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Laid-Back Camp Specials

Laid-Back Camp Specials

Specials Overview

The Laid-Back Camp Specials (Yuru Camp△ Specials / ゆるキャン△) are three shorts with an average length of about 8 minutes, making the trio roughly as long as a standard episode when combined. I’m not really sure why I never watched these specials until now considering I’ve seen both the original Laid-Back Camp and the Room Camp short series, but here we are.

I went into these specials expecting them to be mini versions of the main series episodes. However, that’s not what they are. Instead, they’re a combination of Room Camp and completely random content. The first episode is literally titled “Room Camp Episode 0,” the second episode is effectively a Room Camp episode, and the third episode is… something else.

But despite the fact that I didn’t get what I was hoping for out of these shorts, they were quite good. They weren’t as good as the main series, but they were definitely better than Room Camp, which was an overall disappointment for me.

Room Camp Episode 0

The first episode was the weakest of the three, which makes a lot of sense considering it’s just the prequel episode to the Room Camp short series. This episode “follows” Chiaki Oogaki and Aoi Inuyama as they play make-believe camping within the club room.

I’m pretty sure there was an episode from the actual Room Camp that was just like this one, but I can’t be certain because I’m not going to check.

It starts off with Chiaki and Aoi looking through a camping magazine and talking about their winter camping dreams. However, their chat quickly spirals downward once they see the prices for the equipment in the magazine. And this prompts Chiaki to question why everyday items can’t just be used for camping.

Chiaki Oogaki from the Laid-Back Camp anime series specials
Chiaki Oogaki

As expected, it turns out that there are actually reasons behind the use of specialized camping gear. For example, switchblades are safer to carry because the blades are covered in transit and sleeping bags are better than futons because they’re more compact and lightweight.

The episode culminates with the pair imagining a campsite created with everyday items which they ultimately refer to as hobo-chic. I think they’ll be sticking to the classic camping gear in the future.

Ruse Camp

Episode 2 still took place within the club room but was much better overall than the first. This time around, additional characters such as Nadeshiko, Rin, Ena, Sakura, and Akari make appearances. The episode focuses on Nadeshiko getting tricked by the other characters, specifically Aoi, Ena, and Akari.

I think this was Akari’s first appearance in the series. Or rather, I know this was her first chronological appearance in the series because Nadeshiko and Chiaki don’t know who she is at first. But what I mean is, I don’t think she was featured in Room Camp either since I watched that first.

Akari Inuyama from the Laid-Back Camp anime series specials
Akari Inuyama

Akari is Aoi’s younger sister and looks almost exactly like her except smaller and with different colored eyes. She even acts just like Aoi and uses the same facial expression when she’s attempting to trick Nadeshiko.

At the end of the episode, Ena rounds up all the other girls, except Rin, and has them impersonate Rin in an attempt to confuse Nadeshiko. Unfortunately for Ena, I don’t think her prank was quite as good as Akari pretending to be a shrunken down version of Aoi. There’s just no replacement for the one, true Shimarin.

Survival Camp

The third episode was by far the best, as well as the longest, of the three. Incidentally, it was also the only one that didn’t take place within the club room — there’s definitely some correlation there. Instead, this episode took place on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (about a mile off the coast of Japan).

What was supposed to be a relaxing camping holiday in Australia for Nadeshiko, Rin, Ena, Chiaki, and Aoi turned into a nightmare. Or, it almost did. After their airplane suffered a minor malfunction, the girls decided to jump out over the open ocean, because why not? Luckily, they landed on a tropical island and had a nice time camping there instead.

Rin Shima jumping out of a plane from the Laid-Back Camp anime series specials
Rin Shima jumping out of a plane

As for the highlights of this episode, the best one came during the plane malfunction. If you’re unsure about whether to watch these specials, please at least watch this third episode specifically for the plane malfunction scene. It’s quite possibly the best piece of Laid-Back Camp content I’ve seen, rivaled only by Rin getting attacked by a bear that one time.

The second and third highlights of the episode are so close that they could go either way. First, Chiaki becomes the lord of the bananas. We don’t know where she found so many bananas, but she claims that they spoke to her. Second, Rin catches a large fish. That’s it. That’s the highlight.

