I’m not much into light novels, but I have heard of the Type Moon Fate series. Sadly Fate/Stay Night is pretty infamous for how much of a bad adaptation it is, and I’m going to guess now that Fate/Kaelid is going to be bad too. But for some reason, I keep getting told to watch this series because it blows Fate/Stay Night out of the water. Time to find out.
Fate/Zero is a 25 episode Action/Fantasy series originally based on the Light Novel by Gen Urobuchi and published by Type Moon around 2006-2007. An ongoing manga from Kadokawa Shoten is currently not available in the states. As for the anime series directed by Ei Aoki and from ufotable Studio, both seasons have been licensed by Aniplex of America and Madman Entertainment.
The War of the Holy Grail is a contest in which seven mages summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete to obtain the power of the "Holy Grail," which grants a miracle. After three inconclusive wars for the elusive Holy Grail, the Fourth War commences. Founded by the Einzbern, Makiri, and Tōsaka families centuries ago, the Einzbern family is determined to achieve success after three consecutive failures, no matter the cost. As a result, they have elected to bring the hated mage killer, Kiritsugu Emiya, into their ranks, despite his methods and reputation as a skilled mercenary and a hitman who employs whatever he can use to accomplish his goals. Though Kiritsugu had once wanted to become a hero who could save everyone, he has long since abandoned this ideal upon realizing that saving one person comes at the cost of another's life. For the sake of humanity, he will ruthlessly destroy anything and anyone who threatens the peace of others. However, Kiritsugu finds himself deeply torn between the love he has found for his new family - his wife Irisviel and their daughter Illya - and what he must do to obtain the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu's greatest opponent appears in the form of Kirei Kotomine, a priest who cannot find any sense of fulfillment in his life and sets his sights on Kiritsugu as the possible answer to the emptiness he feels.
Let’s start with the animation of Fate/Zero. It is absolutely beautiful! I’m actually surprised that a little known studio managed to pull it off! If you own an HD TV, a Xbox, and have the Crunchyroll app then you NEED to see the series in HD. There are very little hiccups which is very surprising. This project must have taken some time to complete and I am ever grateful for the time that was spent into this series because the time it took to make it really showed. As for the soundtrack for the series, it was done by none other than Yuki Kajiura. The same person who did Madoka Magica. Need I say more?
|Archer is not amused....|
|Crispin Freeman is of course Crispin Freeman.|
Next time, things get a little crazy around here. I just need my guitar and my vespa. Until then, otaku on my friends!
Final Rating - 9/10 - A nearly perfect show in every way, shape, and form.