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anime review: Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower

Here’s are some quick thoughts on the movie I saw last Thursday. (Also for the sake of keeping this blog updated.)

Good:

  • Visuals. Absolutely gorgeous art. The action scenes are very well animated. It’s what you expect from a studio reputable as ufotable. My favorite fights have to be Saber vs Berserker and Lancer vs Assassin. This is probably the best non-Shinkai animated film I’ve seen.
  • Sound effects. This made the scenes so much more immersive. I don’t know who did the sound design, but the action scenes were amplified by the incredible sound effects. This can only be experienced when watching it on the big screen.
  • Darkest route of Fate Stay Night yet. This is right on par with Fate Zero with its dark overtones. The violence however maybe worse here.
  • Quite lengthy for an anime film. Felt like more than 2 hours. This could either be a good or a bad thing depending on the pacing.
  • Next movie preview after the end credits.

 

Bad:

  • Awful pacing in the beginning. The intro spent too much time showing the school life, and that’s from point A to point B which lasted like 30 min. The intro credits come immediately rushing point B to point D within a min which is a detrimental part of the story. During the intro credits, it was a short montage of Shiro getting attacked and summoning his servant not giving the audience enough time to process what happened, recycled footage straight from Unlimited Blade Works. Not cool ufotable, for a quality animation studio like them, this is straight up lazy.
  • Not friendly to viewers who aren’t familiar with the franchise. Because of the weird direction in the beginning, first timers won’t understand the catalyst behind the conflict.
  • Shiro is still annoying and Fuji sensei is as unbearable as ever. Sakura’s constant notion of saying “senpai” throughout gets annoying. Is it that hard to say his name after all those years?
  • Very little of Archer.

 

Thankfully, this movie of Heaven’s Feel route is the first part of the trilogy, otherwise I would totally rip it apart for its abrupt ending. This flick alone is better than the original Fate Stay Night series. So it’s a start.

 

Rating: 7/10

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