Tales of Luminaria - Lisette Episode 2 Review: Entangled Pasts

I don’t understand… What game are we playing here…?

I really don’t want to say anything negative and such when there’s an episode that has Lucien in it, but as a reviewer, I must throw my bias aside. Lisette Episode 2 is pretty forgettable. Like, I’m trying to recall the events from my memory and the only things I remember are Lucien, Catherine and Past.

Lisette’s second episode is basically the Lisette side of Gaspard Episode 1. We saw that Lisette, Vanessa and Lucien were in the fortress towards the end of his chapter; this episode shows how and why they were there and that’s about it.

I hate the fact that this episode’s so forgettable. It’s rare to see Lisette paired up with Vanessa and Lucien, so I was expecting a more fruitful episode, but alas, not all Lucien-featured episodes can be good. The interactions between the three are a bit awkward, but it’s understandable since Lisette is a teacher while Lucien and Vanessa are her pupils. Lisette did tease about Lucinessa’s closeness, and that’s all I can remember from their interactions.

The boss fight with Catherine was unexpected, but it was an interesting one. Catherine was harder than when she was fought in Gaspard Episode 1. It would look easier since the party had three people instead of Gaspard’s lonesome self, but it was tricky. Catherine moved faster than before, so it was hard to avoid her. Fortunately, I was able to handle how to control Lisette, so I managed to not die in this fight. Also, I kind of find it suspicious how this is the second time Laplace appears in an episode that features Lucien in it.

Lisette’s a lot easier to handle in this episode than in her first one. Maybe it’s because of the software update that she’s no longer too awkward to handle. She moves faster when using close combat moves and her long range attacks feel easier to use as well. Like, I struggled a bit in Lisette Episode 1, but Episode 2 is a lot smoother. I don’t think it’s experience because these gun users are super awkward to control.

The full body of Past is revealed in this episode. He looks rather androgynous with his robes, long hair and hat akin to an elegantly dressed old lady. It seems that not only does Past have a connection with Gaspard, but also with Lisette. He’s a lot more sinister with her than with Gaspard here, but he’s still not to be trusted at all. The way he was being all maniacal and such felt like he can be a surprise final boss or something—maybe he’s the final boss of Lisette’s story? Maybe he’s the real mastermind behind Le Sant’s destruction?Too bad we won’t know if he’s truly an antagonist because this game is already dead. 

Agnes, the name that Lisette utters, is actually her sister. From what I am aware of, she’s dead and perhaps, the reason why she and Gaspard are acquainted with Past is because of her death. There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding Lisette’s past that will never be answered, sadly. I believe there was a future episode where her past was going to be explored. Alas, nothing’s going to happen.

I wish there was at least a manga adaptation of Luminaria or something—these characters deserve to have spotlight.

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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