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Tales of the Abyss
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Developer(s) Namco Tales Studio
Publisher(s) JPN Namco
NA Namco Bandai
Designer(s) Makoto Yoshizumi (game producer)
Yoshito Higuchi (game director)
Kōsuke Fujishima (character designer)
Composer(s) Motoi Sakuraba
Shinji Tamura
Motoo Fujiwara
Series Tales
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s) JPN December 15, 2005
NA October 10, 2006
Genre(s) Console role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
(2 - 4 players)
Rating(s) CERO: All Ages
ESRB: T (Teen) (13+)
Media 1 DVD

Tales of the Abyss (テイルズ オブ ジ アビス Teiruzu obu ji Abisu?) is a console role-playing game developed by Namco Tales Studio and published by Namco in Japan and Namco Bandai Games in North America. It is the eighth mothership title in the Tales series, and was released for the PlayStation 2 on 15 December 2005 in Japan, celebrating the Tales series' 10th anniversary, and on 10 October 2006 in North America. Tales of the Abyss's characteristic genre name is RPG To Discover the Meaning of Life (生まれた意味を知るRPG Umareta imi o shiru RPG?). It features the Flex Range Linear Motion Battle System, which most resembles Tales of Symphonia's. The character designs are by manga artist Kosuke Fujishima.

A anime adaptation of the game, developed by Sunrise, premiered on MBS in October 2008. The episodes were directed by Kenji Kodama and written by Akemi Omode.[1][2]

Contents

Gameplay

Guy performing his Razing Phoenix
Luke performing his Fang Blade, from the North American version

Battle system

The game's "Flex Range Linear Motion Battle System" (FR-LMBS) is real-time. The game controls are very similar to other Tales games, especially Tales of Symphonia, except with increased maneuverability. The player can attack, defend, perform a skill or call up a menu with multiple functions, such as using items or commanding an ally to perform an action. This system offers multiplayer co-op battles, and the camera for this mode is improved over the one found in Tales of Symphonia, zooming out as characters move away from each other so that other players are now always on screen. A new feature, "Free Run," allows the player character to run in any direction, unlike previous Tales games.

The game features many skills and spells to unleash upon enemies. Characters can learn "AD Skills," which can be equipped and unequipped at will, to help them in battles. The game features a large number of these skills, acquired through the use of "Capacity Cores" — items that give stat bonuses when a character levels up. Once a certain statistic has a large enough bonus, the AD skill is learned automatically. A new addition to the system is the "Field of Fonons" (often abbreviated as FOF). Whenever a character uses a spell or battle technique that features an elemental alignment, a circle will appear on the ground, corresponding to that element. After being reinforced with more techniques of the same element, the circle will light up in that element's color to signify that an FOF change is available. Finally, if a character stands in the circle and performs a specific skill that corresponds with the FOF circle, the skill will be upgraded into a more powerful version. Enemies can also use and create FOF fields. As with other Tales games, characters can engage in "Over Limit" mode when their green OVL bar is full. This can be filled by completing combos and making critical hits. During Over Limit, characters can use their Mystic Artes (Hi-Ougis), powerful skills that can only be performed when certain conditions are fulfilled. Every character has one standard Mystic Arte, along with an additional hidden one unlockable only on repeat plays. Enemy boss characters have Mystic Artes as well.

Recurring features

Many recurring features in the Tales series return, such as skits, grade, cooking, and titles.

Skits are short conversations that may be viewed when prompted. During a skit, anime-style faces of the characters taking part in the skit appear and interact with each other. The characters in skits are animated, sometimes shaking, growing larger, or moving across the screen to accentuate what is happening in the skit. Skits can range from dramatic to comedic, and address a wide range of subjects. Some skits are related to the main plot, and some can only be obtained through optional side events. Unlike the Japanese version, the skits in the English version are not voiced.

"Grade" is awarded after each battle, either raising or lowering the player's total number of points depending on how the battle was played. For example, defeating the enemies within a short period or time or getting a large combo will increase the grade awarded; characters being killed or having negative status effects on them will lower the grade acquired. At the end of the game, players can purchase bonuses for the next playthrough.

Abyss also features a cooking system. The player collects recipes and ingredients throughout the game, and can use them to cook. Different recipes require different items and have different effects. The player can increase characters' cooking stats for each recipe by having them cook the recipe frequently.

Abyss features titles which each character gains through a series of tasks or events. Titles have various effects, some of which are stat-related. In the tradition of newer Tales games, some of these titles also change costumes. Each character has unique costumes; to acquire additional costumes, the player must accomplish certain tasks. Unlike some other Tales games, every title in Tales of the Abyss carries a special effect, varying from discounts in shops to recovering small amounts of HP periodically.

Sorcerer's ring

The sorcerer's ring in Tales of the Abyss is an item that Mieu wears around his waist, and can be upgraded by the power of concentrated Fonons in certain dungeons to perform different helpful actions. These include Mieu Fire, where Mieu blows a ball of fire straight forward, used to activate switches and solve various puzzles; Mieu Attack, where Mieu is propelled forward to break objects and hit switches; and Mieu Wings, where Mieu flaps his ears and lifts the player characters into the air, useful for reaching high platforms and ladders.

Game economy

Various plot events alter the game's economy, changing prices and item availability in shops; for instance, a shortage in the farming town of Engeve causes food prices to skyrocket, while the outbreak of war leads to a high variety equipment being sold at premium rates—though, conversely, higher profits when selling old gear. Furthermore, the player's actions may alter the prices or even the availability of items available for sale.

North America exclusives

Most Tales games have been mere localizations, but the North American version of Tales of the Abyss received extra features that are not present in the Japanese version. Guy, Natalia, Van and others gained new Mystic Artes; in addition to receiving a new Mystic Arte herself, Nebilim also gained the use of some of the playable characters' Mystic Artes. Luke and Tear also received new Mystic Arte extensions. There are many minor monster statistic changes.

Plot

Story

Tales of the Abyss takes place on Auldrant, a planet composed of elementary particles called Fonons (フォニム Fonimu?, Fonim in the Japanese version). For much of Auldrant's history, only six fonons were known to exist, representing the elements of Shadow, Earth, Wind, Water, Fire and Light; but eventually a seventh fonon, controlling Sound, is discovered. Its discovery brings great chaos: using this newest Seventh Fonon allows one to read the future. One such Seventh Fonist, Yulia Jue, an important religious figure in the game, puts in place a future for the world for thousands of years to come, with the promise of unlimited prosperity at its end. This prophecy of the future's set path becomes known as the "Score" and is documented on "Fonstones" scattered throughout the world. The nations of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear and Malkuth have fought over the fragments of these tablets for generations, each uncovering them and hoping to discover the future before the other. Meanwhile, a holy order emerges dedicated to the reading of the Score and the keeping of the peace. This "Order of Lorelei" is headed by a Fon Master and maintains both religious/political and military branches. Finally, the Score and its promise of prosperity lead to a dangerous complacency within the general population of Auldrant; the slaughter of an entire people living on the island of Hod and the destruction of that landmass are countenanced because it was predicted in the Score.

