With the first part being less than great and the second being a fair bit better, the third and final part to the Tales of Symphonia story, and thankfully it makes for a nice conclusion.
The Short Version:
(+)A satisfying end to the series.
(+)The characters come full circle
(+)Sound is again back to form
(-)Yet more Houdini characters (They appear then disappear)
The Story (8/10): This is the point were the overarching story that begun in part one and was in the background for the entirety of part two, reaches it's ultimate climax and my god is it good. Having more modified than change the original objective, the span of the story has increased while somehow feeling as focused as it was in part two. Surprisingly, there is a theme within the story, and it's a problem that still exists in our actual world. Prejudice. This question makes think for a little bit in-between all the drama and such, and it's refreshing for this series, that previously didn't really have a question or meaning at all, tackling a concept that is so prevalent and obvious in today's society. (Although I have a problem with one scene that has really out of place humor)
The Characters (8/10): With the entire cast already having plenty of previous screen time, each of them individually feel like proper characters (In my review for part one I said, "None of these characters can hold the show by themselves." I take that back for this part.) As for what comes with the conclusion of any given anime, revelations between characters are made, every secret is revealed, and the villains motives are brought to light, which in the case of this anime are actually rather grounded compared to other extreme examples (I'd compare the final goal to Lelouch's from Code Geass). The villain himself though believes in 'the ends justify the means' approach to things.
The Art and Sound (8/10 & 7/10): The art just keeps getting better as this series wears on, it is much more standard for ufotable if still a bit downgraded, but it is an improvement from the previous entry. (I'm pretty sure this is because the upped their game with their lighting and shadows).
The sound is also an improvement from the last entry, the OP has again to the level of part ones but it's more akin to modern day OP's with the momentary rapid score then slowly down to a more steady pace before picking back up as the episode name pops up, the ED is still on the same level as the previous two though, just with up-tempo vocals this time. Everything else when it comes to sound is good enough to be considered standard but nothing really jumped out at me and made me say, "That one part was great."
What do I think of this anime?
This was a fitting ending to the series, it's just a shame that you have to go through two lackluster entries to get here. I can not suggest buying this series, it would be preferable to stream the entire show.
Would I recommend this anime?
Yes, without a doubt. I still highly recommend that you go back to the start and work your way back up to this point, but yes. Please watch this show. Just remember, since this is a threequel, you'll have to watch the first two parts of it in order to get here, and they're not really the best material to watch.
Goodbye my brethren, see you in the next one.read more
Tales of Symphonia is my favorite Tales game( My first) i have ever played. Thanks to Tales of Symphonia i have gotten into the Tales series and have played most of all the Tales games out there--even the Japanese versions. : ) Tales of Symphonia: Sekai Tougou Hen or Tales of Symphonia World's United is the third and final OVA of the Tales of Symphoia The Animation. This takes place after the Tethe'alla arc.As you may know Lloyd and the others are now trying to unite both Sylverant and Tethe'alla as one to prevent the Mana of both worlds from being depleted, As seen in the opening song( which is the most beautiful song ever) we get to see Kratso, Yuan, Martel, and Mithos and the whole Derrs Kharlan war incident that happened with them.
Exact same art as the game version, What else can i say : )
Opening song "Honto Uso (ホ・ン・ト・ウ・ソ)" by Me. OMG i cried watching this opening T__T Most beautiful opening I have ever seen. I haven't seen the ending theme yet as i haven't finished watching the first eps. I shall reedit this part out.
I like how they portrayed the characters here in the anime then the game
Tales Fan can really enjoy this series. New fans of Tales can too also. I love the entire Tales series. read more
**A few minor spoilers mentioned; indicated by a series of asterisks before and after**
This is gunna be a review of the entire series, including the Sylvarant and Tethe'alla arcs.
Honestly, nothing is more painful than having to write a review for a mediocre anime adaptation of your favourite video game of all time...oh boy, here we go.
So, the best way to describe this series would be to say that I feel like the script for it was written by a parent who watched their child play the game a lot growing up. They kinda just threw random bits and pieces of events together, in no specific order, that took place in the game (and random shit they made up, as well), and thought it was good enough to make a successful show out of. Spoiler: it wasn't.
The ONLY reason I've scored this show so high is because of the nostalgia behind it. Tales of Symphonia was my first Tales game, and my first game that can be categorized as a true JRPG. This game opened up a whole new realm of gaming to me that I never knew really existed, and it holds a special place in my heart. The characters, the story, the music (in the game, anyway) are fantastic. The anime is pretty meh overall, though.
