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I met Hideo Baba again at the London Comic Con! He actually called me by my name when he first saw me and thanked me for coming to see him again, then gave me another hug! (He also thanked me for the cakes last time, but I’m so happy he recognised me!). 

I asked him to sign my notebook and he wrote a message in there instead! I was really touched! His translator hadn’t seen that signature before but twitter detectives concluded it’s because his name contains the same kanji as horse.

The never ending Sormik discussion

Honestly my dash is daily full of people argumenting about Sormik (and why it’s canon/not canon) and this needs to stop. It’s freaking as canon as a gay ship can be, and it’s done delicately and beautifully. Bandai Namco (specifically, Hideo Baba) stated it’s canon, and they gave a shit ton of hints in the game. Done. Get over your homophobia and face the truth a game from Japan involved homosexual characters. If you’re just some ignorant shit who can’t accept facts, then please just shut up and leave the people who in fact do want to enjoy the ship alone.

It just happens because it’s a gay ship. Honestly, if one of the two were a woman, then no one would complain. Apparently, people need the authors to scream “THESE TWO ARE CANON” and even then they’d get doubted lmao.

Update: I by any means do not want to say that it’s not okay to ship something else in Zestiria (e.g. Sorali). Just saying the hate on Sormik needs to stop.
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So during NärCon in Sweden 2013 I was one of 4 happy people who got to eat breakfast at a Hotel with Hideo Baba. He told us that he loved the kebab pizza (a Swedish favorite) he had eaten the day before, so we all joked about how he should add it as a recipe in the next Tales game.

He recently was in Sweden again, and after reminding him on Twitter, Baba-san seemed excited to eat kebab pizza again.

Aaaand Jesus Christ, I didn’t think he’d actually put it in the game, but he did :D Seems to give you 40% HP, which is about right if you ask me \ o /

The Tales of Zestiria presentation in a few pics!

It’s being developed for the PS3

And the animation will yet again be done by ufotable, who also did the animation to Tales of Xillia and are well known for other things, like the FATE series!

The main characters are called Slay and Alicia!

Slay is being voiced by Kimura Ryouhei, also known as Kise Ryouta from KnB and Judal from Magi!

Alicia will be voiced by Kayano Ai, known as the voice behind Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown

Slay seems to be using his fists and a sword in battle, whereas Alicia uses her lance!

Yay  I’m back from the Zestiria event in Milan *^* What a wonderful day *^*

The Zestiria presentation was just a “preview” in which only Sorey, Alisha, Mikleo and Lailah were presented, alongside the second japanese PV (subtitled in English). We hardcore fans already know all those informations, but it was really cool to see them on the big screen (and I was in the first row uhuhuh)

Fun fact: before the Zestiria presentation there was the presentation of the new Dragon Ball game (Dragon Ball Xenoverse). When Baba took his place near the big screen, there still was the Dragon Ball image, and he started with “Hello, I’m here to present to you the new Dragon Ball game” XD And while explaining the Sorey+Lailah fusion he said “which is not the Fusion in Dragon Ball” LOL Baba.

We had anyway the chance to know the localized names of some terms.

(in brakets there are the fan romanizations)

  • Glenwood (Greenwood)
  • Hyland (Highland)
  • Rolans (Lowlance)
  • Shepherd (the Monk/Priest)
  • Seraph (the Divine/Tenzoku)
  • Armatisation (the Kamui/Fusion)

I will make another post about these names when I will get the photos :) (I could’ve misspelled something) I don’t really like the “Shepherd” and “Armatisation” terms x.x

At the end of the presentation he also briefly showed Tales of Hearts R (just the preorder bonuses)

The bad news is that we couldn’t ask about the japanese informations, we could only ask something about the trailer and the information shown at the event. So no infos about Zaveid, no why Rose is apparently more important that Alisha and so on. Baba just replied “sorry but I can’t answer that now” T^T But he confirmed that the characters’ position in the cover has its importance.

The other bad news (really bad for me T^T) is that we couldn’t try the demo because of some kind of “problems” :/ Ouch, I really wanted to play with it.

Anyway I got again the chance to have some others Baba signatures XD

This time I didn’t bring anything to sign with me, but my dear friend rozenneige212 surprised me with a late birthday present, a Tales of Magazine issue, so I got that signed <3 (with some postcards that they gave us at the event) Baba asked me where did I bought it, and with my poor Japanese (I didn’t even realized that I started talking in Japanese x.x and we totally ignored his interpreter, poor girl XD) I told him they can be found online, but that one was a present from my friend ùwù

He also signed a photo we took together back in May 2013 (he remembered abou it :3)

I really enjoyed the day, I had the chance to meet new “Tales of” fans, my old dear friend and Baba-san *_* Awww <3

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In cosplay, at the hotel, leaving our luggage in storage for the day. As I head out the door I hear an excited voice: “Jeido!”

There’s a really sweet man standing there with his suitcase, grinning, and we say hi to each other, and I think his face looks awfully familiar. No… it can’t be… Can it? At which point two things happen. First I notice the “Bandai Namco” tag around his neck, and second tundrasretreat (dressed as Peony) makes an incredibly high-pitched noise and rushes over excitedly, greeting him and asking for an autograph. Hideo Baba, Tales of producer was staying at the same hotel. Aasdfasgasd SO EXCITED. (We were lucky we went to the Bandai Namco panel the previous day so we were able to recognise him!)

I got one of my Jade cards and my spear signed :3 I will cherish them forever. We also met him later in the actual expo centre and got a photo. Best day ever. (He also signed the rappig tundrasretreat made.)

peredhil was our Guy, jupiterlightning our Asch, drunkbritwithacupoftea the fabulous Dist, tundrasretreat the one and only Peony, our friend Sam who doesn’t have a tumblr and should definitely get a tumblr, Tear, and I was Jade.

change.org
Bandai Namco, Hideo Baba: Bring Tales of Zestiria PS3 Collectors' Edition to North America
Many fans have become disappointed after learning that the newest Tales of game would not receive a PS3 Collectors' Edition in North America. After making the statement that the series would not soon be advancing to the PlayStation 4 platform, it seems unfair that the Collectors' Edition is being released everywhere else on both the PS3 and PS4. It is not okay to neglect North American fans by not offering a PS3 Collectors' Edition.

Let’s see if we can make a change!

I’m also going to be writing letters to Namdai over this event.

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AND THEN…. THE BIG BIBLE OF TALES.

No but in reality it’s the 15th Anniversary book, with ALL of the games, and I mean ALLLLLL of them inside. Even the obscure ones like Tales of Mobile, Dawn of the New World, Tales of Phantasia X, Tempest, EVERYTHING MAAAAN.

AND INSIDE OF IT, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, TALES OF FANS EVERYWHERE…. THE BIGGEST PART OF THIS WHOLE THING.

HIDEO BABA’S SIGNATURE INSIDE THE BOOK.

Apparently this book is a collectors item, and REALLY hard to find, which is why there was only 2 copies I could find in the whole convention, and cost me nearly some body parts to buy. But the people at the Namco Bandai booth were amazed I had the book and told me that I was a lucky fan to own this. So APPARENTLY it’s worth something good.. (though i have to wonder since the original price was only 2800yen……. lol)

But NOW THAT I HAVE BABA’S SIGNATURE IN IT, ITS MY FAVORITE TALES PIECE EVER.

It’s going on my shelf all pretty like to be displayed.

It even has built in cloth bookmarks man! TWO OF THEM!!