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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Fate/Heaven's Feel movie 1: Presage Flower available:

It's been 12 years since the first Fate/Stay Night anime came out, and we're only now getting to see the visual novel's third route come to life.  It's certainly been a long wait, but the first movie doesn't do much to slake our curiosity.  Everything that happens either happened already in the other routes, or is completely cloaked in mystery as to why it is happening in this route.  For instance, why did a new and different assassin pop out of the old assassin's stomach like from the Alien movie?  Why is there this weird shadowy tentacle monster going around eating servants?  Why is Sakura so deferential to Shinji?  If Sakura is a master, why doesn't she have any command seals on her hand?

It's great that we're finally getting to see Heaven's Feel, but just getting to see weird things happen on screen without any explanation isn't very satisfying.  What I want to see is the reason behind everything, not just weird supernatural phenomena.  Apparently for that I'll have to wait until the third movie, which may take as long as 2020 to come out stateside.  *sigh*

It's great that the Fate franchise is so long and well supported, but at the same time when adaptions take this long to happen it feels less like a reward and more like torture.  The same thing happened with the Wheel of Time and the Song of Ice and Fire series.  They get you hooked, and then they just string you along, string you along, string you along forever.

I wish we could just only watch finished products, but virtually no good art in this world is finished yet, so that would just mean denying us the ability to consume anything at all.  It's a catch-22.

Strangely enough, the weakest aspect of Hatsukoi 1/1 is the music, when I thought going in that it would be its greatest strength.  Oh well.  The art, voice acting, and characterization have all been great to make up the difference.  It seems blasphemous, but the best way to play Hatsukoi 1/1 may be to turn off the background music and just listen to my itunes music hall of fame playlist while I play instead. . .  Well, I should save such a desperate measure for last.

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