Fate/Zero anime review

The holy grail, the mythical wish granting device lost to history, can only be claimed by a truly mighty hero, and thus is born the grail war, a battle of legendary heroes allied and controlled by mages, all vying for the greatest prize in all time, the wish granting holy grail, which grants its owner a true miracle.

This is John, back with a review of Fate Zero, prequel to the popular series fate stay night, which was subsequently remade under the title of Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited bladeworks. The series focuses on seven mages, each with their own retinue of side characters, who must summon Servants, or the spirits of great heroes from the past and from legend, broken into seven classes, and use them to defeat all of the other 6. The classes protect the identities of the servant, so learning true names is vital to strategic planning.

The classes are Saber, Lancer, Archer, rider, caster, assassin and berserker, and each has different inclinations, often related to their Nobel Fantasms, or the manifestation of their greatest legends, usually fantastic weapons. Each of the groups is given time, but we spend the most time with Saber and her master, who are, I guess, the main characters. This show reminds me of baccano in that way, as anyone could really be the main character. And anything that reminds me of baccano has to be fucking incredible.

Saber’s master, Kiritsugu, is a very flawed, very broken, and very skilled assassin of dark mages. The holy grail usually selects people who have a strong desire or need for it, and Kiritsugu’s wish is to save the world. He wishes for a happy world where no one fights or kills each other. It goes wonderfully. All of the other masters are pretty awesome as well, especially Kire Kotomine, But we all know who the real best character is, at least those of us who’ve seen or even heard of the show.



That, my friends, is rider. Its Alexander the great. Yeah, he’s in this show, and he’s the greatest thing ever. He is endlessly entertaining, and even inspiring in a number of ways. He believes a king should be the loudest, biggest, most inspiringly forceful warrior on the battlefield, and that a king’s greatness and bravery must equal that of every man to follow him. He makes audience members wish to join his Ionian Hetairoi, or army of heroes he just keeps in a pocket dimension he carries around with him.

The animation is utterly stunning, some of the best that I have seen. And of course the music doesn’t disappoint. This is one of my all-time favourite shows, in any medium. It is just so very good.

So without further delay, I award Fate/Zero 10 of 10 woulds, for having very few if any flaws in its writing for execution. The whole franchise, especially the newest series, is highly recommended. Close this page, and go watch it. Even if you’ve seen it before. Hell, I will.

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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Review



In order to gain something, something of equal value must be lost. This is the law of equivalent exchange, the guiding principle of all alchemy. Every alchemist must bow to this one law. In accordance with this law, there is a taboo among Alchemists against creating humans, for what could possibly equal the value of a human soul?

Thus opens the fantastic remake of the popular anime Fullmetal alchemist, which actually follows the manga, which hadn’t ended when the first show aired. The story follows Ed and Alphonse Elric as they try to bring their dead mother back to life, fail, and pay the price. Ed loses a leg, and Al his whole body. Ed sacrifices an arm to bind Al’s soul to a suit of armor. Ever after, Ed can use alchemy without drawing a complex symbol called a transmutation circle. Al gains this power too, but at first his memories of trying human transmutation and what he saw beyond the gates of truth, a realm for the cursed eyes of those who attempt the forbidden art of human transmutation, or trying to bring back the dead, are erased.

Soon they discover the homunculi, or artificial humans created by human transmutation, along the path of their search for the philosopher’s stone, an Alchemical artifact of untold power. The homunculi have plans for the whole country, and those plans involve lots of genocide and drive the plot. It gets better as it goes on, like I wish Naruto did.

The show is 64 episodes. I think it might be the second longest show I’ve ever reviewed, and it will certainly the highest score of anything more than 40 episodes long. That is because, as I noticed with Naruto, after telling so much of a story, there’s only so much you can do. This show is a guide on how to do it right, beginning to end.

There is much controversy over which is better, this or the original. It’s this. For me the original fell apart after breaking from the manga. This just continues to roll, more and more great characters, animation, and adventures. There is essentially no filler whatsoever. Nothing about this show is not exceptional to me. This may be my all time favourite anime.

So at the end of the day, what can I say about Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood? An awful lot, as it happens. The show is awesome, and you should stop reading this and go watch it, now. Why are you still here? I award Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood with my very first 10 out of 10 point score. Enjoy your watching, and check back soon for even more Nerdshit reviews. John out.

The Mouse and The Mask Review



Hello, and welcome back to Nerdshit! And this is the one where I lose like half of you, at least. After all, how the fuck is rap nerd shit. Well, a long time ago I used to follow a review group called the desudes brigade, and one of the reviewers there was jesuotaku. She was of the opinion that people should stop crossing anime with hip hop, because the hip hop kids were the ones who used to steal the anime kids’ lunch money. My opinion is even so, after they got done they were going to use it to go buy some manga and then go home and watch toonami and adult swim.

There is a whole genre of nerd rap, or Nerdcore, and while much of it is hit or miss, this album is clearly a hit. MF Doom is possibly the most gifted MC of all time, and with Danger Mouse handling the production the whole album is gold beginning to end. Chalk full of adult swim references and cartoon show samples, this is most definitely nerd shit. And it is glorious to behold.

If you are familiar with MF doom, the fact that this album is good should not surprise. For everyone else, this album is far, far more than good. Doom’s lyrical gymnastics impress as much as ever, and the cartoon wordplay hits home every single time. From space ho’s coast to coast to ATHF, just so many golden tracks to be had by all. The references range from Conan The Barbarian to Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and many many more.

But it’s not just references, all of his other wordplay hits home as well. On the beat side, we have 80s and 90s danceable beats laced beginning to end with samples from Spaceghost Coast to Coast, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and many others. Rap is only half the treat on this album.

If there is any complaint to have, and there’s not, it would be that there is not much being actually talked about other than cartoon references. Believe it or not, that matters to hip hop listeners, at least to many of them. Still, as a rapper myself, this is an album and an artist who have influenced my own work.

So, at the end of the day, the album is excellent, if not incredibly deep. It is definitely worth the time of any fan of 80s, 90s, and 00s cartoons, and anyone who enjoys adult swim, or hell, any sort of hip hop at all. I guess if giving Naruto a 6 didn’t get me murdered, nothing is going to. I give The Mouse and The Mask an 8.5 of 10. Have a wonderful day, and please don’t kill me.