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Ginji Niecks ([personal profile] broji) wrote2010-08-28 11:13 pm

The Ginji Guide version 1.0


It was revealed in the 2011 3DS Official Complete Guide of "Tales of the Abyss" that Ginji and Noelle's surname is Niecks, possibly after German author and musical scholar Frederick Niecks. He is remembered for his biographies of Chopin and Schumann. Schumann, having written Carnaval, included a musical cryptogram at the beginning of most sections in the piano work which spell "Asch".

Class M: Sheridan; Iemon, Aston, Tamara
Class I: Belkend; Hencken, Cathy, Spinoza

Class M/Class I:
  • The classes are named for the group's instructors at the Kimlasca-Lanvaldear Royal Academy. Professor Melissa for Class M and Professor Ian for Class I.
  • The rivalry between the Classes persists, though mostly among the male members (the women have grown tired of it). Despite them giving one another a hard time, Noelle insists that her grandfather "recognizes Hencken's skills".
  • Cathy and Tamara seem to get along quite well in comparison, though it is revealed that they were both envious of the other. Tamara says Cathy was kind and she envied her popularity as a graduate student. Meanwhile Cathy remarks that Tamara has always been cheerful and could strike up conversations with both men and women.
  • Aston later explains to the party (in secrecy) that Iemon and Hencken once fought over Cathy. She apparently turned both of them down.


  • Albiore/Aircraft Hangar:
  • The actual "hangar" is underground, probably to keep the airship and its workers cool during construction/maintenance, as well as a security precaution.
  • The hangar workers reveal that the Albiore is capable of higher speeds than it currently displays, and that it utilizes fonic arte-based devices as well as fontech. The people on top of the Albiore project are determined by technical skill, not age, and the man sweeping up floors seems to be at the bottom of the totem pole.
  • Most citizens have invested in one project or another, and you will come across many people asking whether the Albiore is coming in handy or exclaiming that it's times like these when the machine really shines. There is talk of mass-production as well as at least one little boy who's set on becoming a pilot.


  • Sheridan/Meeting Hall:
  • Lit with candles. Follows a gears and wrench motif. There are also a couple of photos/posters of Iemon in the work rooms if you look closely. There's an escape shoot in the back wall that comes out in front of the bar. City most likely utilizes third and fourth fonons for power.


  • On the Albiore III:
  • Noir took passenger seat behind Ginji. Asch seems to shift between the co-pilot's seat and the right side passenger.


  • **In the video game, it is possible for Ginji to die in the Meggiora Highlands if you don't reach him in time. In this case, it will be Aston who pilots the Albiore III for Asch.**

    **In the video game, Ginji is present in Sheridan during the massacre. Before the Core Operation begins, you can talk to him and he'll respond "Good luck! I'm behind you all the way!"**


    VIDEO GAME SCRIPT:

    AFTER THE ALBIORE CRASHES:
    Iemon: Well? Well?! What's happening?!
    Aston: I can see it plain as day! The gusts over Meggiora are going to blow it off any minute.
    Tamara: Oh, come on, Aston. Are you sure you're not going blind, old man?
    Aston: You know you only get farsighted with age, Tamara. I can see far away just fine.
    Iemon: This is bad. We might lose the hover drive.
    Tamara: How can you talk like that, Iemon?! That's your grandson, Ginji, trapped in there! Aren't you worried about him?!

    Luke: Is something wrong?
    Iemon: ...The Albiore crashed in the Meggiora Highlands.
    Guy: The Albiore? You mean the machine equipped with the ancient hover drive?!
    Anise: Oh, no. Did we come all the way here for nothing?
    Guy: No, I heard two hover drives had been excavated...
    Iemon: You heard correctly. But the second hover drive hasn't been so much as started up yet.
    Aston: Iemon, there's no time to chat. We have to form a rescue party for Ginji and the hover drive!
    Iemon: Right. We can attach the hover drive to the Albiore II and resume experiments.
    Tamara: You're a heartless old man!

