Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Fall 2014 Edition: FATE STAY NIGHT: Unlimited Blade Works 2014

So……the Fate franchise has been a mixed bag for some people in the past 10 years. The visual novel from I heard mostly sucks. The 2006 original anime Fate/Stay Night I’ve seen and reviewed last year was “meh”, the movie Unlimited Blade Works following after it was slightly better, Fate/Zero, a prequel that vastly surpasses its predecessor in scale of action, drama and epicness and also a spinoff series that no one really cares about (Yes, I’m talking about Fate Prisma Ilya whatever) and now, like FMA: Brotherhood, this also gets a reboot.

Director: Takahiro Miura

Music: Hideyuki Fukasawa

Original creator: Kinoko Nasu

Original Character Design: Takashi Takeuchi

Character Design:
Atsushi Ikariya
Hisayuki Tabata
Tomonori Sudou

Animation Production: ufotable

Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll, Hulu, Aniplex Channel

Licensor: Aniplex of America

Plot Synopsis: Fuyuki City—a city surrounded by the ocean and the mountains becomes the setting for an age old ritual. To realize the mythical Holy Grail, which is said to grant any wish from its possessor, seven masters are given seven heroic spirits chosen by the Grail. These heroic spirits or servants are: Saber, Lancer, Archer, Rider, Caster, Assassin and Berserker. Each master will enter into a contract with their assigned servants and battle the other masters and servants to the death until only one pair remains…This is the ―Holy Grail War.

Thoughts on it so far: So as of the date of this first impression, the first two episodes aired and yes, they are both 47 minutes long, so that’s like looking at it by the first 4 episodes if it was just doing the 23-minute episode format and both showcases Rin and Shirou and surprisingly, both of them turned out pretty well, especially Shirou as I’m really do not like his character at all in the Fate franchise (plus, Rin’s a better character anyway). However, I did felt like it shouldn’t have been 2 hour-long episodes as some scenes could’ve been cut or at least, condensed the non-important parts. I’m already considering this as more of a better adaptation and a follow-up to Zero rather than the DEEN series. There really isn’t much info-dump on the first two episodes and that does put it points ahead of Zero. You do see some of its lighter side with its moments of Sakura & the teacher Miss Fujiwara and it’s not as annoying as it was before but I find that part to not give a damn about. Ufotable once again delivers some great animation and visual fare, much like they did with Zero, and the opening and ending songs……I already think those are the best music I heard in a new anime this year.

You know, I’m feeling really hopeful about this installment of the Fate franchise and I feel like this could be one of best reboots of an anime franchise. But it can still be easy to fuck up.

Once again, this is another CONTINUE WEEKLY (and thankfully, they go into regular 23-minute episodes after those two episodes.)

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the servants into the Holy Grail War.

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