Velvet’s Break Soul – “Consuming Claw”: Attack-dedicated ability combining enhancement and special attack.
By eating an enemy’s ability using the power of her mutated left hand, Velvet can be enhanced and become “Therionized”. While in this state, if she can meet a certain condition, she can execute a special arte that changes depending on the type of enemy you’re up against.
If the enemy is a Beast, ”Scarlet Edge” is the special arte. Strengthened effect: The stronger attack power the enemy has, the bigger damage she can deal.
If the enemy is Amorphous, “Thunder Blitz” is the special arte. Strengthened effect: The higher defense the enemy has, the bigger damage she can deal.
In return for this enhanced ability, her HP decreases gradually, but the less HP she has, the stronger her special arte can be. Thus she can make the best use of her special arte if you can fight cleverly.
Laphicet’s Break Soul – “Divide Pain”: The effect expands on the battle field and improves the survival rate.
When he executes “Divide Pain”, Laphicet can create a field that decreases enemy damage by half for five seconds. When the effect of this field ends, the HP of all characters is restored. This field also has an attack effect. If he can hit a guarding enemy, he can break the enemy’s guard.
His ability comes in very handy when your party is in a pinch! For example if they’re surrounded or fighting with much stronger foes.
Rokurou’s Break Soul – “Retribution”: When mastered, it is a powerful counter!
When Rokurou is struck by an enemy’s attack, he can invoke a strong counter arte. This is a difficult action to perform but the effect is very strong and when it succeeds it heals his HP. This is especially effective against enemies that over swing to attack. But if you can master it, Rokurou can take on pretty much any enemy! If his counter succeeds, he can execute the counter arte “Vengeful Strike”. If he executes Break Soul effectively when being surrounded by enemies, his counter can hit the enemies around him.
Magilou’s Break Soul – “Spell Absorber”: Anti-magic-dedicated ability that can cancel enemy’s casting
If Magilou uses this while an enemy is casting, she can cancel the enemy’s action. At the same time, she can absorb the enemy’s mana and when she has saved a certain amount of mana, she can execute a counter arte. When there are enemies using magic artes, her Break Soul is vital. Spell Absorber can cancel the castings of all surrounding enemies in range when it is executed!
Magilou has multiple counter artes but it depends on her mood which one is performed.
The English Tales of series blog has updated with information on the Break Soul mechanic. Will be copy/pasted below, but screenshots illustrating each point will be at the link.
Tomorrow's update will include specifics on each revealed party member's individual Break Soul.
Break Soul enables a character to exceed the upper limit of artes in a combo and invoke a special effect! Any player can execute Break Soul, which then has a special effect.
When using Break Soul, the player can exceed the upper limit of performable artes in a combo. And each character can use their unique special action. These special actions are wildly different depending on the character. The player can introduce more choices and greater strategic play by switching the controlled character during battle to react to the enemy and the situation. “Break Soul” has multiple levels and the player can unlock more abilities as they progress through the game.
When a character has 3 Souls or more, the player can push the R2 button to consume one Soul and execute “Break Soul”. Characters must have 3 Souls or more to use “Break Soul”.
Creating a combo that utilizes Break Soul
Break Soul can be executed during a combo, which allows the players to increase the length of the combo without using the Souls they own. This is because Break Soul consumes one Soul but allows the player to keep the combo by repeating the combo from the 1st-set Arte.
If a player can master this, they can enjoy more freedom with their combos and more exhilaration in battles!
When a player has 4 Souls
If a player executes “Break Soul” just after performing 4 Artes in a combo, the player consumes 1 Soul and now the player has 3 Souls. Instead, the player can continue the combo from the Arte set in the first column and can perform an additional three Artes at max. Usually this player can perform up to four Artes in one combo, but by using Break Soul, the player can perform up to eight Artes (including Break Soul).
Other characteristics of Break Soul
Break Soul can restore HP when it is executed, so if a player executes Break Soul during a combo, the player can attack an enemy and restore their HP at the same time.
As well as this, Break Soul has the ability to break an enemy’s guard. If the enemy guards your attack, hit Break Soul!
The Tales of Zestiria the X site updated with more information as well as new art. The language of the site can be changed so if you can't read Japanese, you can always read it in your language of choice if it's available (English link here).
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The on air page lists it as being available worldwide in summer 2016 and Daisuki is the one who uploaded the teaser, so one can assume they'll be streaming it. The teaser doesn't show any animation in it, so keep that in mind.
As you can see in there, FLOW is also doing the theme song for this anime and will perform at Tales of Festival this year (I'll make another post since more cast was announced too). The Special page has some comments by them (linked the English site).
The voice cast is mostly the same as the game, but unfortunately due to what happened, Lailah's voice had to be recast.
Original Work: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Original Character Designers:
Director: Haruo Sotozaki
Character Designer: Akira Matsushima
Composite Director: Yuichi Terao
3DCG Director: Kazuki Nishiwaki
Art Director: Minji Kim
Color Keys: Yuko Omae
Editor: Manabu Kamino
Music: Motoi Sakuraba, Go Shiina
Opening Theme Song: FLOW
Animation Production: ufotable
Sorey: Ryouhei Kimura
Mikleo: Ryota Osaka
Alisha: Ai Kayano
Rose: Mikako Komatsu
Lailah: Noriko Shitaya
Edna: Misato Fukuen
Dezel: Daisuke Ono
Zaveid: Kenjiro Tsuda
The story intro given is basically the same as the game's:
Sorey is a human youth who grew up among the “seraphim” (tenzoku), spiritual beings not visible to humans.
Sorey believes in the folklore that says “long ago, every human was able to see the seraphim” and dreams of unraveling the ancient mystery to make the world a place where people and seraphim can live together in peace.
One day, Sorey visits the human capital for the very first time. He becomes embroiled in an incident during which he pulls out a holy sword embedded in a rock and ends up becoming a “Shepherd,” one who casts away calamity from the world.
He begins to realize the gravity of his mission, and his dream of coexistence between mankind and the seraphim becomes more intense—
And thus, the Shepherd embarks on an amazing journey with his companions.