As several of my past posts have indicated, I have played and beat en the Tears to Tiara game, I did so before watching the new Tears to Tiara anime. Now, for those that donâ€™t know there is the original PC release of the game and then a recent PS3 remake. The anime is based off of the PS3 remake. The most notable changes between the PC version and the PS3 one is simply updated character designs and probably a couple of extra scenes or dungeons. However, this post is about the character design updates. I didnâ€™t see what the characters looked like in the PS3 version before playing the PC version. It was only after I beat it that I got a look at what the characters look like in the PS3 game and new anime and OH MY GOD! THEY ARE HUGELY DIFFERENT! And thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m going to rant about here. After the jump there is a big picture showing the comparison of the characters.
Big picture comparison after the jump.
(Clicking picture links to larger size of the picture.)
As you can see here from the picture, borrowed from Sanaku Complex, this is just immensely different in so many occasions. My first thought was of horror upon seeing this. I just spent a good 25 hours playing the PC version of the game. That involves pretty much staring at these character models of hours upon hours while I listen and read text. These character models got so ingrained in me that upon seeing these new ones, itâ€™s justâ€¦..a total shockâ€¦ Iâ€™m almost speechless, but not so speechless that I canâ€™t rant about it.
First, before I get into some of the more meaningful stuff, Iâ€™m going to go one by one down the list of the characters pictured above and point out the changes and why to me personally they are mostly bad. Although they may look nicer to someone who hasnâ€™t experienced the game or anime, after really knowing the characters, Iâ€™ll give my impressions.
Arawn: Arawn isnâ€™t actually that bad. Itâ€™s mostly the same, except he looks MUCH younger. Itâ€™s not that gif of a deal, but in the PC version he comes across as much wiser and having things planned out. His age gives him a kind of way about him that shows heâ€™s just in charge; a younger version may have less of that.
Riannon: Riannon is a pretty damn big change. I mean, just look at the picture, different hair color and style fortunately though, her new look doesnâ€™t really seem to give off the feeling of a different personality. However since sheâ€™s such an important character, such a drastic change like that does kind of have a big impact, but as I said the look does give off the same feeling of her personality.
Arthur: This one is HUGE, and probably the one I have the most trouble with just based off of how important he is and how different he looks. I mean, just look at it. Not only does he look completely different, but he looks give off different personality impressions. He is supposed to be young and naÃ¯ve, but meaning well. He seems far too powerful and experienced in OP I saw, not to mention heâ€™s not got some weird gay fur model thing going on with his exposed stomach which isn’t good at allâ€¦
Morgan: Moragn seems like sheâ€™ snot that different, but I just canâ€™t get over it for some reason. She seems too different. From the video I saw and the picture she seems like sheâ€™s tooâ€¦.smart and strong. Sheâ€™s supposed to kind of have this charming quality of being naive and not knowing what’s going on, but having a strong heart of wanting to do stuff. Sheâ€™s supposed to be very childish; she seems too mature, mentally.
Octavia: She doesnâ€™t actually look that different, and honestly does look a bit better. This is one of the only characters that looks slightly better and not THAT different. Plus sheâ€™s not that important anyways, so itâ€™s not a HUGE deal either way. Why canâ€™t the important characters have little but better changeâ€¦
Ermin: This isâ€¦a huge difference. Iâ€™m not quite sure what to make of this, as Ermin is a kind of weird character. She has some quirks and is fairly funny. I actually have a feeling that the look gives off the same kind of personality, the innocent naivety, the mischievous, yet are just drastically different.
Limwris: She doesnâ€™t look that different. The picture seems to make it seem like sheâ€™s not as nice, but it can easily be the picture. Sheâ€™s not bad, one of the cases of a very little change and if anything slightly better.
Ogam: Ogam doesnâ€™t look too different, except for his face there isnâ€™t much change at all. He does seem like heâ€™s more mean and strict in the new picture, but itâ€™s not a big deal. His old picture gives off that feeling too even though his character isnâ€™t quite like that, so Ogam is one of the few I donâ€™t have a huge problem with.
Epona: Epona isnâ€™t a hugely important character, although one of my favorites personality wise, so her change isnâ€™t that big. Her new looks seems to give off a kind of seriousness to it that her character doesnâ€™t seem to fit. Sheâ€™s supposed to seem innocent and kind but actually be quite the merchant and crafty. She seems too mean, sheâ€™s not meanâ€¦
Llyr: This is one of the biggest and most drastic changes and one that I am very concerned about. Llyr is a very shy, character. She has absolutely no confidence and continually gives off a feeling of being so drastically frail. Thatâ€™s just her character. Sheâ€™s extremely cute how she gets worried about something and so endearing to see her accomplish something simple that she is worried about. In the new design she seems so much more elegant and, well powerful. Thatâ€™s just not her character. Hopefully itâ€™s only in her looks and design, but the impression is still there.
Rathty: This one kind of bothers me, but I donâ€™t want to say much because it may spoil it. Rathtyâ€™s look is just so much more feminine, and Rathy is supposed to kind of come across just differently. This one isnâ€™t too bad, but the character design just goes in a different direction. In the PC version Rathy looks more boyish but looks defiantly more girly in the new one.
Taliesin: This one is pretty fine I think. In fact, I see nothing wrong with it. First off the look isnâ€™t very different at all. He is one of my favorite characters and Iâ€™m glad itâ€™s not that different, if anything slightly better.
Gaius: He looks far more evil in the new version. He looks older and justâ€¦well, evil. It just seems like he isnâ€™t supposed to come across like that. Although heâ€™s an enemy, there’s something about his character where he looks somewhat charming and clever about things, not ruthlessly mean. But heâ€™s, again, a bad guy so there isnâ€™t that much concern for it.
Now honestly I do have to say that these character designs, the new ones, donâ€™t look bad by any means. For someone who knows nothing of the original PC version of the game and just knows the anime or PS3 version, thereâ€™s nothing wrong with them. And looking at things a bit more objectively, the designs are fine and for someone with no experience with either game they would probably pick the new ones if asked what looks better. Iâ€™m just saying that I understand that the newer designs arenâ€™t bad, but itâ€™s just a different matter for me personally.
The real issue simply comes with me being so used to these characters. For me, â€œTears to Tiaraâ€ will be those old character models, no matter how good the anime is, itâ€™s just the fact that I originally played and beat the game, thatâ€™s what the game is essentially to me. Whenever there is such a change between different mediums of one source the first one you experience is just so ingrained in you that any change no matter how objectively good it is, is justâ€¦wrong.
However, I want to reiterate that these new designs arenâ€™t bad, and for someone with no experience the new ones may look better, but for me Iâ€™ll always prefer the old models just because thatâ€™s what I experienced first. Those are the characters that I saw progress though the plot, not these new ones.