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    >> Special Interview! Maria - Tales of Cosplay Competition Spanish Winner

    a745

    Continuing off with our Tales of Ambassador Elections interviews, today we have Maria winner of the Tales of Cosplay Competition in Spain.


    Maria P. won cosplaying as Lailah from Tales of Zestiria in the Tales of Cosplay Competition held in Salon Del Manga Barcelona, Spain, garnering a trip to Japan Expo 2015 and many goodies, including a huge Teepo. Here's our interview with her!


    Abyssal Chronicles: First things first, why cosplay Lailah?

    Maria: Just because i fall in love with the character design, was love to a first look, as soon as I read about the character and her history I wanted find someone with Sorey's cosplay and make this funny pic.


    AC: Was it hard to cosplay as Lailah given that the game isn't released yet in the West?


    M: I was worried about this matter, because I thought nobody will recognize the character. But to my surprise, a lot of people recognized me, and I found other Tales of Zestiria's cosplays, even another Lailah.


    AC: How did you prepare for this particular cosplay? There's a lot of detail on your Lailah cosplay, too! Was it difficult?

    M: Finding reference images about all the dress was really dificult, I watched all the promos and made a lot of screenshots to see all the details. Maybe the most difficult was the wig, too long, two colours, two wigs..... Too heavy.


    AC: How long have you been cosplaying, and which are your favorite cosplays so far? (can be non-Tales!)




    M: I think I'm a grandma cosplayer because I've been making my own costumes since 2002. That's 13 years of enjoying cosplay. If I were to select a favourite one, it's really difficult, but I'm going to say the Corpse Bride, but I have more really specials for me.


    AC: What/Who inspires you or motivates you to cosplay?




    M: My husband always motivates me and helps me, he is my cosplay partner. I make cosplays, because I love it, I'm a dressmaker and I usually make commissions for others. You can see it here.


    AC: What's your favorite Tales game? Your favorite character?


    M: Only one?..... Maybe Tales of Graces f, because I'm playing it right now. The history really captured me.... But don't spoil me >.< please. And my favorite character is Milla Maxwell because she is the first who I played and I love the strength of that woman.


    AC: How did you start picking up the Tales of Series? What was your first Tales game?

    M: I always loved the characters designs and the music but I started really late to play the games, mainly because I didn't have a PS3 at home and only watched my friends playing the games. My first Tales of was Xillia and next Xillia 2, but now this is like a drug, because I started to play the Tales of Graces f.


    AC: Any cosplay tips you can share with fellow cosplayers out there?



    M: I only can give one: Enjoy the Cosplay like you enjoy the Tales of Series.

    AC: We're sure you wouldn't want to divulge it just yet, but how are your preparations going for the Tales of Ambassador election?

    M: It's not exactly a secret. I will wear the cosplay of my favourite character, a strong woman, with a lot of power. Do you know who she is?

    AC: Any final words on the upcoming election?

    M: I'm sure we are going to spend good moments together, and I'm really excited to see a lot of Tales of cosplays and meet people who love the games and.... good luck and may the best win.



    Stay tuned tomorrow for one more special interview for the upcoming Tales of Ambassador Elections! The event itself will take place on July 3rd at Japan Expo 2015 in Paris!

    Posted by a745 on Jun 30, 2015 - 03:05pm PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Special Interview! Yasemin - Tales of Cosplay Competition German Winner

    a745

    Japan Expo 2015 is just around the corner, and so is the elections for the next Tales of Ambassador for Europe! To celebrate this event, we have a few interviews in the upcoming days.


    For our first interview, we have Yasemin. She was chosen as the winner of the Tales of Cosplay Competition in Leipziger Buchmesse last March of this year. She won cosplaying as Elize from Tales of Xillia and garnered a trip to Japan Expo 2015 in France and a unique canvas of Tales of Zestiria artwork. She'll also be participating in the upcoming Tales of Ambassador Elections.

    Abyssal Chronicles: First things first, why cosplay Elize? Is she your favorite character in the Series? If not, then who?

    Yasemin: Actually I had no idea about Elize, when I was asked by a friend to do her for a group Cosplay, for "Border Cosplay Competition" at AnimeCon in The Hague last year. And because she is always very supporting, I decided to inform myself and give it a try. I really liked Elize. Usually I'm not the "shy characters" type. But she goes through an amazing development and that makes her an interesting character. And of course I love her cute and fluffy outfit! ;D


    AC: How did you prepare for this particular cosplay? Was it difficult?

