First look at Mikleo in Tales of Zestiria
posted on 02.19.14 at 06:26 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Plus, Sorey runs through Mabinogio without his white coat.

Famitsu has gone up with its latest online preview of Tales of Zestiria, providing us a look at the newly revealed Mikleo, main character Sorey’s childhood friend.

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Sorey is human and Mikleo is of the Family of Heaven (or Tenzoku—we’re without an official translation here), but both were raised together from infancy. They understand they’re of different races, but have never took much notice because of Sorey’s high spiritual power to always see Mikleo.

Normal humans can’t see those of the Family of Heaven. In fact, with the exception of Sorey, Alisha is the first human Mikleo is faced towards.

Sorey is freehearted, while Mikleo is the calmly considerate type. They’re a good match because their relationship is complementary. The pair often argue over Sorey’s archaeological interpretations.

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The Family of Heaven is a mysterious tribe discussed as an object of faith. They exist as pure beings that dwell within material “vessels,” and can manipulate nature through “Heaven Echo Artes” (Tenkyou Jutsu).

Only people with a strong spiritual power have the ability to see and interact with the Family of Heaven, therefore they signed a contract to become their vessels. These people are called “Monks” (Doshi). These Monks could use the power from the Family of Heaven freely, but their existence, along with the people from the Family of Heaven who could hand down this knowledge, has been long lost.

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CV: Osaka Ryota

Height: 165cm

Weapon: Rod

A rival and close friend of Sorey’s from the Family of Heaven. Since their infancy, the two were raised together in Izuchi. As Mikleo and Sorey would play inside the ruins, Mikleo himself also took interest in them. He plays a role in calmly pointing out Sorey’s erratic behavior, and often argues with Sorey about his archaeological interpretations. He can use Heaven Echo Artes, which take on the water attribute. Given that Sorey has the spiritual power required to see members of the Family of Heaven, he is able to see Mikleo. Alisha, however, cannot. Members of this divine family have been given a near-ageless lifespan.

Additional images come via Famitsu scans, courtesy of Tokkurin. You’ll see Sorey with his white coat removed, as well as the Mabinogio Ruins dungeon.

The ancient Mabinigio ruins have maintained their original structure without damage from weathering. Some of the ruins are connected as far as Izuchi, and since their childhood, Sorey and Mikleo have pushed forward in exploration.

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Tales of Zestiria is in development for PlayStation 3.

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  • Arcana Gear

    actually without the coat, i like his design much more his head doesn’t seems so small.

    • bloodiOS

      Reminds me of this:

    • kaotron

      Yeah, i never liked how much it resembled colettes robe…
      he looks better without it

  • MrFinalgamer

    maybe it’s the lighting, but sometimes he looks extremely pale, and in other screens he looks more like slay (skin). i do like the design, especially the almighty hairs =3

  • surakian

    So I guess we should just assume Mikurio will use Slay as a vessel at one point (or many points) when they figure it out and it will be a cool skill in battle.

  • DichaTesoro

    I really like the color scheme used for Mikurio…looks better in the screenshots.
    Anyway, there’s going to be a US release for this game, right?

    • MrFinalgamer

      yep. sometime 2015

      • DichaTesoro

        Yay! Now I won;t have to cry myself to sleep.

  • SerendipityX

    Please tell me I’m not the only one noticing that Mikurio’s clothes are extra bright in some screenshots and dull in others.

    • Budgiecat

      Maybe that means there’s actual lighting source in this game?

      • MrRobbyM

        It seems that way.

    • karmacoma

      They look like famitsu scans rather than actual source-fed shots from Namco. So the quality from shot to shot will waiver.

  • bloodiOS

    • Budgiecat

      ugh….it’s like the developers are now more than ever fully aware of all the yaoi fujoshi out there and have decided to just play into their pandering…

      • new_tradition

        Why not? I’m tired of having to make shit up for my amusement. Please, continue to pander to us ♥

        • Budgiecat

          unngh… naa na naa

      • MrRobbyM

        You can say the same about the underage females and big-boobied women.

        • Budgiecat

          Yes I can, and do

      • NanaMiku

        Of course they aware, every time they hold Tales of Festival, almost all of the audience are fujoshi

        • Budgiecat

          Good to know. At least we can round them all up at once and send them on a one way space shuttle flight to the moon

    • MrKappa

      Yep, this game is ready made for the yaoi shipping.