Luke Fon Fabre, the young son of Duke Fabre of the Kimlasca Kingdom is the Light of the Sacred Flame, the scion of Lorelei's power, destined to bring prosperity to Kimlasca. Since being kidnapped seven years ago by the Malkuth Empire, he has been kept confined to the Fabre family mansion. The shock of the kidnapping has erased all of Luke's memories prior to the event. One fateful day, a mysterious woman breaks into the mansion and sets off a chain of events that drag Luke into the center of a massive conflict between those who would do anything to see the Score carried out, and those who would see it broken forever.

The game opens with Yulia Jue giving her reading of the Score, more specifically the significance of the birth of "the light of the sacred flame" (Luke). As Yulia ends her reading, the game is sent to the year ND2018, with Luke fon Fabre standing in his room, gazing up at the fonstones in the sky. As he turns to leave his room, he suddenly gets a headache, and with it, hears a mysterious voice. He had been getting these headaches since he was kidnapped seven years ago. His childhood memories were completely erased (at the time it was assumed to be amnesia) and he has had headaches ever since.

Characters

Playable Characters

Luke fon Fabre
Luke is the main character, the only son of a noble family in the kingdom of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear. After a kidnapping incident, all of his childhood memories were erased, causing him to be very selfish and ignorant of the real world. His only hobby is swordsmanship. Luke also possesses the ability to create a "hyperresonance" on his own, an extremely powerful ability when two fonists of the same type use their abilities in tandem. As the game progresses, Luke learns that he is actually the "replica" of Asch, the real Luke fon Fabre. This event, along with the abandonment of his friends, prompts Luke to change himself for the better. According to Lorelei, Luke's name means "Light of the Sacred Flame" in Ancient Ispanian. His and Asch's seiyū was Chihiro Suzuki and their English voice actor is Yuri Lowenthal.[3]
Tear Grants
Tear, full name Mystearica Aura Fende, is a Locrian Sergeant of the Order of Lorelei in the Intelligence Division. She is extremely disciplined and feels compelled to be a soldier at all times, though she is sometimes unable to repress her feminine side. She is also a descendant of Yulia and can sing Yulia's Fonic Hymns. Tear develops romantic feelings for Luke, but he's too thickheaded to notice them. She also has a fondness for cute things but keeps it a secret from the rest of the group. Her seiyū is Yukana.
Jade Curtiss
Jade, formerly known as Dr. Jade Balfour, is a colonel of the Malkuth Empire. Jade is sarcastic, pessimistic, honest and logical. He is known as the "Necromancer" for having animated the corpses of dead men. He is the creator of fomicry, a field of science as a means of creating replicas, which has alienated him from people. He is also very knowledgeable about fonic artes. His seiyū was Takehito Koyasu and his English voice actor was Kirk Thornton.[4]
Anise Tatlin
Anise is the guardian of the Order of Lorelei's highest official, the Fon Master. She is a bright and cheerful little girl, but can sometimes show a darker side when provoked, and often hides her emotions when she is suffering. Because of her family's bad financial situation, she seeks to marry into money, and conspires to become Luke's wife, and as running gag displays an interest any possible way to make money, even after her family is resuced. As a puppeteer, she can make her stuffed toy, Tokunaga, grow to gigantic proportions and attack enemies. It is later revealed that she is spying on Ion for Mohs because he had helped her family through a difficult time. Her seiyū is Haruko Momoi and her English voice actress is Melissa Fahn.
Guy Cecil
Guy is a swordsman in service to House Fabre. He is very loyal and affectionate towards Luke, and considers himself somewhat responsible for Luke's spoiled and selfish personality. It is revealed that due to a bad experience during his childhood, he is morbidly afraid of any physical contact with women. It is also later revealed that he was originally from Hod, and that his real name is Gailardia Galan Gardios.His seiyū is Yasunori Matsumoto and his English voice actor was Johnny Yong Bosch.
Natalia Luzu Kimlasca-Lanvaldear
Natalia is the princess of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear who fully believes that the function of nobility is to tend to the needs of their subjects. She is loved by her people for her various public works projects. As Luke's fiancée, she scolds him for his spoiled attitude and his dismissal of his duties as a noble. As the game progresses, it is revealed that Natalia is not the birth princess of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear — the true princess was a stillborn, so a midwife replaced the dead baby with the newborn baby of her daughter. Natalia is initially branded a traitor to the kingdom through the machinations of Grand Maestro Mohs and is sentenced to death, but her people rally behind her. Eventually, her father realizes that even though they are not related by blood, Natalia is still his daughter. Natalia is dismayed to later learn that her biological father is Largo the Black Lion of the God-Generals. Her seiyū isMichiko Neya and her English voice actress was Stephanie Sheh.

Non-playable Characters

Fon Master Ion
The party of playable characters is accompanied by Fon Master Ion, the leader of the Order of Lorelei, a neutral theocracy trying to calm the power struggle between Malkuth and Kimlasca-Lanvaldear. Though he is not a playable character, he accompanies Luke's party for most of the game. He is calm in most situations, and can utilize Daathic fonic artes, break Daathic seals, and read the Score from fonstones, all of which can easily tire him out. Later in the story, it is revealed that he is the 7th replica of the original Ion, who died before a successor could be found. He dies when Mohs drives him to read the Seventh Fonstone. His seiyū was Ikue Ōtani and his English voice actress is Erin Fitzgerald.
Mieu
Mieu is a small blue mammalian called a cheagle. He joins Luke's group when the elder cheagle exiles him for setting fire to the forest where ligers live, which causes the ligers to hunt the cheagles for food. Since Luke saved Mieu's life, the elder orders him to serve Luke for the time of one year (Luke isn't too happy about that). Cheagles are considered sacred by the Order of Lorelei due to a pact formed with Yulia Jue, symbolized by the Sorcerer's Ring. The ring enables cheagles to communicate with others, as well as use the power of various fonons to gain new skills. His seiyū is Miki Maruyama and his English voice actress is Sandy Fox.