    AFTER LOWERING THE ALBIORE DOWN THE CLIFF:
    Ginji: Thank you for rescuing me.
    Luke: Are you hurt?
    Ginji: No, thanks to you all.
    Tear: Let's talk later. We've got the hover drive. There's no time to lose.
    Luke: Yeah. Ginji, can you walk?
    Ginji: Yes. I'm fine.

    Luke: That big monster had me worried, but we made it just in time.
    Guy: Yeah. Even if we got the hover drive out, it would've been terrible to lose Ginji. For all Iemon's talk, he was probably pretty worried too.
    Tear: Yeah. He was just too embarrassed to show his concern for his grandson. I'm sure he'll be glad to see Ginji safe.
    Jade: We don't have time to stand around, you know. We have to hurry to St. Binah.
    Guy: Unconcerned as always...
    Jade: Really? How strange...
    Luke: But yeah, we do have to hurry. Let's get back to Sheridan.

    AFTER RETURNING TO SHERIDAN:
    Ginji: Thank you for everything! I'll go on ahead and deliver the hover drive!

    PREPARING TO INFILTRATE ELDRANT:
    Noelle: We could use that time to predict the next attack and get close...My brother could do it, but...
    Jade: Shall we find Asch and have Ginji take your place?
    Noelle: ...No, please allow me to do it. I'm the pilot of the Albiore II. I've had the same training as my brother. It's all right. I'll do it.
    Luke: We're counting on you.
    Guy: Sounds like that settles it, then.

    ON ELDRANT:
    Luke: Hey, that's Aston's Albiore!
    Guy: That's right, Asch was riding the Albiore III. Natalia: Asch...no, that's...!
    Noelle: Ginji?! You got through that anti-aircraft fire?!
    Ginji: It was dangerous, but I had to. I flew in from the interceptor system's blind spot and rammed it with the Albiore. That was the only way to stop the anti-air fire.
    Jade: That's insane...
    Luke: Whoa, are you okay?
    Ginji: ...Yes, I'm fine. I just got knocked around a little when Eldrant fell.
    Noelle: I'll take care of him. You all go ahead.
    Jade: Luke. Let's go.
    Luke: ...Okay. Thanks, Noelle. All right, let's go!

    Tear: Ginji's amazing. He managed to squeeze the craft in through all that firepower.
    Guy: He's crazy but he's good. I'm glad he's safe.
    Anise: Yeah, I'd just cry if he died now after surviving that crash in the Meggiora Highlands.
    Tear: Yes...he seems to be very lucky indeed.
    Guy: Luck, huh? In this day and age, it takes more than a bit of luck to survive. Just look at us.
    Anise: Yeah, really!

    ALTERNATIVE:
    Luke: Hey, that’s Aston’s Albiore!
    Guy: That's right, Asch was riding the Albiore III.
    Natalia: Asch...no, that's...!
    Noelle: Grandpa Aston?! When did you get here?!
    Aston: Asch said he was going in. With Ginji gone, we’re the only ones who could make it through that anti-aircraft fire. While I was at it, I rammed the Albiore into one of the interceptors and took it out.
    Noelle: And that’s how you got here?! Honestly! You’re crazy!
    Luke: Hey, are you okay?
    Aston: …Don’t worry about me. Go find Asch. He ran off by himself… I tell you, that kid is just like Iemon…
    Noelle: I’ll take care of him. You all go ahead.
    Jade: Luke. Let’s go.
    Luke: ...Okay. Thanks, Noelle. All right, let's go!

    Tear: Aston's amazing. He managed to squeeze the craft in through all that firepower.
    Guy: It looks like he's kept his skills up, despite his age. I'm glad he's safe.
    Anise: Yeah, I'd just cry if he died now after surviving the Commandant's attack
    Tear: Yes...he seems to be very lucky indeed.
    Guy: Luck, huh? In this day and age, it takes more than a bit of luck to survive. Just look at us.
    Anise: Yeah, really!


    ANIME (Fansubs) w/ ENGLISH MANGA:

    Episode 15:

    Noelle: Ginji!
    Ginji: Hey, Noelle. You came back safe and sound.
    Noelle: Let me introduce you. This is my brother, Ginji.
    Ginji: *bows politely* Thank you for taking care of my little sister.

