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Tales of the Abyss – 09

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Summary:

When Luke regains his senses, he finds himself viewing the world through Asch’s eyes while his own body is still unconscious. Asch explains that Luke is a perfect replica, and because of this, they can connect through their Fon Slots. Luke’s Fon Slots were opened to Asch back when Luke got kidnapped briefly at Choral Castle. Asch isn’t happy that Luke is his replica, and in his anger, he steps menacingly towards Luke’s unconscious body, but Mieu stops him. When Asch leaves Luke’s room, he runs into Natalia who asks him if he remembers her, however Asch moves on without answering. Asch then joins the others in a meeting with Tear’s grandfather Teodoro – the mayor – about how to get back to the surface. Teodoro explains that the Tartarus can do so by stimulating and extending Akzeriuth’s Sephiroth Tree one last time, and so the group prepares to leave. Tear decides to stay behind, so only Jade, Guy, Anise, Ion, Natalia, and Asch set out.

They are successful in getting back to the Outer Lands, and afterward, Asch directs the group to a laboratory in Belkend that Van frequents. There, they find a man named Spinoza who had been involved in the original kidnapping and the creation of Asch’s replica. Spinoza recognizes Jade as the father of fomicry, and although the two talk about how diverting fomicry to living creatures is prohibited, Spinoza claims that he was only helping with Van’s preservation project. He manages to escape via a special door, but Jade finds a clue on Spinoza’s desk that points to the Ortion Cavern where a mineral needed to produce replicas is found. Guy, however, decides to leave the group at this point because he’s concerned about Luke. He knows that the real Luke is Asch, but he considers his friend to be the replica Luke, so he heads off to a spot that Asch knows Luke will have to pass through if Luke intends to return to the Outer Lands.

Natalia thinks that Asch should stop Guy, and she refers to him as Luke, but Asch tells her not to call him by that name. That night, Asch has a dream about his struggles after being kidnapped and how he returned home to find his replica being supported by his old friends and family. After waking from this, Asch goes onto the deck of the Tartarus and runs into Jade, and Asch feels that blaming Jade for something from their past wouldn’t change anything. The ship soon arrives at the Ortion Cavern, and the group finds a fomicry research facility there. On one of the computers, Asch finds large-scale replica information on the residents of the destroyed island of Hod, and Natalia thinks that Van might want to revive Hod. Right around this time, the entire cavern starts shaking, and Asch has to save Natalia from being crushed by the machinery. He suspects that the earthquake was from another area falling due to the Sephiroth Tree that Luke destroyed, and Jade thinks that Van’s goal is the collapse of the Outer Lands. Asch knows that the city of St. Binah is next, and he chooses this point to cut Luke off from sharing what he sees.

Because of that, Luke wakes up back in Yulia City with Mieu by his side. He hears Tear’s singing, and he finds her in the flower garden outside his room. He tells Tear about what he learned and feels that he has to return to the Outer Lands, but Tear questions what he’ll do to prevent St. Binah from collapsing. She feels that he’s letting other people’s words control him and isn’t trying to understand anything for himself, and Luke realizes that she’s right. He wants to change, but Tear wonders how he’s going to do so with the weight of all those who died at Akzeriuth on his shoulders. Unsure, Luke claims that he’d be willing to die if it would bring back Akzeriuth, but he’ll start for now with what he’s able to do. Tear is unconvinced that Luke truly understands, so to prove that he’s serious about changing, Luke borrows her knife and cuts his hair with it. He bids farewell to the person he’s been up until now, and he tells Tear to watch him from now on as he changes.

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Wait, wasn’t Asch mere seconds away from killing Luke last week when the episode ended? How the hell did we go from that to this week’s opening of Luke unconscious and seeing stuff from Asch’s point of view? It’s not like Asch suddenly had a huge change of heart about Luke, or if he did, he certainly didn’t show it (he even went after Luke again, only to be stopped only by Mieu). I wasn’t expecting him to kill Luke – and indeed much of this episode portrayed Asch in a more positive light – but it was an interesting cliffhanger nonetheless, and the lack of transition ruined it. Speaking of transitions, there was more jumping around locations this week. It was a bit too easy the way the Tartarus was able to get out of Qliphoth, and then in the very next scene, they’re all of the sudden at a port and then at Belkend. At least during the trip to the cavern, we actually saw them at sea in transition.

