Sunday, March 30, 2014

Gallery: "Karna"

This week's Gallery is dedicated to Karna, one of the servants of Fate/Extra's Holy Grail War. He became the Lancer-class servant of Jinako Carigiri (who wished to call him "Launcher" due to one of his Noble Phantasms), and is said to rival the power of even Gilgamesh, the King of Heroes. While he's known to be very honorable and optimistic, he has a hard time expressing his emotions. Karna's priority is his master's victory, and nothing will stand in his way.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fate/stay Night 2014 News

In January of 2006, Studio Deen animated an adaptation of Type-Moon's first commercial work, Fate/stay Night, based on the Fate scenario.

In January 2010, Studio Deen produced a Fate/stay Night Movie, based on the Unlimited Blade Works route.

In October 2011, an adaptation of Fate/Zero (the prequel to Fate/stay night) aired, produced by Ufotable.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday VS Magazine: Shūketsu! Chōjō Daikessen

When I first got into Anime all those years ago, I never knew it would become a major part of my life. Once I had that first experience, I couldn't get enough. It eventually got to the point to where after I watched an Anime that I really liked, I would try to find other mediums in the franchise. And with the internet, I was introduced to the source of many Anime, Manga. Manga took my love of reading comic books and Anime and created something that would stay with me, even to this day.

In 1959, two shōnen manga magazines were published: Kodansha released Weekly Shōnen Magazine on March 17th, and Shokakugan released Weekly Shōnen Sunday shortly after on April 5th. Both magazines featured popular titles: Shonen Magazine had Great Teacher Onizuka and Devilman (and is currently featuring Fairy Tail), while Shonen Sunday had Inuyasha (currently featuring Detective Conan and Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple). Despite being two different magazines, the two were very close rivals, and many artists, like Ozamu Tezuka and Rumiko Takahashi were happy to claim them as their home. In a rare event due to the closeness of the two magazine's founding dates, Weekly Shōnen Magazine and Weekly Shōnen Sunday released a special combined issue on March 19, 2008. In addition, other commemorative events, merchandise, and manga crossovers were planned for the following year as part of the celebrations.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gallery: "BB"

This week's Gallery is dedicated to BB, also known as "The Girl in the Black Coat." An Artificial Intelligence created by the Matou Sakura of Fate/EXTRA, she contains the feelings she has for the Main Character of the game. She is said to have been the one who created the Sakura Labyrinth, and has also created two Servants, Meltlilith and Passionlip. She is comparable to (Dark)Kurou Sakura as they both have evil tendencies, but BB is more mischievous. With the authority of the Earth Mother on her side, none born from the earth can go against her.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

What is an "Otaku"?

For as long as I can remember, I've always loved Anime. Maybe it was the fact that it made me feel like an adult watching shows like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon. Or maybe it was the stories themselves; cartoons didn't continue from episode to episode, and you could jump in anytime. This usually isn't the case for Anime. Whatever the reason, when I came to realization that these shows weren't actually cartoons but Anime, it made me want more. What started off as innocent curiosity eventually became an obsession.

And that's exactly what an Otaku is. Someone with an obsessive interest. It's commonly associated with anime and manga, but it could be anything. Crazy about cars? You might be a Car Otaku. Always posting about the dishes you've created, sharing recipes? You could call yourself a Food Otaku. But what exactly does it mean to be an Otaku?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gallery: "Matou Sakura"

This weeks theme is dedicated to Matou Sakura, one of the original three heroines of Fate/stay Night. Shy, soft-spoken and eager to please, Sakura has a strong will that's hard to break. In the Fifth Holy Grail War, she was the master of Rider, and overcame her inner darkness in the Heaven's Feel route of the story. Enjoy the beauty that is Matou Sakura.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Final Fantasy XIII Series (Part 3 of 3)

Final Fantasy has always been a series that received either praise or criticism, both from fans and non-fans alike. Nothing made that more apparent than with the release of Final Fantasy XIII. The game had so much that was different from the average RPG that it literally split the fanbase in two. While many disliked the game, I was one of the few that actually liked it, despite its few faults. It had awesome characters and a cool story with interesting lore, and it summed everything up with a satisfying end.  The sequel, XIII-2 says "screw that mythos" and improves the gameplay. It also adds a non-coherent story in which two friends fight over a dead goddess, the villain wins, and ends the game on a cliffhanger. Finally we come to Lightning Returns, the final (hopefully) game in the trilogy. This time, Lightning literally returns, but not as a tutorial level, and to attempt to redeem the XIII trilogy with a satisfactory conclusion.

This is Part 3 of my Final Fantasy XIII trilogy review, so you might want to catch up: Final Fantasy XIII-2

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fate/EXTRA CCC Localization Petition

On November 1, 2011, Type-Moon released Fate/Extra in the US. It was an awesome addition to the Fate/Stay franchise, and the game that reminded me what I love about Type-Moon, but I'll get into that another time. Then the Spring of 2012, a sequel and companion game to Fate/Extra was announced for release in Japan under the name Fate/Extra CCC. The game was later pushed to Winter 2012 and then given a firm release date for February 21, 2013. The release date was ultimately pushed back to March 28, 2013.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gallery - "Kuro Sakura"

This weeks theme is dedicated to Kuro Sakura, my favorite of Matou Sakura's Alter Egos. Devilish, evil and cruel, Kuro Sakura uses the malice and desire of all things to infiltrate and corrupt the Sakura Labyrinth. Welcome the void that is Kuro Sakura.

About: Gallery

Welcome to the Gallery section of the Labyrinth, where original art, fanart and other pictures of my sisters and I are displayed for your viewing pleasure. I'll try my best to give credit to the original artists, so if you know something I don't, feel free to let me know.

Every week, I'll select a new theme, and a number of pictures will posted to match this theme. Note that some of these pictures are NSFW, but I think you already guessed that much by now. Feel free to suggest themes for weeks to come in the comments section below. Enjoy. I know I will...

- Kuro Sakura

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Final Fantasy XIII Series (Part 2 of 3)

After revisiting Final Fantasy XIII for the review, I've gained a newfound appreciation for it. Yeah, there were things that I felt were done wrong, but there also things that were done right. And with the announcement of Final Fantasy XIII-2, I had high hopes that Square-Enix would take some of the fans' disapproval of the original into consideration and make improvements. But then again, I'm a sucker for anything with the Final Fantasy label on it.

Note that since this is the second of a three part review, there will obviously be spoilers of Final Fantasy XIII in this review. If you haven't checked out my review for that, check it out here:  Final Fantasy XIII

Now before I played this, I was prepared for the worst. Whenever I hear the words "Time Travel" as a theme for a movie, video game, etc., I automatically cringe. There have been few times when time travel has been done right, when a time traveler's ability to do so is well defined, and the rules of causality play a heavy role into the narrative. Knowing this, I braced myself and dove right in.