ufotable releases Fate/Stay Night Plans!

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:

Rejoice! :3

Sources: Siliconera 1 || Siliconera 2

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Fate/Stay Night by ufotable!!!

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If you remember, a couple of months ago, I’ve written how ufotable brought justice to the Fate series – and looks like we’ll be looking at more of that from the incoming Fate/Stay Night! Since being announced last July (Source1, Source2), we’ve all anticipated it to be a mega-awesome piece of art and we all can’t wait for it to be delivered!!

Now – one of the glaring questions at that time was: What route will it take? We know the previous F/SN has tackled on Fate and it did disappoint some VN fans (not because of the choice but mainly because of the production and the way it’s done). But, according to some sources, looks like we should be getting the Heaven’s Feel route this time around – which should be a blast as this is the most standout route on F/SN!!

Anyway, the video trailer can be seen here from Siliconera (which is available for all countries) and here (with screencaps). Let the waiting game commence!!

Fate/Zero and ufotable – Bringing Justice to Type-Moon’s Fate Series

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.

Fate/Zero Tops Blu-Ray Sales

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:

    Original editions of the first 13 episodes with extra footage and JPN/ENG subtitles.
    A collection of trailers and commercials, credit-less OP/ED sequencess.
    Fate/Zero Original Soundtracks Vol.1 CD by Yuki Kajiura.
    An original drama CD by Fate/Zero author, Gen Urobuchi.
    Fate/Zero Animation Material book with interviews and production material.
    English-translated booklet for the Material Book.
    Packaged in a box illustrated by Type-Moon co-founder, Takashi Takeuchi.

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!

Sources: Oricon | Siliconera | ANN

Fate/Zero Extra Episode + Kimi no Iru Machi OAD

So apparently, all these latest news to me are not new at all. I was just terribly behind. 😦

Today, March 7, the first series of Fate/Zero Blu-ray copies will be released. It will also feature an extra episode/extra stuff all in that package. Another nice thing is that the subtitles will be available both in Japanese and English. For more info and details, please visit the link here.

In other news, I can’t believe I’ve only just heard that Kimi no Iru Machi will release an OAD this month!

“The limited edition of the manga’s 17th volume will bundle the first DVD when it ships on March 16, and the limited edition of the 18th volume will bundle the second DVD when it ships on June 15.” (source: ANN)

Meanwhile, found below is the 72-second PV trailer.

Yuzuki Eba @_@.. Will be definitely watching this. Exciting month ahead.

For a full list of the anime lineup this spring, here is the customary image banner (click for full size).

A Fate-ful Holidays to All!

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! 🙂