Continuing on from the previous entry in regards to Symphonia, I was exposed to the first Tales of game, Tales of Phantasia, the exact same way: Seeing the OVA first, though that was only because a blogger I follow was praising it up the wazoo. I remember seeing the OVA in Japanese with subs, but I don't remember anything about it. But I did see the first episode in English recently, and I ought to finish it one of these days. I did, however, manage to find a bootleg SNES cartridge of the game at a convention and I simply could not pass up the chance to get it, especially now that I own an SNES of my own. Needless to say, for a game that's still kinda cliche and started the Tales series as a whole, its surprisingly fun! Yeah, it has its problems and I only managed to get as far as the Moria Gallery in my playthrough as of right now, but I'm glad I got to play this. I only wish Phantasia would get officially released in the US, and NOT as a censored, altered, bastardized version with bad voice acting and a lot of pointless decisions that make the game way too difficult to play! Come on, Bandai-Namco! The game's been remade several times and you don't even give it the same treatment you did with Zestiria and Berseria? Throw it on Steam or something! It'd sell for sure! And put some darn effort into the dubbing and localization this time!
Moment #9: Seeing the Tales game that started it all.