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Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note

Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note

Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note anime series cover art
Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note

Overview

Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note (Lord El-Melloi II-sei no Jikenbo: “Rail Zeppelin” Grace note / ロード・エルメロイⅡ世の事件簿 {魔眼蒐集列車} Grace note) is a spin-off/sequel to Fate/Zero which takes around the same time as Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

I don’t actually remember, because for some reason I didn’t review this series right after I finished it, but I believe it takes place just before the events of UBW.

And if you can call UBW the “Saber sequel” to Zero, then Case Files is the “Rider sequel.” Oh, and by the way, this review is going to have spoilers for both Zero and UBW.

So just how similar are UBW and Case Files since they’re both sequels of Zero? They’re not alike in any way. For starters, while the servant, Artoria, is the one who continues on from Zero into UBW, it’s the master, Waver, who continues on from Zero to Case Files.

They’re also just fundamentally different story structures. UBW follows a second Holy Grail War between the seven core classes of servants, while Case Files is a Sherlock Holmes-esque mystery set in the same universe. They really do have absolutely nothing in common.

Also just because you liked Zero and UBW doesn’t mean you’ll like Case Files. While there is still some action, this series focuses heavily on the magic side of Fate lore. And if you know anything about magic in Fate, you’ll know it makes absolutely no sense.

The core story of this series focuses on a black market for mystic eyes which Lord El-Melloi II, also known as Waver Velvet, is hired to investigate. But while that concept is basic enough, all the different magic elements which are brought in turn it into a mess.

Characters

Obviously Waver is the protagonist of this series, but I’m actually going to skip over him in this section and dedicate the entire next section to him. So with Waver out of the way, Gray is our first character of the series, and her role is that of the main heroine.

Unfortunately though, I can’t really discuss Gray all that much without including spoilers for this series, which is something I don’t really want to do. So all I’ll say about Gray is that she’s Waver’s crime solving partner in this series and she carries a mystic code named Add around in a cage.

Gray from the anime series Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note
Gray

Reines El-Melloi Archisorte is the adoptive(?) sister of Waver. She’s not exactly his adoptive sister, but Waver is currently holding on to Reines’ title of Lord El-Melloi until she comes of age. Reines is the real sister of the previous Lord El-Melloi, Waver’s teacher who died during the previous Holy Grail War.

You may recall it was that teacher who was supposed to summon Iskandar, but Waver stole the item required to do so. Waver believes his teacher would have won if he hadn’t stolen Iskandar from him, and for this reason, he’s indebted to Reines.

There are also two pretty good side characters from other Fate series, Luviagelita “Luvia” Edelfelt from UBW and Kairi Shishigou from Fate/Apocrypha. However, I don’t believe Apocrypha takes place in the same timeline as Zero, UBW, and Case Files.

Neither of these characters are exactly vitally important this time around, but I like them both so I figured they were worth mentioning. It’s just interesting to see how these two characters you typically don’t think much of can be used to help Waver solve mysteries.

Waver Velvet

Unfortunately for all of you who think Waver and Iskandar are the ultimate master and servant combo, Shishigou and Mordred exist. I’m sorry, but team Shishigou and Mordred is #1 in my book. However, if we’re talking about Fate anime protagonists, I’ll admit that Waver is probably the best one.

Sieg from Apocrypha is bad, Shirou from UBW is probably the worst, Kiritsugu from Zero is pretty good, Illya from Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya is almost the best, but Waver in Case Files is the winner. And no, I still haven’t seen Fate/Extra Last Encore, but that protagonist looks bad too.

Part of the reason why Waver is such a good protagonist in Case Files though is due to the fact that he was a major side character in Zero. Basically everything important about his character was established in Zero, and Case Files is merely an extension of that.

Waver and Iskandar from the anime series Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note
Waver and Iskandar

There’s only a little new character development for Waver all throughout Case Files. Instead, we mostly get to watch as Waver attempts to fulfill his promise to his best friend, Iskandar. When the two last spoke, Waver promised that he would one day become someone worthy of serving Iskandar.

