The Fall 2011 anime season is off to an amazing start with Fate/Zero!
Fate/Zero is a 25-episode prequel to Fate/stay night and tells the story of the 4th Holy Grail War. Seven magi and their summoned servants fight to obtain the legendary Holy Grail that is said to have the power to grant any wish.
This series is a treat for Fate/stay night fans like myself since we get to actually see what happened during the previous Holy Grail War. There’s lots of familiar faces that include Saber, Gilgamesh, Emiya Kiritsugu, Kotomine Kirei, Tohsaka Rin, Sakura, and Illya. However, I think newcomers can still easily keep up with Fate/Zero and then simply watch Fate/stay night afterward.
In regard to Fate/stay night, I feel that Fate/Zero is superior both in terms of direction and animation quality. The story flows better from scene to scene and unfotable has done great work with their movie-level animations. The first episode does a superb job of building up a foundation for the series by explaining the background and introducing all the characters. I like how it includes the stories of all the masters that are participating in the war. The part where it jumps around showing them summoning their servants was awesome.
Also, throw in the fact that Kajiura Yuki is behind the music and I can easily say this will be the best series this season.
Extra Thoughts (SPOILERS):
- I never knew Illya’s father was Emiya Kiritsugu, so that came as a surprise.
- Sakura Matou appeared to be fairly normal in Fate/stay night. I had no idea her past was filled with such horrendous events. That’s probably why she’s always shown with glossed-over eyes.
- If Kariya wanted to save her, wouldn’t it be easier to fight against his father than it is to try and win the Holy Grail War? The before and after version of him are quite shocking; those worms really took their toll on him.
- I find it amusing that Waver stole the relic intended for Kayneth. If it’s an important package, you don’t just hand it off to a student. I’m looking forward to seeing Kayneth’s reaction upon learning that Waver is one of the masters.
- It would have been interesting to see more about the relics used to summon the various servants. Was it just coincidence that everyone decided to go for a servant in a different class? For example, what if multiple masters wanted a Saber-class servant?