[Anime] Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero

“uhh… ‘Fate/Zero’?”

[Action, Fantasy, Supernatural]
[MyAnimeList] | [Wikipedia] | [Crunchyroll]
Is the title something about dividing by zero? Like dividing your fate by zero which.. well.. can’t be done. I don’t really get it, sumanai.
fdc0dff409f19dfd8ffff5037257ac981317839232_fwide.jpgI feel like that armor is full of problems, mainly the dress part, but hey what do I know?

Synopsis

“With the promise of granting any wish, the omnipotent Holy Grail triggered three wars in the past, each too cruel and fierce to leave a victor. In spite of that, the wealthy Einzbern family is confident that the Fourth Holy Grail War will be different; namely, with a vessel of the Holy Grail now in their grasp. Solely for this reason, the much hated “Magus Killer” Kiritsugu Emiya is hired by the Einzberns, with marriage to their only daughter Irisviel as binding contract.

Kiritsugu now stands at the center of a cutthroat game of survival, facing off against six other participants, each armed with an ancient familiar, and fueled by unique desires and ideals. Accompanied by his own familiar, Saber, the notorious mercenary soon finds his greatest opponent in Kirei Kotomine, a priest who seeks salvation from the emptiness within himself in pursuit of Kiritsugu.

Based on the light novel written by Gen Urobuchi, Fate/Zero depicts the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War—10 years prior to Fate/stay night. Witness a battle royale in which no one is guaranteed to survive.” – MyAnimeList

Plot/Storyline – 7/10

So this is the first Fate title, or Type/Moon title, that I’ve seen, read, etc. I think much like Gintama, the hype and popularity of it actually drove me away from it somewhat. I’ll be honest, if there was a different anime that I hadn’t seen that I was interested in, I wouldn’t have watched it. SO anyways.

Well the plot is pretty much what it seems to be, it’s a battle royal type story with the “Holy Grail” as it’s prize, and item which can grant any wish (supposedly). Now, I thought going into this show, that it was going to be a lighthearted shounen action type anime. I was very wrong. This show is very serious. There’s really no comedy sequences to speak of, the characters are all very focused on their tasks, and the dialogue is heavy with the personality of all the characters.

I walked away from this story with a sense of being upset slightly. Not because the show had something that disappointed me, no, it affected me. There’s very few anime that make me feel upset or maybe “disgusted” is the word, but I’d compare this feeling to something not unlike how I felt after naive choosing “School Days” as one of the first anime I ever watched in my early teens. Didn’t see that one coming at all. Anyways. It’s not that the anime was bad, that’s not what I mean when I say “disgusted,” rather, there are elements to the story that made me feel that, it’s actually a good thing. I felt immersed enough in the story and characters to actually have an emotional response to their actions and the outcome at the end of this season.

There’s not too many special elements in the story in my opinon, perhaps the fate series is one of the pioneers of the battle royal genera, however I am not informed enough to say that is the case. It may have been fairly original in it’s orginal media or time, just wanted to put that out there.

So as the story progresses, we’re basically host to a story of each of the participants and their pasts, what they are fighting for, and so on. We are also introduced to their “servants,” heroic spirits of real people (albeit slightly modified) and as the story progresses, we learn who each of them are, and what their past lives were like to some extent as well. There is a lot of dialouge, but it is informative and done well, I never felt as though the conversations were fluff for time’s sake. It’s very apparent that this author of this story had developed a more complex world that it originally seems, and wanted to make sure that the viewer was able to understand the gravity of the situation the characters are in.

maxresdefault.jpgSmoking is bad, kids.

The battle scenes in the anime are pretty interesting. You won’t find too much “bleach or naruto-esque” fighting, but there are some scenes of combat between the spirits. The really interesting battles are actually between the servant’s “masters.” Indeed, they don’t just summon the spirits to fight for them every time a spider appears on a wall, the masters also actively engage in combat with the other masters, to which I was very pleased.

Since I’m not trying to spoil anything, I’ll leave it at that. I don’t want to comment on specific events and perhaps ruin something for someone who hasn’t seen it yet. However, I will say, if you are concerned about the plot being lacking and the characters or battle scenes needing to make up for it, that’s simply not the case here, rest assured.

