Sword Art Online TV anime S3 announced. It is titled “Sword Art Online: Alicization” and adapts the Alicization arc from the original light novel series.
“Kirito awakens in a vast, fantastical
forest filled with towering trees. In his search for clues to the truth
of his surroundings, he encounters a young boy who seems to know him. He
ought to be a simple NPC, but the depth of his emotions seem no
different than a human. As they search for the boy’s parents, Kirito
finds a peculiar memory returning to him. A memory from his own
childhood, of this boy and a girl, too, with golden hair, and a name he
should have never forgotten—Alice.”
From the Caspian Sea region. A unique bronze short sword with double terminals that look like budding long-petaled flowers, a very rare style. This weapon does not bear marks of having been repeatedly sharpened for use so it was probably made specifically to accompany a warrior in death as grave goods.
The area around the Caspian Sea, particularly on its southeast coast, and into modern day Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Baluchistan (western Pakistan), was a cultural hotbed during this time period. The map of archaeological finds from there is studded with urban centers, large burial mounds, and technological and metallurgical innovation - especially in the production of amazing bronze artifacts, probably with influence from the innovative bronze (and later iron) artisans in Luristan (modern day northwestern Iran). People - both men and women - went to their graves with beautiful, well-made weapons like this one that were more than likely a sign of high status.
Thematic similarity between Pidge and Keith in a lot of elements of their backstory and how in their default positions they’re mirrored across Voltron’s body as the right and left arms. Pidge had three family members, one parent and her sibling were lost in space while she was separated from the other on Earth. Keith talking about his mom leaving but not his father, yet still seeming separated from his father, would suggest a similar position to Pidge and Colleen- a different kind of separation.
Pidge’s hidden identity and drastically changing her appearance to look for her siblings is matched by the implication of Keith’s “burn” in s1e10, the fact that all other half-galra we see draw obviously from their galra parent, and Keith and Hunk deliberately drawing attention to his appearance in s2e9- that Keith, too, has an “alter ego”.
All of this would tell us to look for a “Matt” in Keith’s life- when Matt himself reenters the cast having made friends in space (Olia’s rebels), initially wearing an obscuring mask and fighting Pidge due to not knowing who she is. He then joins forces with her against an outside attacker.
Acxa, incidentally, is the first person we meet of a previously unknown faction (Lotor’s forces), initially wears an obscuring mask, and fights Keith. They then join forces against an outside attacker.
Warning: As usual, please note that my level of Japanese is basic at most, and this is just a translation of text summaries available online, so I cannot guarantee that the following snippets are accurate. In other words, these can be just rumors or misinterpretations, and I might have left some parts out because I didn’t understand them. Feel free to share the link, but please DO NOT REPOST, and don’t forget to support the official releases!!
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Some notes for those who’ve never played Sacred Stones or haven’t played in a long time:
Her Death quote is kinda-sorta based off of her FE8 death quote. I say that because it diverges from both the official English death quote and the Japanese Heroes death quote: instead of saying “Brother…” she instead says his name. Probably because it sounds weird in English and could potentially be confused with the phrase “Oh brother.”
Her first Skill quote, “Now it’s my turn!”, comes from one of her lines in the Easy Mode Prologue.
Her third Status line, “Ah! Oh, no more of that. You’ll vex me!” is likely a riff off of a (somewhat infamous) quote from her C-support with Ephraim: “E-enough! Brother…you are starting to anger me!”
The fifth Status line about sword training also stems from her B-supports with Ephraim and Seth, where she trains with them.
Her last two Status lines both stem from her A-support with Ephraim. “My brother and I, and our friend Lyon, we once had grand ideas about the future” is actually based on Ephraim’s line in the support, interestingly enough. Her last Status line, “Promise me, please, that you won’t leave me alone,” is a shorter, less angsty-sounding version of one of her lines.
I LOVE Fire Emblem Fates, and am totally addicted to its gameplay, but GOOD LORD, the stories are a mess! I understand it’s very hard writing 3 different perspectives to a single conflict, but you don’t get on the dance floor if you’re not prepared to tango, you know??
All of these can and should be treated as spoilers.
Dragon veins are just pockets of supernatural dragon energy sprinkled throughout the land? What causes their existence? Are they naturally occurring and replenish/disappear over time?
Where has Felicia/Jakob been all that time before they rejoined? Were they off trekking it in the Hoshidan outbacks alone for days/weeks??