Despite the fact that Rin is my favorite character, I think I’m going to put Chiaki, lord of the bananas, in second place after the airplane malfunction scene. And since Chiaki played a fairly large role in that scene as well, I guess she also wins the prize for the most entertaining character of the specials.

Conclusion

I think I’m going to give the Laid-Back Camp Specials a 7/10. The first episode was pretty weak, but the next two really made up for it, especially since the first episode was also the shortest. It’s just too bad that the Room Camp short series was based on the first special episode and not the third.

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Lupin III: Part 5

Lupin III: Part 5

Lupin III: Part 5 anime series cover art
Lupin III: Part 5

Series Overview

Lupin III: Part 5 (ルパン三世 PART5) is the most recent part of the Lupin III series, and the second part I’ve watched. So while I can’t really say how it compares to the first three parts, I can say that it’s quite a bit different from Part 4, which I’ll discuss in more detail later on.

The biggest difference between these two parts, though, is that Part 5 is set in “modern” times. Rather than being set in the 1970s, or whenever Lupin III is normally set, Part 5 is in the 2020s (or even later). And thanks to that, this part prominently features both modern and slightly futuristic technologies.

In fact, I wouldn’t really call any of the technology in this series futuristic. Instead, it would be more correct to say that it’s modern technology that just happens to work a lot better than real modern technology. This stuff exists in our world, but it’s far less refined than it’s portrayed in this series.

I have to say, at first I wasn’t a fan of the modern spin of Part 5. It seemed a little too gimmicky, such as with Lupin’s high-tech monocle and Ami’s internet-connected earring. But, over time I got used to that and I don’t think it really changed the series all that much outside of one area which I’ll bring up later on.

Not only does Part 5 have a focus on modern technology, but it’s much more about world politics than Part 4 is. Part 4 generally stayed within Italy, San Marino, and France. In Part 5, while there’s still a European focus, other parts of the world are involved more heavily — such as the fictional country of Padar (which I think is supposed to be Pakistan).

It’s Ami, not Amy

Allow me to start off by saying that I’m not usually one for running gags like this, but Lupin constantly referring to Ami as Amy was pretty good. I think the reason I was fine with this name gag, as opposed to the Yoshiko/Yohane one from Love Live! Sunshine!!, is because it’s pretty clear that Lupin is doing it on purpose.

And it’s not as if Lupin is just intentionally mispronouncing Ami’s name wrong just to make her mad or anything. Whenever he does it, it’s usually when they’re in some sort of risky situation, such as being chased by bad guys or being captured. He kind of uses this mispronunciation as a way to reassure her that everything is alright.

I think the idea here is that if Lupin still has time to joke about her name, then it shows Ami that he has the situation under control and everything will be alright.

Ami Enan from the anime series Lupin III: Part 5
Ami Enan

Well, I guess at this point I should mention who Ami is. In Part 4, Rebecca Rossellini was the featured supporting character. In Part 5, that role belongs to Ami Enan. But, that doesn’t mean that Ami is simply a replacement for Rebecca — they’re two very different characters.

Ami is a middle or high school-aged girl who also just so happens to be one of the premier hackers in the world. And as you might expect, because she’s a “super hacker” she has no real friends. She spends all her time on the internet living vicariously through other people rather than experiencing life for herself — until Lupin appears.

But the most unique thing about Ami is probably her internet-connected earring I mentioned earlier. It’s a voice-controlled device that she can use to do basically anything. She can look things up, she can run DDOS attacks on servers, and she can even hack into security cameras all via simple voice commands.

Part 4 vs. Part 5

There are two big ways in which Part 4 and Part 5 are different that I want to discuss. First, Part 5 is much more violent. And second, Part 5 has more of an “escape” feel than a “heist” feel.

Something I quickly picked up on in Part 5 is that Lupin and his gang kill a lot of people. In fact, even Ami kills multiple people. And this isn’t like we’re just left to assume that these people died, or maybe survived somehow. No, we actually see them die and it’s stated that they were killed.

This isn’t something that happens in Part 4. Maybe there were a handful of deaths in that, but generally speaking Lupin and his gang would inflict non-fatal wounds on people. With Part 5, that’s no longer the case. And they aren’t even just killing villains. They’re also killing random security guards — which goes against the “virtuous thief” image I had of Lupin.

