Music of the Week #447

Striding along

FGO post is finally out and it ended up being a lot shorter than I imagined but you can read all about that in the actual post. With that out of the way and with being caught up with Kaguya-sama in both anime and manga, I determined that it definitely would be tedious trying to write out the over-thinking happening on screen and maybe get started on talking about those games I’ve been wanting to get to. While I’d love to start though, not only is this week going to be busy but it’ll probably take up a bit of time to write since it’ll mostly be comprehensive.

This week’s theme plays during the Legram field trip where the Class VII kids muck around in the castle in the middle of a lake. The significance of this trip isn’t made clear until the 3rd game, while its payoff is hinted at during the 2nd game, but just barely. The hints to the payoff are however present in the first game as well, but it’s only information revealed in the NG+ run of CS2 that really sets things to some solid speculation. The theme itself returns with some lyrics in CS2 but it’s nice to hear it without it every now and then since the theme does get stuck in your head with one of the more interesting set-pieces in the Cold Steel subseries.

Looking Ahead to Solomon and FGO Cosmos in the Lostbelt Animation prospects

We talked about how adaptations for Jojo Part 4 and 5 would turn out as adaptations when Part 3 ended in the past and now we shift towards the expanding Fate Grand Order animation projects that could be on the horizon.

Because there’s a couple things to be hopeful about but also things to worry about.

Continue reading Looking Ahead to Solomon and FGO Cosmos in the Lostbelt Animation prospects

Music of the Week #446

Slowing down

Things are getting less busy so I’ll be able to finally get some other stuff worked out here even if Kaguya-sama is probably the only thing I’ll half-assedly cover. Maybe it’s finally time to talk about what I’ve been able to keep myself occupied with in terms of games after the FGO post. Just another week and then I’ll hopefully be able to work on some of them

This week’s theme is of Legram, one of the smaller towns you visit and home of the only legitimate noble in Class VII, Laura Arseid. She was my personal favorite mostly because it’s hard to compete with hard-working girls with ponytails but she’s the basic sword-girl archetype without much else going for her. She also suffers from “daughter of someone famous” really hard where her dad is more important than her and most of her development is trying to live up to him. Unfortunately this is played exactly how every other sword girl is done so her character is as predictable as the others. It’s not really a mentality thing since she’s as selfless and noble as one can get but entirely about strength so it isn’t even that great of one. I can make the case where I think all of the girls in Class VII with the exception of Emma serves no other purposes other than to just give Rean dating options than really have any interesting character dynamics with others or have a story worth telling. That second part of course mostly extends to most of the male members too. But hey, Laura gets a bit more favoritism since she wears competition swimsuits so she gets to live.

Music of the Week #445

A weird position

Despite being stuck at home like the rest of America, I’ve been more focused on trying to work ahead and keep up with the usual stuff occupying me more than ever. I didn’t make too much progress with the FGO post other than spending my weekend keeping up with the newest chapter where my general arguments toward the western fanbase’s reactions toward the villains have been nothing short of hilarious. I’ll try to work on it some more over the weekend if I’m able to allot my time better. Which also reminds me I need some seasonal stuff to type up.

This week’s theme is Heimdall, the capital of the Erebonian Empire which as far as Cold Steel 1 goes, constitutes the class splitting up within the city to do their usual busywork. In the successive games, Heimdall more or less is the final dungeon where some otherworldly phenomenons twist the royal palace into its play thing. Aside from that, we already talked about Elliot and now its Machias turn to be criticized. Despite playing the usual straightman role for a bespectacled character, Machias unfortunately plays his role to simply hammer in the fact that the whole nobles vs. commoner thing in the class is represented. As far as the first game goes, it’s something but the rivalry hardly lasts as Jusis develops a a character naturally while Machias’ more or less ends and is just there. His disdain towards nobles is at least a bit understandable but the whole point becomes a bit moot as later developments shift his previous dynamic with Jusis and their conflict practically becomes meaningless as early as the first Bareahard chapter. Rean sure as hell sheds the ordinary protagonist traits so Machias is here is what’s left of the ordinary guy and while relatable, he definitely could have been more involved.

Music of the Week #444

Still stuck at home

I drafted out a FGO post discussing the potential for future animation works beyond Solomon in the same vein of the Jojo posts I made a long time ago. I would have done something similar for Part 6 in that respect but David Productions proved themselves true with Part 5’s adaptation that I have little fears for the eventual Part 6 anime. With that said, I still have a couple things to go through in the FGO post since there’s a bit to cover.

Ho boy, with a track title like that, you’d expect something really sad to happen, right? Well, like I said previously, Cold Steel 1 in a vacuum has some merits on its own before things get ruined down the line. The theme in particular plays during the ending, when something sad does happen and the finale of Cold Steel 1 is easily the most engaging segments of the game. Too bad the momentum comes to a halt early on into the 2nd game and boy does the ending of Cold Steel 1 lose a ton of its luster when more of the games are unraveled.

Music of the Week #443

And that’s Winter all wrapped up.

I have no idea when more seasonal episodes air but seeing as though they’re all going to be continuations, I might do those bundled weekly recaps again because I sure as hell am not wanting to cover highschool melodrama in detail. Trying to get along to the writing projects I planned on a while back but stuff has still been busy despite the condition the rest of the world is in. Everything being done online still place some expectations for work to be done. If nothing else, I do want to go ahead and talk about a bit of Lostbelt 1 now that it’s properly out in english and maybe talk about how it “could” be animated in its own post.

This week’s theme is a tune that plays most notably during the dreaded school festival segment of the game, which I only describe in such a way because it’s such a goddamn cliche for a school-based game, but that’s how things are. Thankfully the choose your own bonding events are plenty entertaining at the least. While I have my gripes with having selective development with how characters need to have their bonding moments be seen for them to develop, these events are significant enough for two people to experience.