How did Lilith appear to save Corrin from their free fall? Was she just following them the whole time?
Why did Azura have that Dragonstone on her? Does she just bring it everywhere with her? Because there’s no way she could predict Corrin would turn into a dragon today.
Why was the Yato buried inside the Dawn Dragon statue? Is this a “Sword-In-The-Stone” thing? You’d think they’d keep it somewhere safely away from the public until the right person comes along.
Who put the Yato in the Dawn Dragon statue? Was it Rainbow Sage? WHY?
The fact that Corrin being a dragon never plays into the story after chapter 5. There is never a problem that is solved or revelation that is made because Corrin is a dragon.
We never learn about the Dawn and Dusk Dragons, just that they eventually each slept with a human and spawned the royal families.
How could the entire town be leveled in that explosion - HUNDREDS apparently died - but Mikoto, Corrin and the siblings all survived it, completely untouched?
What exactly brought Corrin’s memories back? Azura’s song? What are the limits of the power of her pendant, if any?
That’s cool that Hinoka saw through Zola’s deception, but HOW did she acquire enemy disguises while under close observation and sneak in with the other Nohr soldiers?
What was Leo doing in Izumo if the one spearheading the operation was Zola? Was he just checking up on Zola like a quality assurance coordinator?
If Lilith can teleport Corrin to the Astral Realm, why can’t she, you know, teleport them straight to Nohr Castle to assassinate Garon?
Why did Azura’s song harm Garon during her performance? Their plan was to capture Garon without a fight while he was distracted. If Azura was attacking him with her song, he would know something was up.
Why is Corrin not affected by the Forlorn Forest’s swamp? What about being Nohrian makes one immune to disgusting swamps?
I love Leo’s convenient one-time teleportation tome. That’s just perfect.
What are the Golems? They kind of just appeared and are a thing now? Are their origins the same as the Faceless? No one questions them.
How did Takumi communicate information to Iago? Did he sneak out at night and talk to Iago who teleported to the Hoshidan camp? Or does Iago telepathically know everything Takumi knows?
Not only was Takumi possessed by Anankos when he fell down the Bottomless Canyon, but Iago got into his head too somehow? When did this have time to occur? Why didn’t Azura’s song remove BOTH possessions at once the first time?
Is Azura just ok ignoring Anankos and giving her life fighting Garon? If she dies, any knowledge of the true enemy dies with her???
So… is Gunter dead?
Why are Hoshidan forces occupying Fort Dragonfall? Hoshido has not shown any signs of invading Nohr yet and the fort is located deep in Nohrian territory. They have no right being there.
The fact that Iago obeys Garon at all after his lunatic reasons for making Corrin suffer.
Ryoma was apparently given entry to Palace Macarath by Iago in order to capture Corrin. Palace Macarath is Garon’s own personal villa, located close to the Castle Krakenburg. He’d have to be insane to accept such a suicidal offer. How did Iago even contact Ryoma, much less persuade him?
How did Elise have a vision of Gunter?
In Birthright, Azura had Zola’s magic hide her identity. Are we really to believe Corrin, who knows Azura’s song, appearance and voice, is fooled by a darker costume and veil?
Where has Azura been keeping that awesome crystal? It’s unfortunate that it breaks after a single use. Why can’t she find more?
When did Azura come to realize Garon is a fake? That implies she had more crystals. What made her even suspect Garon in the first place, and enough to use a precious crystal? WHY CAN’T SHE GET MORE??
If Corrin’s policy is to never kill the enemy, why could they not spare the Kitsune?
Why did the Kitsune, who instigated the fight, fight until all of them were wiped out? Kaden is a horrible chief.
How are the Faceless made? From humans? Or are they gross, magical beings? Who would even support the production of a weapon that can just as easily attack its creators? These are basic questions.
After Lilith dies, Corrin and co. can still travel to the Astral realms. ??????
Corrin for some reason believes dying will stop evil, possessed Takumi from killing the others.
How do characters like Azura and Gunter “sense” Valla soldiers before they even teleport in? Is this just intuition, or an actual skill/innate ability?
How is Azura so qualified as a strategist? Is that like a personal hobby of hers? Her brilliant first strategy of attacking Nohr and Hoshido generals is the cause of every problem Corrin has for the rest of the first act, btw.
How is the Bottomless Canyon linked with Valla? What makes it so special?