Characters/Personalities – 7/8

182789.jpgOhhhooo hoo, look at all those characters, I’d die if I wrote up an analysis on all of them. Pretty sure Gilgamesh would never be pleased with my opinon of him, anyways.

So there’s a pretty large cast here in comparison to most shows. Not to mention since there isn’t really a single protagonist, you jump around from character to character throughout the story to see what they are up to. I haven’t yet decided how I want to write the character section, because a show like this with so many characters would really make this quite the post. Until I figure out the best way to do this, I’ll simply say a couple things. First, the characters are all well done, they don’t feel generic, and they don’t spout stupid lines to reveal their intentions or past life (that’s handled via a series of flashbacks, which are actually VERY interesting imo). What you do get, is a slow unvieling of who’s who, and what their motives are as the show progresses. The “masters” are all well done as far as I’m concerned, nothing to really worry about in terms of development or depth, it’s all there. The servants are much the same way, they don’t skimp out on showing the nature of these summoned beings, their motivations, or personalities, quite enjoyable.

 

Art/Animations – 4/6

Hmm. Well, I wouldn’t say there was anything spectacular, or anything particularily bad. It’s fine, can’t really complain about it. The lines are sharp, the actions are fluid. I’m gonna give this a 4 because it’s just fine. There has to be something really special for >4 in my mind.

Music/SFX – 4/6

Appropriate use of music for the scenes they are in, appropriate SFX. Nothing amazing, but not subpar by any measure. I’ll give this a 4 for the same reason art got a 4.

Memorability/Emotion/Purpose – 5/6

I doubt I’ll forget the characters anytime soon, they all had very strong personalities that left a good impression on me. Well done. I guess here is the place to explain what I meant by “disgusted” earlier. The character who plays the master of assassin, bothers the SHIT out of me. Perhaps that’s his purpose, but I wanted him dead the whole show. Now, he’s not a bad character, more like he’s really hard to understand, and he does unexpected things, which while making him a good, dynamic character, also made me hate him. ❤

If the purpose was to make a serious action story with depth in each character, I’d say that was achieved with flying colors.

BUT IT DIDN’T MAKE ME CRY OR BURST OUT LAUGHING SO HA -1.

Appropriate Proportions – 3/4

The pacing of this show is seriously impressive. The ordering of events is handled very well, I never felt lost, even with the questions you have in the beginning of the show.

My one crique would be that some of the “battle” felt a bit lackluster, others were great though, so it’s hard to really say it was bad in that regard either. Still, -1.

Score

Plot/Storyline: 7/10
Characters/Personalities: 7/8
Art/Animations: 4/6
Music/SFX: 4/6
Memorability/Emotion/Purpose: 5/6
Appropriate Proportions: 3/4
Overall Score: 30/40 (aka Really Good)
 fate_zero___gilgamesh_002_by_grimm6jack-d68c4mx.png“Hmph, 30/40? How dare you rate me below perfect, I own everything, even this review.”

Shit-taste overall score: 8/10

This score is for people that watch animes as fans of the genera, and are not as interested in comparing it with shows from other genera. Therefore I give a separate out of 10 score, for those curious how good I think it does within it’s main genera type(s).

To be honest, this isn’t my favorite type of show. Not really into action, especially really serious kinds, that being said it’s hard to say that it’s not good. I will say though, I think it might be hyped a bit more than it deserves, I’ll need to watch the other Type/Moon shows to really know, though. Shin Sekai Yori (From the New World) coming up next.

Agree? Disagree? Other lame opinions you want to share with me about how unfair the art and music categories are? Comment below ❤

 

 

 

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2 Responses to [Anime] Fate/Zero

  1. Karandi says:

    I haven’t watched this one yet. I wasn’t a big fan of fate stay night (not that there was anything wrong with it, I just didn’t click with any of the characters). Thank for sharing your thoughts on this.

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    • soraniki says:

      Yeah I feel ya, I’m not super into this sort of show either. It was interesting to watch something a bit out of my sphere however. Thanks for the comment! (:

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