Tales of Luminaria - Lucien Episode 1 Review: The Secret Blade of Wisdom

“Sound advice. I’ll take it to heart.”

Yes! Best boy is finally getting his time to shine! You can’t see me because I’m behind the screen, but I am actually dancing in joy right now. If you haven’t known by now, Lucien is my favorite character and I am a big simp for him.

This episode gives him a lot depth, but like a lot of the episodes, it leaves more questions than answers. The episode is basically Lucien, Vanessa and Maxime going on a mission to Lunne and the shenanigans that happens there.

More of Lucien’s personality is shown. While he seems gentle and reliable, he can be mischievous and flirty as well. I think the most interesting aspect about him is that he has a hidden darkness within him, as shown and told in the fourth chapter. 

While he’s not absolutely evil, there is a lot of mystery surrounding him. If you look at his Chronology page, you can see that Lucien was born in the same village as August and he even indirectly mentioned August in this episode as his supposed teacher. August’s first episode stated that Nachtgal Village was wiped out ten years ago. Lucien is around 18-19, meaning he was around 8-9 when the incident happened. How did he survive?

How he survived and became a Federation citizen is a huge mystery, but it most likely shaped up his character. He’s someone who holds back most of the time, but he goes all out when necessary.

I really like the differences in dynamics with his two companions. With Vanessa, he’s more respectful and a bit flirty, while with Maxime, he’s just having a fun time trolling him while the green boy’s still oblivious to it at times.

I also like his interactions with Hugo and Leo. The Federation stories are often split into the upperclassmen and the underclassmen scenarios so it’s rare for the upperclassmen to interact with the younger ones and vice versa. Here, we see Lucien having a rare on-screen conversation with Leo and Hugo. It seems that the two respect their upperclassmen and the upperclassmen appreciate the underclassmen’s fiery spirit.

Because Lunne is so big, this episode took a while for me to complete because there was so much to explore. I liked that the city was big, yet at the same time, it was tedious to explore, especially if you were crystal hunting. I think that’s my only gripe with this episode.

In terms of gameplay, I do think that Lucien’s gameplay was quite smooth and not boring or clunky. He has little restrictions with his gimmick being the SP gauge charging. I do like the long-range attackers compared to characters that have to fight at a close range. I like that he’s like a long-ranged version of Alexandra and a sword-fighter version of Michelle in a way. While his gameplay isn’t as fun as Falk’s, it’s pretty much top 5—heck, I think it’s second place. I like how his gameplay does not hinder him when he’s alone.

The post-credit ending makes me wonder if Lucien will become a Stigmata Knight after he graduates. Of all the occupations seen in the game, Stigmata Knights get the least amount of focus, so it would have been nice to see a Stigmata Knight. Well, Lisette is sort of one, but she’s mainly seen as an instructor.

Overall, I think that the mystery behind Lucien’s origins and his actions makes him a character to look out for. Lucien’s my favorite character because I can sense he has potential to be an amazing character with his past and how he got to be where he is now. Like, characters that make you think are the true gems, in my opinion. Is Lucien angry with his past? Has he ever cried before? How is he still alive? Does he resent the world? Questions like these makes one engaged and hopeful of how it will turn out. It’s very unfortunate that the game had to stop before fleshing him out. He’s also a smart character; I like smart characters.

All the constant appearances of tea makes me want to have some as well as snacks that go well with tea. Why does Luminaria make food sound so delicious?

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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