Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Part 2 – Is Extella Good Civilization?

hisui_icon_4040_round I really wanted to put out some sort of written review for Fate/Extella while people might have still been on the fence about buying the game the first few weeks it was out. But I don’t have either the time or desire to rush through the game ASAP to get out a total review. That would have either mean that I just rushed through the story to see the ending or cut out all my other free time activities. Since this is not a game review site there is no reason to force myself to do either. Also, I feel one of the appeals of this site when it comes to Type-Moon titles is I go a little more in-depth about the lore of the universe.

In that vein,  you can consider this more the review for people who have either played the game or just want to dive more into the meat of the story and characters. That means I consider no spoiler sacred past this point and will talk about everything and anything. If you just want a simple run down of the basic merits and flaws of the game you most certainly want the first part of this review which you can find here.

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The Speakeasy #086: Fire Emblem Heroes, Voltron S2, Comiket, Wrestle Kingdom

Ongoing Investigations: Fire Emblem Heroes from Intelligent Systems, Granblue Fantasy the Animation ep. 1 from A-1 Pictures, Voltron: Legendary Defender S2.

Song: “Rainmaker” by Yonosuke Kitamura (Kazuchika Okada’s theme)

Food for Thought: What Japanese event would you plan a trip around?

Topics: We talk with Patz Prime about his recent trip to Japan.


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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