Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star – You Now Have Permission to Pursue Lu Bu

hisui_icon_4040_round It has been looking like a very good year to be a Type-Moon fan. The year started with the First Order special which was a solid treat after Fate/Grand Order finished its first major story arc. Then there was a whole slew of big announcements. Grand Order is getting the Epic of Remnant story line before they start the next major arc of the game. The Fate/Extra Last Encore anime got a much more definitive time frame. On top of that, a Fate/Apocrypha anime was also announced. While it was mentioned last year it is also worth mentioning that there is also a Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya movie this summer. There is also a ton of manga, light novels, and other material in Japan related to Type-Moon coming out. If you live in Japan your wallet is in consonant danger of being empty.

Here in America and Europe, we get less in English. It is far more than nothing mind you. In fact, the fandom has grown to the point where there is a steady stream of official material supplemented by a somewhat random amount of fan translated material. All the Type-Moon anime has been getting simulcast followed with physical releases and Fate/Complete Character Material volume 2 comes out in March. All of that is spectacular but the crown jewel of English releases has to be Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star.

Consider this part one of two of my review of the game. This is my first impressions based on a week of playing the game. I will have a follow-up review after I beat the game. While this review should tell you everything you need to know about the mechanics of the game the next part will do more of a deep dive into the story.

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The Speakeasy #083: Space Brothers, Animal Crossing, Girlish Number, J-Novel Club

Ongoing Investigations: Space Brothers by Chuya Koyama, Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela Turner, Girlish Number by Diomedea, One Piece Treasure Cruise by Bandai, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (update) by Nintendo.

Song: “Bloom” by Girlish Number

Food for Thought: What are you thankful for, nerdwise?

Topics: J-Novel Club, Space Brothers x Marvel, Sword Art Online movie getting worldwide theatrical release, Dragon Ball Super finally out in English, LeSean Thomas event at Kinokuniya and Children of Ether.


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

Pumpkin Pie Martini

  • 1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla (optional to give it kick)
  • 1 oz. Pumpkin Spice liqueur (such as Hiram Walker)
  • 1/2 oz. Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1/2 oz. half-and-half
  • Crushed graham crackers
  • Cinnamon stick (garnish)

Add all liquids in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into large martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

The Speakeasy #079: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Sailor Moon Drops, Flying Witch, Crunchyroll

Ongoing Investigations: Sailor Moon Drops, Flying Witch, Goodnight Punpun vol 1-2 by Inio Asano, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Showa: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki, End of Hayate by Kenjiro Hata.

Food for Thought: What would help make a sucessful NYC anime convention?

Topics: NYC Getting A New Anime Event, Crunchyroll Becomes a Competitor in the Physical Market, One Piece is 65% Finished.


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

Root of All Evil

  • 1 part Absinthe
  • 3 parts root beer

Fill the cocktail glass with ice. Pour in Absinthe and top with a quality root beer.