Tales of Festival 2012 is officially over! A round of applause to Namco Bandai & the game VAs!
Okay, first off, everyone knows I'm not at the Tales of Festival 2012 right now. There are, however, people who are posting about the event live in Twitter and 2chan. I'll be posting some important events and snippets in this post, so do check in frequently!
Note: All times are in Japan time/JST.
- 2:30 PM: Whoops, sorry I woke up late. Nothing significant happening so far.
- 2:45 PM: The program is starting, with Rita and Raven's voice actors narrating. Rita's explaining things, Raven sort of imitates her to annoy her. Rita gets annoyed. Raven buys clothes as a souvenir from China (what?). Everyone else seems to have them, even Rita who got herself cat ears.
- 2:50 PM: They've started playing the Tales opening movies again, they began with Phantasia's... Destiny's.... Eternia's...
- 3:00 PM: Haha, the audience basically cheered out loud when Barbatos came in Destiny 2's opening for some reason
- 3:05 PM: Symphonia's opening... basically it's in order of release, I guess. They're currently at Abyss's.
- 3:10 PM: Yup, it's just the successive openings. They basically flew by Tempest's though.
- 3:15 PM: Oh wait, Tempest's didn't even fly by. It was skipped. And so was Dawn of the New World's opening. Welp.
- 3:17 PM: Today's Xillia opening is the Milla version. Yesterday was Jude's. Also, Yokohama arena, everyone!
- 3:20 PM: Ah, that montage was just for the mothership titles' openings. No wonder they skipped Tempest's and DotNW's.
- 3:25 PM: Enter the amazing Guy! And Luke!
- 3:30 PM: They'll begin in 5 minutes... Wait, so that wasn't even the start of it?
- 3:50 PM: Special Skit: "Snow Princess Milla And The Seven Dwarves". It's like Snow White, apparently.
- 4:30 PM: It's been nothing but skits so far, I believe. Sugita-san (Alvin's VA) has been talking for a while now. Then suddenly, Okiayu-san (Gaius's/Dymlos's VA) comes in. He's their secret guest. Much like yesterday when Toriumi-san (Yuri's VA) comes up on stage from the audience when he's not even supposed to be there, lol.
- 5:00 PM: Yup, Okiayu-san's mainly there to act out as Gaius.
- 5:30 PM: Another secret guest. Actually, it's a secret live performance. Me is performing right now.
- 5:45 PM: Me's performance really feels like it's Misono up there... Personally I think they're one and the same person, though.
- 5:50 PM: Tsubasa Yonaga (Jude's VA) is up on stage wearing a Jude cosplay.
- 5:55 PM: Midorikawa-san (Leon's VA): "Ever since yesterday... I loved everyone." Also, it's about time for the second half of the 6th Popularity Ranking Poll results.
- 6:00 PM: While introducing Tales of Xillia 2 once again:
Onosaka: It's a jump from the past to the future.
Hideo Baba: ...
Onosaka: ...Right on target?
- 6:05 OM: The cast of "Snow Princess Milla and the Seven Dwarves": Snow White - Milla; The Mirror - Pascal; The Queen - Cheria; Dwarves - Guy, Luke, Asbel, Raven, Yuri, Zelos, Leon, Alvin; Narrator - Rita; The Villain (?) - Gaius.
- 6:08 PM:
Leon: Hearing you talk reminds me of an old friend of mine.
Gaius: Oh? What friend?
Leon: A sword.
- 6:50 PM: Tales of Card Evolve announced
- 7:00 PM: Sixth Tales Character Popularity Ranking Poll Results: Favorite Characters
1.) Yuri Lowell (Tales of Vesperia)
2.) Leon Magnus (Tales of Destiny)
3.) Asbel Lhant (Tales of Graces)
4.) Luke fon Fabre (Tales of the Abyss)
5.) Alvin (Tales of Xillia)
6.) Milla Maxwell (Tales of Xillia)
7.) Zelos Wilder (Tales of Symphonia)
8.) Lloyd Irving (Tales of Symphonia)
9.) Rita Mordio (Tales of Vesperia)
10.) Jude Mathis (Tales of Xillia)
11.) Emil Castagnier (Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
12.) Guy Cecil (Tales of the Abyss)
13.) Kratos Aurion (Tales of Symphonia)
14.) Raven (Tales of Vesperia)
15.) Cheria Barnes (Tales of Graces)
16.) Flynn Scifo (Tales of the Abyss)
17.) Jade Curtiss (Tales of the Abyss)
18.) Sophie (Tales of Graces)
19.) Spada Belforma (Tales of Innocence)
20.) Reid Hershel (Tales of Eternia)
21.) Leia Rolando (Tales of Xillia)
22.) Colette Brunel (Tales of Symphonia)
23.) Pascal (Tales of Graces)
24.) Cless Alvein (Tales of Phantasia)
25.) Elise Lutus (Tales of Xillia)
26.) Presea Combatir (Tales of Symphonia)
27.) Tear Grants (Tales of the Abyss)
28.) Richard (Tales of Graces)
29.) Gaius (Tales of Xillia)
30.) Estelle (Tales of Vesperia)
Yuri takes the crown once again!
