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OP2 Sequence

OP2: 「White Light」by Superfly

「災厄のはじまり」 (Saiyaku no Hajimari)
“The Beginning of the Calamity”

And now for something different: Tales of Berseria. I completely forgot that we were going to get a 2 episode tie-in with this Zestiria anime, so I was a little taken aback when we opened up in a completely different location with brand new characters. Once I had refreshed my memory I was able to get back into the swing of things and appreciate this short adaptation/advertisement of the latest addition to the Tales series for what it was. It is a little jarring and a sudden jump, and recycling the old Tales of Zestiria game opening for this episode felt like padding (though it did get my hyped up for the rest of the series), but overall I thought this was a solid episode. It’s worth in the long run, however, will be decided by how relevant these two episodes end up being.

All I know is the Berseria game shares the same universe to Zestiria and takes place 400 years earlier – so while we’re not going to see these characters crossing over on-screen. I’d like if we at least got some tie-in to the anime’s story. If not, this is just a shameless advertisement that will feel awkward in hindsight and something I’d advise skipping to new viewers. What has me concerned is that there didn’t seem to be any crossover in the terminology or mythos. This episode had Daemons, Malakim, and Exorcists – none of which have appeared in Zestiria yet, to the best of my knowledge. And since we’re not going to get a full adaptation of this story – but rather just an introduction to new viewers and potential buyers of the game – I’m skeptical whether this will work in the anime’s favour. But there’s one more episode of this new content before we can make that call; for now, let’s see what we have here…

We’ve switched to the story of Velvet Crowe (Satou Rina), a prisoner who gets a little help from Seres (Arai Satomi), a mysterious Malak, and Rokurou Rangetsu (Kishio Daisuke), a human-turned-daemon; together, these three spend the episode threatening each other, cutting down evil monsters, and finding a way out of this prison so they can fulfil their personal quests. If I had to pick, I think Velvet would have to be the standout of the bunch – I almost wish she was the protagonist of the series; she’s got a sharp tongue and a passion for killing, which is very different from Sorey. Seres’s design is cool, but she didn’t show much personality, and Rokurou didn’t stick around long enough to leave an impression. In saying that, I suspect if we got a full adaptation of this story I’d praise the cast a lot more, as I’ve heard the characters in Berseria are one of the strongest points of the game, at least compared to Zestiria.

Overall, I’d say this was a solid introduction to this new scenario, though there wasn’t too much to sink your teeth into yet. I do hope this links to the current story in some way; if not, and if it could have been as its own two episode OVA series, then that’s how it should have been released. At the very least, Velvet Crowe is a memorable lead, and I’m genuinely curious to see how she will react when she meets the man she hates so much. The glimmers of her past seemed brutal, so if that translates in their reunion (if we even get to that point), that will allow ufotable to prove why they’re one of the best in the business.


ED2 Sequence

ED2: 「calling」 by fhána


August 7, 2016 at 4:31 pm
  • August 7, 2016 at 4:50 pmBlahto

    Laphicet?? I thought she introduce herself as Seres??

    • August 7, 2016 at 5:04 pmSamu

      My bad, fixed.

  • August 7, 2016 at 5:38 pmAsh

    The terminology used is meant to be the apocryphal precursors to Zestiria’s:

    Daemon = Hellion
    Malakim = Seraphim
    Exorcist = Shepard

    Seeing as 400 years is a bit of stretch for an entire civilisation to be forgotten and relegated into myth I imagine they are trying to show the origins of the ruins and of the established myths in Zestiria, and Besiria will conclude with some civilisation shattering event to allow for Zestiria’s interpretation of the past.

    I’ve played Tales of Zestiria but am unfamiliar with Beseria, most of the above is my own extrapolation.

    • August 7, 2016 at 6:42 pmKim Pine

      Berseria releases August 17th in JP, and sometime Q1 2017 for NA/EU, so no one really knows much about Berseria at the moment.

