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Learning with Manga! FGO is a webcomic based on the card battle game Fate/Grand Order drawn by Riyo. While the title claims it's about teaching newcomers the basics of how to play, the main draw is instead the antics of its protagonist, a hotheaded gambler named Gudako who happens to be abusively sociopathic at the expense of her Servants, and her ever-harassed compatriots Mash and Olga Marie, though other Servants and NPCs make appearances along the way. The adventures involve poking fun at some game mechanics and player tendencies as well as the current events of the game.

The runaway success of the comic led to two extra seasons being made, titled More Learning with Manga! FGO and Even More Learning with Manga! FGO respectively. You can read the official translated version of all three seasons on their respective pages. Due to the one-year gap between the Japanese and English versions of the game, the Japanese strips remain ahead: in the meantime, fan translations for all three seasons can be found on Gamepress here (original), here (More) and here (Even More).

The manga has a lot of links with the main game itself: Riyo provides art for Craft Essences depicting their Learning with Manga renditions, announcements and April Fools jokes are commonly done with series gags, and the comic crossed over with the main verse in its "All the Statesmen!" and "Mississippi Mythicizers" events, which saw its original Berserker, Lancer, and Caster canonized.


For New Years Day 2019, the comic received a 15 minute animated adaptation, with the Female Protagonist's stage show voice actress, Tomoko Kaneda, reprising her role and surprisingly doing double duty for the Male Protagonist.

Tropes associated with the manga:

  • Actor Allusion: The animated special where Jeanne was 'playing with children' (Jeanne Alter Santa Lily & Jack the Ripper) with Tamamo featured an extra bit where Jack stabbed Jeanne from the back. This may also count to an allusion of another character played by Jeanne's VA who also got stabbed/impaled from the back by a silver-haired character with much more fatal result invoked(and also more widely known too).
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Invoked. Yu suggests that Kadoc can stay in the Lostbelts with Anastasia if he convincingly crossdresses the whole time he's there. That way the residents can still maintain their Lady Land appearance, and it satisfies Yu's fetish for crossdressing sex. Marie Antoinette has her beheaded for ever suggesting this.
  • Adaptational Context Change:
    • As the Crypters' roles were shuffled around in the Part 2 arc, the creation of the Lostbelts shifted from turning the world back to the Age of Gods to a singularity wide trap to lock Gudako in. Peculiarly, the original Lostbelts and their commanders are still around, just not high-priority.
    • Chaldea falls in this continuity because Rider burned it down with her film, unlike canon where it goes down via assault.
    • Da Vinci gets grievously impaled as she does in canon, but unlike it being the result of Kotomine attacking her during the assault on Chaldea, Jack does the deed to allow Gudako to play Fate/Grand Order how she wants.
  • Adapted Out: The animated special removes any instances where FBI Servant (Assassin) and Rabbit Ears (Rider) appear, rendering them still voiceless unlike Gudako (Berserker still appears and is credited, though).
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Fate/Grand Order gaming style.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Gudao sneaks through Chaldea via the air vents, but they are so narrow that he has to strip to his underwear and cover himself with cooking oil to get through them. After he steals from Anastasia, she forces Kadoc to chase him through the air vents. Kadoc is reluctant and says they should come up with a better plan, but she makes him strip, cover himself with oil, and enter the vents.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: In one chapter, Gudako wearing her VR Mash headset chases after Olga intent on molesting "Mash". Olga runs past the real Mash and Gudako tackles her instead. Olga gets upset and says while blushing that Gudako was chasing her at first, with the animated version of the scene making it clear that Olga turned around and came back to complain.
  • Artifact Title: The manga itself, as time went on, became less about learning about FGO but more on Gudako and her Servants' shenanigans while poking fun of the game elements. In fact, a strip where Rabbit Ears and Olga Marie unironically teach the audience about NP cards is used as Anti-Humor.
  • April Fools' Day:
    • The Male Protagonist was introduced in the first April Fools strip.