Lupin and Jigen from the anime series Lupin III: Part 5
Lupin and Jigen

The focus of this season on escaping rather than thieving is probably the one thing I liked the least about it. Part 4 was full of exciting heists across Italy, San Marino, and France. But in Part 5, there aren’t really any comparable heists — any “heist” in this part is more about an ulterior motive, such as saving someone like Ami from capture.

And the focus on modern technology just promotes this idea of escaping even more. A running theme of the season is that the modern age is no place for an old school thief like Lupin. There are so many ways for his every movement to be tracked thanks to the internet, that he’s always on the run.

I thought this concept was somewhat interesting the first time around, but there were actually two arcs that focused on it. First, there was a killing game that relied on internet commenters to pinpoint Lupin’s location. Then, there was a Facebook-like app that relied on facial-recognition and adaptive learning to pinpoint Lupin’s location.

Conclusion

I would definitely say that I liked Lupin III: Part 5 less than Part 4. But in the end, I wouldn’t say that there’s too much of a difference between them as far as my enjoyment is concerned. So with that said, I’m giving Part 5 a 7/10 just like I did for the previous part.

Part 5 is potentially the better option for someone who’s just getting into the Lupin series. I think because it takes place in a different time period, it’s restricted less by what’s expected of it — so it can be enjoyed more as a standalone part. And if you already like Lupin but haven’t seen Part 5, I think you’ll find that it’s more familiar than you may have expected.

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One Room 2nd Season Special

One Room 2nd Season Special

Special Overview

The One Room 2nd Season Special (One Room セカンドシーズン -extra-) is almost exactly what it sounds like. I say almost because I’m not sure if this special episode really counts as “anime.” There’s no animation at all in the episode, which isn’t something I expected when I began watching it.

It’s been a while (almost 2 years, apparently) since I watched the full 2nd season, but I’m pretty sure that, and the 1st season, was fully animated. So with that in mind, I’m not sure why the special wasn’t animated. Instead, there are a handful of still images that get panned over and zoomed into and out of while the girls talk. And every once in a while their expressions change.

The other main difference between this special episode and the full 2nd season is that rather than the episode being 4 minutes, it’s 11 minutes. This is just because it has a section dedicated to each of the three girls, so it’s roughly three times the length. I think this was a good length — not too short and not too long.

Yui Hanasaka

Each girl receives two mini-scenarios in this episode. And if I average my enjoyment of both for each girl, Yui Hanasaka had the best average score, which is pretty unexpected. I have nothing against Yui, but I generally like the other two girls more.

Yui Hanasaka in a box from the One Room 2nd Season anime special
Yui Hanasaka in a box

Yui’s first scenario features her getting flustered when you come home to find her trying on some lingerie. Or, maybe it’s supposed to be a bikini with a cover over it. I don’t know, but the effect is the same. My only complaint about this scenario is that, because there’s no animation, Yui is stuck in a painful-looking position the entire time she’s talking to you.

The second scenario featuring Yui is the one pictured above in which Yui is delivered to your apartment in a box. This scenario is pretty cute because she’s acting as if she’s some sort of toy with different settings (like combat mode), some of which need to be unlocked.

Minori Nanahashi

Although I like Minori Nanahashi more than Yui, I have to say that both of her scenarios were the worst ones of the entire episode. But I guess the reason she didn’t get an ecchi scenario as Yui did is that she already had bathhouse scenarios in the full season.

The first scenario with Minori takes place within one of the tatami mat rooms at the bathhouse that her family owns. Or, maybe we own it now? I forget how that arc ended in the full season. Anyway, it’s just her in a kimono trying to come up with an ad slogan to attract more customers.

Minori Nanahashi wearing a kimono from the One Room 2nd Season anime special
Minori Nanahashi wearing a kimono

Minori’s second scenario was like a female domination scenario. The Nanahashi bathhouse has gone global and Minori is the successful CEO of the company who looks down on you (and probably steps on you in her high heels). Unfortunately for anyone who’s into that, it turns out to be a dream, not reality.

Mashiro Amatsuki

“Best girl” Mashiro Amatsuki is still the best girl in this special episode, even if Yui had the overall highest rating for her scenarios. I think Mashiro is just cuter in general, and her scenarios come in a close second this time around. Her first scenario is probably better than Yui’s, but her second scenario is slightly worse.

Starting off strong, Mashiro greets us while cosplaying as a cat in a black dress. If that’s not enough to automatically solidify her place as best girl, she also adds “nyaa.” And, of course, my eyes were immediately drawn to the fact that her tail goes beneath her dress. Nice.

