Feb 11, 2019
LegendAqua (All reviews)
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UMU UMU, the last encore finishes and the curtains closes in the confusing yet highly thematic installment of Fate/EXTRA Last Encore.

Fate/Extra: Last Encore - Illustrias Tendousetsu is the conclusion of Fate/LAST Encore, following Hakuno, Red Saber and Rin to the seventh floor and to their final destination, The Mooncell Automation.

The seventh floor focusing on Leonardo Bistario "Leo" Harwey voiced by Romi Park and his servant Gawain voiced by Takahiro Mizushima as their ideals are put up to the final fight, one fighting for stagnation, the other fighting to change the future for good. The seventh floor by all means is just to give Hakuno another push into his resolve to restart the Mooncell Automation and gaining yet another ally as it were for the final boss, Twice Pieceman voiced by Hiroshi Touchi.

As an aside, these final episodes did give us why Hakuno and Red Saber aka. Nero Claudius were just meant to be, Hakuno being the embodiment of anger, hatred and death fits historically in line with the real Nero, as due to his extravagance gave rise to the Romans seeing Nero in a negative light with compulsion and corruption and he was condemned to death as a public enemy. Hakuno and Nero's thematic relationship speaks volumes to say the least, but that is just LA.

So Twice, his entire battle was executed rushed to be completely honest and what with the last episode being extended to 40 minutes to pull of this finale and LA still saying it was rushed is telling but nonetheless, it was climax, akin to the typical "save the world" scenario. Ideology-wise, Twice is the opposite to Leo, as he wants to destroy the world as humanity had it's chance. Yes Twice put up a resistance and put up a spectacle to say the least but it's the final moments and Twice's actions or rather inactions that kinda dulled the experience (though Twice's flaws kinda made sense considering what he turned into but still) but a rousing final speech by Nero at least to cap the conclusion to this confusing cavalcade of Fate/EXTRA Last Encore.

The animation and voice work hasn't changed, besides the new characters introduced in Fate/Extra: Last Encore - Illustrias Tendousetsu being Romi Park as Leo, Takahiro Mizushima as Gawain and Hiroki Touchi as Twice. Again, LA's faovurite voice actor easily goes to Sakura Tange as Nero for the reasons LA said in LA's original season review and the animation is typical SHAFTiness.

Fate/Extra: Last Encore - Illustrias Tendousetsu is a highly thematically-entrenched anime and even for new audiences who haven't even played Fate/EXTRA can only grasp the surface level plotline towards what happened, not only from Illustrias Tendousetsu but the entire anime series as a whole, you gotta REALLY research this stuff up to get all the lore and characters to get the full experience but "surface level", it has a basic template of a "player" going up the tower, defeating Masters and Servants, getting to know the "player" character and Nero with ideologies thrown left right and everywhere only to solidify the main protagonist resolve to save the world at the sacrifice of himself, surface level sounds simple, but Fate/Extra: Last Encore just somehow managed to make it much more complicated and headscratching when it didn't need to, but this IS a Akiyuki Shinobu work so gotta be thematic and mindbending as possible.

Fate/Extra: Last Encore was LA's wild card but as the curtains closed, it left as the Joker...smiling all the way (take that statement like you will).