Antagonists

Van Grants
Van Grants, full name Vandesdelca Musto Fende, is the main antagonist of the game, Luke's teacher and Tear's older brother. He leads both the Six God-Generals and the Order of Lorelei's main army. He was originally the servant of House Gardios until the island of Hod was destroyed. When Van learns that Hod's destruction was in the Score, and that the prediction had been kept secret, he begins to hate the Score and decides that a world with the Score must be destroyed, especially since he learns that score ultimately predicts Auldrant's destruction. Van soon discovers that replicas are born outside the Score's control and decides to make a world created entirely from replicated people and landscape, at the sacrifice of the original world and population. Van's most powerful subordinates are the Six God-Generals . According to Lorelei, Van's real name, Vandesdelca, means "One Who Would Seize Glory" in Ancient Ispanian. His seiyū is George Nakata while his English voice actor was Michael McConnohie
Asch the Bloody
One of the Six God-Generals, Asch is the original Luke fon Fabre. After being kidnapped by Van, he is replaced by a replica, while he joins the knights under the alias "Asch". He originally goes along with Van until he begins to hate replicas, especially Luke, who has his identity. Asch assaults Luke several times during the early hours of the game. After a certain point in the game, the player can control him from time to time. Asch also occasionally helps the group on later occasions, though he mostly prefers working alone, while keeping his deep hatred for "the replica", Luke. According to Asch, his name is a play on the ashes of the "Holy Flame" that Luke's name represents. He's extremely short tempered and is even more impulsive then Luke. He also has romantic feelings for Natalia, though he never admits it. He later dies fighting a large number of Van's Oracle soldiers.
Legretta the Quick
One of the Six God-Generals, Legretta was once Tear's instructor and formed a sisterly bond with her. She wields a pair of guns and is a brilliant strategist. She remains loyal to Van, under all and most dire of circumstances, and it later revealed to be in love with him (despite that he killed her brother, which this was written in the Score), following his ideals of a world without the Score. In Legretta's final letter to Tear stating her motivations, she signs the letter with her true name, Giselle Oslo, and asks that Tear follow her own ideals and be happy rather than trying to live up to Legretta's example.
Arietta the Wild
One of the Six God-Generals, Arietta is a timid girl who was raised by ligers after losing her parents to a tidal wave. She controls monsters and animals which aid her in battle and wishes to kill Luke's party for killing the liger queen that raised. She resents Anise for supposedly taking away Ion (whom she was in love with), since Arietta had been the original Ion's Fon Master Guardian.
Dist the Reaper
One of the Six God-Generals, Dist, formerly known as Dr. Saphir Ortion Gneiss (Dr. Saphir Wyon Gneiss in the Japanese version), is a fonon scholar who designs and controls fon machines. He is often found seated in a flying chair, and throws a fit when he feels ignored (mostly by Sync) or is teased (mostly by Jade). Dist shared his childhood with Jade, and considers him his rival. He prefers being called "Dist the Rose" and will often get mad if he is called otherwise. In a contrast to the other God-Generals, he's very comical, though he's still a twisted individual that performs various experiments that disgust even Jade.
Sync the Tempest
One of the Six God-Generals, Sync is a martial artist, as well as the strategist for the Six God-Generals' missions. Because he is the fifth replica of the original Ion, he initially wears a mask to conceal his identity. Sync feels he has no purpose for living because he was considered a failure as a replica of Ion (saying he was "born a piece of meat") and is only an empty vessel for Van's will, and blames the score for causing him to be "stuck with this pathetic life".
Largo the Black Lion
Largo is the oldest member of the six God-Generals and leader of the Oracle Knights' shock troops. Formerly known as Badaq, he is Natalia's biological father; in truth, she is not of the royal bloodline. Because of the Score, his wife was forced to give birth and when her daughter was taken to become Princess Natalia, she committed suicide. Losing both wife and child, Largo wandered until he met Van. Agreeing with Van's plan to destroy the Score, he cast aside his old life as mercenary and even abandoned his daughter.
Grand Maestro Mohs
The leader of the Maestros of the Order of Lorelei who is obsessed with fulfilling the Score. He attempts to start war between Kimlasca-Lanvaldear and Malkuth multiple times to fulfill the Score, and forces Ion to read the Seventh Fonstone at cost of Ion's life. He later uses Dist's power to make him Fon Master, at the cost of turning him into a hideous monster, and starts the "New Order of Lorelei", obsessed with keeping the Score. He eventually goes insane after finding that the score foretold Auldrant's destruction, and Luke's group is forced to kill him once and for all.

Audio

Music

Tales of the Abyss's soundtrack was mostly composed by Motoi Sakuraba and Shinji Tamura, though a few songs were also composed by Motoo Fujiwara, the lead vocalist of the Japanese band Bump of Chicken. The songs composed by him are on the album "Song for Tales of the Abyss". Bump of Chicken also performed the game's opening song, Karma (from their Supernova / karma single). Different versions of the song are used throughout the game. Tear's Fonic Hymns that she frequently sings, Fuka, are sung by Yukana.

Like past localizations of Tales games, the opening song was replaced by another track. Instead of a completely different song, however, the game uses a new instrumental version of Karma.

Adaptations

Anime

An animated TV adaptation of Tales of the Abyss, produced by Bandai Visual, Namco, and Sunrise Animation Studios, began airing on October 4, 2008, and ended its run on March 28, 2009. The show ran for twenty-six episodes. The game's theme song, "Karma" by Bump of Chicken, was reused as the opening theme; as well, most of the voice actors from the game returned to voice the same roles.

Manga

Three manga adaptations of the Tales of the Abyss game have been created and released in Japan. The first, which is simply named Tales of the Abyss and is written and illustrated by Rei is currently being serialized in Dengeki Maoh. The second, Tales of the Abyss: Senketsu no Ash, written by Rin Nijō and illustrated Hana Saitō run in the official Tales of Magazine.[5]

A third manga adaptation, Tale of the Abyss: Jade in My Memories (Tales of the Abyss -Tsuioku no Jade-) is being written by newer artist Ayumi Kano and will be a side story piece focusing on character Jade Curtiss' background The first chapter will premiere in Asuka magazine's April 24, 2009 issue.[5]

Reception

Overall, reviews for the game have been positive, earning a 79% average on Game Rankings as of August 2008.[6]

The game has been praised for its diverse cast with IGN particularly placing attention on the game's protagonist and his ensuing character development.[7] Others likewise praised the game's dialogue and cut-scene direction, although some questioned both the overabundance of "skits" which popped up from time to time as well as the localization team's decision to omit the voice-acting that accompanied the skits in the Japanese version.[8][9]

Most reviewers praised the battle system, stating that it was an improvement from earlier Tales installments while at the same time noting that it often devolved into "mindless button mashing".[10] The graphics have received mixed attention. In particular, 1UP.com felt that they were "rough around the edges" and GameSpot pointed out a drop in frame-rate on the world map, along with a generic mix of RPG locales.

