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Tales of Symphonia Manga: Volume 4 
5th-Feb-2007 10:23 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
Very pleased! With today's Criminal Law presentation! Went better than I could have hoped, considering that the slides still weren't all in to me until about an hour before the presentation, but it was great! Our lecturer said we did an excellent, thorough job, and we had applause! Applause! And people came up to me saying we'd done great work! And there I was panicking half-an-hour before the presentation and too nervous to eat lunch - wouldn't have eaten anything, but a groupmatebought me coffee and another gave me a mochi and another gave out sweets, so - at least I had caffeine and sugar. I said to someone else after the presentation that I was so nervous, and he said, "You were? You didn't look it. At all." Few people seem to believe that I get shy and nervous just like everyone else, but perhaps it's as one of my groupmates puts it - "I think you channel the nervous energy to more productive uses."

So to celebrate the presentation and the end of the past three days thinking sleeping and breathing strict liability, I went off to scan Book 4 of the Symphonia manga. Finding it was happy coincidence - elvaron saw it by happy chance in the LC Kino, and I picked it up and was overcome with delight when I saw who was on the cover. I'm probably the last person on earth to know anything about Symphonia, but:

Tales of Symphonia Manga: Volume 4: Selected Scans: 65 MB
Approximately 70 pages of the manga, including the ending.
download: sendspace | YSI

Yggdrasil is pretty darn hot.


I always like taking off the covers of manga and looking at the actual book covers, because sometimes you get a lovely surprise, as you do for Symphonia. There are Yggdrasil comics behind the cover! *grin* (And if anyone has the Kamui books, the actual cover of the book is different, too!)

I like Yggdrasil HAPPY like this. *grin*

I can imagine Yggdrasil yelling "WATCH MY PRETTY FACE, YOU OAF!"
... although he's not like that at all. XD

Regal looks an awful lot like Asch when it's:

Everybody in formal wear! ...And in which Regal looks an awful lot like Asch.

SPOILERS. Beware, they bite.

A brief summary of events in this manga: Lloyd's party meet Mithos (who is excruciatingly cute, and whom I occasionally confuse with Colette when their costumes are obscured). Mithos joins the party, and spends most of his time looking very sweet and rivaling Genis in cute factor. Yuan kidnaps Lloyd and Kratos turns up. Kratos gets horrifically injured. Mithos turns up and really gives it to Yuan. When caught in the act by the Lloyd-tachi, the revelation that he's Yggdrasil soon outs, and he transforms into his hot!ruler!form and disappears. Genis is heartbroken.

And we get the Zelos betrayal and Colette's abduction. It's a lot of plot in one manga!

Yuan capturing Lloyd... and Kratos appearing:

Y'know, if Kratos and Lloyd weren't related, this is how I'd like the scene to play out:
Yuan: HAHAHA, KRATOS. Lloyd's MY uke now!

and Kratos collapses... on Lloyd.
... there was many a time during reading this manga I wished they weren't related.

because chibi Lloyd was so cute. And those are probably Kratos and Anna's hands.


Lloyd talking to Kratos. And making me think it's the bad ending we have on our hands.

Zelos talking to Colette. And the foreshadowing begins.

but in the morning, Lloyd went to talk to Zelos:

This made me so happy!

Also, raethes and I are in agony over our uncertainty over whether this ending is the good or bad ending. So if anyone takes a look at the manga and has a feeling one way or the other, let us know! *grin*

Rae asked me if it was the good or bad ending, and I said I thought it was the good one from the way Zelos and Lloyd were talking. And then I read it in more detail and ran up after dinner going T_T I think it's the bad ending, because Lloyd talked to Kratos. The both of us just don't want Zelos to die. But the ending seems to have Zelos leaving with Pronyma and Colette, so WE CAN STILL HOPE... I hope?

But soon the truth is OUT:

5th-Feb-2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
Yay for applause! :) Glad you did great~!
5th-Feb-2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
I'm really happy about that! It's the first time ANY group's gotten applause since term began!

