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Fonons. Essential components of all matter on planet Auldrant.

Ages ago, a new type of fonon was discovered—the Seventh Fonon. Its discovery threw humanity into chaos, for if one could use the Seventh Fonon, one could learn the future. Wars over the Seventh Fonon raged across the lands, ending only when the miasma—a poison from within the planet—covered the entire world. This is when Yulia appeared.

A fonist skilled in prophecy, Yulia saw thousands of years into the future and foresaw a way to seal away the miasma. With the guidance of her prophecies, humanity sealed the miasma deep within the planet.

Over two thousand years passed.

The world is ruled by Yulia's prophecy, known as the Score. People believe in the coming “unprecedented prosperity” promised in the Score, never straying from the path set forth in the Score which will lead them to that prosperity. They look to the Score as revealed by the Order of Lorelei, the religion Yulia founded, and hold that the greatest virtue is to follow the Score faithfully.

Yulia's Score tells of a young man who is necessary in order to bring “unprecedented prosperity.” His name is Luke fon Fabre. An heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear, he was kidnapped as a child by the kingdom's enemy, the Malkuth Empire. Since his return he has been confined to his family's manor for his own safety. He has no idea of the evil that now draws close.


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テイルズ オブ ジ アビス

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8 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (66 votes)
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Dengeki Maoh (Ascii Media Works)

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Confusing but least for a while.   
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by moonmystery
July 2nd, 2014, 1:40am
This manga/anime was a nice adaption of a RPG game.

I personally got sucked into the story so much that I was talking to the computer. LOL However, the manga soon spun way out of control, and moved too fast for me to sympathize with the main characters.
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Good as RPG re-tellings go   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Toraruchan
February 17th, 2012, 6:57pm
Not too bad a manga version of a video game. Like others of this category, the story seems rushed and the plot doesn't completely connect. This is a manga that is best read if you have already played the game. Art is alright but because I'm bias I prefer the game art smile

Fonon is actually another way of saying phonon, which is part of physics. Sound and vibration plays a big role in the game and phonon translates (from the Greek word phone) into sound.
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Fonon are okay.   
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by PinkEverlasting
May 8th, 2008, 10:34pm
Well, I personally think fonons are okay. I mean, just takes a while to get used to them. I think playing the game actually help the understanding. Though, the problem is, when you REALLY get used to it, you might say "Fonons" when your saying element in the real world. And people just stare at you. The Game graphics look a little bit better then the manga,
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Sigh, unnecessary new words to serve old purpose   
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by Laclongquan
September 26th, 2007, 8:57pm
Why wont they keep the old word Element and be done with it? Fonon, fonon, what the hell is fonon?!

Then again, this is a manga following a RPG. They love to spout new words, those RPG makers.

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