Listening to: Brave Shine – Aimer (Fate/Stay Night OP 2)
This review is free of major spoilers, in the interests of being helpful to those who are considering watching the show in question.
“Is it greedy of me to wish for an outcome in which everyone is saved and happy, and can share a laugh about it afterward?”
Fate/Zero was, and remains, one of my favorite anime of all time. Its combination of complex morality, interesting characters, and the writing of Gen Urobochi made me fall for it instantly. Shortly after I finished it two years ago, I turned Fate/Stay Night, of which Fate/Zero was a prequel. I was, unfortunately, less than impressed by Studio DEEN’s 2006 adaptation. Compared to Fate/Zero, I found the characters bland, the animation lackluster, and the story out of focus. Thus, when I found out that ufotable, the same studio responsible for Fate/Zero‘s production, was onboard for a remake, my excitement was considerable.
Note: Given the sequential nature of the series, some spoilers for Fate/Zero are inevitable in this review. You have been warned!
Fate/Stay Night tells the story of the Grail War, a battle in the Japanese city of Fuyuki for control of the Holy Grail, said to be an omnipotent wish-granting device. The grail chooses seven mages, called “Masters,” who call forth “Servants,” the spirits of legendary heroes given form by the Grail’s magic. Since the Grail can grant only one wish, the seven fight each other until only one remains.
The most recent Grail War ended in disaster ten years ago, and the magical backlash burned down a sizable portion of the city. Shirou, a survivor of the fire, was adopted by Kiritsugu Emiya, one of the Masters who had failed to gain the Grail. The idealistic Shirou’s goal is to carry on the dream that Kiritsugu was unable to fulfill, and become a true “hero of justice.” After he inadvertently summons Saber, one of the seven Servants, he is dragged into the Grail War. One of his fellow Masters is Rin Tohsaka, the daughter of a prominent mage family, who is determined, with the help of her own servant, Archer, to carry on the family legacy. The pair take to the battlefield–sometimes as allies, sometimes as rivals–and, as the Grail War goes on, learn more about both the Grail and the others pursuing it. Continue reading