Famitsu gave the title a (36/40) and ranked it at #44 in the publication's 100 all-time favorite games list.[11][12]

In its first year in Japan, Tales of the Abyss sold 440,225 copies.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Tales of the Abyss Anime in Fall". http://notes.moedosed.com/95/%e3%80%8ctales-of-the-abyss%e3%80%8d-anime-in-fall. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Tales of the Abyss Anime". http://www.tv-toa.jp/. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Yuri Lowenthal's website". http://www.yurilowenthal.com/wst_page4.html. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Kumoricon's website". http://www.kumoricon.com/?page_id=3. Retrieved October 5, 2006. 
  5. ^ a b "Tales of the Abyss Manga to Launch This Month". Anime News Network. 2009-04-03. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-04-03/tales-of-the-abyss-manga-to-launch-this-month. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  6. ^ "Tales of the Abyss Reviews". GameRankings. 2007. http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/929343.asp. Retrieved August 24, 2007. 
  7. ^ IGN site staff (2006). "Tales of the Abyss Review". IGN. http://ps2.ign.com/articles/738/738517p1.html. Retrieved November 23, 2006. 
  8. ^ 1UP site staff (2006). "Tales of the Abyss PS2 Review". 1UP. http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3155004. Retrieved November 23, 2006. 
  9. ^ GamesRadar site staff (2006). "Another week, another epic RPG... and yep, this one's worth your time, too". GamesRadar. http://www.gamesradar.com/us/ps2/game/reviews/article.jsp?articleId=20061005101921746038&sectionId=1000. Retrieved November 23, 2006. 
  10. ^ GameSpot site staff (2006). "Tales of the Abyss for Playstation 2 Review". GameSpot. http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/rpg/talesoftheabyss/review.html. Retrieved November 23, 2006. 
  11. ^ "Tales of Innocence DS Scores High, Gets High Price". Gemaga.com. November 28, 2007. http://www.gemaga.com/2007/11/28/tales-of-innocence-ds-scores-high-gets-high-price. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  12. ^ "Japan Votes on All Time Top 100". Edge Online. 2006-03-03. http://www.edge-online.com/features/japan-votes-all-time-top-100?page=0%2C1. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  13. ^ "2005 Best Sellers Chart Japan". The Magic Box. 2006. http://www.the-magicbox.com/Chart-BestSell2005.shtml. Retrieved December 1, 2006. 

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Tales of the Abyss is a video game produced by the Namco Tales Studio. It is the eight installment of the main Tales of Games. It was released in Japan for the PS2, then later in the United States. In Japan, this game was released exactly 10 years after the first Tales Game, Tales of Phantasia was released.

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Contents

Luke fon Fabre

  • You can’t go forward if you keep looking back
  • Now Die! (Radiant Howl Mystic Arte)
  • (To Mieu)Argh, you’re driving me nuts! I should just roast you and eat you right now!
  • How can those two watch an explosion go off right in their faces? I swear, they’re not human.
  • (To Tear)Wow, so you do actually smile on occasion.
  • All I ever did was pay attention to myself. And I’m not even sure I saw myself clearly.
  • Just how long can we come saying “just this once” until it becomes a habit?
  • It's not my fault!
    • Repeated line about destroying Akzeriuth
  • This is a situation report, not a letter!
    • About Tear's letter, which describes the situation in Yulia City.
  • Shut up, Thing!
    • Scolding Mieu whenever he's annoyed and Mieu talks.
  • You're blue, have weird ears, sound like a girl, and breathe fire... You're a thing.
    • On why he called Mieu "thing"
  • …Hey, old man, he’s apologizing, right? Give him a break.
  • If it's kill or be killed, then dammit, I'm killing!
  • [After cutting his hair] With this..I say goodbye to who I have been..
  • What the hell!? What is this weird machine doing in our vacation home?

Journal Entries

  • It would mean I've regained a little bit of trust--no, I was probably never trusted in the first place, so maybe I've finally earned some trust for myself.
    • Regarding Jade scolding him for losing his composure after St. Binah collapses, "The Albiore and the Sinking Town"
  • But then again, with Jade here we're already pretty close to bad guys anyway.
    • On stealing the flightstone from Reiner, "Retrieving the Flightstone"
  • Many people have helped us make this plan work. Many people died so that we could continue it. We certainly can't ignore that fact. But...it's still painful. Why does it have to be this way...?
    • "The Effects of Lowering the Land"
  • I'm a replica, and by being born I stole the place of my original. I couldn't even imagine wanting to disregard that original.
    • On the replicas' plan to destroy the original world to create one in which they will be accepted, "The Forgotten Island"
  • ...That's when I first realized how insincere, how weak my resolve to change, even the gesture of cutting my hair, had been.
    • On Asch's plan to sacrifice himself, "Where the Original Belongs"

Tear Grants

  • If it helps, you don't have to think of me as a woman.
    • As Guy, who is gynophobic, recoils at the prospect of shaking her hand.

(Second Bath scene) “…Well, I can’t imagine Guy of all people faking an accident because he wanted to touch our breasts.

  • You base all your actions on what others say and never try to understand things for yourself.
    • To Luke
  • People can’t see anything that’s not right in front of them.
  • Hypothesizing about never being born is meaningless. You’re living your own life. Experiences that only you know, feelings that only you feel, don’t deny them. You’re you.
  • I don’t think it’s necessary to understand everything rationally (Some answers you can only find by letting go)
  • Luke....I love you.

Jade Curtiss

  • I, who stand in the full light of the heavens, command thee who opens the gates of hell! Come forth divine lightning! This ends now! Indignation!
    • Mystic arte.
  • Oh Admonishing Melody, arise in the name of the Necromancer. Mystic Cage! Now know what true power is!
  • We’ve reached a point where the matter cannot be resolved with words
  • I'm not sure about 'friend,' but we do have an awkward bond of sorts.
    • To Anise, about her companions' resolve to not let their friend fight Arietta alone.
  • Having this many suicidal people around is really getting on my nerves.
  • And my other goal is to make you youngsters crazy before I reach 40.
  • Don't worry, the worst that could happen is we all die.
  • Yes. Human life is a valuable thing. But if we sit here and do nothing, a war will start, and even more people will die.
  • [to Asch] What’s wrong? You look like you just swallowed a bug… Oh, wait, you always look like that.
  • Unlike in fairy tales, the world doesn’t live happily ever after.
  • But curiosity can at times reveal things that were better left unknown.
  • People have the right to choose their own path to destruction
  • We have no choice but to be serious.
  • Accepting the truth is difficult. But it is also necessary.
  • Flattery won’t get you anywhere with me.
  • I merely expressed distrust as a matter of formality.
  • There are two sides to the power people hold. That power cannot be used properly until one recognizes them both.
  • I must admit it rather pains me to be trusted
  • I hate teaching. I don’t take apprentices. I don’t impart knowledge.
  • I'd say that Anise is less concerned with the pain of killing Arietta, and more concerned about worrying us by showing that pain.
  • ...I suppose this is my fault for having let you live this long.
  • ...I should not have let myself get so far out of control. At this point, whether you're perfect or not is irrelevent. I hereby place you under arrest as the prime suspect in the serial fonist killings.
  • Mother Auldrant, lend me thy power! O wrath of the heavens and cries of the earth... Let fall the sword of judgment and dispatch all that is evil. Perish!
  • No, no. I've been frail since birth [fake coughs].
  • I suppose the score won't matter if everyone's dead.
  • Oh I assure you, I'm crying inside, racked with guilt.
  • Why, if it isn't Dist the runny.
  • Guy, explain. (the series' running gag)
  • (to Van, final battle) The fact that I didn't kill you shows that my skills have dulled.
  • (about Dist) It'll take more than that to kill him. He has the tenacity of a cockroach.

