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Mar 29, 2019
***WARNING: THIS REVIEW ASSUMES YOU'VE EITHER SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE VISUAL NOVEL, AND CONTAINS HEAVY SPOILERS***

Lost Butterfly is probably the first adaptation of Fate Stay Night that actually gets better the more I think about it. It is also ironically the one that possibly makes the most changes from the source material.

After letting it sit, I realize that while the visual novel may be the most well-rounded experience overall, what is IN the film is definitely a big improvement from the source material. Aside from the Shirou/Sakura rain scene, I was surprised at how much more subtle and nuanced read more
Jan 1, 2018
Saying Fate Apocrypha knew what worked about Fate Zero and the Fate franchise is like saying Guilty Crown knew what worked about Code Geass. This show is absolutely clueless and is the biggest train wreck of a show I have seen all year. Doubles the characters (28 of them!), quadruples the exposition, and has so many explosions it would give Michael Bay a run for his money. This is a classic case of bigger not being better. This is an uninspired, directionless, boring mess of a show.


I will start with the few positives I can think about reflecting back read more
Sep 24, 2016
Rewrite (Anime) add (All reviews)
This is one of the worst adaptations I have ever seen, and easily the worst Key anime to date. 8-bit, Tensho, and the entire staff should be ashamed of what was produced here. This Rewrite adaptation is in the similar vein as M Night Shyamalans "The Last Airbender" adaptation where you have characters with the same names and some of the story elements, but presented without soul and crushed down until it possesses none of its quality. The original source material wasn't perfect. In fact I would deem it inconsistent and flawed, but it was refreshingly different from other works from read more
Apr 11, 2016
There is a saying: "don't judge a book based on its cover." This is a show that I expect was dropped by many because of constant delays and a dull as fuck pilot that was followed up by an even worse second episode. To be honest, I was one of those people. I thought the first episode was really dull with confused direction and the second episode had all the trappings of an incredibly generic shounen. There were also many red flags: video adaptations tend to suck, this anime's purpose at the time seemed to be to function as an uninspired read more
Apr 16, 2015
Phantom Requiem for the Phantom is basically a mix between Bourne Identity, The Departed and The Godfather. It is written by Gen Urobuchi (Fate/Zero, Madoka Magica, and PsychoPass), whose work have been critically acclaimed and praised by many. Why this show never got the same attention as the shows mentioned above is a complete mystery to me, as this is an ambitious, engaging and terrifically executed anime.

Story: 9/10 (Excellent)
The plot surrounds a character name Zwei: who gets captured, his memory gets wiped and is forced to work as an assassin for an underworld organization called Inferno. The best assassin in Inferno, Ein, trains him to read more
Dec 15, 2014
Utawarerumono is an incredibly long complicated title that took me forever to pronounce correctly, and it translates to: "the one being sung". I would have never found this anime if it weren't for a friend of mine, and I have to say that this could have been one of my favorites had it not have such a terrible ending. It creates an interesting fantasy setting, it has incredibly likable characters, and if the ending didn't have such an awkward tonal and directional shift: this could have been a perfect family animated show. Like seriously, about halfway I was like: "finally an anime read more
Dec 6, 2014
Air (Anime) add (All reviews)
Key is famous for creating lovable characters that you come to like, and then ripping your heart with feels. If you know anything about Key than you probably have heard of Clannad, Kanon and Air. Each of them are harems (one guy goes after several different girls and eventually ends up with one of them), and usually each heroine is given their own subplot. What makes Key better than 90% of these type of narratives is all of them usually amount to something; whether it is an overarching theme (Kanon) or an effective way to lead into something more (like Clannad After read more
Nov 29, 2014
I saw a fire that ignited and blazed strong for an instant. It grabbed my attention and had me going towards it. The fire quickly died down however, weakened and became very dim. I watch the flame, waiting for it to die, but for some reason it stays: weak and flickering.

This is essentially what I thought about this anime. It starts off really strong in the first four episodes with really cool ideas and even some thought provoking themes that could potentially be explored. I was really interested to see where it was all going to go... and it ended read more
Nov 26, 2014
Who is this for? Why was this even attempted?! Who the hell thought cramming 30 hours of story into a 90 minute movie was a great idea?! This "movie" is a disaster! If you have never heard of fate, you will be lost in this incomprehensible mess. If you have seen fate stay night by DEEN, the first third of the movie is a boring recap, the twists in the second act will be rubbish to you and in the third act... you will have an embarrassingly hilarious final fight and instead of a CG dragon you will get a read more
Nov 25, 2014
What attracted me to this show actually wasn't the hype around it at the time, but the split opinions. I was fascinated to see this on top 10 best lists and top 10 worsts lists. I am kind of in the middle: I think overall it is a good show that is fun to watch. I think what draws people to this show is the setting that it created. It creates an interesting world that is constantly introducing interesting ideas that keep you wanting to see more of whats in store. This is my third review, and I am changing read more