Tales of Zestiria the X:2 continues telling the story of a young man and his group of friends that are doing their best to save and clean the human world of evil. This anime reminds me of the trilogy "Lord of the Rings".
The plot is not one of this serie’s strong points. Tales of Zestiria the X presents the story of a young man named Sorey, and his group of friends who are doing their best to save the world.
At first the plot is slow paced but as the story progresses it picks up the pace.
The characters are fairly generic, they
do not get much character development but they are likeable.
The animation and art are splendid, truly mesmerizing. One of the best animations I have ever seen. Just by looking at a few scenes you can imagine all the work that was put into the creation of this anime. Tales of Zestiria the X is produced by the studio Ufotable, a studio known for its high quality production.
The OST is great as well, it deepens the emotions and perfectly blends with the animation.
The opening theme is highly enjoyable, the ending theme is decent.
The fight scenes and the backgrounds are stunning but the story itself is nothing memorable.
Even if the plot and characters are nothing special, the show is worth the time just for the animation and sound. I recommend this anime to anyone who is looking for eye candy and wants to find out what high quality animation looks like.
Tales of Zestiria The X S2 continues just about where we left off. Sorey and friends continue their journey. From what I'm seeing, things can get more serious, and the OP clearly shows that. I will review this as someone who's watched the whole gameplay of the game, since I am clearly too poor to afford it.
Fitting 80+ hours of gameplay can prove to be difficult in 24 episodes. But I do like how Ufotable is handling the adaption so far. They keep the key points from the game and they don't tend to rush everything. They do it in a pace that is
The story continues as they adventure and travel across the land. They might get stronger so that they can have a chance to beat the Lord of Calamity once and for all. I'm interested on where they'll take the story from here.
We get to see more of Sorey getting stronger to try and fight Malevolence so that he may gain strength to fight the LOC (Lord of Calamity). The Seraphim are the same, with the same personality. Edna, of course, still being my favourite out of all the seraphim.
However, we do get to see more of Dezel and how he stuck with Rose almost his whole life. He admires her, and will not hesitate to kill, if it is for the sake of Rose.
Speaking of Rose, we get to see a bit more about her. About her past and the revenge she wanted because of what happened to her Fatherly Figure, Brad. Who has died in Rose's past and is now out for revenge for the one who caused all of it. If she hadn't met Sorey, it was probably a possibility that she may fall into Malevolence. Which I wouldn't have wanted. As we dive more into her past we can see why she is quite the badass with those dual knives. She was taken in as a young child due to her parents being either dead or missing, I don't remember. Brad was kind enough to take her in and raise her, and of course train her. Thus forming the Rose we see today.
I guess there's no surprise there, It is Ufotable after all.
The Soundtracks being used for this anime are definitely the right ones. To the OP and ED (imo the OP and ED should've switched, but I'm guessing they're aiming for a different tone for the 2nd cour, which I'm totally ok with btw.) The nice orchestral soundtracks in the background intensifies each moment which adds a nice touch.
I did enjoy this as much as Season 1, heck, maybe even more. The action is quite nice and I do like some conversations between the characters. So I'm satisfied with that.
This anime continues to be going at a steady pace. I'm glad that Ufotable took the game adaption with care (Although the game itself wasn't very good imo) But hey I'm liking this a bit more than Season 1 because of how the plot gets more interesting and thickens. Some characters are starting to show their true nature, and more problems begin to occur. I wonder how it'll turn out.
And with this, Sorey and his gang continues the adventure. Hoping to take down the cause of all the problems...
As someone who has played the games and now watched the anime I dont like some things they did to it.
While I loved the game and its what got me into the series I have to rate the story of the anime a 5/10 because while season 1 was good with minor changes season 2 has gone into major filler and is skipping like half the story do to fitting it into 13 episodes.
While I appreciate the Berseria tie ins they have gone way out of there way to add them into it and there spoiling the whole story
animation, character design, theme
and background music is top tier
I love the characters but I feel like the anime has skipped over a lot mainly do to fitting 13 episodes which I think makes the character development kinda lacking.
going into season 1 I was excited because like Ive said before I loved the game but after time went on it just kept getting less and less enjoyable to me. I guess its mainly because I had played the game and knew what would happen and excited to see it fully animated and when that didnt happen and it started to change and I didnt like a lot of what they changed but also liked a few things they added.
season 1 started good then it just went down from there.
(UH-OH, FIRST EVER REVIEW INCOMING)
The first season of Tales of Zestria the X was something that I had enjoyed as much as I thought I would. The visuals were as expected from ufotable, the sound was appropriate, the characters were defined well enough and, most of all, the threats and challenges presented to the characters (specifically the lord of calamity, dragons, and the strain that purifications put on Sorey) were shown to be something that the new, inexperienced heroes couldn't even TRY challenging. The show's world, logic, and power differentials between characters were all well established and I was decently excited to watch this
new series. What even happened between then and now? Keep in mind that I will constantly be mentioning the last season, and will not explain anything that that season did, so watch that before this, m'kay? Mm'kay.
