The series kicks off with a lot of interesting dialogue and spoilers to those who haven’t watched Fate/Stay Night and confirmations to those who watched Fate/Stay Night. In simpler terms, this is one epic episode.
The first episode had a couple of minor appearances coming from Fate/Stay Night characters since obviously; the series is the prequel to that series. Seeing a young Rin and a young Sakura makes me happy just a bit and sad since the two were separated because of their family. Seeing Sakura being violated by bugs was horrifying. I remember reading that part in Wikipedia’s article about her, but seeing it in action was just… creepy. The young Kirei felt too plain for me, he doesn’t have much impact compared with his appearance in the sequel. He was just… there.
Tokiomi and Risei were interesting. I just love that these two are conspiring about how they will obtain the Holy Grail for themselves. Speaking of which, I just love that the characters in this series are willing participants, unlike in the original series in which the only requirement to participate in the war is being chosen by the Grail and that you know some magic. First impressions on the Masters, Waver is interesting. He is a man who just wants to be recognized for his skill as a mage, Kariya is someone whom I can root for in this war, simply because he doesn’t want Sakura to get involved with it in the future, and even if you have the knowledge on what happened in Fate/Stay Night in regards to Sakura and who won in the end, you are heartless if you don’t understand why he wants to fight in the war.
Now to the protagonist in this series Kiritsugu Emiya, he is cold and calculative and shows little emotion. I like this guy. As for his wife, it feels that she was just one generic support character and that’s it. Enough with the characters, let’s go with the entire episode. The episode is too slow if you are not into shows that are filled with dialogue, and to be honest, I like that they introduce all the needed concepts in the series during those minutes and end it with the episode with the summoning of the Servants. Animation wise, ufotable did a good job with it, having the CGI and traditional animation mixed well is a plus point. One of the good points in this episode is the music, it fits well in the series that it made 75% of the episode filled with dialogue not boring.
The episode ends with Waver, Kariya, Tokiomi and Kiritsugu summoning their respective Servants with their respective Relics. In Kiritsugu’s surprise, instead of a male Arthur, he summoned his female counterpart! Was there something wrong in his summoning? Or is it something else?
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