Trucking through the winter
Fate Extra is really aching me not because of its departure from the game but with how slow it’s taking for the subtitles to be released for it. I’d trust my knowledge of the game and my basic understanding of Japanese speech to suffice but I would definitely be more confident with some subs because the adaptation doesn’t seem to be wanting to follow the game in the first place. That’s not a bad thing though, but I’ll talk more about it with Episode 2 which I actually already finished. See you then.
So, after the rather exciting adventure through Ruan which involved school plays, boat chases, and corrupt individuals burning down orphanages, the new region opened to be explored is Zeiss, named after the rather technologically advanced town at its center. The Zeiss chapter is also a quite memorable as it picks up on the developing plot points from Ruan and engages in more action, more backtracking, and generally more stuff being unraveled. It’s also a rather pleasant theme for such an advanced city, you’d expect a bit more grime and roughness for a city developing so fast. Without a doubt my 2nd favorite portion of Trails in Sky were in Zeiss, aside from all the aforementioned stuff about backtracking, was definitely a great memory.
Watching Fate Extra: Last Encore spurred something in me that hasn’t really happened all too often. As I’ve already written in the actual episode coverage, tackling an “anime-inspired but new take” on Fate Extra is a different monster compared to the loads of straight adaptations I’ve watched over the years. The boatload of differences the adaptations brought just made me typing up all my observations and questions so that’s why the episode review came out before all that hubbub about the revamped stuff I was talking about for 2 weeks. I broke those stuff into sections but might have to divide them further but we’ll see how those turned out.
This week’s theme is one of my particular favorites from Trails in the Sky. After Rolent and Bose, the trail on Casssius’ even more mysterious circumstance is revealed. He’s nowhere to be found in the airship that was hijacked yet he left a note for another Bracer to continue his investigation on a strange device. Estelle and Joshua decide to do this themselves and separate with Schera and Olivier, one of their newer companions made during the Bose chapter. Now the two start on the sea-side province of Ruan where it is probably my favorite chapter in the entire game and its partly because of how amazing the atmosphere of the seaside cliffs, villages, and the beach path to the city of Ruan was, as well as the increasingly interesting story that truly picks up by the chapter’s end.