    • August 7, 2016 at 11:45 pmWorldwidedepp

      The different names could be explained with that they are from an other country, so they have other names for them.

      example (wikipedia):

      A seraph (/ˈsɛr.əf/, “the burning one”; pl. seraphs or seraphim /ˈsɛr.ə.fɪm/, in the King James Version also seraphims (plural); Hebrew: שָׂרָף śārāf, plural שְׂרָפִים śərāfîm; Latin: seraphim and seraphin (plural), also seraphus (-i, m.);[1] Greek: σεραφείμ serapheím) is a type of celestial or heavenly being in Christianity and Judaism.

      So perhaps we have here the same

      But yeah, they new names could be right

      • August 7, 2016 at 11:48 pmWorldwidedepp

        example Malak:

        In Judaism an angel (Hebrew: מַלְאָךְ‎‎ malakh, plural malakhim) is a messenger of God, an angelic envoy or an angel in general who appears throughout the Hebrew Bible, Rabbinic literature, and traditional Jewish liturgy. Angels in Judaism are categorized in different hierarchies.

        So they done their Homework

        So Malakim and Seraphim are both the same meaning, Angels. Just in different “cultures” or Language

    • August 15, 2016 at 7:52 ama745

      I don’t think there would be much of a civilization to overthrow given that Berseria and Zestiria happen in different parts of their world. Zestiria takes place exclusively in the continent of Glenwood, which is in the middle of their world. Berseria, on the other hand, takes place in the area outside of the Glenwood continent, aka the “Wasteland.”

  • August 7, 2016 at 6:54 pmnyanlol

    i just took a look at the normal intro sequence again. black haired girl (who’s design i totally dig by the way) is almost definitely fighting sorey. her black magic divebombing into his blue magic

  • August 7, 2016 at 7:52 pmboingman

    To me the man on the boat doesn’t look like the person that Velvet holds a grudge against. Maybe a case of linking to the wrong screenshot?

    Oh, so that video at the end was the game opening?
    It makes the girl with red hair (forgot her name) look more important than the impressions gained from the anime so far. She can tranform as well (possibly another Shepard?) and is standing und right next to Sorey.

    • August 7, 2016 at 8:39 pmKim Pine

      Like you said, I don’t know why they’d cut to him when they mentioned Artorius, because it isn’t him.

      http://randomc.net/image/Tales%20of%20Zestiria%20the%20X/Tales%20of%20Zestiria%20the%20X%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2026.jpg is Artorius

      • August 8, 2016 at 7:51 amKurik

        Speculating here….The blonde we see on the boat is the boy Velvet thought was killed…..that’s my thinking anyways…It makes sense to add that’twist’ in the show….

      • August 8, 2016 at 11:43 amSamu

        It’s very strange for them to cut to another character when talking about Artorius the whole time. It leads to confusion…

      • August 10, 2016 at 9:14 amtheirs

        Speculation here, perhaps Artorius took over his body? Still wonder why Seres says he can still be killed.

      • August 10, 2016 at 11:02 amNishizawa Mihashi

        Y’know, I actually had the same idea in that Artorius took over the boy’s body and made it his. Though whether that’s true or not depends on what’s revealed in episode 6, and of course, the game as well.

    • August 10, 2016 at 10:19 amGray.

      Oscar is probably the 1st Boss Fight in the game.

  • August 7, 2016 at 9:19 pmVermillion

    I have 0 problem with them using White Light OP. That thing is cash.

    But yeah, putting Berseria right here seem kinda weird.

  • August 7, 2016 at 10:32 pmKerozenpy

  • August 7, 2016 at 11:12 pmKabble

    Tales Of Zestiria The X?
    More like ‘Tales of Zestiria The X…cuse me where the hell did Sorey and Mikleo go?’
    I wouldn’t have been so taken aback if this had come first, to be very frank…but I understand that it’d be a bit weird to start the show off with a prequel that clearly could stand alone as its own series from the looks of it…people wouldn’t warm up to the real MCs as properly…
    Oh well, I’ll take it for what it is for now.

