In order to prevent the catastrophe called the Grand Fall, Rid Hershel and his companions Farah, Keel and Meredy have obtained the three Greater Spirits ("Craymels" in the game version) of Inferia. En route to Mount Farlos, Rid is kidnapped by the bounty hunter Marone Blucarno, and the party is compelled to head to Belcarnu, an archipelago far from the major cities of Inferia. A series of adventures forces them to remain on the islands, where a more immediate threat to Inferia sleeps.
Most people would watch something titled "Tales of" because of the famous video game franchise by Namco. Others randomly come across unique titles such as these. While the video game Tales of Eternia for the Playstation was great, and sold wildly throughout Japan, the anime based off of it is most certainly not.
The plot isn't even based off the game, but just has the group of four: Rid, Farah, Meredy, and Keel residing in a town. The story actually starts off while they're ON their journey, basically like a filler. It has nothing to do with the actual story of the game.
Whatever "fighting" they have
in this anime is really pathetic. You could give it some pity, but it's not interesting at all. They show the others as pathetic, and the main character, Rid as all powerful. How many times do they do that in anime? Instead of making Farah and the others an ounce strong, they made them look completely pathetic. The anime-only characters are stronger than them, which makes this even more pathetic.
The Characters were probably the worst aspect of this anime. The characters themselves aren't that annoying, but the character development is. Farah is portrayed as an anxious, jealous girl, while Meredy and Keel aren't shown much at all. Rid is portrayed as his usual lazy self, but they threw in qualities that don't suit his character. Farah in the anime and Farah in the game and manga are so different, it's not even funny.
In conclusion, as you look at the aspects of this anime, you can thoroughly observe that this was created solely for fanservice, as they did not even have a point in it. I don't reccomend this anime, especially if you're a fan of the Game/Manga.
This is not a masterwork of anime by far, but it is a fair anime. The show is short, sweet and the most enjoyable part is seeing the game characters more alive.
I am a huge fan of tales of eternia for Playstation and i only wished the game was longer once i beat it then i found out they made this anime. Tho the two are unrelated and this is more like a side story to the game, i still just liked seeing the characters so animated. The animations from the game were always to short so i never got a real feel for how
the characters would really be. Its charming to see them come even more to life and see the little expressions they make.
If your a fan of the game you may be satisfied like i was if your not you probably will not be as the plot is short, not very intense and is meant more for big fans of the game. Someone who has never played or heard of the game most likely would not enjoy it very much. Use your own discretion but i say fans should watch this if not just to see farahs jealousy and meredys adorable attitude.
I started watching this after absolutely loving the Tales of the Abyss anime and, frankly, it started out alright. It was pretty unfortunate, though, that a certain character was useless enough to ruin the entire show for me and I couldn't actually get through it.
I'd recommend this anime if you can get past Farah, the most useless and hypocritical character to ever exist. No, seriously. At least the first five episodes are composed largely of her yelling at other characters for being lazy / not doing what they're supposed to / failing in general and shortly followed by her getting into a situation in which
she herself fails more than any of the other characters have in the anime up to that point and has to be saved by one or more of the other characters (usually Rid, though in a few episodes it was another character such as Marrone or someone else). I'm sure the plot would've shown up at some point, but I got through nearly half of the series and that was about all that happened almost every episode.
I couldn't get through it because of how Farah was so useless that it actually made the anime seem useless, but I thought about it and if it didn't have her in it, it probably would be better. It's not an excellent anime by any means, but it was pretty neat. If the characters didn't directly affect enjoyment, I probably would've given this anime about a 7 could I have gotten through it, but on average it was about a 5 because of that fatal flaw.