Synonyms: Fate/Zero Second Season
Japanese: フェイト/ゼロ 2ndシーズン
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2012 to Jun 24, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.811 (scored by 59634 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Oct 21, 2012
There are many types of power - financial, military, political, religious, etc - and at one time or another each has been used to further the goals of individuals, organisations, and even nations. The odd thing though, is that even though it has been referenced for thousands of years in everything from legends and myths to folktales and history, magic has rarely been placed in the same category. The problem is that people don't really believe in magic any more, and the subject has been relegated to the realms of fiction and fantasy - even though it was often said that practitioners had the ability to wield primal forces, command spirits, and shake the foundations of heaven.
Everything has a price though, and in order to achieve or seize power of any sort you have to be willing to give up certain ... things. So the question is, what would you sacrifice for the chance to be a god?
The continuation of Fate/Zero opens with two F-15 jets that have been dispatched by the Japanese Air Force with orders to investigate the situation on the Mion River. Archer/Gilgamesh watches with disdain from on high as Sabre, Rider and Lancer continue their temporary alliance, and the pitched battle with the giant creature summoned by Caster/Gille de Rais rages on.
Little do they know that a new player is about to enter the field ...
One of the most noticeable differences between the first and second halves of Fate/Zero is the shift from preparation and planning to all-out action - something that is rather eloquently symbolized by the battle on the Mion River. With much of the preamble over, the storyline is able to place the kid-gloves to one side and ramp-up the tension between the combatants. This is most often achieved by drawing on the conflicting ideologies of each of the characters - with some thoroughly unscrupulous tactics thrown in to drive home the fact that the participants are involved in a war. The plot remains as focused as ever, but there's a palpable change in the atmosphere of the series, and many episodes have a less forgiving, more brutal air about them.
This shift in "attitude" has been handled extremely well by series director Aoki Ei and his writers, and a great deal of attention has been paid to the impact the numerous action scenes have on the characters - something that's becoming a rarity in modern anime. It's an interesting and effective usage of screentime that is markedly different from the patient build-up of the first half of the story, but crafted with the same care and attention to detail that have become a hallmark of Type-Moon/Ufotable collaborations. This prevents the show devolving into a legendary free-for-all, and allows for some very interesting confrontations - several of which have their roots in the layers of subtext that were added during previous series.
With the focus on action instead of intrigue, one might have expected there to be some differences in the visuals. Thankfully there are almost no major alterations present throughout the series - aside from a few cosmetic differences in clothing and apparel. The high production standards have been maintained and character movements are as sharp and crisp as ever. There are a few relatively minor issues with the blending of CG and standard animation, but these are pretty easy to ignore. What does stand out are the rather dazzling visual effects, many of which are bigger and bolder due to the shift from preparation to action. The choreography and timing of these - together with the quality of the character animation - make for some truly stunning combat sequences.
Composer Kajiura Yuki's all-female band Kalafina - the long-time muses of Type-Moon/Ufotable collaborations - open the second season with the operatic rock ballad "To the Beginning", while the main participants in the Holy Grail war are re-introduced in a well-choreographed montage that contains a few hints of things to come. On the other hand the closing sequence is a rather simple yet moving account - told through a series of still images - of the relationship between Emiya Kiritsugu and Irisviel von Einzbern - with Luna Haruna's pop ballad "Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau" adding an uplifting and slightly bittersweet tone. Kalafina also return with the martially themed operatic ballad "Manten" as a special closing track for episodes 18 and 19.
The first season of Fate/Zero featured a very high standard of audio production, and it's nice to see that sound director Iwanami Yoshikazu hasn't allowed anyone to rest on their laurels. The background music is as diverse and atmospheric as ever, and while there are a few tracks that may sound a little off-kilter, this appears to be a purposeful move in order to heighten the mood of certain scenes. That said, there are two areas where this series is arguably superior to its predecessor - both of which have been pushed to the fore by the move to action.
The audio effects are as sharp and clear as ever, but the increase in combat means that the production standards need to be pushed even higher and more diversity needs to be added. In addition to this the quality of the audio/visual choreography - which was already excellent in the previous series - often went unnoticed because of the focus on preparation and planning. Thankfully Iwanami is arguably one of the most experienced sound directors working in the industry, and his skills - developed over many years working on a variety of different anime - really make the difference. The superb effects and remarkable choreography really set the second series of Fate/Zero apart from other shows released this year, and mark it as a front-runner for any potential awards in this department.
Unlike many other anime, the move to an action footing hasn't caused the script to devolve into random shouts, grunts and screams, and the writers have done well to retain the maturity and intelligence of the first season. There is a bit of a change in the delivery though, as with the goal in sight, some of the actors appear to have been encouraged to add more emotion to their roles. This works surprisingly well with characters who were cold or aloof in the first series - Sabre and Archer for example - and the differences in their feelings becomes more pronounced as the story progresses and the battles take their mental toll.
One of the biggest criticisms of Fate/Zero is that it has tried to weave a coherent narrative from too many character and plot threads without relying on a lead role. Now this may seem like an anathema to those who prefer their development to follow a distinct linear progression, but those tales often suffer from an age-old problem in storytelling - every good protagonist needs an equally good antagonist. It's an issue that has affected anime for many years as - contrary to popular belief - creating and developing a good opposite (the antagonist doesn't have to be a villain after all), to a hero/heroine is not an easy task.
Thankfully Fate/Zero takes its cues from shows like Baccano!, and the lack of a lead role is actually a boon to the series as it allows multiple perspectives to come to the fore. Each of the participants in the war for the Holy Grail is effectively the antagonist of one or more of the other combatants, and all of the players bounce around the plot like peas on a drum - colliding into each other and changing their directions, alliances and enemies in the blink of an eye. It's a rarely used and fascinating approach to character development that highlights in particular the ever-changing nature of the battlefield. One big plus is that while the first season was rather staid in its portrayal of the heroes, the second half of the story pulls very few punches - showing clearly the lengths to which several of the combatants will go in order to win, opening the scars of old wounds, and ensuring that the viewer knows exactly what everyone has put on the line for the ultimate prize.
Over the years there have been many anime that have changed focus and tone from one season to the next, but rarely does it happen in the space of one series. The reason for this is because it's often extremely difficult to reconcile what may eventually turn out to be conflicting portrayals of the story and characters - and therein lies the greatest achievement of Type-Moon, Ufotable, and author Urobuchi Gen. The successful blending of two different perspectives has created a remarkable story that isn't afraid to show off its intelligence or maturity, and the second half of Fate/Zero successfully builds upon the carefully laid foundations of the first season - even with the increase in action and combat.
Prequels are often tricky to deal with as they are very easy to get wrong, which is one of the reasons why this series is a little bit special. In addition to shedding new light on the events that occur in Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero is also a singular example of just how good seinen action tales can be, and a testament to the quality that can be achieved through long-term studio collaborations. read more
Oct 14, 2013
(This review will cover both first and second season)
Have you ever wished for something? And if you have, what did you wish for? World peace? A real life Evangelion? A third season of Haruhi? And if you had the chance to grant that wish, how far would you go to make that wish come true? Would you waste all your life savings, or be prepared to kill someone for it. Fate/Zero is basically a death match between seven mages dueling for a magical cup called the Holy Grail that could grant any wish you desire. The idea if a survival deathmatch isn't anything new in anime and has been seen before, like in Fate/stay night or Mirai Nikki, but Fate/Zero does it really well. Those who've already watched Fate/Zero know how great this anime is. For those who haven't watched it, I'll say: "What the hell? Why haven't you seen this yet?"
As you may already know, the story is about seven different mages/masters that compete for the Holy Grail. They summon out very powerful servants that help their masters fight. The story is fantastic with plenty of awesome battles, unpredictable plot twists, and mind-blowing events. I could easily give it a 10 out of 10, but the story isn't perfect. The first episode is a 40 minute long introduction to the characters and story. It isn't very enjoyable watching 40 minutes worth of introduction, but it helps you get to know the story and characters well. But if you could get past the first episode, you're gonna be in for one hell of a ride 'cause everything else is amazing. And although some people complained that they didn't like the ending, I personally liked it because I'm a big fan of happy endings.
The art and animation is simply perfect, actually...I don't even think "perfect" is enough to describe it. It's beyond perfection and is more than I could ever ask for. I guess you could call it a masterpiece. If you don't know what I mean, the animation could probably compare to "The End of Evangelion", or "Sword Art Online." The animation was done by ufotable, the same people who animated the Kara no Kyoukai series and if you haven't seen that either, boy, you've been missing out on a lot.
To me, the best kind of soundtrack for an action anime, is epic orchestra, and Fate/Zero does that. The soundtrack only make the perfect animation even better to watch, if that's even possible. It will get you hyped. It will give you Goosebumps. And it will make you sit on the edge of your seat with your jaw dropped, while your eyes glued to your computer screen. Maybe I'm just over exaggerating. But in the simplest terms, it's just epic.
