Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works covers a different story branch of the original game. For those keeping track at home, production is the same as the series which not consistent in art direction. Just like with the Evangelion series, it seems as if the whole 24 episodes of the series have been melted down into one large scaled film. The same cast and crew return to deliver the big screen debut that didn’t leave me dissappointed n the least. Yes, there is a loose central theme that drives the film but its so loosely scripted that I found myself to be puzzled throughout the film. There is a war going on between masters and servants in order to attain the Holy Grail. Each master can call up one servant each, and their task is to eradicate the other servants, either by defeating them or killing their master. Also the summoned spirit is also granted their wish if they and their master win the tournament thus causing the servant to do their best to obtain victory. Thus, Shirou, a high school student with some unlearned magical abilities unwittingly becomes one of the combatants in the tournament.
I won’t say anything more about who or what or why because its a fun series that mixes very well action and plot. Those who are already familiar with the world of Fate/Stay Night will be delighted to know that Unlimited Blade Works has crafted this film for the sake of the fans of the game. I am not claiming to be an expert, which is why I became lost watching this. To no fault of its own however, it’s a bit difficult to follow at times, but if you are attentive, you will understand and enjoy this story, more particularly on second viewing.
The action sequences are some of the best I’ve seen in a long while. For those wodnering, yes, Lancer has a pretty meaty role in this. It’s one of those movies where you can actually feel sorry for the bad guys. Battles do take on different flairs from time to time, but as you can tell from the attached images and youtube clip, the production values help boost this film out of mediocrity. Seeing this film, supplied to me by a buddy of mine who is stationed overseas, has told me out the gate that this film will never see stateside release, so those who are committed to seeing this better know your way around the web.
What’s great about Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works is that its more relatable to our society than most animes because the characters are based off of many cultural and historical figures, not simply those pertaining to Japan. The story for me also seemed to have a more adult version of Pokemon. Nothing too excessive but there is blood and lots of violence. If you are interested in this I would pick up the series, which has a way better story arc given the duration of the animation. Nonetheless, this is a great watch and one I will be adding to my prized collection. If this film is any indication, 2010 is looking like a good year for new anime releases.