Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (2nd Season)
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There was this one boy, an aniblogger to be specific. He was just whipping up the next season’s anime preview- made his picks and commented on them just like aniblogger would do. His picks were heavily bishojo in lead, with lots of nichijou-esque vibes in them. None of his picks featured ‘dated’ styles such as the ones seen in ‘Clannad’ or ‘Air (2003)’. It was pretty obvious that his tastes were pretty modern; an affinity for modern visuals if you will.
Kokoro Connect was his first pick, as he heard of much it seemed like a combination of ‘Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai’ and ‘K-ON’. It was pretty much a dream combination come true. His deputy, unfortunately, didn’t seem too happy with his picks, namely Kokoro Connect, and labeled them as ‘an easy way out’ for reviews.
And a tirade within him followed up…
First of all, the entertainment industry (used very loosely here, but focused more on animation) pretty much revolves around an ‘all pick’ concept- where the consumer mass decides what is mainstream – popular and profitable – though, what’s not mainstream, albeit often being unpopular, didn’t mean being unsuccessful. Industry niches such as anime have definitely made its own distinctive mark. Producers nowadays, for the most part focus on what makes a product popular and easily marketable. Shining example? K-ON; what can be more appealing to the masses than an innocent bunch of highschool girls having tea and cakes everyday afterschool with their worthwhile music? Modern? Moe? Easily relatable? Music ? then, we are definitely set to make a mark on this industry. As much as the modern consumer population emanates an aura of forced conformity onto every incoming consumer to indoctrinate him or her into ‘what’s good’ and ‘what’s not’ in the industry – MY PRODUCT IS GOOD AND YOURS AIN’T-, they are not immune to criticism – nothing is. It is just that the consumer has every right to spend their hard-earned moolah in whichever way they want, and in the process of doing so, deciding the fate of certain industries.
People just need to realize that this industry almost entirely operates on a on-demand basis, not out of necessity, like, say for example: your own health?
Secondly, it is hard to criticize anime and stand by it, or in fact, any work of art. In the above story, I forgot to mention that this boy’s deputy was in fact a pretty hardcore fan of K-ON when it was in its prime (2010), but tis’ was depressing to see how the guy dismissed K-ON-related stuff and labeled them ‘an easy way out’ for reviews after merely two years. Does he ever review anime ? Nope, this fictional person would never know it feels like to do one, but we’re not here to rant about a person who never existed in the first place. Did K-ON have a rocket science plot? Hell no, but it is ever immune to criticism? Nope, nothing is invulnerable to criticism. Reviewing a light-hearted series like K-ON, then touching on a gem like Madoka later on – one is not necessarily easier than the other to criticize, as each person has his or her own benchmark to hold the anime against. “K-ON’s story holds no water, whereas Madoka is just simply mind-blowing” Valid criticism, but is it ever easy to make a comment ? No, you’d have to have enough balls to actually say your own mind about the subject, and stand by it resolutely – like how Saber unquestioningly serves Irisviel despite her meager existence as a Homunculus for the Holy Grail. See what I did there? No matter how horrid the criticism is, it’s still valid as a person’s take on something. Looking at a really fundamental level, would you dare to say that certain anime genres are ‘easier’ to criticize than others? I can easily review series like To Aru Majutsu no Index and Slice-of-life genres at the same time. Would it take more brain juice to process the stuff in To Aru than it is to comprehend the plot of Black Rock Shooter? Definitely, but is it ever easier or harder than any other genre? It varies from person to person. Excluding additional knowledge needed to thoroughly criticize certain anime genres (e.g Sci-Fi), criticizing anime is never an easy feat.
Of course, I forgot to definite what a review actually is. Review: 1) a formal assessment or examination of something with the possibility or intention of instituting change if necessary. So, holding this definition true, any review should be an EXAMINATION of a subject, with SUGGESTIONS instituting change if necessary. When reviews are done, one examines every aspect of the anime and criticizes based on all these aspects- making suggestions to improve the work. When a slice-of-life anime is reviewed, should be just solely focus on the slice-of-life aspect it so much it seeks to specialize in? Should we dismiss K-ON as a moe-blob, money grabbing production just because of its overly moe content? No, we are both consumers and critics; we have the right to decide which aspect of things suck and which don’t- and what the producers can do about it. If a product’s strongest aspect makes us overlook its downfalls, then, good for the product. Is this ever ‘easy’ to do, with any genre of anime? I don’t think so.
