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Tales of the Abyss: Asch the Bloody Volume 1 Paperback – August 23, 2011


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  • Series: Tales of the Abyss (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Bandai Entertainment; Tra edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604962984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604962987
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,842,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug B on February 7, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of Tales of the Abyss, prior to the release of this manga I had played the game and seen the anime in its entirety, and was super excited to pick up this manga. This covers about the first half of the TOTA story, and as you can figure out from the description, it is told from Asch the Bloody's point of view. This was a really nice read that didn't re-tell too much of the same material, and has a lot of the god-generals interactions which were not witnessed by the viewer in the game/anime(For example, when Tartarus is retaken, in the game and anime you're following it as the escapees fighting to take back the ship. In this manga, you're following the God-Generals as their plan to secure the ship is backfiring). However, this is not the "primary" story and for that reason I would not recommend reading this until you are already familiar with either the game or anime. There's just too much going on in the story that you won't be able to keep up with unless you've already seen what's going on in the "main" story. With that in mind, it's a really fun read and gives some nice insight into Asch's personality and motives outside of what the game/anime reveals. Now onto the next volume!
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I can't believe I missed this hidden gem for so long. If you've played Tales of the Abyss, you became an instant fan with its eclectic characters and intricate but riveting plot line. For Tales' fans, this manga is a perfect accompaniment to the video game.

So, why get this at all? What made this different from the anime and video game? The main attraction was instead of focusing on the heroes of the game, the manga revolved around the mysterious, ill-fated Asch the Bloody. We never got a chance to really understand Asch and his motivations. Don't worry if you think the manga is wholly one-sided. The manga switched back and forth between Luke's group and Asch at the appropriate moments to give different perspectives of the same events. This manga leads up to when Akzeruith was destroyed and the group found themselves in Yulia.

If you have never played the game before, I suggest you do. The manga does not delve deep into details and background. And for the uninitiated, it can be confusing with the "weird" terminology and actions. But if you don't want to play, you can read up on it beforehand (but it wouldn't be the same). The artwork was beautifully drawn and the panels were easy to read and follow. I have watched the anime as well and the plot stayed true to both the game and anime. Definitely pick this up book up if you are a fan of the game. Non-gamers might not find this their cup of tea. There aren't any extras. There are a couple of colored pages at the start. Considering the length and lack of extras, I suggest picking this up for a slightly cheaper price. All in all, a keeper for me.
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By M. Guest on February 23, 2012
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AMAAAZING...I LOVE ASCH...

Haha, silly me. But yeah, I loved Tales of the Abyss for the PS2, and this was a nice add-on to the overall storyline. And I love Asch. XD Well worth the money. Can't wait to get the second (and final, to those who were wondering) volume of it, and then onto the Chronicles of Jade!!!
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