Synonyms: Tales of Symphonia The Animation: Sylvarant Chapter
Japanese: テイルズオブシンフォニア THE ANIMATION シルヴァラント編
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 8, 2007 to Dec 21, 2007
Duration: 32 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.341 (scored by 14267 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction adventure drama fantasy
Apr 7, 2008
Well, this OVA of course comes from the video game Tales of Symphonia. So, the story is the same, however theres quite a few parts left out. However, I don't think it is quite right to say that just because of that the story isn't that good. This is the animation, not the game. Sure, it's based on it, but it's not gonna be an exact copy of it.
It starts really being a kind of 'save the planet' storyline, as a girl who is the Chosen One and her friends set out for a journey to a tower where she'll become an angel and rescue the planet. However, after Lloyd (the main character) learns something serious about becoming an angel, the story takes a pretty big twist, which it pretty interesting. The OVA ends really like only about half-way through the game, so it does not give you a feeling of closure whatsoever, but that's exactly why more episodes are supposed to be made at a later date.
The artwork is similar to the cut scenes from the video game. Which means it's pretty good. Everything is nicely drawn, and the motions are pretty fluent. It's more of a simplistic style, which is actually quite nice.
The voice acting really couldn't have been better. The voices really fit the characters greatly. The background music isn't spectacular, but serves its purpose and is fairly good. The OP, I feel, couldn't have been better for this OVA. It, for some reason, just felt so perfect for the overall mood and tone of the show. The ED is actually a song that Collette, the Chosen One, sings in the series, so I guess it was a nice idea to have it as the ED.
The characters are all pretty cool, and each have a different personality, making them very likable. They didn't really get too develop themselves very much, which is unfortunate and disappointing, but I don't think it is fair to degrade the show for that, since it's simply 4 episodes.
Enjoyment would have been a 9 if the battles were better. That's really my biggest disappointment. The fights were very short and curt, and rarely involved a lot of intricacy or really just intensity, especially the battles against the seals. However, despite that, it's still a pretty enjoyable watch since there's a lot of emotion and, well, it's really just fun to follow it along, even if you haven't played the video game. read more
Mar 7, 2008
Art: If you've played the game, then you've seen the movie cut scenes that show up every now and then, and seeing as how Gainax produced those scenes, it's understandable that it was high end animation. Although Gainax doesn't produce the OVA, the quality stays. The characters are drawn well, and all the animation is smooth.
Sound: I assume sound means the soundtrack and voice acting, both of which I felt were okay. I enjoyed the voice acting more than I did the music, mainly because of a very good cast. You'll recognize many of the voices, and I they fit the characters well. The soundtrack wasn't bad, but nothing memorable, personally, i got kind of bored the OP, and ED.
Character: The characters never had a chance to progress, mainly because the series was so short. There was some progression, such as with Sheena and Lloyd, and change of character with someone else..., but there wasn't much gradual change. The characters are fun to watch, there are many personalities, serious, nerdy, naive, kind, etc. with all of them complementing each other.
Enjoyment: Ever since I played the game a few years ago, I loved the movie cut scenes, and always said that they should make a series just from this, and now that they did, I had to watch. Although it did not nearly meet my expectations, I did enjoy it, in fact it had me wanting much much more. But as a person who has never played, I'd imagine that they would enjoy this series moderately, seeing as they'll obviously notice plot gaps, and a pseudo-ending.
Overall: I give this series a 7 mainly because I thought it had an unimaginable amount of potential, but alas, this OVA series seems more like a promotional trailer for the game. And seeing as it is an OVA, it's too short, making the creators progress the story too quickly. I'd recommend anyone to watch this, and it may even make you want to play the game. read more
Jul 23, 2014
We open with our heroine, Colette, getting ready to undertake a journey of world regeneration to save her dying world. An angel, Remiel, descends to give her instruction and send her on the way. With the aid of her teacher, Refill Sage and a mercenary hired by the church, Kratos Aurion, she heads out on her journey. Colette's friends, Lloyd and Genis, both want to accompany them but are left behind. Until their village is attacked by people who want Lloyd's Exsphere, a mysterious object. At which point they decide to leave for the safety of the village and rendezvous with Colette and the others to aid her in any way they can.
So, it's basically the same plot as the beginning of the game. Now, you've probably already noticed the major problem, the pacing is horrendous. All of those significant events I just described are in the first episode with little time between them. Events are thrown at you one after the other with no time to get a good grip on what's happening. The plot points also aren't expounded on very well. If you haven't played the game you will find yourself wondering what just happened on several occasions. Which is why it's probably a bad idea to condense a good third of the narrative of a plot heavy, multi-disc Gamecube game down to a four episode series. Sure, they managed to do it pretty well with the plot of Phantasia but that was a SNES game and much lighter on the plot.
In all fairness, the anime does do a decent job of hitting all the major points in the part of the game they cover and the narrative, though rushed and condensed, does still hold up pretty well and has some really strong scenes, albeit somewhat weakened by being rushed through. They also chose a good stopping point considering that they had more OVAs to come.
The OVA has all the characters you see in the series, except significantly less developed since a lot of their conversations and other character scenes get cut. Still, the series has some great characters. Refill, Genis, Sheena, Kratos and Lloyd are all great characters. No, I'm not including Colette. Honestly, she annoys me. She's one of those self sacrificing characters who worries about everyone else and is supposed to be pure and innocent. I've never been a fan of those characters. They just come across as kind of trite and boring to me. It's even worse in the anime version since she doesn't get any of her funny lines from the game.