All the characters in Fate/Zero were all great with different personalities. Kiritsugu receives quite a bit of character development and so do a few other characters like Waver and Kariya. The main problem I had with the characters was that there was very little backstory that was actually told except for Kiritsugu. Lancer's backstory was short and I barely knew anything about him, I wanted to know more about him since he was a cool character. And sometimes I didn't know a character or their backstory because my goddamn english and history classes are boring as hell. But besides all that, Every character was great and were really interesting, especially Caster, he masters the rule of cool.
Fate/Zero delivered everything I could ever want in an anime. Action, great characters, awesome soundtrack, mind-blowing events and more. The only thing I didn't enjoy as much as the rest of Fate/Zero was the first episode, it's a 40 minute long introduction, that's not a very good start if you think about it, but everything else was amazing if you can get past that.
Overall, Fate/Zero is an anime you definitely shouldn't miss, it's one of the few anime out there today that we could actually call mature. Unlike other anime out there nowadays that are filled with fan-service, tits, cleavage, and panty shots, Fate/Zero maintains it's maturity and has little to no fan-service. So if you don't like over the top fight scenes, mind-blowing story, great characters and prefer ecchi, fan-service, and panty shots, you shouldn't watch this anime, instead go watch something like KissXSis. To everyone else, go watch Fate/Zero because it's freaking amazing. I'm ohhenry2, and I give Fate/Zero, an Amazing 9/10 read more
Jun 24, 2012
The Grail War has been done before, but never like this. The same rules apply. Seven masters, seven servants, all fighting in a fierce battle royal in order to determine the rightful owner of the Holy Grail. However in contrast to Fate/Stay Nights cast of children struggling to accept the responsibility so prematurely forced upon them we have a plethora of adult men ready to sacrifice anything to achieve their goals. By Juxtaposing the series and its prequel it becomes evident that Fate/Zero is a darker story focusing on the ideals of each characters along with the suffering these ideals bring forth. The plot is essentially a catalyst that lets the characters tragically develop as they spiral closer and closer into despair.
But through its greatness Fate/Zero suffers from its link to Fate/Stay Night. As a prequel, its freedom was constrained by the eventual conclusion that loomed just beyond the horizon. But even as a predecessor limited to one conclusion Fate/Zero succeeded in producing a story that left you on the edge of your seat.
In addition to Fate/Zero Ufotable is also the studio responsible for the Kara no Kyoukai series; a powerhouse in the visual arts department. No corners were cut in producing Fate/Zero, either. Ferocious battles, twisted emotions, and familiar yet exotic settings are illustrated beautifully with the use of hair-raising choreography, movie quality animation and god tier CG. Now, CG is a turn off for most viewers, me usually included. However the CG in this series is so stunningly well done that I can't imagine it would be animated half as well any other way. In addition to CG, Ufotable has once again incorporated a beautiful contrast between neon colors as seen in Kara no Kyoukai. The warm orange glow of a streetlamp beating down on the lifeless world bathed in the hue of moonlight really gives the show a sharp look that is pleasing on the eyes. Fate/Zero also houses THE most amazing fight in anime I've seen to date, I won't spoil which fight it is, but those who have already seen the anime will know.
A beautiful orchestrated soundtrack is the icing on the cake. The music accompanying the series is a kaleidoscope of melodies invoking emotional responses when needed; happiness, despair, tragedy, splendor, evil, conflict, etc. The opening and ending songs both intertwine with the story effectively as well. The opening has an emotional feel to it as compared with the upbeat actiony sequence present in season one. It adequately inspires a sense of foreboding in the viewer. Now onto the ending. It serves to flesh out our protagonist Kerry by presenting us with how he and Iri came to be a couple and have their child. Teasing us with Kerry's past and how happy the two lovers were during the short time they spent together only serves to harden the impact of the finale.
These are what makes this show shine so brilliantly. There are no exceptions; every single character is quirkily unique, each one sheltering an array of conflicting emotions, and impossible ideals. Labeling any character as an antagonist, protagonist, side character, or otherwise would be insulting as almost every person is artistically created with personalities astonishingly fleshed out and consistent. Gilgamesh for example was once the ruler of pretty much everything on earth. By standing above everyone else figuratively and literally for his entire life, he has fostered an incredible superiority complex. Infinite weapons fill his treasury, and he only expends four on an enemy that is about to destroy the entire city before retreating saying that he "Does not wish for the weapons to be returned because they touched that filthy creature". That is beautiful characterization right there.
I enjoyed the shit out of this. There's nothing more to be said.
One episode was filler, some others were rushed because of it, and a certain track wasn't included in the score, but this does not stop Fate/Zero from being one of the best anime in a long time. With a bravura of directing, animation, plot, character development, sound, choreography, and dialogue, Fate/Zero exceeded all my expectations and got better every single episode. Fanboyish as the review may seem, a wonderful story is a wonderful story, no matter which way you cut it. read more
Jul 31, 2013
This is a review for both seasons 1 and 2
After seeing the high praise given to this anime from Gigguk and Arkada on Youtube, I decided to give Fate/Zero a go. After watching it, I now completely understand why this show has such positive reception as it was an enthralling ride with hardly any real "negative" points to it.
Fate/Zero takes place 10 years before the events of Fate/StayNight in the middle of what is known as one of the "Holy Grail Wars." I had not seen F/SN before watching this anime, but thanks to the info dump of a first episode I was quickly put up to speed. The "Holy Grail Wars" are battles fought in secret a few times each century. The war is between 7 historical or mythological legends that are brought into present time by their "masters" (AKA random people chosen by the grail). The goal is for one of the pairs to ultimately defeat all of the other servants and/or their masters and be the last one remaining. Once this happens, the Holy Grail should appear and grant the victor any wish they desire. Unlike F/SN, Fate/Zero has a VERY serious undertone. As a comparison, I like to akin these two series to the Batman franchise where Fate/Zero is more like the Dark Knight saga, while Fate/StayNight is more like the old tv series with Adam West. Both are good in their own ways, but one is clearly more serious than the other. One of the things that makes Fate/Zero special is that it doesn't rush to pick out a specific main character or good guy, and instead follows the stories of all 7 pairs with an unbiased view point. This let's the viewer really learn about what all the characters are like and their objectives in the war. The different viewpoints really eliminates a lot of the space for plot holes or lack of reasoning, and every event in the story seems to have a purpose. It really is rare to see a show with a concept as ambitious as this, that actually pulls through with barely any plotholes or errors in its writing. Although the ending was somewhat of a cliffhanger, it is also brilliantly done and gave me countless goosebumps as the results of everything that happened were revealed. The story in Fate/Zero was one to remember. Epic is truly the only way to describe it, and its execution was truly in a class of its own.
Hands down the best art I have seen in an anime series. Watching the show, it really feels like they had a very high budget for the animations. Movements are extremely fluid, and thus the fight scenes are spectacular. Facial expressions, character design, settings, lighting, everything was superb and I really haven't seen an anime nail the animation aspect quite this well. I really don't have anything else to say besides that the art was spectacular.
Sound 8/10 (edit: 9):
Much like everything else in this show, the music was similar to that of a blockbuster movie. Heavy orchestra in the background accompanied by opera singing when battle scenes get intense. The quality of the music was brilliant. However, the show did lack "memorable" or "catchy" songs that you would like to see in an anime. But like I said, the show in general felt more like a long blockbuster movie than an average anime so the music fit the show perfectly. I found both of the OPs very well suited for the show and quite catchy compared to the background music, although the EDs were less spectacular. As far as voice acting is concerned, I found the Japanese voice actors all portrayed their characters brilliantly, particularly in Rider's case.
The fact that the show doesn't focus on a single character really strengthens all of the characters in the show. Due to the changing view points, you really get to see what each character is like, what their motives are, and just their personality in general. The first season really introduces you to the characters and the setting, while the second develops these characters and shifts the story into full swing. None of these characters are your stereotypical archetypes, and some of them really shine. All of the servants are extremely interesting, and Rider is one of the most charismatic characters I've seen in a while. For a good portion of the show, you really don't know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. You may find yourself rooting for one character only to realize he is evil, or hating one only to realize he is very noble. Towards the end, it becomes pretty evident who the main character is due to an emotional and brilliant two episode arc on his past. My only qualm about the characters is that, because of the divided focus, I wasn't able to fully emotionally invest in any of them. And even though I did definitely feel for the characters and their struggles, I wasn't really completely devastated when bad things happened to them like I would be in an anime like Clannad, Steins;Gate, or Code Geass, where they really focused on one character's development. However, I feel that it would have been pretty much impossible to have the vast depth in the cast if they focused on one character, and the show probably would have been much worse. In short, this show has one of the most, if not THE most, fully fleshed out set of characters that I have ever seen, and just barely misses the 10 mark due to it not quite letting me attach to the characters as much as I wanted to.
