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Anise Tatlin
Anise Tatlin
Information
Game Tales of the Abyss
Hometown Daath
Age 13
Height 5'0" / 152 cm
Weight 93 lbs / 42 kg
Race Human
Occupation Fon Master Guardian
Weapon •Staff
Tokunaga
Japanese Voice Actor Haruko Momoi
Character Designer Kousuke Fujishima

Anise Tatlin (アニス・タトリン Anisu Tatorin?) is one of the protagonists and a Fon Master Guardian in Tales of the Abyss.

History

The true reason Anise is so greedy is because her parents, Oliver Tatlin and Pamela Tatlin, got themselves deep in debt. Due to their gullibility, they did not notice that they were being conned until most of their money was gone. Grand Maestro Mohs saw this and offered to take them out of debt, as long as they worked for him, so Anise could not refuse his demands, especially after Mohs took her parents hostage. This eventually led to Anise spying on the party, and giving away their location so that the God-Generals could attack them. Anise later betrayed them, taking Ion away to Mohs so Ion could read the Planetary Score. He died after reading this, making Anise feel responsible for his death. She makes amends with the party and rejoins the group, believing it to be what Ion would have wanted. When the party encounters Arietta in the Cheagle Woods, Anise fights her in a duel and wins. As Arietta dies, Anise mourns for her despite the animosity between the two.

Later in the story, when the party journeys to the Absorption Gate for the second time, Anise rescues a forgotten replica of Ion who was forced to read part of the Score that Mohs had obtained from Van. Despite having read part of the Score, this Ion replica survives and is brought back to Daath with the party. They decided to make this new replica the replacement for Ion, and he grows quite fond of Anise. When deciding on what to name the replica since the idea of "Ion" being alive would cause confusion, Anise gives the new Ion the name "Florian", making the Ion replica very happy. She promises to visit him more when the battle is over before the party goes on to confront Van at Eldrant.

In a manga sidestory titled "Dance Gaiden", Anise's secretive and mature nature is revealed to have stemmed from being bullied by a group of older female Oracle Knights out of jealousy for her position as Fon Master Guardian.

Appearance and Personality

Anise is often shown as a very outgoing girl. Her behavior is usually cheerful and childish, and all displeasing remarks are met with her trademark moan. At times she is openly violent and ruthless, such as an incident when she screams she will kill the "bastards" on the Tartarus after falling out of a window. However, she is careful not to show this side of her personality around Luke fon Fabre or Jade Curtiss. Underneath that giggly exterior, Anise is undeniably clever. She has a knack for taking advantage of people, from blackmailing Tear Grants into buying her cake after spotting the Melodist with a stuffed doll, to teasing the gynophobic Guy Cecil into submission. She is even able to convince Natalia Luzu Kimlasca-Lanvaldear that Van Grants can shoot lasers from his eyebrows, and she constantly teases Luke when she is not attempting to become his future bride.

But aside from the teasing, Anise proves to be remarkably mature for her age and even earns the trust of the cynical and unreadable Jade. She is precocious and surprisingly knowledgeable about the world, perhaps because she has seen the worst of it. But Anise is not one to reveal if she is sad or suffering. Instead, she puts on a resolute or cheerful front to cover up her true feelings. She is also very flirtatious, as a result of her family's financial problems. This causes her to latch onto any rich men she might encounter, especially Luke after discovering that he is the son of a duke. However, eventually she decides to give up on marrying into money and instead, aim to become the first female Fon Master to reform the Order to the way Ion wanted it, as a religion that saves people rather than controlling them.

Fighting Style

In battle, Anise is a force to be reckoned with due to her high physical defense and access to both melee and magical forms of attack. While she likes to claim that she is a delicate maiden who needs protection, Anise is more than capable of beating enemies to a pulp. Instead of fighting on foot, she rides her automated doll, Tokunaga, which she commands through her skills as a puppeteer to attack enemies using an unarmed martial style. However, compared to other characters, Anise is more susceptible to being damaged by area-based attacks due to Tokunaga's large size and decreased evasive abilities.

Nevertheless, Anise receives a higher HP progression and greater defense, allowing her to withstand extended enemy aggression. Her attack speed is also slower compared to other party members, but this enables her to keep enemies staggered while she performs her combos, allowing other characters to benefit from a less restrictive recovery period before resuming their own combos. She is also capable of casting fonic artes, mostly focused on the Light and Dark elements. Through these spells, Anise can create Light and Dark FOF Circles, which can enable elemental FOF Changes of all elements. While Anise can equip maces or rods to augment her physical and magical damage abilities, she only uses these weapons as part of her somatic spellcasting actions, completely relying on Tokunaga to deal physical damage.

Other Appearances

Chibi Anise

Tales of Hearts

Anise is available as a support arte using Sousenga and X-BUSTER, an arte normally accessible only when she's equipping the "Artificial Life Form" doll accessory in the original game.

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2

Anise appears in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 as a playable character, fighting on the back of Tokunaga. Anise arrives on the Van Eltia after Paneer alerts Jade that a someone who knows him has arrived on the ship. Anise explains to Jade the information she got while out and decides to stay on the ship. When the player chooses a male character she will often fantasizes about her and the Protagonist being together. Halfway through the game the player is forced a Dark Character of Anise born of her sorrow and grief. The weapon Anise uses throughout the game is the "Fonic Mace".

Tales of VS.

Anise is a unlockable character in Tales of VS. She fights alongside Jade in his story mode.

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3

Anime Concept Anise

Concept artwork for the Tales of the Abyss anime.

Anise appears in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 as a playable character. Although she does not have a specific role in the story, she is recruitable after completing Jade's personal quest, in which he is searching for her. She can be located in the second area of Sacred Mountain Absol during the last mission with Veigue Lungberg and Spada Belforma.

Trivia

  • Anise's outfit appears as a costume for Patty Fleur in Tales of Vesperia. Her outfit also appears as a costume for Sophie in Tales of Graces ƒ. While her costume is equipped, the battle theme changes to an arrangement of "The Edge of a Decision", the second normal battle theme of Tales of the Abyss. The victory theme also changes to the fanfare used in Tales of the Abyss.
  • Anise is mentioned in a skit in Tales of Graces ƒ. When Asbel Lhant is looking through the marriage proposals on his desk, he notices that one of them is from Anise. However, Asbel ignores it, since the proposal states she is only 13-years-old, but he mentions how Anise reminds him of Cheria Barnes when she was that age.


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