    I've never done a Cosplay with so much ruffles before... It was like hell. I spended hours on my sofa to make them.

    But my main problem was more the lack of time. I also had to prepare costumes for another Convention.

    But I could manage to finish everything in time. I'm quite fast with doing costumes, when I have an exact plan, how I want to make it, in my mind.

    Fortunately I've already had my costume for the pre-selection at the LBM ready.



    AC: How long have you been cosplaying, and which are your favorite cosplays so far? (can be non-Tales!)

    Y: I started with Cosplay in 2006, where I visited for the first time the Bookfair in Frankfurt as an very improvised Sakura from Naruto. But seriously I started Cosplay in 2011.


    I think one of my favourite Cosplays is my Black Widow (The Avengers) costume. I'm a big Marvel fan. The movie and her were the reason why I started reading Marvel Comics and why I became part of a wonderful fandom. And the costume is quite comfi. ;D



    AC: What/Who inspires you or motivates you to cosplay?


    Y: I always liked wearing costumes. Already as a kid I always wanted to be dressed up as my favourite characters from my favourite series and movies. Now I have the skills to make that wish come true. And of course the part to improve my skills and be creative is a very important point for my motivation. But the most fun part is, when your friends ask you to make up a group Cosplay and you can work together on your projects.


    AC: What's your favorite Tales game?

    Y: Well, I really loved Tales of Xillia. But I just started the second part of the game and I think it could become also a favourite. ;D


    AC: How did you start picking up the Tales of Series? What was your first Tales game?

    Y: Actually the story how I was asked to be Elize in a Cosplay group, was how I came to the Tales of games. Of course I've heard about them before, but never played one. And that point was the reason for me to start it. Thanks to my friend who asked me for the group, I got in contact with those lovely games.


    AC: Any cosplay tips you can share with fellow cosplayers out there?


    Y: Don't stress yourself! Make a clear plan or your project and think about how you want to make it. Preparation is the most important. If you don't know how to do something watch or read tutorials. Or use to possibility of Facebook Cosplay pages to search for Work in Progress pictures. Or simply ask another Cosplayer. Most of them are very helpful. bigsmile.gif AND if you do your costume for a specific event, arrange enough time for it.


    AC: We're sure you wouldn't want to divulge it just yet, but how are your preparations going for the Tales of Ambassador election?

    Y: Honestly it's exactly how it shouldn't be. I have a very stressful time at the moment. But I can manage to finish everything till my flight goes to Paris!


    AC: Any final words on the upcoming election?


    Y: I'm so excited to be part of that great event. It means so much to me. Especially because I didn't expect to win the pre-selection in Leipzig.
    I'm very happy that I got the chance to visit the Japan Expo in Paris. I'm sure it's going to be amazing! I'm looking forward to meet the other participants and to gain a unforgettable experience. Thanks to Bandai Namco to make this possible.


    Stay tuned tomorrow for even more special interviews for the upcoming Tales of Ambassador Elections! The event itself will take place on July 3rd at Japan Expo 2015 in Paris!

    Posted by a745 on Jun 30, 2015 - 06:18am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> New Tales of Berseria Screenshots, More Info On Velvet And The Game's Setting

    a745


    The official Tales of Berseria Japanese website has been updated with a few new screenshots plus some info on Velvet and the world the game will take place in.

    The info is basically a more detailed version of the info from Famitsu we posted a few days ago.




    Velvet (spelling official, though I guess there was no doubt about that)
    Gender: Female
    Age: 19
    Height: 170 cms ( roughly 5'7" )
    Voice Actor: Rina Satou
    Character Design: Mutsumi Inomata

    Velvet used to be a no-frills and very frank girl who held much love for her family, but she completely changed because of an incident that happened 3 years ago. It's as if her ability to smile has completely disappeared, and in exchange, cold emotions of anger and hatred bore fruit.

    This woman who has shut out her kindness and has let her cold fury burn will soon become an existence big enough to shake this world.


    Tales of Berseria will mainly take place in the Midgand Sacred Kingdom, a powerful country that rules over this world's archipelago of a continent. There are countless of islands around, and Midgand's rule crosses even the seas. Areas of land and islands in the game are divided into "territories."


    Though considered to be a part of the same kingdom, there are big climate and temperature differences between the northern and southern areas. These differences influence culture, architecture and the people's livelihood. In the recent years, the cold climate has been spreading around the world, most especially at the northern areas.