Mashiro Amatsuki cosplaying as a cat from the One Room 2nd Season anime special
Mashiro Amatsuki cosplaying as a cat

Also at the end of the scenario, her dad shows up at the apartment because he found out his daughter is dating a pervert. That was pretty funny.

Mashiro’s second scenario was still probably better than either of Minori’s despite being worse than Yui’s. In it, Mashiro is a doctor who claims to have a very risky and likely to fail treatment for “our” perversion. She doesn’t say what this treatment is, but she’s adamant that it needs to be performed.

Conclusion

This might seem like a high score considering there’s literally no animation in this “anime” episode, but I think the One Room 2nd Season Special is a 5/10. That’s a lower score than I gave either of the full seasons, but not by much. And I do have a reason for this: It’s still very enjoyable to watch despite there being no animation.

I think if the special was animated, it could probably be a 7/10, which is a better score than what I gave either season. The content was good. The visuals were great — as in the girls are all just as cute as they ever have been. And the best part of the series is still there: cute girl ASMR.

Normally I watch anime using the standard speakers for whatever I’m watching on, such as the speakers on my laptop. But for One Room, I broke out my headphones so I could listen to Yui, Minori, and Mashiro speak directly into my ears. If that’s not how you consume One Room content, then you’re doing it wrong.

And as a final word, I’m really looking forward to the 3rd season. I don’t know when it’s set to air, but I do know it’s been announced. And while Mashiro, unfortunately, won’t be in it, Yui, Minori, and Natsuki (from the 1st season) will, as will two brand new girls.

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Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Illustrias Geocentric Theory

Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Illustrias Geocentric Theory

Fate/Extra: Last Encore: Illustrias Geocentric Theory anime series cover art
Fate/Extra: Last Encore: Illustrias Geocentric Theory

Series Overview (Part 2)

Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Illustrias Geocentric Theory (Fate/EXTRA Last Encore イルステリアス天動説) is the second part of the Fate/Extra: Last Encore anime series. This part is only three episodes long compared to the first part’s 10 episodes, but the final episode is double-length.

Something strange that I noticed about this series is that the two parts each have two different English subtitles. The first part is either Oblitus Heliocentric Theory or Oblitus Copernican Theory. And the second part is either Illustrias Geocentric Theory or Illustrias Ptolemaic Theory.

That might not seem too strange considering “heliocentric” and “Copernican” can be interchanged, and the same goes for “geocentric” and “Ptolemaic.” But what makes it strange is that Netflix didn’t stick to one system (and so neither did I for the titles of these reviews).

You’d expect to either use “heliocentric” and “geocentric” or “Copernican” and “Ptolemaic.” but instead they went with “Copernican” and “geocentric.”

Netflix’s questionable subtitle choice aside, these final three episodes of the series cover the seventh level of the Moon Cell and the final area called Angelica Cage. Here, Hakuno and Nero (and Rin) face off against the final two masters, who like all the others aren’t true masters anymore.

And just like the first part of the series, this second part really only made me want more Fate/Grand Order singularity adaptations. This time around, since Gawain was the main antagonizing servant, it made me think of how much better the Camelot movie adaptation is going to be.

The various levels of the Moon Cell really are just like watered-down versions of the singularities from Grand Order. The only real reason to watch this anime is if you like Nero, but once the Septem singularity gets an anime, even that reason will be gone.

More Masters and Servants

The master of the seventh level is Leonardo “Leo” Bistario Harwey — the king of the world. Or at least he was said to be the king of the empire that ruled the vast majority of the world. Either way, he’s a king with Divine Right magic, so he’s fairly strong.

Leo’s servant is Gawain, which is pretty fitting for him. At first, you might think a king like Leo should have a Ruler class servant, but a knight like Gawain makes much more sense. Also, if he had another king as a servant, I think that could cause some problems. Imagine Gilgamesh taking orders from someone claiming to be a king; it wouldn’t happen.

Gawain from the anime series Fate/Extra: Last Encore - Illustrias Geocentric Theory
Gawain

The final master of the series is Twice Pieceman, who I thought was supposed to be the creator of the Moon Cell, but the end of the series seemed to imply otherwise. Twice also doesn’t really have a servant of his own, which is also a bit strange.

