Type-Moon’s Latest: Fate Apocrypha

It was only 2 days ago that I learned about the first volume release of this cancelled-game-turned-light-novel by Type-Moon. I managed to read the English translation with lots of thanks to the folks over at Baka-Tsuki. To my ‘slight’ surprise, it immediately delves on darker themes and I felt a very heavy atmosphere on the first few paragraphs. Well, even until the end actually. But it’s an intriguing-dark kind of way, you know what I mean? I just can’t wait to get this turned into anime!

I can’t review it really right now because there’s only this one volume that’s released, so we’ll have to stick around some more and see where this goes. The list of servants, however, have been announced. There will be 14 of them this time around, 7 from one faction and the rest to another faction. You can check here the full list of the servants and if the images aren’t exciting enough, I’m pretty sure their skills and even Noble Phantasms do! I mean just look at this Shakespeare and Frankenstein!

Looking forward to Volume II then! Give me a holler when it’s out, will ya?! 🙂

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The Dream of a Small Star

A Heaven where humans and robots are inseparable – that is the final wish of Yumemi Hoshino (also known as Reverie Planetarian in the English version), a robot designed to assist in the showing of a planetarium inside a department store in a world that has left them.

[ Planetrian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume; planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ~; Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet ] is one of Visual Art’s/Keys visual novels produced in 2004. Unlike the other visual novels, this one is more static in a sense that you do not choose any options at all – so it is a straight-forward storytelling. The story begins when a middle-aged man enters a building in hopes of evading the war machines that are all over the place. Inside, he meets Yumemi/Reverie who offers him to show a special commemorative planetarium projection from a machine known as Miss Jena, for being the 2,500,000th customer (even though he’s not exactly the 2,500,000th). The contrasting attitude of the two makes the reading worthwhile – an energetic, playful, caring, and ever-so-curious Reverie just wanted their customer, only known as “the junker”, to feel comfortable – but he only feels terribly annoyed by her ‘bothersome’ characteristics.

The pace of the whole story feels a bit slow than any of Key’s first novels, so it somehow feels kinda boring at first. But as it reaches the end, it picks up pace, especially when they exit the building to enter the real world that Reverie has been deprived of. From hereon, the story reveals itself to a more serious tone that reaches to a very dramatic ending. One that is completely expected – but I have failed to do so. I’m almost usually very predictive in endings, but somehow, I didn’t see this coming – or maybe, it is that I never wanted it to end ‘that’ way. Having the whole story between the two of them alone and with no other scenario but inside and outside the building, the plot revolves around the evolution of the junker’s feelings and relationship toward Reverie – and that’s what makes it hard to accept how it all ended. In any case, the story really feels Key-like and is definitely a must-read for all fans.

The music is, of course, very appropriate to the story and very pleasing to the ears – adding to the already well-presented mood this visual novel has.

Although the male protagonist does not speak, the emotions are ‘well-versed’ in Reverie. The graphics are ok, and the CG are good too, albeit the very limited occurrences.

Overall, Visual Art’s/Key never fails to produce a top-notch visual novel! This heart-warming story is not to be missed by Kanon/Air/Clannad fans and everything that falls within the same genre. I will definitely re-read it sometime soon. Now, my only wish is for an OVA!!

Fate/Zero and ufotable – Bringing Justice to Type-Moon’s Fate Series

Before I start this, here’s something you might want to listen to while reading (Jyukai’s Hikari used as Fate stay/night’s ED in Episode 14):

Just this last weekend, we witnessed the end of Zero and the beginning of stay/night – a man who clung on to his heroic ideals but was eventually brought down to his knees by the very thing he wanted the most. I know this is not news to you, but the destruction of Fuyuki City shows that in order to attain peace, sacrifices will have to be made – a lot of them, actually.

Arguably, Fate/Zero is the better of the two Anime series adaptation of Type-Moon’s Fate. However, the Fate stay/night game is actually quite good, and I know that a lot of fans are disappointed at how it turned out. So if you haven’t tried the game yet, just give it a go and you won’t be disappointed.

