Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
“I was hooked from the soundtrack and art style alone!”
Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works is just one out of three routes in the Fate Stay Night series.
The anime follows the Holy Grail War – a battle royale among seven magi who serve as Masters. Masters, through the use of the command seals, command Heroic Spirits known as Servants to fight for them in battle.
In the Fifth Holy Grail War, Rin Tohsaka is among the magi entering the competition. With her Servant, Archer, she hopes to obtain the ultimate prize—the Holy Grail, a magical artefact capable of granting its wielder any wish.
One of Rin’s classmates, Emiya Shirou, accidentally enters the competition and ends up commanding a Servant of his own known as Saber. As they find themselves facing mutual enemies, Rin and Shirou decide to form a temporary alliance as they challenge their opponents in the Holy Grail War.
This franchise is something that I have only recently got into thanks to one of my flatmates and I’m really glad I was introduced to this franchise. Although this is originally based off erotic visual novels, – something that doesn’t interest me at all – I found the anime highly enjoyable and I can’t wait for more additions to this franchise later this year!
The story was really interesting to me, it included characters, such as King Arthur, that I have been intrigued by since a young age. However I do not think I would have watched this anime if it had kept the erotic scenes that were in the original visual novel despite the actual story line of the anime being really enjoyable. The big reveal – which I shall not give away – towards the end really made me love the series even more. The dialogue and the battle of ideals that it included in this scene was more enjoyable to watch that a battle of pure strength (even though this scene did contain a physical battle as well as.
I’d have to say that I prefer Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works over Fate Zero, even though it provided me with a lot of background detail. Fate Zero is the prologue to the events that occur in this anime so it provided me with the detail that I found necessary for me to enjoy this one. However that could just be me and how I enjoy certain anime over others.
While the character of Shirou Emiya wasn’t the smarter or most powerful character to begin with, his physical and mental journey through this series and he discovers new parts of himself is what made me stay till the end. While the art style and soundtrack was enough on its own for me to stay for the stunning visuals and audio, the journey of this character along with Rin, Saber and Archer.
Two songs by Aimer from this anime have been stuck in my head ever since I heard them and I’ve been constantly listening to them ever since. Aimer is a 26-year-old female Japanese pop singer. She has worked on many anime themes such as Bleach, Fate Stay Night (obviously!) and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. See more of her works in anime here!
The first song of hers that I love from this anime is Last Stardust. This song really appealed to me as it is a beautiful song and the moment in the anime that it is mainly used in suits the song and tone of the scene very well.
This song below is my second favourite within the series and is used as the second opening theme. The song just sounds so beautiful to me. A lot of Japanese music sounds more beautiful to me than English songs; they just seem to have a nicer flow and more meaningful lyrics. While I do not understand a lot of the lyrics, the melody and tune of the song sounds beautiful and the title Brave Shine sounds like it fits this anime very well.
When I get the chance I’ll look up the lyrics for both of these songs.
Overall Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works is a wonderful anime! I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and was sad to see it end. I can’t wait for Heavans Feel to be released later this year!