Fate/Zero was thrilling to watch. The first season was kind of slow as it was really just setting the stage for the madness in the second season, but was fun none the less. Like I said, watching Fate/Zero is similar to watching a movie like the Dark Knight. Everything felt real and all the decisions that characters made felt important, and this sense of seriousness and realism made the show truly a joy to watch. One of my complaints is once again, that I could not emotionally connect with any of the events as much as I have in other shows. It's weird because I know this show is almost flawless, but something about it just wasn't up to par with those on my top 3 anime from an enjoyment standpoint. I really can't put my finger on why I didn't enjoy this show more, but I did enjoy it more than the vast majority of the other shows I have seen so it still gets an 8.
I can't imagine someone hating this show due to it's unbelievable execution, but it is currently ridiculously expensive to buy so I can only recommend you stream it (available on Crunchyroll).
Stream it! +.1
Like I said in my Toradora! review, I will not round up this 8.9 to a 9 because I feel that it is unreasonable to the shows that actually got a 9 or higher from me. If you want to understand it better, read my Toradora review. Anyways, Fate/Zero is probably the most technically sound anime I have ever seen. There are no huge errors to complain about with it due to the high production value in its art and sound, and nearly flawless writing in its story. If you found Fate/StayNight to be unimpressive, but are curious about this show, do not hesitate to watch Fate/Zero because it is truly on another level from most other anime. Fate/Zero is a grade A anime that is a must watch for all.
An anime that absolutely deserves its praise and an epic tale at its finest.
+ Cinema quality art and sound
+ Remarkably deep cast of characters
+ Story is an epic to remember
+ Brilliant writing left little room for plot holes or inconsistencies
Cons (These cons are more "reasons why this isn't quite a 9" than cons, because it really didn't have distinct "negative" aspects or "mistakes"):
- Lacked a top tier emotional impact
- For ME it missed that "oomph" factor that would push it into my favorites
8.9/10 - Remarkable
*Since rewatching this anime, I have decided to boost up the sound aspect of the show up to a 9. Thus the new overall is:
9.1/10 - Brilliant
Jun 28, 2012
The second season carries a much different tone than the first. The first season consisted mainly of exposition and was dialogue-heavy as characters were fleshed out. There were battles here and there, but they were primarily skirmishes with only one major participant slain. In the second season, the war truly goes into full swing, dropping the viewer immediately into a titanic battle in the very first episode. In these first few episodes, the pace is ratcheted up, with Masters and Servants falling at a rate of one per episode and then...we're greeted by the grinning face of a young boy on a tropical island. It baffles me why the writers decided to take a sudden detour towards Kiritsugu's past. Certainly, a flashback was necessary to show what Kiritsugu went through in order to explain his motivations. However, it would have been a better choice to have shown it in the first season, which crawled along at a snail's pace setting things up. The only reason I can figure out why this was done was to take advantage of the incredible irony of Kiritsugu's actions on Mother's Day(ouch). The first season suffered a similar issue with Rin's adventure, which would have been better as an OVA because it really had no relevance to the main plot at all. What's worse is that while the first season took it's sweet little time developing the characters, the second season seems to do the opposite by actually running out of time. Nowhere is this more obvious than Saber and Berserker's story, which is unfortunately resolved in a few minutes near the end without the epic duel that was expected. The ending itself is far different than the flashback shown in the opening sequences of Fate/stay night, with a more tragic, sorrow scene that fits in with the despair-filled tone of the series. I actually preferred this as it perfectly set up the events of F/sn, fulfilling F/Z's role as a prequel.
The highlights of the series have to be its intricate action scenes. If you're looking for mindless action, go watch a shonen. Befitting its story of a war, the battles in F/Z are epic and breathtaking. A major factor of this is due to the outstanding battle choreography. The very first battle of the war took two full episodes, yet it had me at the edge of my seat the whole way through. The penultimate combinations of visuals and choreography had to be the aerial BALLET between Berserker and Gilgamesh, Rider's final charge against Gilgamesh, and the long-awaited mano y mano between Kiritsugu and Kirei in a room that looks like the batcave from the Dark Knight. It's a big reason why I was disappointed that Saber and Berserker never got the duel they deserved. The supposed climatic confrontation with Caster was also a bit underwhelming as it basically amounted to 'killing the giant boss monster with a special move.' It lacked the grace of the other fight scenes, but it was refreshing to see Saber bellow out her trademark 'EXXUUCALLIBURRR!'
The production values are high, with very consistent animation. Vivid backgrounds, flashy weapon and magic effects, as well as rich character designs are the norm here. The distinguishing feature of ufotable's animation is the fluid use of CGI. While quite a few studios struggle to blend CGI into their animation, it is absolutely seamless in F/Z. You'll never see anything that is out of place in a scene and sometimes it's difficult to tell whether something was hand-drawn or done through CGI (which is a good thing!) The sound and music were excellent as well, courtesy of the legendary Yuji Kajiura. The tracks range from exhilarating battle themes to forlorn pieces that project the recurring themes of grief and loss. The opening features a beautifully choreographed montage of all the characters along with the strongly sung "To the Beginning" done by kalafina. The ending song with its melancholy tune feels almost like a a bittersweet recollection from Irisviel on the time she was able to spend as as a true human being instead of just a disposable homunculus. The soulful piano fits in well with the loving scenes of Kiritsugu and Irisviel together. The only nitpick issue I had with the music was that it felt a bit repetitive at times with so many of the tracks containing a vocalizing choir in the background, though it's expected of Kajiura's style and it fits the tone of the show well for the most part.
Another one of Fate/Zero's strong points is its diverse cast of characters. And no other character deserves first mention than Rider. He is easily the most charismatic character, and he gives off a larger-than-life vibe that makes him impossible to dislike. However, behind his 'lovable oaf' exterior is a complex, philosophical man. He is certainly ambitious, but if you follow his "my subjects are my greatest treasure" statement, is his ambition self-fulfilling or so that he can please his subjects? After all, if he already has the greatest treasure in his followers, why would he need to seek out the treasures of the world? We also have his master, Waver, who at the beginning is nothing more than a kid in over his head that feels he has something to prove. Though often bewildered with Rider's headstrong nature, he matures over the course of the series and at the end he is able to stare down Gilgamesh without flinching. In many ways, Waver's tale is that of a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story and his companionship with Rider was enjoyable to watch. Gilgamesh and Kirei also share a favorable relationship with each other, though it's far more twisted. Gilgamesh chooses Kirei solely to be amused as Kirei unleashes the inner, sadistic monster within himself.
Not every Master and Servant pairs up as well, with Saber and Kiritsugu being an obvious example. For Kiritsugu, you can't help but be turned away from his brutal assassination methods and his "I don't care what it takes as long as I achieve my goal" approach, especially since he never places a limit on what he is willing to do. On the other hand, you feel sympathy for Kiritsugu with the cards life has dealt him, doomed to be alone after losing his home and loved ones. It's no wonder why he broke down in tears when he finds Shirou. As for Saber, we see that her cold behavior in Fate/stay night was a result of the distance between her and Kiritsugu. Shirou's attempts to reach out to her in F/sn are a complete 180 to how Kiritsugu treated her, more as a tool than another human being. Lancer shares a similar troubled relationship with his master Kayneth due to the curse of his mark. Combined with his sense of chivalry, it's none too surprising to see him befriend Saber. Finally, we have Kariya and Berserker, the pair that felt the most hollow to me. Kariya is obviously painted as a sympathetic character by sacrificing his body for another, and you can easily guess what fate has in store for him. Even so, it's still sad to see his fall particularly since he ends up hurting the ones he wanted to save. Meanwhile, Berserker really serves as nothing more than a convenient agent of chaos, popping up just to look cool by hurling street lamps and blowing planes and cars up. His backstory is barely touched upon and the only insight we get from him are his last dying words, which doesn't amount to much.
Overall, Fate/Zero is one of the better anime shows to have come around recently. It has a few flaws, but nevertheless has an impressive story filled with memorable scenes, strong visuals, and great characters. It does an excellent job of setting up Fate/stay night as a prequel and is a fantastic watch as a standalone series. read more
Sep 6, 2012
Time for a trivia! Are you someone who enjoys watching violence mixed in with action, fantasy, and thriller themes? Are you someone who loves listening to a powerful soundtrack with stunning visuals that will keep you at your seat? Ever wanted to watch a prequel based off a popular series and carving for more? Well luckily, you've probably hit a jack pot because ufotable once again pulls off a spectacular masterpiece out of their hats and present the latest Fate/Zero part 2 that is sure to give viewers a satisfaction like they've never ever experienced before.
In today's anime world, prequels are not too rare. Most of them serves as an introduction and perhaps a trailer of the the true series will unraval for our die hard viewers. Fate Zero Second Season presents the continuation of the battle involving the Holy Grail, the ultimate reward for eternal glory. As more lives are sacrificed, secrets are unraveled. The actors and their directors play their parts in this Holy Grail war and it's only king for him or herself. There is no allies, no true allegiances, no God, no Angels. There is one thing and that is V for Victory. But really, what is victory? Glory? The true throne of king? Or is it perhaps something that unattainable even for a God?
