The Tales Series Has Rockin' Theme Songs

The Tales Series Has Rockin' Theme Songs

The newest game in the series, Tales of Zestiria, has a theme song so excellent that I'm listening to it on repeat right now. Of course, it's far from the first game of the series to have an opening song this good.

And I'm not the only one who thinks so. Many Tales theme songs (and/or their associated albums) have broken the Oricon top 10 in Japan. In fact, the Tales of the Abyss theme, Karma, made it all the way to number two. So check out the series' opening movies below to get a taste of some awesome J-pop and J-rock.

Tales of Phantasia

"Yume wa Owaranai ~Kobore Ochiru Toki no Shizuku~" by Yumi Yoshida

Tales of Destiny

"Yume De Aru Youni" by DEEN

Tales of Eternia

"Flying" by GARNET CROW

Tales of Destiny 2

"Key to My Heart" by Mai Kuraki

Tales of Symphonia (GameCube)

"Starry Heavens" by Day After Tomorrow

Tales of Rebirth

"Good Night" by Every Little Thing

Tales of Legendia

"Tao" by Do As Infinity

Tales of the Abyss

"Karma" by Bump of Chicken

Tales of the Tempest

"VS" by Misono

Tales of Innocence (DS)

"Follow the Nightingale" by KOKIA

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

"Nininsankyaku" by Misono

Tales of Vesperia

"Kane wo Narashite" by Bonnie Pink

Tales of Hearts

"Eien no Ashita" by DEEN

Tales of Graces

"Mamoritai: White Wishes" by BoA

Tales of Xillia

"Progress" by Ayumi Hamasaki

Tales of Xillia 2

"Song 4 U" by Ayumi Hamasaki

Tales of Zestiria

"White Light" by Superfly


    Will listen to when I get home from work.

    I was actually listening to the themes of ToV and ToGf today while at work.

    Probably my favorite JRPG series ever. Miss hearing Ring a Bell (Vesperia) and White wishes (Graces F), gotta put them back onto my ipod

    Last edited 25/02/15 4:22 pm

      I was addicted to them up until Symphonia; it reached a point for me where they felt so generic and lost interest. :(

        I started on Symphonia, had no exposure to it before then.

    Many of these were cut or changed / vocals removed for the localized releases, because Namco couldn't be bothered getting international rights to the songs.

    Also, SNES version of the Tales of Phantasia opening is way better than the PS1 version. It's also a technical marvel: full digital vocals on a system that only had 128kb RAM on a cartridge that only held 6mb data.

      That is actually an insane feat of storage now that I think about it...

      And nothing annoyed me more than the lousy Tales of Hearts opening that we get here in the west, it's pretty much just background music (where's my vocals??)

        Yeah, Hearts was the one that really stuck out to me recently. But a few of them also had basically karaoke versions of the opening songs as well, I just forget which of them since I basically only watch the opening once. I know Abyss was one of the ones they did that with.

        Vesperia's was swapped out for an English vocal version but that was acceptable because the artist wrote sang both versions as she's bilingual.

        The SNES Tales of Phantasia opening basically uses the usual sequenced music stuff and loads the vocals as digital sounds. They're pretty low bitrate and monoaural, and basically everything is cut up into a sequence of hundreds of tiny pieces and streamed in in sequence to avoid overloading the tiny amount of memory the SPU had. It's an incredibly impressive bit of software engineering to achieve something we basically take for granted now.

    As good as Starry Heavens is I will always prefer the orchestral theme used in the PAL version of Tales of Symphonia on the GameCube. It just always seemed to fit better with the rest of the in-game soundtrack and matched so well with the end theme and the credits.

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    Tales of Innocense R (Japanese release) actually had a new intro done by Kokia as well, and while it didn't change the song, the intro to Tales of Xillia focused on the protagonist you chose to play through with at the beginning.

    I can't get enough of Zesteria's intro though. I remember when I was staying in Roppongi for a week, flicking through the channels and some live music show was on. AKB48 was singing, and it had a catchy tune, but the audience was subdued like they were in a library, and AKB48 was playing for your benefit, so don't misbehave. Superfly was up next. The audience went nuts, and the performance was awesome too. It's amazing what happens when focusing on belting out a song is the priority, rather than the choreography.

    Last edited 26/02/15 4:04 pm

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