Episode 48: In Love Live and Grail War

All is fair in Love Live and Grail War as the ABF gang wraps up Fall Season 2017 with the final two Reviews. After briefly talking about the shows that didn’t make the cut this time in the Chop ‘n Drop, John dives back into the Idol pool and explains why the second season of Love Live! Sunshine!! was a big upgrade to the first. Then both hosts go to war over one of the newest entries in the Fate series, discuss their differing opinions on what worked and what didn’t in Fate/Apocrypha and talk about this gigantic franchise in general. Last but not least, it’s time to choose the very Best of the Season.

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Chop ‘n Drop (1:45)

Reviews:

Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 (6:20)

– Ending Spoilers Start (15:01)

– Ending Spoilers Over (20:28)

Fate/Apocrypha (24:16)

– Ending Spoilers Start (56:33)

– Ending Spoilers Over (59:12)

Best of the Season (1:15:17)

Related Links:

ANN Interview: Aqours

Digiroko2 on Youtube: The Evolution of Love Live! Animation (2010 – 2017)

Crunchyroll: The Real Life Locations of “Love Live! Sunshine!!” – Aqours Ventures North to Hakodate

Crunchyroll: The Real Life Locations of “Love Live! Sunshine!!” – Aqours’ Hometown

ANN – This Week in Anime: How Does Fate/Apocrypha Compare to Other Grail Wars?

ANN: The Stories Behind Fate/Apocrypha’s Servants of Black

ANN: The Stories Behind Fate/Apocrypha’s Servants of Red

ANN – This Week in Anime: Did Fate/Apocrypha’s Great Holy Grail War End Well?

Sakuga Blog: Fate/Apocrypha Production Notes

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Episode 47: Survival of the Littest

Switching things up after the last episode, CC kicks off the show by talking about the colorful Battle Royale slaughterfest Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War and why the series is a lackluster entry in that specific genre. Following that, John focuses on the fractured tale of Kino’s Journey – the Beautiful World- and the gang discusses its many different shortcomings. CC then wraps things up with his Review of Girls’ Last Tour, a sorrowful tale about the end of humanity, that manages to pull you in with its sympathetic, goofy main characters and great world building.

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Reviews:

Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War (1:30)

Kino’s Journey – the Beautiful World- (18:42)

Girls’ Last Tour (38:39)

Related Links:

ANN – This Week in Anime: Was the Zodiac War Worth Fighting For?

Crunchyroll: Character Economy in “Juni Taisen” (Part One)

Crunchyroll: Character Economy in “Juni Taisen” (Part Two)

Crunchyroll: “Juni Taisen: Zodiac War” Book Review and Comparison

Crunchyroll: What Your Favorite Juni Taisen Character Says About You

Crunchyroll: The Ugliness of War in “Juni Taisen”

Crunchyroll: Rating the Wishes of Juni Taisen

ANN – This Week in Anime: How Does the Kino’s Journey Remake Compare to the Original Series?

ANN – Interview: Keiichi Sigsawa

Crunchyroll: The Viewtiful World – How is Kino’s Journey a ‘Slice-of-Life’ Anime?

Crunchyroll: How to Watch “Kino’s Journey”

ANN – This Week in Anime: Why is the Post-Apocalypse in Girls’ Last Tour So Comforting?

ANN – This Week in Anime: The Fantastic Final Days of Girls’ Last Tour

Sakuga Blog – Anime’s Future: Mai Toda