And while there’s no real definition of “someone who is worthy of serving Iskandar,” it’s more of a reason for Waver to keep living as Iskandar wanted him to. He’s always striving to be a better version of himself in an attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal.

But, as long as Waver never regrets any of his decisions in life, in the end he’ll have achieved his goal. That’s what makes Waver such a good protagonist. He doesn’t want wealth, fame, or power — he simply wants to stand alongside his friend again.

Conclusion

Overall, Lord El-Melloi II Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace Note was a good anime. Sure, it made very little sense at times, but the same can always be said about Fate series anime which is why they aren’t the best around. I think a 7/10 is a fair rating for this series, but it’s definitely on the lower end of the 7.

The OP and ED for this series are both really good though. I think I prefer the ED more mainly due to the visuals, but they’re both very strong.

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Fate/Apocrypha

Fate/Apocrypha

Fate/Apocrypha anime series cover art featuring Jeanne d'Arc and Sieg
Fate/Apocrypha Cover Art

Overview

Either I didn’t realize this week’s JoJo’s episode was going to be a recap, or I forgot. Either way, it’s a good thing I just finished Fate/Apocrypha last night so I can write about it today.

Fate/Apocrypha is generally seen as one of the worst anime entries of the series, and I’ll be the first to tell you that this isn’t actually the case. Yes, this Fate entry is set up a bit differently from the “classic” formula, but so is Prisma Illya, and that’s a great anime.

However, if you’re expecting this series to be like Fate/Zero or Fate/stay night: UBW, then sure, I could see how this entry might seem a bit off-putting. As I mentioned, it strays from the “classic” Fate formula of seven master-servant pairs battling it out for the Holy Grail, and instead features a whopping 16 servants split into two teams.

For some, all these characters are hard to keep track of, but if that’s your issue with the series, then it wasn’t meant for you in the first place. I’ve seen complaints which are all over the place in regards to the characters. Some complain that they’re too visually similar to each other, others complain that their designs are too “out there.”

As for the first type of complaint, I don’t know what anime they were watching, but none of the characters look alike in this series. Literally every one of the servants (which are the focus of the series) has an extremely unique design compared to each other.

For the latter complaint, this just seems like something people who are new to the Fate series as a whole might say. Fate has always been about depicting legendary and historic figures in unconventional ways, so why would you expect Apocrypha to be any different?

But, for some, the character designs don’t matter, it’s instead the sheer number of characters which makes this series daunting. To them, I’d say they’re not the target audience. It seemed clear to me that Apocrypha was pandering specifically to those who are fairly invested in the Fate series, and most likely play Fate/Grand Order.

Even though none of these servants have appeared in any of the other Fate series anime I’ve watched, I still knew who they all were from the start simply due to playing FGO. And, what makes it more clear to me that this series was meant for more “experienced” Fate fans is the fact that it didn’t take the time to explain much about what was happening or the servants involved.

It felt expected that anyone watching this anime was already familiar with the Fate universe, how the Holy Grail Wars work, what is and isn’t possible for masters/servants, and how servants work in general. And, that was pretty refreshing, because I’d rather have more action and less repeated explanation.

Basically, just like with any Fate anime, don’t go into this one expecting some profound plot. Yes, there is a plot, but the main focus is really on the action and being able to see some of your favorite Fate characters interacting with one another.

So, instead of explaining what happens in the series, next I’ll go through the servants present on both sides of the conflict. And, if you’re familiar with FGO, then you’ll probably notice that the Red team is pretty stacked.

Black

Saber – Siegfried, the hero who defeated the evil dragon Fafnir, is the Saber of the Black team, and yet he’s strangely not one of what I would consider the two main servants. Typically in Fate the Saber class gets the most time to shine because they’re considered the best, but this isn’t the case this time around.

Archer – Chiron, the Centaur who taught Greek heroes, is the Archer of Black. However, he doesn’t use his Centaur form in the anime, and instead looks like a pretty regular guy in armor other than his horse tail. As a teacher, he plays a mentor role for servants on both sides.

