Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works – Battle for Holy Grail Anime Review

Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works summary




Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works is based off Type’s Moon Fate Stay Night visual novel series. Unlimited Blade Works is one of three routes in the Fate series. There was an original video animation called Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works – sunny day. An animated film based off Unlimited Blade Works storyline done by Studio Deen in 2010. I have watch the first Fate/Stay Night which is Saber’s route in 2006 also animated by Deen. The plot of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works revolves about high school girl named Rin Tōsaka who is a descended from a long line of magus. Rin finds about the Holy Grail War and summons a servant named Archer. Holy Grail Wars is a battle royale were master and servants duke it out. Last man standing get the Holy Grail and make a wish.



Fate Stay Night
Image: Type Moon

Masters and Servants


Although Fate/Stay Night series Rin meets other masters and servant with their own route. Shirō Emiya, a teenage was saved by adopted father Kiritsugu Emiya after the Fourth Holy Grail Wars. Shiro is a master and a magus, one day he is attack by Lancer during school hour. He was on the vague of death and Saber (King Pendragon) appear to assist Shiro in the Holy Grail Wars. Shiro can use two spells Structural Analysis (power to analyze objects) and Reinforcement (increase sharpness and durability). Another spell Shiro learn is tracing which allow him to recreate object from memory). Shiro is one of the main characters in Saber route.




Saber vs Archer
Image: Studio Deen



Saber is a servant of Shirō Emiya, she is armed with an invisible blade through the series. Saber can make it visible at will and has a Noble Phantasm called Excalibur: Sword of Promised Victory. Sakura Mato is a first year high school who have a crush on Shirō Emiya. Sakura lives with her Shinji Mato who he treats poorly.




Differences between 2006 and 2014 Fate/Stay Night anime?

Sakura comes to Shiro house and help with him with his chores. She is Rin’s long lost sister and a powerful magus. Sakura’s grandfather Zoken Mato implanted a piece of the Grail into her. Turning Sakura into The Shadow, a vengeful entity who corrupting servants like Saber and Berserker. Sakura Mato is one of the main character in Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel. There are plenty of other characters meet throughout the series. Kirei Kotomine main antagonist of Fate/Stay Night and trained under Rin’s father. Shinji Matō who is Sakura’s older brother and has a crush on Rin. Shinji is one of the main antagonist of the Unlimited Blade Works route. These characters have a relationship with Rin and Archer in the Unlimited Blade Works route.



Fate/Saty Night UBW: Shirou Vs. Gilgamesh 1
Image: Studio Deen

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works anime is beautifully anime by Ufotable. Fight scene between Archer and Lancer brought the source material to life. The effects and camerawork was spectacular in an anime. Watching Fate/Stay Night 2006 anime was completely different storyline than Unlimited Blade Works. I don’t know about the route until day and mainly focuses on Rin Tōsaka and Archer relationship. There were some character deaths such Illyasviel von Einzbern was present in Unlimited Blade Works route but was alive in 2006 Fate/Stay Night. Shiro and Archer didn’t fight in llyasviel’s castle in the 2006 but in Unlimited Blade Works anime. Shiro and Rin are dating in Unlimited Blade Works anime but 2006 they’re comrades. Going into this anime thinking that it will be like the 2006 adaptation. I guess I was wrong about that and still enjoyable experience for me.






I would like to give Ufotable and Type Moon props for making an interesting series. Archer is my favorite servant due to his Noble Phantasm being the best. Archer is really Shirou is an adult and also cynical towards anyone. Rin is a classic tundere and a loner who distance herself from other classmates. Archer and Rin relationship are like siblings in a way. Rin can be a strong heroine as well without begging kidnapped and caring for her sister Sakura. Shiro and Archer is fighting your own reflection of your future self. Archer distaste for Shirō‘s mentality to save everyone and becomes a villain in the Unlimited Blade Works route. I highly enjoy Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works anime because it gives Archer Rin and Shirou character development. Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works anime and flim is available on Dvd and Blu-ray.



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