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12 Wonderful Female Servants That Need To Be Added to Fate/Grand Order

February 11, 2016

hisui_icon_4040 OK. I recently made a big deal about the gender distribution of servants in the Fate universe and found that while people constantly complain that there are more female Servants than male Servants the reverse is actually true. The real reason people feel that way is that the female Servants get a lion’s share of the attention despite being fewer in number. There are a lot of reasons for that but the gender-bent Servants are no small contributing factor. So in order to counterbalance that I made a list of awesome historical characters that would make great female Servants and you would not have to touch their gender in the slightest.

One quick rule: There is currently a supposedly data mined list of characters who have code in the Fate/Grand Order game but have not been revealed yet. So while that list has not been fully confirmed yet there are some magazine spoilers and leaked images have shown that at least part of the list is correct. With that in mind I won’t pick any characters from that list as I’m going to assume they are already in Fate/Grand Order. So no Cleopatra, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, or Tomoe Gozen. At this point they are practically canonical.

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Cowboy Bebop Rewatch Podcast Session #26: The Real Folk Blues (Part 2)

February 10, 2016

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As Cowboy Bebop has become this evergreen ambassador of anime, we decided to go back and re-watch the show now that is has gotten a beautiful Blu-ray box set. Every week we will share our memories and then re-evaluate these stories with 16 years of experience and distance. Which episodes are just as we remember, which have major flaws, and which have aged like a fine wine. At the same time, we will also look back on the music, cultural references, and holistic connections contained within each episode. Plus, we will judge if there in an appropriate amount of Ein.

Does Cowboy Bebop hold up as a classic or was its reputation all a dream? Let’s rewatch Cowboy Bebop together and find out!

Session #26

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Double PreCure Podcasts: Case Closed Review and S.W.A.T. Review

February 9, 2016

As you may very well know, the ending of one PreCure series is also the beginning of another. We wrap up our final thoughts on the fabulous Go! Princess PreCure and give you our initial take on the new, and maybe a bit different, PreCure show Maho Girls PreCure!

Listen – Final impressions of Go! Princess PreCure from Toei Animation.

Listen – First impressions of Maho Girls PreCure! from Toei Animation.

 

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Copper Pennies Will Soon Turn Into Gold Ducats

February 8, 2016

If you have been paying attention to recent anime news, you may have noticed that Funimation is losing the rights to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Conqueror of Shamballa very soon. They also lost the rights to Baccano! and Darker Than Black already in 2016. This means Funimation will produce no further DVD/BD releases, when the current stock is gone it is gone, and these titles will be removed from all streaming services.

FMA, Baccano!, and Darker Than Black have a strong mixture of popularity and critical acclaim, and have found big audiences in the West. So why is Funimation not renewing the licenses? All of these shows also happen to be produced by Aniplex. Depending on how you feel about these titles, this is either an interesting footnote or the start of a countdown clock.

While the Funimation physical copies of these shows will not disappear overnight, they will start to become harder to find as time goes on. When any anime or manga title goes out of print, there is a group of people who go out of their way to buy up all the copies they can find to sell at a premium price later. Look on Amazon or eBay or the like for any hard to find manga or anime that has not been license rescued; the prices are highway robbery. Now, Aniplex is probably going to release their own version of these shows in the not too distant future. Looking at the pedigree of these series makes that a pretty easy guess. But we are all pretty familiar with the Aniplex price and each of us makes our decisions on whether or not to pay it. You can get Baccano! for $25.99 from Funimation but the same series is likely to be $249.99 (give or take) from Aniplex.

Either way copies of all these shows are soon going to get very pricey. You can either pay the profiteers a jacked up price for copy of something that was once much cheaper, pay Aniplex for the fancy but expensive version, or pay with time and effort trying to hunt down reasonably priced copies at conventions or liquidation sales. At least Aniplex is fairly good at getting their titles on streaming services so hopefully fans may still have a way to see these titles but if you want to own physical copies you probably want to buy them sooner rather than later.

So basically what we’re saying is, get your copies NOWNOWNOW!

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