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  1. Toth

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    Oh my god, you are going to watch Slayers? That was my childhood! I must admit, it sticks out a bit among the bunch, but I still can't recommend it enough! It's especially good now that I know that the writers were basically just adapting their constantly derailing Dungeons & Dragons game and that's what makes it so absurdly hilarious. And explains the characters' quirks (Lina being the ludicrous min-maxer, Gourry the tank that just wants to shut down his brain and roll some dice, Amelia being the DM's little sister who wants to play Sailor Moon, Zelgadis being the distraught role-player with the moody backstory who is constantly annoyed by his group's antics and Xellos being the DM's own ridiculously overpowered character that occasionally shoves the characters back on track of the story). The only thing that I just have to ask is: What dub? I only ever watched it with the German dub as a kid and when I saw the Japanese original years later, I found Lina's screeching high-pitched voice there totally off-putting. Her German voice actress was just so much better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRze9A9gKp4 (also lol: it's easier to find entire episodes than just clips in German on Youtube XD) That's what I meant as well.^^ But I also applied it on FGO, where Asian characters are obviously in the majority. The premise is fairly simple. Two years after the Fuyuki Grail War the Einzbern's in their never-ending struggle to reach the "fifth magic" kickstart an old Greater Grail prototype that was built beneath their castle in Germany, but was abandoned 200 years ago because they couldn't dare hold the ritual in Europe in the middle of a conflict between Magi and Church. And because they now have copied the knowledge of the Makiri to make command spells and Jubstacheit is too tired to play by the rules, he makes it give out random command spells to everyone within the city of Einzbern who has even the hint of a magic circuit to attach it to. The result is a mess in which a bunch of absolute novices with no magic training whatsoever get dragged into a conflict against each other and of course the looming threat of the overwhelming Einzbern's. Here it is: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11224809/1/Fate-The-Einzbern-Grail-War Unfortunately, my current work situation reduced me to a snail's pace. It is not abandoned, by all means (and actually managed to write some during the last Summer break), but right now it is on ice for some time. At least until I manage to get my shit together and have my free time back without constantly wrecking myself about things I still have to do.
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    Tch. Diversity. Who needs that? I must admit, I am a tiny bit iffed that they focused so very much on Japanese Servants recently (and just as they started to dare a more gritty art style, they doubled down on the fanservice on each and every single female character to a degree that has become just incredibly vexing). I'm in a strange pinch there. I would like to see more African (so far there are only two Egyptians) or Native American Servants (so far only poor Geronimo), but on the other hand dread how they would design them and rather would like to see the franchise crash and burn. Okay, maybe I can dare to mention those of my team that I had revealed so far: Saber: Richard Lionheart (not the palette-swapped Arthur expy of the Fate-franchise in its narcissistic love with self-references, but actually more of a chivalrous thug who has severe trouble not alienating allies) Archer: Ramesses II. (the already existing Rider one is already pretty good, but I thought it would be neat to indulge into his actual historic character as a blundering tactician who makes it up by being an excellent peace-maker and utter PR-mastermind) Assassin: Roza Shanina (an amazing Soviet WW2 sniper whose tragic story and bright personality has survived thanks to her diary. I started out wanting a bouncy 'friendly sniper' archetype, but it had become something much more personal for me) Lancer: Penthesilea (please don't remind me of that naked Berserker in FGO... Penthesilea doesn't deserve that! Also screw Achilles, she doesn't give a shit about this dude she never knew! I like her far better if she is haunted by having accidentally killed her sister, sets out on a suicidal quest to die in a meaningless battle for Troy, only to start to care about its king and people when they received her with so much kindness and dignity at their darkest hour) Rider: Attila the Hun (and not at all the stupid genderbent bikini alien whatever thing from FGO. Burn that one with fire! Mine is basically a gruff, menacing warlord who adheres to his own a bit twisted sense of honor and hospitality) Caster: Hasn't been officially revealed so far, but I made her Noble Phantasm so obvious that all readers have already correctly guessed it in the comments. Beserker hasn't been revealed yet and since that is a big one, I'd rather not do that here. Oh, and I hadn't noticed that you included me in that question. I can't say anything because I haven't watched either.