Or maybe everyone was just SO RELIEVED we were done. XDDD *laughing* XDDDD

5th-Feb-2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Why does Mithos have to be so cute and alternately hot? *_* Though I'm trying to figure out how they managed to make Kratos' Judgement outfit look so bad. XD

Thank you for sharing these! Would it be alright for me to make icons of them? 8D

I..I've beaten Symphonia three times, and I never saw a difference in the ending.. I wonder if I always got the bad ending.. 8D;;
5th-Feb-2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
XD ALL THE BETTER TO LOVE HIM, of course! *grin* When Mithos is in his chibi form I want to bring him home, and when he's in his hot adult form I want to bring him home for entirely different reasons. XD

*grin* No problem! And sure, go ahead and make icons! *smiles*

The bad ending is when Zelos dies - but it's necessary if you want Kratos to join your party. In the good ending, Zelos doesn't die.
5th-Feb-2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
applause! WOW is that neat or what? :D

i'll see you on sunday yah? :DD
5th-Feb-2007 04:26 pm (UTC) - *GRIIIN* ABSOLUTELY! And looking forward to it! :D
*grin* TOTALLY NEAT! XD I never thought we'd get applauded when we were making that presentation! XDD

YES! I'll definitely see you Sunday! *beams* And bring Heroes for you to see! I CAN'T WAIT! ♥
5th-Feb-2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, awesome scans!! I shall be sure to steal this later XD

But you know, this isn't the game and there's no limit of characters who can join. There's no reason not to unite the two endings and have BOTH characters end up in the party.
5th-Feb-2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
PS: Congratulations on doing so well! And you're so energetic on the net, it must be twice as powerful in RL XDDDD
5th-Feb-2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
I love how Kratos is 5x hotter than he was in the game in this. I think I'm starting to understand why he has so many fangirls... And omg, evil!Zelos is so hot! I never actually went this path (I have a separate save ready to 'n all), but omg XD

The manga's pretty weird since everything goes so fast, but I guess that's probably for the best. The Star Ocean mangas always took it slow and as a result had to rush the last parts of the game or skip them entirely x_x

Thanks for the scans! I don't think it's following the bad ending path, though... I mean, don't manga and such usually involve all the characters? At least, I hope Zelos doesn't die T_T
5th-Feb-2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
*grin!* He is? I'm so glad to hear it! I unfortunately never played the game - I intended to play it after Abyss, but now realise that I have been spoilt rotten by the Abyss graphics and may never be able to go back.

Evil!Zelos is hot. *grin* The manga is actually my first actual experience of Symphonia, so I think I'm getting spoiled rotten if almost everyone is hotter than they are in-game. ; )

The manga's going a lot faster than I thought it would. If it'd been up to me I'd save Zelos' betrayal for the next manga. Compared to the pace of the Abyss manga, this is racing along! *grin*

You're most welcome! *smiles* I'm not accustomed to manga based on games, so I wasn't familiar with the practice, but now I am! Thank you! ; )

We're all hoping Zelos won't die. I suspect that many of us will be quite happy if he lives, and won't really mind what else happens.
5th-Feb-2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
HAHAAH okay it looks like it's the good ending, because Zelos didn't stay to fight. HAD ME WORRIED THERE FOR A MOMENT.

Also: Mithos Mithos Mithos Mithos EEEEEEeeeeee.
6th-Feb-2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
*grin* That's what I'm hoping too! I was worried because it looked to me as if the Zelos fight was taking too long- until HE FLEW AWAY WITH THE ANGELS.

I'm with you on Mithos! *grin* IN ALL FORMS. I love him in the BATSHIT INSANE Yggdrasil form, too. And his (relatively) chibigenki form! xD
5th-Feb-2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
xDD aww, but kadaj is brilliant as an orator, so chibi-kadaj wouldn't have any problems! ♥

also, i'm not sure if you already know about this, but namco released a "tales of the world" game on the PSP over christmas. it's features a rojak of characters from a number of the "tales of..." games. luke and tear from abyss are in it, and a bunch of characters from symphonia etcetc.