Anise Tatlin

  • It's the breast size difference, isn't it? [If Tear is chosen to give Luke a tour of the Daath Monuments instead of Anise]
  • So Guy, which one is bigger?
  • Anybody else think I should rip daddy's little girl a new hole? [After being insulted by Natalia]
  • A war's going to start, and towns are about to collapse, and Van's coming after Ion, and the Six God-Generals won't go away, and Mohs is scheming, and Gloomietta's gloomy, and Asch is weird, and I'm poor, and I'm hungry, and, and... Arrgh!
  • He just likes you. He knows what he's done, and he takes responsibility for it. So don't worry. Don't think about "good" or "bad." Just think about what you want to do. [To Natalia, about Largo]
  • Oh, Colonel! <3 [Repeatedly when speaking to Jade]
  • Booo! [Said repeatedly when annoyed]
  • Feel the hammer of light, Limited!
  • I'll kill you, bastards! [Final Fury, Dying Moon Extension Mystic Arte]
  • It's fever time, baby! Yeah! And you don't stop! [Fever Time Mystic Arte]
  • You better watch your back!

Guy Cecil

  • (Second Bath scene) Hah hah, well, yeah, you don’t have any [breasts] at all, Anise.
  • It’s so much easier to believe that only your own thoughts and beliefs are absolutely correct.
  • The greater the loss, the more people need someone to hate for it.
    • On what might happen if Luke apologizes for Akzeriuth
  • Only a child needs kindness to be blatantly obvious in order to see it.
  • People aren’t so simple that they can accept anything and everything.
  • People have a weakness for forbidden things.
  • They say that old soldiers never really die, they just fade away.
  • You're good at spotting silver linings so long as it's someone else's cloud.
  • Just help people. Use the rest of your life to make everyone in the world happy.
  • If you look up "villain" in the dictionary, I bet you'll see Jade's face next to it.
    • side-quest, after Jade release the seal from the scroll
  • Prepare yourself for a blinding storm! Brilliant Overlord! [...] Never fight a battle you can't win.
    • Mystic Arte

Natalia Luzu Kimlasca-Lanvaldear

  • Some answers won’t come no matter how much you think.
  • I hardly think that atonement means to have to feel constant guilt.
  • Never the less, we cannot run now that we’ve seen the truth.
  • Guy is most certainly...a guy.
  • Do not think you can escape me....Pour forth oh starlight....Astral Rain!
    • Mystic Arte
  • O fragments of the fon verse, heed my calling and become power incarnate! I will finish you! Noble Roar!

Fon Master Ion

  • (about Anise) The poor thing must've been terrified. She screamed, "I'll kill you bastards!" as she fell.

Van Grants

  • Stop! After everything that's happened, you still call me master. You fool...
    • Luke calls him "Master Van" as he dies.
  • Can you not live unless you were born for some purpose?*
    • To Luke**
  • Save your jokes until after you've won.
    • To Jade

Asch the Bloody

  • Dreck
  • Some day, when we’re grown up, let’s change this country. Change it so that no one has to be poor. Change it so that war never happens. Let's change this world. Together.
    • To Natalia
  • You’ll only find the truth by looking with your own eyes and walking with your own feet.
  • There are no guarantees in this world.
  • Don't call me that name. It's no longer mine.
    • After Natalia calls him "Luke"
  • Your fight is with me, Asch--no, Luke fon Fabre!
  • It looks like... I had a little trouble. The rest is... up to... you...
    • To Luke via a mental link, after being mortally wounded.
  • I shall make those words your last, Replicaaaaaaaaaaaaa! (When he battles Luke for the last time)

Legretta the Quick

  • The will of the people should be their own.
  • People always cling to something.
  • Is this world really worth that much?

Sync the Tempest

    • After opening Luke's Fon slots
  • It looks like this idiot's finally woken up.
  • Sync the Tempest, God-General of the Oracle Knights, shows no mercy.
  • In the end, only those of us who are useful are kept alive out of pity…
    • Last words before falling into the core
  • Ha ha! Don't forget--fighting with me means fighting with Ion.
    • After speaking in Ion's voice to Anise.
  • I wasn't even created with a purpose. I was born a piece of meat.
  • Let's test it. You, or the empty me. Let's see which side this world wants to survive!
  • Van...destroy...Lorelei...

Dist the Reaper/Rose/Runny

  • Now, who do you think you are? Just you wait! I'm putting this down in my revenge journal!
  • It's Rose, dammit! R-O-S-E, Rose!

Arietta the Wild

  • You killed Mommy! Now you die!
  • You shot fire...at my friend! I'm really going to make you pay now!
  • I'm going to kill you all and take back Ion!
  • Ion...where are you...? Ion...it hurts...[dies]
  • Shut up, shut up, shut UP!
    • During battle.

Largo the Black Lion

  • She resolved herself to do this even if it cost her life. Who could have stopped that?
    • On Arietta dueling Anise and dying.
  • That name died long ago, in the sea of Baticul, where my wife sleeps.
    • After Luke calls him "Badaq", his real name.
  • What's the difference? An enemy's an enemy. It's as simple as that. You're soft, boy.
    • When Luke asks why he won't reveal himself to Natalia.
  • Van's plan... our plan is twisted. But without a medicine this strong, the world will follow Yulia's Score... and die.
  • The Black Lion might be a fool, but he's not weak!
  • Show your enemy... no mercy. With shallow feelings like that, you'll never... defeat him... Farewell, Meryl.
    • Last words, to Natalia.

Professor Gelda Nebilim

  • Hah hah hah. My, how rude of you to call me a monster...
  • What an interesting approach! Well then, why don't you try? Although... I'm afraid I will win!

Conversations

  • King Ingobert: My… my daughter died years ago…
  • Luke: No! The Natalia here before you is your daughter! Seventeen years of memories should tell you that!
  • Tear: Luke…
  • Luke: …Heh. I learned that from you.
  • Ingobert: Memories…
  • Luke: So someone told you she’s not your real daughter! So what? That doesn’t change your memories! The memories you two share as a family belong to you alone.
  • Anise: Colonel, you're a terrific liar! Your smile hasn't budged!
  • Jade: Oh not at all, I'm crying on the inside, wracked with guilt.
  • Guy: Uh-huh...
  • Peony: I suppose [I could lend you this sword] if those three cute girls beg.
  • Natalia: That's a fine case of sexual harassment!
  • Peony: Okay, then the guys will do it, too. Go ahead, Luke.
  • Luke: Me!? (sighs) Please lend us the sword.
  • Peony: Next.
  • Guy: With all due respect, Your majesty, We woul like to borrow this sword.
  • Peony: Next.
  • Anise: Emperor Peony, you're so handsome~ Can we pleease borrow the sword?~ Pretty please, with sugar on top?~
  • Peony: Haha, great, great! Just wait until you're six years older and i'll date you any time!
  • Luke: Woah, he sure changes quick...
  • Natalia: (teeth clenched) Please lend us the sword.
  • Peony: Oooh, that icy smile! Yes!