First and foremost, this series has gained international attention and is considered to be one of the most popular series. Anyone who has ever set their eyes and played a VN game before would and should know the products of Type-Moon, with FSN being one of its most successful products. I mean, just look at the ratings and the discussion threads. There is daily topics being posted, various discussions regarding the franchise of both seasons, and users comparing who their favorite/strongest servants are from the series.
But is this series really worth the hype? Is this series really being worthy to on the Top #10 of MAL along with some other known titles? The fact that one of them is also an anime is based off a VN in the top 10 also makes us wonder. Well...let's put our heads together and see if the series does live up to the hype.
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As the second half of this highly popular series, the story picks up from part 1 that began in October of Fate/Zero. The producers and director already assumed that you've watched part 1 and have some decent knowledge of the F/Z franchise. If you're scratching your head right now and wondering why there's an overgrown Cthulhu Mythos being in the begnning of the series, then STOP. Watch part 1 first and come back because you're missing out all! And I'm certain Archer is not amused.
There is already tension between Saber and Lancer, one you can cut through with an Excalibur. But from where it leaves off, the monster Caster unleashes hell and tries to take the servants deep down with it. It does seem a bit lackluster in that the first part of the series had none of the character die off but death has gotten impatient. In this part 2 of the prequel, death has come back from holiday and is here to claim some of its prize. And by prize, I do mean lives, the lives of the servants and their beloved masters.
Indeed, the bodies starts to pile up like pouring rice but there's also more than that. For our main protagonist, an calculating, cold, and indifferent man, we take a trip down memory lane and see some of the dark past that made him the man that he has become. While most series take brief flashbacks and illustrates them shorthand, this prequel depicts a more detailed style involving Kiritsugu "Magus Killer, Kerry" Emiya. His dark past is revealed in details that leaves the viewers at the edge of their seats and with his interactions with his “mother” figure (ironically also on Mother's Day) and childhood friend. It is dark, it is brutal, and it is your face. The past that Kiritsugu had to go through and made him the man that he is today is understandable after watching this prequel. Hell, if I had to go through all that, I'd never be the same person again. The man's got guts and he's live up to the name as the Kiritsugu "Magus Killer, Kerry" Emiya.
And of course, Saber once again plays her role as the King of Arturia from the Fate/Stay Night franchadise in this sequel. As a proud king, she respects the values of others and is determined to help those in need. For instance, when she realizes that her dear friend and partner Irisviel von Einzbern has been kidnapped by another proud king, she stops nothing but to save her even if it's at the cost of the Holy Grail war or perhaps her own life. That my friends, is true valor and style of a proud king.
While at times the dialogue are as heavy as part 1 of the prequel, the usage of the words defines the intelligence and insight that gives the viewers a reason to continuously watch the show. A clear example is the speeches between Rider and Waver and Archer's often egotistic yet artistically way of getting his words out.
As for the Holy Grail War, the rules are still there. There is only one winner and it's winner takes all. Fate/Zero although has similar ties with Fate/Stay Night has some major differences in that it becomes a much more matures style. Even the masters themselves becomes calculating and insightful in their moves. Their servants play their roles accordingly and some have even developed their own solitude of being the one and true king.
As Elizabeth I once said:
“To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it.”
[ ----- Characters ------ ]
Seven servants, seven masters, and more than seven wonders to watch this part 2 of the prequel. The characters of the series is definitely another reason to continuously enjoy more of Type-Moon's works.
Honestly, there are so many great character interactions between the servants and the masters. It can be digusting and horrid like the relationship of psychopathic killer Ryunosuke and Caster. It can be the estranged relationship between Lancer and his master, Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald. It can be the indifferent relationship between our star protagonist Kiritsugu and Saber. It can also be the powerful bond between Alexander the Great (Rider) and his master, Waver.
There is of course also our cynical man who is discovering his purpose in life, the manipulating, calculating, and stoic man Kirei Kotomine. It is entertaining and strange to watch Archer/Gilgamesh observe his various actions and moments throughout the story. Of course, his later obsession with Saber enters another tone that can be defined as peculiar at its finest.
Regardless though, every one of the character is independent and unique to themselves in personalities, goals, ambitions, and style. Even the characters in Kiritsugu's flashback are quite interesting to take insight into. His interactions with them and the bond, whether it's a childhood crush on his friend, or a more motherly/son relationship with his mentor, brings out his character in its most defined form.
While not all the characters are perfect (Kariya for instance), they clearly play their various roles well and does what they do best: kicking ass and delivering F/Z style entertaininment.
[ ------ Art/Animation ------]
Ever been to an art museum before? Ever seen a professional artist's work and made you go “that is just...beautiful”? Well, Fate/Zero part 2 like its prequel will give you the impression of a life time. (at least in terms of anime visuals)
In technical terms of production, Fate/Zero Season II is what defines the ultimate form of what Type-Moon's production visuals has came to be. This series just looks bloody amazing and that's not an overstatement. No, it is more than that. The visuals are stunningly beautiful and ufotable deserves the prize of the Holy Grail for producing such powerful animation. Not surprisingly, ufotable already has achieved its praise after producing the Garden of Sinners franchise. The dark edges of the series and the spectacular battle scenes between Beserker/Saber are just a few examples. While it does occasionally employ the usage of CGI, it makes it up into the style of the battle sequences between the servants/masters that almost makes us forget this flaw. But more than that, art defines this series that shows once again that ufotable is able to produce series that lives up to the fan's expectations. And of course, I'm not disappoint.
[ ------ Soundtrack/Music ------]
Soundtrack plays a powerful role in any series and in this part 2 of the prequel, it is there once again to bring out the style of Fate/Zero.
The OP song is changed this time but retains its well coordinated choreography and orchestra. The theme "to the beginning" by Kalafina is a strong piece of work that brings out the strength and power of the servants and the brutality of the Holy Grail War. And once again, the sequences are shown with appearances of the servants and their respective masters. Additionally, it also shows sequences of a child Kiritugu in the beginning to his manhood that shows how much he has changed from what he once was, to what he has become, the proud master of Saber.
Yuki Kaijura is once again involved with producing the soundtrack and themes of the series. And once again, she delivers and executes what the fans expected: a glorious soundtrack worthy of a Holy Grail prize. The soundtrack of Fate/Zero part 2 is just as stunningly impressive as part 1. If in fact for anything reason at all to watch this series beyond the characters, beyond the storyline, or beyond the epic speeches of Rider or the stunning visuals is the soundtrack. With the ultra talented Yuki Kajiura in charge, expect the unexpected as your ears will be pleased like never, ever before.
[ ------ Enjoyment ------- ]
Story, music, animation, characters. What else more is there to say? Well, for another reason to continuously watch the F/Z franchise is the spectacular battle sequences.
While the first season lacked some of the expected battle scenes, season 2 of Fate/Zero brings out battle and bloodshed like never before. Even in the very beginning, the aerial dogfight between Archer and Berserker makes a strong impression while Caster takes the ground belong and battles against the remaining servants. More impressively is the final duel between the two proud kings Archer and Rider in the later episodes. With egos that a single king of the seat can be sat on, these two characters battles it out in one of the most artistically and defined ways in the series that truly shows why they are worthy of their masters.
Well, Fate/Zero Season 2 is not perfect. In fact, there is in my opinion no series that can be perfect. It does seem that some of the sequences are a bit forced and a a few key scenes cut that left the viewers go “why wasn't that there?” Additionally, the dialogue continues to stay a bit intact and lengthy at times particularly with Archer's egoistic speeches and Kirei's indifferent style of talking. Despite these minor flaws though, this part 2/season 2 of the series captured my attention as much as season 1. The intelligence of the story, the well executed dialogues, the captivating characters, the stunning visuals, the beautiful soundtrack, the quality of the work, and the enjoyable of the battle sequences are just seven reasons to watch this series.
Seven servants, seven masters, and seven reasons to watch this part 2. What else can you want more?
Well, I guess maybe some of the more detailed explanations for the die hard fans when the BD version debuts. Still though, this series has been crafted and engineered beyond its minor flaws. It is in my book one of the best series there was, one of the best there is, and one of the best there ever will be.
Nov 9, 2013
I apologize for my bad English. I'm not from English speaking country.
You can describe the story of Fate/zero as one word:"Exiting". You don't know what to expect for this series. It has many twist and turns in it and it is very gripping. But the story has flaws also... The story felt in season 1 a little bit slow in my oppinion and the "kill all competitors to win" is just too cliché.
ART AND ANIMATION
The animation is made by studio ufotable and it really is beautiful. The animation is flawless and it has awesome 3d effects in it. Ufotable has also worked one of my favorite animes such as Kara no Kyoukai.
