Rin Tohsaka News

Rin Tohsaka is a anime/manga character in the Fate/Stay Night franchise
| |

Welcome to the 2nd Platonic Harem blog! I dropped the weekly part since I can't do it every week due to school and wiki projects.

Synopsis

For those who haven't tried Fate Stay Night:

It is about a young teenage boy named Shirou whose dream is to become a hero of justice like his late father, Emiya Kiritsugu. When he stumbles upon a fight between two servants and accidentally summons Saber who protects, his life is forever changed. Shirou finds himself fighting against other mages and their servants who are heroes of the past in the Holy Grail War. Whoever wins the Holy Grail has the right to make wish on this holy chalice.

Fate Stay Night is based on the visual novel game that has three routes: Fate, Unlimited Bladeworks, and Heavens Feel. In each route, Shirou is the main character while the female lead changes.

  • Fate: Shirou and Saber
  • UBW: Shirou and Rin Tohsaka
  • Heavens Feel: Shirou and Sakura Matou

What is a Platonic Harem?

I use Platonic to refer to harems where you have a group of girls or guys that can form a relationship with the opposite sex. However, unlike traditional harems, there could only be one relationship at a time. Platonic means every day.

Characters

Beware of spoilers!

Shirou Emiya
Shirou Emiya
Shirou Emiya is our male lead with a strong sense of justice. In Fate Stay Night, he is known for his quote: People die when they're killed. He's not a gifted mage since he knows reinforce and trace on. His partner is Saber for all routes. From a weak mage, Shirou quickly becomes strong and capable of holding himself up.

In all of the routes of Fate Stay Night visual novel, he can form a relationship with one girl at a time. Since Fate Stay Night visual novel is an eroge, the relationship becomes very intimate and deep for each girl.
Saber
Saber
Saber is a beautiful knight who is the female version of King Arthur, and she is the Saber class which is known for their high offensive and balance stats. Like Shirou, she follows a code of honor. In the Fate route and Fate Stay Night anime, Shirou and Saber are partners whose relationship blossoms into love. Due to censorship, their intimacy is concealed. To see the truth, check out the Implied Sex Scene.
Rin Tohsaka
Rin Tohsaka
She's an bright, gifted mage whose partner is Archer. Rin helps Shirou learn how to use magic and the rules of the Holy Grail, and she becomes his ally. In the Unlimited Blade Works movie and route of the same name, Rin and Shirou can share a special relationship. Though, Shirou has to break through Rin's Tsundere barrier to get to know Rin up close and personal. Their romance becomes more interwined when Shirou learns who he is and Rin bonds with both Archer and Shirou.
Sakura Matou
Sakura Matou
Sakura is Shirou's shy classmate who has a crush on Shirou. Her role varies in the 3 Fate Routes. Sakura has the potential to become a great mage, but other masters try to use her for their personal gains. There is no anime or manga series that is exclusive to the Heavens Feel route, the route for Shirou and Sakura's romantic relationship.
Illyasviel von Einzbern is mage from the north who looks sweet and innocent, but she is quite sadistic. For some odd reason, she has a thing for Shirou. There is no route or anime for Illyasviel's relationship with Shirou. One can only imagine a loli-esque relationship.

Conclusion

Fate Stay Night Female Leads
Fate Stay Night Female Leads

Fate Stay Night is a strong example of platonic harem since Shirou can only form one relationship at a time. Each route in the visual novel is dedicated to that. Only two relationships have appeared in the anime world, Fate Stay Night and Unlimited Blade Works movie. Both of them do a great job in revealing the inner works of Shirou's relationships.

I enjoyed the Fate Stay Night series and its prequel, Fate Zero. It's a series that focuses on magic and the Holy Grail, but underneath it lies some good romance stories.

Question: Which relationship you guys and gals loved the most?

I haven't play the visual novel, so I don't know much about Sakura Matou's relationship with Shirou. If I make a mistake, please feel free to correct me.

Other Platonic Harem Blogs: Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?

| |
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ****NOTE****
Due to my current enrollment at Butte College, this will be the last Weekly Figure Preview that will feature 3 figures with a nendoroid in each new preview. Starting next week, all future previews will be only 2 figures along with a nendoroid until mid-May. This will allow me to comply with my homework, studying, and hopefully allows me to continue this weekly feature.

