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New xxxHolic, More Fate...

Maybe it's just me, but as I was browsing the internet last night and this morning, all I seemed to see was a mash-up of partially interesting things, and of those the only things that really stood out were either things that had to do with things I'd never get, or things that were only interesting because they were annoying.

I took annoying, because it's been a while since I've had a rant on here about things that annoy me, but since I'm clearly annoyed, I'll start with the first thing on the list, which is news of the new xxxHolic manga continuation, or whatever it's going to be when CLAMP gets through with it.

I'm not as annoyed by the news today as I was last night, when I was reading fellow blogger AstroNerdBoy's thoughts on it, but it's still a baffling mess and stir-fry of WTF.

I can't say that the last several of CLAMP's manga have ended with much clarity, and in fact I'll go so far as to say that they have more or less petered out to a mediocre snap, rather than the bang they began with, and honestly xxxHolic isn't exempt from that assessment.

While it was certainly an unprecedented manga series, written in tandem with a sister series manga, it made a lot of mistakes, and it introduced way too many shifts to take the plot cohesion seriously at times.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I have been and always will be a fan of the series, but as they say, hind-sight is always crystal clear, and I'm seeing things now--in light of this new series--that I chose to overlook before for sake of fan appreciation.

A new series, will only either help, or hurt the already established canon, and while I'd love to see Yuko return in some capacity, either as a reincarnated being, or a god-modded come-back straight-up, I have a lot of doubts about this even if i don't get my fan-boy wish.

As for more of things that make us scratch our heads, I'm reading something now about how there is going to be more volumes of the new Fate/Apocrypha series, and yadda yadda blah blah... and you know what, I'm actually sort of burnt out, and up to here (I'm holding my hand above my head, which is why you can't see it) with Fate/Stay Night and all the baggage that has come with that franchise.

I own the series! I watched it! I thought it was okay, and not really anything too spectacular, and aside from Saber, it was just a bunch of fighting that accomplished not much. The main male character was a dip-shit, and with only one real saving grace for the show (Saber), it was a shuffle back to the bottom of the pile after I was done watching it.

Now, I'm not going to go out of my way here, and hammer the toes of all the fans, but I have to groan a lot when a franchise based off of an Adult Game manages to have enough side stories, prequels, sequels and games and manga that the combined word count exceeds The Lord of the Rings.

I'm astonished, and dumbfounded. I fail to see how a show that ended pretty crappy needs to have so much lavished reprisals, and extensions. Seriously, it's like the three things I see or hear about more than anything else, is some new Vocaloid crap, some new Madoka crap, and some new incarnation of Fate/<insert name here>...

I could totally understand driving the series home if it was a little more clear and direct, but it really isn't, it's steeped in complication, teemed with villains, and rife with lunacy, and if it wasn't enough to have a title that makes no sense at all, here's the actual chronology of the franchise, as best I could gather.

In-universe timeline:

Fate/Zero
Fate/stay night
Fate/hollow ataraxia
Fate/strange fake


Alternate universe (no set timelines):

Fate/tiger colosseum
Fate/unlimited codes
Fate/Extra
Fate/Extra CCC
Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA
Fate/Apocrypha

Parodies (no set timelines):

Carnival Phantasm
Fate/school life

I mean, if that isn't confusion at its finest, I don't know what is. And I'm not just saying this because I want the franchise to end... wait scratch that. I would love for the franchise to end. Just wrap this whole mo-fo up, and let's please put Saber to rest, and be concluded. We can call it Fate/End Night.

I think I would be happy with that.

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