wow i never knew dora the explorers last name until i happend to see the very first episode again while watching the kids. all of you can make a guess and i'll put the answer at the bottom of the journal.
as for tales of xillia besides the first 2 main characters Jude mathis drawn by fujishima and Milla maxwell by inomata they have added 2 more characters already.
alvin drawn by fujishima and leia rolando drawn by inomata.
hopefully we'll get at least 4 more characters since this is the first game in the series to do a dual lead and party split. though since alvin is likely to leave the party duh cuz he's gonna betray em i'm hoping we get 9/10 characters to even the parties out and allow at least some organization.
so far all thats known about the characters is the base weapons they use and special abilities.
jude is a fighter like senel with his special ability being that he can back step then teleport behind the enemy
milla is a swordsman but also since she's a spirit she has earth water fire and wind spells. her special is that she can turn off casting time for magic and turn them into regular attacks
alvin is a medium sized thicker sword user maybe a broad sword? and his special is lame since all he can do is charge his weapon like karol in vesperia whoopdidoo
leia uses a melee staff and her special is that it can grow to twice its length which basically means she can hit almost all the enemies on the field XD. and it will gain more reach the higher her level.hello my grade farming character
so far the only info story wise i've been able to piece together from screenshots cutscenes and character descrips is that milla is investigating the mass quanity of spirit deaths at a military research lab building and jude just happend to hear the explosion there so he offers to help her since he's a busibody. they find the weird enemies dressed kinda like team magma/rocket and chase them out of the royal city il fan sry i can't spell it right of ru rondo where they fight them and pwn them easily in a cutscene then TUTORIAL FIGHT TUTORIAL FIGHT. where they team up and use the link mode which is where you both go into overlimit and team attack together the enemy using something similiar to burst artes only they use 2 characters to activate and requires different characters for each one so far. from what i saw you need jude and milla to use one and milla and alvin to use another.
from there they leave the city he's training to be a doctor in and head to the first forest or whatever dungeon. jude obviously doesn't care about missingfinals or anything so i hope he's rich. there you pick up alvin who is a traveling mercinary that joins the party (come on bamco you already pulled that in symphonia at least try to be less obvious. you might as well have him wear a t-shirt that says not a villain) and they head to the military research base. jude looks up to the guy as a big brother obviously since he imitates the way alvin stands. may i also mention alvin is a badass looking guy much more badass than jude but the ascot totally ruins his design in my opinion. there they run into the first villain and i don't know what happens after that but they end up heading to judes home town next where leia joins up with the party since they decide to stop in town and help judes parents who run the only clinic. leia judes child hood friend who also trains to be a nurse (seriously jude this girl obviously want to jump you stop being so oblivious) while running her parents in as the beautiful mascot (sounds like yukiko frm p4) tells him that theres some weird disease thats making everyone sick and his parents can't cure it without some plot related item from a cave. so they leave the very beautiful town with a moon that looks like its about to fall out of the sky and stars out during the day time and head towards the cave. and thats the last screenshots they gave. i'm excited for the next batch of characters and such since the game looks great so far besides the squiggles and jaggles all over the screen.
as for graces bamco still hasn't updated yet but they did make an official website page at least. though theres nothing on it other than the logo for graces on a white game case with rp on it. they haven't even announced what system graces is coming here on so i'm highly suspicious they are planning a wii port with the extra content and using nintendo to pay for its localization. either that or ms for a 360 version but why the hell would they go to the trouble of making a 360 version just for the us when they already have a ps3 and wii version of the game there? also can't wait to find out who the va's will be.
now for the answer to the first question
apparently dora's last name is marquez. funny how they never say it ever again