Tales of Zestiria the X – Episode 7

I can’t bring myself to be salty about this episode considering that Berseria is giving Zestiria a run for its money.

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Seriously. I’m bummed out that Berseria‘s inclusion into ToZX‘s narrative is entirely irrelevant aside from being a promotional propaganda. I’m not even sure if blogging this and the previous episode was worth it because I don’t see myself playing Berseria‘s game sooner or later. But, hey, episode 7 was pretty good — actually, it’s even better than how ToZX did its introduction! I’m not saying that Berseria‘s cameo made ToZX a better show overall. Instead, I feel like it’s a great boost to the fans of the franchise as a whole, rather than to the actual show/adaptation itself. Well, I did mention during my earlier posts for ToZX that the adaptation is mostly catering to those who are familiar with the source, so this should’ve been well within expectations. Oh well, at least we’re back to Sorey and crew next week.

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Anyways, I won’t be writing much about this episode since it’s pretty clear that Berseria has no relevance to Zestiria‘s plot whatsoever. However, episode 6 and 7 deserves a praise for doing a damn, fine job at marketing Bandai’s new game. Honestly, I’m kinda jealous that Berseria is getting a better treatment with its introduction. Like any of the viewers, I wasn’t aware of what’s happening — we’re suddenly thrown into the thick of things, though that didn’t really matter because all they had to do is to sell Berseria as something people would want to buy. If gaming is on my priority list, I would take the bait hook, line and sinker. Whatever has been exposed to us regarding the latter is by far a lot more interesting than the last 5 Zestiria episodes. Episodes 6 and 7 had interesting characters right off the bat. I don’t need another look at Velvet to decide whether or not she kicks ass. And, even that is an understatement when it comes to describing her charm as the main protagonist. Of course, the best part about Zestiria is its cast as a whole, but, given that we’ve only been introduced to like a quarter of the gang… it makes sense for the show to take its time warming up to me. That’s not to assume that Berseria won’t have an interesting party. In fact, the introduction of Magilou, the self-proclaimed Great Sorceress, gave me high hopes for what’s going to be a fun, fun, fun party to play with. Of course, nothing can beat having a Lailah in your team. Zestiria: 1, Berseria: 0.

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Short thoughts:

  • I apologize for the short post, folks. I mean, I don’t have to feel obligated in writing about an episode that won’t have much impact in the grand scheme of ToZX. Other than the disrupted pace, I’m cool with what I’ve watched.
  • That OST when Velvet devoured Seres was awesome.
  • Magilou looks somewhat like a recycled version of Alisha’s design.
  • That scene wherein Magilou was introducing herself to Velvet and she only got a blank stare as a reply LOL
  • Berseria‘s game OP is 10/10. Trust FLOW to deliver.
  • If you thought Velvet is cool, you haven’t seen a Velvet can kick a dragon’s ass cool.

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I guess that’s it for this week! I wouldn’t really mind if we get more Velvet episodes given at how interesting the last 2 episodes turned out to be. Then again, I’d feel bad for Sorey and his crew for getting their spotlights stolen. See you next episode!

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5 comments

  1. Rocco B · · Reply

    I really enjoyed how Velvet just blanked Magilou xDD. Oh yeah, Velvet kicks ass and then some. I actually liked the sword design used by the exorcists like Oscar for example. I thought the same thing, Magilou and Alisha having a similar character design.

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    1. Actually, I remember using Oscar’s sword for Sorey in Zestiria. I love Magilou’s character. I can already imagine her as the party’s “ice breaker” cracking jokes at the most awkward of times while Velvet stares at her with a poker face lol

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  2. All I needed to get me hyped for Berseria was knowing it’s the first ever entry centered around a female protagonist. Xillia doesn’t exactly count because despite getting the option to have either Jude or Milla take center stage, it was clear as day that the game was designed around Jude as the lead. It’s still a solid entry though.

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    1. You mad man, you really did come back to my posts lol

      Anyways, pretty much agree with what you’ve said. What you mentioned about Berseria also got me thinking whether or not I would’ve enjoyed this adaptation more if I already played the former. Then again I still feel like ToZX didn’t give enough incentive for me to make up my mind and pick up Berseria (after all I’m not a huge Tales fan). Perhaps if they gave Velvet a broader tie-in with ToZX rather than a gauzy pitch of ‘hey, this is where the malevolence came from and Velvet is involved; Tales of Berseria is out next week so go get it!’ — it would’ve been a perfect marketing attempt.

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      1. You’re one of the few people who covered the anime, so yeah.

        I’m a huge Tales fan so I was already sold on it. But yes, as you eventually figured out, Berseria is a prequel to Zestiria.

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