With the recent Tales of press release earlier this week, I figured now would be a good time to post my pictures of the Tales of 20th Museum event that was set up in Grant Front Osaka at the beginning of December. This event was to showcase the entirety of the Tales of series; everything including original concept art, replicas of weapons, cosplay outfits, signed merchandise, and various awards that Bandai Namco has won. As I entered the event lab, all of the theme songs for the games were being played on HD speakers. An inflatable Tokunaga and life-sized cardboard characters offered the perfect photo opportunity. Namco is currently doing a promotion with Sanrio to sell Tales of x Hello Kitty merchandise, so seeing the collaboration out front was pretty hilarious. The museum cost 2000円 to enter, but was was extremely interactive and well worth the price.
After paying for your ticket, you had the choice of choosing a character as your guide (Lloyd, Yuri, Milla, Luke, Asbel, and Sorey) and there were trivia clues in little treasure boxes that you could quiz yourself with. Upon entering, we watched a crossover skit with the characters and shouted “ETERNAL SWORD” to enter the inner part. Beautiful artwork and display cases of rare merchandise were available for viewing. My favorite part of the exhibit was the Tales of Symphonia part. There was a signed Gamecube with a custom skin and also a hole in the wall with Colette’s silhouette. Too funny. Other notable exhibits were a light up angel wing display, Luke’s locks, wieldable replicals of Dymlos and Chaltier, and Barbatos shouting “BURAAAAAAA” towards the end. Walking through this exhibit was like nostalgia to me, because I have been a fan of the series for over 8 years now and can recall looking at the artbooks when I was younger. From Phantasia to Berseria, every display was well thought-out and brought to life.
At the end of the museum, there was a dragon statue and a looping video of the Tales of Berseria trailer along with framed artwork along the wall. If I wasn’t hyped for the release of that game already, I am now. Being so close to one of my favorite videogame titles made me grateful for my experience in Japan thus far. I look forward to doing more coverage for events like this!