We sure are starting the season strong with Fate/Stay Night, the show has not even officially started yet, we are only at episode zero and there is so many things happening that it is difficult to keep track of it all. First of all I must say I am really thrilled that we are starting the season with 1-hour specials. Even more so that we even get a pre-episode that gives us a slow transition into this Holy Grail. Having this longer episode really helped me get back into the atmosphere and tempo of the Fate universe. It will also be great to have episode 1 and 2 combined into yet another 1-hour special next week. Every time I get 4 week work of content in 2 weeks, I cannot help but be thrilled. It just makes it better that they are longer cut of such an amazing show as Fate/Stay Night.
Enough with my praise of the show, I want to get straight to the juicy juicy details, It was difficult but fun to go back into this universe and try to remember the relationship with every characters. It was also rather ironic that everyone was assigned the same Class as their father or other relative had received in the past. It really didn’t come as a surprise to see Tohsaka get Archer, it even felt rather fitting. I just cannot wait to get more into the story and see who are the 7 Masters and who are their servants. I think it is one of the most fun and exciting part of the show to learn about all of them and their powers. My first impression so far is that everyone seem very alike their Fate/Zero counterpart. Saber is obviously the same as in Fate/Zero. Lancer, despite not mentioning his name, is visually both in appearance and weaponry, the same person. The only Servant so far that isn’t the same as the one in Fate/Zero (as far as I can tell) is Archer. Archer doesn’t remember his name, but he doesn’t look like Gilgamesh from the prequel. Archer does have a very similar ability than the one of Gilgamesh though. We didn’t see Archer completely in action yet, but he obviously uses daggers and he is able to summon them at will. I have a feeling that Archer is probably some notorious knife thrower, but I wouldn’t have any idea who that could be from my knowledge of fantasy and history alone. It really annoys me that Archer is unable to remember who he is, Tohsaka and him are obviously going one of the main focus of the show, so it is frustrating that we don’t have any information about the first and main servant in the show.
Obviously, this was episode 0. This episode is meant as an introduction, a small prequel to everything that will happen in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. It is therefore not such an upset that no major information was leaked during the episode. I must admit I am even a bit surprised that we got to see so many servants and battles in just this first episode. I wasn’t expecting anything more than some formal introduction but we really got into tense battles and the live or death situation of the Holy Grail. I cannot overstate how hyped and excited I am for this new season, It is by far my most anticipated show for the Fall and even with an introductory episode it was able to exceed all my expectations. I just want more already and I cannot wait for next saturday to come along !
ZeroGhj signing off