start.

    Damn Daath that’s for sure. Nice place but visiting it so much will get a bit old that’s for sure.

  6. 6 hika November 28, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Yes, Asch is nicer here. I remember he spent the whole time yelling at Luke in the game xD
    I’m not sure I like the change that much… yes, it’s cool to see him less angry and contradictory, but on the other hand, it’s not the Asch I know =S

    The flashback was nice. Poor Asch ;_;
    But why didn’t he say something? He was just there, near them! ;_;
    Van, ihu, it’s all your fault!! =(

  7. 7 Kryuzei November 28, 2008 at 8:31 am

    No one supports GuyxNatalia pairing ? D:
    Spinoza in the anime is a bit. . strange. His character design, I mean.

  8. 8 FlareKnight November 28, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Very simple reason Kryuzei. Everyone just likes the AschxNatalia pairing too much :). Really its an interesting relationship Guy and Natalia have. Think they understand why the other is going the path that they are.

    As to why Asch didn’t say something at that moment. I guess he was just shattered by the whole thing. He had already been kicked out by the guards so maybe he didn’t think he would be believed. Dirtied up and having signs of fighting against monsters. Plus maybe the image hit so hard he just thought he was replaced and couldn’t step forward.

  9. 9 kenji November 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    what should i say? GeeGee

    ahahaha actually its G.E. (good episode)

  10. 10 deathkillz November 28, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    @FlareKnight ~ Tell me about it…that Spinoza (I almost typed Spinzaku just now :p) is so full of crap. I can’t believe he had the nerve to pull out such logic from his ass. Jade should have just shot him for hypocrisy.

    And Yea, the inclusion of such a dream really made him a deeper character. To be able to see his pain, I think this is why some think that anime Asch is more likable than the game Asch as in the game he was supposedly an ass who blew Natalia off and yelled at Luke. But actually seeing a reason here makes me want to feel more understanding of him.

    @Setsu ~ Strange people who actually wish for bratty Luke to be back…very strange people O.o

    First clip ~ I SUPPORT THE PAIRING EVEN MORE!
    Second clip ~ MELONS!! 😀

    I want Tear’s melons thankyouverymuch ^^’

    @Miken-chan ~ Ahh, the good o’ cliched poisonous cook trick for Natalia eh. It feels as if Asch will fit her more and more knowing this.

    And yes I do find the lyrics to the OP rather deep and meaningful. I just love how the meanings within the lyrics seem to be reflecting the conditions of Luke…slowly but surely…

    @Kryuzei ~ No one supports GuyxNatalia pairing ? D:

    Is this a pairing? D:

    I had no idea…though I suppose it could work…
    But right now that is just fanboy dreams whereas we do see Natalia having the hots for the REAL Luke ^^’

  11. 11 Setsu November 29, 2008 at 2:52 am

    @deathkillz:
    “~ No one supports GuyxNatalia pairing ? D:

    Is this a pairing? D:”

    Guy, despite his fear of women, is a total gentleman, and it’s a lot more noticeable around Natalia, which is why some people do ship GuyxNatalia. They also have a few scenes together, but I really don’t feel like Guy is the type to be with another girl and would rather be the nice gentleman he is, though I do think he and a certain character later in the series look cute together.

  12. 12 Setsu November 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Oh and here’s the haircut scene in the game in English with the Karma instrumental:


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