Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike is an anime prequel to 2008’s Tales of Vesperia for Xbox 360, and later port to the PlayStation 3 in Japan. It was released in North America on June 26th, 2012 via Funimation. If you enjoyed Tales of Vesperia then I would highly recommend checking out The First Strike, as it is a prequel to the game. Some fans may be disappointed to learn that the entire English voice cast did not return for the film, but it should be noted that Troy Baker (Yuri Lowell) and Sam Riegel (Flynn Scifo) do reprise their roles.
Plot Summary (Provided by Funimation):
In a mythical kingdom, the mighty Imperial Knights harness a magical substance known as Aer to power their weapons and protect humanity from the monsters of the forest. But something strange is afoot; the Aer is somehow changing, causing thewilderness to waste away and stirring the woodland beasts to attack with greater frequency. As danger creeps steadily closer to civilization, two young recruits – Flynn, the rigid son of a fallen hero, and the rebellious and brash Yuri – must ride with their fellow Imperial Knights to distant ruins in hopes of uncovering the truth behind the transforming Aer. Some will not survive the thrilling journey. Some will be betrayed. If Flynn and Yuri cannot overcome their differences and learn to fight together, all willbe lost for the people of the realm.
Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike can be purchased from Amazon and other retailers now.