Pointless Zestiria X post (you can skip it) Talk about sormik, other canons and silly dreams
You know I had dream tonight about last
episode of anime. It’s coming close so idea of going through sea of
salt once more (after almost month of curing my wounded soul)
started to stress out my brain once more. Not mention reading
yesterday post about salty comment about possible Sorali ending.
I don’t think that it’s a case. It
would be like Namco shooting themselves into heads. They already
posted article in „Romance” newspaper in japan featuring Sorey
and Mikleo. They probably see that posts saying about sormik on
unfotable tweeter have more like 600+ favs when normal Zestiria X and
Alisha things have like 50-/+. They wouldn’t bring the wave of hate
on themselves if they are sane.
Yet, I’m not looking forward to read
about last episode of anime.
So, back to my dream. I dream story for
last episode of anime where Ufotable made Heldalf disappear in first
seconds of episode like Smaug dies in first 10 minutes of 3rd Hobbit.
So after that Sorey is possessed by new bad guy jumping from nowhere.
Team fights him and after beating Sorey to the ground team doesn’t know
how to return Sorey back to normal. Then Mikleo leaned down to kiss
him. Camera doesn’t show it clearly but you know Mikleo is kissing
Sorey (as to not cross line to showing their lips together in anime,
airing in japan since they aren’t open to things like that).
Sorey is returned to normal. There is
skip after all that to inn room where Sorey and Mikleo is talking
about last battle and what to do next. Mikleo is still shaken by last
battle and fact someone possessed Sorey. They sitting around 15
centimeters away from each other but Sorey rises his arm above
Mikleo’s shoulder and says sorry for worrying him and giving him his
support ( whole anime didn’t do even single scene like this, when
Sorey is grateful for Mikleo’s feelings, like he was in game and
seeing this made me really happy in my dream). Anyway Mikleo is moved
and he falls with his head on Sorey’s lap and cries.
There is where my dream ended and I was
sad that it wasn’t real. It was damn stupid, it was cliche, it was cheesy, it was silly for Mikleo to act like this. And yet I can feel
that real last episode of anime is going to be worst than this. Worst
than silly dream just like rest of episodes were.
I’m not saying that Sorey and Mikleo
romance was perfect in game. If you watch scenes and skits clearly
you can see how much they take care of each other. We have famous
Sauna skit. But they aren’t labeled as romance and that’s Sormik main
problem. Namco made them always stood beside each other but always
with some space between them. Many scenes just scream that this is the
right moment for them to hold hands or just put hand on other’s
shoulder. I’m not talking about kissing, none tales story had it, but
since one putting of Mikleo’s hand on Sorey’s shoulder we didn’t get
anything like this later. I read somewhere that while making game
they have „toned down” their relationship, yet I don’t know if that’s true/real. I
didn’t saw note talking about it myself. The other question if it’s
real is what they „toned down”? Did Sorey and Mikleo hugged? Did
they held hands on some point? We will never know.
We have words of „One and only” but
that all we got and it would never let some people stop screaming
that Sormik isn’t canon. We have „unfinished” confession from
Mikleo. Because I think it’s main problem that made anime look like
this. That made sormik fandom die faster than you can say Xenosaga.
There is no clear announcement that
Sormik was suppose to be canon. Not in game. Not in anime. The words
of „one and only” aren’t enough for some people. No amount of
explain behind Alisha leaving party, Mikleo being Sorey’s one and
only, that Sorey and any girl would work out going to change people
I don’t think fans who support Sormik
need any more prof of them being canon. It would be nice but not
necessary. We want it so others could stop hurt Mikleo, so both Sorey
and Mikleo could be happy and other characters could be themselves.
When I thought about romances in tales
games, and yes I played them for 10 years right now, many romances
weren’t greatly done. But since it’s boyxgirl it’s easier to find
simple looking in eyes with affection, grab hands or supporting each
other as romance affection.
Sormik as it is now it’s hard to
clearly label as romantic for everyone. Some may think it more or
less or just simply brothers relationship.
Let’s look at other Tales games. At
beginning I want to say that I support those couples too just like Sormik.
I think most unclear romance is
YurixEstelle. After watching gameplay I asked myself question, was
that love? Or simply friendship? Really, compare to those two Sormik
is already romance. Someone can say but Yuri tried save Estelle so
many times! They had alone talk with each other before final battle.
Sorey and Mikleo had moments alike this
a lot with other ones and I don’t think Yuri even once said Estelle
looks sexy after sauna. If YurixEstelle are canon then Sormik too in
Tales of games style.
LloydxCollete was nice done, we clearly
see Lloyd care for Collette and it’s not only because she’s his
childhood friend. Symphonia anime, also made by Ufotable was heaven
compare to Zestiria. It followed main plot, didn’t change characters
personalities and the most important thing, it cherished
LloydxCollette canon. So don’t get me wrong over hating Zestiria X. I
wanted simply repeat from Symphonia, to see Zestiria story/moments as
anime and I got something that trashed plot and characters.
