Jason's fate is to make sense of it all
Tue, 21 August 2007
Fate Stay Night.
Three simple words that in no way resemble a complete sentence or even part of one for that matter. Anyway we're not here to discuss the finer points of the English language; we're here to review another Anime so here we go.
I have noticed a theme in some Animes lately. Nobody knows just what in the name of Sweet Zombie Jesus is going on - this applies to both the viewer and the characters. They just get dropped straight in the middle of everything, strategy in full swing. Although it does have the desired effect of drawing you into the show, making you watch it on off chance someone will explain everything. Well enough of the theorizing and on with the review.
Our story follows the adventures of Shiro Emiya, a relatively normal young man if you discount the fact that Shiro has a bit of a knack with electrical things. He can fix them using a talent that passes very close to magic but we'll get to that in a minute.
|This servant bloke who looks like Dante just received the award for being "Most outstanding in his field" |
Ten years previously there was a huge fire that burned most of the city and nearly did in Shiro. But he was saved by his adoptive father who just happened to be a mage (or one who is capable of cool magic shit). The story begins after Shiro's father is dead and with Shiro leading a relatively normal life.
What gradually becomes clear is that Fuyuki City is the setting for the Holy Grail Wars, a secret no holds barred free for all battle between seven sorcerers for the ultimate prize - you guessed it - the fabled Holy Grail.
These sorcerers or 'masters'as they are referred to in the series don't just throw lightning bolts at each other. Once a master has been chosen to participate in the Grail Wars they must summon a servant from one of the seven classes (think lancer, archer, berserker etc). These servants are of course not human, but they once were.
They are spirits who were individuals of great power in life some of whom are historical figures e.g. Hercules makes an appearance and I'm almost positive that Shiro's servant (a woman called Sabre) will turn out to be Joan of Arc.
All of this turns out to be a bit much for poor old Shiro to take in, so he is schooled in some of the finer points by Rin Tosaka a fellow student at his school and descendant of a long line of sorcerers (as well as being an obnoxious bitch).
|Will you challenge the enemy again? Soul Calibur's Sophitia stops by to strike a pose |
Rin's father was killed in the last Grail war so she has trained since then to succeed him. So the Grail Wars have begun once again and the question is, who will emerge victorious?
Well like me you'll have to watch the rest of the series to find out (although putting money on Shiro wouldn't be the silliest idea).
So there you have it another gem from the fine folks at Madman, do these guys know what they're doing or what?
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