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Tales of Symphonia

RPG That Resonates With You


Director: Yoshito Higushi, Kiyoshi Nagai, Eiji Kikuchi

Producer: Makoto Hoshizumi

Writers: Takumi Miyajima, Masaki Hiramatsu (Dawn)

Designer: Kōsuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura

Composer: Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura

Animation studio: Production IG

Platform: GC, PS2, Wii (Dawn), PS3, Steam

Release dates: 8/23/2003 (GC JP), 7/13/2004 (GC NA), 9/22/2004 (PS2), 11/19/2004 (GC EU), 6/26/2008 (Dawn JP), 11/11/2008 (Dawn NA), 1/13/2009 (Dawn EU), 11/26/2009 (Dawn AUS), 10/10/2013 (PS3 JP), 2/25/2014 (PS3 NA), 2/28/2014 (PS3 EU), 2/2/2016 (Steam)

Symphonia


Story: Lloyd Irving joins the Chosen Colette on the Journey of World Regeneration, but they learn that there is more to the world than what they originally thought.


Setting: Tales of Symphonia's world is split in two: Sylvarant and Tethe'alla. This split was orchestrated by Mithos Yggdrasill and is part of a complex system to regulate mana, this world's energy, and prevent the development of technology that would deplete the remaining reserves. Due to this system, one world is declining while the other thrives, and the Chosen's Journey of World Regeneration's actual aim is to reverse the balance, as well as create a vessel for Mithos' death sister Martel.


Symphonia has races of humans, elves and half-elves, and discrimination toward the latter heavily influences society in both worlds. Mithos' organization, Cruxis, is behind the Church of Martel, a religion that promotes the Chosen system, and the Desians, an organization of half-elves who terrorize the declining world.


Dawn of the New World


Story: It takes place two years after Tales of Symphonia in the now united world. It follows the story of Emil and Marta, who must awaken the centurion cores to awaken Ratatosk, the original spirit of the Great Tree.


Setting: The world is now united and is now suffering from weather problems and tensions between Sylvarant and Tethe'alla. The organization Vanguard, the spirit Ratatosk, and the Centurions, are all newly introduced elements.


Relevant Books

Tales of Symphonia Unisonant Pack Perfect Guide


Editor: Famitsu

Release date: 11/9/2013


Contents: Gameplay guide and data, setting and character descriptions, illustrations, comments, glossary.


Interest: The settings description and the glossary.


Note: This Perfect Guide contains information about both Symphonia and Dawn.

Tales of Symphonia 

Official Scenario Book


Publisher: QBIST

Release date: 6/2008


Contents: Game script, explanations.


Interest: Useful for checking something from the script directly. The explanations.

Tales of Symphonia Illustrations 

Fujishima Kōsuke Character Works


Publisher: Ichijinsha

Release date: 1/26/2004


Contents: Illustrations, designers interviews and comments.


Interest: Interesting information about the characters designing process.

Tales of Symphonia the Animation

Visual Fan Book


Publisher: Ichijinsha

Release date: 3/27/2009


Contents: Illustrations, Sylvarant Arc episode descriptions, interviews.


Interest: Good to understand the anime creation process.

Tales of Symphonia the Animation

~Tethe'alla Episode~


Publisher: Ichijinsha

Release date: 3/27/2009


Contents: Illustrations, Tethe'alla Arc episode descriptions, setting and character descriptions, interviews.


Interest: Good to understand the anime creation process.