Before I start this, here’s something you might want to listen to while reading (Jyukai’s Hikari used as Fate stay/night’s ED in Episode 14):
Just this last weekend, we witnessed the end of Zero and the beginning of stay/night – a man who clung on to his heroic ideals but was eventually brought down to his knees by the very thing he wanted the most. I know this is not news to you, but the destruction of Fuyuki City shows that in order to attain peace, sacrifices will have to be made – a lot of them, actually.
Arguably, Fate/Zero is the better of the two Anime series adaptation of Type-Moon’s Fate. However, the Fate stay/night game is actually quite good, and I know that a lot of fans are disappointed at how it turned out. So if you haven’t tried the game yet, just give it a go and you won’t be disappointed.
The animation right off the bat from the hour-long Episode 1 of the first season is absolutely terrific (I still get goosebumps upon rewatching the episode 1, especially after all servants have been summoned)! Even the use of CGI during Berserker’s and Caster’s fights are downright awesome. The fight scenes are what you’d expect from history’s most renowned heroes, although I must admit that the most anticipated Rider vs Gilgamesh face-off fell short of the action I was expecting to see (this is from the viewpoint of someone who has not yet read the novel). The colors were great and there was considerable attention to detail. However, towards the middle of the first season, it seems that the outstanding quality faded off inexplicably, evident in some of Waver and Rider scenes. Thankfully though, the start of Fate/Zero S2 lifted the series back to where it truly belongs, culminating in Caster’s defeat via Excalibur.
I also have no complaints on the sound effects and voice acting, though I just realized that I could not clearly remember mesmerizing over the background music – unlike that of Fate stay/night. The OP and ED were topnotch – LiSa and Kalafina reminding us what they can deliver, as well as the newcomers to the industry, Aoi Eir and Haruna Luna. It’s hard to choose which of them is my favorite though, but if I have to, it will have to be LiSa’s oath sign by a slight margin.
As for the story part, needless to say, it’s definitely well-written and enjoyable all throughout. Kudos to them writers! It was a great battle of wits.
All in all – it’s been a great ride. I can’t remember enjoying this much since watching Gundam 00 and all action enthusiasts should definitely check this one out. Now all that’s needed is an announcement regarding the next Fate production, as well as my very own summoning circle (Archer class please)! 😛
IMO, it’s a 9.0/10.