Star Ocean EX - The Inception (Vol. 1)
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Star Ocean EX chronicles Claude and Rena's journey to save the planet. Like most RPGs, these two travel to different towns and dungeons, recruit party members, gain information, and level up in terms of skills and abilities. Eventually, Claude and Rena form one big party to troop to the final boss' lair and attack. Having played the game prior to watching the anime is a double-edged sword. On one hand, I was very happy to see familiar characters and places -- so happy that I got the uncontrollable urge to pick up the game once more and play all the way through it for the fifth time. But on the other hand, this series is so closely based on the game that the story is basically the same. That about killed any sense of suspense or thrill for me because I already knew who Claude and Rena were going to meet, what was going to happen, and so forth.
The art and animation are nicely done. Character designs are beautiful and quite faithful to those you'd find in the game. Alas, Star Ocean EX's ending leaves something else to be desired. It's a big cliffhanger -- Claude realizes his self-worth, and everybody discovers that they still need to defeat some more baddies. The end. What the hell is up with that? I don't know if this is one way of telling me there's going to be a sequel but I was mighty pissed after sitting through all 26
eps and then being given THAT. On a more positive note, I really enjoyed how the characters were portrayed because their individual personalities really shone through in spite of everything.Read more ›
P.S. Anybody that finds the game should buy it too. It was the 2nd best RPG (next to Final Fantasy 7) released on PlayStation with like 86 (no joke) endings and maybe 60 hrs gameplay.
This show is older than the remake of course, so you have to expect there to be differences in translation (Heraldry instead of Symbolism, town names, ect.)
Character voices are good; if you didn't like Spike Spencer's Claude voice then you should be at ease with this more "surfer dude" sound in the anime. Rena looks so much better here than in the games, and Claude sports his Blue Sphere (the gba sequel) costume.
Two gripes I have with the series that I've seen thus far is the pronunciation of names and animation (or lack of). First, Claude is pronounced "Clewd" and Recis is pronounced "Preh-seas". Second, the animation is pretty amateur in some spots, like when Ronyx talks and his beard gets a little deformed. I'm kinda nitpicky I guess ;P
Overall, it's a fun series; though I've only seen up to volume 2. At episode 4 it really picks up when Celine comes in. The little love triangle between Claude and the two girls is hilarious, and my girlfriend who's not really into anime actually got into it. SO yeha, pick it up (it's cheap too lol)
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I took a chance with this anime. Boy was I surprised. I can't say much without giving the whole story away. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Ronald Ward
"Star Ocean EX - The Inception" is the first disk of a 6 disk series. The story slowly unravels as you watch more and more. Read morePublished on September 4, 2008 by TheFridgeNinja