Lancer – Vlad III, also known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula, is the Lancer of Black. While not the main servant for his team, he serves as the defacto leader of the Black team since this Holy Grail War takes place in his homeland of Wallachia, Romania. He’s also the antagonist for the first cour of the series.

Rider – Astolfo, one of Charlemagne’s 12 Holy Knights, is the Rider of Black and also the main servant on the Black team. It’s strange to see a Rider, and Astolfo no less, as a protagonist, but he has a more entertaining character than anyone else on this team, so it makes sense.

Caster – Avicebron, a Jewish philosopher known for creating golems, is the Caster of Black. Unlike most of the other servants who are taking part in this Holy Grail War, Avicebron has no wish he wants granted by the Holy Grail, and so doesn’t care about the outcome. Instead, he just wants to finish creating his magnum opus.

Assassin – Jack the Ripper, the notorious London serial killer, is the Assassin of Black. However, despite being a part of the Black team, Jack flies solo. She and her master actively work against the masters and servants of both sides of the war.

Berserker – Frankenstein, or more specifically, Frankenstein’s monster, is the Berserker of Black. She doesn’t really talk, only grunts, and yet she’s one of the more charming characters in the series.

Ruler – Jeanne d’Arc, savior of France, isn’t technically on the Black team, but since the Red team has a Ruler of their own, she tends to stick with the servants of Black. And, since she’s not technically a servant of Black, she doesn’t have a master of her own, but is rather her own master in a sense.

Mordred vs. Frankenstein from the anime series Fate/Apocrypha
Mordred vs. Frankenstein

Red

Saber – Mordred, the son and killer of King Arthur, is probably my favorite servant in all of Fate. In fact, she’s the only Fate character I have a figure of, and I even have a second figure of her coming soon. Unlike Siegfried on the Black team, Mordred is the main servant for the Red team, even though she works independently from the other Red servants.

Instead, Mordred and her master, Necromancer, go off on their own to take the Holy Grail for themselves, not unlike Jack the Ripper on the other side. However, just because Mordred doesn’t work with her teammates doesn’t mean she works against them like Jack does.

Archer – Atalante, a huntress from Greek mythology, is the Archer of Red. She and the Rider of Red, Achilles, have a quasi-romantic relationship going on which was interesting to watch. She also has a severe mental breakdown later on and turns into Atalante Alter.

Lancer – Karna, son of the Sun god, is probably the strongest servant on either side of this Holy Grail War. Considering he essentially has the power of the Sun (like Escanor from The Seven Deadly Sins) as just one of his abilities/noble phantasms, it’s easy to see why this is the case.

Although I never cared about him in FGO, I really liked his character in Apocrypha because he just wants to have an all-out battle against Siegfried as heroes. He doesn’t care much about the Holy Grail, but he does care about his honor and the honor of his opponents.

Rider – Achilles, the hero of the Iliad, is the Rider of Red as mentioned previously. As someone who’s essentially immortal, Achilles is a pretty powerful opponent. However, the Archer of Black, Chiron, was his teacher and so knows all of his strengths and weaknesses.

Caster – Shakespeare, the famous playwright, is the most useless servant in Apocrypha. He really doesn’t do anything at all in the series until the very end, and even then he doesn’t fight, he just tries talking Jeanne into giving up. I guess he’s here to even out the fact that the Red team is pretty overpowered otherwise.

Assassin – Semiramis, Queen of Assyria, is the Assassin of Red and works in a similar capacity to Vlad III. While Vlad III is the king of his domain, Wallachia, Semiramis is the Queen of her, the hanging gardens of Babylon, which is the mobile base of the Red team.

Berserker – Spartacus, leader of a gladiator rebellion, is the Berserker of Red. He’s almost as useless as Shakespeare, but not quite because at least he can fight. The only problem is that he’ll fight servants from both sides as he sees fit, because he views them all as oppressors he needs to break free from.