As for Luke, he’s finally bearable to watch again – in the sense that he’s no longer being an asshole or whiny at every turn – and now that he’s cut his hair to demonstrate that he’s going to change, I imagine he’ll be shown much more favorably in the weeks to come. It seems weird though that both he and Asch would be good guys at the same time, and there’s always the implicit conflict that Luke stole Asch’s life, so I suspect either one of them will die/disappear or they’ll end up on opposite sides again. For the time being, it looks like Luke will join back up with the group, and Asch isn’t shown at all in the preview.

November 22, 2008 at 11:32 pm
32 comments »
  • November 22, 2008 at 11:33 pmTukuya

    FIRST

  • November 22, 2008 at 11:39 pmashido

    oiq

  • November 22, 2008 at 11:41 pmReika Noko

    Wait, they didn’t copy the scene from the game at the end? Oh man. That made it look more epic…

  • November 22, 2008 at 11:45 pmaurielle

    He cut it! He cut it!? Yea ^^

  • November 23, 2008 at 12:07 amAeneid

    Oh, this part is better than the game. ^^

    They’ve elaborated more on Asch’s hatred towards Luke for stealing everything from him. In the game, he kept on reiterating it, but it was a good move on the part of the one who heads this series to insert that backstory in the anime. The ToA Gaiden had this part as well, but it focused more on Asch’s transformation from the Baticul noble to a God-General.

    I look forward to watching this! :D

  • November 23, 2008 at 12:27 amKit-Tsukasa

    about right time for things to shift to 2nd portion of the game…I liked how they dwelled on Asch’s capture though since they didn’t do anything in the game too clarify what happened that time. The question now is how will they pace this part since it can either be extremely long, or relatively short (as in lots of jumping around)

    @Omni: the sudden transition from last episode to this episode is because in the game, you had the option of beating Asch here or losing to him with Luke. In the end, Luke passes out from the mental shock of the following: Van betraying him, taking the lives of hundreds/thousands unintentionally, realizing that he was a total asshole to the party, that he is a replica of Asch, and in the end, betrayed by everyone he knows. As for the jumping around from qliphoth to surface to port…because nothing really happened…honestly speaking even if they tried putting a scene here, I don’t know what they could have possibly done.

  • November 23, 2008 at 12:34 amPrecise Moment

    luke finally realized his idiocy but in my opinion its even more painful to watch his attitude now (if the anime portrays it well) then before the events. it wouldnt surprise me if they skipped the entirety of the spring they need to go through to reach the outer lands, but i dont think they will skip it since there is some character development with Guy but who knows what will happen. in any case so far the anime has done a pretty good job with staying consistent with the game, im interested to see how they portray Luke and his new attitude because honestly in the game it got extremely irritating especially near the end (without spoiling)

  • November 23, 2008 at 12:40 amPeanutbutter003

    Poor Asch. I almost shed a tear there.

  • November 23, 2008 at 1:13 amMegas

    Hopefully, Asch doesn’t degress as much as he does in the game. His story is epic to say the least. They definitely embellished the last scene a bit but I enjoyed that one more than the game. Luke isn’t BSing at all when it came to his changing & everything. Too bad as Luke got better, everyone else got worse…especially Asch, Natalia, & Tear.

    This episode really ticked me off in general, except for the end. They skipped around far too much & I had to watch it twice just to understand what was going on. Hopefully this isn’t a trend for what’s to come.

  • November 23, 2008 at 1:25 ammiken-chan

    (Uguuu, that flashback~ I remember working on it for the Asch Gaiden chapter of the manga, it was very touching~)

    This episode pretty much epitomises why I like Asch more than “Luke”. His reason for opposing Luke is solid because of his experiences, even though his reason for following Van is still shaky.

