unlimited feelings works

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People describe Fate/stay night as about the clash between ideals and reality, but the truth is, this story comes in threes. After all, it has three routes. It’s more about the interplay of ideals and reality, with one’s own happiness caught in the clashing gears.

“Ideals and reality are gears that do not fit together. When forced to mesh, they let out great squeaks and scatter about sparks like blood.”

Ideals. The pursuit of a noble dream, and your ability to fulfill it.
Reality. The actual world around you, the real people in it, and your own ability to understand them.
Happiness. Doesn’t this one speak for itself?

Fate/stay night offers three conclusions for Shirou Emiya to reach in his journey, each of them meaningful resolutions to the conflict amongst ideals, reality, and happiness.

In Fate, Shirou struggles with the meaning of his ideals and his romance with Saber, who embodies those ideals. In the end, he comes to understand just what it means to pursue the dream of heroism and saving people through his interactions with Saber, who has given up her own life in pursuit of that dream. He understands her, eventually, and he understands his ideals and what they entail; he has grown through the course of the Holy Grail War to have the capacity to grasp both the reality of other people and how to connect with them and the noble dream he took on as a young boy. But in the process, he sacrifices his ability to gain happiness for himself in his own lifetime. He will spend all his days chasing a distant dream far from home, doing his best to understand and save the people around him at great personal cost.

In Unlimited Blade Works, Shirou struggles with the worthiness of his ideals and his conflict with Archer, who challenges those ideals and their ability to ever bring him to anything but despair. In the end, constantly forced to defend his dream by the ruined ghost of his own future, he asserts that it is worthwhile and good even though he doesn’t truly understand the ideals he fights for. He only knows that, as flawed as they are, they bring him happiness and fulfillment as nothing else does, so his pursuit of them is not something he can give up. Over the course of this Holy Grail War, Shirou reaffirms his dedication to his ideals and confirms his ability to achieve personal happiness through them. But in the process, he casts aside his understanding of the world and people around him. Rin is at his side at the end, but he never grew to truly understand her as a separate human being, and all he can think of is how he’s chasing after Archer’s back.

In Heaven’s Feel, Shirou struggles with the problems of his ideals and his love for Sakura, who gives him happiness and home. After much interaction with the people around him–not just Sakura but also Illya, Rin, and Kirei–and many developments in their relationships with him, he finally achieves an understanding of himself and his place in the real world, and he finds that he can move forward to achieve happiness for himself. He changes over the course of this distorted Holy Grail War to finally accept himself and his own limitations instead of striving tirelessly for a distant dream, precisely because he opens up to the world and people around him and learns about them as well. But in the process, he lets go of the beautiful dream he once held onto in order to justify his existence. He finds peace, home, and happiness with Sakura at his side in the end, and he knows both her and the world he’s grounded himself in at last, but Saber and the distant star of heroism she represented are gone from his life forever.

All three conclusions are valid paths that offer insight into both Shirou’s character and the themes it’s been used to explore. But in all cases, when ideals and reality clash with the happiness of individual human beings caught in their sparking gears, something has to give.

tainbocuailnge  asked:

I really admire how much of a deep understanding of fsn you have! Your 'notes on ubw and character development' post is the first time I've seen anyone explain why they like rinarcher for reasons that aren't basically "w/e it hot" and "archer is totally still into rin trust me." You said your thoughts on rinarcher as a ship in itself were for another time, so could you take some time to go into that now? I'd like to read what you have to say about them.

Thank you very much for your kind words! I’ll try to explain my feelings and thoughts, but this might take a while.

I’ve written a lot of meta on Rin/Archer as a pairing; this is the most recent one, and you can find more in this tag. But I’ll try to sum it up.

Some of it is purely my own preferences. My favorite kinds of ships are pairings involving a fierce but secretly vulnerable woman and the damaged but devoted man who serves her but also challenges her (another recent example for me being Irene/Eugenides in the Queen’s Thief series of novels). I like the fact that there are explicit power dynamics involved, but also genuine caring and love. That’s just me.

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One of the things I never see fandom (or further canon!) talk about is the strong implication that Rin has children after Heaven’s Feel, at least in Normal End. And that’s a shame, because Rin Tohsaka as a parent is an amazing thought.

Her whole character revolves around the intersection of family and personal pride from which legacy is born. She comes into her own at the end of Heaven’s Feel as a young woman who takes pride in those she loves and considers family; her arc is about learning to balance her talents and ambitions with her need to love and be loved. Rin building a new family both resolves questions posed by her story and raises plenty of new ones.

How many children would she have? Of course, she knows the consequences of having more than one in her situation, and she might decide to avoid putting two children at risk of becoming enemies as adults. In the context of Heaven’s Feel’s themes, though, it might make sense for her to lay the ghosts of the past to rest by raising a pair of siblings who never have to oppose each other. How much would she challenge the toxic practices and mores of other magi for the sake of her family? She’s an ambitious magus, but she’s ambitious in her own way, not anyone else’s, and by the end of Heaven’s Feel she’s well on her way to tempering and balancing that with empathy and love.

