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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works #007 – Curse Your Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal!

November 25, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 Before we begin I would like to mention that Fate/Hollow Ataraxia finally has a full English release. If you like Kaede MakideraKane HimuroYukika Saegusa, or Ayako Mitsuduri from this version of the anime they are far more prominent in this game. In fact everyone who is not Kotomine or Zouken gets a good deal more screen time but these four really go from extremely minor background characters to real parts of the secondary cast (until the real combat starts.) So if you have been enjoying them and want to them a little more than this is the place to go.

It still has all the benefits and flaws of a visual novel. Your enjoyment mainly comes down to how much do you enjoy the added character details and minor world building you get from a visual novel. Do you see that all as added richness or boring dross that pads out the playtime. If nothing else there have been some major hints that a Fate/Hollow Ataraxia is in the cards so you can always just wait for that.

But the main purpose of this episode if to show off the team from Ryuudou Temple. Caster and Assassin don’t really get that much screen time outside of this arc so it is nice to see them shine here. Sufficed to say that if you really like these two don’t expect to see them a lot in the Heaven’s Feel movies. They basically make more of a cameo in that arc than a full appearance. The third of the Ryuudou Temple group is being left in the shadows so when he is revealed it is more of a big dea (also he would make certain parts of the episode much more complicated) .

The key moment is the tension between Shiro and Archer finally boiling over. It has been coming for a while but eventually something had to go off. The battle with Caster is merely the spark that ignites the firestorm. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Speakeasy #059: 5 Lovely Senshi, Sailor Moon

November 24, 2014
Drink #059:  5 Lovely Senshi
Sailor Moon

We discuss the first arc of Sailor Moon which has been remastered and rereleased. We follow this up by talking about the original manga arc of the story and Sailor Moon Crystal.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

5 Lovely Senshi

Sailor Moon’s Super Pink Vodka Tonic

First rim the glass with sugar. Add a shot of raspberry vodka (we used Smirnoff’s) and then pour in tonic water. Use only one drop of red food coloring and stir. Garnish with a lemon

Sailor Mars’ Fiery Red Rum Punch

For this we used V8 Fusion’s Strawberry and Banana for some real flavor (and vitamins!) Add a little more than a shot of Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum for that extra kick! Garnish with a straw and grapes.

Sailor Venus’ Vivacious Orange Mimosa

Rim the champagne flute with sugar. Pour in half a glass of champagne. Fill the rest with orange juice and a little bit of V8 Splash’s Mango Peach for a little more fruitiness and orange color!

Sailor Jupiter’s Electric Green Vodka Shot

Make lime green Jello as directed on packaging. Pour in vodka (Smirnoff’s again!). Separate into shot glasses. Allow to cool. Pretty self-explanatory!

Sailor Mercury’s Cool Blue Gin and Tonic

Add one shot of gin and fill the glass with tonic water. My favorite gin is Bluecoat American Dry Gin! It also comes in a neat dark blue bottle! (A plug for our local gin makers!) For that cool color in your drink, spritz in just a bit of blue Kool-aid! Garnish with a lemon slice.

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All Points Bulletin: Anime Web Turnpike Crashers

November 23, 2014

If you have any suggestions for what to highlight on an APB drop us a line via email or Twitter.

narutaki_icon_4040 Kate’s picks:

hisui_icon_4040 Alain’s picks:

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narutaki_icon_4040 BURRRNNNINNNG!

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Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup: Caster Love

November 22, 2014

This Saturday post is the weekly Type-Moon news in addition to the regular APB post on Sunday. If you have any suggestions for what to highlight on the Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup drop me a line via email or Twitter.

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