The animation right off the bat from the hour-long Episode 1 of the first season is absolutely terrific (I still get goosebumps upon rewatching the episode 1, especially after all servants have been summoned)! Even the use of CGI during Berserker’s and Caster’s fights are downright awesome. The fight scenes are what you’d expect from history’s most renowned heroes, although I must admit that the most anticipated Rider vs Gilgamesh face-off fell short of the action I was expecting to see (this is from the viewpoint of someone who has not yet read the novel). The colors were great and there was considerable attention to detail. However, towards the middle of the first season, it seems that the outstanding quality faded off inexplicably, evident in some of Waver and Rider scenes. Thankfully though, the start of Fate/Zero S2 lifted the series back to where it truly belongs, culminating in Caster’s defeat via Excalibur.

I also have no complaints on the sound effects and voice acting, though I just realized that I could not clearly remember mesmerizing over the background music – unlike that of Fate stay/night. The OP and ED were topnotch – LiSa and Kalafina reminding us what they can deliver, as well as the newcomers to the industry, Aoi Eir and Haruna Luna. It’s hard to choose which of them is my favorite though, but if I have to, it will have to be LiSa’s oath sign by a slight margin.

As for the story part, needless to say, it’s definitely well-written and enjoyable all throughout. Kudos to them writers! It was a great battle of wits.

All in all – it’s been a great ride. I can’t remember enjoying this much since watching Gundam 00 and all action enthusiasts should definitely check this one out. Now all that’s needed is an announcement regarding the next Fate production, as well as my very own summoning circle (Archer class please)! 😛

IMO, it’s a 9.0/10.

Little Busters! Series Announced!

Source:

Little Busters! TV Anime Announced! (Leaked!).

FINALLY! Another series to look forward to! Ok, there’s too many exclamation points there, so I’ll stop.

Anyway, KEY have been outstanding in producing light novels for everyone so there is no doubt that this will be a good one (though I haven’t started reading this yet because I’m still finishing Planetarian).

Fate/Zero Extra Episode + Kimi no Iru Machi OAD

So apparently, all these latest news to me are not new at all. I was just terribly behind. 😦

Today, March 7, the first series of Fate/Zero Blu-ray copies will be released. It will also feature an extra episode/extra stuff all in that package. Another nice thing is that the subtitles will be available both in Japanese and English. For more info and details, please visit the link here.

In other news, I can’t believe I’ve only just heard that Kimi no Iru Machi will release an OAD this month!

“The limited edition of the manga’s 17th volume will bundle the first DVD when it ships on March 16, and the limited edition of the 18th volume will bundle the second DVD when it ships on June 15.” (source: ANN)

Meanwhile, found below is the 72-second PV trailer.

Yuzuki Eba @_@.. Will be definitely watching this. Exciting month ahead.

For a full list of the anime lineup this spring, here is the customary image banner (click for full size).

Ryoma Echizen smashes back to your TV screens on Jan 2012

As of now, I could not find any source on the internet yet, but I’ve heard from Imagine-Nation (NHK) that Prince of Tennis will get its sequel soon. I believe the manga is already ongoing but the anime won’t be here earlier than the first month of next year. The manga will still be published in Weekly Shounen Jump, 週刊少年ジャンプ!

As an overview, the whole team will face all other schools from across Japan – one that will include some sort of qualifiers in which Ryoma will eventually lose. Yes, that is a cold-hearted spoiler, the way it has been said in the show. I might as well share it to you. 😛

More on this later.

Fate/Zero Novel

Since I’m the impatient type, I thought I could cheat my way through the story of Fate/Zero since a weekly release simply will not suffice.

As a result, I found out that Baka-Tsuki has already translated the Fate/Zero Novel completely in English!

I can’t wait to read this one in full. If you want to read it too, then CLICK HERE. Enjoy. 🙂