The battle to stop Van and save the people of the world from annihilation was fought.
Well I just knew this episode was going to end ambiguously. This is not only because I played the game, but it just seemed to be building to that point. It really is annoying that you are left debating whether it is Luke at the end, or Asch, or some kind of mental fusion of the two of them. It seemed to hint a bit more at Luke, but it wasnâ€™t so definitive as to say it was Luke. I mean Asch had made some promises that needed to be kept. Be it to survive or to marry Natalia so he had a reason to be back. Being gone for two years makes you wonder what the truth is. It couldnâ€™t have taken two years to do that fusion thing. Luke seems more like the type to go and see the others almost immediately. Asch should have wanted to go see Natalia as well, but he has a habit of being a loner. Maybe they are both in there and were fighting for two years? It would have been so much simpler if they just brought both of them out rather than leaving it to the fans to say who they want. Leaving it ambiguous doesnâ€™t give a satisfying conclusion to anyone.
The final battle itself wasnâ€™t too bad. I mean you had everyone charging at Van and the guy kept it together. Once again it is Tearâ€™s fonic hymn that saves the day. Seriously she is the most powerful character in the entire series. Her song allowed the easy defeat of Sync, Legretta, and Van. Largo got a brutal strike early in the series by Jade and only survived because he had plot significance. Forget about Luke and all that stuff, she was the true powerhouse of the series. At least the characters got to show off numerous moves. Luke and Guy were the exceptions since they just charged in with swords swinging though I think Guy used a skill at least once. Mostly they just kept Van busy while Jade charged up his better moves. In the end Van lost because he didnâ€™t learn from his mistakes. Got caught up by Tearâ€™s fonic hymns at the start of the series and got beaten by them again here.
There wasnâ€™t too much of an epilogue, but we can assume the world has given up on the score. Though you wonder what kind of point Daath will have since the score no longer matters. I think Tear was giving Luke too much credit since I doubt the guy had a grand vision for the world. He was way too simple and focused on figuring himself out to have any real belief in how the world should turn out. But she does love the guy so Tear is bound to give Luke more credit.
There really isnâ€™t that much to say about the episode itself since most of it was the fight against Van. At least they gave a slight epilogue after the battle was over. But at the same time I wish there had been a little more than quick peeks at individual characters.
The major thing I worried about with this series was whether they could pull it off well within 24 or 26 episodes. There was a lot of material to go through and it seemed like it would be tough. In the end they managed it, but it really was a rushed series in some respects. Travel was completely negated in this series and you could almost feel like they teleported from location to location. Battles against random monsters along the way were also very limited. I can only remember a couple of occasions where they fought monsters on the way to getting somewhere. Similarly the boss battles were also pretty short. They just didnâ€™t have time to show major struggles until they got to the final few fights against the God Generals.
Speaking of boss fights this series really showed how cheap the protagonists can be. They have the boss completely outnumbered which is a pain to begin with. But as we saw against Van they can step back to heal themselves while constantly laying down the attacks. Not to mention Tear is the most broken character in the entire series. She doesnâ€™t need to do anything but stand there and paralyze the enemy. With numbers they can just rush in and kill the helpless boss without a struggle. The RPG genre is one where the good guys do whatever it takes to win.
But the series wasnâ€™t that bad overall. There were some pretty likable characters in the mix. Oddly enough itâ€™s God Generals like Asch and Arietta that remain at the top for me. There were multiple tragic figures that ended up involved in something that they shouldnâ€™t have been. Asch had his life ripped away from him and then was slowly being killed by the process. He had some problems and could be a jerk at times, but he wasnâ€™t a bad guy either. Thatâ€™s why I personally hope it was either him at the end. Every character had some major event or ghost in their past that tied into the story so all had an important reason to be fighting at the end. Itâ€™s kind of too bad that the show is over for that reason.
In the end Iâ€™d say this was a decent series, but not a great one by any stretch. They really would have been better served with more episodes to better spread things out. A feeling of rushing made the world feel so much smaller than it actually was. But it was a good journey and worth watching. Iâ€™d probably recommend the game since I did enjoy playing it. For a game being turned into an anime Tales of the Abyss did alright.