Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 3rei!! #03: The Bay of Pigs Invasion

hisui_icon_4040_round The fights have been escalating for a while. In the first season, all the class cards were very powerful but they only had a basic animal intelligence. Cards like Caster might have been a clever animal and Berserker simultaneously was insanely strong and neigh invincible but they were still only bestial. In the second season, the enemies gained intelligence. Chloe was as powerful as Illya but she was extremely strategic and a bit more skilled than the original. Bazett did not technically have the power of a Servant but she had the skills and abilities which made her a Heroic Spirit class threat. Gilgamesh was not only vastly more powerful than the Servants that Illya’s gang faced before but on top of that, he was often one step ahead of the gang and had a Batman styled kit of tools and weapons. Every enemy was not only more powerful than the last but required everyone to think on their feet even more.

Angelica and Beatrice are the next logical step. They have the full power of a Servant beyond that of even Gilgamesh. The Servants they install are either equal or greater than The King of Heroes. They also both have extra tools on top of their Servant cards. The home turf advantage is just the cherry on top.

It is going to take much more than usual to beat these two and their even more powerful Master but that is what magical girl shows are all about. And despite the odd twists and turns, this is still a magical girl show at its core.

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Slayers Rewatch Podcast: Spell #11

Lina Inverse: Bandit Killer, Dragon Spooker, and Beautiful Sorceress. That’s right, we decided to revisit the classic 90’s fantasy comedy Slayers.

The show is a mixture of comedy and adventure that is both a parody and homage to the various worlds of fantasy and roleplaying. LinaGourry, Zelgadis, and Amelia are your stereotypical D&D adventuring party (albeit with a rather spell-casting heavy focus) killing monsters, hording treasure, fighting amongst themselves, and causing tremendous amounts of collateral damage which sometimes inadvertently save the world. And in the 90’s Megumi Hayashibara was the queen of anime voice actresses and one of her most iconic roles was Lina.

Back in the day not everyone liked Slayers but almost everyone had watched it and had an opinion about it. Now even with the two recent seasons in 2008 the series is distinctly seen as a product of the 90s.

We are recruiting adventures for our journey to discover if Slayers is still an enjoyable 90s romp or a cursed relic better buried in the stream of time. If you are a high enough level, you should rewatch Slayers with our party!

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Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 3rei!! #02: Tactical Espionage Action

hisui_icon_4040_round It is finally time to get some ANSWERS! Not all of them mind you but some of them. Up until this point, they have teased a good deal of information about Miyu and the unusual nature of this card based Holy Grail War.  All the reveals about either mystery have been the type of answers that just lead to bigger questions. This episode gives some facts that lead to satisfying answers. Some new avenues of inquiry have opened up thanks to characters like Tanaka and the dolls but the most important mysteries have a final denouement within reach.
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