Ring a Bell

July 26th, 2009

Cast_of_Tales_of_VesperiaI was just recently struck with a bit of nostalgia listening to a really good opening song to one of the best RPGs out there: Tales of Vesperia!


It’ll hopefully set a high standard for all future Tales‘ games released here in North America, but who knows? This game came out last year and is the biggest reason to why we bought an Xbox 360. <_< It lived up to all of our expectations, plus some! It’s a very fun game and the art is amazing! I mean the game itself is like playing your very own adventure in anime style. It’s very cute and rather fun; challenging to boot, which is a rarity these days. I guess it really depends on the difficulty level you set it on, but it’s not really just your easy button-masher game. It takes decent skill to learn the different combos!

The PS3 port (which isn’t out in N. America… yet) even has a new character (featured in the picture I have up — that little girl pirate isn’t in the original Xbox 360 version unfortunately T_T). It looks like her name is Patty Fleur and she’s after the pirate Aifread, which is an on-going “gag” character in the Tales series. :P She seems cute, but eh. Nothing to be all crazy about I guess. I still love the art since it’s by one of my most favorite mangaka: Kousuke Fujishima!

There are so many little extras in this game that you can’t find them all on your own! We played and beat it without any help the first time through, but the second time we sought out a FAQ and discovered how much of the side stories and quests we missed out on! O_O It was crazy! But it made playing through the game a second time very worth it. The (Xbox 360) accomplishments range from really easy to ridiculously hard! Some you can get without even trying… and some take several reloads and re-tries to get it down. @_@ I think we reloaded the one for Schwann at least 20 times. x_x Ugh.

Anyways, one of the best aspects of the game is the opening song. It’s called “Ring a Bell” by Bonnie Pink. I just found a FULL edited version of the song (it includes some of the anime clips from the game) and thought I’d post it up here for anyone to enjoy. The lyrics are cute too! I mean some of it doesn’t make much sense, but meh. It’s Engrish. :)

Reaching up for no man’s land
To take a breath and take a chance
I walk a thousand nights to change the world
Where to go? When to stop?
Who to trust? What to say?
Found them all, just need someone to share

It’s now in the dusk every day to everyone
Ain’t so strong, I ain’t so strong to go
Living in life as it’s not the way to live
I wish you could hear me say that I miss you

Why were we there back to back?
Why were we there face to face?
I must be the light when you’re in the dark
If you lose me somewhere, and your tears are in the air
I will ring a bell until you feel me by your side

Looking up into the sky, looking for the reason
Why I’m here, and why you can’t be here
Who’s to hate? Who’s to blame?
Who’s to hurt? Who’s to love?
Who decides? Why we can’t we be the same?

Try to believe walking down the lonesome road
Ain’t so far, I ain’t so far from you
Staying the way you are means solitude
I wish you were here and shook off my fear

Why were we there back to back?
Why were we there face to face?
I must be the light when you’re in the dark
If I lose you somewhere, and I’m still hanging in there
I will ring a bell until you feel me by your side

What has been in the mix too long?
There’s the peace when you’re at war
Heads or tails, You and I
Light and dark, Ups and downs
What has been in the mere goal? What’s there to divide us?
If you’re hurt, cry and say can’t you see your might of the heart

Why were we there back to back?
Why were we there face to face?
I must be the light when you’re in the dark
If you lose me somewhere, and your tears are in the air
I will ring a bell until you feel me by your side

Compare to the original English and Japanese openings:

Here’s a cute fanart I found! ^_^

estelle