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    Nice line-up. I especially like El Cid there. Rama is a Saber in FGO and I think they have stated that he is even stronger as an Archer. Morgan le Fay, huh? Because of her Apocrypha cameo? Certainly could be good. I'm only a bit iffy about Odysseus being an Assassin. Wouldn't he be far superior as Archer, equipped with the Bow of Eurytos?
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    The Orville Season 2

    I'm completely blown away by the latest episode "Lasting Impressions". This is gold right there! Absolutely the best written episode of the entire season. Perfectly balanced the emotional punches of Malloy's story (and I think surpassing the obvious reference point of Geordie's holodeck girlfriend) with the humor of the Moclan's nicotine addiction, which actually made me laugh for a change. Awesome! More of this quality! I loved absolutely everything from beginning to end. I looked up that it's written by MacFarlane himself, as usual, but had Kelly Cronin as a director. Give her more episodes!
  5. Toth

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    Hey, on the other hand, you still remember the villain's name! XD I watched it 2 years ago and totally forgot.
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    Um, actually... Sorry for sounding like a smart-ass, I just had to correct that because the picture looked strange in my mind.^^
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    That's par of course. But I also saw quite a lot of bile hurled towards Akane. Especially when (massive spoilers, don't click, Fez)... @Fez: Speaking of Mika, this also reminds me to warn you if no one else already did: Just watch the first season and the movie. Don't bother with the second season. It's just filler in the hands of different writers who have no idea what they were doing whatsoever and you don't miss out on anything at all. It might succeed in highlighting post-character-development Akane, but it's pointless to wallow through a nonsensical villain, idiotic plot that utterly disregards the atmosphere of the first season and of course Mika. Oh dear god, Mika... The movie certainly does the first season justice (not saying both are perfect, I have my gripes, but don't worry about that). The only thing... Please ignore the absolutely atrocious Engrish in the movie. God bless the guy or girl doing the subtitles... I hope the new movies and third season will be better. I haven't looked up yet whether Gen Urobuchi has gotten back to steer the ship.
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    It certainly gets better. Akane is a bit odd in the first episode, but she gets better. Quite a lot better. And with that I don't just mean hand to hand combat. XD No, no, her biggest strengths certainly come with her strong compassion and unwavering idealism. There is a lot of hate for her out there, but I must admit, I had grown to like her pretty fast. It should also be noted that the blind trust into the system makes everyone in this society quite a bit naive by design and it's more like working so much with this system has jaded her colleagues so much.
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    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    Okay, so... in an attempt to relax a bit, I continued my Europa Universalis playthrough. Things have gotten a bit rough. I succeeded with my mission to amass 2000 ducats (which really feels like my character saying "I could invest this money into our economy right away, but please let me take a dive in it like Scrooge McDuck first!"). I then unlocked the first manufacture buildings and started to decorate my country with with them. It feels good to read that Brandenburg at that time (1550s) was wrecked with debt and had no industry to speak of, while in my game the stats tell me that I had somehow ended up 7th place in administration rating and I highly suspect that it's because of my economy and development. Damn, a tiny backwater Elector 7th place? In world rating? Damn! And I haven't even built my 20 manufactures yet! Meanwhile, because now I have enough money to go to war without ever getting into the minus, I nabbed a couple of tiny German states, expanding westward till Hamburg and Oldenburg. The last fight was strange. I was just thinking that I shouldn't break my alliance with Mecklenburg because they had proved to be a really good ally so far... and then they immediately break their alliance. -.- In any case, they allied with Dithmarschen and ended up dragged into my war with them. And... I did the mistake of annexing all 4 provinces of Mecklenburg instead of Dithmarschen, which I think raised my Aggressive Expansion rating far more as if I had annexed my original target. A whole bunch of German states banded together in a coalition and... didn't dare attack me. So I shrugged and went on with my life, focusing to further raise my economy to ludicrous levels, but unfortunately seven years later they finally decided to attack me and then it was game over. So I actually went back to an older safe from when I made peace with Dithmarschen and did it the other way around. I just forced Mecklenburg to give me cash and annexed the two provinces of Dithmarschen, actually achieving to lower my aggressive expansion rating... not quite enough. Like before, the bigger powers like Bohemia and Austria didn't care again, but 5 tiny states still formed a coalition and did nothing. Fine with me, I'd say. It doesn't seem like they are in a position to attack. Until suddenly the game decided to screw me over big time. First came an event that my 2 years old heir died. Okay, shit happens. A year later my ruler died and suddenly it was game over. Russia got a personal union on Brandenburg for some reason. Bloody hell...
