It has been only a few weeks since I finished Fate/Zero, F/SN and F/SN:UBW, and with the hype still running through me, I write this (hopefully) polite review of an anime that I like despite its shortcomings.
To start off, Story.
I gave it a 9, as it introduces new factors into the show, and making your anime work with additional factors added into the formula is pretty hard work. Additionally, I can respect the fact that there's no certain good or evil in the show - something that the Fate series has done amazingly well so far.
While it's not Ufotable work,
it's great. The animations are smooth, color grading and shading has been done pretty well, and it just generally looks nice.
It started off a bit weird as we're all used to the ridiculous stuff Ufotable does, but after a few episodes, It's easy to get used to. I gave it a 9, but it's more like 8.5. But oh well.
The only thing that I noticed was kinda weird once. At one point, it felt like someone just excessively bass boosted it to the point it sounds like an Atari 2600 game, but the voice acting is great, sound mixing is good enough, and none of the characters are being deadpan about their roles, what's good.
Okay this may spike some controversy but so far I like most of the characters from Apocrypha more than characters in UBW. UBW has great characters - no doubt but these guys pulled me in much better than UBW. It may be early for the judging, but so far, that's how it is.
Ok this is the most important part - an anime can have the best art, sound story, characters and literally everything, but if it's boring, it's pointless.
And that's why this show gets... an outstanding score in this season of cancer. Prepare the 7th planet in the Solar system, because this may shock you, I effin' HATE most of the anime this season. The only ones I can bear are Kakegurui, Aho Girl, Smartphone thing and obviously Fate. The season is riddled with inoperable cancers like Hajimete no SlutsWithOversizedTits, and don't even get me started on the failure that THE REFLECTION is.
So while I can't give it a 10 overall, I think that a 9 is fitting. It's generally fun, and it has entertaining characters, and Siegfried the true bro of the season (although not on the same level as Rider from Fate/Zero). Cheerios.
Before we introduce FA**, let's first introduce what I call the <Fantastic Five of Type-Moon>, as anyone who follows Sony Music will know, TM is now officially living off of Papa Sony's money, with it TM's original 3-man writing team expanded to a 5-man writing team featuring.
Kinoko Nasu, the Stan Lee of TM, called this because he does about as much writing as Stan Lee these days.
Higashide, the Left hand of Nasu, called this because your left hand tend to be the worse than your right.
Sakurai, the Right hand of Nasu, also called Mary-sue, because she is the one who is doing the most writing
Minase, the guy Nasu hired to be the team's comedic sidekick, know for his work C3, a light novel featuring child pornography.
"The guy whose name I forgot (star sky something)", not sure why Nasu hired him, maybe good maybe horrible.
FA** is Higashide's work, back when Nasu wasn't rich and occasionally did some writing when he didn't shove it off to Sakurai. Featuring a 8 vs 8 grail war death match (spoiler), a 5-novel work that started off okay and ended with people understanding why you never write with your left hand.
Thankfully Higashide said he learned why everybody hate him after FA** and said he would correct it, teamed up with THE Ukyo Kodachi, the mastermind behind works such as <Chaos dragon> and the episodes of <dangonronpa 3> that should be used as toilet paper.
Yeah, this is going to suck.
But besides shitting on Higashide, let's get down to the pros and cons of FA**
- Not much, the Higashide had only 1 talent, and that is writing action scenes, but since A-1 is doing the animating, I think we can all see that this talent is now down the garbage bin. Of course this is mostly Ukyo Kodachi and A-1's fault so we have to blame it on them.
- The Romance is horrible, one of Higashide's weakness
- The characters are not cool enough, another of Higashide's weakness
- The plot have too much in common with fate route, another of Higashide's bad habit
- "Special" thinking pattern made by "special" people, another of Higashide's weakness
- tempo of the story is highly rushed, this is A-1's fault, but understandable as squeezing 5 vols into 25 episodes really shouldn't be done, 38 is where I would consider to be right.
Overall, this is really only something hardcore fate fans would watch, even if it is only to see how badly Higashide messed up again and to consider whether to flame him for it.
Fate apocrypha, a series which I really looked forward to as a fate series fan. I play fgo(used to play the Japanese ver but now switched to NA), watch fate stay night, fate zero(a masterpiece indeed) and ubw(it's shit). Hence, when the year of 2017 had announced Heavens feels and apocrypha I was really excited.
The story is quite average, I would say? 7vs7, it's like playing some rpg stuff where online players were split into 2 teams to fight against each other. In this case, the reward is the holy grail I suppose?
Tbh I was quite hesitant and doubtful for this category
since ufotable is not in charge of this series. But I'm really Glad that A1 picture did a great job with the animation in this series. The animation was smooth and Mordred's Armour looks OP af. (Mordred best waifu claimed by me)
I've no issues with the ost, it's alright. The characters are about how they sound in fgo, I really appreciate the VA for their amazing voice. Egoist OP is really a bonus.
Now this is something I found lacking in this anime. Look at my #2 best waifu Jeanne (1st first goes to MOEdred sryy) and her screen time. This anime seems to be focusing a lot on various characters that they actually cover very little on every characters. With more characters, it should be able to fulfil making this a strong point of the anime but it failed unfortunately. Mordred refuses to fight (less fight), Jeanne showing up for the sake for showing up, Siegfried... nvm let's not talk about Dear Sumanai. Tbh I would rather the studio focus on the red side first and slowly reveal the intentions on the black side and not merely describe everything. Everything is so rushed in this anime and it skipped a lot of information and fights. (Eg Spartacus' fight is suppose to be more epic and violent and Astolfo is suppose to take a walk with Archer of the Black in between ep4) Well, at least A1 gave most screen time to the best Trap Astolfo so imma give this section a pass :)
I'm a bit disappointed on how A1 handled the characters as of now. Not much development for them tbh.
And I was a bit disappointed with how A1 handled Jeannes's case at the beginning of ep2, expected the burning of the Dark witch to be more dramatic and dark, something like the ufotable vibes :3
This show is pretty much underwhelming as of now and I would hope things improve later on.