Sylvarant Arc (6/10):
So...it started off decently. But it quickly went downhill when I realized they had no clue what they were doing. Halfway through the first episode or whenever, when Lloyd fights Forcystus, was when I knew they were not gunna be following the game too well, as the battle with Forcystus in game doesn’t happen until the end of the first disc (yes, the game is 2 discs long). A few other things followed the game here and there, but overall the Sylvarant arc was quite a mess, since they completely left out pretty much everything that happens in Palmacosta and Asgard (a couple towns they visit in game). Thankfully it didn’t get too much worse after this arc.
Tethe’alla Arc (7/10):
This arc started off kinda bad. The amount of unnecessary scenes at the beginning of it was astounding. Zelos doing random shit that takes up way too much time, and also the part where they just...show up at Altessa’s house. There was no real scene that flowed into that. It’s just one minute they’re in Meltokio, and then they’re at Altessa’s. And Presea shows up out of nowhere, and then you hear of Altessa’s backstory, that which most of it never really happened in game. *****Him breaking his own hand? What the fuck?*****
Let’s also not forget my personal favourite stupid part: *****when Lloyd and friends are fighting Yggdrasill in the mines*****. This, first of all, never happened. Second, Yggdrasill was supposed to have been introduced during the Tower of Salvation scene in the Sylvarant arc, but they decided to include a fight between Kratos and Yuan instead of that (even though that was so ridiculously non canon). And thirdly (and most importantly), their realization for how badly they fucked up the story to that point, that they decided to *****give Yggdrasill the power to stop time itself (which I’m like 99% sure he couldn’t do in game) so that he could capture Colette (because she was supposed to be in the hands of the Desians at that point already but they never included it).*****
Also the part with them fighting the dragons on their way to Rodyle *****in order to rescue Colette***** was pretty ridiculous, too. They tried to make it cool but it was too farfetched to be believable. Presea can’t fly, okay? I know she was free falling and whatever, jumping from Rheaird to Rheaird but no, that doesn’t happen if you’re fighting something in midair. You would fall to your death. (There was another scene similar to this in the final arc and it was just as ridiculous).
This arc does deserve some praise, though. The Regal and Presea part was awesome. The whole backstory with them and Alicia was a really great part of the game, but sadly they didn’t delve deep enough into that part in the game itself. So seeing all of it animated was pretty fantastic...and heartbreaking. The part with Sheena and Volt was amazing, as well. That was always one of my favourite parts of the game. Also would have been cool if they’d shown Sheena forming pacts with all the other Summon Spirits, too. That didn’t make the cut, though.
But yeah, overall this arc was muuuch better than the first. The main reason being that, in general, more exciting things happen once they arrive in Tethe’alla, since the game does start off a tad slow in Sylvarant.
United World Arc (7/10):
Not much to say about this arc without revealing pretty big spoilers. So I’ll just say, overall, it wasn’t too bad. There were definitely some key details that were left out that I would have loved to see, as well as a lot of things that happened out of order (certain things should have taken place during the Tethe’alla arc, but were pushed back to this arc). However, despite those problems, they still did a pretty good job at not messing up the final arc too bad. The bit where they beat the final boss, while sorta rushed and not exactly how I was hoping it would go, turned out fine. And the last words spoken by the boss were word for word what they were in the game, and remains to be one of my favourite quotes to this day:
*****”Farewell, my shadow. You who stand at the end of the path I chose not to follow.”*****
That bit was pretty satisfying, to be honest.
After beating the final boss, everything was wrapped up pretty nicely. Decently enough for me to not completely hate this anime like I did during the Sylvarant arc (god that was painful).
So, there you have it. Overall not tooooo bad, but still could have been way better than it turned out. Like, look, I get it. I absolutely get it. It’s a long ass game to compact into 11 episodes, at 40ish minutes each. But I feel like they didn't even try in a lot of parts. The complete lack of explanation for half the things happening is ridiculous. This series could have been really amazing. I have yet to watch the Tales of the Abyss series, but I’ve read reviews saying it’s everything Symphonia could and should have been.
Tl;dr, don't watch this show if you've never played the game. I mean geez, I played the game through about 10 times, and even I had no clue what was going on in certain parts. You may think that the story is great if you’ve never played it, and be like “wow what a great adaptation this is 10/10 quality”, but you have NO idea. They literally threw the game out the window and just started making shit up in a lot of parts. If you want the actual canon, amazing, PERFECT story that is Tales of Symphonia, PLAY THE GAME. This series does not do it justice at all. And yeah, it’s about 80 hours long if you do a decent amount of side quests. Much less if you just do the bare minimum, though. It’s much more worth your time than this barely decent show.read more