Originally, Twice’s servant was best fox-girl Tamamo-no-Mae, my favorite servant (I have every version of her available in FGO). However, he somehow lost her as a servant. And the only time we see Tamamo in the entire anime is as a silhouette for a second in the background.

Netflix, my guy, you can’t use images of Tamamo to promote Fate/Extra: Last Encore if she’s not even really in the series.

However, I think there are three routes of the /Extra timeline, just like /stay night has the Artoria (stay night), Rin (Unlimited Blade Works), and Sakura (Heaven’s Feel) routes. Last Encore is obviously the Nero route, but from what I can tell there’s also a Tamamo route and an Archer (maybe Emiya?) route.

Oh, and after Twice lost Tamamo as his servant, he made a pact with a new servant, Buddha (who is also gone now). Why was Buddha not released as a servant in FGO during the fourth Lostbelt chapter? He could have at least been one of the bosses.

Final Thoughts and Impressions

As I expected would probably be the case, the final three episodes of Extra: Last Encore are worse than the first 10 episodes. And the first 10 episodes aren’t what I would call good.

As is typically the case for Fate anime, some stuff happens at the end that goes against the rules and makes no sense. I can sort of forgive the rule breaking this time around since the Moon Cell isn’t a real Holy Grail War, but the fact that Buddha, an entirely new and unique class of servant, is involved makes no sense.

Honestly, the anime would have had a better ending if Twice actually had Tamamo as his servant in the end — and I’m not just saying that because I love Tamamo. I don’t quite know how Tamamo would fit into Twice’s ideology, but at least she’s classified as an evil servant so she can still be an antagonist.

Rin with the Lancer class (Cu Chulainn) installed from the anime series Fate/Extra: Last Encore - Illustrias Geocentric Theory
Rin with the Lancer class (Cu Chulainn) installed

Maybe I just forget all the other Fate anime endings I’ve seen, but is this also the first one to actually have someone claim the Holy Grail? It’s not a real Holy Grail, and the Holy Grail War ended 999 years prior to the Grail being claimed, but Rin does claim it.

I think in most of the other Fate anime there’s a winner, but for one reason or another the winner is unable to actually claim the Grail and have their wish granted. So the fact that we see Rin have her wish granted is pretty unique — but it’s also a pretty boring ending.

And speaking of wishes being granted, Nero’s wish for the Grail is granted at the end of the series too — so does that mean she can never be summoned again (in that timeline)? I’m pretty sure heroic servants are only summoned by the grail if they have a wish to be fulfilled. So since Nero got her wish of not dying alone, she technically can’t be summoned anymore.

But I’m sure that technicality is voided by this being a Moon Cell Holy Grail, not the real one.

Conclusion

Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Illustrias Geocentric Theory is a 3/10 from me. And despite it only being three episodes and the first part being 10 episodes, I think this part drags the series as a whole down to a 4/10. Like I said earlier, unless you really like Nero, there’s not much of a reason to watch this anime.

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Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Oblitus Copernican Theory

Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Oblitus Copernican Theory

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Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Oblitus Copernican Theory

Series Overview (Part 1)

Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Oblitus Copernican Theory is the first 10 episodes of Fate/Extra: Last Encore. I don’t know why the last 3 episodes are a separate season, but I also don’t care enough to look up the answer. I’ll be reviewing that second part of the series later this week (I haven’t watched it yet).

Before we begin, this review is going to have spoilers, including the true names of the servants. If you don’t want to be spoiled, I suggest coming back after watching the first part of the series.

If you ask Fate series fans what the worst anime entry in the series is, you’ll probably get one of two answers. Either they’ll say it’s Apocrypha or Extra: Last Encore. Apocrypha definitely had its problems, but I enjoyed it for what it was — fan service. Extra: Last Encore is definitely the worst as far as I’m concerned.

The best way I can describe it to someone who hasn’t seen it is as such: It’s a Fate version of Sword Art Online. The entire series takes place within a virtual world created by a supercomputer known as the Moon Cell. And within this virtual world, there are seven levels the masters must climb in order to reach the Holy Grail.

But, since this is still Fate, nothing really makes sense. For example, something like 200+ masters started on level one, and they have to battle to the death in order to progress to the next level. However, only one master can progress. So once one master reaches the second level, it’s unclear how they progress further — there are no more opponents to fight.

