Tales of Luminaria - Amelie Episode 1 Review: The (Hard) Luck Girl



I’ll be honest here: this episode is pointless. Yes, it’s a heartwarming, feels-good episode and I do like it. It has nothing to do with the overall military plot of the story other than showing how Team Laurence was formed.

This entire episode is just how wacky Amelie’s luck can be. From finding a rare antique coin to encountering a kraken, it’s just one misadventure after another. It makes you wonder who would win in a battle of luck between her and Colette.

The episode mainly takes place in two locations: in the children’s home where she and Falk lived in and on the boat. The first two chapters have no fighting and it’s just Amelia doing errands. The fighting starts around Chapter 3 when the usual beast attacks happen. Fortunately, Amelia is accompanied by Falk for the battles. And that’s it. That’s all this episode is!

It’s mainly character-driven as we see why Amelia joined the military and how kind she is. She joined to earn money for the shelter. She’s a kind soul indeed. Although she’s kind, she’s extremely clumsy that the kids are actually on their guard for whenever Amelie does a task.

The bickering between Amelie and Falk is hilarious, but it also gives Falk some depth. While other chapters have him annoyed at Amelie, he’s still annoyed by her here; the only difference that he does develop a respect for her that he would never admit later on. The moment he stared at her trembling figure was sweet. Falk does have a soft side. Despite his gruff exterior, he’s soft on the inside. I’m liking Falk a lot more now.

Amelie’s gameplay is pretty interesting. She fights much differently than Yelsy and Raoul. She spins and lobs her spear, so it’s sort of like a combination of both Yelsy and Raoul’s gameplays. She also has instances where she throws her spear and it gets stuck to the ground, but lightning comes into effect. There are also instances where it can heal. So, Amelie’s gameplay is like her luck: predictably unpredictable.

I also like how fight on a boat. I think this is the first time the game has a fight on a boat? I like it.

I apologize if this review is short. Nothing much really happens. It feels like filler. Amelie is sort of an anomaly of the Empire group. While most of the Empire characters deal with hardships and anguish, Amelie’s episode feels as if it belongs in a Federation episode due to the warm, feel-good atmosphere. Nevertheless, it’s cute. Amelie’s cute. Falk’s cute. Everything about this episode is cute.

Tales of Luminaria
Tales of LuminariaTales of Luminaria is an upcoming Tales of Series original title for iOS and Android released November 2021. The game was first announced during Gamescom Opening Night Live. Unlike the recent Tales mobile games, Luminaria has been reported to have its own original world with only original characters and no previous Tales characters, as well as an English dub. Unfortunately, the game has announced termination of service worldwide on July 19, 2022.

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