Based on the RPG game of the same name. Aurica Nestmile is a young Reyvateil, or "singing maiden" who feels her song magic is not of much use to anyone. From high up on the tower Ar Tonelico comes Lyner Barsett, whose airship is totaled upon impact with the ground. These two meet up, and in the search for someone who can repair the ship, end up helping both each other and themselves.
Note: I'm using the characters' names from the American release of the video game in this review.
This one-episode OVA is an introduction to the world of the PS2 RPG that goes by the same name. I liked the game and played it before watching this, therefore I fully realized the incoherence of the story and the plain worthlessness of this anime.
Ar Tonelico is a massive tower, reaching from the bottomless depths below the continent known as the Wings of Horus up into the skies high above. Lyner Barsett is out on a mission in his airship, but the electromagnetical disturbances around the tower, known as
the Blastline, causes the machinery to go haywire and he crashes on the Wings of Horus, a world previously unknown to him.
Soon he encounters the Reyvateil (a female capable of crafting songs and use them like magic) Aurica Nestmile and together they visit various areas of the world, ultimately trying to fix Lyner's airship so that he can go back to where he came from. After about ten minutes, someone pressed the fast forward button, and suddenly Aurica had fallen in love with Lyner and they were, together with the mechanic Krushe, riding in the airship towards the top of the tower. Randomly tossing in scenes from the latter half of the game isn't a very clever thing to do.
You don't really get any information at all about the characters' backgrunds, feelings et cetera. So if you don't know their personalities from playing the game, you will probably find them, simply put, uninteresting and boring.
Sure, the aesthetics are fair and the music as well, but it doesn't save Ar Tonelico from being a selection of scenes from a video game rather than a real anime. It's purpose - to make people buy the game - fails as well, because of the dumb execution. If correctly made, it would contain more thourough character introductions, be a bit longer and above all have a coherent storyline, preferrably consisting of the first maybe 40 minutes of the game.
If I hadn't played the game before watching this, I would have enjoyed it even less than I did. This anime adaption of Ar Tonelico is nothing but a badly made commercial, honestly.
Ar Tonelico OVA is based on the PS2 video game of the same name. I've played the game itself before watching this OVA.
The animation itself is on par. What I like is that they used some of anime scenes from the game (only modified a bit).
The story itself is not good but not bad either. After watching this, I thought that this was made to show how the magics are done and show in depth one of the places found in the game. Just my thoughts. Really.
I do like the characters a lot. Sadly, only some characters appeared but managed to retain some of its
traits and behaviour.
I'm happy that they used some of BGM from the game and retain the characters' seiyuus. The hymns frequently used in Ar Tonelico games is certainly unforgettable.
I recommend this to anyone who either have played the game or not. Poor thing that this is only a one-episode OVA. If it turns into an anime series, it would be a hit.
(A.N. Reviews are my personal opinions, these aren't coming from an objective perspective where I try to look at the anime critically. I just want to jot down my thoughts on somewhere where I physically can't lose it)
Mmmmm. I don't have much to say about this one, so this should be pretty short~!
The very short anime is like a oneshot manga that could be developed but isn't really developed but you end up going, "Meh. I mean I guess." Since the single episode anime was derived from a game, they didn't need to build much upon a story. They gave a simple short intro and
began like an interesting short story sort of fantasy thing. It has like dragons and healing magic and stuff.
The art is....not the best which is understandable since it was made a while ago I believe. I would've really liked to see a remake with a different cast or, perhaps like, better art and more episodes? I don't know! It has the potential to be super good and super good ;-;
The characters were super cute omg ;v; That's all I have to say for this one. They're like hella adorable and I wanted to squish their cheeks.
I mean, overall, I would give it a 6.5. I can't really judge this because it's literally like one episode long and I haven't checked out the game, nor do I plan to, but I mean, it was pretty enjoyable. I think it absolutely has the potential, and I emphasize the word potential, to be a superb anime, if they did a remake and continued the story.
How would I describe this? It can be factually described as a promotional piece for a video game, but also conceptually as the first episode in a longer series that never got produced.
It sets up an imaginative setting with rich content and an interesting background. The story promises to be engaging and rich and the characters show a lot of potential. And of course, the music is great. But there is one small flaw that takes everything down a few notches and actually places the overall score lower than the individual scores.
This is the only episode.
There is so much promise here. Yes, it's meant to
promote a video game, but that is also a part of its problem. Even though I happen to own a PS2, I never played Ar Tonelico and I would wager I'm not the only one to watch this and not play the game. That's why I have to review it as it is, without the game. And that's why it falls short.
Should you watch it? Well, it's not a long watch and it is good, but there is a lingering disappointment waiting at the end since everything is set up, but nothing gets resolved or developed during the show.
Somehow, it might actually have been better for it to not be so good.