    • The comic itself serves as the prank for the main game, with Riyo lending their style to the April Fools versions of servant cards and the Gutentag Omen parody games. The first three udon Servants debut there as fake cards.
  • Back from the Dead: Olga Marie is literally pulled away from the afterlife to participate in Gudako's shenanigans.
  • Big Damn Heroes: After spending most of the series separate from the main group's plot, the Male Protagonist and Astolfo ride in to stop Caster Gudako from only allowing 5-star Servants to be pulled. He gets his butt kicked in the next strip.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: A staple of Gudako's character.
    • Lampshaded in one strip, where Assassin's notes state her complaints are only viewable because the devs allowed it — she (and by extention, Riyo) wouldn't be on their payroll otherwise.
    • The conspicuous lack of good insults toward the dev team is also what makes Olga Marie's Gudako disguise so off.
    • More Learning with Manga! FGO Chapter 3 made fun of Altria's name in the English translation, a name that Type-MOON insisted be used in the localization, even though the team (and the fandom) preferred Artoria with Mash's glanced comment "We can't do anything about that."
  • Black Comedy: Just about anything Gudako plans relating to Olga Marie's death:
    • When the gang watches First Order on New Years, the tape gets fuzzy when it reaches Olga Marie's death scene because Gudako used the clip as implied schlick material.
    • One of Gudako's ideas for festival games involves a parody of goldfish scooping — except here, players would try to salvage as many parts of a toy Olga Marie from the pool as they can.
    • The Halloween comic had Gudako getting costumes for the two of them, with Olga Marie's costume being Lev Lainur's actual suit (it even comes with a vertical split down the middle). Olga Marie is shown to be visibly concerned before putting it on.
    • The Princess Maker parody features game resetting as dragging your Olga Marie into a mock Chaldeas reactor.
  • Black Comedy Rape:
    • When Gudako runs a panel on what Servant would be good for a first timer, Dr. Roman picks Heracles as a good choice to help them steamroll through early levels. It turns out she was asking about who would be good for a first time, and so happily lets the big Berserker take him to his room to test if he's right.
    • In Even More Chapter 85, Mash gets captured by Nursery Rhyme, Jack the Ripper, and a cowboy themed Archer. She's "rescued" by another Servant who tells them to stop... because this Servant wants her way with Mash before handing her off. Mash's original captors refuse to hand her over because Mash has a perfect child-bearing body that they also want a piece of.
    • One strip has the Male Protagonist try to fully level up Astolfo without knowing how to actually do so, so he just tries shoving the grail into anything on the poor boy with an opening.
  • Broad Strokes: While both of the protagonists avoid touching the storyline as much as possible, the settings of some of the comics imply some version of an event happened to get them there.
  • Butt-Monkey: Anyone that gets near Gudako is more or less going to turn into a comic relief for her. But special mention goes to:
    • Mash, being the 'official Gudako stress toy'. And aside of that, even the Servants she summoned didn't show any respect on her: The first reaction of Atalante Alter after being summoned was to deck Mash in the face because she didn't like the Master cheering and gloating after summoning her.
    • Jeanne, for being too much of a Nice Girl, so Gudako does all her best to make her suffer, in hopes that she'll turn to the more popular Jeanne Alter. So far, she hasn't succeeded. Also anything good she did tend to backfire or fail.
    • Nitocris, for being there at all. A majority of her on-screen time is spent on being tied up and occasionally given Tickle Torture for whatever reason.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: In-Universe Discussed Trope. In Chapter 104 of Even More, the mysterious new Lancer starts attacking Mash with an ichthyosaurs while declaring her not worth a plesiosaurus. Mash immediately points out that this makes her true name incredibly obvious (strongly implied to be Mary Anning), but the Lancer points out that the true name reveals in FGO have been meaningless anyway.
