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Tales of the Abyss

RPG to Know the Meaning of Birth


Director: Yoshito Higuchi

Producer: Makoto Hoshizumi

Writer: Takumi Miyajima

Designers: Kōsuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura

Composer: Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura, Motoo Fujiwara

Animation studio: Production IG

Platform: PS2, 3DS

Release dates: PS2: 12/15/2005 (JP), 10/10/2006 (NA); 3DS: 6/30/2011 (JP), 11/24/2011 (AUS), 11/25/2011 (EU), 2/14/2012 (NA)

Story: The party must free the world from the Score that foretold its destruction while dealing with political turmoil and antagonists set on replacing the whole world with replicas.


Setting: The world of Tales of the Abyss, Auldrant, has three main political entities: the Kingdom of Kimlasca, the Malkuth Empire, and the Order of Lorelei. The two countries are at odds with each other, and the Order is a supposedly neutral party that overwatches the following of the Score, a prophecy on which people overly rely on.


The world's system is based on fonons, which exist in all matter and can be used to cast artes. The Seventh Fonon is a special kind of fonon that has healing properties and is required for score-reading. Auldrant possesses a complex system to regulate the fonon flow, as well as mechanics that hold the planet's surface above where it used to be to avoid its contamination by miasma, a toxic gas produced by the planet's core.


Relevant Books

Tales of the Abyss Official Complete Guide


Editor: QBIST

Release date: 22/7/2011


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


Interest: The interviews.

Tales of the Abyss Perfect Guide


Editor: Famitsu

Release date: 8/31/2011


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


Interest: More detailed than the Complete Guide when it comes to settings, characters, etc. The timeline and glossary are very useful.

Tales of the Abyss 

Official Scenario Book


Editor: QBIST

Release date: 6/1/2009


Contents: Game script, short story.


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

Tales of the Abyss 

Character Episode Bible


Editor: Brain Navi

Release Date: 8/15/2007


Contents: Character descriptions, short stories.


Interest: The short stories.

Tales of the Abyss Illustrations 

Fujishima Kōsuke Character Works


Publisher: Ichijinsha

Release date: 5/26/2006


Contents: Illustrations, designers interviews and comments.


Interest: Interesting information about the characters designing process.

TV Anime Tales of the Abyss 

Visual Fan Book


Publisher: Ichijinsha

Release Date: 6/29/2011


Contents: Illustrations, setting and character descriptions, timeline, interviews.


Interest: There is a lot of art and interesting descriptions of the locations.