 
Welcome, my fellow AnimeVice members, to this my fifth installment of the Weekly Figure Preview feature here on the Vice. Last week, we previewed three anime figures (Hitagi, Saber Alter, Erica) along with one nendoroid (Kuroneko), and this week will feature the same preview formula. All of the figures/nendoroids that will be featured in this preview can be found on Play-Asia's site. If there are any figures that do not appear on Play-Asia's site, then I will provide a link for the product at the end of the figure's respective article. The line up for today, as follows:
 
  1. Fate/unlimited Codes 1/8th Scale PVC: Saber Lily (Gift Version) (Good Smile Company)
  2. Okami-san and Her Seven Companions 1/8th Scale PVC: Ryoko Okami (ALTER Corporation)
  3. Fate/stay Night 1/8th Scale PVC: Rin Tohsaka (UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS Version) (Good Smile Company)
  4. Fortune Arterial Non-Scale Nendoroid PVC: Erika Sendo (Good Smile Company)
 
I will give the readers a preview of each figure, complete with two images, descriptions, price, and my overall thoughts on each figure.

Fate/unlimited Codes 1/8th Scale PVC: Saber Lily (Gift Version)

Produced by the Gift Company in a distributive deal with Good Smile Company and licensed by TYPE MOON and Capcom as a official product from their hit fighting game Fate/unlimited Codes on the PS2/PSP, the 1/8th Scale Fate/unlimited Codes PVC Saber Lily figure is expected to see global market release around June 2011 in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 9,570 Yen (excluding taxes). It was sculpted by the talented figure sculptor Toda Satoshi in cooperation with figure painter Saura for the Good Smile Company.
Saber Lily (Gift Version) Fate/unlimited Codes
Saber Lily (Gift Version) Fate/unlimited Codes
Earlier this week, I decided that this week's preview would feature at least two figures from one particular anime/manga franchise, and after some thought, I decided on featuring two figures related to the Fate/stay Night franchise. This special version of Saber is her new Saber Lily form from the hit Arcade/PS2/PSP fighting game Fate/unlimited Codes (Which saw release in 2008 in Japan and made it's way to the western audience in September 2009) produced by Capcom. I was unsuccessful in locating much information regarding Saber's Lily form (spent several hours on Wikipedia, Giant Bomb, and various game sites), so I can not elaborate fully into what makes this version of her so special compared to her standard form. What I like about this figure is the attention to detail that Gift and sculptor Toda Satoshi has put into this figure, from her overall appearance to the detail on her armor plating down to the confident smile on Saber's face. As a fan of both the Fate/stay Night anime as well as the manga series, that is perhaps the single biggest reason that I chose to feature this greatly detailed Saber Lily from Gift and Good Smile. She would make a great addition to anyone's figure collection that is looking to add a good quality figure to their expanding collection that will not hurt you in the pocketbook as some figures of the same quality can.
Saber Lily (Gift Version) Fate/stay Night
Saber Lily (Gift Version) Fate/stay Night
Height: 180 Mm (18 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Play-Asia and expecting global release in June 2011)
Price: 9,570 Yen (roughly $114.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Fate/stay Night franchise, Saber, or anyone looking to add a beautiful, quality figure to their growing collections that will attract the eyes of all who lay eyes upon her. 

Okami-San and Her Seven Companions 1/8th Scale PVC: Ryoko Okami

Produced by the ALTER Corporation and licensed by the joint association of ASCII Media Works and J.C. Staff as part of their officially licensed Okami-san line of products, the 1/8th Scale Okami-san and Her Seven Companions PVC Ryoko Okami figure is expected to see global market release towards the end of this month (February 2011) in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 7,070 Yen (excluding taxes). Unfortunately, I was unable to discover exactly who sculpted this figure, but it was done for the ALTER Corporation.
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: Ryoko Okami
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: Ryoko Okami
Since I am new to the entire Okami-san and Her Seven Companions anime as well as the Okami-san franchise, I had to at first research more information regarding the Okami-san anime as well as it's main female protagonist, Ryoko Okami on both AnimeVice and AnimeNewsNetwork. I first came across this figure when browsing the line up of upcoming figure releases on ALTER's site (through Google Translator, since the site is in Japanese), and had originally intended to feature her two weeks ago, but I decided to wait until a later date closer to the actual release date. Scowling at those who dare to look her in the face, Ryoko Okami shoots a cold, intense glare at all who attempt to make eye contact with her. The intricate detail and care that ALTER has put into her is nothing short of amazing, from the details on her school outfit down to the stern expression she has on her face. She comes with her infamous Neko Neko Knuckles on her belt and to my knowledge, she has no swappable/removable parts on her. I am not 100% sure what about this figure captured my attention to the point that I decided to feature her, but in the end, I know a good figure when I see one, and with ALTER behind the reins, this figure is sure not to disappoint whoever decides to add her to their expanding collection. She would make a great addition for the figure collector who is looking for a high-quality figure that will not break the bank in the process. Perhaps one of these days I will look into Okami-san and Her Seven Companions, especially after reading the good things that FoxxFireArt had to say about it in his earlier blogs.
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: Ryoko Okami
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: Ryoko Okami
Height: 195 Mm (19.5 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Play-Asia and expected to see global release later this month [February 2011])
Price: 7,070 Yen (roughly $84.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Okami-san and Her Seven Companions franchise, Ryoko Okami, or anyone looking to make a great addition to their figure collection that will not put the hurt on their wallets. 

