Tales of Zestiria the X – 18
Well it appears Zestiria has finally decided to return to the storyline. After a several episodes devoted to Rose, Sorey is once again the focus of things as we receive a good dose of backstory and some finalizing development for our assassin girl. Having Rose become Sorey’s squire is a fitting conclusion I think, as it nicely ties up her plot arc while giving her a lasting position in the remainder of the story. Rose can now see Dezel and the rest, use her abilities to further her “defense of the weak” objective, and put to rest her tribulations arising from the whole revenge plot with Konan. Also helps that Rose’s prior assassin work was not condemned, but simply reinforced as the wrong solution for the world’s current predicament.
The bigger reveals—at least for me—this week though revolved around the comments on the origins of Malevolence and additional details on the Shepherd’s power. It seems Tales of Berseria will be tied through verbal snippets rather than full episodes this time around, as Berseria’s main plot is basically given away through Emperor Doran. It’s nice knowing that Malevolence’s origins are verified as emotions, with one man in the far past responsible for sealing away emotions in all but one person—Velvet Crowe. Besides arguably spoiling Berseria, this scene does illuminate a few options regarding Sorey’s fate as Shepherd, as it suggests he cannot fully eradicate Malevolence from the world. If Sorey cannot prevent Malevolence, what will he do? This would be an interesting dilemma as it’s the logical conclusion from all the revealed pieces so far. Given that Sorey is already musing over the possibility, I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out.
What I do know, however, is that the conclusion reached will likely not be the same as the game’s. It appears that Zestiria has gone anime original at this stage, with Sorey purifying a—albeit dead—dragon, which I believe was previously mentioned as impossible. Of course he had the assistance of Rose, but it does open the door to an anime original ending. I am still unconvinced Zestiria can tie the whole thing up in six episodes, but I’m more confident regarding the story than I was last week. Helping that belief is the knowledge that Alisha will be returning to the party next week, and as Sorey’s squire to boot—at least for the moment. I honestly expected Alisha would fall off in favour of Rose given Sorey could not hear her voice earlier, but in a way it does make sense. With Rose and Alisha both, Sorey can quickly run through problems much like the dragon here without necessarily feeling rushed. Given what’s left in the story—I gave in and spoiled myself on the plot :P—that just might be the pace of things going forward. Hard asking for much more considering what we have received so far.