(Everyone looks at Tear)

  • Tear: M-me too? ... Your majesty, if it's okay, we would like to borrow this sword...
  • Peony: Oh, that hint of naivete! Yeah...
  • Jade: Your majesty--
  • Peony: Shut up. Don't beg; I'll puke.
  • Jade: Now, now, Your Majsty; Please allow me to make my most sincere of requests.
  • Peony: No. Leave.
  • Jade: Oh, how unfortunate... We'll be taking the sword, then.
  • All: ...
  • Asch: Only one of us can leave this room. The stronger one will destroy Van! This isn’t about hyperresonance or who is or isn’t a replica… As two of Van’s pupils, we’re going to find out who’s stronger… who the real ‘Luke’ is. This is a fight to settle who we are.
  • Luke: We’re both real! You and I are two different people!
  • Asch: Shut up! This isn’t about logic! You can’t possibly understand how I feel! You stole my past and my future! Now is all the time I have!
  • Luke: …Now is all I have, too. (draws sword) I don’t even have a past to lose. But I’ve still decided that I’m me. It doesn’t matter what you think. Here I am! If that’s the source of the strength you’re talking about, then I won’t lose!
  • Asch: Well said. (gradually raising voice) I will make those words your last, replicaaaa!
  • Dist: Ahh hah hah hah hah! Ahh hah hah hah hah hah! Listen, you ignorant savages, and you shall hear my beautiful name. I am the most graceful member of the Six God-Generals, the one and only, Dist the--
  • Jade: Why, if it isn't Dist the Runny!
  • Dist: The Rose! R-O-S-E, rose! Dist the Rose!
  • Anise: You mean Dist the Reaper.
  • Dist: Silence! I refuse to accept that name! It's Rose! ROSE!
  • Luke: What, you know him?
  • Anise: I'm in the Oracle Knights, too, so... But why do you know him, Colonel...?
  • Dist: I, the genius Dist, once counted that duplicitous snake Jade amongst my friends.
  • Jade: Which Jade is that? I don't know any Jades with such poor taste in friends.
  • Dist: What did you say?!
  • Jade: Ah ah, careful now, you know how your nose runs when you get mad.
  • Dist: Grrrrrrrr! No it doesn't!
  • Guy & Luke: ...
  • Luke: This is stupid...
  • Guy: They're off in their own little world...
  • Guy: Man, it's hot...
  • Jade: Well, we are inside a volcano. The air seems to burn my throat and lungs with every breath.
  • Luke: Then how come you look so comfortable?
  • Jade: Oh, not at all. I'm so hot, I could just die.
  • Guy: ...You really know how to get on people's nerves.
  • Jade: Well, well, Luke. A lovely lady on each arm?
  • Anise: Oh, Colonel… (heart)
  • Tear: I… I’m not… We’re not…
  • Luke: He’s not talking about you. He must mean Anise and Mieu.
  • Mieu: But Master, I’m a boy!
  • Luke: You sure as hell don’t sound like one!
  • Jade: I wonder how far it will take us. I'm ready for a break.
  • Tear: You look the least tired of all of us.
  • Jade: No, no. I've been frail since birth... *Cough*, *cough*...
  • Tear: Even if that’s true, how do you plan to prevent St. Binah from falling?
  • Luke: W-well…
  • Tear: You don’t understand a thing. You base all your actions on what others say and never try to understand things for yourself. That’s no different than how you acted at Akzeriuth.
  • Luke: …Heh heh. You’re right. ‘Master Van said so…’ ‘Asch said so…’ That’s all I ever say… It’s no wonder everyone got sick of me and left me behind.
  • Tear: You knew? That they went back to the Outer Lands?
  • Luke: I told you, Asch and I are connected. I saw it through him… I really am his replica.
  • Tear: Luke…
  • Luke: Up till now, all I ever paid attention to was myself… And I’m not even sure I saw myself clearly…
  • Tear: …Yeah.
  • Luke: I want to change. I HAVE to change.
  • Tear: If you really mean that, then perhaps you can. But even if you change, that won’t bring back Akzeriuth… And it won’t erase the fact that thousands died. With the weight of all that on your shoulders, how do you plan to change?
  • Luke: I don’t know… Heh, that’s all I know how to say. I’m pathetic. If I could make up for Akzeriuth by apologizing, I’d apologize as much as it took. If my dying could bring back Akzeriuth, then… I’d be scared, but… I’d die. But that’s not how things are. Even if I tried to make up for it, I’d never be able to. So I’m going to start with what I can do.
  • Anise: Who cares about that idiot?
  • Guy: I do, because he’s an idiot. I don’t know what he’d do alone. And… I have faith that he can get past this.
  • Guy: Do you remember? It was right after the kidnapping, so I guess it was right after you were born.
  • Luke: What, did something happen?
  • Guy: I asked you if it was hard not having your memory. You said, ‘You can’t go forward if you keep looking back.’ So you didn’t need a past. That’s what you told me.
  • Luke: Hah hah… Man, I was stupid. I didn’t ‘not need’ one—I didn’t have one.
  • Guy: …Actually, I thought it was pretty insightful.
  • Guy: All this must’ve been hard on you.
  • Luke: I’m in no position to talk. Everybody died because of me.
  • Guy: Part of that’s my fault, though.
  • Luke: You didn’t have anything to do with it.
  • Guy: I’m partly responsible for raising you from a blank state to a selfish, spoiled kid.
  • Guy: Yeah. Apologizing is important, but it can be hard on the one you apologize to.
  • Luke: Why?
  • Guy: The greater the loss, the more people need someone to hate for it, you know? You might feel better, but the ones you apologize to can’t just say, ‘Okay! No problem!’
  • Jade: What are you doing here?
  • Nebilim: Nice to see you too, Jade. You used to be such a cute boy... Now you look scary.
  • Jade: I said, what are you doing here?
  • Nebilim: Oh, scary scary. I was just taking some fonons of Rem and Shadow from a few fonists, and wound up sealed in here.
  • Anise: The colonel looks scary, but he's a fun guy on the inside.
  • Luke and Guy: (simultaneously) No, he's scary on the inside too.
  • Luke: Hey, isn't that Anise?
  • Anise: (to guard) I've lost my identification and my passport, too! Please let me through! Please!
  • Guard: I'm sorry, but I can't let you pass.
  • Anise: Ohh... (walking away) You better watch your back.
  • Ion: Anise, Luke can hear you.
  • Anise: Oh, it's my darling! ♥ My prince! ♥ (glomps Luke)
  • Guy: *Shudder* ...Women are scary!
  • Anise: Luke! ♥ I'm so glad you're safe! I was so worried about you!
  • Luke: We were worried too. They said you were fighting monsters and fell from the Tartarus?
  • Anise: Yeah... It was pretty scary... Heh heh...
  • Ion: The poor thing must've been terrified. She screamed, "I'll kill you bastards!" as she fell.
  • Anise: (turns to Ion) Fon Master, please! Shh!
  • Jade: I'm glad you're safe, Anise.
  • Anise: Oh my. Were you worried about me too, Coronel?
  • Jade: Yes. We can't do a thing without that letter.
  • Anise: You're mean...