How does she fight for her family, when defending them from supernatural threats in the world of magic or incompetent teachers at school? How does she show her loved ones how much she cares? How does she pass her magecraft and the legacy of her own (probably colorful) life to her children?

We know that as a grandmother she’s enough of a grump that her granddaughter complains about it, which suggests she never loses her argumentative nature–but how you act as a grandparent’s often pretty different from how you act as a parent. What’s she like as a mother? Wouldn’t she be more like a stereotypical father–strict, intellectual, a little cold, demanding, but fiercely proud and protective of her kids and unafraid to let them know how much she loves them?

Would she tell dad jokes? Imagine Rin Tohsaka telling dad jokes.

A question: why is Kirei a priest?

I’m not talking about him as a person, mind you. Obviously, within the confines of the text, he is a priest because the path was passed down to him from his father. (Though why did he take it? Why didn’t he run away and open a mapo tofu shop? We’ll see–)

I mean from the outside, why is he a priest? Why is he a figure bound up in the structures of society’s morality and meaning? Why does he serve as a mentor figure early in all three routes and throughout Heaven’s Feel? Why does he so often appear to speak with the narrative voice, laying down the true unobscured answer to the questions of both Shirou and the reader?

After all, he’s morally bankrupt, and he’s a terrible guide and mentor who always winds up turning on his charges. He hardly has the right to act as an existential (or narrative!) authority when he’s incapable of even finding his own personal answer.

“I will bless whatever is born,” he says, in his role as a priest, but it’s a blessing for himself he seeks from Angra Mainyu. Kirei Kotomine is trapped by his own trappings of authority. Though he pretends to wield symbolic power, he is in the end the most helpless of all, unable to even accept himself without some kind of external validation. He cannot choose his own path, or so he has convinced himself.

He is a priest because, in Heaven’s Feel, it is fitting for an arbiter of moral authority and meaning to turn out to be broken and powerless.

anonymous asked:

Love your writing and drawings! Dunno if you ever watched or played any of Type-Moon's Fate franchise (Fate/stay night, Unlimited Blade Works, Heaven's Feel, Fate/Zero, etc), but I think it would be cool to see Levi and Mikasa as participants in the Holy Grail War (fanart?). Maybe one can be a Master and the other Servant, or both are Servants, or maybe both are Masters. Ehehe so many possibilities!

This is so late, but here’s your sketch, Anon! Saber!Levi and Berserker!Mikasa, hope you like!

bbs5  asked:

Hi, I'm just curious on how to get the vn you posted screenshots about? The fate/stay night ones?

No problem!

This is going to end up being a bit long, but I’d rather be thorough for the sake of clarity. Apologies if you don’t want to read a novel, but the process is kind of complicated and the VN will not launch properly if you overlook a step. I made a lot of mistakes when I was trying to do it.

Unless you speak Japanese (in which case you can just buy the VN), it takes a bit of searching and downloading involved to get the F/SN VN. To my knowledge, there hasn’t been an official English release of the game, so you need to get both the game and a translation patch.

These instructions are for downloading the Realta Nua version of F/SN, plus the most complete English patch (only compatible with RN), made by some guys over on the Beast’s Lair Forums.  RN is a re-release of the VN that added voice acting and some special effects and removed H-content. The patch itself includes plenty of additional features like multiple versions of the soundtrack, openings for all the different releases of the game, and the ability to put the content that RN removed back into the VN if you would like to. It is the version of the VN that I have, and the most widely recommended from what I’ve seen.

So, step one, getting the VN.

I’m gonna preface it by saying to first actually buy F/SN to support the creators and not be guilty of copyright infringement ^-^ You can do that directly through Type-Moon or on Amazon or whatever. 

Then you can download it here: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=427133

You’ll need BitTorrent or whatever to download. Once the download is complete, you’ll have six files, one for each of the three routes, then one more crack file for each route.  You will now need to extract the files using a program like WinRAR (which is an additional download you need to do if you do not have the program).  

You will first make a folder on your computer to contain all the files you’ll be extracting. Call it Fate Stay Night or something like that. Then extract the route files, giving them each a subfolder within the Fate Stay Night folder, one for the Fate route, one for the Unlimited Blade Works route, and one for the Heaven’s Feel route.. I forget whether the extraction process does that automatically or if you’ll have to do it (creating the folders) manually.  

UPDATE 5/17/2015: For a far better explanation of this paragraph, especially for those who are not familiar with WinRAR:

http://frodo-elric.tumblr.com/post/119246324640/extracting-f-sn-files-with-winrar

Either way, It’ll look something like this when you’re done. 

At this point, you won’t have the English folder, and the folder names will look slightly different as well. Don’t worry, you’ll have to alter them a bit later on.

