Except … it … wasn’t? The only thing Xillia and Symphonia really have in common is the “two ‘worlds’ that were separated” element, and even that isn’t the same given that while Sylvarant and Tethe’alla were separated to different planes of existence to stop a war, Rieze Maxia was just cut off from Elympios by the schism/shell to prevent the further loss of spirit life. They were still on the same plane of existence, RM just had a bubble around it to keep it safe. But the characters aren’t similar, the overall plot/story arc is incredibly different, and the final antagonists aren’t comparable at all. Even if you wanted to argue that dismantling the schism to supply the world with a burst of mana until Jude could figure out a solution to the spyrix/spyrite problem in Elympios to Lloyd and company sprouting the World Tree, even that in itself is different because dismantling the schism was only a temporary solution, a band-aid on a larger problem, whereas Symphonia’s world tree is a more permanent solution provided humanity doesn’t fuck it up and kill the tree again.
Really, although Xillia borrowed elements from past Tales Series games due to being a fifteenth anniversary title, I rather thought it put an original spin on them, and it certainly didn’t plagiarize Symphonia in any way.
My cousin, TALLON, was reported MISSING today. He is an AUTISTIC BLACK TEEN AND IS COMPLETEY NON-VERBAL. HE DOES NOT RESPOND TO HIS NAME. This young man went out for his daily bike ride, unattended, and did not come back. Tonight, HE IS IN LA BY HIMSELF. He is 6’0, 200lbs, and was last seen wearing a white t shirt and khaki shorts. PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST!!