It’s happening! The Unlimited Blade Works route is getting the anime series starting on October 4 and Heaven’s Feel will be an animated film! You can view below the newest promotional video for the UBW series:
Image courtesy of this link.
I have a post about this one months ago, but a recent Type-Moon Magazine leak that was scanned reveals the release date to be somewhere around mid-December 2012 – featuring Jeanne D’ Arc as a three-roled servant: Saber, Lancer and Ruler. According to the sources, this also deviates from the original lore in that 14 servants participate in this one, instead of the usual 7.
For the other servants in its original conception, see this link here.
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.
According to the weekly Blu-ray disc ranking released by Oricon on Wednesday, 43,000 copies (rounded to the nearest thousand) of the first Fate/Zero box set of were sold in its first week of release, making it the highest-selling television anime Blu-ray box set to date. The set also topped the week’s overall Blu-ray release sales rankings. The previous record was held by the The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya box set, which sold 31,000 copies (rounded) in its first week.
The contents of the Blu-ray package include:
The catch here, however, is that the retail price is valued at 39,900 yen, which is around $480!!! Surely, it’s a bit unwise?! But the sales record says otherwise! Looks like ufotable has made a larger name for itself!
It might be a bit late, but hey, better late than never!
I wish you all had a cracking, festive season of holidays! Enjoy what little remains of the year and keep your head up for a 2012 that’s full of promises and hope!
On another note, Fate/Zero Season 1 has just ended in a supposedly-bang-but-instead-a-ufotable-expected-cliffhanger. ufotable did the Fate series a justice. Though I am hugely favorable of F/Z, I guess F/SN has its own charms as well. F/SN started as a visual novel, so it was quite easier to convert it to anime, unlike F/Z which started as a light novel (please correct me on this one). Again, Baka-Tsuki has fully translated the novel in English, so if you want to read it, follow this link.
F/Z has a great cast which are very likable. The story is engrossing and I can’t wait to read the novel myself. The animation is simply stunning, with favorable music here and there. The OP and ED however are stand-outs! To those followers, I am a huge critic of the OPs and EDs being used in a series, and I felt that Memoria and oath sign are just perfect.
Being a novel originally, I understand where all the dialogue are coming from, instead of the most awaited duel scenes among the servants. If you are still new to the Fate series, again, it’s never too late. You might want to watch F/SN first before F/Z so that things won’t be.. uhm.. how should I say this — anticlimactic?
Anyway, Season 2 starts on April 2012. Mark that on your calendars, folks!
As for other news, Carnival Phantasm will have a 12-minute special – Fate/Prototype which is somewhat a spin-off of F/SN. For more details, you may read here.
I would like to have a full-blown series of Fate with a male Saber class! May it be, Fate/Extra, Fate/Apocrypha, Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night, every Saber is a female. We need a male swordie!
Anyway, that’s enough ranting. Happy new year to all! 🙂
Coming on your screens October 2011. 🙂
I can’t help but repost this so everyone could see.
OKAY, THIS IS NOW A MAJOR REASON WHY I WOULD WANT A PSP.
F***. I WANT TO PLAY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAARGGGGHH!! SO ASTONISHING!! O.o
Fate/Unlimited codes a 2D fighter based on an erotic Japanese “visual novel”, seems to be packing some pretty solid fighting elements. And it should be: The team behind Tatsunoku Vs. Capcom made it.
If YOU are a fan, then this is a MUST play!!! … I WANT IT TOO!!!!!!!!!!