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In a mythical kingdom, the mighty Imperial Knights harness a magical substance known as Aer to power their weapons and protect humanity from the monsters of the forest. But something strange is afoot; the Aer is somehow changing, causing the wilderness to waste away and stirring the woodland beasts to attack with greater frequency. As danger creeps steadily closer to civilization, two young recruits - Flynn, the rigid son of a fallen hero, and the rebellious and brash Yuri - must ride with their fellow Imperial Knights to distant ruins in hopes of uncovering the truth behind the transforming Aer. Some will not survive the thrilling journey. Some will be betrayed. If Flynn and Yuri cannot overcome their differences and learn to fight together, all will be lost for the people of the realm.

The feature Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (2009) serves as a prequel to the popular series of Xbox 360 games. Teenage Imperial Knights Yuri and Flynn are classic, mismatched roommates: Yuri is rebellious, hot-tempered, and sloppy; Flynn is disciplined, focused, and a bit of a prig. But they must work together under swaggering captain Fedrok to protect the remote village where they're stationed. A decade after a series of wars with monsters devastated the planet, humanity obtains power from a mysterious substance known as "aer." Although the crystallized aer provides energy, it's dangerous when it becomes too concentrated. A nearby ruined castle seems to be producing massive quantities of aer, turning the forest animals into monsters that threaten the existence of the village. Captain Fedrok defies orders from HQ to lead Yuri, Flynn, and the rest of his troops on a mission to eliminate the threat. Tales of Vesperia boasts handsome costumes and settings, and Flynn's memories of his heroic father are presented in striking, monochromatic flashbacks. What's missing is any sense of urgency or menace. Flynn and Yuri brawl in a tavern, punch each other out, and battle stone monsters, but the fights proceed at a leisurely, almost balletic pace. Director Kanta Kamei fails to infuse these sequences with the requisite energy, and the results feel limp. It would be interesting to see what a more capable filmmaker--say, Masahiro Ando of Sword of the Stranger--would do with this potentially exciting property. (Rated TV 14: violence, tobacco and alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Christopher R. Sabat, Troy Baker, Sam Regal
  • Directors: Mike McFarland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NU542O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Peter Popoff on April 12, 2012
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This movie is a prequel to the PS3/360 game Tales of Vesperia. The game is my single favorite game ever, especially the PS3 version (which I had to printout a lot of translation sheets for because it was only released in Japan). The movie takes place two years before the start of the game. While I have not yet seen Funimation's release I have seen the Japanese version and it is excellent, although over there it is titled Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike.

The movie centers on Yuri and Flynn as they become new recruits in the Imperial Knights. For those who played the game, you know that Yuri left the knights for their preference to help only the noble class while leaving the less affluent citizens fend for themselves. The Imperial Knights themselves are mostly made up of people from greater and lesser families of the nobility, while Yuri and Flynn were raised in the poorer area of the city.

The movie has the appearances of many important characters in the game. Of course there is Yuri and Flynn, but Rita, Raven, and Estelle are shown, although they are far less important to the plot of the movie than the game (Estelle was the most important character of the game besides Yuri; in the movie she shows for about two minutes). Unfortunately, this takes place before Estelle meets Yuri; their relationship is my favorite part of the game. Alexei is the Commandant of the Knights just like in the game. And of course Repede is there as just a puppy.

As I have only seen the Japanese version so far, I don't know how well the dub is going to be, but Funimation released their casting list and Yuri is still voiced by Troy Baker, who did an excellent job voicing him in the game. Flynn also has the same voice actor as in the game.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zero Requiem on May 14, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This movie is a prequel to the Tales of Vesperia game made originally on the Xbox360, then a year later on the PS3 (this version not localized anywhere outside of Japan). The game itself is my all time favorite on any console, and I just got it in February 2012 (already have 200 hours of playtime). The movie, I've watched with english subtitles, and I have to be honest, I cried a few times, it was just that amazing. I will definitely be getting this combo pack, and any fan of the Tales series should consider getting it as well!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Anderson on April 17, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Now only if they would come out with the Tales of Symphonia OVA's as well, that would just make my year!

