fgo for newbies: palingenesis

A friend asked me a Fate/GO question about which I thought was worth writing a short post. “Do I want to do Ascension or Palingenesis?”

Fate/Grand Order: Ascension

Fate/Grand Order: Palingenesis

A quick lesson on FGO history, Palingenesis was not added to the Japanese version until the First Anniversary event, specifically on August 6, 2016. That means the key Palingenesis item, the Holy Grails, were just useless paperweights prior to this event, and there was a lot of speculation before then on what exactly the item would be used for.

Flash forward to the US version, where we know that they have implemented “all the quality of life improvements from the Japanese game at launch.” This includes, for some reason, Palingenesis, even though most people will be unable to use it for another few months when the ability to farm certain ascension items is opened.

EDIT: I previously wrote that Ushiwakamaru’s interlude was not appearing as an odd side effect of the game implementation. With some research, I found out that her interlude was released along with the Okeanos singularity, so this is not a bug or oversight. My apologies for any confusion caused or misinformation spread.

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viz picks up kaguya-sama: love is war

Happy announcement! This is one of my favorite ongoing manga right now, I’m extremely pumped to add it to my collection!

The story follows the student council president, Shirogane Miyuki, and vice-president, Shinomiya Kaguya, as they wage the most absurd war ever. The Japanese title is “Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen,” which roughly translates to “Kaguya-sama Wants to be Confessed to: The Geniuses’ War of Love and Brains,” if that helps. Miyuki and Kaguya are absolutely convinced that the other loves her/him, but they are completely unwilling to admit to themselves that they are in love with the other, so they’ve decided to entrap the other person into confessing or otherwise admitting their love. However, considering these are the two smartest people at school, their plots and counterplots get very convoluted, as well as constantly broken into shambles when the airheaded secretary Fujiwara Chika gets involved.

It’s a very smart series that really knows how to show logical proofs, but also has an incredible sense of comedic timing. I highly encourage you to check it out once it’s released in English!

a guide to fate/grand order

Fate/Grand Order

As you may know, on June 25, 2017, Fate/Grand Order was released on the US iTunes store and Google Play store. If you’re looking in the right places, it’s easy to find various resources on the game, like Twelve Upcoming Servants You Should Save Up for in Fate/Grand Order or Frequently Asked Questions: A newbie’s guide to FGO USA 07/18/17 (for how much Crunchyroll covers new content in the Japanese game, I’m surprised they haven’t published anything yet for the US version). However, most of these guides make a few presumptions that do not necessarily apply to everyone interested in the game, but mainly: You are familiar with Japanese-style mobile RPG games.

So, this guide is intended to be a true newbie’s guide to Fate/Grand Order. Maybe you watched one of the recent animes (Fate/Unlimited Blade Works, or maybe Fate/Grand Order: First Order, or Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Ilya) or played the Fate/Extella game and thought you’d give it a shot. Maybe your friend convinced you to download it and you’re kind of lost. So, I will go over the basics, covering stuff that some people might take for granted, especially if they came from other similar mobile games.

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gamers!

Cute show about a high school video gaming club. The “twist” is actually pretty interesting, so I will be following the show. Streaming on Thursdays on Crunchyroll. Granblue Fantasy homage! :o

Gamers !GBF

Rising Sunfish!

a short story of fate

So I made some kind of promise to write something daily a few weeks/months/years? ago, and yeah, that didn’t happen. I’ve had a few ideas stewing though, so I thought I’d finally try to put one in concrete form. As usual, I expect no one to actually read this, but no worries. Enjoy!

Read the story

now that i know wordpress embeds tweets, time to be lazy with my package posts

Got back from Europe the other day and had a bunch of packages waiting for me! I already spent all day yesterday reading Overlord 4, which was great. Not too much to comment on regarding the new additions aside from Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, which deserves mention for being a collaboration between J-Novel Club and Seven Seas Entertainment.

Just the other day I subscribed to J-Novel Club and read the first volume of “If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord,” which has a manga adaptation that’s absolutely adorable. Looking forward to spending more time perusing their library. However, I’ve already discovered a major disappointment, which is that any novels they have released as e-books are no longer available to read for members. This is “offset” by the premium membership, which costs over twice as much but only gives you a credit to buy 1 book per month.

To further add injury, though, they claim that the premium credit gives you a premium version of the e-book that cannot be purchased normally. At least you can buy premium credits à la carte, so someone who consumes as much content as I do isn’t bottlenecked by the monthly credit, but the credits cost less with the premium membership too… maybe I sound a bit entitled, but I feel like this is a somewhat exploitative program for people like me who just want to read a lot of stuff. It’s like going to the library and discovering a new series to read, but for them to only have books 3 and up :/

makoto best girl

persona-5

I’ve been rather disinclined to update the blog in the last 2 months; we had a few hospitals go live 4 weeks ago, so work was super busy lately, and in the weeks before that I was spending most of it on Persona 5. I completed the story for the first time last weekend when I had a short break at home from work, so now I’m going to work on a 100% Confidants/trophies clear. I also played through the game with the English dub the first time, so now I’m listening to the Japanese dub.

So I’ve played Persona 3, 4, and now 5 (well, also Persona 4 Arena, but that doesn’t count), and each one has been so much better than the last. Which is not to say 3 was in any way poor or mediocre, it was also amazing, it just speaks to the overall quality of the series that they keep getting better.

Hmm, what else is new? I recently discovered a YouTube anime/video game cover artist named AmaLee who has some very impressive work, I highly encourage you to check her stuff out! Here is her channel. I am particularly enamored with the ERASED OP&ED mix, as well as Aldnoah.Zero’s Heavenly Blue and “Heavenly Lies” mashup of aLIEz and Heavenly Blue.

I am thinking about trying to get into writing a bit, maybe short stories as worldbuilding kind of thing. I have a few ideas for a fantasy world I might want to write about, but I have no structure or background in writing, so I think I will just find some time to do what I can and see where it leads.

Last, the anime I’m enjoying the most this season is definite Re:Creators. Definitely Sawano Hiroyuki’s music is a huge factor, as I love his stuff, but the show itself is just genuinely well crafted with interesting characters and story, and it even gets into some fascinating discussions of philosophy. Boku no Hero Academia is always a great time, and other than that Sakura Quest is a neat show that seems to mash up elements from Hanasaku Iroha and Shirobako. All shows I highly recommend!