Why did Izana’s foresight kill him? We never see any implication or reason that future-sight is dangerous to the user. Even Corrin is baffled.
Who is this “ancient god” Izana is always talking to? The Dawn/Dusk Dragons? TIKI? Seriously.
Why are Kaden and Keaton both in Cyrkensia? Why are both so irresponsible? THEY ARE CHIEFS OF THEIR WHOLE TRIBES, they can’t be going off on random Invisible Kingdom adventures without notice!
Why is Valla so weird with floating islands? Is it just because it’s a different realm or something? I hope that’s not how it’s suppose to be.
What even WAS Anthony? Was he a real Valla boy, or an illusion slave of Anankos? How did Anankos turn him into a Faceless if only Nohrian mages can make Faceless?
What is the culture of Valla? We never see any citizens (except for Anthony), or any signs of life, really. Why is it worth saving?
Azura doesn’t use her pendant in Revelation’s final battle. Is that ironic?
Now that Anankos is dead, is it ok to talk about Valla outside of Valla? Or is it still basically Fight Club?
I’m so disappointed in Fates’s story. It really had potential and an amazing premise, and they just flopped it. Everything else was superbly done, especially combat. Clearly, that’s where Intelligent System’s budget and attention was more focused on.
I hope the next FE entry will have a bit more polish put into its story. If they put half of the effort into the plot as they did gameplay mechanics, they would have had a masterpiece, the whole package. Fire Emblem is a series that survived 14 entries because it always improves on its shortcomings, so I hope Intelligent Systems will see that the only flaw left to work on is a flowing, sensible narrative.
Are there actually explanations for these plot holes? Please share them, I very much want to like Fire Emblem Fates in every way possible. Are there any plot holes I missed?
I have so many thoughts about this scene I don’t know where to
begin. This scene has been analysed a lot I know, but I need to get my
thoughts out of my system.
To begin with can I take a moment to
say, how emotional I felt looking at Ned Stark’s regal statue with a
sword in his hand, especially after that heart-warming moment between
Jon and Sansa, where he gives her the north. *Sigh*
So this whole
scene screamed PARALLELS and we’re not even being subtle about it
anymore. There’s a reason why LF got choked by Jon in the crypts by Jon
under Ned Stark’s statue. We’re being told, don’t forget Ned choked LF
in season 1. The entire conversation was aimed at reminding us about the
Ned-Cat-LF triangle that did not work out well for LF. Now look at the
choice of words that the writers have used in the conversation.
LF: Your father and I had our differences. But he loved Cat very much. So did I. She wasn’t fond of you was she?
know this is tinfoil but i see these words as a classic case of History
repeating itself. LF might have as well said. You and I have our
differences but you love Sansa very much and So do I.
having a moment with his dead father and LF interrupts that. Jon doesn’t
look one bit happy about it. He looks instantly enraged. Remember, Jon
knows LF sold Sansa to the Boltons. He also knows that she doesn’t trust
LF. You can see a muscle move in his jaw the second little finger
comes and stands next to him. His smirk is so dismissive when little
finger asks him to give Lord Tyrion his regards. But LF finger continues
his blah blah. So Jon who is getting enraged uses words which are
purposefully meant to sound rude and dismissive.
Jon: You don’t belong down here.
But LF doesn’t get the point. He continues to engage Jon and he says the following words.
LF: Forgive me. We haven’t ever talked properly. I wanted to remedy that.
is IMPORTANT. LF has been hanging around in winterfell since the battle
of the bastards and Jon has been made KitN, but Jon has never once, I
repeat myself, not even ONCE has Jon had any verbal communication with
LF. Why not? Can you see LF always lurking in the corner against a cold
wall even in the meetings with the Lords and ladies, having no say, no
voice and Jon doesn’t even look at him once? This is Jon keeping LF at
bay and purposely giving him the cold shoulder. JON detests him for what
he did to Sansa. He beat the pulp out of Ramsey and I have a feeling
always wanted to do the same with LF but unfortunately LF was
responsible in saving his hide in the battle of the bastards and hence
he can’t go beast mode with LF. Jon’s avoiding confrontation with LF
maybe because he might have choked him sooner if he had.
LF knows that D.Targ has Dragons and Tyrion is her hand and she’s
planning to take the iron throne. Check out the look that crosses his
face when Jon says tyrion is D’s hand. And Jon who happens to be the
king in the north, is going to try and convince her to become an ally.
