An hour’s beginning of a summoning ceremony — the beginning of a masterpiece.
Holy Grail, that is an impressive beginning. Granted that it’s been years since I last touched Fate/stay night, I find this introduction to be much better than I originally anticipated. It was mostly all talk, but it is all necessary to set the stage — the Servant summoning. I still have some homework to do so that I can recall each of the succeeding characters and backtrack it to the prequel — I forgot that Rin and Sakura were sisters!
Where do I begin? Well, for starters, the artwork and graphics underwent drastic improvement and Type-Moon does not disappoint with its joint work with Aniplex. Fluid colors, beautiful scenery, serious faces. It already feels like a much improved version of the series that made me hate Shirou so much halfway through. As for the characters — I love them. It’s an orgy of masculine voices that make this Fourth Holy Grail War already epic, and with targets already established, I feel like this will be far better than all the hypes tagged to this series.
I admit, seeing loli Rin is undeniably cute. Seeing that her father’s involved this time around, and her time having happened already (as strange as that sounds), future protagonists will sit around and grow up while all the preceding Magi invoke war for that coveted Grail — a prayer and wish for just one winner. There’s still work cut out for me but I’m starting to remember more as the names keep coming about. The battles and relationships should prove to be interesting, and I can’t wait to see Kiritsugu’s reaction to meeting the King of Knights, Saber. (Excited for Saber!!)
GO Rating: 4/5
Instead of trying to insert it above, here is the list of all the key players that were prominent in the pilot:
Emiya Kiritsugu (Koyama Rikiya)
Irisviel von Einzberg (Ohara Sayaka)
Matou Kariya (Shingaki Tarusuke)
Tohsaka Tokiomi (Hayami Show) — image above
Tohsaka Rin (Ueda Kana)
Kotomine Kirei (Nakata Jouji)
Velvet Waver (Namikawa Daiksuke)
And I ain’t gonna lie, I was excited to see Gilgamesh too. That bastard’s way too cool to hate. #awesome #golden epic win #gilgamesh
Continue to watch? Yes
Continue to review? By default, yes.