Ufotable Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Episode 0 Impression

The fall season starts strong by throwing us back into the godly and epic Holy Grail War! The hype for this episode 0 could not be contained, oh my goodness!
In this first episode we return to Fuyuki City through the eyes of mage Rin Tohsaka. Rin was one of my favorite characters in F/s N, so it is a treat to review the rules and premise of the Holy Grail War in her stead rather than Emiya’s.

I’m gonna be honest, Archer in F/s N pissed me off. He was rude, annoying and disrespectful to his master at times. Here however, he was witty and a gentleman. The banter between Tohsaka and Archer was just awesome. I now withdraw any negative thoughts on him. It was that good. One of the best scenes regarding characters was seeing him recognize Rin as a powerful master. Their realizations between each other clicked so perfectly, and the bond they share now has purpose, unlike the 2006 anime.

Animation – holy freakin’ crap! Ufotable, you got me in Fate/Zero, and you pull out all of the stops in the new anime – and it’s only episode 0! The gradients on the faces, streets, buildings, everything was beautiful. I didn’t even realize how pretty Rin’s eyes were. The Archer vs Lancer battle was brilliant. Like wow. Sparks fly and asphalt cracks with articulate force. The sounds that went along with the scene were just so crisp and high def that I felt like I was there watching the thrilling fight. Plus, there were so many different view points, never leaving a dull moment.

Yuki Kajiura returns with her heavenly scores to deliver the most moving music. I love all of her work, she is just so amazing!😄 It truly feels like we never left Fate/Zero thanks to her. By the way, the ending theme, which I believe is the new opening, is so so awesome! I think it’s by Lisa, which means of course it’ll be good.

As you can tell, I am just off the wall with this new anime. I am totally stoked for the next episode because, friends, it’s going to be a great anime season. Anyway, I just had to vent this epic episode 0 review. I hope you liked it as much as I did! What was your favorite part – leave a comment below! Mine was definitely when Saber showed up at the end, nearly wiping out Rin. Saber is a goddesses! 😍 Definitely looking forward to more of her and Rin’s fierce fighting and beauty. This has been such a strong kickoff to fans of the Fate series!

I’ll talk to you all later!

– Takuto, your host