VOICE AND MUSIC
Yes the soundtrack is good and epic but it dosn't have that "Hey, this is from Fate/zero!" Voice acting is good at both versions. Yes, I also liked Dub.
Characters are the strongest part of the show. Seriosly every character changes as the story progresses. I love all the characters. My favorite's are Saber and Rider.
Seriously I love this show. It's my favorite action series of all time. I can't give less then 10.
Fate/Zero is near as perfection of anime. If you haven't watched it yet go and watch it
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Thanks for reading my review. See you in my future reviews
Jun 23, 2012
TL;DR version: The hotly-anticipated second half of F/Z is disappointing in the sense that it leaves the viewer with more questions than answers with a rushed ending. It is especially frustrating when the first half took meticulous care in covering all the nooks and crannies of the Fate universe. On the plus side, the visuals are excellent and the choreography of some of the action and battles is outstanding.
Which brings us to to the critical flaw, the *execution* of the story. The carefully crafted build-up in the first season starts falling apart, as the series switches its focus to action and bodycount. This change of focus and direction just fails to engage the kind of viewer who wants to know the "why" it happened, on top of the "what".
"But they were simply constricted by the number of slots they had on TV."
Those with bright minds will around it properly. Producers need to know which aspects of the story to prioritize. Steins;Gate for example picked and chose material carefully from the Visual Novel and the result was excellent. The flow and pacing was consistent, despite the amount of material that was not included. This was not the case for F/Z season 2 where the producers made two big errors in pacing.
The first error goes back to season 1. I really enjoyed the loli-Rin episode and it was fitting, due to Rin being such an important character in the Fate universe.
"But they needed a cliffhanger for the start of season 2, which is why they used lol-Rin as a filler."
Ending an arc at the final episode of a sub-season and having a clean-slate start for season 2 is also just fine, especially if it improves the overall product.
The second error is the producers' sadistic minds going for big, family kills on Mother and Father's Day respectively, thus affecting the pacing of the story. This is especially so in the middle of the season where 2 episodes are devoted to a flashback. The pacing of the flashback was extremely slow and given the amount of content that needed covering at the end it is questionable whether 2 whole episodes were needed.
These decisions therefore cost around one and a half episodes, a valuable amount of time which needed to be saved to wrap up the series. Instead, we get an ending which happened, "because it happened". In hindsight, the loli-Rin episode would make a perfect bonus episode in a Blu-Ray set.
Combined with the pacing issues, the quality of dialogue takes a dive as depth and characterization is replaced by shallow, shounen-esque lines. This is disastrous because F/Z started off as a "badass" anime with depth and sophistication. During the latter part of season 2, the show becomes badass, for the sake of being badass. This really affects the characters because instead of developing them and forging a connection with the viewer, they merely become tools of destruction. The connections that were forged in season 1 gradually fade as our characters just drop like dead flies, in a large bodycount, with rushed death epilogues that gives the question "Was that it, after everything?"
To top it all off, what was mind-boggling was Sakura's last line in the series. It shows a totally different character to the Sakura we knew prior, and what we know from F/Stay Night. Instead of going for consistency, the producers had gone for the tragic route for the sake of it.
This discrepancy across the seasons confuses how F/Z wants to be identified. A sophisticated series (Death Note's first arc) combined with some slick action in the first season, or simply a show to showcase "baddass" (Hellsing Ultimate, Black Lagoon).
The art and CGI were very good throughout, with the right amount of detailing on the characters. I also failed to notice any deformities, inconsistencies and incorrect placing of facial features throughout the season. The animation was also fluid, with rendered CGI being used the bulk of the battles to good effect. Everything that meets the eye of the viewer was done extremely beautifully. This was backed by good, convincing sounds effects of metal clanging against metal during battle.
The music is an odd one due to Kajiura Yuki abandoning her usual, dominant style for BGM and making it a passive one for F/Z. There was no techno and dramatic opera. Instead, a classical style was used which identified itself with the ancient times of the servants, and the use of ancient mythological magic. The opposite would be the more "techy" weaponry used by present-day people in Mai-Hime, with Kajiura Yuki using her trademark style there. Unfortunately, the passive style means the plot and depth of the story needs to be strong in order for the viewer to be engaged - which as discussed earlier was not to be. This links directly to the overall enjoyment of the series, which took a dive as a result. The final nail in the coffin for enjoyment was the awkwardly paced finale. The placement of actual content felt "off", especially when we were abruptly fed with the idealized wishes of some of the characters. The dialogue which was meant to provide closure was also unsatisfying, with "explanations" actually being descriptive, rather than being explanations.
F/Z has been a series that has been extremely interesting from the outset. The extremely high production values is an instant draw, with extremely well animated OP/EDs that set and fit the mood and content of the story perfectly. People who loved the first season's depth and pacing will unfortunately be disappointed. The "less talk, more action" crowd will surely love the excitement suspense from *most* of the battles that were extremely well choreographed. Unfortunately, the flip-flopping of F/Z's genre identity mean both crowds will unlikely be completely satisfied. read more
May 29, 2012
A word of warning, the rest of my review will assume that the reader has already watched Fate/stay night and the first season of Fate/Zero. If you have not, then the best thing you can do is stop now and return after you have seen those chapters in the Fate series.
Fans of Fate/stay night already know that things will end badly for the main characters, after all this is necessary in order for the setup of what the audience has already seen. But unlike the most infamous of dark prequels, Star Wars 1-3, Fate/Zero has the guts to take that challenge and turn it into an opportunity.
The protagonist of Fate/Zero, Kiritsugu Emiya, is presented as a cypher in the first and most of the second seasons. He is shown as absolutely ruthless, a fitting characteristic for the ultimate victor of this round of the Grail war. At the same time, Kiritsugu is oddly compelling since he is the badass of the series -- taking down opponents with guile and strategy rather than the nobleness of his character unlike his successor in Fate/stay night.
Like another cypher in the famous TV series Breaking Bad, Gustavo Fring, the writers eventually take the viewer into the backstory of Kiritsugu with a monster payoff. In an effort to avoid giving out spoilers, lets just say that after you watch the two finest episodes in the franchise, you will not look at the main character in the same light.
Similarly, the primary antagonist in the series, Kirei Kotomine, is also fleshed out nicely. Although his motivations are more unclear then Kiritsugu, the viewer is rewarded with actions that flesh out his "big bad" credentials nicely.
Combined with fan favorite Servants Saber and newcomer Alexander the Great, an excellent supporting cast, and none of the boring filler-subplots that plagued Fate/stay night to its detriment, Fate/Zero provides an excellent story for the anime fan craving more than the typical shounen of broody adolescents grappling with inner doubt and awesome powers. Destined to become a classic piece of anime storytelling Fate/Zero provides the viewer with excellent animation, sound, story, and characters. 10 out of 10, for those that like their anime dark and action packed! read more
Jun 24, 2012
With the success of the first season the creators just passed the hard part and it was time for them to harvest what they planted before.this time the end is near and no one is safe and there is no place for honor nor false hope in this world anymore and those seeking it will only face failure.
The 2nd season starts right after the last episode of the 1st season with the battle against Caster.it uses the chance to show that most of the servants are actually heroes that count innocent lives above their war for a grail but it also shows that Fate universe is not kind enough to accept this kinda behaviors too often.even though most of the characters survived the previous season as we all know in this survival game there is only one winner and so the elimination game begun.
In this season we also get to know more about those that are less explained before like Kiritsugu.four episodes of flashbacks tries to justify Kiritsugu’s actions for the viewer specially after a cruel move and make him Sympathetic but at the same time it shows us the reason behinds his failure as a hero.as Kiritsugu was living with his past Kirei just forsaken it and became someone new(or old depend on if you played or seen F/SN before this).he finally finds his reason to fight and bought himself a one way ticket to insanity land.also Waver finally mans up and even imitate Alexander’s “lolololo" or w/e! in final episodes viewers will doubt their little hope for any good ending and Kiritsugu’s meeting with grail confirms their doubts.as for the final it had so much to wrap up so it mostly favor those that already read the Light Novel and felt kinda rushed for the others.on the other hand you can say it was one of the few moments in an anime that one could enjoy Shirou.(although he is awesome in VN you know how he turned out in F/SN anime.he was ok in UBW movie too but could be way better).the moment when he tells Kiritsugu that leave everything to me and Saber gets Lights of Hope on herself was Priceless as one of last moments of the series.
With a lot of important fight scenes the animators had a lot to deal with this season and they managed to do a good job and they kept it up until the end.the music had to goes all out this season too,using most of the soundtracks from before in the first episode of the new season.also Kiritsugu and his master got their own theme with an special ED song as well.the promised OP song by kalafina for this series also is worth mentioning cause its one my favorites.as for the voice actors they finally found some challenge this season and they did a good job specially Miyu Irino (Kiritsugu’s Voice actor) as he stole the end with his emotional talk with Shirou.you could feel everything that happened to him with his voice alone.also Ayako Kawasumi (Saber’s voice actress) had some material to work with and handled it well.