Fate/stay Night 1/8th Scale PVC: Rin Tohsaka (UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS Version)

Produced by the Good Smile Company and licensed by the joint association of TYPE MOON and the Fate-UBW Project as part of their official line of products related to the hit anime movie Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS, the 1/8th Scale Fate/stay Night PVC Rin Tohsaka figure is expected to see global market release in May 2011 in Japan and on Play-Asia's site for roughly 8,730 Yen (excluding taxes). It was crafted by the talented figure sculptor Ken Yokota for the Good Smile Company.
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS)
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS)
As a fan of the Fate/stay Night franchise (having both read the entire manga series and completed 70% of the hit anime show), I was interested in the fact that there was a movie that re-told part of the Fate/stay Night story, so I decided to take a deeper look into it. After browsing around for several minutes, I came across this amazing figure of female character and powerful magus Rin Tohsaka, surrounded by various swords and holding her red pendant in her hand as her long brown hair swirls around her. She comes with a swappable sword Azoth that replaces her pendant on her left hand and to my knowledge, that is the only part of her that can be changed. Seeing the great quality that both sculptor Ken Yokota and Good Smile have put into her is amazing, from her flowing brown hair to the swords sticking out of the base down to the overall appearance of her outfit, this is one figure that is sure not to disappoint whoever adds her to their collection. She would make a great addition to the figure collector that is looking for a high quality figure that will make a eye-catching and interesting addition to their collection.
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS)
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS)
Height: 180 Mm (18 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Play-Asia and expected to see global release in May 2011)
Price: 8,730 Yen (roughly $104.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Fate/stay Night franchise, the Fate/stay Night: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS film, Rin Tohsaka, or the figure collector looking to make a great addition to their collection that will get noticed by all who lay eyes upon her.

Nendoroid Corner: Fortune Arterial Nendoroid Non-Scale PVC: Erika Sendo

In this installment of the Nendoroid Corner, we will be looking into another of Good Smile Company's amazing nendoroids. This week, we feature Erika Sendo from the popular Fortune Arterial franchise, known for it's Japanese adult visual novels and the recently released anime show. Produced by the Good Smile Company in cooperation with Nendoron and in the joint association of ASCII Media Works, AUGUST, and Zexcs as part of their official line of Fortune Arterial products, the Non-Scale Fortune Arterial Nendoroid PVC Erika Sendo figure is expected to see global market release around June 2011 in Japan and via Good Smile's site for roughly 3,500 Yen (excluding taxes). It was crafted by the talented figure sculptor JUN (E.V.) for the Good Smile Company.
Nendoroid Corner: Erika Sendo (with Chair, Tea Cup and Saucer)
Nendoroid Corner: Erika Sendo (with Chair, Tea Cup and Saucer)
Being new to the Fortune Arterial anime as well as the Fortune Arterial franchise, I had to spend some time researching this franchise on both AnimeVice and Wikipedia at first so I could learn more information regarding 5th-year student Erika Sendo, the main female lead in both the Fortune Arterial anime and visual novels. She comes with multiple swappable arms and legs that allow for various poses, as well as a chair along with her white tea cup and saucer to pose with. Erika comes with 3 faces, her winking face (pictured above), a smiling face, and her red-eyed serious vampire face that can be changed to the collector's preferences. I am still not a big fan of these nendoroids, but with each one of these Good Smile nendoroids that I feature in every new preview, I am slowly becoming more and more interested in these mini figures and their unique appearances compared to normal scale figures. Once again, Good Smile along with Nendoron and figure sculptor JUN have done a incredible job with this nendoroid, from her overall appearance down to the colorful details on every visible part of her. She would make a colorful and cute addition to the collector's expanding nendoroid collection who is looking for a good quality figure that they can purchase for a decent price and make the centerpiece of their collection.
Nendoroid Corner: Erika Sendo (with Serious Red-Eyed Vampire face)
Nendoroid Corner: Erika Sendo (with Serious Red-Eyed Vampire face)
Height: 100 Mm (10 Cm)
Availability: Limited (Limited Edition: Currently for pre-order on Good Smile's site via the Sofmap link. Expected global release is June 2011)
Price: 3,500 Yen (roughly $42.90 USD)
Who It is Recommended For: Fans of the Fortune Arterial franchise, Erika Sendo, or anyone looking to add a bight, adorable nendoroid that is of high quality coming from Good Smile and Nendoron.
 
