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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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Gundam Build Fighters Try: She’s My Hero!

November 17, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 I loved the first season of Gundam Build Fighters so I thought it would be hard to top it with a new cast in another season. But then Fumina Hoshino appeared.

During a Gunpla World Championship, young Hoshino observed a magnificent player and decided then and there to aspire to the same greatness. Hoshino is now 14-years-old, building Gunpla, and the head of the Gunpla Battle school club with a goal of putting together a team to take all the way to their own championship.

Hoshino is a young woman and her inspiration is also a woman. And Hoshino is the protagonist of Gundam Build Fighters Try.

hisui_icon_4040 As someone who has listened to Gundamn for several years I have noticed a few recurring questions that pop up in their mailbag from time to time. (Apparently podcasts can regularly receive questions. Shocking but true. I have no experience with that phenomenon so this is all apocryphal.) One such question usually involves some variation of, “When do you think a Gundam series will have a female protagonist and what will she be like?” The general answer is that the closest they have come so far is Haruhiko Mikimoto’s Gundam École du Ciel manga and that is currently on indefinite hiatus and Tiel’s Impulse which I did not even know existed until I checked just to make sure there were not any other notable female Gundam heroines.

It would be foolish to discount École du Ciel and Tiel’s Impulse as unimportant steps towards a female protagonist in Gundam but I think the real victory for the fans who want a little more gender equality in Gundam would be a woman in the driver’s seat of a Gundam TV series. While Gundam is not totally married to the idea of a persistent canon the parts of the franchise that have the strongest claim to canon tend to be the TV series. That means that a Gundam TV series with a woman at the helm would set a powerful precedent.

As surprising as it is Fumina Hoshino might actually be the leading lady Gundam fans have been waiting for. Gundam Build Fighters Try might not be the expected route for the first female Gundam heroine but a slightly obscure path might be exactly what was needed for it to happen.

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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works #006 – Shiro the Puppet

November 16, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 The name of this episode is Mirage. A simple single word title can often open itself up to much interpretation. There is no obvious illusion in the episode. Shiro is not tricked into going to the Ryuudou Temple by a mirage. I think the titular mirage is the illusion of control that Shiro has.

Despite how much he thinks he is in control of his life it seems that more and more he is just being moved like a pawn at this point in the story. Rin is distinctly in control of their alliance. While that arrangement is clearly in Shiro’s best interest it is theoretically an equal partnership but the thing is Rin is in the drive’s seat. We see Shinji play Shiro like a fiddle as he knows all the right strings to pluck on his former friend. And in the end Caster draws Shiro into her little trap all too easily. Shiro might think that he is a knight on the chess board of the Holy Grail War but it is clear that he is merely a valuable pawn. He won’t gain any measurable power or control unless he can survive long enough to get a promotion. Read the rest of this entry ?

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