    This new OP is just glorious

    • August 8, 2016 at 4:24 amiron2000

      The ‘X’ in the title is pronounced as ‘cross’
      So the title is read as “Tales Of Zestiria The Cross”.

  • August 8, 2016 at 4:31 amtsukiyo

    It felt like I was watching another series

  • August 8, 2016 at 5:03 amGoodwill Wright

    I think I need to get my priorities straight, but the breasts in this episode were glorious~

  • August 8, 2016 at 5:27 amFLuck

    So is Velvet the precursor to The Lord Of Calamity? but its weird that when she sleeps its like the substance inside her is purified? blue like the shepherd power

    • August 8, 2016 at 6:18 ambassgs435

      Maybe that blue substance is meant to weaken her demonic powers and put her to sleep when they don’t need her to kill demons.

    • August 8, 2016 at 7:09 amWorldwidedepp

      or Velvet’s blue power are the light, that prevent her to fallen into the darkness

  • August 8, 2016 at 7:07 amVaans

    Velvet is hot.

    I this should have been a separate series from Zestiria. Because this is awesome in itself.

    • August 8, 2016 at 7:44 amGoodwill Wright

      Right? Although Seres has a pretty killer body as well. Be nice to see her without the mask.

  • August 8, 2016 at 7:43 amShawn

    24 episodes are way too short for the story they want to tell

    • August 8, 2016 at 11:55 amSamu

      Really? Zestiria must be a massive game if 2-cours isn’t enough to adapt it. Surely they will be able to cover all of the material and then some?

      • August 8, 2016 at 12:21 pmWorldwidedepp

        well, if the “modify” Alisha’s way, then 24 episodes can be short at the current pacing. Yes

  • August 8, 2016 at 7:51 amSilentcrab

    Hey Samu the guy Velvet hates is Artorius, the dude with a ponytail of sorts stabbing the kid with his sword and the red moon in the background. The guy whose pic you linked is Oscar…

    • August 8, 2016 at 11:53 amSamu

      Yeah, that seems to be the case. I only came to that conclusion because of how the entire episode built up this villain and them implied she was going to confront Artorius in person.

  • August 8, 2016 at 10:09 amDorian S.

    Well, I’m so glad that everything in Zestiria is the same in Berseria, just said differently. 400 years is enough time to have occurred that names can easily change. Sure, these two episodes are an advertisement for Velvet’s Berseria but everything in it makes sense. Though I’m betting that Berseria is going to reveal something that necessitates a need for a third game in the series.

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  • August 8, 2016 at 2:53 pmGray.

    White Light!!
    they used the same shots from the game too.

    i’ve played Berseria’s demo and the skits on that game play differently.
    but for the preview they sticked with the traditional version from previous games.

    • August 10, 2016 at 1:08 amNishizawa Mihashi

      You mean to say that the new OP sequence is an edit of Zestiria’s OP? That’s awesome, no wonder the editing and shots used were superb. BTW, was White Light Zestiria’s OP song as well? For I believe it to be very reflective of the grand, sweeping, epic narrative of the Tales series as a whole.

      • August 10, 2016 at 9:31 amGray.

        Yes, White Light is the game’s Opening.
        They used the exact same song and shots from the game OP here.

  • August 10, 2016 at 9:08 amtheirs

    Really thought I was watching the wrong anime, but it was interesting enough to watch till the ending. Considering this is still related to Zestiria and Velvet actually does show up in the opening, I guess it’s safe to say it is still related to the main story. Right?

    Otherwise, using two episodes as an advertisement for a game is getting a wee bit too creative on the marketing side. Funny enough, I can’t say I’m disappointed. I agree, Velvet would make an interesting protagonist. Come on Sorey, step up as an MC.

  • August 13, 2016 at 10:20 amJaguar

    Had to skip this episode because i don’t want to spoiler the game :D