Ruler – Amakusa Shirou, leader of a Japanese Roman Catholic rebellion, is the Ruler on the Red team. Like Jeanne, he’s technically not a servant of the Red team, but is instead his own Master. However, unlike Jeanne, he has a clear side because he makes himself into the master of all the Red team servants except Mordred.

Conclusion

Overall I actually rated Fate/Apocrypha an 8/10, which is higher than I expected when I started the series. If you’re not that into Fate, then this probably isn’t the best anime for you out of all the Fate entries, but if you’re interested in any of the characters I listed, then I think you’ll enjoy this series.

But, remember, it’s more about seeing the characters interact with each other and the action than the actual plot. So, if you can think of the series like that, I think you’ll find it very enjoyable.

Episode 22 in particular was basically all action and included major fights between a lot of the characters. It reminded me a lot of the Naruto vs. Pain fight from Shippūden in which the animation quality was bumped up and they decided to forgo sticking to the character models.

As a bonus, the OPs and EDs for this series are also really good, though the first OP and ED are my favorites, considering I’ve had those songs downloaded on my phone for months before even seeing the anime. I just love the music of both EGOIST and Garnidelia.

Have you seen Fate/Apocrypha? Or do you play FGO? If so, who’s your favorite servant? While Mordred is my favorite from probably both a character and design perspective, I love using Tamamo no Mae in FGO, so I plan to watch Fate/Extra Last Encore next.

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Mordred Nendoroid

Mordred Nendoroid

#FigureFriday

It’s been a while since my last #FigureFriday, but I’ve acquired a new anime figure so I’m bringing it back this week while there’s no JoJo’s Part 5 episode in the way. For those of you who may not be familiar, Figure Fridays are when I showcase one of my figures, historically Nendoroids, and briefly discuss them.

As the name implies, they’re also always on Fridays, because otherwise I couldn’t use that fancy alliteration.

Today I have the Saber of “Red” Nendoroid from the anime Fate/Apocrypha. Now, I haven’t seen Fate/Apocrypha yet, mainly because I’ve heard it isn’t good so it’s not really a high priority, but I do know this character from Fate/Grand Order.

Saber of “Red” is also known as Mordred, and (s)he’s the bastard son(daughter) of King Arthur(Artoria/Altria). As her title implies, she’s a part of the saber class and is the five-star saber I use in FGO.

While she may not be my favorite servant to use in FGO, she definitely has one of my favorite character designs. I’ve actually been eyeing some other Mordred figures, and even have one pre-ordered already, which I’ll talk about a bit more later on.

Packaging

The first thing you’ll notice when looking at the packaging for this Nendoroid is that it’s pretty plain. This is what I like to refer to as the standard Nendoroid box. Other figures in my collection with similar boxes are Aqua, Megumin, and Mayoi Hachikuji.

On the other hand, Kyouko Sakura, Sayaka Miki, and Sakura Haruno all have boxes with a bit more decoration, which I think makes them look much nicer. I’m not quite sure how it’s decided which Nendoroids get fancier boxes, but if you’re the kind of person who leaves them in the box, this may be more important to you.

Mordred, Saber of "Red," Nendoroid Packaging (front) from the Fate anime series
Mordred, Saber of “Red,” Nendoroid Packaging (front)

The box for Mordred is also the same size as that for Sakura Haruno, which is to say that it’s thinner, shorter, and deeper than the boxes for the others I have. Considering these two are the newest Nendoroids in my collection, at least from a release date standpoint, both being numbered in the 800’s, this may just be the new style of box.

However, Mordred, like Sakura Haruno, doesn’t actually come with all that much, and so this too could be part of the reason their boxes are smaller than the rest. For example, Megumin has the largest box, and this is likely due to her hat being just as big as the rest of her.

Mordred, Saber of "Red," Nendoroid Packaging (back) from the Fate anime series
Mordred, Saber of “Red,” Nendoroid Packaging (back)

As for the back of the box, again, it’s just as standard as the front. The only real distinction here from other generic Nendoroid boxes is that in the background of the large image of Mordred there’s a command seal design.

