This is a scheduled post! If I still am not active around the blogosphere this means that I am busy (-_-), but I’ll try to do my best to interact with you all 😉
Fate/Zero takes place 10 years prior to the events of Fate/stay night, detailing the events of the 4th Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City. The War of the Holy Grail is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete to obtain the power of the “Holy Grail,” which grants a miracle. After three inconclusive wars for the elusive Holy Grail, the Fourth War commences.
Founded by the Einzbern, Makiri, and Tohsaka families centuries ago, the Einzbern family is determined to achieve success after three successive failures, no matter the cost. As a result, they have elected to bring the hated magus killer, Kiritsugu Emiya, into their ranks, despite his methods and reputation as a skilled mercenary and a hitman who employs whatever he can use to accomplish his goals. Though Kiritsugu had once wanted to become a hero who could save everyone, he has long since abandoned this ideal upon realizing that saving one person comes at the cost of another’s life. For the sake of humanity, he will ruthlessly destroy anything and anyone who threatens the peace of others.
However, Kiritsugu finds himself deeply torn between the love he has found for his new family – his wife Irisviel and their daughter Illya – and what he must do to obtain the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu’s greatest opponent appears in the form of Kirei Kotomine, a priest who cannot find any sense of fulfillment in his life and sets his sights on Kiritsugu as the possible answer to the emptiness he feels.
Episodes: 25 (divided into 2 seasons)
Light novel: 4 volumes
This anime broke my heart. Urrgh. I am so weak! *le sighs*
Fate/Zero is a prequel for the Fate/Stay Night series (the prequel is for the three routes). I don’t know if I have talked about the animation is my review of Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, but the art is amazing. The colours are so vivid and so well worked out that, even if you will not watch this anime for the story, well, you have to try it out for the art. You won’t be disappointed by the quality of the animation, I can assure you that, at least.
As for the story, you don’t have to watch the first route or second route of Fate/Stay Night in order to grasp the situation and to know what is happening, because it is well explained in the first episodes. Many people recommend you to watch this one before FSN but personally, I think you can watch both in the order you want, even if watching Fate/Zero before will make you understand some more stuff easier. But chronologically speaking, Fate/Zero happens before Fate/Stay Night.
The characters, in my opinion, were more interesting in this prequel than in FSNUBW. You meet Saber here, who looks more badass dressed up like a man and driving motorcycles, who, unlike in FSNUBW, isn’t in good terms with her master, despite sharing more or less the same objective. But that doesn’t make the anime less interesting to watch; on the opposite, I think it adds more texture into the plot. Her master, Emiya Kiritsugu, was a very mysterious and dark character, but that I could not unfortunately make myself to like or dislike him. But I really liked Irisviel, his wife. She was so nice and charming and… She was amazing. Really. And sometimes I felt like Kiritsugu didn’t deserve such a loving and caring wife. *le sighs*
There are characters that I hated with all my soul and that I wanted to see dead, like Caster and his master, as well as Gilgamesh and Kirei. Especially those last two. They were so… So….!!! Caster was horrible and hateable (is that even a word?) but at some point I pitied him and his delusions, because… Well, he was a tad pitiful. Just a tad.
(also, he is scary and weird as hell. Don’t be fooled by his smile. The reason behind it is not very healthy)
But otherwise… Off with their heads! Lancer was one hell of an honourable character, and damn, I admired him so much! Especially after reading about his backstory! Did I mention he had two spears?
*dreamy sigh* excuse me… I go a little head over heels with spears… And giant hammers…. And tridents…. and long weapons in general The thing is, his master didn’t deserve him. He was too good. Too loyal. Too badass. *another sigh* But can we do? He just didn’t have any luck. As for Archer, aka Gilgamesh… He is snobby, atrocious, horrible, arrogant… But you cannot deny the fact that he is OP. Very, very OP. Maybe too much. But still.
(don’t mind the little dots, after all, they’re just weapons… -_- see what I mean by too OP?) I am happy when I think of what happened to him and his pretty face in FSNUBW :3 Have I mentioned how much I hated his guts?
I don’t really know what to say about both Assassin and Berserker, one having not too much of a screen time and being very… complicated, and the other, despite being very powerful, going too… berserk. (wow, his name is Berserker and he goes too berserk. Really, Melanie?) But the characters I really, really wanted to talk about are Rider and his master. (notice how I say master not not use their actual name? I don’t want to spoil all the fun for you guys 😉 ) They had the most amazing and wonderful relationship (albeit the weird one between Caster and his master, who was more of a follower than anything else) in this whole anime, and I loved, loved, loved them so freaking much to an unhealthy extent!
He also says the most epic stuff in all the freaking anime, and… Gosh, I admired him so, so much! ❤ This is going to turn a bit weird, so I’ll stop right there and talk about the music.
The OST is divided into two volumes, both being wonderful as hell. The composer is Yuki Kajiura, and though I know her only because of her work in Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, her work here was… amazing. Seriously. The songs were all mindblowing and emotional and badass and…
So that was it for today’s review! Do tell me in the comments if you plan to watch Fate/Zero or not! See you all soon!