Fate/stay night is probably one of the most anticipated anime of the new season. There’s been quite a bit of hype leading up to it, and now that the first episode is out, we can all find out whether the series lives up to the hype. Or can we?
I’m not familiar story based on the TYPE-MOON game, but here’s what I got from the anime: There’s seven magic users that are fighting each other for the Holy Grail. Each of the magic users is a quot;master", and they have "servants" that help them along the way. I wonder if the Holy Grail can heal gunshot wounds like in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade…
Fate/stay night follows the story of a Emiya Shirou, a student/medicore magic user/awesome mechanic. His late father was a magician, and he sorta picked up magic himself, but he can only use it to see inside machines, etc. In the episode, we learn he wants to become a "Seigi no Mikata," an "Ally of Justice." I think that’s something Ultraman would say; The other characters make fun of him for being cheesy.
In addition to Emiya, there’s Sakura – his friend’s sister who cooks him meals for some reason, and Fujimura Taiga – his teacher/surrogate mother (like in Happy Lesson!?). At this point, Sakura seems kinda dull as a character. Fujimura-sensei seems like she’s just there for comic relief; the sad part is she’s the second most interesting character. We’re also introduced to Tohsaka Rin, who seems to be one of the magic users! She also has the power to walk really slowly.
In the first episode, we’re introduced to a bunch of characters, but nothing really interesting happens plot-wise. Besides seeing Tohsaka fly around town with her servant, and a weird little girl trash talk Emiya, this anime seems like it would be a normal harem show. I’m sure there’ll be some more action and developments in the next episode,though.
The character designs are fairly good. Emiya is pretty generic, but he’s a guy, so it’s kind of a given. Sakura is dull; she’s a girl, so this is not ok. I really like Fujimura-sensei (but then again, I usually lean towards the super-deformed and wacky characters). You could probably derive this from the number of screencaps I included of her… The other characters (including the girl in the ending credits who hasn’t appeared yet) are all designed well too.
The animation during the beginning fight scenes is nice and fluid. Too bad there’s only about 20 seconds worth of fight scene in the first episode. Overall, the production quality looks good and there’s a lot of attention payed to detail.
The OP, "disillusion" by Sachi Tainaka sounds really cool! The vocals are good, and the song itself sounds pretty mysterious. The ED, "Anata ga ita mori" by Jukai, isn’t as good as the OP, but I still dig it.
Listen to the OP: disillusion by Sachi Tainaka
Listen to the ED: Anata ga ita mori by Jukai
Overall, Fate/stay night has a lot of potential. The animation is quality, and most of the characters are cool enough for my tastes. I would have preferred more action in the first episode, but I guess this anime will take some more time to develop. It looks like the seeds are being planted for an interesting lot, what with Emiya’s "I want to save the world" talk, and his magical abilities. I’ll definitely keep watching this anime to see how it all pans out.