I also have to say that I’m not really a fan of that greenish-blue color used for the background behind the picture of Mordred on the front and the outline of the main image background on the back. It doesn’t have anything to do with her character design and makes the box feel even more generic.

Mordred

Taking a look inside the box, we find that Mordred comes with a second face plate, two versions of her sword Clarent (one being her Noble Phantasm, Clarent Blood Arthur), other arms, hands, and legs, her helmet (Secret of Pedigree) and another shoulder piece with crossed arms.

Despite these surprisingly few pieces, she can actually be manipulated into a wide variety of different poses. With Nendoroids that have a lot of pieces, only a relatively small amount of them can ever be used at one time, and so they don’t really have any advantage over Mordred.

Mordred, Saber of "Red," Nendoroid Pieces from the Fate anime series
Mordred, Saber of “Red,” Nendoroid Pieces

What I found most interesting about these pieces were the extra shoulders piece and the detachable spiked pieces on her original set of shoulders. As for the extra shoulders which feature crossed arms, this would normally just be extra arm pieces, but I like how it’s one whole section of her body rather than multiple.

Because the arms are already crossed and attached to the shoulders, you might think this is bad because they aren’t as posable as you may at first want. However, crossing individual arms on your own would be a real challenge, so I like that it was made easier in this way.

As for the detachable shoulder spikes (which unfortunately you can’t see in any of these pictures), I believe you’re supposed to take them off when equipping her helmet so they don’t get in the way. That said, I tested it, and the helmet doesn’t seem to have any issues regardless.

Mordred, Saber of "Red," Nendoroid Assembled from the Fate anime series
Mordred, Saber of “Red,” Nendoroid Assembled

Pictured above is the setup I opted for in the end. I prefer Clarent over Clarent Blood Arther simply because it’s coloration makes it more recognizable as a sword, and I prefer helmetless Mordred as far as the Nendoroid version of her is concerned.

While the helmet is an entirely separate head and so doesn’t actually fit over the head you see in use in the picture above, it’s still extremely large. It seems as though they made it large enough to fit her head inside of instead of simply making it the same size, and I think that makes it a bit too big compared to the rest of her body.

That said, the other Mordred figure I have pre-ordered is a Figma, not Nendoroid, and I do plan to have the Secret of Pedigree helmet equipped on that figure. So, in the end I’ll have versions of Mordred both with and without her helmet on.

The final thing I want to say about the Mordred Nendoroid is probably my favorite part of it overall, even though it’s nothing exciting. Mordred’s hand actually wraps entirely around the hilt of her sword!

I’m not sure if any of you have had this issue, but most of my Nendoroids which hold props can’t actually do so reliably. For example, Megumin and Sayaka Miki drop their staff and swords respectively any time there’s a small bump, despite Sayaka Miki’s sword supposedly sticking into her hand (it doesn’t).

When I saw that Mordred actually had a closed fist that the hilt of her sword fit into, I was amazed at the advances of Nendoroid technology. Hopefully all future Nendoroids which hold props will have hands that grip like this instead of the old model.

Conclusion

Overall, I’d have to say that Mordred is probably the most well-made Nendoroid I have in my collection, which should be the case since she’s also the newest. All of her pieces fit together well and she was extremely easy to assemble, which isn’t something I can say about all of the others.

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Fate/Grand Order: Prisma Codes

Fate/Grand Order: Prisma Codes

Introduction

I just recently got back into playing Fate/Grand Order, and it looks like I picked the right time to get back into this game. The newest event comes straight out of the Prisma Illya timeline, which happens to be my favorite in the entire Fate series.

The story for this event was also written by the writer of Prisma Illya 3rei!! so it’s probably pretty good. I wouldn’t know, however, because I skip all of the dialogue in Fate/Grand Order, even for this event.