  • Cast Full of Gay: As per Riyo tradition, damn near everyone with speaking lines is somewhere on the spectrum or teased to be.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Invoked and Played for Laughs... to some extent. In Chapter 77 of Even More, FBI Assassin finally fulfills her promise that the strip would shift into a serious battle manga that was made a year ago, as Jeanne points out, by having a Lancer impale Gudako with a spear that may-or-may-not be absurdly-sized based on proportions. Subsequent strips showed that her threat didn't really take hold.
  • Chocolate Baby: Altera looks at the udon Servant Helena made and notices it has animal ears. She immediately jumps to the conclusion that Tamamo had an affair with her.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • Aside from a brief cameo in the first New Years special, Dr. Roman is all but gone after strip #54 of More.
    • In the first series, internet personality Mafia Kajita gave out teaching notes about the game. At the end of the series and starting from More, it's implied that he's stuck in oblivion and no longer appearing. Technically, he's done all his jobs.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Anastasia for Kadoc. She froze the male protagonist for showing her a furry yaoi because it focused on Kadoc and Paxti claiming it was too OOC. She also got pretty angry and protective when the male protagonist got too touchy feely with Kadoc in chapter 140 of Even More Learning with Manga FGO.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The Male Protagonist manages to take down Da Vinci entirely off-panel with a simple tactic: taking off his pants during battle and distracting her through his lack of shame.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Gudako is the female protagonist of FGO turned into a psychopath.
  • Comic Trio: The Child Kingdom tends to fill this role, with Nursery Rhyme as the arrogant leader, Bunyan or Jack as the clueless follower, and Jeanne Alter Lily as the Only Sane Man.
  • Crack Pairing:invoked The series is something of a generator of these, with many of its pairings having an almost deliberately spurious connection to canon. A particular one is Helena/Altera, who hadn't had any interaction to speak of up to that point, but who grew into what could only be described as a married couple in the comic.
  • Death Is Cheap: In Chaldea, death is completely meaningless, since Servants just reform their bodies after a little while (usually leaving behind Inexplicable Treasure Chests in the meantime), and many characters take advantage of that. Marie and Martha kill Assassin basically because they wanted to have somebody to use their powers on, Gudako clubs Elizabeth into a bloody smear to get her to stop rolling, and Jack chops her friends apart to make crit stars to sell like lemonade.
  • Decomposite Character: The role of "protagonist" is spread pretty thin amongst the main characters. We have:
    • Gudako, who takes her appearance and importance;
    • Mash and Olga Marie, who do the actual rayshifting and event clearing because Gudako won't;
    • And the Male Protagonist, who is considered a separate character and is mostly unrelated to the plot.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When the Male Protagonist comes across Anastasia's Lostbelt, he decides to give her some furry yaoi in return for the furry yuri she gave him. Her response? Freeze him alive. (Then again, from the summary she reads, it seems he deserved it considering her Master/boyfriend Kadoc was in it.)
  • Disrupting the Theater: During one strip, the cast attends a premiere of Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower meant for fans. Gudako begins to talk about how she recognizes several of the characters from their appearances in Fate/Grand Order (not realizing that they originate from Fate/stay night rather than from Grand Order and getting some of them mixed up with similar characters), and Olga tells her to shush. Gudako insists that there's no point in staying quiet during a premiere meant for fans, and Olga notices that everyone else in the theater has glowsticks to cheer on the action and is handed one by Gudako. Olga decides to join in on cheering with everyone else while also telling the reader to be considerate to others if watching the movie.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening theme for the animated adaptation, Mawaseba Wakaru! FGO, is performed by Tomoko Kaneda, Gudako's voice actor.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Gudao trying to upgrade Astolfo with Grails and Command Codes is described in a blatantly sexual fashion—Gudao doesn't know how to do it, and considers asking Da Vinci or Goredolf, but realizes that Da Vinci would laugh at him for his inexperience and Goredolf would claim to know how to do it but actually be lying about it. Eventually he just resolves to start shoving stuff in and see what happens.
