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Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (2009)
テイルズ オブ ヴェスペリア ~The First Strike~ (Teiruzu Obu Vesuperia ~The First Strike~)

Synopsis

A long time has passed since the end of a massive war between humans and monsters. A new type of energy named “aer” was discovered. When crystallized, this substance became the energy source for “blastia”, an ancient civilization’s technology that provided a wide array of essential abilities for humanity. Despite its manipulation, mankind still has little knowledge of what exactly is “aer”. On a mission to eradicate a horde of monsters near the town of Shizotania, a group of knights comes across a strange surge of “aer”. Yuri Lowell and Flynn Scifo are two new members fresh out of the academy of the knight division. Both are childhood friends who went separate ways but ended up meeting each other once again while enlisting to serve the Empire.
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October 3, 2009

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Overview

Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike is directed by Kanta Kamei and written by Reiko Yoshida, featuring the voice talents of Kōsuke Toriumi, Mamoru Miyano, Mai Nakahara, Rika Morinaga, and Eiji Takemoto. The film is the prequel to the Namco Tales Studio’s role-playing game Tales of Vesperia and the first animated feature film in the Tales series.

The project was led by Kenta Kamei who previously worked on the animated cutscenes from the Tales games. It was released in Japan on October 3, 2009, as a result of delays in production.

Alternative title

– Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
– テイルズ オブ ヴェスペリア ~The First Strike~
– 時空幻境:宵星傳奇 ~The First Strike~
– Vesperijos Istorijos: Pirmas Smūgis

TL;DR Review

Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (Japanese: テイルズ オブ ヴェスペリア 〜The First Strike〜 Hepburn: Teiruzu Obu Vesuperia ~The First Strike~) is a 2009 Japanese animated film by Production I.G.

The animation is top notch and very pretty. Characters don’t have as much shading due to the use of cell-shading style. Since the anime use a mix of 3D CGI and animation with the cell-shading method, it is hard to tell which is 3D CGI and which is hand drawn.

The ending theme song “Ring a Bell” (Kane wo Narashite; 鐘を鳴らして) by Bonnie Pink is catchy and fit the movie tone.

The movie does a great job of setting up the world without too much exposition. You don’t have to have played the game in order to enjoy this anime. There are still expositions, mind you, like the two main character childhood backstory that sound forced.

The early part of the movie meander a bit with random daily life encounters that give the movie a slow-pace feel. As there is no real antagonist character, I feel the movie doesn’t give us the same urgency.

I’ve never played any of the Tales of series game and I understood the movie just fine. Does it make me want to go out and play the game? Not really. You would be fine not knowing there is even a game for this series. The ending, however, tease us with scenes that I assume is from the game.

I recommend this movie to the fan of action fantasy. Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike contains graphic violence and mild suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Closing Theme

– “Ring a Bell” (Kane wo Narashite; 鐘を鳴らして) by Bonnie Pink

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