Skits

  • Anise: Sneaking through the forest like this is exciting, isn't it?
  • Guy: Yeah...it feels almost like hide-and-seek.
  • Luke: I haven't played hide-and-seek in years...
  • Guy: But you were pretty amazing at hiding in those days.
  • Anise: So you're good at sneaky stuff like that, huh?
  • Luke: ...Well, excuse me for being sneaky.
  • Guy: Well, like how you always ran somewhere else when you were about to be found. You were certainly sneaky enough for the rest of us.
  • Anise: Huh... Well, I could still beat him any day. A cute little body like mine is perfect for hiding.
  • Luke: Ooh, look, she's calling herself cute.
  • Anise: What, are you trying to say I'm not cute?!
  • Luke: What do you care what a sneaky guy like me says about you? You're about as sexy as Mieu.
  • Anise: Hey! Just you wait, I'll get as big as Tear when I'm grown up!
  • Luke: Please. No way you could hope to match those melons!
  • Tear: M-MELONS?! Both of you! Stop being stupid and be quiet! Now!
  • Luke: ......
  • Anise: ......

(Luke, Guy and Anise leaves)

  • Natalia: ...Um, Tear, you're being louder than both of them...
  • Tear: ...S-sorry...(thinking)He called hem big...
  • Anise: Hmm...
  • Jade: What are you up to, Anise? Plotting to murder Tear, perhaps? Eliminate an obstacle to marrying Luke?
  • Anise: Of course not! I'd never do anything like that! It's about Guy...
  • Jade: Ah, his fear of women?
  • Anise: You saw how seriously terrified he was. It's like I can't really tease him anymore...
  • Guy: ...Seriously terrified, huh.
  • Anise: Whoa!
  • Guy: ...Don't worry about it. Not to quote Ion or anything, but perhaps being teased during this journey might help me to get over it.
  • Jade: Well, he reacted most strongly when you grabbed him from behind... As long as you avoid that, you should be just fine.
  • Anise: Right. Here we go! Peta peta peta peta peta...
  • Guy: S-stop that! Cut it out! No, don't...! Ack! No! Please! Stoooooooooop!!
  • Anise & Jade: Peta peta peta peta peta peta peta peta...
  • Guy: ...Th-that's enough already! And you stay out of this, Jade!
  • Jade: ...Nibble.
  • (Guy and Anise look at him with uncertain looks)

(Note: in the Japanese version, Jade used a word that indicated the action of pushing up glasses. Since English does not have an action word to match this (see Japanese sound symbolism, the writers had to improvise.)

  • Luke: So Dist is dead now...
  • Jade: ...He was a fool, chasing an impossible dream to the end.
  • Luke: A dream...?
  • Jade: A promise made by two foolish children long ago. A foolish dream of overcoming death.
  • Luke: Jade...you mean--
  • Jade: Luke, I believe you promised not to talk about that.
  • Luke: Are you okay with that?
  • Jade: I will accept Dist's--Saphir's--death.
  • Luke: As an old friend?
  • Jade: No, as his owner. He was a charming pet.
  • Guy: Natalia... I think you've got the wrong idea about this mystery-thief thing.
  • Natalia: Really? I recall reading books as a child with pictures of a woman thief that looked just like this.
  • Anise: Oh, I know that one! "Lady Thief 001: The Star of Ispania," right?
  • Natalia: Yes! The incredibly beautiful master of disguise. I always looked up to her.
  • Luke: Hey, I know that one too. Didn't she have these huge breasts? I think Tear'd be a much better--ow!
  • Natalia: Did you say something?!
  • Luke: ...N-no, nothing...
  • Guy: Luke, think before you speak...
  • Guy: So, how is it fighting in your officers' school uniform?
  • Tear: It's like my first fights. I'm alert. Ready for anything.
  • Luke: Stiff as always, huh?
  • Tear: Stiff? Not at all. I can stretch quite well in these.
  • Guy: (tranced) Wow...that was perfect.
  • Luke: (tranced as well) Yeah.
  • Tear: What? What was?
  • Guy: N-nothing.
  • Tear: Okay, Natalia, first shave the burdock roots. When that's done, cut the carrots into quarter-rounds...
  • Natalia: Wait, how can I shave a burdock root? I don't have a razor.
  • Tear: ......
  • Natalia: And what is that look of pity on your face?
  • Tear: Well, it's not... Ah, the stew! Natalia, the stew's boiling!
  • Natalia: Oh dear! It's getting charred! What can I...Oh! Heal! Heal!
  • Tear: ...I don't think Heal will fix a charred stew...
  • Natalia: Aah! The stew caught fire!
  • Tear: ...Perhaps you should just give up cooking...
  • Anise: You know, I thought this outfit was kind of childish, but now that I'm used to it, it doesn't bother me!
  • Luke: Yeah, it looks good on you.
  • Anise: Ooh!~ So you finally recognized my charm? Oh, what should I do?~
  • Luke: ...
  • Anise: Maybe if you get on your hands and beg, I just might go out with you!
  • Luke: Idiot.
  • Anise: (Sob) Colonel, Luke's being mean to me!
  • Jade: Why not? You're always making fun of him.
  • Anise: Boooooo! Okay, Guy, your turn!~
  • Guy: AAH! N-NO! G-GET AWAY FROM ME!! (runs away)
  • Anise: COME ON!! Get used to it already!
  • Anise: Here we go. I wonder what's going to happen? We're taking this whole planet and throwing it at something...
  • Guy: The MASS of the planet, not the planet itself.
  • Anise: I know, I know. But I keep imagining this huge planet falling down out of the sky.
  • Tear: That would just be Meteor Storm.
  • Luke: Huh? Meteor Storm makes planets fall down from the sky?!
  • Tear: No, the caster just causes a similar effect. What do you think would happen if a planet really fell down on top of us? Stop talking like a child.
  • Luke: Hey, you don't have to be so mean!
  • Anise: Okay, okay, enough with the lovers' quarrel.
  • Guy: Yeah. Let's go and check out this planetary fonic arte.
  • Luke: Wh-what lovers' quarrel?!
  • Luke: Tear...aren't you pushing yourself?
  • Tear: No, I'm not.
  • Anise: Luke. Do you actually think there's anyone in the world who'd say "yes, I'm pushing myself"? You're so dumb!
  • Natalia: Yes, there are many other things you could have done. Everyone knows you have no skill with words, so perhaps put an arm on her shoulder...
  • Guy: Or hold her, without saying a word.
  • Luke: I don't need YOU telling me that.
  • Tear: ...I'm sorry. I didn't mean to make all of you worry...
  • Jade: Not at all. We're enjoying it.
  • Luke: You're the only one enjoying anything!
  • Anise: Hmm? What's that, Tear?
  • Tear: Aah!
  • Anise: Hey, did you just hide something?
  • Tear: D-don't look!
  • Anise: Oh, come on. What is it? ... Oh, it's a rappig doll...
  • Tear: N-no! I just... I found it at a shop. It's not like I thought it was cute or anything. It's just... I... you know... it's... um... well... Anise... please don't tell anyone.
  • Anise: Don't worry, I'm great at keeping secrets. You know what? I'd just love to have some chiffon cake...
  • Tear: ... I'll buy you some the next time I see it.
  • Anise: I love you, Tear!
  • Luke: Tear's in the same position as Natalia, isn't she...? She never shows it, so I tend to forget.
  • Mieu: Tear's a nice person, so she doesn't let you see when she's hurt.
  • Luke: Yeah, I know, but...
  • Mieu: So just be nice to her.
  • Luke: I said I know, Thing! You don't need to tell me!
  • Mieu: Mieuuuu... Master, can I ask something?
  • Luke: ...What?
  • Mieu: Why do you call me Thing?
  • Luke: Oh...well, you know... You're blue, have weird ears, sound like a girl, and breathe fire... You're a thing.
  • Mieu: Mieuuuu... I don't understand...
  • Luke: Don't worry. Anyway I'll...I'll try to keep Tear in mind.
  • Tear: Why did things have to end up like this?
  • Mieu: Tear...you look like you're suffering...
  • Tear: No, it's Luke who's suffering...
  • Mieu: But you were saved before... Can't Master be saved too?
  • Tear: ...I don't know. But...if the Colonel isn't saying anything, then...
  • Mieu: ......
  • Tear: Isn't there anything I can do? Can't I help him somehow? I...I...
  • Mieu: I'm sad too. I love Master. He saved me once. I wish I could disappear instead of him.
  • Tear: Mieu, don't say things like that. I want all of us to be together... All of us, as long as possible. I just wish I had the power to make that happen. But I...I can't do anything...

