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Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)

Christopher R. Sabat , Troy Baker , Mike McFarland  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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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: 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 (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NU542O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,006 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Fans of the Game 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Vesperia May 14, 2012
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 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have been waiting for this for so long.... April 17, 2012
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Display of Animation June 29, 2012
By Nathan
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The plot was well written out, this animation is full of comedy, action, and a small amount of drama. I was not disappointed, and I do plan to watch it again. This film was touching and there were moments where I had my jaw open, the characters were well developed and even if you never played the game, you can instantly capture their personalities.

There were moments where I questioned some character's appearances (one of them being in the game), and I wish funimation was able to retrieve the old voice actors for the characters in the Xbox 360 game.

Nevertheless, I do recommend this film, it was truly amazing. It's a shame it's not even two hours because I definitely wanted more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But One Movie Wasn't Nearly Enough. November 16, 2013
By LoveBug
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
5.0 out of 5 stars How awesome! March 4, 2013
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I love the art. I love the story! I love the game! I actually cried a bit. You like the games you'll love the back story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesomness January 27, 2013
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This movie is REALLY good, it's sad, funny and exciting. I'm very glad bought it. :)
It's worth a watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good look at what the game is supposed to be about December 20, 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it it has a nice story and the cast ...
I am a fan of animes and I bought this one because it sounded interesting and I get Otaku magazine and you can check out the animes that come out and they recomend .. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E.B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I love the movie. At first I was nervous that it was blue-ray only but there's 2 discs in it, one a dvd and the other a blue-ray, so I am very happy. And it plays great!
Published 1 month ago by Barbie Corbin
5.0 out of 5 stars one great anime movie to go with a great Jrpg
Amazing! The story and art matched the game so well. If you have not played this game on the 360 and love Jrpg's Grab it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Hubbard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
was good
Published 2 months ago by donald dzubin
3.0 out of 5 stars I bought this because I love, love
I bought this because I love, love, love, the Tales of Vesperia video game. There are parts of this film that don't really jive with what happened in the video game. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pinky
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Condition
it came in perfect condition and it plays as good as it should, as I bought it new :D
Published 3 months ago by Amanda Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie!!!
Published 3 months ago by Qeasy24
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good movie takes place before the game
Published 3 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars A good tie in to the video game
If you were a fan of the Xbox 360 Game then you should watch this. It's not very long & it does the game justice.
Published 7 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than expected!
This animated movie is a prequel to the Tales of Vesperia video game. Having played the game, I knew this going into the film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Aaron Scott
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