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A day before MAL when into coma (for a week), I was able to determine what anime I should binge-watch next. Out of an infinite number of unwatched shows on my PTW list, Tales of Zestiria the X was chosen (Randomizer…I, thank you).

Tales of Zestiria the X is originally a game, then adapted into an anime. When this first aired, I hesitated. I felt that this series would be more fun if binge-watched rather than I wait weekly. As always, I made the right decision.
I had seen the short movie of this series before. It was….okay. Nothing special, other than the really good animation. But this series. This one is different.


TALES OF ZESTIRIA THE X 1-2

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Type: TV
Episodes: 12 + 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 10, 2016 to Sep 25, 2016; Jan 8, 2017 to Apr 29, 2017
Premiered: Summer 2016, Winter 2017
Studios: ufotable
Source: Game
Genres: Action, Adventure, Magic, Fantasy
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: Sorey is a human youth who grew up among the seraphim, spiritual beings not visible to humans. Sorey believes in the folklore that says “long ago, every human was able to see the seraphim” and dreams of unraveling the ancient mystery to make the world a place where people and seraphim can live together in peace.
One day, Sorey visits the human capital for the very first time. He becomes embroiled in an incident during which he pulls out a holy sword embedded in a rock and ends up becoming a Shepherd, one who casts away calamity from the world. He begins to realize the gravity of his mission, and his dream of coexistence between mankind and the seraphim becomes more intense—
And thus, the Shepherd embarks on an amazing journey with his companions.

My Thoughts:

Oh, bruh. This anime is good.

I really really like this anime. Compared to the other game adapted animes that I had reviewed, Tales of Zestiria the X did well in showcasing the story, the characters and the world they are living in. Let’s first discuss the story.

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The story is generic and typical for a game adapted anime. There was nothing special about it. I mean, the reason why I gave this one a chance was the fact that its an ufotable anime, so the visuals and animations would be through the roof but I’ll discuss that more later. The plot progression all through out the series was okay. I think it was consistent all the way. Ah! wait. I do want to comment on the random flashback episode in the middle of the first season. It was totally random as to why it was shown in the middle of the story arc of Sorey & others. I do understand the purpose of that mini arc of Velvet Snow, but randomly showing it in the middle of the season?? That’s a big no no. So I conclude, its not consistent. LOL.

I have more negative points to share. I do find the first season’s climax abit lackluster compared to the second season. If it was more thrilling enough, it would have been better. For the 2nd season, I do like the climax of it, but I find the ending rushed and meh. I do like that they got a happy ending, but seeing the Shepherd go through that lackluster solution to end the malevolence….it was lame. They should have ended the climax fight with a bang! Or with a proper and meaningful ending where I could say, “Yas…that was the best”. Sigh. It was a waste.
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Now, for the positive stuff. I really enjoyed the series cuz of the visuals (of course) and the characters.

This anime is made by studio ufotable, who are well known for their mix of 2D & 3D animation. I might say, they did a really good job in animating this series. Its so ufotable. The quality might not be as high as Fate/zero or Fate UBW, but it still higher than the average. The character designs looks really good, though I do notice that each character has the same face (with different clothes, gender and hair). Its not really a bad thing. Anyway, I really like the overall visuals of the series. It gives me off this adventure and ‘originally, this is a game’ vibes. I do want to point out that the parts in the cinematography of the series I find a bit weird and iffy. Some of the angles shown look too much alike like a game, I find them really weird. Example, the scene when Velvet crow climbed the ladder, it was too gamey. They should have animated it like an anime, well that’s jut me and my taste. At least, those moments were not that many, so I was able to watch the anime smoothly.

Oh! Oh! Oh! Before I forget, I really like the transformation looks of Sorey, and later on, Alisha & Rose. Each of them has a distinct look, but it fits well with their original character designs. They looks so good. Though, I do wish to see more of Alisha & Rose’s badass moments. After seeing them in those transformations, I want to see more awesomeness from them.

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Another reason I really like series was the characters. Princess Alisha and Rose are both bae and best girl material. Their growth all through out the series was amazing to watch. Rose with her identity and moral crisis and Princess Alisha’s growth as a leader, both of them did a wonderful job in overcoming their struggles and seeing them so happy and really really friendly in the end gives me alot of happy feelings. On the other hand, Sorey and the Seraphs were really disappointing. For a main character, Sorey was pure and strong but really bland. He accepts everything. I do see some struggles from time to time, but he is too unrealistic I can’t relate to him compared to the 2 main girls of the series. The Seraphs too, they were too much two dimensional and had very very poor development of the character. Though, I do like the spurt of growth in character Dezel near the end of the series. I got the chance to understand his actions and decisions, I feel for him. He definitely a really good impression to me.

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Now for the sound. I’m not much of a fan of the first season’s OP & ED, but damn I love the OP & ED of the 2nd season. They were much enjoyable and it fits well with the anime. The soundtrack from both season sounds really nice and it fits well with the series. I really like it. I might get a copy later. Ooohohohho.
Overall, this series is solid good and enjoyable to watch. In a way, it filled the void of my thirst for adventure animes (I miss them).

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I totally recommend this one as binge-watchable. This series was built for binging. Seeing this weekly would definitely diminish the fun and enjoyment. If I continued watching this one weekly years ago, I would find this one really boring and waste of time. I would dropped this immediately. So yeeeeee, binge-watch this one.

Anyway, that is all.
Thanks for reading!!

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