Tales of the Abyss

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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
Premiered: Fall 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Game
Genres: AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.301 (scored by 4471144,711 users)
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Ranked: #24292
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Popularity: #1444
Members: 114,248
Favorites: 516

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The world of Auldrant is bound by the Score, a series of prophecies from centuries past that dictate the world's future. It is considered an absolute fate that everyone lives by—even people whose actions lead to bloodshed and tears. Using magical abilities known as the Fonic Arts, a war between the nation of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear and the Malkuth Empire is waged in hopes of bringing the Score's foreseen utopia to life.

Tales of the Abyss follows Luke von Fabre, who spends his days locked away in his manor after being kidnapped and losing memories as a child. One day, while honing his swordsmanship, a woman named Tear attempts to assassinate his master. Luke defends him, but the clash results in the two being teleported to a distant land. Luke and Tear’s journey back quickly escalates into a quest that will either free the world from the Score's chains or destroy it completely.


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Characters & Voice Actors


Kodama, Kenji
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Ogura, Hirofumi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Satou, Teruo
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director


Opening Theme

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"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)

Jul 18, 2009
Goldeneyeuro (All reviews)
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
Apr 29, 2009
Takarian (All reviews)
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
Jun 29, 2009
D5 (All reviews)
Overall, this anime would fit the bill as "mediocre". False hope, plus the excellent experiences with the Tales of xxx franchise (e.g. Tales of Phantasia fan-translations on SNES and PlayStation) kept me interested... but the operative word was "false".

I won't summarize the story, or explain why it was "dreadful" for me. Rather, I'll tell you why I hate this: there was potential for greatness, but from the very beginning, major details ruined it.

Annoying characters, huge plot holes, directing which seemed to not take itself seriously, personalities which are easily interchangeable, and no sense of "suspended disbelief".

Nothing in this anime was worth the time read more
Sep 13, 2013
Megamean09 (All reviews)
"I'm not living for anyone else. There's no meaning in living. When I sensed my own death, I wanted to live. I know now. That's all I needed."

Being an adaptation of a video game, ToA has to balance between two things:
1: It has to remain true and accurate to the source material for the diehard fans who are watching it for the label, while also
2: Keeping the storytelling format interesting to the viewers who've never played the game.
And I feel this anime has managed a balance between the two that you rarely see in any kind of adaptation. I give my feedback on the two read more

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