Tales of Zestiria the X Episode 0 + 1

Overview:

Um… ruins, swords in stones, knights, and all the usual fantasy stuff. Okay, I am not yet invested enough to read what this show is going to be about and to be honest the first episode didn’t do a lot to rectify that.

Review Episode 0:

I don’t know why I didn’t like this. It’s a fantasy and the first episode has some great action and gives us lots of hints about things to come that should be really interesting but mostly I was bored. That’s when I wasn’t looking at the images of the city and the crowd being panned across, or the clouds or whatever and being distracted by the jarring disconnect between the way the characters are presented and the way the world is. Given so many people have commented on how pretty this anime is I’m thinking I’m in the minority but I found it really ugly and quite distracting. The other issue I had was why is this episode 0? You don’t get to do over your first episode because you want to do a prologue. This is our first impression of the series and really it feels like a game or movie prologue rather than a first episode.

Maybe I’m being nit-picky but I didn’t have any fun watching this. I kind of hope I get more invested during the next episode because I’d love a good fantasy anime this season but I was not particularly impressed with the first viewing of this.

Review Episode 1:

Somehow I think I would have been better off skipping the prologue. Okay, maybe some of the stuff that happened there will later become important, but this was a much more engaging episode. Part of this was helped by the focus shifting to three characters for most of the episode so you weren’t constantly wondering ‘who’s that’ as each new person showed up, had their name said once and then disappeared. I’m still having issues with the actual appearance of this anime.

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No matter how I look at it, the characters just don’t seem to match their surroundings. They feel photo-shopped into gorgeous landscapes and as I said in the review of the prologue, the impact is at times jarring. Close ups of characters fare better but visually it isn’t really cohesive (though I am aware that some people will disagree).

I’m more engaged with this now and will definitely give it a few more episodes before I make a final decision, however if things continue like this episode, I’ll be sticking to this throughout the season. While it isn’t exactly wowing me, I am a sucker for a half-decent fantasy.

Tales of Zestiria is available on AnimeLab.

2 thoughts on “Tales of Zestiria the X Episode 0 + 1

  1. I agree with the above commentator. The prologue episode 0 is the bridge to the first episode – it pretty much gives a far better context to those that haven’t played the game. The first episode is essentially that 1st impression on the movie I did. Tales of is a: J(apanese) Role Playing Game = JRPG video game. Yeah did feel out of place, now and again.

  2. “The other issue I had was why is this episode 0? You don’t get to do over your first episode because you want to do a prologue. This is our first impression of the series and really it feels like a game or movie prologue rather than a first episode.”

    This is based off of a video game, so I guess they did an amazing job if it felt like a game prologue lol.

    But seriously, episode 00 was made to explain to the people that played the game what happened right before the game. Episode 00 didn’t happen in the game, so it was really just a gift to the original fans. It’s not about a “do over”. ufotable has a decent history with doing Episode 00s.

    As for the visuals, I can partially agree. I felt the backgrounds were very out-of-place with their level of CG. But you can’t say that the fight scene in episode 00 wasn’t fantastically animated.

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