5th-Feb-2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the scans! ^_^ I'm planning to buy this so I'll hold off on the download in case the purchase doesn't go through or something. XD

Anyway, I did hear before that Zelos leaves with the others, so that's a good sign that Lloyd & Co. doesn't kill him on the spot >.> Even though they did show Kratos talking to Lloyd, to be honest I think that backstory is needed since there's just so much history there; I can't imagine the story being complete without it. And the manga doesn't have that "rule" of having only 8 party members at a time so they can easily put Zelos and Kratos in if they wanted. In my opinion I think that's exactly how the story would have gone if they didn't make the game have that "limitation" (so Zelos rejoins the party after the Tower of Salvation and Kratos still rejoins after helping Dirk forge the Eternal Ring).
5th-Feb-2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
That is so nice to hear that you completely owned on your presentation! Congratulations!
I am not good at doing presentations at all, I stumble over words because I have such difficulty talking- even when I know everything! I envy peopel who CAN channel their nervousness and manage to put it to use. Good for you! :D

My god, and thank you SO much for the scans! Seeing Kratos makes me happy. :DDD
And Regal DOES look like Asch, holy crap...Zelos can pass as one of them, too.
To scan 70 pages must have taken a LOOOONG time, so I appreciate this muchly! And will do the same when I scan 232 pages of Triple G.
I DO, however, favour Kratos x Lloyd pairings...but solely because I was DECEIVED. I mean, I played ToS, had not a thing spoiled for me...and once I saw Kratos interacting with Lloyd my mind already made the pairing. Come time the secret is revealed...and I become mortified that I just supported incest. XD;;
Unfortunately, I like the pair too much to give it up, I just can't!
I am a BIG Zelos fan, though. And I did end up getting Kratos's ending by ACCIDENT my first playthrough and I was horribly upset that Zelos was killed! As much as I love Kratos, I don't want to kill Zelos for him. t.t
But since that bad ending, then the random replica in Abyss claiming that Zelos had died...I have been waiting and waiting to see which ending was TRUE. I am going to be SO upset if Zelos dies. I can't believe they ended it on a cliffhanger!! T.T
It does look like it is playing out that way, though, with the bad ending...
I shall join you in your agony until the next volume is out. D:

Even so, the scans are so much appreciated (I have never gotten around to getting much ToS stuff, though I love this game to PIECES) and I will drool over them for a long time. XD
5th-Feb-2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
Awwww, I love the pretty color pictures ^^. And isn't it a coincidence that the one day I was walking around in bitter, below-freezing temperatures here, going like "I miss aefallen and her crack fanposts~ why can't I be in Singapore right now" you make a crack fanpost XD. Now to just magically teleport me to Singapore.
5th-Feb-2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your presentation 8D I think you should just skip those classes and make up your own laws; everyone should just listen to you! xD

Yggdrasil looks pretty *_*
6th-Feb-2007 06:27 am (UTC)
Ahn, dammit, they didn't have the clandestine Kratos/Zelos meeting at Altessa's. =( (I stopped following the manga's release cause the pacing bothered me...) I don't know why I was expecting it anyway... XD;;;;

But uwah! The Aurion family pinup. SO CUTE. =(
6th-Feb-2007 11:32 am (UTC) - o_0
Thanks for the upload!

Is it just me.... or does Regal look a BIT like Asch in that group picture...?

6th-Feb-2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
*SOBS* I've been wishing for the good ending of Zelos everytime T_T

ZELOS IS ASKING FOR AN ICONAGE. But I can't.. he's.. too bright to be placed in a 100x100 px icon.. XD
6th-Feb-2007 05:47 pm (UTC) - /fangirls
....I might end up getting into ToS, and it will all be your fault. ♥

Congratulations! I think people have more faith in you than you have in yourself haha; because I'd have been quite shocked if you didn't do well. And applause! I wish I'd been there even though it would have just flown over my head, I can see it being totally scintillating. XD
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