    Midgand is well-versed in the art of making ships and sailing that trade is actively done throughout different places. Weather changes and currents can be harsh, so these trade ships follow specific routes to travel safely, but these safety routes are often targeted by pirates...




    Areas in the game range from snowy, cold places, an island of everlasting summer, autumn colors and places where the sun sets. They aim to further diversify areas for a satisfying adventure for players.

    Tales of Berseria will be available for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. Release date is currently unknown.


    Posted by a745 on Jun 25, 2015 - 07:38am PDT     Post a Comment (4)
    >> Tales of Berseria's First Trailer Now Released! (Tales of Festival 2015 Trailer)

    PanbanRichard


    The first trailer for Tales of Berseria has been uploaded on the official Bandai Namco JP Youtube Account. It's the same one they showed during the Tales of Festival 2015. Check it out here:



    The trailer features some lines from Velvet as she's shown in a prison and on her ship. The trailer shows off several of the locales in game as well.

    Tales of Berseria will be available for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. Release date is currently unknown.


    Posted by PanbanRichard on Jun 21, 2015 - 08:11am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Check Out These Tales of Zestiria E3 Demo Clips

    PanbanRichard


    Thanks to RPGamer, we have some English gameplay footage of Tales of Zestiria from the Bandai Namco's show floor at E3. Check them out here:





    The demo is of the PS3 version of the game, and is split up into two parts, one of which featuring a part of the Story in the game. The videos show off certain elements such as localized terms, some of the subtitle placement, and the voice dubs of Edna, Normin & Dezel.

    Once again, special thanks to RPGamer for the footage.

    Tales of Zestiria was released in Japan on January 22, 2015, the PS3 & PS4 versions will be released in North America on October 20th, 2015 and Europe on October 16th, 2015. The PC version will be released at both regions on October 20th, 2015. Orders are still available at the following shops:


    Posted by PanbanRichard on Jun 17, 2015 - 01:47pm PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> (UPDATED) Tales of Berseria: Velvet's ufotable Art + More Info

    PanbanRichard


    UPDATE: Check out these high quality pics from Famitsu here.

    The latest Famitsu reveals Velvet's ufotable art on the cover plus some more details regarding Tales of Berseria.



    Info:
    - Velvet is 19 years old
    - She's 170cm in height
    - Release date and price not yet decided.
    - Game is 20% in development.

    Below is some more scans from Famitsu featuring concept art and some of the locales in-game.




    Tales of Berseria will be available for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. Release date is currently unknown.

    Posted by PanbanRichard on Jun 17, 2015 - 05:50am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Tales of Zestiria Announced For PS4 and PC For The West This October, New English Screenshots and Trailer Released

    a745

    Speculate no more! Bandai Namco Entertainment has just announced a PS4 and PC Steam version for Tales of Zestiria, coming to the West this October! We also have new screenshots and a trailer!

    Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced that aside for the PlayStation 3, Tales of Zestiria will be released for the PlayStation 4 and as a PC Digital Release for Steam! Check out the new trailer below!


    Other language versions of the trailer are available at Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe's YouTube channel.

    They've also finally given us release dates for both US and Europe:

    • Tales of Zestiria (PS3) - October 20 (US) | October 16 (EU)

    • Tales of Zestiria (PS4) - October 20 (US) | October 16 (EU)

    • Tales of Zestiria (PC Digital) - October 20 (both US and EU)

    *Brazil gets all the versions of the game October 23.

    It's again re-iterated that the game will have dual audio. The European versions as usual will have English, Spanish, French, Italian and German subtitles, but this time around, the PC and PS4 versions will also have Russian subtitles!

    Pack shots that were given in the press release notably have this "Bonus Content" text on it... what could it possibly mean? Hrmm.




    A bunch of new screenshots have also been released! Check them out below:




    No announcement yet if Japan will get this.

    To those who haven't seen it yet, Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe has also started an official blog! It's a place for the community to get together, so do visit it! They posted about this on their blog as well.

    Tales of Zestiria was released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and will be released in North America and Europe this Fall 2015. Orders are still available at the following shops:


    Posted by a745 on Jun 12, 2015 - 07:06am PDT     Post a Comment (3)
    >> Tales of Berseria Shonen Jump Article with More Details

    PanbanRichard


    The latest issue of Shonen Jump revealed some more information regarding Tales of Berseria and its protagonist, Velvet:



    Velvet (ベルベット, berubetto)
    Voice Actor: Rina Satou
    "I will not give up. No matter how much I have to, I'll devour them."

