Now that Abrann and I have beaten Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch(in 8 days too!!) we're playing games similar to it. I'm so sad it over!
It just so happens these games are also by Bandai Namco!
Eternal Sonata トラスティベル 〜ショパンの夢 a game released in 2007 that I've seen around before, but never picked up.
I like the gameplay on here, very similar to Final Fantasy XIII-2 in terms of being "turn-based" attack strategies. I also like that the story revolves around Frederic Chopin, my favorite piano composer. The animations are also super cute! I love the Victorian culture with an anime twist.
The second game, Tales of Vesperia テイルズ オブ ヴェスペリア, was released in 2008. I don't like the gameplay as much. There's a lack of the rotating angles and inverted camera, making my movement feel very limited. The fighting style is similar to Streetfighter which isn't my favorite. I get annoyed with the battle scenes more than I do enjoy them. The style is also Victorian, but more... futuristic?
The voice-acting is decent— I much prefer that over the unnaturally high Japanese voices. Don't judge me, I just like to feel at ease and comfortable when playing, not cringing at every cutscene!
Hands down, Ni No Kuni is one of the best games I ever played next to the Kingdom Hearts franchise.
Have you played these games? Are there any cute anime style games with cool battle sequences? Let me know!