Continuing from Fate/Stay Night, this anime is actually the prequel. But Fate/Zero was aired on 2011. It tells us about the fourth Holy Grail War that involves Kiritsugu Emiya, a magus killer hired by the Einzberns. Together with his servant, Saber, Kiritsugu must win the fight between him and six other masters while finding the dark truth of the Holy Grail itself.
I don’t know why they chose to separate this anime into two seasons. But luckily, we can just watch all of them without waiting for two long, as there is a four-months-gap between the two seasons. At the first episode, I was a bit confused because the characters are just talking to each other (about the holy grail war) and this episode is about 48 minutes long. But things are clearing themselves as time goes.
Compared to Fate/Stay Night, for me Fate/Zero is waaay better with its rather dark plot. The characters are more unique, where each are explained well so we know them not just as cameos and the conflicts between each of them are deeper. What’s striking me the most is the ending, but I don’t want to spoil the fun here.
As the anime comes later, the graphics are also better with flashy colors and effects. The character designs are still the same, which is not my favorite, but is great. I think that the servants are better here too than those in Fate/Stay Night. The soundtracks and BGMs are also great with Kalafina, Lisa, Eir Aoi, and Haruna Luna.
So far, this series is my favorite of all Fate anime.
MyAnimeList rating: 8.50 (season 1), 8.71 (season 2)
Personal rating: 9.00 (overall)
Just fyi, this one is the version that came out on 2006. I will write about the Unlimited Blade Works series later, promise.
Fate/Stay Night follows a journey of Emiya Shirou, a boy who is a survivor from a mysterious inferno. He was saved by a man named Emiya Kiritsugu who later adopted him and taught him about magic and justice. Shirou leads his peaceful ordinary days until a year after his dad passed away where he accidentally caught himself on a deadly fight between two men with superpowers also referred as “Servant”. He then was chased by one of them when luckily he somehow summoned his own Servant, a knight called Saber. Together, they got in a tournament between seven Servants and their Masters in order to win the fifth “Holy Grail War”.
I will review this from the point of people who never knew the series before. That is why I will say that somehow I get the idea and everything, yet I realize that there are some holes missing. That is how the story of this series become not that special. I like the idea, but the execution is not that smooth that you will leave some question marks here and there. Above all, I think big minus is the romantic relationship near the end of the anime. Yet I have to admit that those things didn’t stop me from watching, so it is actually pretty good.
For a 2006 anime, Fate/Stay Night offers much gimmick to the eyes. The backgrounds are great but what’s best is the CGI effect. The BGMs deserve applauses also. Somehow, this anime is dark and the musics are helping to create the mood. The opening and ending songs are also great and pretty much go well with the story.
Lastly the characters. There are a lot of characters in the anime and I like how they all have their own uniqueness (if not quirk). It shows how all the characters are very well-thought. Everyone leaves an impression for me and that’s how good they are created.
MyAnimeList rating: 7.57
Personal rating: 7.50