Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Fate/Stay Night Vol 1 - Adventure of the Holy Grail|
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Not the best show in all of existence, but still lives up to
Porcupine | 12/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since I am personally somewhat of a TYPE-MOON fan (company that is responsible for producing the Fate/Stay Night PC game this anime is based on) I give this show a 5-star rating, something I rarely give out. I'm not a total TYPE-MOON fanatic though, I haven't played either of their PC games Fate/Stay Night or Tsukihime since I can't read Japanese and/or can't find the games. So I think most people will enjoy this show whether they already knew about it or not. I've only seen this disc with the first 4 episodes on it (out of 24) not the whole series, so that is what this review will be based on.
Story-wise I say Fate/Stay Night gets a 5 out of 5. It's not a perfect 5, and it's not some all-time classic, but it's quite interesting and will almost certainly continue developing in the same intruiging fashion that TYPE-MOON has become famous for. Directing is probably the weakest area of this show, I'd give it 3 or 4 stars. It's still fairly good, but the thing that annoys me the most is how everything gets silly the moment that girl with short brown hair appears. I forgot her name, and while she gets her share of screen time I don't think she is an important character in regards to the fights and main plot. I wish she didn't exist, I blame her whenever the atmosphere changes into silliness. The rest of the time Fate/Stay Night is moderately serious and fits the tone I prefer for these types of shows.
Drawing style I give a high 5 out of 5. As I've seen a number of others say, Rin Tohsaka is one of the best character designs ever. Drawing consistency I can't yet comment on as I've only seen 4 episodes, not enough to see how badly the drawings may degenerate in the bad episodes. So far the consistency has been pretty good but I saw some ugly things in the episode five preview. Animation quality is a low 5 stars. For those who saw the Fate/Stay Night trailer (found on some other Geneon DVDs), the general animation quality of the show itself is not quite up to the level of the fights shown in the trailer. But it's not that much worse. There's pretty much no sign of frame-saving efforts ever, it's just not ultra spectacular at all times like the fights in the trailer were. Background drawings are 4 stars, quite nice but not the best I've ever seen. Music is 4 stars, done by well-known anime composer Kenji Kawai, but only a few songs are really memorable. It's inevitable I think when the same composers are over-utilized, they can't produce that many good songs for each show they do. I agree with the previous review that the intro and ending songs aren't that good. They are not composed by Kenji Kawai, only the BGM which is better is by him.
In terms of the genre this show is in, Fate/Stay Night is kind of unique. It's a blend of the fighting/action genre together with the dating sim genre, which is the trademark of TYPE-MOON productions. And I think this is a good enough show to appeal to fans of both genres. It also has an interesting historical feel, as most of the combatants in this show are historical figures from ancient mythology, such as Hercules, Medusa, Sasaki Kojiro, etc. Or so I hear, in the first 4 episodes so far only a couple identities were revealed. Some people might get mad when they find out who Saber is supposed to be. Ha ha ha. I don't know when that gets revealed though.
Lastly, a review of the DVD disc itself, not the show. This is the sloppiest Geneon release I've seen in some time. The menus suck and are totally barren of anything interesting. Most of them are silent with no music. The in-show translations are also unusually bad, filled with numerous typos and grammatical errors, occasionally bordering into "Engrish". In general the translations are done well and are very understandable, but I guess they forgot to proofread. There are essentially no extras and the trailers are old rehashed stuff. One good thing, the dub is quite well done, so I advise watching the dub as well as the sub, as some of the translations are handled better in it.
Regarding the contents of the boxset, it's just a box with nothing extra inside, unfortunately. Also, a huge warning. There are also two very slight variants of print-tones that the boxes come in, a lighter-colored box and a darker, purpler-colored box. Most of the lighter-tone boxes have something rattling around inside of them, while the darker-tone boxes don't. That sound is the DVD disc loose inside, rolling around and being scratched up. I have heard about 10 of these boxes already. I've seen around 25 Fate boxes in total. The same stores generally carry both print tones too, the batches were mixed. So be aware that anywhere from 30% to 50% of all Fate/Stay Night boxsets have a loose DVD inside, which is very unfortunate. I advise buying the boxset in person rather than online, so that you can exchange the disc if you have to."
I am the bone of my sword... mwehahaha
Lungbunny | NC | 01/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I discovered Fate/Stay Night through the original visual novel, and ero-game by the same title. The anime traces the Saber-focused romance path with omission of the sex scenes and such. Since the anime is based on a game/novel, there's a lot of things that a casual veiwer of the anime series will miss or simply not get off hand without investigation into the series. However, the anime can stand on it's own without the veiwer understanding the ins and outs of what's going on elsewhere.
The animation is solid, the music is solid, and the Japanese voice acting is very good as is the translation. The english voice acting, so far, seems weak though... Especially where Sakura and Taiga are concerned.
Overall, it's a series for fans of Typemoon's works. I happily recommend it."
Someone | Somewhere | 12/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm being fairly generous with the 5th star since I've only watched the first 4 episodes that come on this, but I think it can live up to it.
The DVD released here by Geneon has to get a 2 at best, though. The only extras are a pathetic set of pencil sketches, opening and closing credits, and three previews. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect more when they charge $30 for something like that. The series box comes with it. So if you decide to buy all the DVDs, this purchase will give you a nice box to store them in. That big thing next to the first DVD is just a filler. Nothing special about it once you've inspected it.
On to the anime. The show didn't really impress me very much until about halfway through episode 2. The story centers around a boy, Shirou, who has a hazy past. He has the unusual habit of wanting to help people, which has believable roots in his past. It isn't entirely clear yet, but he appears to have a connection with a war that had been fought ten years prior to the story. This introduces the main plot: a war fought between teams of masters, such as Shirou, and their servants, heroic spirits from the past. Their goal is to obtain the Holy Grail and be granted a wish. Forget your traditional knowledge of the Grail story. This anime puts a more sinister twist to it, which isn't bad at all so far.
The animation quality is the strongest point so far. (The story is progressively growing on me, but I have to wait until the end to give it's full evaluation). I don't have another anime to compare it to. I'd have say it's a step above even animes like Fullmetal Alchemist. The music is fine. I don't think the intro and closing music stand out very much, though. If you browse online, you can find a Japanese opening that sounds much better and was what first drew me to the series.
Overall some of the dialouge could have been better executed, and the comic relief doesn't add that much to it yet. Both the story and dialouge improve though, and you can see the beginnings of a great bond forming between Shirou and his servant, Saber. Going by episode 4's ending, I'd say the next installment will be even better. It won't all get released until October, 2007, though.
I would definitely give this one a shot if you've got the cash to spare. This is the first anime of this type to make its way onto my shelf, and I think I made the right choice in choosing this one."
Fate/Stay Night Vol. 1
Joel D. Fernandez | Honolulu, HI USA | 04/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I would consider this anime one of the best ones out there. I watched the whole thing prior to purchasing the DVD's and wanted a set for myself to have in my library.
The storyline was excellent, the characters were unforgettable, and the animation, to me, was top-notch."