Each year, Bandai-Namco holds a giant Tales-centric event in Yokohama. This year's, Tales of Festival 2013, had nearly 12,000 fans in attendance each day. With concerts, new game announcements, and an array of voice actors from across the games, it was an unbelievably entertaining way to spend four hours.
On the second day of the event (which I attended), the Festival began with 8-year old Elle (Tales of Xillia 2) attempting to read the pre-show warnings and rules, but failing because the words were too big. Luckily, Milla (Tales of Xillia/Tales of Xillia 2) was on hand to help her through it. Elle proceeded to ask what the crowd was like, to which Milla responded “probably a lot of women.”—and she was definitely right about that. Of the 12,000 people around me, it was perhaps 90% female (if not more).
What followed next was a screening of the anime openings for every game in the main Tales series. The audience took this as a contest of sorts and cheered whenever their favorite games and characters appeared on the jumbotron. Based on the cheers, Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Xillia, Tales of Xillia 2 and Tales of the Abyss were the most popular games.
As for character-centric cheers, I noticed a pattern. Lead male characters (other than Yuri from Vesperia) got few to no cheers. However, every brooding pretty-boy villain/anti-hero or glasses-wearing genius character got a huge pop from the crowd. As for the female characters, the cute young girl characters were often cheered for a bit, but otherwise none of the female characters seemed very popular—except for Milla (Xillia/Xillia 2) who, interestingly, received the biggest pop of the night.
After that, we were all shown the first trailer for the Tales of Symphonia: Unisonant Pack (the PS3 re-release of Tales of Symphonia and its sequel) and were then shown some of the new unlockable costumes that allow the characters in Symphonia to dress up as characters from other Tales games—i.e., Genis dressed as Luke and Lloyd dressed as Guy.