Yeah, this didn’t win the poll, but I decided to blog it anyway. Parasite is too gross for me, I think I’ll probably drop it. (I can take Cross Ange but not Parasite, I know, I know…) Shingeki no Bahamut is awesome except I’m afraid I’d have nothing to say except how awesome it is and screencap dump on Pink being cute. I haven’t seen the second episode yet, but I’m guessing Amagi Brilliant Park will be the final show I cover.
Anyway, Fate / Stay Night. Holy shit this is awesome. I was complaining that they were redoing this instead of Heaven’s Feel, but I take it all back. This is so much better than the original TV anime it’s not even funny.
Some background on my own experience with Fate / Stay Night: I watched the original series, played the game (with Tsukihime, the only visual novel I’ve managed to finish), and blogged Fate / Zero. It’s interesting that for many people watching this, I’m guessing their only experience with the franchise may be Fate / Zero.
Shirou is Dumb
Oh, Shirou… people who don’t try hard die too, if that makes you feel better…
One of the most annoying parts of the visual novel (after the repetitive battles and sex scenes) was Shirou’s monologue. He can get really annoying. He wants to save all the people in the world from dying, while he’s just a normal high school student. He has some serious delusions of self-grandeur. He doesn’t even realize it’s not possible for him to be a hero who saves everyone in the entire world. So hearing him self-righteously spouting all the time about how he wants to save everyone is ridiculous and frustrating.
Shirou doesn’t even have the power to save himself, as made abundantly clear by Lancer.
This adaptation makes dealing with Shriou’s idealism a bit better, because we aren’t subject to the first person perspective. We get some time away from each other. Also, I think this adaptation may be aware of how silly and childish this idea is. We see Shirou form this ideal when he is just a little kid. Furthermore, his friend from the temple says how crazy he is and how people will take advantage of him, and then Shinji does just that. If Shinji asked Shirou to hold down Sakura while he beat her, I think Shirou might just do it. Gotta “help” everybody after all!
Another thing: Shirou’s ideals seem quite different after seeing what happened to Kiritsugu’s ideals in Fate / Zero. I imagine the show is intentionally relying on its prequel here, where the previous adaptations were unable to do that.
Sakura is best girl, but she does seem extraordinarily lame at first… I guess Rin is way cooler at the moment.
Saber always sucks though. If there’s one thing I don’t understand it’s Saber fandom.
Shirou sure likes to grip his rod in his hands and make it hard.
I don’t remember these three from the previous iterations, but this scene was pretty funny. A good addition (assuming it was one).
Evil Ilya is so much better than Prism Ilya version.
Also the fights are amazing in this adaptation. The anime turned one of the visual novels into one of the show’s best parts.
Can’t wait for more! Also, anyone know how long this is going? It seems like they’re continuing with double length episodes!
In the comments, please feel free to mention spoilers, but tag them for the benefit of others.