Once you’ve extracted each of the route files, do the same for the crack files, putting them into their respective route folders as you extract them.

Now, you must edit the titles of both the folders and the files inside the folders so that they do not include any “ / “.  PCs are incapable of reading any files with this symbol. You’ll see in the picture above how the folders should look, and here is how the contents of the folder should look.

EDIT 5/16/2015: I forgot to mention something.  You must also remove the brackets around [Realta Nua]. There should be nothing but text, spaces, or dashes in the file names. They must look exactly as they do in these pictures.

Full folder for Fate.

Shorter versions for UBW and HF.

You might not have the savedata folder or every file here as you haven’t downloaded the English patch or played yet, as long as the game files (the ones with the icons of Saber, Rin, or Sakura, depending on which route) are there and titled appropriately (and there are some other files lol), you should be good. 

Now, the the VN itself is almost completely installed.  For it to run properly, you need to change your PC system locale to Japanese. Don’t worry, nothing noticeable on your computer will change, not everything will be in Japanese, but this is the easier of two ways to get a Japanese game running on an non-Japanese computer. I forget what the other method was as this was easier one of the two. You will need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

EDIT 5/17/2015: You must make sure that when you go to change your system locale, you do not make the mistake of simply changing your location to Japan. When you go into the “clock, language, and region” menu, click on “change region.” The menu it will bring you to will have three tabs. To change your system locale, you will need to go to the administration tab. There, change to Japan.  If you’ve done it correctly, it will immediately ask you to restart your computer.  If it does not ask for the restart, you have not done it correctly and you will receive an error message when you go to launch the VN.

Now, when you’re done restarting, try to launch the game, using the smaller of the two game files, the roughly 4,000 KB crack file.  If it works (the VN will begin automatically in Japanese), you’ve done it all correctly.  If not, check that you’ve done all the steps correctly, or send me a message if it stil doesn’t work. Now you just need to download the patch.

Step two, getting the patch.

Here is a video outlining the features of the patch, and the patch itself is in the video description. If spoilers bother you, skip 4:30-5:20 and roughly 7:20 onward.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0rMA6piiUE

EDIT 5/16/2015: A direct link to the patch download on the Beast’s Lair forums, instead of the video, for those who want to avoid spoilers completely. 

http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/4745-Fate-Stay-Night-Realta-Nua-PC-version-Mirror-Moon-TL-insertion-project

Downloading the patch is a good deal easier than the VN itself.  Extract the file(s), into your Fate Stay Night general folder, creating a fourth folder as in the picture above, noting that it is the English patch.  Go into the folder and take the folder called faterealtanua_savedata and place it into your Documents folder, separating from the rest of the files.. Go back to the folder, take the contents of the folders (not the folders themselves, the individual files, one by one - you should not have subfolders within the folder) “English Patches,” “Vita OST,” “Vita OP,” and “H Mod” and put them into the faterealtanua_savedata folder. 

“English Patches” is the patch itself. “Vita OST” is the full soundtrack. “Vita OP” is the openings (the UBW and HF OPs contain spoilers, if you don’t want spoilers, don’t download). “H Mod” contains the H-scenes that were a part of the original Fate/Stay Night release. Even if you are like me and do not want H-scenes, I would recommend including this file. There is non-H-content that was censored out in RN. This patch will restore it, just turn H-scenes off in the config menu once the game itself starts. You’ll get the full content, sans H-scenes. 

My personal recommendation would be to keep H-scenes off in Fate and UBW (as they are notoriously bad), and toggle them on in HF only when Shinji appears in a scene or Sakura’s condition is discussed, as entirely removing the content changes the nature of Sakura’s condition, which involves sexual abuse. These scenes are not hentai.  (Just make sure to have them off whenever Shirou and Sakura have a romantic interaction, or any time when Shirou is alone is his room! Those scenes sometimes are.)

The contents of the savedata folder should look like this:

I don’t think you need to worry if any of the files dated 3/13/2015 are not there, they should appear after you play for the first time.

Now, you’re almost there!

Only one last thing to do. If you downloaded the Vita OP patch, you will need to download LAV filters.  The OP videos will play automatically after the third day of each route and the game will crash if you have not downloaded the filters as the videos will not be able to play properly.

I believe that is it.  The VN should now run properly in English. If not, you can message me for help.  

Launch the Fate route first.  The three routes are three separate stories, but they build off of each other and so should be played in order, Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, Heaven’s Feel.  It will start with a prologue told through the perspective of Rin Tohsaka. Once you’ve gotten through that, you’ll have reached the main menu.  Go to the config menu and configure as you please, text speed, which soundtrack you’d prefer, H-scenes or not. Once you’re done, start the game. You’ll start off with the days covered by the prologue told through Shirou Emiya’s perspective. Then the story begins. Just remember to save at every decision point, as there are plenty of Bad Ends you can end up getting if you make the wrong choice.

That’s it. Enjoy Fate/Stay Night!