Story: well, i gave it a 4
The last season's story set up a large, epic adventure that could easily span several seasons beyond this, though it was quite cliched. However, that shouldn't have mattered, as the one thing the Tales series is known for above all else is their strong main cast of characters that get better as they get time to develop. Despite this, this series starts off at a slow, boring pace that somehow manages to brush past the setup of last season and ends up with the entire thing being way too rushed and arriving at a conclusion way before it actually earns it. The dragons, malevolence, and Lord of Calamity were all impossibly powerful in comparison to our new Shepard, but in the span of less than a month, he can somehow (DO SOMETHING THAT IS CONSIDERED SPOILER TERRITORY) without any meaningful effort. I'll get into Sorey when that section comes. For now, I'll just say that I was at least able to force myself through the show, and I have a pretty low tolerance for bull, so do with that as you will.
Art: 8. Yeah, ufotable was slacking
I was not impressed by the art at all (btw, I consider the visual part of the OP to be art, as well as other things that have to do with directing, as there isn't really a section for that on MAL's review guidelines). Of course, it did look good, but it was much more boring bland, and stiff that what I've come to expect from ufotable. The fights and such were usually spectacular, with the CGI integration being a bit inconsistent, with it sometimes being good, and other times looking not very good. The other scenes (you know, 70% of the show), had no visual style or flair and made me want to skip them. There were no longer any beautiful backgrounds or interesting indoor sets to look at while the characters just sat around, it was excruciating. The OP was significantly worse that the last seasons's, in my opinion. I just didn't have anything interesting to look at. I skipped it almost every time. The ED, however, I never skipped. It looked very good when it was moving and the still shots made me feel like they were trying to convey something about what they were showing. It also reflected the darker tone of this season compared to the last one, as the entirely chill and heartwarming ED of last season was replaced with shots of the characters struggling to fight against their foes and showing their unwillingness to back down. Speaking of the last ED, there are several shots and scenes in the show that mirror it and have the same sort of tone, which I really like. I also love how they integrate those random conversations from the games into their next episode previews. As a fan of the series (albeit a minor one), I was ecstatic that they included those.The score for art still is high because of the brief but constant scenes of fantastic looking action, which is the least that I expect from ufotable.
Sound: oh god. (2)
It's so bad. I personally didn't like the OP song at all. The ED managed to keep me occupied enough, as it is FLOW, who rarely disappoint me. The reason this is so low, though, is due to how the music was used in scenes. These "epic" scenes of the Shepard and his comrades fighting off there great evils are undermined by music that just doesn't do anything but act as background noise. It;s absolutely ATROCIOUS in some places. The sound effects weren't even good, this being in the same season as Youjo Senki, which had no problems at all in this department, with every attack feeling powerful and significant. The voice acting was good out of the main cast, with nobody from the main eight having poor of slacking VAs, but they didn't really try to stand out or do especially amazing. They put the requisite amount of work in. The other VAs were not as solid. there were some moments that they simply didn't do a good job, along with one or two slip ups from the main cast as were. I'll let you decide when, where, and who.
Character: what a disappointment. 6/10
The one reason that this section was doomed from the start is how rushed the story moves along. The only two characters with any meaningful growth were Rose and Dezel. My favorite character, Edna, only got two lines regarding advancements in her subplot. Sorey had some well done development In the first season with him changing from a naive kid to a naive kid with a thorough understanding of the hardships that he is destined to deal with, and that he cannot deal with the Age of Calamities by himself. It was made VERY clear that Sorey and his comrades were not very strong in the grand scale of things. He was ready to grow drastically into a very good character, or act as an anchor to the other character's development, but no. The other characters get NOTHING. The closest to development that the other's get is Lailah with her backstory that only references her in name. With this it's obvious that the story changed from the game. A tales game would never let their characters stay as they are,
Enjoyment: 4. I have to wait until Apr 29 until I can finally say i'm done with this series? Ugh.
5 is not bad. 7 is not average, 5 is. a 5/10 is simply not worth watching. A 7/10 is what is expected from a series that people are expected to watch. The only reason this number doesn't round down is due to the action's visuals and how much I enjoy the banter between the characters from the last season. Anyway, thanks for reading, even if you just skipped until here. If there is anything you happen to want to point out or discuss, go ahead and message me, assuming this site has that feature. I don't actually know. Also message me if you thing I can improve my reviews, i appreciate your time.