Shiro Emiya finds himself caught up in the Holy Grail war, a secret war that takes place every 60 years. The winner will obtain the Holy Grail and have their wish granted. He summons an epic hero named Saber, and to win, they must eliminate all the other epic heroes summoned by other mages. This movie is a retelling of the TV series, with some altered events.
This film expects that you've seen the TV series first, as it spends no time explaining the premise or introducing the characters. It shows a few scenes from the first several episodes during the opening credits and skips a lot of story. This movie is an retelling that focuses more on the character's actions.
It moves at break-neck speed so you're not watching the long-winded dialogue from the original TV series. It places a lot of focus on the fighting with action scenes that deliver. There is one revelation in particular that is quite interesting.
The animation is good, though don't expect Ghibli type quality. Most of the attention is on the fight scenes, where it should be. It was a treat watching the epic heroes battle it out with much more visual flare and freedom of movement. Great character designs and quality artwork makes them stand out, especially Rin.
I was not expecting all the changes in events that take place. There are several twists and surprises here that make this very worthwhile, instead of just a rehash. In Unlimited Blade Works, the Holy Grail War actually takes place very differently than what happened in the TV series. Archer plays a bigger role, and Shiro is more powerful this time around.
If you've seen and enjoyed the TV series, you'll want to pick this up as well. It's a rather entertaining alternate look at Fate/Stay Night with some good action. Recommended.
Written by Marc Frost on
The show is about fighting to the death, and it can be quite violent and bloody at times. But most of it is of the "look cool" variety.