Tales of Phantasia: THE ANIMATION (テイルズ オブ ファンタジア THE ANIMATION Teiruzu obu Fantajia THE ANIMATION?) is an anime OVA based on the game of the same title, released from 2004 to 2006 in Japan in four volumes. The OVA was later licensed by Geneon for US distribution and was released in the United States in January 2007.


The plot of the OVA is generally based on the game's plot, but there are details in the anime that are not in the game, namely, additional scenes and dialogue. However, the episodes themselves focus on the party's encounters with Dhaos and the scenes involving the Tree of Life and the Elves, omitting a great portion of the story told in the original game.

Differences from the game

  • Everything from when Cress and Mint are sent back in time until the Valhalla War is omitted (roughly one-third of the game).
  • Morrison casts a spell of Magic, Indignation, in the anime, whereas we're told in the game that Morrison uses Divine Power and not Magic.
  • It is stated in a flashback that General Reizen of the Midgard Army is a half-elf, yet that is never stated in the video game iteration.
  • Morrison specifically tells Cress and Mint to find Arche and Claus in the past, thus allowing for the aforementioned timeskip.
  • It appears as though Claus and Arche have been fighting alongside Midgard's army since before Cress and Mint met them; in the game, however, Cress and Mint meet Claus from a tip from Belladem's elder Lenios, and find out about Arche after defeating Demitel.
  • Cress uses a sword throughout the entire series, although he is capable of wielding a polearm, a spear or an axe in the game. He also does not use a shield.
  • There is no mention of the unicorn. In the game the party must visit it to revive the Tree of Life, Yggdrasill.
  • Mint witnesses Mars murdering her mother, whereas in the game she only fears that her mother is dead until she discovers her mother's earring.
  • The time-space transfer apparatus is located near the Mana Cannon, not in the ruins of Thor as it is in the game.
  • Instead of Harrisson, Lundgrom travels back in time via a time travel sacrifice ritual to seek out Cress and company.
  • The pieces of the Eternal Sword are given to the party by Lundgrom, whereas in the game the party must find the individual pieces.
  • Arche's mother does not appear in the scenes with the Elves in episode 3.
  • Suzu's mother is not shown with her father.
  • Suzu does not join the party. Instead she fights her father outside Dhaos' Castle while Cress and company fight Dhaos himself.
  • Dhaos does not change into his monster (Feather Dhaos) or angel forms (Plume Dhaos) in the anime. He is only defeated once.
  • Dhaos is, overall, depicted as being less ruthless than in the game.
  • Although shown in the end credits, it is never explained that Mint made a barrier around the tree, or that Martel and Dhaos' remains become a part of the new seed.

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See also: Playable characters in the Tales of Phantasia article.

Japanese Staff

  • Directors: Takuo Tominaga (episodes 1-3), Shinjiro Mogi (episode 4)
  • Scenario: Ryunosuke Kingetsu
  • Music: Kimio Nomura
  • Original Character Design: Kōsuke Fujishima
  • Character Design, Animation Director: Noriyuki Matsutake

English Staff

Theme songs

Opening theme
Yume no Hate (夢の果て?, "The Ends of a Dream")
Performed by: Masami Suzuki
Lyrics: tomo
Composers: Mika Watanabe, Ikuko Noguchi
Arranger: Tatsuya Nishiwaki
Ending theme
Performed by: Masami Suzuki
Lyrics: tomo
Composers: Mika Watanabe, Ikuko Noguchi
Arranger: Shigeyoshi Kawagoe

External links

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