    Gaaah, the haircut scene — I still wish that an instrumental verison of Karma would’ve played there. Of course, Sunrise wouldn’t want to steal the scene straight from Production I.G. so I can understand why.

  • November 23, 2008 at 1:31 ammango

    tear and luke scene!

  • November 23, 2008 at 4:04 amChimasternmay

    the change has come, will be better to watch Luke now. nice… yeah Gundam later…

  • November 23, 2008 at 4:35 amGummi

    But wont Asch and Luke become mortal enemys or arent they mortal enemys? that they will fight to the death or something???? I havent played the game so i dont know.

  • November 23, 2008 at 4:36 amChimasternmay

    something like tat, but it gets f__

  • November 23, 2008 at 6:52 amFloma

    Yeah, the third time they save Natalia. In the game she only trips… =__=
    Haircut scene on the game:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H4O1JIb-ZI

  • November 23, 2008 at 7:22 amMegas

    @Gummi: You really don’t want to know. It gets really screwy at the end while everything goes south. Hell, it even gets mushy so I won’t try to recollect it.

  • November 23, 2008 at 8:35 amCrucia

    This is gonna get so complicated later on. At least they showed Asch’s flashback when he was captured…or something. Although I luv the Natalia x Asch moment ^^;

  • November 23, 2008 at 8:50 amSilentmanX

    It would be interesting if Natalia & Asch get hooked, since Natalia was Asch’s first love interest when he was still Luke

  • November 23, 2008 at 9:09 amAiras

    Asch is actually a Tsundere lol :)
    He never tries to kill people seriously….. otherwise he would attack Luke while he was a defenseless whelp living in Baticul.

  • November 23, 2008 at 11:52 amarietta

    where is dist ? I’m waiting for him !!

  • November 23, 2008 at 1:54 pmMieu

    Wow! I’m so cute in this episode!

  • November 23, 2008 at 4:41 pmtacdo

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • November 24, 2008 at 4:41 amPutang

    y’know… I dunno but I keep getting this weird feeling someone important is gonna die in those couple arrangements and totally screw things up o_o…

  • November 24, 2008 at 11:28 amGP

    @tacdo

    You’re half wrong there.

  • November 25, 2008 at 9:45 amjitensha

    tear stopped asch from killing luke and ended up unconscious in the yulia city. His consciousness has been actually connected to asch after that and that enable him to see what asch sees. as far as i remember. (asch and luke both have the convenient telecommunications network)

  • November 27, 2008 at 11:09 amLuminos

    @ tacdo
    I just put on a little hope that the anime gonna be like that. But, the fact, it is about 0.001% chance that will be like you said.

  • November 27, 2008 at 11:21 amPhelps

    I prefer the original game version of the scene where Luke cuts his hair, mainly because of the music. Someone postes the english version, japanese one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6ANYzSUvmU&feature=related

  • November 27, 2008 at 2:51 pmjho

    yea, i don’t know how the heck he ended up in bed. i was like did i miss something?

    but seriously thank goodness his attitude changed. i was mad sick of it.

  • November 27, 2008 at 7:15 pmKCdusky

    Heh, I’ve always loved watching Luke more than Asch in the game but now I better understand why Asch is so angry and sympathize for him more than I used to. I wonder why we have to choose which guy we like better because I like them both; I just like Luke a bit more. I’m SO happy that he cut his hair so he doesn’t have to be “the” asshole anymore. Of course, he’s still going to feel insecure but you can’t really blame him; he’s growing up pretty fast for a 7 year old. A lot of people like to complain about characters being “emo” or whatnot when they’re going through problems they couldn’t even imagine having.

  • November 28, 2008 at 12:12 amlavarock

    Great episode!! I really liked the way they added a bit backstory to Asch’s kidnapping.

  • November 28, 2008 at 1:44 pmkamikazekaito

    grrrrr! lukes hair cut scene was good but….they didnt put the music in! thats like my fav music in the game! well i guess it doesnt matter ..>_>
    OH BUT! anyone looking forward to the hug scene with **** and ****? (people who played the game! u know who im talking about it :3)

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