The art is really good. The character designs, action sequences and background details are all really nicely drawn and animated. Really, there's only one complaint I can make about the OVA. The action sequences, though mostly good, have too many blur line scenes. You know the type. Character is shown in an action pose, multi-coloured lines appear behind them and no contact is made between them and the enemy, assuming they even bother showing the character and their enemy in the same frame.
They got some really good actors. Mizuki Nana, Konishi Katsuyuki, Orikasa Ai, Touma Yumi, Okamura Akemi and Tachiki Fumihiko take the roles of our major characters. The music is also really good with Mizuki Nana and Kawai Eri doing lyrical work.
There's not any ho-yay in this. Making the ho-yay factor a 1/10.
Tales of Symphonia the animation is made for fans of the game. If you're someone who hasn't played it, the pacing is going to leave you confused and without a lot of the context behind events. If you are a fan of the game, you'll probably enjoy it okay as a supplementary work. For myself, I'm giving it a 6/10. It's a decent OVA with some good moments but it definitely suffers from the pacing. Next week I'll take a look at Potemayo. read more
Jun 1, 2011
The OVA does an excellent job in capturing the most important aspects of the videogame, although, leaving out some major side plots that are very significant to the overall theme. Even with it's fast paced, and sometimes obviousness that is not present in the original game, the OVA allows fans to relive that heart-rendering experience with the characters in control. Although, we, the players, have no more role in revealing the destiny of their Worlds, it would seem as the characters have evolved from our level of direction! Awesome OVA, 10/10. read more
Jul 23, 2011
Everything in the anime is just like the video game! Same characters, same plot, it does have some differences in the scenes that play out. The characters look the same as they did in the game. The music and sound are great for the anime. However it sucks how the entire story is split into three different animes and is shorten to only 4 episodes in the first two and only 2 in the third one. But I will always love Tales of Symphonia no matter how it's made. 10 out of 10.
Jun 16, 2011
May 22, 2013
Tales of Symphonia (as a series of 3 OVA chapters) is very much a story of 'heart', the belief in oneself and friends against seemingly impossible odds with some amazing plot twists along the way. The way the story was told had me in tears on numerous occasions and some parts really make you think.
I really enjoyed Lloyd as a character, he is determined, passionate and charismatic, but he is also human. He's overly trusting, he feels pain and questions himself but despite these struggles always manages to overcome and stay true to his ideals.
The art and music were both beautiful and complimented the genre, certain tracks in particular were just amazing. Voice acting from all characters is top notch! The animation is a little dated, it doesn't have that 'shine' that a lot of new anime are displaying but it worked really well for the earthy, honest feel that the series had.
Tales of Symphonia: The Animation has definitely made it into my top 10 favourite series. read more
Apr 28, 2014
Story ~ 7/10
The story is based off the Gamecube/PS2/PS3 game "Tales of Symphonia". The story is split into three OVA series. (Tethealla-hen, Sekai Tougou-hen)
In the first part, the characters are introduced and the journey begins. In the first part, is is the standard "Hero on a journey to save the world".
There are quite a few technical terms used that can leave newcomers to the series feeling confused.
Additionally, much of the backstory and other scenes are left out, leading to possible confusion for newcomers.
Art ~ 7/10
The art is alright, but nothing incredibly amazing.
Sound ~ 7/10
I can't really remember much of the BG music, not memorable at all.
However, the OP and ED themes are both excellent. The OP theme may sound like gibberish, but it is probably the 'Angelic' language mentioned in the game.
Characters ~ 8/10
The characters from the game are very deep, but not much time is spent developing them in this anime. Also, there is a lot of backstory that isn't included and so some aspects may be confusing.
Enjoyment ~ 7/10
I enjoyed this anime as a companion to the games, but I don't feel that it stands very well by itself.
Overall ~ 7/10
I think that this anime is best for people who have already played the games. With the recent HD re-release for PS3, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, the game is far more accessible than before.
So, I'd recommend to play the game first, and if you liked the game, then you may also like this anime. read more
Feb 8, 2011
Well, it's a really good plot, BUT for only 4episodes it's horrible.
It's not like you get to much info on a small about of time, it's just that you want to see more. And not just rush through it all.
But, then again.. the other aspects of the series made me want more.
What I really love about Tos is the scenery, you always know "where" you are.
You always know the surroundings, and they are GREAT. Alot of beautiful colors and some of the best drawn landscapes I've seen.
The opening on ToS tells you all you need to know about the sound.
It's really not a typical way to use sound in animes. "Ghotic and peaceful"
Being only 4espisodes you get a real ide of how the chars are, and how they react to certain things. But still, you dont really "feel" for them.
Now this is a good one. The fighting in ToS is the best fighting EVER, you can tell the anime is based on a video game (not in a bad way). It's raging awesome, you dont really need to know the story behind the fight to enjoy.
It's a really good anime, and it's good a good rewatch value.
Although you cant stop thinking how it could be better, it's an overall good anime. Not great, but good. And if you watch 1Episode, you can decide if you like it or not.
(And BTW, its NOTHING like tales of the abyss... that show sucked balls) read more