This prequel managed to gave the viewer a better understanding of every character in Fate universe and what they had to go through and it also showed us the dark depths of the Holy Grail Wars.Fate zero Season 2 did justice to the Light Novel and while it puts an end to this epic struggle it marks an start for another and with all its strength or weaknesses it will always be remembered as one of the great animes of this era.
Aug 8, 2012
At first I had a little dough that the serie would fail since most prequels would be inferior to the original, like Star Wars for example. But this serie surprised me from the very first episode. The story started as it should and the characters started to act as good as hell. The excitement kept going even though the fighting was just like previews for the real fights in this season. The first season was great but it still lacked a bit of excitement. But when this season came out, the excitement lasted until the very end and you would always be eager to see the next episode. I will start to point some of the elements of the serie out and speak of it shortly but easily.
The Story (9/10)
The story is most basically what you expect it to be if you had experienced the Fate series before. But for newcomers, the story will surely make people think how interesting it is. It explains the war between seven masters with seven servants as they all fight to death to obtain the Holy Grail. It it just like the original but I realize that this story is a lot darker and serious than the original was. It is a pretty good thing I think since it gives you a different view of the Fate series. It is very progressing as Fate fans gets to know a lots of secrets in the series and how things turned out from things that you only heard from explanations in the real novel. The story has a lots of interesting things to know about the serie and the progress and turn outs are fabulous. Though for those who have seen or read the original, the ending is pretty much what you expect it to be. Though it is a great ending for those who are new of the series and that they surely want to continue with the sequel as well.
The Characters (10/10)
I truly loved almost all the characters in the original and the way they acted was admirable. And this serie brought up many new characters that made you both love some and hate some at the same time. But those you hate are those that are so evil that you loved them at the same time for the way the act. The plot tells most characters goals and you get to know almost all of them of how the feel and what their goals are. The characters in this serie are almost flawless and will not fail you.
When I started to hear the music, I thought that it sounded very similar to some music that I had heard before. And after a while I finally realize that it was a lot simliar to Tsubasa Chronicle and Pandora Hearts. The music is made by Yuki Kajiura who in my opinion is truly the best music composer and producer out there. The music is flawless and it never failed even once. Truly a masterpiece soundtrack.
I truly love Type-moons style and the Fate serie truly lives up to it. the artwork of the backgrounds are truly well done and most colors’ match the world. The characters looked truly amazing and I was really excited to see Fate artwork in the 10 century. The fighting truly looked great so you could say that the artwork was really amazing also.
I skipped the Enjoyment part but I can just say that it was a great enjoyment until the very end. Fate/Zero truly is a masterpiece and every anime person should defiantly watch it, it will not let you down regardless if you have seen the original or not.
I really think that the anime will surely be known as the best anime for this year and perhaps the best for some lucky people. read more
Jul 30, 2012
Fate/Zero 2nd Season is the final half to the prequel for Fate/Stay Night. Fate/Zero 2 primarily focuses on defeating the remaining magi, Kiritsugu’s past, and finally show what lead up to Fate/Stay Night. It starts off right where Fate/Zero left of from the first season, and that’s trying to defeat the Caster.
This time Fate/Zero 2 has a much faster pace than what was shown in F/Z. Things aren’t as drawn out as they were before and now there’s a great balance between fighting/action scenes, and talking scenes, which was somewhat absent in the first half. Many of the questions that arose from F/Z, and F/SN are answered in full here.
People who watched F/Z already know how dark the storyline is and in the second season that theme continues and is expanded upon. This theme ends up swallowing the main and supporting characters whole. Their principles become utterly meaningless in this war, and all they can do is wallow in the filth of anguish.
In my opinion the story is solid. The background information given is superb and the way it ends (with the exception of some awkward pacing during the final episode which is the only con) is done nicely. I think F/Z 2 needed 13 episodes just like F/Z had. Otherwise I don’t have nothing much else to say. Most fans of F/Z will have an extraordinary time watching F/Z
+More in depth about the MC
+Balance between action based scenes and informative scenes
+Detailed Background info
-Awkard Pacing durning final ep
For the second season Ufotable brought more clarity to the screen. In the 4 months that past between seasons it seems that they worked on polishing the second season’s art and animation. Everything looks crisper and cleaner cut than before. This is especially evident when looking at the CGI. The CGI in Fate/Zero is still a marvel to look at, but in Fate/Zero 2nd season they took it a step further. The opening and the ending showcase this aspect the best (as with F/Z), but in actual scenes things like fire, and special attacks burst with these great elements.
When comparing the two seasons you see that F/Z had a tad (just a tad) bit of contrast issue in where the colors in some scenes would be just a bit too washed out. In Fate/Zero 2 a viewer won’t see this. Color saturation is also at its prime when watching this anime
All colors pop and not just blue and gold like last time. Environments look all the more beautiful with the added clarity. It just gives viewers a much wider feeling of depth. The motionless city comes alive in this characteristic with the glimmering moon in the distance, shining its pale light it. Character models are more the same, but again it is more polished. All that precision they used to draw them from the first season is here and even better to look at. Battle animation is still impressive and is even more eye catching than last time.
I thought Ufotable couldn’t possibly make F/Z look better but I was proven wrong. As a result viewers will be utterly surprised and pleased to watch Fate Zero 2nd season.
+ Beautiful Color Pallet
+ Crisper images
+ CGI Rendering
Although sound from the first season was well above average. The sound from the second season is improved. Most fans that had problems with how the OSTs didn’t match F/Z won’t have a problem with the OSTs now. They complement scenes graciously with an orchestrated devotion.
The opening, “To the Beginning” by Kalafina sets a much more majestic mood than the previous song used. It too is an upbeat melody trying to give a viewer faith and hope when listening to the song. The ending song, Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau by Luna Harun gives a much more subdued melody than the previous ending used. I thought it was a great ending song, however I do thing the first ending was better.
The mood each ost sets is great as well. We have a vast variety background music used so none are overused. Lastly, The character’s voice acting and sound effects are more of the same. So things here are just as great as they were in Fate/Zero. In conclusion the mood from the OSTs to the VAs will help keep viewers connected to this anime easily.
+ Improved OST Soundtrack
+ Better mood setters
The strong point once again is the characters. Although we have less interaction between them this time around, what we do get is well done. All characters have their moments, and we learn a lot more about Kiritsugu.
Character development between the first and second season is vastly different. The first season focused more on the full cast, and this season focuses more on Kiritsugu. This means that much of character development will go to him. We do still have some character development go to Saber, but Kiritsugu‘s development is much more crucial in F/Z 2. A viewer will see how the events during his past/present take a toll on him.
One thing I always loved about this anime is the conversations. Each one burst at the seams with intelligence. The debating between characters is always an enjoyable experience. It doesn’t seem one sided, and a viewer will most likely feel them to be somewhat relatable and realistic. Conversations often had a nice flow to them which again helps the viewer feel connected to the storyline. Sometimes they will lead into a twist of events, turning the main plot on its head. This can lead a viewer to question what is going on as well.
Furthermore, the audience will most likely end up talking amongst themselves about the events unfolding in front of them. Most will end up questioning the ideals of a particular character, and develop a love/hate relationship with them. Others will develop their own scenarios and conclusions before the anime is even over, which further strengthens on how the audience is going to feel about the characters.
Fate/Zero 2nd season knows that characters are one of the most important aspects of a show, and they made sure that they didn’t make this part of the anime mediocre.
+ More detailed background information
+ Ideals that are relatable and realistic
+ Connecting to the Audience
-Not as much talking and deliberating as last time =(
For me it was a very enjoyable experience. Each episode had me watching til the end, and waiting for the next one to start. At one point I just had to let three of them stack up so that I could have a full hour enjoying the anime. Most fans of the series or fans of this genre will also enjoy F/Z 2. It also has a lot of rewatchability and that’s all I have to say
Easily Fate/Zero as a whole can be said to be one of the best animes to hit in recent times. It has the storyline, sound, animation/art, and characters to back up its worth. I believe that this anime is going to be a hard one to pass up because of what it has to offer. I highly recommend people to watch it even if a viewer is new to the series.
As stated in my review for F/Z
Honor, Trust, Glory, Victory, Deceit, Love and Hate Fate/Zero is one noble anime that keeps to its roots and proudly displays them with a strong sense of a rational mentality.
Jun 23, 2012
First, this is not an action show, though it have tons of beatifully done action sequences. This is the story of a man who believed in his ideals and fought for them, but no just him. This is the story of 7 Servants (counting the 1st season) and their troubled, weird, incredible masters, in a way that you can't really choose a villain or a good guy, but you choose the way of thinking that better suits your own.