- 8:00 PM Oops, almost forgot. Here's the list for best partners:
1.) Yuri Lowell and Flynn Scifo (Tales of Vesperia)
2.) Jude Mathis and Milla Maxwell (Tales of Xillia)
3.) Asbel Lhant and Cheria Barnes (Tales of Graces
4.) Flynn Scifo (Tales of Vesperia) and Guy Cecil (Tales of the Abyss)
5.) Zelos Wilder (Tales of Symphonia) and Jade Curtiss (Tales of the Abyss)
6.) Luke fon Fabre and Guy Cecil (Tales of the Abyss)
7.) Emil Castagnier and Marta Lualdi (Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World)
8.) Yuri Lowell and Repede (Tales of Vesperia)
9.) Leon Magnus and Judas (Tales of Destiny and Destiny 2) (and then the universe exploded again)
10.) Lloyd Irving and Zelos Wilder (Tales of Symphonia)
- 8:35 PM: TalesFes is ending. Jude and Alvin are giving the closing remarks of sorts.
- 8:40 PM: Tales of Festival 2012 is officially over! Let's give a round of applause to Namdai and the Tales VAs!
- 6:00 AM: According to Tokkurin, there were around 200 people at this time...
- 7:30 AM: Then it suddenly escalated to a thousand people by 7:30!
- 11:45 AM: Tales of Xillia Jude Mathis figure prototype by ALTER revealed. Tales of Vesperia Raven and Estelle figures by ALTER announced. Tales figurines by Ichiban Kuji announced. Tales of Nendoroid Petites prototypes by Good Smile Company revealed. Check here for more info and pictures.
- 12:45 PM: So, the event itself hasn't started yet. It's just selling and displays of merchandise. Oh look, a Mabo Curry stand.
- 2:45 PM: I'm personally annoyed that some of the sold-out TalesFes merchandise are being sold on Yahoo Auctions right now for increased prices. Seriously, WHY ARE YOU EVEN AT THE EVENT?
- 3:30 PM: Sold out: Yuri and Estelle fan and sign light set. Also, the doors to the event open at 3PM. The event proper itself starts at 4:30PM.
- 4:10 PM: The event's about to begin, so I won't focus on sold out merch anymore. Apparently, they're playing all the game opening videos right now. It started with Abyss. The one's they've shown are Xillia's Jude version OP, Innocence (DS), and Graces. I may have missed some.
- 4:20 PM: Keele and Emil are narrating/hosting. Also some sort of "ECC" commercial. I'm not sure what they're pertaining to.
- 4:50 PM: Bonnie Pink just performed live. Also, I believe Zelos and Lloyd's voice actors came up on stage right after - in costume, no less. Anyway, less than two hours left till the Next Tales of reveal!
- 5:00 PM: Special Skit: "Flaming Cooking Showdown! Tales' Strong Man"
- 5:30 PM: A lot are saying that this year's TalesFes is way better than the previous ones.
- 5:40 PM: To those who want to see more pictures, Famitsu has put up some.
- 6:05 PM: Less than 30 minutes left until the Next Tales of reveal! It's been nothing but skits, by the way.
- 6:30 PM: NEXT TALES OF GAME REVEALED AS TALES OF XILLIA 2. Click here for the news post.
- 9:00 PM: Partial results of the 6th Tales Popularity Poll are now out.
Character You Would Want As A Younger Brother/Sister
- Elise Lutus (Tales of Xillia)
- Sophie (Tales of Graces)
- Genis Sage (Tales of Symphonia)
- Mao (Tales of Rebirth)
- Rita Mordio (Tales of Vesperia)
- Jude Mathis (Tales of Xillia)
- Karol Capel (Tales of Vesperia)
- Hubert Oswell (Tales of Graces)
- Leon Magnus (Tales of Destiny)
- Yuri Lowell (Tales of Vesperia) (...what)
Favorite Mascot Character
- Repede (Tales of Vesperia)
- Mieu (Tales of the Abyss)
- Tipo (Tales of Xillia)
- Quickie (Tales of Eternia)
- Corrine (Tales of Symphonia)
- Tokunaga (Tales of the Abyss)
- Rappigs (Tales of the Abyss)
- Oresoren (Tales of Legendia)
- Tenebrae (Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World)