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Tales of The Abyss has always been my favourite of the games. I find inspiration in almost all of the characters, even ones not in the main party. They all are just so special to me in every way. I played it when I was much younger, and then picked it up again maybe a year and a half ago. I was going through a really rough time in my life, emotions-wise, and was pretty torn up about some stuff that had happened to me in my past. Luke’s words, “You can’t go forward if you keep looking back” almost brought me to tears, and I realized that it really is true. Someday, I’d like to get those words tattooed on my wrist, over my old and fading scars. Because Luke and the others taught me that I really can’t keep moving forward and growing and becoming a better person if I’m stuck in the past.

Submitted by raeosunshine

How I learned about the Tales series is a funny story.

A friend of mine in DeviantArt always talked about Kratos. Back then, the only Kratos I knew of was the one from God of War. I found myself always ticked off because whenever I get online, he’s always Kratos Kratos Kratos. He even said one of his characters and story plots were influenced by Kratos! All I could think of about him that time was ‘annoying fanboy’, which is kind of ironic, considering that I always talked about the Super Smash Bros. series nonstop back then.

One time while we were on chat, I found him blabbering on about the new episode of the OVA that had been released on YouTube with subtitles. He kept crying on about how Regal and Alicia’s story was so sad. Take note that I knew nothing about Symphonia, so the names were foreign to me. He bugged me to watch the episode, over and over. Just to get him to keep quiet, I did. At first, I was unamused. Then slowly, I got interested about the story, since I didn’t know who Presea, Zelos, Lloyd, etc. were. From there, I began watching the whole OVA.

Eventually, I found myself hooked on Tales of Symphonia, especially with Kratos. I began researching every single information I could about them, reading the manga, etc. This was also how I found out that my classmate in high school was a fan of Symphonia as well.

This eventually lead to me learning more about the whole Tales series. And not once did I regret it.

After that, I was an obsessive Kratos Aurion fan, which annoyed my DeviantArt friend because I knew now much more than he did. The tables were turned, but we’re still friends. It’s been two years since I got into the series, so I really have to thank him for that.

Submitted by mallowkey

I really adore how much the Namdai team has worked on the tales character’s relationship to one another, especially the best-friendships. Each game seems to present another aspect of it and I think it’s marvelous how deep these can reach. Really, from Phantasia to Xillia, every best friends relationship has moved me in one way or another and I mostly can reflect on them with my own best pal. Tales for life I say.

Submitted by Anonymous.