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    Well, nowadays they seem to have gone away from portraying him as a one-note-villain, maybe because he has too many (female?) fans? I don't know (though that certainly explains his really freaky love interest status in this Fate/Extra nonsense that I thankfully have neither played nor watched). I read somewhere that he was just like this in the modern world because he was pissed at how its state was. I guess Fate/Zero kinda does help explaining his later omnicidal tendencies, given that... But Babylonia will be an entirely different beast. We are going to see him humbled after the character development of his myth in a city where he knows everybody by name and declaring the fight against an apocalyptic monster army to be a matter for the boss himself and nobody else. I must admit, even though I played the game, I will be quite curious how it will look animated. No idea. At all. I think they hate Arab people? The Queen of Sheba has a similar stupid outfit, though at least without the butterface. In fact, all newer Servants look like shit in my opinion. Speaking of Mobile Games Adaptations... Magia Record is going to get become quite the ride tomorrow and its adaption will be interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n1gjQtpP7U
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    Hey, they already adapted the Fuyuki tutorial level as a special movie named "First Order" (just in case that you didn't know that yet). Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUx-VN-DDmk But don't you worry, it's offensively forgettable despite the cool premise and a few surprisingly good battle scenes (at least compared to what the franchise offers otherwise. After the dynamic and meaningful battles in Fate/Zero I even found the battles in UBW annoyingly boring (with the possible exception of Gilgamesh vs. Heracles)). They also don't seem to want to adapt the entire Grand Order game (therefore adding insult to the First Order movie in that you are never going to see a resolution to the story). Understandable, given how all over the place the writing of the different arcs is. Fuyuki is fine as it is, Orleans would be only good if they'd embrace the meme and have Kojirou Sasaki being summoned (THE HERO OF FRANCE!!!), Rome and the Caribbean are horrible (despite the latter going deeper into Medea's backstory by having her summoned alongside Jason for a change), London is pretty cool I must admit (having Hans Christian Anderson, Shakespeare, Dr. Jekyll and Mordred in one team does help), the US chapter is pretty meh (the only memorable part is Edison and Tesla bickering like a married old couple, but Drifters did that far better with Hannibal and Scipio), Camelot is pretty good in its handling of a corrupted Round Table (despite big boobs Artoria that makes my eyes roll all the time) and Babylonia is arguably the best (despite a lot of jarring moments like Taiga-sensei being inexplicably there in a lion costume). And well, of course they are adapting only Babylonia now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNF9c8ZrX-0 Beware of them trying to make you like Gilgamesh all of a sudden, who in his own era is jarringly sympathetic and caring in a very tsundere fashion. Oh please don't! Or at least picture your own version. Because theirs... Proceed at your own risk (very much NSFW and not safe for good taste I'd say): https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/fategrandorder/images/f/f0/ScheherazadeStage3.png/revision/latest?cb=20171205175309
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    It should be noted that, for the contrived reason of Scathach living eternally in the "land of shadows" (despite in her myth that just being Scotland XD), Scathach's ghost ordinarily can't be summoned in a Grail War because she never died. The same applies to Merlin stuck at Avalon, but at least he got an internet connection there solely for Rule of Funny. In the game you can only summon her because all of human history was incinerated by the Big Bad, effectively killing her and allowing her to to join you on a technicality. (with a similar technicality applying to Merlin in the next Grand Order Anime... though I must say that getting summoned into a Grail War taking place before you are born by claiming that technically that makes you dead at the time of summoning is a level of troll logic that I don't want to argue with...)