Battle Conversations

(Occurs before Final Van Battle, while having Jade as leader)

  • VAN: "Agh! Fighting Dr. Balfour! It must be fate!"
  • JADE: "I don't care about fate, miracles, faith...any of that. I care only about putting an end to what I began."
  • VAN: "Yes. Your replicas advanced research into hyperresonance and caused the destruction of Hod. And at the same time, they have become the way to free the world from the Score."
  • JADE: "And that is why I'll take back fomicry. At least I can use it more effectively than you."
  • VAN: "Save your jokes until after you've won."
  • GUY: "This force...! So this is...the power of Lorelei."
  • ANISE: "You're strong but...I won't lose!"
  • NATALIA: "I won't lose! These arrows will send you to the depths of the abyss!"
  • JADE: "Once we strike you down, Luke and Tear will free Lorelei. Rest in peace."
  • VAN: "You will be the one going to the underworld. The corpses of all the victims of your research are waiting. Farewell, Necromancer."

(happens when surprise attack occurs)

  • Tear: Our formation...!
  • Jade: Hahahahaha, this is terrible!
  • Guy: ...like you really mean it.
  • Luke: Damn, these things are annoying!
  • Jade: You should feel right at home.
  • Anise: Ionian Sergeant Anise Tatlin Oracle Knights Fon Master Guard wins!
  • Guy: That's way too long...
  • Anise: Colonel, what's your secret for being so strong?
  • Jade: Simple. I drink people's blood.
  • Anise: Huh?
  • Jade: It's so difficult when people take me seriously
  • Anise:Man, this one was loaded!
  • Luke: Battle's barely over and she's already got the money.
  • Guy: Leave it to Anise
  • Luke: You're weak!
  • Guy: You're a hack!
  • Jade: You're whack.
  • Natalia: I'm so worried this swimsuit might just fall off.
  • Tear: I know. I-I feel like I'm going to... pop out.
  • Anise: I wish I were...
  • Tear: Farewell. Rest in peace.
  • Guy: (laughing) We don't get to say anything?
  • Luke: That's Tear...
  • Asch: Weaklings! Out of my way!
  • Jade: You say "weaklings" as much as the weaklings do.
  • Asch: Sh-shut up!
  • Anise: Ionian Fon Master Guardian Anise Tat-- oh...
  • Natalia: Having trouble?
  • Anise: yeah, well, it's long!
  • Anise: Here we go! The beauty of Daath, Anise!
  • Natalia: The beauty of Kimlasca, Natalia!
  • Tear: (nervously) The--the beauty of Malkuth, Tear...
  • Anise: The Beauty Corps claims victory!
  • Luke: Oh, please...

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Tales of the Abyss
Box artwork for Tales of the Abyss.
Developer(s) Namco Tales Studio
Publisher(s) Namco
Namco Bandai
Release date(s)
Genre(s) RPG
System(s) PlayStation 2
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
ESRB: Teen
CERO: All ages
Preceded by Tales of Legendia
Followed by Tales of Innocence
Series Tales

Tales of the Abyss (テイルズ オブ ジ アビス Teiruzu obu ji Abisu ?) is a console role-playing game developed by Namco Tales Studio and published by Namco in Japan and Namco Bandai Games in North America. It is the eighth mothership title in the Tales series, and was released for the PlayStation 2 on December 15, 2005 in Japan, celebrating the Tales series' 10th anniversary, and on October 10, 2006 in North America. Tales of the Abyss' characteristic genre name is RPG to Know the Meaning of Birth (生まれた意味を知るRPG Umareta imi o shiru RPG ?). It features the Flex Range Linear Motion Battle System, which most resembles Tales of Symphonia's. The character designs are by manga artist Kosuke Fujishima.

Tales of the Abyss takes place on Auldrant, a planet composed of elementary particles called Fonons (フォニム Fonimu ?, Fonim in the Japanese version). For much of Auldrant's history, only six fonons were known to exist, representing the elements of Shadow, Earth, Wind, Water, Fire and Light; but eventually a seventh fonon, controlling Sound, is discovered. Its discovery brings great chaos: using this newest Seventh Fonon allows one to read the future. One such Seventh Fonist, Yulia Jue, an important religious figure in the game, puts in place a future for the world for thousands of years to come, with the promise of unlimited prosperity at its end. This prophecy of the future's set path becomes known as the "Score" and is documented on "Fonstones" scattered throughout the world.

The nations of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear and Malkuth have fought over the fragments of these tablets for generations, each uncovering them and hoping to discover the future before the other. Meanwhile, a holy order emerges dedicated to the reading of the Score and the keeping of the peace. This "Order of Lorelei" is headed by a Fon Master and maintains both religious/political and military branches. Finally, the Score and its promise of prosperity lead to a dangerous complacency within the general population of Auldrant; the slaughter of an entire people living on the island of Hod and the destruction of that landmass are countenanced because it was predicted in the Score.

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