The story is amazing, well done, beautiful. If I have to choose a word to describe it it would be...Type-Moon-ish. Lots of drama, psychological issues and depressive as well as funny moments. The story is well paced and gets you sitting in the edge of the chair, waiting for the next episode.
The art, probably the best part of the show. Imagine a show that, when the quality drops, it comes from "godly awesome" to "oh my god, this film is sooo good". Not too much to say for people like us, that like to watch animes, but a word for the directors: WATCH THIS to learn how to make a good animation!
The sound is mine personal opinion. It's amazing, and has Kalafina! I love this group and almost anything they do, so I'm kind of biased to talk about sound.
The character of the show is well done, so much to like and dislike (based on your mind alone, I've choose my villain and hero, what about you?), they made a protagonist along the 2nd half of the show, but there still some people that think that this one or that one are better, just the individual opinion, that's what make this show so good.
Enjoyment? Silly question my friend, by the rates I think you can tell if I liked it. This show is in the top 3 of 11 out of 10 people. This is probably the best show I've ever seen in my life.
Sorry for the long post, but I had to make this review and try to show all my passion fot it. I hope I did.
Jun 27, 2012
From the very first minutes of its premiere, Fate/Zero grabbed my attention. No, that’s not correct. I’d be lying if I denied being hyped for this way before it started airing. However, it still managed to surpass my expectations with that double-sized first episode that not only sported movie-like animation quality, but also managed to make exposition exciting rather than boring. In sum, once it got my attention, it never let go. 9 episodes in, and I had already finished the light novels, which became one of my favorite books to date and took the anticipation for what was about to come in animated form even further.
Being a prequel to Fate/Stay Night, it shares its premise of the Holy Grail War – a battle royale between seven magi, who each summons a Servant – a Heroic Sprit that’s essentially the embodiment of a legend from another age - in order to obtain the Holy Grail, a wish-granting instrument capable of realizing miracles. It’s a rather simple premise, but it is one with a great potential, for it can develop in really any way you can imagine.
While the premise isn’t new, the execution is top notch, its presentation exceeding most of what we’ve seen in the latest years. With the jaw-dropping action scenes and overall excellent animation (it did have its not-so-good moments, but in a whole it was simply amazing), ufotable have outdone themselves, delivering a visual quality hardly ever scene in a TV series.
But Fate/Zero isn’t all about action. In fact, the action frequently takes a backseat, reminding us what this series is all about – the characters and their pursuit and struggle for their ideals and innermost wishes. In this 4th Holy Grail War, instead of teenagers who were unwillingly dragged into it (mostly), we have mature adults who each have their reasons to fight and wishes they’d give their life for. Adding to that the Servants and some other relevant characters, we have a great and varied cast to explore. And does the series succeed in doing so? I believe it does. A bigger cast often means less time available for each character to be presented and developed. I won’t say Fate/Zero completely surpassed this problem, since time was, in fact, a real issue, and this is the one and only reason I find the novels slightly better. However, it did manage to create believable characters and show us a bit of each point of view. But most of all, their characterization was great, to the point that even if we didn’t get much time to sympathize with some of the characters themselves, we got to understand what drove their actions.
And here is where one of the biggest strengths in Fate/Zero lies. Through each character’s mindset, we’re presented one different mindset, one different way of life. The focus on this contrast and on the arguments about what one should pursue and the right way to do it makes this series an engaging and thought-provoking one like not many others can boast of. It's ultimately a story of pursuing one's ideals, and screwing one's own life for blindly doing so. But the questions it raises along the way are nowhere near discreditable, as it presses the viewers' to analyze the characters' views on life and trying to realize their own, since neither of the mindsets portrayed are presented as being the correct one. That lack of a pure white, each character having its good and bad traits and its moments of morally questionable decisions, pulls this series away from the dichotomous division we've grown so accustomed to. That's also something to be taken into account, since it makes the characters, those we end up liking and those we don't, feel more human and more believable.
The soundtrack, which plays a big part in the spectators' immersion, always stroke the right notes, managing to be ever-present and elevating the emotional impact. However, it managed to do so without feeling forced, which is a big plus on my books, seeing as there are series in which it feels so manipulative you could cry on the music alone. It is, in fact, missing a song that most people wanted, but that point alone doesn’t detract it from being an excellent musical score, which is complimented by both likable OPs and EDs, which fit the theme and mood of the series in their particular moments.
Fate/Zero is a series that can be brutal and heartwrenching to watch, for at its core lies tragedy and despair. Despite all that, or should I say, because to all that, it managed to be both intellectually and emotionally compelling. It’s a healthy mix between realism and fantasy, honorable heroes from other age and ruthless man from the modern world who’ll stop at nothing to achieve their goals. Of course that inside these two generalized divides, there are great differences as well and with this varied a cast, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
As a prequel to Fate/Stay Night, it had its fated shortcomings, such as the fact that most viewers already knew its ending, or that the ending couldn’t be as conclusive and wrap every plot point. However, due to its impressive writing, the knowledge of how it ended became anticipation to see how it would get there, and the finale was conclusive enough to get a nearly perfect closure on the characters and the outcome of the 4th Holy Grail, if nothing else, resulting in a satisfying conclusion which still put many of the half-assed endings we see to shame. With this in mind, Fate/Zero is a prequel to Fate/Stay Night, which means it’s better appreciated with knowledge of its continuation, but still manages to stand on its own as a great narrative I will not forget in a long, long time. read more
Jun 26, 2012
The atmosphere in season 2 was much darker than the 1st season and there were more battles and deaths than in season 1. So if anybody who were disappointed about season 1 (ep. 1-13), then you won't be disappointed about season 2 (ep. 14-25). The 2nd season focuses mostly on the remaining battles of the 4th Holy Grail War. Also, there were two episodes that mainly focus on Kiritsugu's past.
As a series on its own, the story was interesting, maybe not unique but still a good story that got me hooked to the series. Having seven chosen Masters and summon seven Servants (ancient Heroic Spirits) and battle each other for the Grail was a good idea. The anime told the storyline well, and hence it became one of my favourite anime series.
The story was much in detail compare to Fate/Stay Night. It explained further about the Holy Grail War and gave us a greater understanding of it. The dark atmosphere and a detailed story made this series much better than the sequel. Also, the two special episodes about Kiritsugu's past were excellent. It was disturbing in some way, but it makes us feel sorry for him. The conclusion to the series was a good set up for the sequel overall...
But, for those who only watched the anime adaptation of Fate/Stay Night and haven't played the visual novel (I'm one of them), then you'll notice that the connection to the sequel was a bit weak. Even though it showed the sea of fire as in Fate/Stay Night and how Kiritsugu rescued Shirou, but in a way...they were quite different. The sea of fire spreads like wings in Fate/Stay Night. But in Fate/Zero, some blood coloured liquid pours down from the sky and the fire initially looked like lava. Also, the scene when Kiritsugu rescued Shirou, there were still a sea of fire around them in Fate/Zero. But in Fate/Stay Night, no fire at all, they were extinguished by the rain. The battle between Gilgamesh and Saber was never shown in Fate/Zero, while at the beginning of Fate/Stay Night, they were fighting. So an inconsistency has occurred between the end of the prequel and the beginning of the sequel.
Fate/Zero however didn't quite answer how did Kiritsugu die after the 4th Holy Grail War? And I was confused a bit, since Aoi (Rin's mother) had survived even though she was strangled to death by Kariya. There were some other small bits of the story that was still a bit obscure to me, so I took away 1/10 for this reason. A lot of people saying that the visual novel was way better than the anime adaptation of Fate/Stay Night, but I guess if Ufotable decided to remake Fate/Stay Night, then it would be much better than the actual adaptation made by the original producers. Well, if the visual novel is the only way to find out about the unanswered questions that most people were asking, then visual novel is the way to go I guess. This can be frustrating to some people who don't play visual novels though, as they'll never find out the answers to those unanswered questions. So that's why I always watch an anime with great caution. If the original material was not the anime, but from the manga or visual novels, then I have no choice other than search for the original material just to get the storyline.
Well, same as in season 1. Good art, well animated. Particularly the CGI effects on Berserker and some battle scenes.
Sound was good, just like in season 1. The new opening and ending themes were good, though not as good as season 1 opening and ending theme, but still good. The opening theme was better than the ending theme actually. The OSTs were epic as usual, it fits perfectly to the different atmospheres in the series.
The characters in this whole series were much better than its sequel. Like I said in my review for season 1, we learn more about Kiritsugu and Kirei. Also a bit about Ilya, Rin and Sakura. But Kiritsugu's past was the major part, where we learn more about him and how he became a man who wanted to save the world even with some minor sacrifice. We also learned more about how Kirei became a heartless man who favours destruction. Waver was one of the useless Masters at the beginning of the whole series. But later, he began to take the war seriously and supported Rider. So an excellent character development for Waver, and Rider too. Caster's madness was unique to the series as well, which provided a bit of entertainment to the series. Saber was much better as I mentioned in my review for season 1. She was really emotional when she discovered the identity of Berserker. So overall, the characters were excellent. Though the only question mark was...Sakura. In the final episode, she was quite cold-hearted, which was unusual of her....But I've heard that the Heaven's Feel route of Fate/Stay Night visual novel answers about her cold personality...
