Tales of the Abyss (anime)

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Tales of the Abyss
TotA (Anime) Cover
Publishers Bandai Visual
Animators Sunrise
Japanese Releases October 3, 2008
Opening Theme "Karma" by Bump of Chicken
Ending Theme "Bouken Suisei" by Kurumi Enomoto

Tales of the Abyss is a 26-episode Japanese animation series jointly produced by Bandai Visual, Namco, and Sunrise. It is based on the PlayStation 2 game of the same name. Directed by Kenji Kodama, the first episode premiered in Japan on Tokyo MX TV on October 3, 2008. Two pieces of theme music are used for the episodes: one opening theme and one ending theme. The opening theme, "Karma" by Bump of Chicken, is the original opening theme for the source game. The ending theme is "Bouken Suisei" (冒険彗星?) by Kurumi Enomoto.

Unlike other Tales animated series, this particular anime chronicles the events of the game it is based on efficiently, condensing only when necessary and not adding any additional storyline. Being the longest Tales anime adaptation, it is able to follow the game's story without omitting major characters or events.


Taking place in a fantasy world, the story focuses on Luke fon Fabre, a young swordsman whose pampered life turns upside down when he unwittingly becomes the target of a military-religious organization known as the Order of Lorelei, who believe him to be the key to an ancient prophecy. Together with his companions, Luke attempts to discover the truth and significance of his own birth, as well as unravel the mystery of the Score, a prophecy that has bound humanity's actions for thousands of years.


  1. "Sukoa no Sekai" (預言の世界?, "World of the Score") - Release date: October 3, 2008.
  2. "Seijuu no Mori" (聖獣の森?, "Sacred Beast Woods") - Release date: October 5, 2008.
  3. "Orakuru Raishuu" (神託の盾来襲?, "Oracle Knights Attack") - Release date: October 12, 2008.
  4. "Kakusareta Shinjitsu" (隠された真実?, "The Hidden Truth") - Release date: October 19, 2008.
  5. "Erabareshi Eiyuu" (選ばれし英雄?, "Chosen Hero") - Release date: October 26, 2008.
  6. "Sabaku no Ame" (砂漠の雨?, "Desert Rain") - Release date: November 2, 2008.
  7. "Koritsu" (孤立?, "Isolation") - Release date: November 9, 2008.
  8. "Houraku" (崩落?, "Collapse") - Release date: November 16, 2008.
  9. "Ubawareshimono" (奪われし者?, "The Usurped One") - Release date: November 23, 2008.
  10. "Tsugunai no Kikan" (償いの帰還?, "Return of Atonement") - Release date: November 30, 2008.
  11. "Yuki Furu Machi" (雪降る街?, "City of Falling Snow") - Release date: December 7, 2008.
  12. "Mizu no Toshi" (水の都?, "Water Metropolis") - Release date: December 14, 2008.
  13. "Kaisen" (開戦?, "Outbreak of War") - Release date: December 21, 2008.
  14. "Tozasareta Kako" (閉ざされた過去?, "Sealed Past") - Release date: December 28, 2008.
  15. "Sorezore no Ketsui" (それぞれの決意?, "Their Decisions") - Release date: January 9, 2009.
  16. "Chikaku Totsunyuu Sakusen" (地核突入作戦?, "The Core Entry Operation") - Release date: January 16, 2009.
  17. "Hourai no Jokyoku" (崩壊の序曲?, "Overture to Collapse") - Release date: January 23, 2009.
  18. "Abusoobu Geeto" (アブソーブゲート?, "Absorption Gate") - Release date: January 30, 2009.
  19. "Saigo no Sukoa" (最期の預言?, "Final Score") - Release date: February 6, 2009.
  20. "Mori no Bohyou" (森の墓標?, "Forest Gravestone") - Release date: February 13, 2009.
  21. "Inishie no Tou" (古の塔?, "Ancient Tower") - Release date: February 20, 2009.
  22. "Kieyukusha" (消えゆく者?, "The One Who Vanishes") - Release date: February 27, 2009.
  23. "Kanashiki Ketsubetsu" (悲しき決別?, "Sorrowful Parting") - Release date: March 6, 2009.
  24. "Eikou no Daichi" (栄光の大地?, "The Land of Glory") - Release date: March 13, 2009.
  25. "Sonzai wa Kakete" (存在を賭けて?, "Venture it All") - Release date: March 20, 2009.
  26. "Arata na Sekai" (新たな世界?, "New World") - Release date: March 27, 2009.


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