LINK: Fortune Arterial Non-Scale Erika Sendo (Good Smile)
 
This concludes this week's Weekly Figure Preview. Next week's line up to be announced on my AnimeVice profile by this weekend. 
 
* William Anderson is currently attending classes at Butte College in the process of earning a Radio/TV/Film Bachelor's Degree by 2012. He writes short stories, regularly contributes to both AnimeVice and Giant Bomb's wiki databases, and is trying to catch up on the anime shows that he has fallen more than 3 months behind on. If you have any questions or figure requests, please PM me today!
| |
A few weeks back, I wrote about the release of the Rin Tohsaka Portraits Artbook. About a week and a half ago, my copy had come in, but due to my lack of free time to take pictures or do anything cool with it, I decided to hold off until I had some other key figures around (BADUMP Tsss...).
 
Today however, a certain little dude arrived in mail box, so today he's going to help me out.
 
 Shirou is pleased :D
 Shirou is pleased :D

 You better believe I concur! (About the first 20 pages were various artist renditions that were cool like this)
 You better believe I concur! (About the first 20 pages were various artist renditions that were cool like this)

 He even put on his winter gloves and scarf to try and be festive with them
 He even put on his winter gloves and scarf to try and be festive with them

 Closer towards the back, they included base character sketches for her different outfits... Why oh WHY do I find her wearing an apron to be so incredibly HOT!?
 Closer towards the back, they included base character sketches for her different outfits... Why oh WHY do I find her wearing an apron to be so incredibly HOT!?

 Hahaha, Taiga's wondering who that man standing behind Rin is (Archer).
 Hahaha, Taiga's wondering who that man standing behind Rin is (Archer).

 Rin and Archer&squot;s "Kaleido Shopping Corner"
 Rin and Archer's "Kaleido Shopping Corner"
And there's your quick preview of the Rin Tohsaka Portrait collection. Some of the art pieces towards the front are just criminally beautiful, but I'd rather not make this blog post any longer than it's going to be. Overall, I was extremely pleased, and they even included some pretty high grade post cards in the back (though I doubt anyone would ever use them as such).
 
Also, the same weekend that my Rin artbook arrived, I visited my local used books, movies, music, and games store, and I stumbled upon something quite amazing in the foreign language section. Now, typically the foreign language section almost always has some manga in its original Japanese, and once every blue moon they might have a series I might have some interest in reading, but I never EVER expected them to have something like a Fate/Stay Night Doujinshi Anthology!

 Even Shirou is deep in thought over the odds of finding such a treasure
 Even Shirou is deep in thought over the odds of finding such a treasure
As if there would be any doubt, I bought it up almost instantly (best $4 I've ever spent), and slowly but surely I've been working my way through translating it in some of my free time.
 
And finally, in the same package my Emiya Shirou figma came in, I also got a cool shirt modeled after Emiya's projection projection magic circuit (the same one that I'm using for my background here).

 (took the photo in the mirror, thus why it's backwards)
 (took the photo in the mirror, thus why it's backwards)
The best part? On the back it says "Trace On."
Talk about an awesome undercover otaku shirt. :D
| |

First let me say, Wow. Second, let me say thank you to Agent Lost on the Anime Vice IRC for showing me this beautiful masterpiece of sculpted PVC. It's probably one of the greatest Rin Tohsaka figures I've ever laid eyes upon, and believe me, I am hyped. I looked into it, and the wonderful folks over at AkibaHobby.net have recently posted a figure photobook from Tokyo Anime Fair 2010. Of the several new wonderful works by Good Smile Company, I am definitely going to allocate funds for a preorder on this once they start taking them.
 


Delicious            ZR, no other fanservice compares.
Delicious ZR, no other fanservice compares.
They're also working on a new 1/7th scale Saber Alter, and they have the finished version of the new Hitagi Senjougahara figure we saw earlier this year at Wonfes. Feel free to check them all out yourself so you know what to save your money for:
 
On another note, I finally decided to buy the Emiya Shirou figma that I had been looking at from AmiAmi's English site. I also bought the "Trace on" circuit t-shirt that any Fate/Stay Night fan would recognize almost instantly.
  
AmiAmi's 50% off all shipping including international EMS and SAL sale is still going on for another 3 days, so if any of you are looking at buying figures or character goods, I highly recommend capitalizing on that now since their prices are pretty nice and half off shipping is difficult to beat.
| |

This movie will have everything you are looking for and more.

