The Summer of Love III continues! Last week we discussed all of the music from the series, and the week before the first half of season 1. Well this week we wrap up our examination of Fate/Illya’s first season with a look at the second ‘arc’ (because this series doesn’t really have those, but let’s just roll with it): Illya’s Resolve! Plenty to get into, so let’s not waste anymore time!Read More »
We haven’t done a list post in a long time, mostly because Don’t @ Me has taken much of that over. However I feel like throwing up another post about music, because frankly anime music is always fun to listen to. So here are ten more of my favorite anime openings and endings after the cut!
Anime news has been coming fast and fierce the last few days with new series, seasons and trailers being thrown at us again and again. It’s so much that I don’t want to overload the blog multiple posts, so here are my quick thoughts on a bunch of them at once. Check them out after the cut
She’s a character who plays more of the third wheel for the majority of the Fate visual novel, yet she was popular enough to have her own spin-off that is the longest piece of Fate-related work ever made. She has an adorable design that sells countless pieces of merchandise, but a backstory that is marked by betrayal, disappointment, and abandonment, unless you watch her spin-off.
She can be a character forged by a centuries-long ambition but born like any other child in this world. A girl whose parents choose power over her safety, but instead directs her anger at a man who had nothing to do with it. Or she is someone whose life was more important than great power, who was given the chance to be a normal girl and experience the values of friendship, love, duty, and commitment.
Either way, she’s one of the most popular characters in the Fate franchise, and my personal favorite female anime character of all time. After the cut let’s take a dive into Fate Stay Night’s: Illyasviel von Einzbern.
(SPOILERS FOR FATE ZERO, FATE PRISMA ILLYA, AND ALL THREE ROUTES OF THE FATE VISUAL NOVEL)
Animes that undergo a major tonal shift are quite often rolling the dice in terms of whether or not it will work. If the core fandom who have stuck with you feel like things have changed, they won’t hesitate to abandon the series. However, you might also be able to bring on new fans that may have not found the series appealing beforehand.
In the case of Fate/Illya the fourth and (as of now) final season seems to straddle both of those lines quite well, being a new complete entry into the series, but also maintaining everything that makes it great. So after the cut, let’s take one final dive into the world of Fate/Illya with Fate/kalied liner Prisma Illya 3rei!
Alright, I’ve put this part off for long enough.
Many people who are fans of Fate may not be aware that the Fate Stay Night visual novel was originally a piece of erotic literature, in that it had several scenes where the characters would engage in sexual activities either for pleasure or to restore their mana. When the first 2006 anime, and later the PS2 port of the visual novel hit shelves, all of the erotic aspects were removed and replaced with new scenes that depicted the events without any of the sexual themes. This has continued throughout all of the adaptations of Fate Stay Night and the spin-offs.
Such a change is understandable, considering the massive success of the Fate franchise, especially with a younger audience, and it feels like the creators made the decision themselves that the sex and sex scenes weren’t doing anything to help with the plot. I myself don’t really care that they aren’t there, and I’ve enjoyed Fate Stay Night without them, but different strokes I suppose.
Either way, I bring this up because as we enter into the second season of Fate/Illya, we also are coming into what is probably the most fanservice-heavy out of all the Fate animes, and also the one that is the most…interesting to discuss. So after the cut let’s take a dive into the second season of Fate/Illya: Fate/kalied liner Prisma Illya 2wei!
Starting our look at the alternative universe entries of the Fate Franchise is the one that has run the longest. At four seasons (the second being two sets of 12), a movie, and the fifth season currently in some form of production. It is easy to see that something is being done right here, and I can attest to that because this is my favorite entry in the Fate Franchise.
So let’s continue Fatevember with a look into the first season of the magical girl spin-off of Fate Stay Night. The one with the longest fucking title ever: Fate/kalied liner Prisma Illya.
Halloween is over, the Anime season is well underway and like I said in my last post. This November is the start of a month-long look into the entire universe of Fate Stay Night, aptly titled: Fatevember.
Before we get into the meat and potatoes of the Fate world though, I think it is important to have a bit of a primer for some easy to answer questions. Fate Stay Night is a massive franchise and its unique way of storytelling can be confusing to newcomers, especially if you are coming into the series completely unaware of what is happening. So after the cut, join me as I go over some common questions and give out some basic information for those who are looking to jump into this magical world.