Fate/Stay Night is one of those anime whose party I was late to. Everybody was freaking out about it for months, and all it elicited from me was a “well, that’s some nice animation.”
It turns out that waiting for it ended up being worth it: I marathoned the series over the course of a few days, and liked it enough to give it a watch before its prequel series Fate/Zero started here on CR.
While Fate/Stay Night chronicles the unusually early Fifth War of the Grail, Fate/Zero rewinds ten years to the Fourth War, and all the setup that took place for Fate/Stay Night’s epic buildup and finale. But like most prequels, it’s far less straightforward than it seems.
You’ll see a few familiar faces this go-around--of course there’s Saber, the terrifyingly efficient female incarnation of King Arthur, and Archer, who might look very familiar to some of you who’ve watched all of Fate/Stay Night.
These ties between series make Fate/Zero a much more interesting watch than I was expecting from it. What really impresses me is that it’s also a perfect jumping-on point for people who haven’t watched Fate/Stay Night, providing plenty of high action and intrigue among rivals in magic. We’re still so early into the run that anything can happen--and a lot has already! Be sure to check out Fate/Zero every Saturday see where the battle leads!
When Squid Girl (or Shinryaku! Ika Musume!) swam onto TV at this time last year, it was a bit of a surprise for me. I wasn’t expecting much, but it tidal-waved to being one of the top shows of the season. But will its new season keep the high tide set by the last, or is this new season a wash out?
The answer is yes, it has!
Thinking about it, you have to feel a bit sorry for Squid Girl. She comes to the surface to invade because of the human’s disrespect of the ocean, and she breaks a wall in a beach restaurant and gets forced to work the money back that it would take to fix it. It’s good she did, as her time there leads to chaos and laughter throughout.
Each episode is split into 3 distinctly different stories, and this gives a nice pacing to the show, as you are constantly being shown a new story with new jokes, and stops it becoming stale like some other shows of its ilk. In fact, I sort of rather have shows done this way, as in the rare occasion it isn’t making you laugh, you know another story will come, and then you’re laughing again.
Now when it comes to the music itself, it does become a bit of a love-it-or-hate-it sort of thing. I am in the camp who loves the openings and endings to it, but I know just about as many people who hate them just as much. Like I said, I enjoy them, but others won’t.
So, in the end, that is the sort of thing you should expect if you decide to give it a go (which if you haven’t you really should). If what you’re looking for is a light-hearted, funny comedy that’s well animated, then you should certainly give it a go. In fact, I’d love it for anyone yet to see this to try it. Who knows, the show could become your own catch of the day.
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Did you know that Shiori Teshirogi started off as a shojo manga artist who was a fan of Saint Seiya. After meeting series creator Masami Kurumada, she was offered the chance to write and draw one of his ideas. This turned into Saint Seiya, the Lost Canvas.
Uryu is rushed to the hospital after being cut down by an unknown attacker. As Ichigo becomes frustrated over not being able to do anything when his friend was attacked, he learns that Keigo and Mizuro have disappeared.
When 2nd year student Uryuu Shingo's school, the Kagamidai Private Academy, merges with a prestigious girls' academy in the same town, the Yuihime Girls' Private Academy, the resulting trial period of unification sees him becoming a student at the Yuihime Girls' Private Academy. The day before he transfers, Shingo meets Sena Airi, a Yuihime Academy student, in the park after a rain shower.
The first phase of the exam is to follow the examiner Satotz to the second phase of the exam. A number of applicants have dropped out from the tedious trek that has no end in sight. Leorio is running with Kurapika and starting to lose steam, but then his desire to become a Hunter kicks in again. After running 80 kilometers, they reach a flight of stairs. Satotz picks up the pace again...
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