This series as a whole, was really enjoyable. The dark atmosphere was what made this series much better than Fate/Stay Night. But if the storyline were a bit more clear and have all the questions answered in the anime instead of finding out in the visual novel of Fate/Stay Night, then this series would be much more enjoyable. For those who saw Fate/Stay Night, you'll find this series to be much enjoyable and much darker than Fate/Stay Night. But if you never watched any of the Fate series, just to prepare that the standards of the two series will not be the same. read more
Jun 24, 2012
First of all, story develops in such a gradual way that it does not tire the audience or make them bored. Rather, it portrays the characters in depth (for example, I wrote in my review for Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works that it could not bring depth to characters.) Unlike Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Zero puts the characters more up front. I believe that this is one of the key points to the series' success because Holy Grail War is not only about fighting and showing some spectacular fighting scenes. Although the fight scenes are also great, both masters' and servants' motivations are equally significant in this war since the grail is choosing the most suitable one in accordance with their motivations. In the first season, the series is at its slowest pace and lets the audience learn about the characters and their motivations. However, with the beginning of the second season, the pace gets much quicker and the series becomes more action/fighting involved.
Secondly, the art is also much superior to that Fate/Stay Night (especially Lancer). I think the drawings of Lancer in Fate/Zero is revealing his nature and characteristics more, I'm still bitter about his early death, though :)
And I guess, I should write a few words on the ending or last episode. To be honest, I wanted to see more fight between Saber and Gilgamesh and this is my first disappointment. Secondly, I would love to see Saber resisting his master. But they are just my selfish wishes. They do not destroy the greatness of the series.
Oct 14, 2013
1st what the meaning of hero mean?Righteous?, doing heroic act?, or one that comfort his/her openly? or those who save life with open arms??or one who desire to save the world?
And then what thus villains mean?? those you kill with out emotion and do things even despicable just to attain his/her goal, or someone who kill with out any lingering emotion when they kill or simple put it do evil act.
Then What is good and evil?? if killing is evil thus that mean all the soldier that kill is evil??.if every one has many interpretation of good? does that mean if i say killing this or that person is a good thing does that men im good and not evil?
And if someday along the way of your journey you stumble upon a opportunity to make your wish come true will take it and use it event its mean you will be comforted with self hatred to you self and grief that you will carry for the rest of your life??
Fate Zero tackle about struggle of each character to obtain their dream in a dread full way...it will want to make you say like "What the heck why the hell did he do that?"
Fate Zero is a story about Kiritsugu a man that find that kind of wishing device that can grant any wish and have to make a decision that can never take back.l Kirei a man wishing to find a answer he never find in all the thing he done his life and empty man that wish to find his reason for the god give him..
A war between 7 magi that summon a 7 servant that risk their life to obtain the wish grating device called "Holy Grail" each magi has a reason to obtain the war be it for fame, pride, enjoyment, revenge or simply a wish the can never fulfill with out a so called wish grating device called holly grail war.
Animation and sound:9
This one of the series that have amazing animation and soundtrack heck its one of the best.
What shine the most about fate zero is the characters how can is say this its like a collection of individual with different personally and different view in things but each of them the their time to shine for them..example Waver on first you can say that he's just a wimpy kid that just want someone to acknowledge of his worth and not doing anything and just being a cry baby and cant even control his master but along the way evol. in to someone that can stand in his own ground...that is just one of many character that shine in this series.
With out further explanation this show is a much watch anime of all anime fan out there that want a great and satisfying journey of watching this anime..
Apr 17, 2012
The Holy Grail War also involves several sets of conflicts between various supernatural families. All the families for one wants glory for winning the actual war, but the one miracle wish that's blessed by the holy grail is what personally drives the contestants. Would you sacrifice the whole world for the rebirth of your dead, loved ones? Is it worth it? These dark themes are the bane of many of our protagonists and side characters as they approach their psychological breakdowns.
Then there's Saber, and all other Honored Heroes.
All the characters in the fate zero series have multilateral background stories, but most things are left unexplained in the beginning of the series in order to create a mysterious atmosphere and aura around even the main protagonists. This leaves the audience thirsting for more every upcoming episode, so that they can learn the true intents of each character. And, why they desire the Grail so badly. These essential traits of Fate Zero characters are made to appeal to worldwide audiences, and are elevating at times
On another note, the season two of fate zero definitely involves more action than last season. Yet at times, this series still explores some dramas of all proportionals in depth, while being consistent in the flow of its overall plot. Thus, the tension the 2nd season creates a heavier, more intense atmosphere than what someone would usually be used to, partially due to the graphics involved in making this series.
Since I brought it up, I must talk about it. The graphics and music in fate zero needs to be pinpointed to an Oscar award soon or there's no hope for future anime franchises. The graphics in fate zero definitely exist as one of the best out there. The artistic aspects not only illuminate the detailed/general setting very well but seems to depict each character's personality as well. Ever since I've seen fate zero, there hasn't been any other series (with a few exceptions) that I have considered a 10/10 when judging its artistic qualities. The music in this series is also nicely executed in fluency with the sound acting and special effects. Most of which raises the level of fierceness in a specific action scene or just makes the actual animation showing on the screen more engaging.
Although it would be cool to participate in the Holy Grail war and grant myself a wish, a possible dilemma could result in having to hand over my family, job, and all other responsibilities. So on second thought, I'd rather just be a spectator. And that's exactly what fate zero gives us the opportunity to do, and in the most appealing and qualified graphics possible. That's why, although it's not a perfect anime, the series proves itself to be considered well executed and deserving of all the attention it's getting. All in all, though it really saddens me that the Fate Zero series has finally concluded on a fixed, amiss note, it's very likely the deftly devious creator Urobuchi may provide us with a better and more ideal series sooner or later. read more
Jun 25, 2012
A perfect story that concludes what happen in 4th Holy grail war that lead to 5th Holy Grail war and concludes that who is this Emiya Kiritsugu and why Kotomine is angry with him just like that.. But the story is kinda much more brutal than the fate/stay night.. It's really great to watch and I want the UFOTable to release the Heaven's feel too..ok back to Fate/zero.well the story is great but they I don't see Kiritsugu die but I've seen his last moment... well see for yourself I've given you a spoiler afterall
It's a masterpiece it's a combination of 2D and 3D element in animating and the art is very much more detailed than the fate/stay night... it rivals the Unlimited bladeworks it's great.. in every fight scene ... they leave me breathless and mesmerize by it..
Well the sound is much more realistic than fate/stay night though. and the Op theme and ED theme really match the anime.. It's really great that they create this anime whew..
The characters personality are well made especially Emiya Kiritsugu... I like his action.. He do things without hesitation and does not irritates me.. in the other hand the best servant I guess is rider.. he's one of the humor of this series.... It's great that he has his funny side or this anime will be too much serious...
Well it's very enjoying after I finish downloading everything I watch it from the start once more.. In every fight scene it leaves me breathless and It makes me eager to watch again the episodes.. well it forced me though to watch fate/stay night again.. but it's a great series...
I bet you.. You're gonna watch fate/stay night again after you finish this anime :) read more
Nov 22, 2013
So I will make this quick. Do you like the old myths about mighty heroes like King Arthur, Alexander the Great or stories about Holy Grail or old legends about long forgotten gods? Then this anime is just for you. I started to watch it exactly for that reason and found out that there is much more than that.
After the first episode I was a bit confused about everything. What the hell is this all about? However after some episodes you'll start to love all the characters. You cannot simply say which one is a bad guy and who's a hero. The background of each character is kinda mysterious but eventually you'll discover more about them and find some deep connections and very interesting philosophical problems.
The animation is good enough too. The fights are really dynamic and you can see a combination of a modern style fighting (pistols, explosives, radio etc.) and fantasy style combat (magic, swords,...). But that's not all, now imagine an awesome epic music in the background....oooh my dayum. Yes, truly a masterpiece. (btw the OST contains some songs from a famous amazing Japanese group Kalafina, that just got me)
The most valuable thing for me was the ending. The personal stories of the characters escalates and you look inside the minds of two most badass characters of this anime. The conclusion is truly incredible. Nobody saw it coming I guess. I was just speechless thinking about the point of the whole plot. Don't wanna spoil but this anime has a really deep message for all of us.
Don't live like waiting for a miracle. Don't expect that something will change your entire life, that you can make a light with darkness, that you can sacrifice goodness in your life in order to win a bigger one. Your dreams are not something far away, it is what you are....
PS: Not gonna watch the other Fate anime. This one was written by a different author and animated by a different studio. From what I've read about the rest, they are not worth watching. read more