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Tales of Taisen (15th Anniversary Book)
Here, we have the last of the three 15th Anniversary Books for Tales. (Or at least I hope so, but I'm pretty sure there's only three.) If you missed the first two books I covered (Tales of CHRONICLE & Visual of Tales), you can find them HERE. (Just scroll down.)



Cover Price: ¥2800
Kinokuniya's Price: $51.80






Each title starts off with the usual game synopsis and summary. But this time, they include cover art of every single remake/port of the title. For Tales of Destiny, we have the PSOne release, PS2 Remake, and PS2 Director's Cut. Corresponding guide books are shown as well.(You can sure bet that Phantasia is flooded.)






Following that, we have character info and "main art" of the characters in the game. But this time, little notes are added to describe a character's distinctive features.







Supporting characters are included as well. For example in Legendia, you have Walter, Fenimore, and (ugh) even Mimi Bread. In Vesperia, you have Yeager, Gauche, Droite, Nan, Tison, etc.








(Un)fortunately, Tales of Xillia characters are covered. I say "Unfortunately" because I could've had Sawashiro Miyuki sign the Milla page at AX2011. (Although it may have not arrived in my hands on time by ordering it online anyway, due to its late June release.) Since the game isn't out yet, each character gets one page as opposed to the two that every main cast gets.








And lastly, 2nd half of the book is an encyclopedia of various items, towns, terminology, and even Easter eggs that have appeared in the games. Each entry has a reference as to where it came from. Not all entries have an accompanying illustration, but 30% of them do. For example, in the "doppelganger" entry (ToDr), we have an illustration of Veigue's back. It goes on about the "mini-quest" you do in ToDr regarding the gag on Woodrow's doppelganger (Veigue.) The whole encyclopedia portion is in news print.




If you're looking more on in-game information and tidbits, this is the book to get. If you're more into the information on the design aspect of the series, Tales of Chronicle and Visual of Tales are the books to get. There are no interviews with character designers, seiyuu, etc. in this book. While there's art here that can be seen in the other two books, it is worth noting that this book contains art for supporting characters (as well as minor notes on them.) It covers folks from Torinix Morrison to Peony Malchut 9th to Milhaust Selkirk. Unfortunately, there are also folks who I guess are too minor and don't have full body artwork, so no minor line notes are tagged on their distinctive features. (IE: people like Kurtz and Victoria of Tales of Graces.)

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creamedice From: creamedice Date: July 25th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
It's probably a silly pet peeve of mine, but I can't stand it when books like this ends up with grayscale printing. :/
mura_arkaine From: mura_arkaine Date: July 25th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. But it's pretty text heavy in the 2nd half of the book, so I can see why they did that. It's a hardbound book about the same size as a Bible, totaling up to 637 pages.
glitteringloke From: glitteringloke Date: July 25th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
is there art for mirald? (and if there is, can you take a pic for me? i'm making her costume AS WE SPEAK)
mura_arkaine From: mura_arkaine Date: July 26th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, no. She and Amy don't get any artwork here.
glitteringloke From: glitteringloke Date: July 26th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)
awwww :( that makes me sad.... I'm glad I have the novel then.
sistaofpeace1 From: sistaofpeace1 Date: July 26th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the impressions! I ordered this a few days ago and should be in the mail as we speak :) Still need to get Visual of Tales though.
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