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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fate/Grand Order First Order Released Subtitled in Bluray:

This is just a one-off ova to support the video game franchise, but it was surprisingly good all the same.  Now this show, which aired just a few months ago, is available for download in bluray, so the second time around will look much prettier than the original.

Since Christmas, Tales of Zestiria the X season 1, Schwarzesmarken, Yuru Yuri S3, Durarara Ketsu, Sailor Moon Crystal seasons 1 and 2, Love Live Sunshine! season 1, Working!! S3, Kin-iro Mosaic Pretty Days, the Mahoutsukai Precure movie, the first Yuuki Yuuna S2 ova, Vivid Strike, Macross Delta, Koutestujou no Kabaneri, Planetarian's movie, Smile Precure, and now Fate/Grand Order have all come out in bluray.

It's been a veritable blizzard of releases.  It will take a while to catch up with all this stuff even though now's the time to download it all, lest these releases lose their seeds.

New anime has also made its mark, with Kemono Friends, Eromanga Sensei, Youjo Senki and BanG Dream! entering the rankings.  Sakura Quest and Shuumatsu nani desu ka? will probably be joining these four shows shortly.  If they do, that would mean six great new shows at the halfway mark of the year, which if trend lines continue would result in 12 new great anime at year's end.  2016 had 11 new great anime franchises enter my rankings, so 2017 is looking pretty smug right now.

In that same time period, Majikoi A-2, Da Capo III R, Melody and Afterglow of Grisaia, and Muv-Luv Extra + Unlimited came out as translated visual novels.  This has also been too much to handle, though I'm slowly working through it all.

On the much easier side, translated light novels only gained some SAO short stories, SAO volume 17, Index NT volume 17 and Hataraku Maou-sama! volume 13.  I read all of those quickly.

On the manga side, two series have been translated all the way to their endings -- Akame ga Kill! and Kiwaguro no Brynhildr.  Two more series are about to do the same -- To Love-ru Darkness and Hayate no Gotoku.  It's unfortunate, but the final volume of Squid Girl remains untranslated, despite it being four months since the next to last volume was translated.  I thought I would have been able to celebrate this long series' ending by now, but the long wait continues.  Maybe sometime this year. . .

Video games had Tales of Berseria, a surprisingly excellent addition to the Tales series and the entire video game world.

Due to the whims of the translation community, the first 1/3 of this year has thus been all about anime and visual novels, with manga coming in a distant third, video games fourth and light novels a paltry fifth.

Meanwhile, I finished volume 13 of Baccano and volume 14 was animated already so can be safely skipped.  Onwards to reading volume 15.

My FF XV listening project is 4/5 done.  This sure is taking a while.  I'll have to rejigger my Tales vs. Final Fantasy music contest though, since I have tons more 5 star FF music than 5 star Tales music.  Perhaps Ogre Battle and the like will have to compete directly with Final Fantasy music during this round as well, just to help even out the odds.  In that case, I could create the ultimate video game music playlist after just one round of competition. . .

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