Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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. ^_^
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.Read more ›
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Puppy Repede! We loved the game and this was just as enjoyable. Well done back story of many of the main characters of the game, including Yuri, Flynn, and Repede.Published 2 months ago by Christy Beal
If you enjoyed the Tales of Vesperia videogame, you will like this movie. It is a prequel to the game, and shows some of what happened in Yuri and Flynn's lives prior to the start... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jade
i was curious if this was in japanese too cause I saw this movie in the japanese version with my little bro who is obsessed with the Tales of series. Read morePublished 5 months ago by katie kreiser