Why Fate/Zero Is Fucking Awesome!

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WARNING: SPOILERS WILL BE IN THIS POST

Fate/Zero is a four-volume light novel series written by Gen Urobuchi, who is known for other anime series such as Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Psycho Pass, among others. It is a prequel to the popular Fate/stay night visual novel, and through that visual novel created this enormous and complex franchise. People always wonder where to start the Fate series since watching one series spoils another, which is really stupid, but the general consensus from fans of the franchise is to start with Fate/Zero, but others say differently like to start with the original Fate/stay night anime, some say just play the visual novel, and so on. Despite all that, Fate/Zero is really fucking awesome and you do not need to know anything previous from the franchise to enjoy this.

It is about these seven mages, also known as Masters, who each summon a Servant, a figure from at some point in history, and the Masters have these Servants fight against each other in the Holy Grail War, and the winner will receive the Holy Grail, which is this omnipotent wish-granter. Fate/Zero is very akin to a Greek epic/tragedy and in a nutshell is a clash of ideologies more than it is the characters fighting, all spread across twenty-five episodes of excellence.

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LET US DO EXPOSITION WHILE WALKING IN CIRCLES!

The first episode is a forty-minute info-dumping session that is meant to introduce you to everything this series has to offer from the characters to the setting. This may be a drag to some people, especially since the series doesn’t truly kick-off until around episode four. Past episode three, it becomes a true fucking epic! From the intense narrative and themes behind the show, it is one of the most brutal anime to come out this decade. It’s awesome moments such as a conversation about what it truly means to be a king, to an entire deconstruction of what it means to be a hero of justice.

Fate/Zero has some of the most memorable characters in anime such as Rider (Alexander the Great), Emiya Kiritsugu, Kirei Kotomine, Saber (King Arthur), Archer (Gilgamesh) and so on. Every character is different (ESPECIALLY IN IDEALS) in some form of way and it makes everyone in this series feel like a true equal, even when it does become clear who the main protagonist of this series truly is. The relationships/interactions that the characters have with each other, especially between Masters and Servants, are well put together and provide great chemistry. While some characters got along with each other (Waver and Rider), some didn’t (Kiritsugu and Saber) in the form of questioning each other’s ideals. It makes the viewers think about who should truly win the Holy Grail War and who to cheer for thanks to how these characters develop and what ideals/motivations they have.

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The GOAT!

Even though the themes and characters are the best part of the show in my opinion, Fate/Zero also has truly fucking epic action sequences. The action scenes are so well animated that it is truly a glory to look at, that is what you get when studio ufotable is animating the adaptation. All of the fighting scenes are very well choreographed and the movements of the characters just fit well. In simple words: it is one of the best looking anime series out there today and ufotable knows when to execute good action sequences.

Now moving past the brilliance of the animation, the OST by Yuki Kajiura. It is fucking bliss. It is done so well since the music is so fucking epic and fits Fate/Zero so well. It can go from sounding fucking god-like to having a melancholic tune to fit the scene that the series would have. Some of my personal favorite pieces from this OST include On The Battlefield and The battle is to the strong, just to name a few. All of Yuki Kajiura’s work sounds fantastic, and this OST is no exception.

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What is a hero of justice?

Despite this being an amazing series, there are some minor problems in Fate/Zero. If you have seen Fate/stay night, then you already know the fate (no pun intended) of these characters, since it is a prequel. To those who saw Fate/stay night, not much would be surprising since they would just wonder when certain characters died, unlike those who started the Fate franchise with Fate/Zero, like myself, who wondered if this and this character would make it past Fate/Zero and into Fate/stay night. Also the fact that the final episode is rushed pretty hard can be a problem to some people, leaving some more details to be desired and expanded upon. These are some of the problems with Fate/Zero, though there are more, these are just a few of the major complications with this show.

Even with those problems, Fate/Zero is one of my favorite anime series. It isn’t perfect (well, nothing is really perfect), but it is a fantastic anime that goes from Greek epic in the first half of the series to Greek tragedy in the second half. It is a brilliant psychological thriller towards the end of it’s run, and presents ideas and themes that are executed very well. It is memorable to the end, has fantastic dialogue and action scenes, and was a very fun watch for twenty-five episodes. It is a true masterpiece and is one of the few anime series that left a lasting impression on me. I give this series my highest recommendation, and if you haven’t watched it, stop what you’re doing and go watch Fate/Zero. It’s good, it’s damn good.

Thank you for reading, and I will see you in the next one.

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I leave you with a naked Gilgamesh. Enjoy!

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