The 26-episode anime adaptation of the classic PS2 action-RPG is released online for free by publisher Bandai Namco.
Tales fans can revisit the world of Auldrant for the low price of free, thanks to Bandai Namco’s YouTube channel.
The video game publisher has announced that it will upload all 26 episodes of the animated adaptation of Tales from the Abyss on YouTube to celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of the official channel of the franchise. The first episode is available to stream now, and the company will release an additional episode of the series every week. The second episode is set to air on January 1. The anime is available with its original track in Japanese with English subtitles.
Tales from the Abyss began in 2005 as an action-RPG for the Sony Playstation 2. The game was praised for its addictive combat but criticized for the narrative’s reliance on genre cliches and slow pace. Despite this, there remain more of the most beloved entries within the franchise. A port for the Nintendo 3DS was released in 2011, which added stereoscopic 3D graphics and touchscreen shortcuts to the game. Both versions of the game were commercially successful; the original PS2 version sold over 700,000 copies upon release, and Namco boasted that it had to reprint the 3DS version “three or four” times to keep up with continued demand for the title.
The anime adaptation of the game premiered in 2008 and was produced by Sunrise, the animation studio behind the Mobile Suit Gundam series and cowboy bebop. The anime was directed by Kenji Kodama, an industry veteran who is best known for his work on numerous entries in the city hunter and Case closed (Detective Conan) franchises. The anime features many of the same voice actors that were in the game. Many more Tales games have also been adapted into anime, including those from 2003 Symphony Tales and 2008 Tales of Vesperia.
The last Tales animated series, Tales of Luminaria, is set to premiere in Japan on January 21, 2022. This entry in the series is based on a mobile game of the same name and will be animated through the use of shaded CG. The series is produced by Kamikaze Douga, an animation studio known for its expertise in CG and which has previously worked on the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure anime, as well as Disney+ star wars anthology series, Visions. the Tales of Luminaria The game is available now on iOS and Android devices, while Funimation has announced that it will stream the anime series outside of Japan.
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