Fate/Grand Order: Prisma Codes event logo
Fate/Grand Order: Prisma Codes Event Logo

As a bonus, for completing this limited time event, you receive a four-star Chloe von Einzbern Archer card, well, actually you receive five of them if you complete everything there is to do. This means you’ll be able to have her NP maxed out. I’ve heard she’s one of the best four-star Archers in the game.

Summons

So you can get Chloe as a servant through completing the event, but what about the other two magical girls, Illya and Miyu?

Well, if you want Illya, you’re in luck! Or, should I say, you’ll need luck. She’s a five-star summon and although her drop rate is increased in the Prisma Codes pickup summon, that still doesn’t mean you’re likely to get her. Unfortunately I haven’t rolled an Illya yet.

Illya will also not be added to the Story Summon once this event is over, so if you really want her, good luck. As for Miyu, she’s not a servant, sorry Miyu fans. However, she is featured prominently on a five-star Craft Essence card which I was lucky enough to roll.

Miyu’s CE card is called Magical Girl of Sapphire and can be seen in the bottom right of the picture below.

Prisma Codes event pickup summon from the game Fate/Grand Order
Prisma Codes Pickup Summon

So what else can you get from this limited time summon? There’s a four-star CE called ill on Sight and a three-star CE called Zunga Zunga!, but those don’t really interest me too much. What’s really important here are the other servant summons besides Illya, although we know she’s the most important.

Depending on the day, either Illya or Queen Medb will be the featured five-star servant with an increased drop rate. Some days it will even be both of them! I’ve been eyeing Queen Medb ever since she was first released and haven’t gotten my hands on her yet, so hopefully this event helps with that.

As for the four-star servants, Medea (Lily), Nursery Rhyme, and Helena Blavatsky all have increased drop rates. The one here that interests me is Medea (Lily), another card I’ve wanted ever since I first saw her. I think she’d go great with my Altria Pendragon (Lily). I just love her design so much.

Illyasviel von Einzbern Caster card from the game Fate/Grand Order
Illyasviel von Einzbern Caster Card

Gameplay

So you have terrible gacha luck like me and won’t or haven’t rolled anything you wanted from the summon, what else is there? Well, dear reader, there’s the gameplay of course!

The map is split up into five different parts. The candy, ocean, city, and snow regions are the four main parts of the event, but once all of these are complete it appears you unlock the fifth region which is that large, blue singularity at the top of the screen (pictured below).

So far I’ve completed the candy and ocean regions, and am making my way through the city. I probably could have completed the entire event by now considering I have over 60 Golden Fruit for recovering AP, but I like to save those until the final days of events just in case I need them.

Prisma Codes event map from the game Fate/Grand Order
Prisma Codes Event Map

Each of the main four regions, and potentially the fifth, has a boss. For the candy region it was Nursery Rhyme, the ocean region was Medea (Lily), the city is Helena Blavatsky, and the snowy region will be Queen Medb.

Out of the three I’ve faced so far, I found Medea (Lily) to be the hardest simply because she’s so good at recovering both her own, and her ally’s HP. She recovers at least 15,000 HP every turn, so you need to constantly be dealing out massive damage to her.

Now, these battles may not seem all that difficult, and in reality they aren’t, but they are set up a bit differently than the usual battles in the game. For starters, you only need to defeat the boss to win the battle, not their allies. Because of this, I tend to ignore the allies altogether.

Each boss is also either weak to either Arts or Buster cards. This, paired with some of the limited time CE cards, and the fact that certain female servants deal double damage to the bosses, means that if you actually setup your party correctly (unlike me) you can take out the bosses in just a few hits.

But what really makes these battles different is that they’re split up into parts called episodes. Every time you defeat a boss, that chunk of HP you took down is removed from their “total HP.” This means you have to fight each boss multiple times to get their total HP all the way down to zero.

It should come as no surprise that each time you fight the boss they’re also slightly more difficult to defeat.

Prisma Codes World End battle against Medea (Lily) from the game Fate/Grand Order
Prisma Codes World End Battle Against Medea (Lily)

The Shop

Finally, this event comes with two different limited time shops. The first one is where you can exchange the event items you’ve received throughout your battles for some special CEs or skill/ascension-up materials.

