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small image Looking Back: Fate/Zero

June 25, 2012 10:12 pm by small image

As the spring season comes to a close, I thought I’d post some thoughts on each of the shows I watched through all the way. Let’s start with the show I looked forward to the most… the second half of Fate/Zero!

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small image Spring 2012: Halfway Point

May 18, 2012 9:17 pm by small image

Just thought I’d share some random thoughts on all the anime I’ve been watching for the spring 2012 season. I think I’ve tried out more shows this season than I have any other, which I suppose says a lot for how good things are right now. I’ve chosen to stick with six of them–namely the first six on my list here.

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“Justice and righteousness can not save the world. I care nothing for them.”

There are a great number of character archetypes out there in the world of fiction, and amongst protagonists it’s generally pretty easy to make the distinction between a hero and an anti-hero. Fate/Zero is pretty unique in how it is overall more about an event rather than a specific character (ie the story is about the Holy Grail War). But if I were to pick out who our protagonist is, it makes sense to go with Kiritsugu. And when I think of Kiritsugu, I don’t think of him as just an example of an anti-hero, but also a Byronic hero.

(Note: Fate/Zero spoilers in this post, up to episode 18.)

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small image Fate/Zero’s Epic Return!

April 18, 2012 3:41 pm by small image

Have you caught up with the latest episodes of Fate/Zero? I hope so, because the second half of the series is off to a great start! Episodes 14 and 15 of Fate/Zero bring a spectacular conclusion to Caster’s attack on the city, begun with the cliffhanger that ended the fall anime season. Here’s a list of six of my favorite things about the latest two episodes.

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small image Fall 2011: Favorite Characters

December 18, 2011 1:42 am by small image

The year is drawing to a close, but before I start any lists for 2011, I thought to write another post for the fall season in particular. I picked four (new) characters I liked for the summer season, so I thought I ought to do something like that for fall as well.

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So far six out of seven identities have been revealed for the Servants in Fate/Zero, and this time I will write a bit about the legends behind Caster and Assassin–figures in history that are a bit less known, but are still very interesting.
There will be SPOILERS for their identities, but again I will mainly just focus on some of the interesting facts about the real-life figures.

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Today I will be going over some of the basics for the legends that served as the basis for the Lancer and Archer characters in Fate/Zero. So SPOILERS for their identities, but I’ll mostly be focusing on the real-life stories as I did last time for Saber and Rider.

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One of the fun things about Fate/Zero is the fact the Servants are (loosely) based on figures from history, myth, and legend, all of which tends to mix together a bit in ancient times. (And arguably still does!) I thought to do some brief research on some of the famous figures that inspired some of the characters in Fate/Zero, and share some of the basic details here.

I will be covering Saber and Rider in this post. So if you haven’t watched much of the show yet, this post will contain some SPOILERS!

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small image Bi-Weekly Anime Highlights: Part 2

November 26, 2011 4:25 pm by small image

Another two weeks fly by and it is time for another segment of Anime Highlights! Beware, spoilers abound!

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small image Fall 2011: My Top Five (So Far)

November 18, 2011 8:44 pm by small image

We’re around the halfway point for the fall anime season, and I thought I’d mention which shows are my favorites at the moment. So I’ll make this a list, and start with #5 and work my way up from there.

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