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    I see your point. It is kind of inevitable that FGO got much of your list covered since it has such a ridiculous number of possible Servants by now, almost all of them being utterly ridiculous. As an ardent reader of history, most of them enrage me to no end. Yes, Scathach should be better as a Lancer (and I'm glad to have summoned her on my English account), but I haven't looked at her Caster version that got released some time ago yet. I'm afraid you are wrong in how the Ruler class is defined by lore (a misconception I used to share because I, too, expected the writers to not suck this badly at English), because Ruler's are supposed to be religious saints. That's why Jeanne d'Arc, Amakusa Shirou, Saint Martha or Buddha himself end up in that class. Then again, for some reason Sherlock Holmes ended up in that class as well, so by now it's anyone's guess. My own old idea of having Gaius Julius Caesar as a Ruler however should be just as impossible as your Boudicca. However FGO states pretty clearly that Boudicca does qualify as Avenger and will probably released as one at some point. In any case, five of your characters have already gotten the canon treatment. Whatever good it did to them. Archer: Napoleon Bonaparte: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/fategrandorder/images/5/58/NapoleonStage03.png/revision/latest?cb=20180713115752 Lancer: Hector of Troy: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/fategrandorder/images/b/b8/Hector3.png/revision/latest?cb=20151105190845 Caster: Scathach: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/fategrandorder/images/7/7b/ScathachSkadi2.png/revision/latest?cb=20180729075401 Compared to Lancer Scathach: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/fategrandorder/images/8/8e/Scathach3.png/revision/latest?cb=20151210053934 Assassin: Cleopatra (VII): https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/fategrandorder/images/7/70/CleopatraStage3.png/revision/latest?cb=20171206160054 Boudicca Rider however is enraging (and somewhat NSFW): https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/fategrandorder/images/1/12/Boudica1.png/revision/latest?cb=20170208141944
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    Hey! That is a good idea and I see that it could actually be pulled off when the story gets appropriately streamlined in places! It also combines well with my own constant demand of Rin getting her own POV and character development, given how she spends the most time with Archer and in the VN gets suspicions about his identity fairly early on. Then again, it should be her story in the first place, given the legacy of her parents and her mentor figure Kirei to the Grail War, her relationship with Sakura, her own very interesting struggles of balancing magus mentality with human morals... You really notice that she carries a lot of the remnants of Fate/Prototype's initial protagonist Ayako and was just sidelined because of the writers' sexist idea that a female protagonist doesn't sell. Bloody morons. Heh. I have. And actually started to write a fanfic around it, though I better not mention it or else people start to question why haven't manage to update in more than a year... Could it be that you integrated a bunch of Fate/Grand Order Servants in your line-up on purpose or is it just that so many historical figures are already adapted that it's hard to avoid? (and yes, I agree with Boudicca being a Berserker or Avenger. Her stupid fanservice-y Rider variant is just shitting all over her legacy - though I must say, I like Scathach Lancer better than the Caster for some reason. I'm old-school like that) And thanks of reminding me that I ended up getting Napoleon when trying to summon Gilgamesh on New Years... XD
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    Yeah, but who exactly does that? Who watches 3 episodes of a different show just to understand a movie? It is quite clear that the movies were made with viewers knowing UBW in mind. Not to say that Heaven's Feel on its own makes you wonder why so many important looking characters get brutally slaughtered just to have them out of the way. Which, to be fair, is an issue inherited from its VN roots that annoys me to no end.
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