Unfortunately, other than one copy of the CEs Kaleid Ruby and Kaleid Sapphire, there’s nothing in this shop that’s actually limited to this particular event. I say unfortunately, because although those CEs are good for the event, you can get them without going through this shop, and they lose a lot of their potential once this event ends.

Prisma Codes event items shop from the game Fate/Grand Order
Prisma Codes Event Items Shop

However, the other “shop” is the one you should be more interested in. This isn’t really a shop, but that’s what I’m going to refer to it as anyway. Here, you can redeem your completed event missions for a variety of rewards such as Golden Fruit or even Summon Tickets.

As is the custom for events like these, there are 100 different missions to complete over the course of the event. Some of them will be necessary to get further within the event, and others will only unlock after specific, other missions are completed.

There will also be some missions that don’t unlock until a certain date. These are likely going to be tied to the fifth region of the event map, but I don’t know for sure at this time. The final mission is also likely to be unlocked by completing all 99 other missions and will likely grant you a Crystallized Lore.

Prisma Codes mission rewards shop from the game Fate/Grand Order
Prisma Codes Mission Rewards Shop

Conclusion

If you’d like to add me on Fate/Grand Order, my friend code is 217,535,152. I have some nifty servants added to my support setup which you may find useful (although not for this event specifically) such as a level 90 Mordred and level 90 Scáthach among others.

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Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!! anime cover art featuring main characters
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!! Cover Art

Overview

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!! is the fourth season of the Prisma Illya series. My review of the first season can be found here and my review of the second and third seasons can be found here.

Prisma Illya is my favorite route of the Fate series for a number of reasons. It has magical girls, it has good fights like the rest of the Fate entries, and, most importantly, it has Illya.

In 3rei!! in particular, we get to see Illya using more of the class cards than ever before and we get my personal favorite version of Illya which is her as Saber Lilly (shown below).

But enough about how much I love Illya. The main plot for this season directly follows the end of 2wei Herz! Miyu has been taken into another dimension by an unknown enemy, and Illya, along with the rest of the gang, are dragged into the parallel dimension too.

In this season, Miyu is the damsel in distress rather than an active participant in most of what happens. Instead Illya and the gang come across two new allies who have their own reasons for wanting to take down the Ainsworth family who has captured Miyu.


New Characters

The first new character is one we actually met at the end of 2wei Herz!, Gilgamesh, or Gil as he goes by in his child form. Gil, like his adult form Gilgamesh, tends to only care about himself and what will benefit or entertain him the most; however, he ends up allying with Illya and the others because the Ainsworth’s are in possession of his class card which he wants to retrieve.

The second new character is Tanaka. Tanaka is a mysterious girl, who even by the end of the season we don’t know much about. What we do know is that her body temperature is extremely high and she doesn’t appear to take physical damage. Her screen time drops off for the second half of the season, but she appears to be important later on.

The other new characters this season come in the form of the new enemy, the Ainsworth family led by Darius Ainsworth.

Other members of the Ainsworth family include the son, Julian, the annoying daughter, Erica, and two other members whose exact relationships are unknown, Beatrice and Angelica.

Of these, Beatrice and Angelica are important because they actively use class cards in order to fight against our main characters. Beatrice uses the Berserker Thor and Angelica is the one using the Archer Gilgamesh.

Illya (Rider, then Saber) vs. Kuro (Archer) from the anime Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!
Illya vs. Kuro

Conclusion

Like the other seasons of the Prisma Illya series, I ended up giving 3rei!! a 7/10; however, it’s the best of the seasons and the closest to an 8 out of all of them. The season also ended on a giant cliffhanger so there will hopefully be at least one more season of Prisma Illya in the future.

Everything about 3rei!! was turned up compared to the earlier seasons. There was more action, more Illya in various outfits (such as Lancer, Saber, Rider, and Assassin), and more yuri.

The OP for Prisma Illya 3rei!! is available here.

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