    Noelle: By the way, Ginji, what are you doing here?
    Ginji: *sighs in exasperation then looks sympathetic* It's the usual deal.
    Noelle: Are they fighting again?
    Ginji: *thumbs towards the door* You'll see if you go inside.

    Episode 16:

    Aston: Noelle, you come along too. We have to load the Albiore onto the Tartarus.
    Noelle: By the way, where's Ginji?
    Iemon: He's taking the Albiore III for a test flight.
    Noelle: I see. Okay, I'm leaving!

    Episode 17:

    ***Asch the Bloody Volume 2: Ginji is assisting Asch by this time.***
    Noir: Awake from your nappy. little boy Asch?
    Asch: .... Urk...
    Urushi: You can't move yet, boss!
    Asch: (The Dark Wings... And this is their...) !
    Asch: You were in Sheridan...!
    (Ginji: "Are you a soldier too?")
    Noir: You singled him out for good things back then, right? Since he was here, we asked him to come by.
    Ginji: I'd like to help.
    Asch: I don't need help! You (the Dark Wings) keep on acting without permission!
    Ginji: My sister is acting in concert with Luke's group... I want to help somehow too! I need to be sure that the machines built in Sheridan to calm the quakes at the planet's core are a success! I don't want their sacrifices to be in vain!
    Noir: We're not interested in any fights to the death but Ginji, and us too... We've done a good bit of thinking on this.
    Urushi: We're coming with you!
    Asch: .... But!
    Urushi: We aren't interested in avenging you but we can accept an IOU of massive payback after you've moved up in the world.
    Asch: !!
    Asch: (sigh) Do as you like!

    Episode 18:

    Noelle: That reminds me, Asch came with a request just recently, too.
    Luke: Asch did? Where is he now?
    Noelle: Well, he said he wanted to borrow Ginji's Albiore III. He was investigating something.
    Luke: And then?
    Noelle: And he was going to Yulia City next.

    Episode 21:

    Asch: Ten thousand Seventh Fonists...
    Noir: Asch, did you say something?
    Asch: *looks away, then to Ginji* Ginji, we're changing our destination. Head towards the Tower of Rem.
    Ginji: Understood.

    Noelle: *runs out as soon as the Albiore lands* Ginji! (Big brother!)
    Ginji: *looks up from maintenance and waves* Noelle!
    Ginji: *...then jumps down.* What are you doing here?
    Luke: Ginji! Where's Asch?
    Ginji: Well... he went inside the tower on his own. He looked like he was really brooding over something. I'm worried about him.
    Noir: Will you guys stop Asch for us?
    Luke: You're the ones from...
    Noir: We meet again, boy.
    Luke: So you guys are Asch's friends?
    Noir: Not really "friends"... *scratches her cheek* We're working for money.
    Ginji: That's not true! *spreads his arms* Asch is really counting on you guys (all of you) from the Dark Wings!
    Luke: Dark Wings?
    Noir: *stamps angrily* Don't say unnecessary things, Ginji!
    Ginji: *cringes/cowers apologetically* Okay! (Yes!) I'm sorry!
    Jade: To think we'd find wanted fugitives here... But it looks like we're out of time.

    Episode 24:

    ***Asch the Bloody Volume 2: Asch is looking out over the ocean the evening before they infiltrate Eldrant. The Dark Wings and Ginji remain inside the Albiore with Ginji looking worried.***

    Urushi: That's Eldrant, the replica of the Isle of Hod?
    Ginji: Mr. Asch said he was going to attack alone tomorrow? He's in way over his head!
    Noir: I doubt anything could change his mind now. ... But...it's a bit cold. The boy always feels he must fight alone.

