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Tales of the Abyss

Tales of the Abyss

Alternative Titles

English: Tales of the Abyss
Japanese: テイルズ オブ ジ アビス


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2008 to Mar 28, 2009
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #13662
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Luke fon Fabre, the spoiled son of a noble from the kingdom of Kimlasca-Lavaldear, has been confined inside his father's mansion ever since he was kidnapped seven years ago by a rival country, the Malkuth Empire. Now Luke's memory of the life he led before is missing, and a strange voice, which only he can hear, has been calling out to him ever since. One day while training with his mentor, Van Grants, a strange woman called Tear breaks into the mansion with the sole intent of taking Van's life. During the struggle Luke is transported far from home, along with Tear, and now that Luke has finally gained the freedom he's been dreaming of, what awaits him in the outside world will shatter everything he's ever known about himself.

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Tales of the Abyss
Side story: Tales of the Abyss Special Fan Disc
Character: Tales of Gekijou

Characters & Voice Actors

Suzuki, Chihiro
Suzuki, Chihiro
Tamura, Mutsumi
Tamura, Mutsumi
Kobayashi, Yumiko
Kobayashi, Yumiko
Cecil, Guy
Cecil, Guy
Matsumoto, Yasunori
Matsumoto, Yasunori
Matsuda, Shiori
Matsuda, Shiori
Curtiss, Jade
Curtiss, Jade
Koyasu, Takehito
Koyasu, Takehito


Kodama, Kenji
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Ogura, Hirofumi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kishimoto, Miyuki

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Jul 18, 2009
Now, I should mention first that I have not played the Tales of the Abyss video game on which this anime is based. Despite that, I found it a great series to watch, with excellent characters and character development, brilliantly animated scenes, spectacular artwork, and a well-paced excellent story.

The story starts out slowly, but each character gives the viewer an immediate impression when introduced and one quickly develops feelings towards him or her, whether good or bad. Each character is developed to the fullest extent, with detailed backstories, distinct personalities, personal motivation and conflicts, and excellent designs. You can truly feel the read more
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Apr 29, 2009
Tales of the Abyss was originally developed by Namco for the Playstation 2 and released on the 10th anniversary of the “Tales” series. The anime first aired 3. Of October 2008 and it’s the fourth installment of the “Tales” series to be adapted into an anime. I liked the game a lot and thought I should review the anime for the users on MAL.
In the review below I’ve tried to include an objective opinion of both the fan treats and possible faults that a game adaption poses to viewers, who haven’t played the game. To this end a section called “Compared to the game” read more
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May 24, 2013
*Note I have not played the game yet*
If you've played a few RPG's you may know that it could take a while to figure out how the world in that game works. As this series is based off of a game, it takes a bit to know how their world works. The directors did well explaining it in a 26 episode time limit. (Remembering they had to figure out how to fit in the story too)

Tales of the Abyss is a series that can lie between being a 5 (Average) series, and a 9 (Almost-Perfect) series. The story is very nice, as well as read more
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Dec 23, 2009
As this review should be about the Anime and not about the Game (which I have not played), I could not avoid rating it with 10. I completed watching it about 1 week ago and I never quite got it out of my mind. And it really is the first time, I cannot stop thinking about an ordinary Anime. The music is good, the Animation very neat, the story complex but that is far from enough for earning a 10. However, this Anime has at least 3 very good points that make it outstanding.

First of all: the characters. This is the first and only read more
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When i think about these 2 animes at first a fantasy world comes to my mind :) Story always going fast at both of them. And all of our main chars bad at confession as well :)
Both series are placed in a fantasy world and are centered around small groups of characters going on a quest with a war raging on in the background. Both anime are also based on games and characters represent variuos fighting styles (ranged, magical, melee).
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Both are from the Tales series. Tales of the Abyss has a different universe than Tales of Symphonia.
Similar style , art , atmosphere , and fantasy if you like it you will like the other ...
It's one of the four Tales games that were made into anime. Short, but great nonetheless.
Apperance wise they look different but both metion the abyss and the characters talk about the past a lot. Also main char. are not sure of who they really are.

Opening Theme

"Karma (カルマ)" by BUMP OF CHICKEN (eps 1-26)

Ending Theme

"Bouken Suisei (冒険彗星)" by Kurumi Enumoto (eps 1-26)

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