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Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup: The 100 Lives of Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya

September 13, 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.

  • No Love for New York
    Good News: There is going to be a US Premiere of the Fate/Stay Night UBW TV series on September 28th. Bad news: It is only in Los Angeles. Since no one if flying me out to see that I will just have to watch it with all the hoi polloi on October 4th. Until then everyone can enjoy the trailer in English.
  • 2wei! Another Day
    Sentai Filmworks licensed Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! Curious to see how much they play up Chloe over Bazett on the cover.
  • Heart to Heart
    Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya is breaking up the 2wei! in two seasons with  Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆ ​Illya Zwei Hertz! coming out in 2015.
  • For All the Rin Fans
    The new Fate/Stay Night UBW TV series is clearly going to deliver.
  • Will they Make More than 10?
    Another look at the Nendoroids for Fate/Stay Night Rider and Archer. Hopefully they won’t make micro batches of the Rider figure and delay the Archer figure forever.
  • Soccer Saber
    If you ever wanted to know what the cast of Fate/Hollow Ataraxia looked like playing Association football.
  • Passion for Purple
    A little treat for all the Sakura and Rider fans with the release of Vita edition of Fate/Hollow Ataraxia.
  • King of Commercials
    The spotlight is on the King of Knights for the new Fate/Stay Night UBW TV commercial.
  • Fate/Fried Chicken
    Lawson has a tasty Fate/Stay Night promotion going on right now.
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Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 2wei! #010: Himatsubushi-hen

September 11, 2014


hisui_icon_4040 It seems that I have finished another season of Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya. I have to say I’m glad that this season was only 10 episodes as it gives me some time to rest before I dive into episode reviews of Unlimited Blade Works in only a few weeks.

Overall this season felt a lot more segmented when it came to fan service and action. The first season distinctly had points of extreme fan service and periods of exciting action but something about this season felt a little more like A (like the A in T&A) episodes mostly focused on A and B (for battle) instead spent their time giving you B. I suppose that was a good thing for people who really wanted one or the other but I did like the smoother mix in the last season. It did not help that some of those early yuri tease scenes were a bit gratuitous. If I never see another porn kiss in this series my life will the all the richer for that.

But this season finally let Bazett have her time to shine so if the show never does anything good again it at least did one very good thing. It is one thing to have a fan following due to your appearance in the visual novel but once you’re in an anime your potential fan base increases ten fold. We might actually see the Master of the Multi-Reverse Punch get some love in the form of figures and guest appearances in the future. It could save her from being forgotten in the Caster heap.

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The New Faces of Shonen Sports Anime

September 8, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 In the past I have talked about my theory of the two major categories of shonen fighting protagonists. I call them the Shonen Hero and the Seinen Hero. The Shonen Hero is what you very stereotypically think of with the genre. They are passionate and ambitious but have almost no experience. Therefore everything must be explained to them but they have an endless pool of potential to draw from and so they learn powerful techniques almost instantly. In contrast the Seinen Hero while still in a shonen magazine feels like a character taken from a series for older men. These character usually have years of training under their belt and tend to be more stoic and coldly driven. They are not perfect but they are 80% of the way to maximum. Usually their journey is about perfecting their skills, adding to their already powerful repertoire, or learning to work with a team. Not every shonen fighting protagonists falls into these two categories. There are some notable exceptions or combinations of the two but nine times out of ten your hero will fall into one of these categories. Naruto and Simon are your stereotypical Shonen Heroes while Luffy and Kenshiro are your stereotypical Seinen Hero.

Until recently I would have told you that sports anime pretty much follows that same formula to the T. The main character who joins the team is either the fresh young buck with no skills but an insane potential and a killer move or a cold ace with the crazy skills but with a major flaw. Like the shonen fighting protagonist there is the very rare exception to this rule but overall they are just as easy to divide into the two camps. The thing is the last few shows we have been watching have added a third archetype that I have never really seen be this predominant until now. They are the Super Support Protagonist.

The thing is this character is a mixture of the Shonen Hero and the Seinen Hero but with some added elements that make them more than just a blend of the other two. Usually the protagonist is the star of the team. They are the character who scores the most points, gets all the important points, and draws all the attention, love, and hate to themselves.  The Super Support Protagonist might do that on occasion but most of the time they are there so all the other characters can shine or work together better. They usually have some technique or place in the team that helps everyone around them. If the Shonen Hero is the fighter, and the Seinen Hero is the wizard, then the Super Support Protagonist in the bard. In years past they would have usually been secondary or tertiary character on a team. Someone who might get an episode of two in the spotlight but no more than that. But apparently this Super Support Protagonist is appearing more and more as the lead in modern sports shows.

narutaki_icon_4040 Kuroko’s Basketball, Yowamushi Pedal, and Haikyu!! have enjoyed immense popularity recently. It may come as no surprise then that they do share some similar qualities.

No longer the stoic genius or the hotblooded ace; more recent heroes of sports anime are the guys who would have been side characters in the past. And it isn’t just their personalities that mark them as previous side characters, but their roles on their teams, too.

Kuroko’s central role is passing the ball. Hinata is the decoy of the court. Onoda pulls the other members along so they can conserve their strength. All of these characters act in the best interest for the rest of the team. Each of them is integral to the team succeeding despite them not necessarily having the role that gets the most outside attention or glory. So intentionally or not, all of these titles end up emphasizing how important a cohesive team is maybe more so than when the central figure is the ace.

Kuroko, Onoda, and Hinata all feel like they occupy the same spot in the team: the soul.

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All Points Bulletin: Don’t Be Afraid of Macross 7

September 7, 2014

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

hisui_icon_4040 Alain’s picks:

 narutaki_icon_4040 Kate’s picks

 

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hisui_icon_4040 Also worth noting is that Under the Dog made its funding goal:

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