After a mysterious inferno kills his family, Shirou is saved and adopted by Kiritsugu Emiya, who teaches him the ways of magic and justice.
One night, years after Kiritsugu’s death, Shirou is cleaning at school, when he finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly encounter between two superhumans known as Servants. During his attempt to escape, the boy is caught by one of the Servants and receives a life-threatening injury. Miraculously, he survives, but the same Servant returns to finish what he started. In desperation, Shirou summons a Servant of his own, a knight named Saber. The two must now participate in the Fifth Holy Grail War, a battle royale of seven Servants and the mages who summoned them, with the grand prize being none other than the omnipotent Holy Grail itself.
Fate/stay night follows Shirou as he struggles to find the fine line between a hero and a killer, his ideals clashing with the harsh reality around him. Will the boy become a hero like his foster father, or die trying? – My Anime List
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Fights, secrets, plots — it’s enough of either in here to make most people happy, I should think.
Fate/Stay Night is not the Juggernaut of Anime as I was led to believe. But it’s still pretty good and worth watching.
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Now for other people that are not all that into shounen, I would still highly recommend this but with a warning, you WILL get disappointed. This anime was destined to be a masterpiece but it faced shortcomings that hindered expectations in every possible way. This would’ve been bad on a regular show, but the amount of greatness this anime reeks is unparalleled and this just make it all the bitter.
I’ve watched the first 17 episodes and this series is simply amazing! I haven’t been this interested in an anime series since Neon Genesis Evangelion. This series is actually based off an h-game, which I’m not sure if it’s been done before or not, I haven’t played the game, but from what I’ve heard it follows it very well.
I enjoyed watching Fate/Stay Night. The plot kept my attention, the main characters were well developed and the others were interesting to watch, and the fighting scenes were cool. It did have its flaws with the numerous plot holes, but I think if I had checked out the source material first that wouldn’t have bothered me nearly as much, and the lack of characterization for the other characters would have been made up for too. As a companion to its game, this is probably excellent. As a standalone anime, Fate/Stay Night is in a gray area between “slightly above average” and “good”.
Fate Stay Night is an anime that manages to be mildly entertaining, but not especially interesting. There isn’t really a single aspect that stands out as noteworthy, but by the same token, nothing leaps out as actually bad. There are solid ideas here, but they aren’t used effectively (fangirl favourite Archer comes to mind). However, the series seems to deserve the success it has had, and I would welcome a follow up.
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Overall, Fate/Stay Night was a good series, but nothing particularly mind blowing. There was a lot more that could have been done with its 24 episodes of run time, and to fully understand character backgrounds requires more internet reading than I could be bothered with. Fans of the visual novel might have more fun with this, but for those unfamiliar with it Fate/Stay Night falls firmly within the category of “good, but forgettable” anime.
Fate/Stay Night is an anime that has created numerous talking points, but very few have been complimentary. The fights only rarely offer anything that isn’t totally clichéd to the shounen action genre, and far too many characters are left sorely undeveloped. Many fans of the game have argued that a story of Fate/Stay Night’s magnitude cannot be contained within a mere twenty-four episodes… but there’s no argument that this particular attempt at it was pitiful. Type Moon games have yet to make a flawless transition to the small screen, but at least Lunar Legend Tsukihime was a far more respectable attempt. Watch that instead.
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Overall, I thought this anime was a waste of potential. While the characters (except Shirou) were enjoyable and the story was entertaining, it just felt like something was missing, something that would have made this series epic beyond belief. I can’t quite pinpoint what that element is exactly, but I think it may just have to do with the fact that while there are unique ideas and concepts in this anime, Fate/Zero just handled them better. I give the original Fate/Stay Night a 2 out of 5, and a recommendation to just wait for October when the new remake comes out. I can’t guarantee that it’ll be amazing, but I get the feeling that it will at least be better than this. Maybe I was a little too harsh on it when comparing it to Fate/Zero, but considering how they tell incredibly similar stories, I can’t help it. But, like always, it is up to you to decide your own opinion.