    ***Dark Wings get off sometime between this and the next morning. Ginji and Asch head off alone, with Ginji crashing the Albiore III into Eldrant, smashing into one of the guns (technical term goes here) and leaving a hole behind. The Albiore III is totaled.***


    Episode 25:

    Ginji: Mr. Asch...
    Asch: You did well. Now get out of here.
    *Ginji reaches for Asch as he leaves but winces in pain*

    *Ginji comes limping towards the party*
    Noelle: [Big] Brother!
    *Noelle runs to him and catches*
    Noelle: Hang in there, brother!
    Ginji: Noelle...
    Luke: Ginji, where's Asch? Weren't you with him?
    Ginji: Please... stop him!
    Luke: Don't tell me he went alone.
    Tear: That's reckless!
    Natalia: Asch...
    Ginji: Mr. Asch was deadly serious when he told us he was going alone. He made Ms. Noir and the others get off the Albiore. I couldn't let him pilot the Albiore, so I convinced him to bring me along.
    Anise: Asch has a tendency to rush headlong into things.
    Luke: Anyway, we have to find him.
    *Luke runs off with the others following, Guy pauses and tyrns back to Noelle and Ginji*
    Guy: Noelle, take care of Ginji. If you see any signs of trouble, don't wait, just run.
    Noelle: All right. Be careful.
    Ginji: We're counting on you.

    ***Noelle and Ginji escape in the Albiore II.***

    Episode 26:

    ***In the epilogue Ginji and Noelle can be found in the hangar helping to repair the Albiores. They're sitting on top of the Albiore III.***

    ANIME (Bandai Official English Subtitles):

    Episode 15:

    Noelle: Brother!
    Ginji: Hi, Noelle. You're home, safe and sound, I see.
    Noelle: Oh, let me introduce you. This is my brother, Ginji.
    Ginji: Thank you for looking after my sister.

    Noelle: By the way, Brother, what are you doing out here?
    Ginji: The usual problem.
    Noelle: Grandpa and the others are fighting again?
    Ginji: Go in, and you'll see.


    Episode 16:

    Aston: You, too, Noelle. We have to load the Albiore onto the Tartarus.
    Noelle: That reminds me, where's my brother?
    Iemon: Conducting test flights of the Albiore III.
    Noelle: Oh, he is? Well, I'll see you later!


    Episode 18:

    Noelle: That reminds me, Asch came to visit a while ago.
    Luke: He did? Where is he now?
    Noelle: He said he wanted to borrow my brother Ginji's Albiore III. Something about investigating something.
    Luke: And then what?
    Noelle: He said something about going to Yulia City next.


    Episode 21:

    Asch: Ten thousand Seventh Fonists...
    Noir: Asch? Did you say something?
    Asch: Ginji, we have a new destination. Set course for the Tower of Rem.
    Ginji: Yes, sir.

    Noelle: Brother!
    Ginji: Noelle!
    Ginji: What are you doing here?
    Luke: Ginji! Where's Asch?!
    Ginji: About that... He went into the tower by himself. He had a dark, brooding look on his face. I'm worried.
    Noir: Would you guys mind stopping Asch?
    Luke: Wait, weren't you people--
    Noir: We meet again, little man.
    Luke: So you really are Asch's friends?
    Noir: "Friends" is a little much... He just pays us to do jobs for him.
    Ginji: That's not true at all! Asch relies heavily on the Dark Wings!
    Luke: Dark Wings?
    Noir: They didn't need to know that, Ginji!
    Ginji: Yes, ma'am! I'm sorry!
    Jade: To think we'd find a bunch of wanted criminals here... Anyway, we don't seem to have much time.


    Episode 25:

    Ginji: Asch?
    Asch: You did well. Now get out of here.

    Noelle: Brother!
    Noelle: Brother! Hang in there!
    Ginji: Noelle...
    Luke: Ginji, where's Asch? Isn't he with you?
    Ginji: Please, you have to stop Asch!
    Luke: Don't tell me he went inside alone!
    Tear: That's crazy!
    Natalia: Asch!
    Ginji: Asch has had a tormented look on his face lately. He dropped off Noir and the others saying he could handle it alone. The only reason I'm here is because I told him that he couldn't pilot the Albiore himself.
    Anise: Asch sure is the rash and impulsive type.
    Luke: Anyway, we have to go after him.
    Natalia: Right.
    Guy: Noelle, look after Ginji. At the first sign of trouble, don't hesitate to get out of here.
    Noelle: We will. Be careful.
    Ginji: We're all counting on you.