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

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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.

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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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Product Details

  • 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 (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NU542O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,321 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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If you've played the game Tales Of Vesperia this new movie is a great choice to your dvd collection as it gives you some more information on the early days of a few characters of the game. The movie storyline overall isn't that spectacular as it feels that the writers pretty much made the movie for what you feel it was for and that was give us the background on these characters and some information for the way they were in the game. The animation fits the cut scenes from the game exactly which is very appreciated and the soundtrack fits nicely with the movie scenes as well. With the exception of one or two dubbed voice cast it seems that the original actors/actresses from the game also came to do the voices of their characters in this movie as well again very appreciated. While we didn't get a Japanese voice audio for the game the movie cast itself did a terrific job as expected. While anyone would probably find this movie entertaining it seem obvious that it was directed towards the fans of the game more then anything else, but don't let that make people overlook this entertaining movie still.
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The writing on this film is great and hits you at the heart and makes you think about life and death decisions questioning what matters most. The characters are humorful and dead serious and connectable. The story for me seemed predictable but I do watch a lot of movies so it is easy for me to assume what gonna happen next in a story but nonetheless the story is engaging and puts the characters in situations that questions duty,honor,morality,justice,and humanity.The animation is not new to me considering all Japanese animation but it is beautifully detailed and colorful and mixes great with the CGI.I haven't played the video game the film was based on I believe it to be but I will find out so I can play it and I can only hope that the makers of the game and film create a sequel because this can be a series which would be great if they do so. This film sparked my curiousity and interests on subjects that continue to question and challenge Humanity. I will recommend this to other people who enjoy a good story anime and film. I LOVE THIS MOVIE! Lovely made.
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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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It good story and art work! The story is like other anime but it's good in it's own right. It could be longer.The story could tell more about the main people,place and what going on. To bad it is only a movie! The price is good so i got it!
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