Gaius, the King of Rieze Maxia is a playable character in Tales of Xillia 2 and fights with a giant katana. Did he borrow that from Sephiroth?
Tales of Xillia lead characters Jude Mathis and Milla Maxwell return for Tales of Xillia 2 too. Jude graduated medical school and works as a spirit researcher. No longer bound to her mission, Milla acts like a regular girl in Tales of Xillia 2.