    • surakian

      Mikurio’s not sharing his friend, especially since he’s the only one who can see him. *z snap formation* That’s his human. Ohh, I’m expecting him to take over Slay and be really sassy with her.

      • Blarg

        LOOOL Please let this happen!

  • Samsara09

    mikurio kinda remembers me of “Mercurio”(Mercury).So I suppose this will probably be his localized name.Not that it matters much to me.I think this game is really beautiful…and will put even xillia on the bag.

    • beepboopity

      So that’s why his element is water! NARUHODO

  • Budgiecat

    Slay’s blue outfit definitely looks better…

    • bloodiOS

      But he’s been wearing that the whole time (together with those gloves and that white mantle.)

  • Rikimaru

    Slay looks like such a babe without his coat on.

  • new_tradition

    So Mikurio is all-but immortal and can only be seen by few humans? Unless something happens in the story, those party convos are gonna be pretty one-sided xD

    • Samsara09

      well,while he is invisible I imagine he is gonna pull some ghost tricks on the others…that and people thinking Slay is crazy.

  • MrRobbyM

    I’ve grown accustomed to Slay’s weird coat. But he looks okay without it. What still bothers me are the obtrusive feather earrings. They look like a cheap add-on not part of the outfit.

    • new_tradition

      I don’t think they’re earrings, just some hair extension thingies..?

      • MrRobbyM

        Perhaps, but that doesn’t change the fact that they look out of place =/

  • talesoffan

    Slay looks great in blue. Mikurio looks like he’ll be funny. Mabinogio Ruins look awesome. I hope this game brings back puzzles. So hyped for this game!

    • Archvile

      Next, sorcerer ring again!

    • Blarg

      Yeah that’s the one thing I really hated about Xillia. Worst puzzles ever, if you can even call those puzzles. Bring back the good old puzzles please!

  • futuristic_imagination

    So slay can only see Mikurio…skits are going to be kind of weird/ interesting. Unless they do something like the sorcerer ring to have some ability to see Mikurio.

  • Pekola

    The color schemes are so contrasting. It’s interesting in a way, I guess.

  • Red

    Mikurio reminds me a lot of faize from star ocean:the last hope. From the description of mikurio, he acts just like faize as well.

    • bloodiOS

      I wonder if he’ll end up like Faize, too.

      • Zuhri69

        Don’t jinx it blood. I have the same feeling as well.

      • Samsara09

        mikurio,Mercurio,whatever his name is…is in quite a privileged position as one of the divine family of heaven….Besides,tales of usually gives quite an important part to the third playable caracter,if not,the forth…Like with Kratos,jade and Alvin.

        and yeah,his probable personality as a calm,rational and perhaps naive…is quite Faize-like.

    • Izzeltrioum

      More like Wagi Hemisphere from Zero/Ao no Kiseki.

  • DarthNemesis

    Should be on the PS4. I am done with the PS3. Could be on both.

    • Budgiecat

      haha you’re one of “those” guys…

    • Sae-Won Yoon

      How ironic.

    • MrRobbyM

      Tales games have never been about graphics so it should run and look good on the PS3. Only reason I’d want a PS4 version is for a higher resolution or framerate.

      • dark-kyon

        and remote play.

    • Elvick

      Or you could have both and play on both.

  • fyi1191

    Why do I feel like he doesn’t belong in that universe?
    And those stares he does, scary.

    • Ladius

      I think that was intended, considering he is part of a lost triberace that has a different culture compared to the rest of the continent and has had little contacts with the human nations (at least from what we know so far).

  • Elvick

    dat stink eye

  • Spectacularity

    Yaoi material.

    • Lumi

      Its meant to be fujoshi fodder. Let the doujins come!

  • Zukato

    Rod, my weapon of choice!

  • LordKaiser

    This character sounds more of a jinn from arabian mithology than a angel.

  • Willgaea

    Is this game going to be a single player console game? I don’t know if I really like that, considering I’ve played every console game with my gf.

    • Sal Romano

      It’s an RPG, so it’s single player. But during battles, a second player can come in and take on the role of one of your party members.

      • Willgaea

        I thought it was open world battling without battle initiation.

  • Gabriel Pereira Pinto

    So they get gon’s weapon and Killua character? okay

  • Blarg

    Slay looks really good without his coat.