Ten years after the Holy Grail War—a battle waged by Masters and Servants over the wish-granting container, the Holy Grail—another war breaks out in Fuyuki City. Shirou Emiya—the adopted son of Kiritsugu Emiya, a participant of the previous Holy Grail War—resolves to fight, carrying out Kiritsugu’s dying wish. There’s a young girl by Shirou’s side who’s in love with him—Sakura Matou. Every morning, she goes to Shirou’s house to make breakfast and dinner for him, bringing kindness into the life of a boy utterly alone in the world. But once the Holy Grail War starts, there’s a change in the air in Fuyuki City. Murders abound across the city, and the atmosphere grows ominous. Shirou decides to shelter Sakura in his home. Along with Saber, the Servant he summons, Shirou allies himself with the magus Rin Tohsaka and takes part in the Holy Grail War. But the battle starts to go awry as secret maneuvers by unseen forces are put into play.
I love the Fate/Stay Night series (or called Fate for short). It’s definitely one of my favorites for it’s interesting premise. But here’s the thing, there is no proper way to watch the series. But in my opinion, start with the very first Fate/Stay Night anime simply called…Fate/Stay Night adapted by Studio Deen in 2006.
I was able to watch it in theater as for a couple of days airing in the United States in selected theaters. Just seeing the room full of fans of the series just like me kind of feels nice.
What I liked about the first movie in the trilogy:
- Animation is visually stunning as usual (since it’s animated by Ufotable, who is well-known for animation alone)
- Story is well-paced and the dark moments did look and felt disturbing
- Shirou’s personality is better in the aspect that he’s more understandable and relatable
- His relationship with Sakura was well-handled (they had a lot of nice scenes together)
- Soundtrack is great; best one is the ending/movie theme Hana no Uta sung by Aimer (seriously just look it up and download it it’s beautiful)
Anybody who’s a Fate fan should watch this, as it is a movie for Fate fans.
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