12 Days of Anime #10: Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works

Fate Stay Night UBW 1643The Fate series has already been featured twice (1 & 2) before in my 12 Day posts, and it will be featured a third time for 2014 and likely a fourth for 2015 as well! It should be obvious by now, but I like this series a lot.

Unlimited Blade Works Part 1 was a lot of fun, but there actually isn’t much to say about what what was in it (most of the heavy plot stuff will supposedly happen in the second half).

Memorable Stuff

Rin Faces

Here is a tumblr for you.

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Even carrot boy makes a few cute faces.

Even carrot boy made a few cute faces.

Saber x Food

Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works 3Saber and Food is an official, widely accepted Fate ship. In the absence of limited development between her and anyone else (that is what the Fate route is for), I ship this ship.

Shiny Things

I really liked the lighting in scenes like this.

I really liked the lighting in scenes like this.

UBW may have had large amounts of plot explanations, occasional Shirou idiocy and other Fate-isms, but it had glorious animation especially during fight scenes. Fate Stay Night UBW 563In forums like /r/anime, UBW is often referred to as Unlimited Budget Works because of its very shiny, exquisite animation. Now, of course this is technically not true, but at the very least, it looks really good.

Nowhere is this more apparent then the few battle scenes that part 1 actually graced us with. Archer vs Lancer, Saber/Archer vs Berserker, Archer vs Caster, Saber vs Assassin, Kuzuki vs Saber/Emiya were all shiny, very memorable battles each of which was not only well animated, but also very well choreographed.

Shirou was rarely cool (though I didn't dislike him), but him creating those swords was pretty damn cool.

Shirou was rarely cool (though I didn’t dislike him), but him creating those swords was pretty damn cool.

Fate Stay Night UBW 1478The Saber vs Assassin battle in particular stands out to me as a pretty great display of a sword battle. That triple strike thing by Assassin was very cool.

The brief exchange between Archer and Assassin was also cool.

The brief exchange between Archer and Assassin was also cool.

The Iconic Summoning

There is one image from Fate Stay Night that has always been used when the series comes up. It is an incredibly iconic image from the VN and the original F/SN that likely every anime fan has stumbled across.

Fate Stay Night UBW 213It was great seeing this pop up.

Most Memorable Thing

Archer

Fate Stay Night UBW 275I want to point out that I have no previous experience with Fate/Stay Night. I have seen Fate/Zero and only seen pictures or read the occasional spoiler from F/SN. Going in, I had assumed Saber and Rin were the popular characters from F/SN and to an extent they are, but I had greatly underestimated Archer.

I can now see why people have said they were “gar for Archer” or gay for GARCHER. Either way, Archer is basically the hyper masculine, super cool guy that every eleven year old boy trapped in an adult body look up to (example of one such boy: me).

Not only is he super handsome, tall, muscular and GAR, but he is also accompanied by this deep sexy voice.

Sure, Archer has a few temperamental problems. If he doesn’t like your peace loving naivete, he will try and kill you, but that is a small detail which isn’t really important. Nope, not all.

Fate Stay Night UBW 1278He is also pretty smug and his interactions with Rin are the best. I love how he puts up with her tsundere nature. “Ah, the uncharacteristic lack of verbal abuse had me worried” is such an amazing line.

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Anyway, that is all I have to say about F/SN UBW. I am pretty hyped for part 2 in Spring.

Bonus Entry

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