Amanda Liu June 25, 2007
Tales of Symphonia
Well this OVA was disappointing to say the least. I hope its not a predicament to the summer season. I would have liked to say that I fell asleep because I had been catching up on a lot of anime that day and I had a cold, but I enjoyed watching Devil May Cry right after this. So what went wrong here?
Let me do the obligatory plot summary. It’s basically a mix of random shounen cliches combined into one dull melting pot. Apparently, there’s this guy named Lloyd who has been handed down this glowing thing that makes him light up and gain awesome powers. His dad doesn’t want him to use it because apparently his mom was killed using it but he somehow meets him mom and she tells him to go protect those dearest to you which in Lloyd’s case is this loli priestess who has to go save the world. All in all, a yawn-fest. I heard this pretty much followed the game but difference between a game and an anime is that in the game a plot doesn’t really matter. Look at Super Smash Brothers, the only plot is to beat the living crap out of each other. However, in anime, a boring plot leads to a boring anime.
The animation was pretty bad too. Especially for an OVA quality. While the style is not to my taste, the CG effects seem like they were done by a seven-year-old kid playing with Photoshop. Seriously, they were that bad. The character designs are mediocre but I noticed that loli was frequently missing her nose.
The music was okay but not really memorable. Then again, it usually takes me a while to remember background music. I didn’t really look at the OP and ED because the animation was pretty plain for both but they sounded alright. Voice acting seemed okay in general. I haven’t checked the cast list yet but I don’t recognize anyone off the bat.
So I’m going to be dropping this OVA right now even though there’s only 3 more episodes left. If something is not interesting, I’m not going to watch it regardless of the hype. For all you gamers who’ve played this, how was the game? Is it expensive? Is it a lot of fun? Do you recommend me to play it? Is it going to be more fun that watching this piece of doggy exertment?
Tags: Tales of Symphonia
Category: OVA Reviews
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