I guess the logistics of this virtual Holy Grail War don’t really matter though because the series takes place 999 years later.

Masters and Servants

In classic Fate anime fashion, the protagonist, Hakuno Kishinami, has a cardboard personality. He’s definitely a better protagonist than Shirou from Unlimited Blade Works and Seig from Apocrypha, but he still falls short of someone like Kitisugu from Zero.

Also, obviously Illya is better in Prisma Illya.

Hakuno’s servant is Nero Claudius, a Saber. She’s often referred to as Red Saber to differentiate her from Artoria Pendragon. However, that still can cause some confusion because there’s also Saber of Red, which refers to Mordred. Ranking the three of them, I’d have to say Mordred > Nero > Artoria.

Nero has a fun personality, but that’s mainly all she has going for her. I know this is probably sacrilege, but I don’t particularly like her character design.

Francis Drake from the anime series Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Oblitus Copernican Theory
Francis Drake

The master of the first level is Shinji Matou. He has a Rider servant like always, but this time around it’s Francis Drake rather than Medusa. And also like always, his Rider servant is one-shot by the protagonist’s Saber. I like Drake, but I’ve never liked Shinji, which is a shame since I love Hiroshi Kamiya, his voice actor.

Dan Blackmore is the master of the second level. He’s a sniper who’s partnered with the Archer servant Robin Hood. I don’t really have anything else to say about them since they’re pretty straightforward.

I believe Alice and Nursery Rhyme were the master/servant combo of the third floor, though it could have been the fourth. One of the floors was skipped in the anime for some reason. There’s only seven floors, so why one of them was skipped over and simply mentioned in passing makes no sense to me.

Julius Belkisk Harwey is the master of the fifth floor with his “Berserker” servant Li Shuwen. Li is actually an Assassin class servant, but he’s been infected with madness enhancement, making him a Berserker for all intents and purposes.

And the final two masters are Rin Tohsaka and Rani VIII — both of floor six. Rin’s servant is Cu Chulainn (Lancer) while Rani’s is Lu Bu Fengxian (Berserker). What’s weird about Rin and Rani is that they don’t have separate servants; their servants are installed like in Prisma Illya.

Thoughts and Impressions (so far)

As I mentioned already, Fate/Extra: Last Encore isn’t good. The story is pretty bad (mainly because it doesn’t really make sense), the characters are generally boring with the exception of Nero, and I don’t see it getting any better in the second part.

Also, I thought best fox girl Tamamo-no-Mae was supposed to be in this series. It’s possible she could still show up in the final three episodes, but I think Netflix just lied to me.

But I think the thing that hurt this series most of all was that it just made me want more of the Fate/Grand Order singularities to be animated. For example, the whole level one part of Extra: Last Encore with Drake was pretty lackluster, but an anime for the Okeanos singularity of FGO would probably be good.

Nero Claudius from the anime series Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Oblitus Copernican Theory
Nero Claudius

I don’t want to only say bad things about Extra: Last Encore, though. So there is one thing I actually liked about this series, and that’s the historical accuracy (with regards to Nero). I never thought I’d say Fate was historically accurate.

As you probably don’t know (even though this has been relevant a few times before), I actually studied ancient Mediterranean (and Near Eastern) civilizations at university. That’s things like Greece, Rome, Egypt, Persia, etc.

The background given for Nero’s character in Extra: Last Encore is actually a lot better than in most pop culture depictions. Something Nero mentions is how she was beloved by the people, which is true. And she also mentions that although the people liked her, the Senate did not.

Besides graffiti, basically the only writings we have from that period come from the senator class of society. And for a Roman emperor, there were three main classes they needed to have on their side: the people, the military, and the Senate. If the Senate didn’t like an emperor, they generally went down in history as being bad (and some really were bad).

Conclusion

Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Oblitus Copernican Theory is a 5/10 for me. I think there’s enough entertainment value here to keep it from being a 4, but it’s pretty close. Depending on how the final three episodes go, the second part of the series may very well end up rated even lower than this one.

I’ve known the OP and ED songs for Fate/Extra: Last Encore for a long time — long before I watched the series. And I think both Bright Burning Shout and Moon & Bouquet are good songs. I might say Bright Burning Shout is slightly better. But I really didn’t like the visuals of the OP. The ED has much better visuals, so I’ll say it’s better overall.

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