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I haven't played Tales of Destiny, but I've been reading the manga in French. Anyway, in Tales of Graces, you get character cards of the casts from the other Tales Of games. I got all the Tales of Destiny ones, and...

W-what the hell? Why are their names so different? I Wikipedia'd it just to check. How did Johnny become Karyl? I mean, I guess you could justify it because he's a bard, which is passable, but what I really don't understand is how Woodrow became Garr.

wuhhhhh old localizations are baffling

Oh, and ToG ending stuff.

I like the game as much as I did Abyss and Vesperia, but... I found the ending really jarring. I liked that Vesperia never forced the standard hero x heroine nonsense and there's no serious romantic subplot. That was really fantastic! I thought Graces was going that way, since Cheria spends the whole game pining over Asbel, who obliviously disregards her, but for some mid-boggling reason, they implicitly marry and reproduce at the end.

???????

W-what the actual fuck? He never seems especially interested in her in any way beyond a platonic one, and Cheria did this awesome thing near the end where she turned down other romantic offers because she was going to go out and do her own thing in the world. I thought it was a huge step forward to have a heroine in a game like this give up on romancing the hero and decide she could do her own thing and be her own person, and that being with him wasn't the only way for her to be happy. That was a good message, too.

I just started Lineage & Legacies, which goes right after the end of the game proper, and quite some time before that final animated "epilogue" cutscene, and now for some bizarre reason, Asbel is tripping all over himself trying to talk to her. (For anyone who's reading this in spite of not playing, L&L was obviously written to explain said cutscene.) It's really strange. Also, everyone is going GET MARRIED ASBEL DO IT DO IT DO IT YOU HAVE TO because he's the lord of Lhant, but no one is hassling Richard, who is the king of the country. Uh, okay.

(I'd like to mention that one of Asbel's prospective lady-loves is Anise, hahaha. He just remarks that "she's just a kid", but little does he know that she has a competitive edge--she's already chased boys from manors before, and she cooks some rad curry.)

Hubert seems to have fallen in love with Pascal, which is actually pretty cute. They established this (or at least a gateway to it) in the main game storyline, so it doesn't seem strange like Asbel and Cheria, but I haven't found out yet if Pascal reciprocates this. (Considering she calls him "Little Bro", that could get a liiiiittle bit awkward.)

I don't really understand why this extra chapter seems so fixated on hooking everyone up and chatting about love prospects, though. Tales games usually have the romance subplot, but it's generally limited to one canon couple and maybe some fanon nebulously platonic ones (IE: Luke+Guy, Asbel+Richard, Lloyd+Raine).

Don't get me wrong; it's not bad or anything. I just find it really strange that it's such a big deal after the main game seemed to be skirting around it the whole time.

COME ON NAMCO

I KNOW YOUR NEW THING IS "YOU SUCK, LIVE BETTER", BUT PLEASE DON'T MAKE IT "GET MARRIED MARRIED MARRIED", TOO.

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