Every week when I watch Viewster’s anime simulcasts I take notes; what’s good about each episode, what’s bad, why you should be checking it out, that sort of thing. This week though I realized that over the last few weeks I’ve made a grave mistake… I haven’t been taking notes about Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]!
The reason for this is pretty simple to figure out… it’s too good. Every time I watch this series I don’t want to pause and take notes, I just want to watch it and immerse myself in everything that it has to offer each week but that’s going to change starting now.
If you haven’t been keeping up with Fate/stay night you’ve been missing out on the best series of the season. Filled with fluid action, solid characters and a compelling story this particular series is going to go down as an anime of the year candidate and I promise that I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that.
Episode seven shows is particularly good for showing the audience exactly why I can state something like that with such confidence. Studio ufotable gives the audience a visual feast with amazing and fluid action sequences before diving into some of the meatiest dialogue that this series has had to offer thus far. I am simply in awe of everything that ufotable has had to offer up to this point.
If I were to choose one example for everyone to watch for as they see this episode unfold it would be towards the end of the fight between Archer and Caster when he is about to unload an arrow straight up towards Caster. The camera pans around and he lets the arrow fly. It’s an absolutely amazing looking moment and well worth the price of admission.
Even when the swords and arrows aren’t flying though, there is some pretty serious dialogue in this episode which I’m sure will play into things later. After the battle, Shirou and Archer have a very deep conversation about what it means to be a hero and save lives. The deep philosophical differences between these two is as vast and it’s already obvious that these two will never see eye to eye on this subject. How this affects the alliance between Tohsaka and Shirou will be interesting to see in future episodes.
Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] is one of those series that everyone should be watching. If you’re an anime fan, this is going to go down as one of those series that everyone will want to watch. If you’re not an anime fan, but you’ve always wanted to dip your toes into the water, this is a not a bad way to go about it.
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