    - According to the scan, Velvet's whole life has changed due to an incident that occurred three years ago. Her existence can greatly shock the world.

    The game's setting takes place in Midgand, the Sacred Kingdom. The game's world revolves around advances in ship building and ship technology. Scattered about the Midgand Kingdom are several large lands and countless islands, and in the northern & southern areas of Midgand, the climate can range from intense winters to everlasting summers due to its soil.

    Tales of Berseria will be available for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. Release date is currently unknown.

    Posted by PanbanRichard on Jun 11, 2015 - 05:43pm PDT     Post a Comment (1)
    >> Bandai Namco Asia Lists Tales of Zestiria For PS4 and PC With October Release Dates

    a745

    Bandai Namco's Asia website had listed Tales of Zestiria for the PS4 and PC with October 2015 release dates, but have long since removed it at the time of posting.


    The listing in question was originally from this page of the Bandai Namco Asia/Singapore website. It was originally only visible on the mobile page of the site and not the desktop version, according to those who caught the website online.


    The page is a listing for Tales of Zestiria showing it on listed under platforms PS3, PS4 and PC. The PS3 listing only had "Autumn 2015" as a release date, but the PS4 and PC platforms on the other hand had these dates:


    October 16, 2015 for PS4


    and October 20, 2015 for PC

    Whether or not this is true, we still don't have official confirmation as of yet (despite the number of different leaks about the Zestiria PS4 and PC situation is...). The website page has already been updated at the time of writing.

    An accidental leak? Or a simple mistake? What do you guys think?

    Posted by a745 on Jun 08, 2015 - 02:55pm PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Tales Festival 2015 News Recap

    PanbanRichard


    Here's a summary post of all the news from Tales Festival 2015.





    New Tales: Tales of Berseria

    - Will be on Playstation 3 AND Playstation 4

    - Will feature a lead female protagonist, Velvet, voiced by Rina Satou and designed by Mutsumi Inomata.

    - Velvet appears to be a pirate as the trailer featured pirate themes and ships.

    - ufotable is in charge of the animated cutscenes.

    - According to the website, Kosuke Fujishima is also listed as a main character designer.

    - No background info was provided for Velvet or Berseria as they said it's not time to reveal it yet.

    - No localization plans announced at the moment.

    - The official website is up here.

    - Read the full news post here




    Tales of Zestiria TV Anime

    - Advertised as the Tales of 20th Anniversary Animation.

    - Animation done by ufotable.

    - Showed a new character in the trailer at the event. (View the trailer here)

    - Airs in 2016.

    - The teaser website is up here.

    - Read the full news post here




    Other News

    - ALTAiR announced Ludger & Julius figures, also showed a Ludger prototype at the event. (Full news post here)

    - A Tales of Museum will be open on the second floor of the Akihabara UDX in Japan from August 7-23, 2015. Will feature illustrations and the series' history. Entrance fee of 1,800 yen.

    - The Tales of Ichiban Kuji Lottery prizes will feature mini figures of the main Tales heroes.

    - An announcement that Tales of X Hello Kitty merchandise will be released in the future.


    Posted by PanbanRichard on Jun 07, 2015 - 05:21am PDT     Post a Comment (2)
    >> (UPDATED) Tales of Zestiria TV Anime For 2016 Announced For Tales 20th Anniversary, Trailer Out

    a745

    An anime TV series for Tales of Zestiria has just been announced over at Tales of Festival 2015!


    Well, that came out of nowhere! The anime, being called "Tales of 20th Anniversary Animation" will be done by ufotable! This might be an entire anime adaptation of the game and more, since it was mentioned that "The Shepherd's Journey transcends Zestiria."


    According to our Tales of Festival 2015 correspondent Momo, the trailer shown at Tales of Festival had a new, silver-haired character (Momo says he looks similar to Arslan from Arslan no Senki). There were also talks about a "continuation" of some sort. This anime could either be a direct adaptation, or possibly... a sequel?

    Beautiful screenshots of the trailer available below at our gallery:


    The official website was given and is now live.

    Question is... will the Alisha DLC be in it?

    Posted by a745 on Jun 07, 2015 - 02:41am PDT     Post a Comment (2)
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