The holy grail, the mythical wish granting device lost to history, can only be claimed by a truly mighty hero, and thus is born the grail war, a battle of legendary heroes allied and controlled by mages, all vying for the greatest prize in all time, the wish granting holy grail, which grants its owner a true miracle.
This is John, back with a review of Fate Zero, prequel to the popular series fate stay night, which was subsequently remade under the title of Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited bladeworks. The series focuses on seven mages, each with their own retinue of side characters, who must summon Servants, or the spirits of great heroes from the past and from legend, broken into seven classes, and use them to defeat all of the other 6. The classes protect the identities of the servant, so learning true names is vital to strategic planning.
The classes are Saber, Lancer, Archer, rider, caster, assassin and berserker, and each has different inclinations, often related to their Nobel Fantasms, or the manifestation of their greatest legends, usually fantastic weapons. Each of the groups is given time, but we spend the most time with Saber and her master, who are, I guess, the main characters. This show reminds me of baccano in that way, as anyone could really be the main character. And anything that reminds me of baccano has to be fucking incredible.
Saber’s master, Kiritsugu, is a very flawed, very broken, and very skilled assassin of dark mages. The holy grail usually selects people who have a strong desire or need for it, and Kiritsugu’s wish is to save the world. He wishes for a happy world where no one fights or kills each other. It goes wonderfully. All of the other masters are pretty awesome as well, especially Kire Kotomine, But we all know who the real best character is, at least those of us who’ve seen or even heard of the show.
I AM THE KING OF CONQUERORS!!! MARVEL AT THE GREATNESS I HAVE ACHIEVED WITH MY OWN TWO HANDS! I SHALL CONQUER THIS WORLD!
That, my friends, is rider. Its Alexander the great. Yeah, he’s in this show, and he’s the greatest thing ever. He is endlessly entertaining, and even inspiring in a number of ways. He believes a king should be the loudest, biggest, most inspiringly forceful warrior on the battlefield, and that a king’s greatness and bravery must equal that of every man to follow him. He makes audience members wish to join his Ionian Hetairoi, or army of heroes he just keeps in a pocket dimension he carries around with him.
The animation is utterly stunning, some of the best that I have seen. And of course the music doesn’t disappoint. This is one of my all-time favourite shows, in any medium. It is just so very good.
So without further delay, I award Fate/Zero 10 of 10 woulds, for having very few if any flaws in its writing for execution. The whole franchise, especially the newest series, is highly recommended. Close this page, and go watch it. Even if you’ve seen it before. Hell, I will.
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