Fate/Zero episode 1 - And there shall be lolis and hotties and more Arturia Pendragon

loli version of Tohsaka Rin

Aww… loli Rin and soon-to-be tsundere queen. Cute.

loli version of Matou Sakura

Aww… loli Sakura and soon-to-be… well what, really? Cute and pretty anyway.

Matou Kariya and his ugly worm face

AHHH!!! NOT PRETTY!!!

Matou Sakura being devoured by worms

Poor loli Sakura is getting eaten(?) by worms. Achievement unlocked: cause a billion doujinshi with a single scene

Iri <3

Eyegasm! Iri wins. EOD

It’s finally there! We all eagerly waited for it the moment it was announced: Fate/Zero!

Fate/Zero is a prequel to Fate/Stay Night and takes place during the 4th Holy Grail War 10 years before FSN. The first episode is roughly 50 minutes long and adds a great deal to the story of FSN already. While it does give you some new information about old characters like Sakura, who is revealed to be more than just your everyday girl which happens to be born with magic in her blood, other characters, such as Emiya Kiritsugu, get quite a bit of screentime and yet remain a mystery.

We know from FSN already that the final battle in this war will be fought by Emiya Kiritsugu and Kotomine Kirei and while they simply comment on the other masters and their abilities, they fear each other already because they simply cannot comprehend one another’s ambitions and perceive each other as dangerous. Emiya Kiritsugu used to be a mage killer and used methods that were very “unmagely”, such as poisoning, bombing and so on. He also worked as a mercenary in wars, but only offered his services when the battle was most fierce. We know this kind of self-destructive behavior from Emiya Shiro (FSN), but the cruelty is something I did not expect. Kiritsugu struck me as a very gentle, noble man in FSN. That is what it is that so inspires Shiro and highly influences who he becomes. So why is Kiritsugu displayed as a cruel, cold man with hardly any emotions? Iri loves him and talks about their goal, so there must be something of that noble and gentle nature in this goal.

Then there is Matou Kariya, who sacrifices himself to protect Sakura. While he is butt ugly (at least after he got infested by those crest worms), I do believe his ambitions are pure and his will is strong. The other masters I won’t bother going into, as they don’t seem all that interesting. I am very eager to find out how this war will proceed. I’m especially eager to see our star Arturia again.

Fate/Zero episode 1 easily gets a full 5/5 Kurisus:


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Written by Anpan | Posted on 3. October 2011, 02:41

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Sonokamome wrote 11.10.05, 08:50 am:

Definitely recommend watching this in 10-bit full screen.Totally worth it.

Anpan wrote 11.10.05, 04:31 pm:

Yeah. The UTW releasesare 10-bit. I just had to download a custom mplayer build to properly watch them.

Sonokamome wrote 11.10.05, 11:36 pm:

I just had to use Media Player Classic (with the new CCCP release but I got myself CoreAVC 3.0.1 just because I love having my Nvidia card to handle the playback and it uses less resources so I can also have CoreAVC handle any playback in my laptop)

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