Now that I’ve defined what a review SHOULD be like, never say that certain things are easier to review than others, especially if you’ve never done it before. There’s more to it than just one-line criticism than you think.
I don’t have many series’ reviews to testify to my capabilities as an anime reviewer, but I am improving my style, skills and the scope of the anime I cover. I just believe it’s just my duty to criticize fairly.
I think i’ve just gone full retard, or flew into a rage – or both.
Feel free to flame me and criticize me.
P.S Based on a true story, though not intended to personally offend anyone.
It’s funny how one of my blog posts is titled ‘it ends in fire’.. because it’s how this series actually ends ultimately. Even without watching Fate/Stay Night ( the sequel ), I kind of guessed it correctly.
The Holy Grail War culminates in a nerve-wrecking decision by Emiya Kiritsugu to destroy the Holy Grail by using Saber’s Excalibur. However, ‘destroying’ the Holy Grail was not as simple as it sounds. Moments later, an ominous, albeit familiar- looking red liquid materializes above him, rupturing the very sky and drowned the landscape in a blazing deluge – the huge central part of Fuyuki city is scathed almost entirely in that moment. Kiritsugu could only stare in horror as he fled into safety. The fates of Kotomine Kirei and Gilgamesh were unknown.
After the ensuing chaos abates, Kirei wakes up to a ravaged land filled with nothing but debris, death and flames. Seated on a pile of debris is a naked Gilgamesh in human form, staring down at his former Master. Kirei figures that it would be Gilgamesh who had kept him alive through the disaster, as the wishes of the King of Kings himself was somehow granted – thus explaining his mortal incarnation in flesh. Kirei laughs off this incident and sought to ‘seek deeper meaning’ behind this destruction that had so long been the answer to his life’s questions; hinting the awakening of the evil entity ‘Angra Mainyu’.
Elsewhere, the daughter of the Homunculus wakes up from a nightmare where she saw Kiritsugu running in distress from a world engulfed in fire. The spirit of Irisviel comforts her, assuring his safety and return. Realistically, he can never return, of course.
The daughters of the Tohsaka family reunite after their long seperation. They have Kariya to be grateful to– or so Kariya himself thinks. In his version of reality, Aoi-san was back to life and Sakura was brought back together to be with Rin. His fate was actually to be the food of the creatures that have once given him the power in the War, by the hands of the obedient [ to Zaken Matou ] Sakura.
At the very least, Waver is alive and well and seeks new frontiers following the end of this Holy Grail War. He fondly remembers of Iskandar ( Rider ) and seemingly underwent a change in behaviour.
Relatives of Tokiomi Tohsaka gather in a fateful afternoon to mourn his death. With no capable immediate family members to become the head, Rin has the responsibility upon herself to carry on the will of the Tohsaka forward.
All hope’s not lost for Kiritsugu, as he finds a single juvenile soul alive beneath the smouldering surroundings. Unhesitatingly, he adopts him and builds a residence – all that – from what provisions he has left, for the boy who survived the great fire.
His name is Shiro
p.s Commentary will be added later
Something I made for my school’s weekly assignment. I don’t just write all the time, ya know
Never have done stop motion before, so do criticize it and tell me how I can improve.
Other than that, the specifics:
Saber Nendoroid Petite from NewType May Edition ( Fate/Zero special )
If you haven’t already realized by now, I’m a Saber freak. Also, I realized that keeping a blog isn’t just all about writing and giving patrons what they want. New stuff keeps everything fresh, right, Saber?
This beautiful servant just arrived in my mailbox today, as a complement to the NewType May edition, ordered from J-List.
Let the pictures do the talking !! Apologies in advance if you were expecting more substance from this post :p
(Where’s my commission from J-list for doing this?! :P)