Fate/Grand Order gets weird with its Guda Guda Honnoji event

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One of mobile grindfestFate/Grand Order‘s big selling points is its lengthy visual novel-style story and deep connections to Fatefranchise lore. That much is on the figurative box, but a somewhat unexpected facet of that appeal is just how weirdthe game can get at times. The main story is a fairly self-serious tale of time travel and world-saving heroics, but the game is also known for capitalizing on a self-aware sense of humor and going in hard on obscure in-jokes that only genuine Type-MOON fans (or dedicated wiki readers) might get. Folks are about to get their first major serving of that with the English version’s new event.

Titled “Guda Guda Honnoji”, the event centers entirely on characters from Koha-ACE, a parody spin-off manga targeted at Type-MOON fans that was never released overseas. It was obscure enough that some fans speculated that Aniplex (managers of Fate/Grand Order‘s English edition) would delay or cancel the event entirely out of concern that players wouldn’t be able to connect with it. Thankfully, that’s not happening, because Guda Guda Honnoji is the only chance people will have of netting two cool new Servants from that manga. Folks who do want to know more can check out the newly translated Guda Guda Orderwebcomic, a promoKoha-ACEseries drawn just before FGO opened in Japan.

The first, which will be given away free, is a 4-Star Archer based on legendary samurai warlord Oda Nobunaga, rendered here as a narcissistic edgelordwith a thing for guns and western clothing. The second, 5-Star Servant, is a limited summon, and was first conceived as a crack on how Type-MOON artist Takeshi Takeuchi can’t stop drawing same-faced variations of the original Fate/stay night‘s Saber. Though based on none other than Okita Souji – a famed swordsman of Japan’s Meiji Restoration – she joins FGO as a short blonde cutie with a katana…and character art that is straight-up bait for Sakura Warsfans and foot fetishists. As a Sakura Warsfan, I plan to roll for her, though, so I guess it worked.

Guda Guda Honnoji kicks off on November 8th and continues until November 24th. Folks who want more Guda Guda madness can also check out an animated promo fromFate/Grand OrderJapan’s New Year festivities.