Fate/Grand Order – First Order [OAV Review 1]



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  1. From someone who played this game since the release, I’d give this OAV a “meh”. Not that it was bad, but it sure wasn’t groundbreaking. If anything it did accomplish getting people interested in it. But even so, foreigners “AKA us” won’t be convinced to actually start playing the game even after watching this, because of mostly “Language Barrier” (the whole gacha-payment thing isn’t really an issue because I’ve been Free-to-play the entire time and I’ve managed to get a good amount of SR and SSR servants. Plus the company is actually more generous with feebies than most other app games I’ve played. They periodically set up mission events for all players to obtain a free-SR servant that you can max out its power with). Anyways, enough game-jargon. Like everything else this was made to convince Japanese customers to start the game. So I can see this being an issue for those who aren’t Japanese and are willing to wait for the next OAV when it probably won’t even come for another year.

    The issues I mostly had with this was moreover from the company producing it. Obviously they couldn’t drop this project on Ufotable because they’re busy finishing season 2 of Tales, and working on Touken Ranbu and the Heaven’s Feel movies for this year. If anything I kind of wish A-1 pictures did this (since they’re also animating the recently announced Fate Apochrya that’ll show this year!!) because they did a pretty good job with animating the commercials and opening for Fate Grand Order. But its more of a budget thing since the money to make this hour+ special came from the customers constantly pouring money into this game (one person in particular got a $3000? loan from a bank to roll for 5 copies of his “waifu” Aka” Cu’s teacher. Pretty dumb thing to do since they used their parents information to get the money.). So they could only afford using a “newer” animation company.

    But as the game’s story goes, it gets really good later on mostly due to the fact that Nasu didn’t pay much attention to it until after the popularity increased after the 4th chapter. Once London came around he started being more active with it and the last 3 chapters are widely hailed (including me) as some of the best stuff he’s written.

    Lastly, Fujiwara AKA “Gudao” was a little “too” self-insert. Mainly because the main duo characters are supposed to be self-insert, but the Japanese sure have a habit of….loving those types of bland people. Unanimously we all felt like Gudako (AKA the girl in the class with the orange hair) should have been the MC because she is…interesting to say at least. That girl is a force to be reckoned with all the chaos and zero fucks she brings. In the game Fujiwara was just as plain and the only memorable thing I can remember of him was that he and Robin Hood (who is male I might add) had sex with each other because they were trying to prove that Robin Hood could seduce anyone.

    Anyways: Here’s what an Ufotable Wickerman Looks like (from a collaboration CM, zero spoilers as the chances of this being animated is 0)

    If you haven’t seen any A-1 animated trailers, this is essentially why we wanted A-1 to be in charge of animation (no spoilers, just a 15 second CM show-casing the servants in the America Chapter)

    • Vantage says:

      As I understand (from my brief experiences with LLSIF JP) Western players should be able to download the .apk and access Fate/Grand Order through something like QooApp. Obviously it’s a greater time investment and a lot more trouble than something like downloading it from the App Store or Play Store the normal way, so you’re probably right in that this OVA was an advert targeted at future Japanese players.

      I’m never going to play this, though. I’m already sinking time into LLSIF EN and I’m also really scared that I’ll end up whaling for that lewd Servant voiced by Yuuki Aoi who I’ve heard came out relatively recently and is basically an in-game self-insert of her. I can sympathise with the guy who dumped money on Scathach, although it really was stupid of him to go as far as to get a bank loan.

      • Well I’m a western player and you’re right. That’s what I had to do (through QooApp). Originally I played it through an emulator on my computer but then they decided to get rid of those, which led me to take a break from the game for a few months. I decided to save some money up for a better phone (since 2GB Ram is the minimum to play this game without it constantly crashing) after finding out my one true husbando was getting released during a rate-up period (Ramses ii AKA the Rider from Fate Fragments of Blue & Silver LN AKA Gil’s twin). That was basically the only time I actually used money on this game. So glad after shelling over $200+ on a phone I was actually able to get him in 1 gacha roll. It made everything worth it lol.

        Anyways, as it turns out I went back to see how much the guy spent; the dude did a $5000+loan. While I can’t really judge how people spend their money (but going in the $1000s….let alone over $500 in a single purchase), the fact that he did it with his mom’s credit card without telling her is a huge no no. Also recently someone posted on twitter that they spent $3000+ to try and get 5 copies of Illyia (5 copies of the same servant maxes out their NP) and only got 1…..so yeah.

        If anything though, if more people over there are just whaling their money like that…..at least another OAV being funded isn’t out of the picture yet lol. Hmmm….Yuuki Aoi servant? I think you’re talking about Shuten Doji? Though she also voice Okita Souji in the game. Regardless both pretty solid servants and Shuten is the queen of enemy debuffs.

        • Vantage says:

          I know that feel. Whenever I get terrible (i.e. 1SR) rolls on LLSIF I often have to take a break from the game to get rid of all my salt. It doesn’t help that rates are pretty shit too (80% R, 15% SR, 4% SSR, 1% UR, and it used to be 9% SR, 1% UR before SSRs existed).

          I’m sure there’s endless debate in every mobage community (including Western mobages) over whether real money should be spent on in-game currency, and if so, how much. As far as I’m concerned, working adults should be granted the discretion to decide for themselves so long as they don’t spend irresponsibly. Loans would be an example of irresponsible spending, and theft (and it is theft if his mother never gave him permission to use her credit card) goes beyond that. I’m not all that surprised though, I’m sorry to say, given that there are many other stories of Japanese otaku fans doing extreme things like that.

          Shuten Doji! Yes, that’s it! Doesn’t she look identical to real-life Yuuki Aoi? Apparently they’re even the same height.

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