  • Downer Ending: Parodied. The ending of the animated adaptation has Gudako congratulating and wishing good year for the viewer, only to reveal that Mash is defending herself from being stomped by Berserker and in the verge of getting stomped. Gudako obliges Mash's call for reinforcements, which is revealed to be... another Mash. Both are promptly stomped on, and Gudako continues to give New Year's well-wishes to the viewer, Mashu's last words also wishing the same.
  • Eat the Dog: Using Fou's cards to boost the stats of your Servants is depicted as eating several living copies of Fou at once.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: According to this strip, the main trio has a class triangle of their own. Mash is weak to Olga Marie, while both are collectively weak to Gudako. Dr. Roman is apparently weaker than the whole triangle. Then again, Gudako also suggested that rather than meaning "who's strong and who's weak?", it actually means "who's the dom and who's the sub?"
  • Establishing Character Moment: You know Gudako is a psycho when in the very first chapter, she strangles Olga Marie because she's the protagonist and demanding Olga Marie to 'know her place' because of that.
  • Excited Show Title!: In the Manga! part of the title.
  • Gender Bender: Parodied. The Male Protagonist introduces himself to Olga Marie in a way that makes him look like he was genderbent into that form, but it was really an April Fools prank between him and Gudako.
  • Honest Axe: Parodied in one strip. The Male Protagonist gives Astolfo two Siegs for being so generous, but the way he sticks around afterward implies he was hoping something else would be at play.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: The source material has plenty of these, and the webcomic lampshades it in Even More Chapter 115. Mash runs into a "modified" giant version of Gudako who appears as a Caster with 999,999 HP,note  three Break Bars, and only 3 NP charge pips. Gudako grabs Mash and just tells her that this is one of those unwinnable event battles where she just has to hold out for a few turns.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Mash explains to Olga that Gudako wants to stay away from any New Year reminders (such as a celebratory strip) or FGO reminders since she's still reeling from losing money on Benienma. On her own part, Gudako seems to have no problem at all with FGO since she was watching Babylonia just fine.
    • Assassin has spent a good chunk of her comic time mentioning her lack of implementation in the main game. When a letter she reads during a Fourth-Wall Mail Slot segment complains about the same (and concludes she and the other Original Generation Servants shouldn't be there at all), she snaps at the sender that Servants don't exist just to be playable in Grand Order.
  • Implicit Prison:
    • Back in Chaldea, "living arrangements" amounted to shoving everyone Gudako wasn't using into a room (sometimes even cramming several of them into a single space), then leaving them in there forever. Some of those rooms even look like dungeons, and some Servants are thrown in to certain rooms explicitly so the Servant inside can use them as EXP. Then the facility burned down...
    • There's also the Second Archive, from where nothing returns.
  • Improbably Female Cast: The character page alone shows 4 main recurring boys to the dozens of girls, with the cameos being either extremely silly looking, ugly, or disappeared from the strip altogether. It's even invoked by Gudako when she looks for a temporary replacement for Mash: she puts Berserker Lancelot in the running due to the whole Galahad situation, then immediately strikes him out due to her "No Boys Allowed" rule.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Gudao brags about getting a houseplant from Wodime to Kadoc, and tries to shove it in his face in an effort to make him touch it. Unfortunately for Osakabe-hime, she's on the other side of the door during this exchange.
  • Insult Backfire: Rider backhandedly compliments Lancer over her implementation as a 1-star Servant. Lancer retorts that it's better that she's playable on her own merits instead of becoming a glorified assist,note  prompting Rider to seethe.
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual: At one point, Gudako acquires a virtual reality visor and uses it to have sex with and molest a simulation of Mash. Then with the visor still on, she chases Olga Marie, thinking she is Mash, then bumps into the real one and starts molesting her, gushing about how "lifelike" the simulation is.
  • Lady Land: What the Lostbelts turned into as part of Rabbit Ears and Marie's trap. The singularities became all-girl lesbian paradises, with the main Servants in each expounding yuri's virtues.
