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10 Anime Like Tales of the Abyss

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Tales of the Abyss

Tales of the Abyss

About Tales of the Abyss

The anime is set in the fictional world of Auldrant, in which people's lives are regulated by a series of prophecies called the Score. This custom of dictating the world’s future has been many centuries old and is still held high by the inhabitants. It is regarded as absolute truth that everyone has to abide by, even those involved in constant bloodshed and tears.

In the hopes of making the Score’s foreseen utopia a reality, a war is waged between the nation of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear and the Malkuth Empire. The war is fought using magical abilities called the "Fonic Arts”, developed using the elementary particles of the planet known as “Fonons”.

Tales of the Abyss dictates the life of Luke von Fabre who has lost his childhood memories due to amnesia and spends his days behind the closed doors of a manor. One day he notices that his master, Van, is about to be assassinated by a woman named Tear. To defend him, Luke clashes with Tear, and the two are sent to a distant land. Together they have to find a way to get back and free the world from the Score’s confinement.

When two polar opposite nations wage war against each other for the sake of world peace, it’s sure to spark suspicion of what’ll happen next. If you have watched the Tales of the Abyss, you know how it ends. But there are similar anime which goes like this one, but ends up with an entirely different twist.

10 Anime Like Tales of the Abyss

1. Tears to Tiara

2. Senjou no Valkyria (Valkyria Chronicles)

3. Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike

4. Pandora Hearts

5. Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers)

6. Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Legendary Heroes)

7. Scrapped Princess

8. Tales of Symphonia: The Animation

9. Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)

10. Seiken no Blacksmith (The Sacred Blacksmith)

Tears to Tiara

Tears to Tiara

1. Tears to Tiara

The Holy Empire is extending its rule to the neighboring lands and every place has started to fall under its control. Now, they have reached the small island of Erin, home to the Gael tribe, to seize its control.

Meanwhile, in Erin, Riannon, a renowned priestess, is kidnapped and offered as a sacrifice to Arawn, the demon king. Arawn is feared as a malevolent monster who is rumored to have caused extensive destruction in the past.

Arthur, the First Warrior of the village and Riannon’s brother, recuses her. At the same time, Arawn begins to transform into a handsome grey-haired man. In a promise to hide his true identity, Arawn pledges to use his power for the survival of Erin against the Holy Empire. As the fight for freedom begins, Arawn turns out to be the main protagonist of the show.

Senjou no Valkyria (Valkyria Chronicles)

Senjou no Valkyria (Valkyria Chronicles)

2. Senjou no Valkyria (Valkyria Chronicles)

The Europan Imperial Alliance is spreading its wings far and wide to gain resources wherever possible. Their current plan is to invade the neutral Principality of Gallia and seize the control of its resources especially the Ragnte deposits. The alliance has well-defined strategies, advanced technology, and a supreme military which makes the opposition infinitesimal. As a result, they have managed to cross the border of the principality with ease.

As the Imperial Alliance invades his homeland, Welkin Gunther along with his sister Isara is working to build a local militia to throw the forces out of his town. However the defensive squad has no war experience, yet they are ready to fight for their country come what may. As the war begins, the revelation of ancient secrets brings a massive change on the battlefield.

Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike

Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike

3. Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike

It’s been ten years when the empire fought the demon-beasts in the Great War. The world lives a life of peace and prosperity, all thanks to the use of “Aer”.

The two young men, Yuri Lowell and Flynn Scifo are newly recruited in the ranks of the Imperial Knights. One day, the town of Ceazontania witnesses an unusual “Aer” activity causing a rapid increase in the mutation of horrible beasts. Due to which, the town is under serious threat and Yuri and Flynn are sent to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, Alexei Denoia, the supreme commander, and Estellie, the naive princess are planning to gain power in the capital. Their thirst for power has caused hindrance in the protection of Ceazontania. The town is deteriorating gradually and the garrison of Imperial Knights can’t expect any support from the capital.

Tales of Vesperia explores the revelation of secret events that lead to the fate of Ceazontania and how it’s going to impact Yuri and Flynn’s destiny forever.

Pandora Hearts

Pandora Hearts

4. Pandora Hearts

Oz Vessalius is an heir to the Vessalius Duke House. As a young child, he is told that the Abyss is an imaginary dark world and its stories are mere myths, told to scare the mischievous children.

When Oz’s coming-of-age ceremony arrives, the evil Baskerville Clan interferes. Oz realizes his peaceful luxury life has come to an end and is forcefully banished into the depths of the Abyss. Left with no other choice, Oz has to learn to survive within the Abyss and confront its dwellers, called “Chains”, realizing Abyss to be a real dark world.

He later comes across a mysterious Chain named Alice who assists him to find his way back. Alice is also known as “Bloodstained Black Rabbit”. Besides her, Oz also confronts the members of a secret organization, termed “Pandora”.

Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers)

Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers)

5. Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers)

According to an ancient legend, the Goddess of Fate will have to choose six-heroes as the Brave of the Six Flowers to prevent the revival of the Demon God. These six heroes will be granted with massive power to fight against evil and prevent the world from becoming a living hell.

Adlet Mayer is a self-proclaimed strongest man, who has arrived at Piena to become one of the six heroes. Though his ambition forces him to face lots of hurdles, he is finally chosen as a Brave and greeted by the crown princess and fellow Brave, Nashetania.

These two heroes embark on their journey to meet the fellow heroes and defeat the Demon God. But as they progress in their quest, it’s revealed that one of the heroes is an imposter and everyone suspects it to be Adlet.

Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Legendary Heroes)

Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Legendary Heroes)

6. Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu (The Legend of the Legendary Heroes)

People with “Alpha Stigma” eyes are known to evaluate all sorts of magic. But these eyes are often considered cursed as they lead to the destruction and death of others.

Ryner Lute used to be a student of the elite Roland Empire’s Magician Academy. But when his fellow classmates died in a war, he vowed to make the world a peaceful place with the help of his best friend, Sion Astal. Ryner Lute is an exceptionally talented mage and a bearer of “Alpha Stigma” eyes.

Years have passed and Sion has become the king of Roland. He orders Ryner to find the important relics that will aid the nation's development. Along with Ferris Eris, a highly skilled swordswoman, Ryner is on a mission to find the relics of the past legendary heroes and learn the truth behind the cursed eyes.

Scrapped Princess

Scrapped Princess

7. Scrapped Princess

According to a prophecy, Pacifica Casull, the princess of the kingdom Leinwan is said to bring catastrophe to the world after she turns 16. Due to which, she besoms the subject of extreme criticism and hatred by the devotees of the God Mauser. Now called the Scarped Princess, she is compared with a poison who will one day destroy the world.

For her and her siblings ’safety, Pacifica leaves the village of Manhurin. On her escape mission, someone is always trying to kill her to prevent the so-called calamity. To her advantage, her brother Shannon is a swordsman and her sister racquet is a talented magician.

Tales of Symphonia: The Animation

Tales of Symphonia: The Animation

8. Tales of Symphonia: The Animation

The anime explores the struggles of two parallel worlds, Sylvarant and Tethe’alla. Both the world are in need of magic for regeneration. Llyod Irving and Genis Sage are accompanying the chosen one, Collete Brunel to find the solution for Sylvarant.

Sheena Fujibayashi, who is from Tethe’alla, is traveling to Sylvarant. She meets Llyod and his team on her way revealing to them that each world needs another world’s mana for survival. Together they embark on a journey to save both the worlds, also learning that awakening of the Summon Spirits can boost the mana strength in both the worlds.

However, their quest isn’t easy because of the impact of the evil organization, Cruxis. It is later revealed that two of the Cruxis members were accompanying the world saviors and they, then, betrayed them at the crucial moment.

Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)

Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)

9. Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)

Shirayuki is a lively, red-haired girl from the country of Tanbarun. She works as an apothecary at her herbal shop. She’s stunned when the Tanbarun prince, Prince Raji coerces her to become his concubine. She is determined to never let go of her freedom, so she cuts her long hair and runs away into the forest.

Raji follows her, but she is rescued by Zen Wistalia, the prince of a neighboring country, and his two aides. Shirayuki hopes to repay her debt someday and then, started working as a court herbalist in Zen’s country, Clarines.

Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime explores the life of Shirayuki in the royal palace of Clarines, also covering Zen’s endeavor to become a worthy prince. As loyal friendships come into the picture, Shirayuki and Zen support each other as they walk on their respective paths.

Seiken no Blacksmith (The Sacred Blacksmith)

Seiken no Blacksmith (The Sacred Blacksmith)

10. Seiken no Blacksmith (The Sacred Blacksmith)

After the destructive Valbanil War, the surviving nations declared peace and prohibited the use of the demon contracts that wreaked havoc on humanity and land. Forty-four years later, Cecily Cambell, a novice knight, is determined to follow the legacy of her family and protect the people. She carries a sword, which she inherited from her father.

She perceives her first challenge in the market. An eccentric swordsman has disturbed the civilians and Cecily comes in, to restore the order. However, her weapon shatters after a while, but to her rescue, a person named Luke Ainsworth intervenes.

After the problem is settled, Cecily looks for a blacksmith to revamp her family heirloom. She learns that Luke is the only blacksmith who can mend such intricate damages. Determined to restore her precious weapon, she starts searching for him. But within a moment, a group of inhuman bandits attacks a convoy headed for the city. Together with them is an ice demon. Luke suspects the prohibited use of the demon contract. With the situation intensified, how will Luke and Cecily restore peace in the city?

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