CONTAINS SPOILERS. View at your own risk.
This anime was an adaptation from the game “Tales of the Abyss” by Namco (Tales Studio), and 26 episodes long.
Tales of the Abyss takes place on Auldrant, a planet composed of elementary particles called Fonons(フォニム Fonimu?, Fonim in the Japanese version). For much of Auldrant’s history, only six fonons were known to exist, representing the elements of Shadow, Earth, Wind, Water, Fire and Light; but eventually a seventh fonon, controlling Sound, is discovered. Its discovery brings great chaos: using this newest Seventh Fonon allows one to read the future.
One such Seventh Fonist, Yulia Jue, an important religious figure in the game, puts in place a future for the world for thousands of years to come, with the promise of unlimited prosperity at its end. This prophecy of the future’s set path becomes known as the “Score” and is documented on “Fonstones” scattered throughout the world. The nations of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear and Malkuth have fought over the fragments of these tablets for generations, each uncovering them and hoping to discover the future before the other. Meanwhile, a holy order emerges dedicated to the reading of the Score and the keeping of the peace. This “Order of Lorelei” is headed by a Fon Master and maintains both religious/political and military branches. Finally, the Score and its promise of prosperity lead to a dangerous complacency within the general population of Auldrant; the slaughter of an entire people living on the island of Hod and the destruction of that landmass are countenanced because it was predicted in the Score.
Luke Fon Fabre, the young son of Duke Fabre of the Kimlasca Kingdom is the Light of the Sacred Flame, the scion of Lorelei’s power, destined to bring prosperity to Kimlasca. Since being kidnapped seven years ago by the Malkuth Empire, he has been kept confined to the Fabre family mansion. The shock of the kidnapping has erased all of Luke’s memories prior to the event. One fateful day, a mysterious woman breaks into the mansion and sets off a chain of events that drag Luke into the center of a massive conflict between those who would do anything to see the Score carried out, and those who would see it broken forever.
The game opens with Yulia Jue giving her reading of the Score, more specifically the significance of the birth of “the light of the sacred flame” (Luke). As Yulia ends her reading, the game is sent to the year ND2018, with Luke fon Fabre standing in his room, gazing up at the fonstones in the sky. As he turns to leave his room, he suddenly gets a headache, and with it, hears a mysterious voice. He had been getting these headaches since he was kidnapped seven years ago. His childhood memories were completely erased (at the time it was assumed to be amnesia) and he has had headaches ever since.
Honestly, throughout the series, my favorite characters were Luke Fon Fabre, Tear Grants and Asch. (And Mieu, of course.)
At first, you find Luke to be irritating because he’s extremely stubborn and thinks that the world revolves around himself because… he’s never been outside the kingdom! He was training with his “master”, Van Grants, when a girl suddenly appears to try and kill his master! Luke interferes, their fonons reacting and get blasted away along with the girl who is later known to be Tear Grants, Van’s sister. He later becomes acquaintances with Tear and is later… arrested.
But anyway, Luke is really irritating during the first half, and he’s really full of himself. I think…
showed a HUGE difference in Luke.
Speaking of which, I also loved Arietta… But… *Sighs* She died in the end, not knowing that the Fon Master she tried to protect wasn’t the real him… It was a replica. Like Luke is of Asch. This series was really good. I can’t really do reviews. I can only say what I like. :3 But I recommend it!