  • Lost in Translation: Strip #21 has Gudako crack a joke about Saber's parents being delinquents due to her name.note  Since the pun wouldn't translate well in English, the official version had Gudako wonder what kind of parents would name a kid "Altria".
  • Mood Whiplash: Even More Chapter 77 starts with Gudako gushing about Berserker's then-upcoming figure. It ends with Lancer impaling her, while Assassin monologues about how things will get serious from here on out. The very last panel is a shot of the figure in Gudako's blood, still being advertised.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Several characters (especially Gudako) have a habit of stripping for no real reason, not unlike the Koha-Ace cast.
  • Naughty Tentacles: An Easter special chapter has the cast wonder how to incorporate Japanese elements to Easter to represent fertility so it can catch on overseas. While Mash suggests Cherry Blossoms, Gudako decides on tentacles.
  • No Fourth Wall: Being a gag series, Chaldea's custom built without one.
    • The last strips of season 1 have the cast realizing they ran out of basics to cover— and without anything to teach, their strip is as good as canned. Gudako then resets the game (which apparently means resetting all of Chaldea with it) to start fresh with more topics.
    • One strip has the Male Protagonist's team debate over if any of them have nipples due to their respective artists. After being told he probably doesn't have any,note  he goes on a long, soul searching journey.
    • Goldorf's biggest objection to being casted for a life-sized statue is that it goes against official fanwork guidelines.
    • When Olga Marie asks Caster why she helped in the plot to get Gudako killed, she tells her she did it to get her and Olga Marie on the loading screen as a 1-koma hint manga.
    • The original Servants frequently talk about how nice it might be to be in something else that isn't webcomic-related. Rabbit Ears and Assassin get increasingly more frustrated at their lack of crossover with the main game and stick with Olga Marie in the hopes that her ability to cameo in other works will rub off on them,note  while Lancer stops in the middle of an attack to explain how her Noble Phantasm would be perfect for use in an RPG.
    • When Gudako and Mash fight the Children's Federation, it's presented as an in-game event. Mash gets temporary amnesia when they reach the final stage, which turns out to be because Gudako literally skipped through all the dialogue that would have explained everything since the original Servants aside from Berserker are never going to be playable anyway.
  • Original Generation: Multiple Servants were created solely for this comic, starting with a female Assassin that looks like an FBI agent, a female Rider that looks like a Moon Rabbit (with severe hatred against Thomas Edison), and a Giant Woman Berserker with rather creepy tendencies. Berserker would later be implemented into the main game during its 2nd Anniversary since launch date. Season 3 adds up a mysterious female Lancer with 'monster hunting' capabilities and proves it by impaling Gudako, a set of maid mice Casters, a coyote cowgirl Archer, and a Saber that hasn't come out of the womb yet.
  • Overly Long Fighting Animation: The likely most common running gag is that Gudako thinks this of Noble Phantasm animations, and wants the option to skip them. (One bio claims that Rider's Noble Phantasm animation is ten minutes long.)
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Olga Marie puts on a Gudako costume to lead the Servants still at Chaldea while the real thing's away. Trouble is, her impression is way too kind to possibly be Gudako, she didn't do up her face, and her Saber stand-in is Rabbit Ears in a Goofy Suit. And yet, the disguise fools everyone.
  • Parody Names: The series is named after the various Learning with Manga textbooks, a genre of Edutainment that teaches various topics through manga stories. If the translators went with the most well known series to certain English speaking coutnries, the comic might have been named The Manga Guide to FGO.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Child Kingdom reformed itself as the Children's Federation. They mostly used it as an excuse to be even more crazy, violent, and tyrannical than ever before. For instance, they decided to add a minimum voting age of 18... and solved the problem of not having a voting base by kidnapping people en masse so that they'd have someone to vote in their elections.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: None of Gudako's adventures involve solving Singularities or Lostbelts. So Chaldea is more or less Gudako's playground, not the preservers of humanity (in fact, the joke goes like she is the greatest threat of humanity, you'd be grateful that she just prefers minding her own business within her own circle instead of actively threatening humanity).
  • Play Every Day: Mocked in Even More Chapter 87. Mash escapes from a group of Servants who were capturing her and threatening to rape her and stops just to collect login bonuses in Fate/Grand Order.
  • Recursive Canon: Grand Order itself exists in-universe as a phone and arcade game that Gudako, Roman and other Servants play. The cast is also aware of and attend the real-life events relating to it and the rest of the Fate franchise (including meet-and-greets with the Learning with Manga Servant mascots).
  • Resurrective Immortality: When Mash and her friends manage to capture the new Lancer, Mash says if they kill her, she will just respawn, so instead they will imprison her.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Gudako has this reaction in-universe when she watches the first Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel film, recognizing most of the non-Servant cast as "those guys on the Craft Essences".
  • Running Gag: Gudako unsuccessfully trying to get a "Skip NP" function added.
  • Sand Necktie: Gudako buries Rabbit Ears and the agent Assassin up to their necks as punishment for trying to take over. After a while, Olga Marie takes pity on them and digs them out... and finds that Gudako had stripped them naked before burying them.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sudden Downer Ending: In-universe. Osakabehime's doujinshi roundtable with Anastasia and Yu Mei-ren goes nowhere, since all the plots the former can think of for Astolfo and the Male Protagonist end up getting twisted by the latter two into either ending the story miserable or on the verge of a breakup. They claim that anything happier would be too OOC, but it's clear they've still got a grudge for whatever he did to them in their Lostbelts.
  • Super-Deformed: The comics' artstyle, where the detailed characters from Grand Order are here rendered without fingers or details and heads are almost the size of the entire body.
  • The Stoic: All of the renditions of Altria don't speak and are always putting up a grumpy silent face. Gudako and the rest can still understand what she wants just fine, however.
  • Take That!: Chapter 167 of Even More opens up with Anne and Mary's stream being sponsored by a very bizarre ad for Fate/Grand Order with Olga and Mash (the latter of which is in the ad itself) being confused, a dig at the similarly-strange ads for other mobile games.
  • Teenage Wasteland: The Children Kingdom, run by Nursery Rhyme, Jack, and Berserker. While initially they wanted to make it a sepratist movement, they end up bringing adults in to take care of them and make more kids for their nation. It's later converted into the democratic Children Federation, where candidates for the presidency can run on pain of death.
  • Tickle Torture: Gudako and the agent Assassin start interrogating the Servants by tying them up and tickling their feet.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Parodied. Gudao considers using his Holy Grails, the rarest items in the game, to raise Astolfo's level cap, but wonders if a more powerful 5-star Astolfo might come out and chooses to wait till then. Once a 5-star Astolfo really does come out, Gudao fails to roll him and uses his Grails on his 4-star Astolfo instead.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailer for Volume 2 has Astolfo talk about all the adventures he and the Male Protagonist went through in Part 2 and all the people they met... most of which we never saw in the volume itself, since their story was in about a fourth of the strips and had almost nothing to do with what was shown (Gordolf and Anastasia were the only truthful parts).
  • Villain Has a Point: Gudako, upon being turned into a monstrous Servant by the mice, attempts to use her power to change the rates so that five-star Servants are now common. Mash declares that this is horrible, because you'd get sick of getting nothing but five-stars, but then realizes she'd actually be happy with that for a long time and it'd make the game a lot more enjoyable. However, Gudao steps in and proves her wrong by citing the fact that it'd make lower-rarity Servants hard to find... and he still hasn't gotten Paris yet.
  • Wham Episode: Even More Chapter 77: The Battle Begins. FBI Assassin gets a new Lancer to impale Gudako. Assassin declares from now on, things will be serious. Assassin and Lancer leave, telling Gudako to bleed out and die. The status quo does change as another batch of Original Generation udon Servants is introduced and there's at least a conflict between Gudako and FBI Assassin, but the tone remains as silly as ever as alliances continue to shift in the span of singular chapters.

Alternative Title(s): Learning With Manga FGO