Tales of Symphonia: Rodeo Ride Tour vol.1

テイルズ オブ シンフォニア 〜ロデオライド・ツアー〜  上巻

Company: Frontier Works
Based on: Game
Released: 2005.05.25

Rodeo Ride Tour is a story that takes place after the events of Tales of Symphonia, and centres on Sheena (CV: Okamura Akemi) and Zelos (CV: Onosaka Masaya). Due to Zelos his life possibly being in danger because he has become the taget of a terrorist organisation, the two of them travel around the world to avoid danger and possibly draw out the attackers.

Due to this story taking place after the events of Tales of Symphonia, it is of course best if you know the entire story before listening to this.

The different tracks on the CD are loosely connected episodes in Sheena and Zelos their travels, and two short tracks in which Sheena tells about two different happenings in a narrative way. (one in which they buy rings while completely drunk, and one about a sunset. I especially liked the sunset one).

While the first few tracks have Sheena and Zelos act in their usual way, fifth track is very different. Sheena is down due to being poisoned during battle, and Zelos is taking care of her. This track shows a very different side of their relation to each other, and is one of the most beautiful scenes between them that I know of.

In the final 2 tracks the mood is lightened however. While visiting Altamira Amusement Park the two re-unite with Regal (CV: Ootsuka Akio), who tells them that the park isn't doing to well. And thus they come up with a plan to raise the popularity of the park: an action hero show with Regal as the hero...

As you can guess, this CD is a Sheena x Zelos festival. So if you're not a fan of the pairing there is no real point in listening to it. The story is ok, but mainly centres on the relationship between Sheena and Zelos and doesn't really add anything to the overall Tales of Symphonia story/world. If you are a fan this is definitely something for you though.

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