And then Fate/Apocrypha happened

A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch. After a good 2 minutes of scrolling, I was about to succumb to watching Naruto and Sasuke’s epic fight at the Valley of the End for like the 5th time this year. But then it happened. I stumbled upon Fate/Apocrypha. Without any thought, I automatically assumed this Anime would be great and pressed play.

It is worth noting, I’ve seen Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night and absolutely love both shows as Saber, Artoria Pendragon/King Arthur, has become one of my favorite Anime characters. Both series have tremendous action and the characters’ desire for the Holy Grail is carefully crafted, which allows the viewers to at least respect everyones goals regardless of whether or not they agree with the characters’ morality.

So here are my thoughts after watching season 1 of Fate/Apocrypa…

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This Anime has several masters and servants separated into two Factions (red and black). So each faction has a Saber, Archer, Lancer, Rider, Caster, Berserker, and Assassin to go along with a Master for each of these servants. It’s an actual all out war. Another addition is that there is now a Ruler-class servant, Joan of Arc, summoned to act as mediator for the Great Holy Grail War.

Overall, Fate/Apocrypa shows promise. It’s fun to see a lot of notable servants such as William Shakespeare as Caster of Red, Spartacus as Berserker of Red, Achilles as Rider of Red, and Jack the Ripper as Assassin of Black among others. And there is such a wide age range of masters, it is very interesting to see how they get along, not only with one another, but also with their respective servants. The one master that appears to be far superior to the rest is Shirou Kotomine, who was sent by the church to act as supervisor and he is also the master of Assassin of Red. I am interested to see his progression as he appears more powerful than even most servants.

Though season 1 is very good, I wouldn’t rank it above Fate/Zero or Fate/Stay Night. The main reason being is that there are way too many characters to keep track of. Between all of the servants and masters, it’s easy to get lost on who is who and I found myself wanting to rewatch the season to fully grasp all that is going on. It’s hard to root for a character if his or her story isn’t effectively flushed out. In this case, there are so many different characters and storylines to throw into 20 minute episodes, which makes it difficult for the viewer to fully immerse oneself into the story.

With that said, there are a ton of action scenes especially leading up to the season finally. That’s one thing the Fate series continues to get right, which keeps me coming back as viewer. I am definitely looking forward to next season and seeing more it has to offer.

Let me know your thoughts. Do you think this is worth watching? How does it compare to the rest of the Fate series?

Till next time,

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Fortnite Battle Royale is so much fun and it’s free

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Fortnite Battle Royale is a poor man’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, literally. But so what, I love it! I typically play this game with friends, which I would suggest everyone to do.

The game starts off with 100 players on an island and then it is all out war until there is a last man (or men) standing. Most people tend to play in a party with friends, so at least one of the party members need to survive for the entire group to win. Once each player lands on the island, the only item he or she has is an axe. You will have to roam the island to collect other weapons and items, while avoiding or killing players that get in your way. Also, every few minutes or so, there is a “forcefield” that closes in, ultimately forcing players to move to different parts of the island. If you are hit by the forcefield, you will continue to take damage until your health runs out. This ensures that players aren’t just “camping” throughout the island. Instead, this concept closes off several parts of the island, ensuring that players run into each other to duke it out until just about everyone is dead.

One interesting part of this game, which doesn’t occur in PUBG, is that you can collect wood and other materials you gather on the island to build various objects. So if you are trying to get to the top of a house, but there are no steps, you can build your own staircase out of wood. If someone is shooting at you and there is no cover, you can build your own staircase out of the wood that you gather from you arrive to the island.

Fortnite Battle Royale can be tough and quite often frustrating, but if you have a plan and work well with your teammates, success can be achievable. My team tends to take a more conservative approach when playing. So instead of looking for a person to kill, we start off by looking for as many weapons and supplies as possible, and also collect wood, which can prove to come in handy when placed in tough situations. As the forcefield comes, we make sure we are well on our way to the designated part of the island so we don’t get damaged. The key is to stay out of the open field and actively aim for areas where there is cover. If you are with a team, you can work with your teammate(s) to surround enemies or draw them out to your advantage. There are so many different possibilities and strategies you can implement to be successful at this game. And, again, it’s free.

Let me know your thoughts. Have you played Fortnite Battle Royale?

Till next time,

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Get your popcorn ready. Kawhi Leonard is almost ready to return from injury.

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San Antonio Spurs fans can finally breathe as their superstar, Kawhi Leonard, is almost set to return from his quad injury. From the start of the season, I was hoping that he wouldn’t be out for too long but with the Spurs keeping tight-lipped regarding his progress it has been difficult to figure out when he would return. With their head coach, Gregg Popovich, finally coming out to say that Kawhi is close to returning, that is a very good sign that there has been significant improvements in his rehab. According to Popovich, Kawhi “is starting to feel in a little bit better shape and feeling more confident.” Of course, Kawhi will have to convince Popovich that he his ready to return before the coach puts his most valuable asset back onto the court.

This is surely great news. From what I’m hearing, Kawhi Leonard should most definitely be back before Christmas. So if you have him in fantasy leagues, now is the time to start considering who you will eventually need to drop to add him back onto your bench from the injured reserved list. Fantasy sports won’t be the only thing heating up as the western conference will become a lot more interesting as contending teams brace for his return.

The Spurs have somehow maintained third place in the western conference with Kawhi out since the start of the season. With no big name player in their lineup in a star-dependent league, it is amazing to still see that TEAMS when games. Not just placing three great players on a team and expect them to be an instant contender. As the great King James once said, “Rome wasn’t built in one day.” Popovich has built this Spurs dynasty from the ground up and he has gotten it all figured out. No matter who is in the lineup, he finds a way to win. If Popovich has been able to sustain such a great record with this team so far, imagine how good they are going to be once Kawhi comes back. And with all this talk about the Rockets and Warriors, we need to start talking about adding the Spurs to this conversation.

Yep, get your popcorn ready.

Sincerely,

NoFearLavere

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