Fate/Stay Night is an anime series based on a
erotic porn video game, so you know it’s going to be high quality. It features the exploits of a blockhead named Shirou who gets caught up in a war for the Holy Grail. He has a really great super power in that he can “fortify” the durability of any inanimate object (like a school desk lol). He also has the amazing ability to act like a complete dumbass in almost any situation.
The story here revolves around the “Fifth Holy Grail War.” These wars take place every 10 years. So, if these wars are every ten years, and this is the fifth one, then they only started 50 years ago. But the Holy Grail was created approximately 2000 years ago. So what about the prior 1950 years? I guess nobody gave a shit about the Holy Grail then. And why is it that the Holy Grail only shows up in Japan? Was Jesus Japanese? Do the Japanese think Jesus was Japanese? It doesn’t make any sense. They might as well have had the series take place on the Moon.
Anyway, a small group of people gather to do battle, and whomever is the victor is given the Holy Grail and any wish they make will be granted. Each person involved in the war can summon a mythical “hero” to do the fighting for them. Shirou’s hero is dubbed “Sabre” but she is really King Arthur. Yes, I know King Arthur was a man. It’s anime, don’t bother trying to make sense out of it.
Sabre tries to do battle with the other heroes: Heracles, Medea, Gilgamesh, etc. Unfortunately, every time she tries to fight, Shirou rushes in to “protect” her, which usually amounts to him getting bludgeoned within an inch of his life. He’s so retarded he doesn’t understand that the hero is supposed to do the fighting. He also doesn’t seem to get that he has no combat experience and his enemies are all well versed in chopping people up. This is a constant source of frustration for Sabre and for myself. Shirou just needs to take a step back and chill the fuck out.
Bizarrely, Sabre’s sword is invisible. This could be due to any number of reasons, although I suspect the most likely is that it saved time and money on ink/paint by not having to draw it in every scene. The battle scenes play out like your typical Dragonball Z nonsense with people talking more than fighting. They are painfully drawn out, and typically nobody dies. Well, sure, eventually people do die, but not before they have fought at least 12 or 13 times. Eventually, Sabre’s invisible sword gets replaced with a visible one. The fight scenes were a bit more interesting at this point, but for the most part the fights still consisted of Shirou trying to “protect” the immortal mythical figure who is an expert at combat. Oh, and one of the heroes’ weapons was named Gae Bolg (lol gay bulge).
Since this show was based on a
erotic porn video game, it features various girls who all secretly lust after the protagonist’s boner. Female characters Sakura, Rin, and Sabre all want Shirou to give them a ride on his baloney poney. I haven’t played the game, but there’s no doubt you probably get to have graphic animated sex with all of them. In the anime we are not shown any of that, and believe me, it would have improved the series greatly. At one point it is hinted that Shirou may have stuck it to Sabre, but nothing is shown explicitly. Nevertheless, no anime is complete without several girls all wanting one inadequate, awkward dumbass male, and Fate/Stay Night completes that requirement.
In this show’s favor, it does have a solid resolution to the story and doesn’t have the typical rushed/cliffhanger bullshit anime ending. It’s nice to have closure. Not that I’d be spending my nights laying in bed awake wondering what happened to Shirou and the other dipshits from this series. But it does help improve the overall quality of the show when the creators realize stories should have endings. Also hindering the series was the wooden dialog and the lack of any interesting characters.
Technically, the series is well made. It has proficient animation, although the quality isn’t all that outstanding. If anything, it’s serviceable. It’s not great like Wolf’s Rain and it’s not horrible like Speed Grapher. The acting is good in both languages, so feel free to watch in either Japanese or English, but neither case has any stand-out performances. The soundtrack, again, is decent but doesn’t have any particularly memorable tracks. The writing, pacing, and directing are all simply “good enough” that they make the show watchable.
I suppose the biggest problem with this series is that it’s mediocre. The fight sequences are OK but I’ve seen better in plenty of other anime. The animation, music, acting, directing, and writing are all decent, but none of them help the show stand out amongst other series. It’s just sort of a bland, middle-of-the-road, forgettable anime. I suppose the most memorable thing about this series was how big a dumbfuck the main character was. If it wasn’t for him, it could have been a lot better.
Since it’s such an average show, it deserves a score of Average. That’s what you get when you try to make a
erotic porn video game into an anime. No, on second thought Shirou was really fucking stupid, and that should count for something.