As for the quality of the film itself, it employes several great characters, and especially follows the story of Yuri Lowell and his ultimate quest to save the planet. The Japanse Dub is great, so I hope the English one will be as well.

Thanks again to Funimation for releasing such a great movie, and hopefully they will come out with the Symphonia OVA's as well

And thanks again for looking, and I hope this helps you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LoveBug on November 16, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Sword fights, magic, beasts, an array of characters, and lot's of adventure make this a good movie. For those who don't like anime that has violence and blood, this might not be for you. Although, the story is mostly from a video game, I wish this would have been made into a long TV series. One movie wasn't nearly enough. A lot of things went unanswered and there was much more to the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ReonPremente on December 20, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Taking a chance to see this movie on the Funimation Channel's Roku App, the movie is a detailed look at what events led up to the game's plot and intentions. The world's magical power known only as Aer is somehow being corrupted and it's up to our heroes to figure out what is causing it. A good 1 and a half hour film full of intrigue, betrayal and mystery with a great musical score and gorgeous animation with likable characters makes this movie quite enjoyable for all anime fans.

A note to the people who have played the game, some of the characters are not in the game and/or act differently as this is 8 years place BEFORE the events of the game. Repede DOES NOT carry a pipe in the movie, in fact he's quite young. The twin sisters are (I believe) NOT in the game unless they are the multi-color haired girls you encounter later in the 360 game. Also Rita is much younger in the movie... and does not know nor does she follow Yuri. Likewise when Flynn talks with Estelle in the movie, she is forbidden to leave with him to explore the reason for the Blastia/Aer connection that is corrupting the nearby wildlife.

Also in the movie, we get to meet Repede's father and learn of his unfortunate demise something we never learned in the game... and first and foremost we learn the reason why Yuri HATES the Knights in the game and why Flynn and he are at odds with each other. So basically it reveals a lot without revealing too much of what the game is about. So if you're at all interested in the game, as I was, I'd highly recommend watching it. It's done by the illustrious Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers, Sakura Wars The Movie) and released by Funimation and anyone who loves the Tales game series and/or anime is in for a real treat with this film. ^_^
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In 2008, "Tales of Vesperia", the tenth "Tales" title from Namco Tales Studio was released for the XBOX 360 in Japan and the United States. Produced by Yoshito Higuchi ("Tales of Symphonia", "Tales of the Abyss"), featuring designs by Kosuke Fujishima and featuring a theme song ("Ring a Bell/Kane wo Narashite") by Bonnie Pink.

The video game would revolve around the character Yuri Lowell, a former Knight, who meets a young girl named Estelle searching for his childhood friend/rival Flynn. In the video game, both young men noticed the corruption within the empire and Yuri, always taking action before thinking, sets out to take matters into his own hands, while the dedicated knight, Flynn, wants to change the Empire from within. And because of their opposing views, the rivalry between both men continues to intensify.

While the video game would showcase the relationship between the friends, Yuri and Flynn, there is not much known of why these two friends have such a rivalry.

And thus, to explain that rivalry and their origin, the animated film "Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike" was created by Production I.G and released in theaters in Japan in 1999.

"Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike" was directed by Kenta Kamei ("Bunny Drop", "Starship Girl Yamamoto", "Kuroko's Baseball"), written by Reiko Yoshida ("Bakuman", "Aria the Natural", "Dragon Ball Z", "Getbackers"), music by Akira Senju ("Red Garden", "Silent Service", "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood"), character designs by Tokuyuki Matsutake ("Medabots", "You're Under Arrest TV") and art direction by Hiroshi Ohno ("Akira", "Le Chevalier D'Eon", "Natsuki Crisis", "Nine").


"Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike" is presented in 1080p High Definition and is HD native.
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