ACTION!

          



GRIT!

  



ROMANCE!

  



*** THREE TIMES YOUR ANNUAL RECOMMENDED VALUE OF MANLINESS!! ***

  



  

SHARP METAL DEATH FROM THE SKY!



And last but not least,

RIN! (Complete with Fanservice!)


                

 
And that, my friends is why Gekijouban Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works will be the single greatest movie you will see from the year 2010.
| |
(Thanks Void for pointing this out to me btw)
 
I knew when the Saber Portraits art book came out that this was an inevitability, but it's finally out!
 
 There it is boys.
 There it is boys.
I am sooooo getting one of these.
(pictures courtesy of akiba blog)

| |

Before we begin, allow me to ask a few starting questions.
 
(Assuming you're of age) Have you ever had a nice cold beer after a long day of labor intensive work?
 
 
Does double chocolate fudge ice cream with brownie chunks taste better than plain chocolate flavor?
 
 

 
 
Have you ever felt like you've accomplished anything by beating a game with cheat codes?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


The usual response to that last question is no, and by the same logic why would being with a girl who is happy with you no matter what you do be any fun?
 
As the saying goes, enjoyment lies not at the destination, but in the journey.
 
 
 
  
 


 
 
Of course, too much trouble and it becomes a drawback rather than a plus. Therefore, a delicate balance must be observed for maximum effect. Examples of too much "tsun-tsun" are plenty, with such characters as Louise, Haruhi, and Asuka being more abusive than a bad pair of in-laws.

Then again, some people seem to get a kick out of that... masochists... 
 
 
 

 
 
Typically for best results the character should either break from the painful stereotype by being either original in some way, or managing to outperform the competition through character dynamics or clever dialogue.
 
External factors such as main storyline can and perhaps should be used to help, but they mustn't be used to replace true character dynamics.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
It also goes without saying that hairstyles, power level increases, and "cute little affectations" are not personality traits nor do they classify as character development.
Get that moe purely for the sake of moe crap out of my face already.
 
 
 

 
 

 
But I digress.

 
Ultimately taste is a matter of subjective opinion, so some people may just not enjoy tsundere at the conceptual level
 
  
 



 

My personal ideal for the perfect tsundere would be someone who teases and mentally abuses with their words rather than someone who physically beats up the person to a ridiculous level. Besides, mind games can be fun, and if you manage to trip them up sometimes it can turn the tables in your favor.
 
And while we're at it, stuttering denials of affection are fine and all, but they really shouldn't be overused either.
  


 I guess you know when a character hits the mark when a confession scene comes and not only do they light up like a Christmas tree but you find yourself with a silly grin on your face too, sorta like this:
 
 
So to conclude, I'd like to say this. Yes, I do have a bias towards tsundere characters. However, as I've said here, tsundere by itself is not a good thing. In the end, all it is is a little bit of sugar and spice to mix things up a bit!
 
 
 
Signed,
Rin Tohsaka and Heero Yuy
| |
  
I <3 them and thought some others may want to see them on here as well.
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

OVERLOOKED ANIME :: HAL Features Robots and Romance in a New Light

Would YOU sign up a loved one for robot therapy?

Anime Caption Contest! -- 9/22/14

Who doesn't love surprises with a bit of magic?!

Community Spotlight 9/19/2014

Come see some of the best edits from our brightest users.

What Happened to JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE?

The year's coolest anime series closes 2014 out with... a really 'meh' episode?

DRAGON BALL #19 + 20 -- Retro Review

This really seemed more like SOUTH PARK back then...

ONE PIECE #662 -- Special Review

The Straw Hats land on the treacherous isle of Candy Land!

BLEACH Ch. 596 Review

Kurotsuchi has committed grand theft undead.

TORIKO is 10X Better in Dub

Dare I say... it actually tastes better in English?

OVERLOOKED ANIME :: HAL Features Robots and Romance in a New Light

Would YOU sign up a loved one for robot therapy?

Anime Caption Contest! -- 9/22/14

Who doesn't love surprises with a bit of magic?!

What Happened to JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE?

The year's coolest anime series closes 2014 out with... a really 'meh' episode?

DRAGON BALL #19 + 20 -- Retro Review

This really seemed more like SOUTH PARK back then...

Community Spotlight 9/19/2014

Come see some of the best edits from our brightest users.

TORIKO is 10X Better in Dub

Dare I say... it actually tastes better in English?

BLEACH Ch. 596 Review

Kurotsuchi has committed grand theft undead.

ONE PIECE #662 -- Special Review

The Straw Hats land on the treacherous isle of Candy Land!

Top Editors
Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel