choose a theme 
 
 Wednesday, April 26, 2017
» Latest Articles » Latest News
» Login  

 
» Attack On Titan: The Movie Live Action
» Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
» New York Comic Con 2015
» New York Comic Con 2014
» Knights Of Sidonia
» Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist
» Yoshiki Classical in San Francisco
» May’n returns to the United States
» Your Name Coming to Theatres April 7th!
» One Piece Film: Gold Is Now Playing!
» Martian Successor Nadesico Complete...
» Sailor Moon R: The Movie Theatrical...
» Fresh Manga For The New Year From Viz.
» Ariana Grande Joins The Cast Of Fin...
» Gundam Movie Trilogy And 0083 Comin...
» Viz Invests In Kitsu Startup.
» Cover

» Company
Aniplex USA
» Running Time
26 Episodes (790 mins)
» Genre
Action, Fantasy
» Type
TV Series
» Final Score
9.0
» User Rating
No user votes yet.

Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

» written by Wai Yung (Wayne) Chim [Discuss]

Synopsis:
Fuyuki City—a city surrounded by the sea and mountains becomes the setting for an ancient ritual. Seven masters are given control of heroic spirits in order to realize the mythical Holy Grail, which is said to grant its owner any wish. These heroic spirits or servants represent legendary heroes of various classes: “Saber,” “Lancer,” “Archer,” “Rider,” “Caster,” “Assassin,” and “Berserker.” Each master will enter into a contract with their chosen servant and battle the others to the death until only one pair remains…This is the “Holy Grail War.”
The young and capable mage, Rin Tohsaka, prepares for her long-awaited Fifth Holy Grail War to begin… With her servant Archer, Rin enters the Holy Grail War as the sole heir to the prestigious Tohsaka family after her father’s death. But when Shirou Emiya, a boy from Rin’s school, unwittingly becomes a Master and is fatally wounded in battle, she has no choice but to save him. With Shirou and his servant Saber, Rin sets out to strike down the conspiracies surrounding the Holy Grail War. Will the Holy Grail bless Rin and Shirou’s path toward victory or will they be cursed with defeat?

Review:
I have always been a Fate Stay Night fan. Fate is a title that evolves. From the first series, where the details were not thoroughly explained. To the Unlimited Blade Works movie which was on the Tai Bo regimen, rolling double time and skipping scene to scene. To Fate / Zero which was the prequel of the original series, but had a lot of dialogue that made certain parts of the show boring. With this version of Fate, we are exposed to what I felt was the best of both worlds. The action, although at times predictable due to having already watched the movie, still felt exhilarating. The dialogues were effective and efficient. It keeps the viewers attached.

Archer (not Gilgamesh) has always been an enigma. He has abilities that do not resemble the archer class. The fact that his weapons of choice and fighting style are twin blades and close combat, rather than a bow and arrow speaks volumes. Unlimited Blade Works is an arc in the original Fate visual novel. In the arc, Emiya Shirou and Archer butt heads constantly. It is as if Archer has some kind of grudge against Emiya. Throughout the show, we do find out why Archer behaves the way he does, and who he was/is as a heroic figure.

If you have seen Fate Stay Night before, this rendition does not stray much from the original story. There is new dialogue, new scenes, and the protagonist is Rin Tohsaka, but generally it flows like the original series. Which is why when comparing both Fate Stay Night and Unlimited Blade Works, I actually prefer Unlimited. I know this should not be the case, but it felt like ufotable learned from the past and applied the ingredients accordingly to make this a successful, more refined show.

In case you are new to Fate, the story revolves around masters (mages), summoned heroic spirits and the Holy Grail war that is said to grant the wish of the victors. Of course, things are never this simple. Gilgamesh, a summoned servant from the previous Holy Grail war latched onto the world and continued to plot his plans for world destruction. There is more to it, but I will let you find out on your own. Also, while watching Fate / Zero is not a required prerequisite; It does help to understand the entire Fate story as a whole.

The animation for Unlimited Blade Works does not disappoint. Noble Phantasm effects truly feel special to each heroic spirit. The battle scenes are gripping. I felt every clash between metal and every struggle to defeat one another. Even though the outcome is the same as the prior series and movie, the way this piece moves makes the entire show seem new.

The Breakdown:
Fan of the Fate series or not, this anime does a superb job of entertaining the viewers. The character interactions were on point. The animation was amazing and the story, although retold, still felt fresh. I thoroughly enjoyed this piece.

 

» The Pros
Animation, character interaction and story are a plus here. Although I have seen the same story retold a few times already, Unlimited Blade Works felt new and refreshing. The story told by the dialogue between the characters are interesting and moves the plot along flawlessly.

» The Cons
The MSRP price of the DVD set. Wow. I took a look at the Bluray sets and unless you are a diehard fan with deep pockets, it will be tough to cough up that much dough. At the time of this review, both seasons are on Netflix. Aside from the steep sticker price though, the show did not disappoint much.

» Animation
9.5
The characters were detailed. The action was fluid and the Noble Phantasms all draw the viewers in and blows them away. I could not ask for more in terms of how this piece was animated.

» Sound
8.5
The music was decent; Opening theme got the ball rolling fine. The dialogues between the characters and amazing voice acting work truly brought this show to life.

» Story
8
The story is not completely original. If you have seen the previous Fate Stay Night series, you know what will happen. Unlimited Blade Works, does not deviate from it that much. The way that the story is retold however, that is the good part. Even though I knew how the show was going to play out, it enticed me to keep on watching and begging for more.

» Recommend
9
Fate fans will definitely love this series. If you like action, interesting characters and a good story. This is for you.

 

» Other Information
Language: English/Japanese Dialogue Stereo Audio with English Subtitles.

Extras:
Textless Opening and Ending.

Package:
Cover art looks great. Most of the main heroic spirits are present.

 

 

All Images and Names are copyrighted by their respective owners.
Animesou © 2002-2017 Wai Yung Chim and Staff. All Rights Reserved.