Xillia, as much as it’s
clear that canon pair is JudexMilla they doesn’t touch or kiss to
feel that they are canon. They only hold hands at the end before…
they simply parting ways. I remember loving those two, Jude’s love
for Milla was so sweet and ending broke me. I never played Xillia 2
because I was afraid it would ruin my beloved canon. Did someone said
that Milla didn’t start to romantically care for Jude, or Jude for
Milla? No. Even the reality when he was human (ehem Sorey) and she
spirit (ehem Mikleo) didn’t make canon less possible. Milla may over
live Jude, but that’s another story.
From all clearly romance canon couples
from Tales games I can say are: ShingxKohaku (he clearly says in game
at least twice that he loves Kohaku), KylexReala (this whole game
goes around their romance and later when Reala’s going to disappear
Kyle don’t want for that to happen. They hug a lot too.
Tales of games have a lot cuples that
comes from childhood friends: ReidxFarah, VeiguexClaire,
LloydxCollette, AsbelxCheria, SenelxShirley (if in the end
they are canon… Well, their relationship is complicated too, first
Senel loves Shirley’s sister, but she died, then some people ship
him hard with Chloe (ehem… she tried to kill him)) and SoreyxMikleo
are just as another one of those couples.
So, to end this post, anime isn’t going
to help Sormik matter, it made it only worse. I don’t think we ever
get side story in any crossover game that would say „Sormik are
romantic canon.” There is no way, even other canon couples rarely
get their relationship on romance level in those games (usually they
are at beginning level when they just know each other for some time example: LukexTear, LloydxCollette are mostly childhood friends
usualy). We won’t be able to hear anything beyond „Sorey wants to
spend rest of his life with his CHILDHOOD friend Mikleo” (Asteria’s
radio audition) or Sorey knew Mikleo’s true name but oh well they are
boys, it doesn’t mean Mikleo told it as romantic confession
(Berseria, Berseria guide that says it’s different when boy telling
another boy his true name). Even Zelos joking about Sorey and Mikleo being on date (Asteria) isn’t going to help everyone view Sormik as canon or let tell sormik supporters that we have nothing to worry about and just enjoy canonical Sormik.
First episodes of anime gave hope about
Sormik being something even more big than in game, but it was quickly
destroyed. It was treated even worse from episode to episode. What comes from Ufotable sketch of Sorey and Mikleo sleeping on eachother shoulder, close and happy if it wasn’t in anime?
As for myself I’m sad about anime waste
as whole Zestiria, not only Sormik. I don’t care how Zestiria X looks
like, I don’t need to watch it. But each time I think that we never
going to get because of Zestiria X a GOOD adaptation of game like Abyss or Symphonia had
(gosh, even eternia was better, at least characters wasn’t so ooc
even if it plot was awful, graphic too, but it was in the end only
filler to main story. No one tried to change main plot). Chances for
reboot of anime is 0%. That’s it. We never see tickle fight, fake
marriage scene, Sorey losing his resonance, Rose hitting him, Dezel
death (no, no kamikaze kill without real reason), fight with Tiamat,
night at Lastonbell, EVERYONE seeing Sorey and Mikleo’s past, the
ending of story… The only nice scene from game we got was Sorey
holding his breath to let Alisha communicate with Lailah. That’s all.
I love Zestiria OVA. It has perfect
pacing and it was close as possible to game. I just simply wish we
got something like this instead of Zestiria X.
Tales of Graces! …I should have seen this one coming.
best girl? Sophie. I don’t really like Cheria that much and I don’t have much to say about Pascal..? Sophie was just yet another to be forever protected. She gave me so much feels. I love Kana Hanazawa in the Japanese version too.
best boy? Richard. Surprisingly to most, Richard is my second favorite Tales character of all time. I love him in words that only senpai could best describe. I really took to him and I was genuinely disappointed when he left your party for the whole game (for obvious reasons, but still!!) I may have a thing for the tragic ones. Though his seiyuu is also my all time favorite, Daisuke Namikawa.
any ship/s? No. I will joke about the AsbelxRichard because the game at points really doesn’t do itself justice in implying that at times. I’m aware AsbelxCheria is a thing too, though I’m unhappy on how Lineage & Legacies heavily forced it.
favorite part of the game? It’s been a long time since I played Graces… Can I just say all of L&L since I have Richard in the party?
opinion on the mascot character (if applicable)? There… isn’t one?
opinion on villain/s? (in the least spoilery way) I cant talk about Lambda without spoilers, or the King of Windor himself. Though I wouldn’t have it any other way, it makes the game what it is, even if I want him in my party the whole game… Cedric is a dick, he can go die. Same with Emeraude. I don’t really have an opinion on the Fodra Queen since there isn’t really much to say on her.
main team of 4, and who did you play as mostly? Richard, Richard, Richard and Richard– Not really. Asbel, Sophie, Hubert and Cheria. I took out Cheria for Richard in L&L.
favorite town/city/area? Barona is my favorite town, my favorite area would be Windor. Dungeon… I love the design for the Ghardia Shaft, but the color puzzle sucked.
favorite or most used arte? I cant remember what I used the most, but I remember frequently using Rekkuujin (Void Sword), Rekkaiou (Ruinous Bloom) and Maou Engekiha (Infernal Torrent).
favorite music track? Somewhere between this and this.
favorite monster? Um… I do like some of the Nova Monster designs. Perhaps the Halphas?