This is huge information for LF. This is where the power lies now and he
wants a slice of it if not everything so he can find the ladder of
chaos at some point. It is essential now to let Jon think that he is an
ally, a friend. He’s trying to get Jon to warm up to him.
Then the writers give us the triangle plot. Jon rebukes LF further and avoids him, “I have nothing to say to you.”
even thank you”, says LF and Jon stops walking altogether.( I think Jon
wanted to yell, You MF, you sold Sansa to fu***ng Ramsey Bolton and you
want me to fu***ng thank you for it. Where’s your slimy neck already?)
But he still holds it together.
People, now pay attention to
the way this scene has been shot. The camera shifts focus on Jon’s face
in close up and Little finger is blurred in the background. We can hear
his words but see ONLY Jon’s face and his audible breath that is ragged
and uneven as his rage slowly takes over him. Also, Ned’s Statue is
visible in the background looming over LF’s profile. They are pelting
parallels at us. LF was probably trying to tell Jon that he loves Sansa
and he won’t let anything happen to her. But then this happens.
it!! Jon loses it. Look at that sexy raging monster. Has he ever looked
better?? And look at the camera angle. LF is sandwiched between Ned and
Ned 2.0. Jon actually waits to ascertain the kind of love LF feels for
Sansa. The minute he realises that Creepy finger is a creep, the white
wolf bares his teeth. But that’s the whole point if this scene too.
Jon’s reaction was over the top. LF doesn’t sound very creepy when he
declares his love for Sansa. But Jon does this…..
that snarl that escapes Jon when he does this ranges in a totally
different level of sexy. He says, “Touch my sister, and I’ll kill you
I think leaving Sansa alone in winterfell with LF around
is not making Jon feel so good. His protective instincts have kicked in
and he feels guilty about leaving her alone, taking away from her his
umbrella of protection. I think that’s one of the reasons he seeks Ned
out in the crypts. It’s like he’s apologizing to his father about
leaving his sister alone because it’s his duty to protect her. Remember
his words from their re-union.
“If I don’t watch over you, father’s ghost will come back and murder me.”
he’s probably talking to father’s ghost telling him that he wouldn’t
have left Winterfell if he’d had a choice when the very devil he is
worried about walks in to stand beside him. Hence the instant sour face.
Also there is a reason why Jon calls Sansa his sister in front of LF.
He’s basically trying to tell LF. You may have been close to Cat. She
may not have been fond of me. Sansa may not have been close to me
growing up. You may think that she’s only my half-sister but she is my
family and I love her and I’ll take it very personally if you go
anywhere near her. He had to assert to little finger that HE is the one
Even after he releases LF, we can see Ned’s statue
in the frame, in between LF and Jon. Ned’s haunting LF from the grave. I
don’t know about the smirk that LF gave. Maybe he was thinking, you
stark men with your quick tempers and your slow minds idk. Anyway he
comes out rubbing his neck and looks from Jon to Sansa. Sansa, who is
staring at the gates long after Jon rides away fighting tears back. And
when LF looks at her, he can see her staring after him. Will this mean
anything?? Idk. We’ll know only in the episodes to come.
good take away from this scene is that LF doesn’t know that Bran is
alive. That’ll be an unpleasant surprise for the creep and a good one
Link: Hey guys, in the last 3D game, Skyward Sword, you had me fight a lot of weird ass shit, y’know? Clockwork Buddha sword statues, One eyed leviathans, parasite worms that spit acid, and whatever the hell Scaldera was supposed to be… could you maybe tone down the weirdness for Breath of the Wild?
Nintendo: How so?
Link: Like, just have the enemies be a little more generic this time? A few cyclops, golems, centaurs, and some goblins maybe? They don’t even have to be easy, just ease up on the weirdness just this once.
Nintendo: Tell you what, Link. We’ll tone down the weirdness of the regular enemies. But to make up for it we’re turning up the bizarreness factor on all of the bosses. Deal?
Link: Yeah, that sounds fair. So what are the bosses gonna be like-?
Calamity Ganon: AAAAGH, LINK!!!
Link: HOLY CRAP, WHAT THE HELL?
Calamity Ganon: *Insect Legs Swinging Wildly* LOOK WHAT THEY DID TO ME! THIS IS YOUR FAULT!!!
Link: OH, GODDESSES, I’M SO SORRY!
Calamity Ganon: I’LL KILL YOU! I’LL KILL ALL OF YOU! AAAAAAA!!!!