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Tales Of Luminaria The Fateful Crossroad - What We Know So Far

The "Tales" series is a popular franchise of Japanese fantasy Role Playing Games published by Bandai Namco. Each entry in the mainline series has a unique title, beginning with the original "Tales of Phantasia" in 1995. Since then, the games have spawned a variety of sequels and spinoffs in other mediums, the most recent of which is "Tales of Luminaria." This recently-released mobile game features a unique story unconnected from the rest of the franchise, save for an upcoming anime adaptation based on the game's lore.

Animated by Kamikaze Douga, "Tales of Luminaria the Fateful Crossroad" promises an epic story in a captivating, high fantasy setting. With a slew of unique characters, multiple factions, and mythology to back up its setting, there's a lot to unpack when it comes to the story and lore of "The Fateful Crossroads." In stark contrast, information surrounding the release and cast of the series is much more straightforward. With that in mind, here is what we know so far about the release date, characters, and plot of "Tales of Luminaria the Fateful Crossroad."

What is the release date of ToL the Fateful Crossroad?

Like other "Tales" games, "Tales of Luminaria the Fateful Crossroad" is based on a mainline video game within the tales series, in this case, the recently released mobile game, "Tales of Luminaria." While the "ToL" mobile game has been out since early November and fans have been able to enjoy several "episodes" in the game's story, no episodes of "The Fateful Crossroad" have been released.

Thankfully, Kamikaze Douga and Bandai Namco have announced a release date for the upcoming adaptation. The show's most recent trailer, available on the official "Tales of Luminaria" Facebook page, shows a release date of January 20, 2022. Furthermore, Funimation has announced that it will be streaming the series upon release. It is unknown how many episodes are planned for the series. However, a standard single season of 24 or so episodes is not out of the question.

Who are the characters of ToL the Fateful Crossroad?

While the "Tales of Luminaria" mobile game boasts an incredible roster of 21 protagonists, most of these central figures will be taking a backseat to three characters in particular. The most important of these three is likely Leo Fourcade, the red-haired swordsman from the Jerle Federation. Brash and hot-headed, the official "Tales of Luminaria" website paints Leo as the kind of person who will always fight for his personal "justice," a common theme shared among the game's characters. He is voiced by Aaron Dismuke.

The second of the trio, and his main ally, is his childhood friend Celia, voiced by Cristina Vee. A skilled knight and archer, Celia fights alongside Hugo in the name of the Jerle Federation. However, the two are opposed by Hugo, another childhood friend of theirs who switches sides to the opposing Gildllan Empire. Voiced by Eric Vale, Hugo is forced into conflict with his former friends in order to fight for his own personal justice.

What is the plot of ToL the Fateful Crossroad?

While the feud between Leo and Hugo lies at the center of the narrative in "the Fateful Crossroad," that conflict is set upon a backdrop of lore unique to "Tales of Luminaria." Set in a fantasy world built on the backs of petrified Primordial Beasts, the various factions of "Tales of Luminaria" constructed their civilizations around the mana extruded from their bodies. This has caused the Jerel Federation to create religions worshipping the Beasts, while the Gildllan Empire achieves progress through technological innovation. Through some sequence of events, the two nations became embroiled in war.

In the context of "The Fateful Crossroads," this setting puts the main characters at the center of a conflict much greater than them. Their allegiances reflect a disparity in their worldviews, and it is unclear if the old friends will ever be able to see eye to eye again. Either way, the intrusion of the other 18 characters in "Tales of Luminaria," who may or may not have a major stake in the war, is certainly slated to mix things up.