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Fate/Zero

October 3, 2011

訪う…あなたが私のマスターか。I ask of thee: Art thou my master? And so the king of knights once again answers the call of the grail to fight.

Set in the same universe as Type Moon’s visual novel “Fate/stay night”, the light novel series “Fate/Zero” written by Gen Urobuchi from Nitroplus features the Holy Grail war that took place before the one in “Fate/stay night”.

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Caught the first episode of the “フェイト/ゼロ” anime adaptation on Nico Nico Douga where each episode will be available to watch for free, including subtitles, on the Nico Nico “Fate/Zero” channel.

Was quite looking forward to this show and the first episode was really terrific, promising this might be an epic series, perhaps one the best this fall season?

The same studio that also animated Type Moon’s “Kara No Kyoukai” movies, ufotable delivers stunning, high quality animation. Sincerely hope they can keep up with this level of fluid and detailed animation for the rest of the series.

Perhaps it is due to the influence of collaborating with Nitroplus that the story in “Fate/Zero” feels darker, more gritty than that of “Fate/stay night” but reckon it may also be because “Fate/Zero” seems to forgo the traditional eroge element of a juvenile male lead trying to match with one of several candidate heroines.

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While there are many characters with their own story and motivations, the plot mostly revolves around Emiya Kiritsugu, Kotomine Kirei and their feud in the midst of the grail war. Am sure that Saber will play a major role alongside those two main male protagonists.

There’s many tie-ins to “Fate/stay night”, hence having watched that series or being knowledgeable about its story may be a must for one to easily follow “Fate/Zero”.

Nonetheless, this extra long first episode spends plenty of time introducing the main characters and the machinations of the various factions involved in the grail wars, as well as its concept of masters and summoned servants.

Looking forward to the next episode! After such a great start, have even higher hopes for this show than before and recommend it to all.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2011 9:56 pm

    Fate/Zero was pretty good and it seems that a lot of things will be revealed that I had no clue about having never played the games. I felt sorry for Sakura, and quite interested in what’s going on. My only complaint is the scene where the guys were walking in circles. That drove me nuts XD

  2. October 4, 2011 6:44 am

    @Persocom
    Loved the first episode. Totally agree on that scene, wonder if it was done purposely to illustrate how they’re trying to manipulate Kirei into their cause by distracting/near hypnotizing him. Or perhaps they just did that to provide enough animation in a dialogue heavy scene.

  3. October 4, 2011 10:04 am

    That’s the only anime I am following so far, the first episode is looking good so far~

  4. wieselhead permalink
    October 4, 2011 3:39 pm

    I was very impressed by that first episode, the weekly waiting time will be really hard, I guess.

    The character introductions and the dialogs were really well made, felt quite epic 🙂
    Lol, but it was horrible what they did with Sakura in the first ep “she screamed for four days” TT

  5. October 4, 2011 5:19 pm

    @Wolfheinrich
    No Working’!! or Ika Musume for you? A shame, they’re both hilarious shows.
    @wieselhead
    It does give a whole lot of new insight into Sakura’s character in “Fate/stay night” though. Same for so many other characters, though reckon that’s normal it being earlier on the timeline.

  6. Devastator001 permalink
    October 5, 2011 6:30 am

    Hrm Ilya mom is quite sexy looking hope they’ll release a fig fir her ^_^

  7. October 6, 2011 9:15 pm

    @Devastator001
    No doubt as there’s not that many other really prominent female characters in “Fate/Zero”.

  8. ShionKasumiga permalink
    October 8, 2011 6:16 am

    I have heart attack every time loli Rin shows up. And Iri is gorgeous. X3
    As for Saber, other than her usual starting catch phrase ‘I ask of thee: Art thou my master?’, she is still the usual Saber we know. 47 mins of 1st ep, every minute worth it, especially during the summoning scenes XD. And the OP ‘Oath sign’ by Lisa, totally luv it!! Hopefully they release the album asap. Speaking of that, the OST of anime is top notch as usual. Wonder if Kajiura is involved in the OSTs?

  9. October 8, 2011 10:59 pm

    @ShionKasumiga
    Young Ilyasviel is cute moe as well. ^^
    According to what I read, Kajiura Yuki is in charge of music for the series.

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