Haven't played the game this movie is based off of, but after seeing the movie, it's time to steal one of the brothers XBOX360 and buy the game, too. I had seen the release for this coming up for quite a while off of Funimation's site, but I had no plans on purchasing it. My store ended up with a single copy by some fluke, and I couldn't resist a new title...
Have to say that this was a great gem to find. $25 for a Blu-ray/DVD combo that's a full 2 hours long. Nothing worth mentioning in the extras except that there's going to be a S.A.V.E. version of Disgaea coming out soon. I'll pick that one up, too. Story starts out with action and ends with action. Thought it moved relatively smoothly with a good story to it.
Basic preview of it: "In a mythical kingdom, the mighty Imperial Knights harness a magical substance known as Aer to power their weapons and protect humanity from the monsters of the forest. But something strange is afoot. The Aer is somehow changing, causing the wilderness to waste away and stirring the woodland beasts to attack with greater frequency. As danger creeps steadily closer to civilization, two young recruits - Flynn, the rigid son of a fallen hero, and the rebellious and brash Yuri - must ride with their fellow Imperial Knights to distant ruins in hopes of uncovering the truth behind the transforming Aer.
Some will not survive the thrilling journey. Some will be betrayed. If Flynn and Yuri cannot overcome their differences and learn to fight together, all will be lost for the people of the realm."
The ending is really just another beginning for the entire story. Humans are often our own worst enemy and this is shown well by the betrayals in the movie. Tales of Vesperia is a pure action/fantasy movie with a little bit of comedy. No drama/romance/slice of life/etc...which I imagine the game includes a bit of (they always seem to). You never really get to know any of the characters, though. As much as Yuri and Flynn were the main characters, very little was told about them. Pair of twin girls appeared to have decent roles in the movie, but nothing ever becomes of them except for damsels in distress. Mysterious child scientist hidden in the forrest that only appears once. Too many characters that I would have liked to have known more about, but I know it's pretty limited in just 2 hours instead of a 12-24 episode series or a 50 hour RPG.
Artwork was fantastic. Every character was a character and not just some faceless figure in the back. Can tell that they took their time and put a lot of effort into a quality movie. Not a huge difference between the DVD and Blu-ray. Great musical score that you'd expect from an RPG type movie/game. Ending theme wasn't really catchy, but it was quite beautiful. Really loved all of the symphonic tunes throughout. Went well with the plot and scenes.
All-in-all, I was definitely happy with this movie and recommend it to anyone. PG13 just because of a bit of blood, violence, no profanity or nudity, and a itty bit of inuendo. A definite BUY.