My Thoughts On The Forthcoming New Fate/stay night Anime

Hey gang! Imagine my surprise (’cause I missed the memo last summer) that ufotable, creators of the Fate/Zero prequel anime series to the Fate/stay night series, are doing a new Fate/stay night anime series.  I loved what ufotable did with Fate/Zero, which I understand was a pretty faithful adaptation to the original novels, so giving them a crack at a new Fate/stay night anime series has me very interested.

(Not) New Fate/stay night anime

My introduction to the TYPE-MOON world of Fate/stay night came several years ago when while traversing the Japanese side of the Internet for interesting anime-related images I could potentially share on this blog. I saw cool images of this blonde babe with a blue outfit, armor, and a big sword. My interest was piqued, and though I discovered images of this girl, Saber, naked and doing naughty things, I learned that the story seemed rather interesting, so in 2009, I decided to watch the anime, which was fortunately sans the H-elements of the original visual novel.

While Studio Deen did an OK job with Fate/stay night, they did have some troubles trying to accommodate all of the different routes from the original visual novel. They also had some issues with animation, especially in the battle scenes.

On the other hand, I thought that ufotable did a fantastic job on Fate/Zero.  Granted, they had an easier time of things since they only had to adopt a traditional novel series which told a single story, that being the events that happened with the Holy Grail War prior to the start of Fate/stay night.  However, they also got the animation aspects right, in my opinion. As such, I think ufotable is the right production studio to remake Fate/stay night.  Here’s the teaser trailer they recently put out.

Fate / stay night PV by pKjd

The teaser trailer mostly has stuff from Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero, and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (as I understand it).  I gather some of the closeups are from the new Fate/stay night anime. There has been speculation that this new Fate/stay night anime series might actually be the hitherto unadapted Heaven’s Feel route of the Fate/stay night visual novel (which has Sakura as the lead female interest for Shirou).  While that might be what happens, I’d like to see something different.

For starters, since Fate/stay night was the beginning of the franchise, the events that happened prior to Fate/stay night are only mentioned in more general, vague terms (at least in the original Fate/stay night anime).  A remake of Fate/stay night would allow ufotable to make the anime with much stronger ties to those prequel events since they can do flashbacks (if needed) from the Fate/Zero anime series (or they could reanimate said flashbacks from scratch). I think such an element could make the Fate/stay night series a much stronger one in terms of story as you have a foundation of where Saber, Shirou, Rin, and Sakura came from.

Next, I’d like to see ufotable see if they can actually craft a story that can successfully pull from various routes from the original visual novel, including Heaven’s Feel.  OK, I admit, I want a Fate/stay night ending where Shirou has a harem. I want Saber to be there. I want Rin to be there (even if she goes to London for mage training). I want Sakura to be there, hopefully with Rider at her side. And I want Ilya to be there with the curse upon her lifted so that she can now live a normal life.

Yeah, this will all happen…not.

That being said, at the moment, I trust ufotable to do the right thing here. Fate/Zero was dark. Characters died there (which I knew would happen, but still…). As such, I expect that even whether ufotable attempts to multi-merge the various routes, or does ultimately go with the Heaven’s Feel route, the dark elements will be there, but the story will be very good.

I guess we’ll find out more about what ufotable is planning to do with their next update, which I believe will happen in January. We’ll see what happens.

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17 Responses to “My Thoughts On The Forthcoming New Fate/stay night Anime”

  1. Cube says:

    Re:Harem end

    [Mild spoilers, are we still using ROT13?]
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    • Cube says:

      Oh, and:
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    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Better safe than sorry. ^_^

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      • evgenidb says:

        Which reminds me to remind you: GZ!E BIN3 vf ybaryl naq vf orttvat gb or jevggra n gbcvp nobhg vg. Naq V jba’g oynzr lbh vs lbh qrpvqr gb jevgr na nanylfvf ba GZ! TKC.

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  2. evgenidb says:

    For me Fate/Night was always the lighter and more childish version of the series than Fate/Zero or Kara no Kyoukai, so I suspect that it will be again like that. And probably again a movie or even, hopefully, two-three movies based on Heaven’s Door. I don’t think a new series would be worth it, since we already have the first series and another one would just have to repeat a lot of it, but they still might decide it as series, since the first one is kinda old already and they could bet on it.

    But what I really want to see would be Tsukihime (continuation or remake). Or some other not-filmed work.

    P.S. Aside from the first 2 instances, you’ve misspelled ufotable 7 times out of 9 as “infotable”.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I’m all for remakes, providing the remake actually does justice to the source material.

      P.S. Aside from the first 2 instances, you’ve misspelled ufotable 7 times out of 9 as “infotable”.

      Yikes! Thanks for the info. I started writing this on one of my PC’s, then finished it on the laptop. I’m betting my brain just cross-circuited things. ^_^;;;

      • evgenidb says:

        Yeah, but repeating stuff too much might be bad. Imagine UBW being stretched to 20+ episodes, with some being almost identical to the ones in the F/SN anime series. I agree that UBW movie was too small for the story, but I think it’s still better than a whole series dedicated to it. Of course, I might be wrong. But it’s still a risk.

        Even the remake of FMA did whatever it could to skip some episodes/chapters that would have been identical to the first series. And people still consider it faithful to the source.

        P.S. I don’t know how is the remake of Hunter x Hunter. As far as I know, at least the first 70-80 episodes of the remake should be the same as in the first HxH series. Someone who watched the original and the remake should tell if it was a smart move. Or if they should have gone a little faster with those episodes.

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          Even the remake of FMA did whatever it could to skip some episodes/chapters that would have been identical to the first series. And people still consider it faithful to the source.

          I didn’t like that they sped through that stuff so fast AND cut some stuff to boot. I felt that the remake FMA was more faithful because it went with the manga’s version of the story rather than just make it up.

          Maybe it is just me, but a good remake is worth watching as a whole. Then again, I watch things multiple times in my BD/DVD collection (which is why I have no need for TV/cable/satellite).

  3. lordcloudx says:

    ZOMG! It uses a remix of one of the most epic tracks in the VN. Anywayz, based on the trailer, it seems we’re going to see a remake of the “Fate” or Saber route here as I don’t see any traces of Heaven’s Feel at all… it’s just a trailer though, so I could be wrong.

    By the way, all routes in the VN are actually independent of each other and are possible outcomes of the same timeline in the Holy Grail war, so the Fate/UBW/Heaven’s Feel routes are all connected to Fate/Zero.

    • lordcloudx says:

      Wait… I take that back. I think I saw a glimpse of Shirou with “someone’s arm” which only happens in Heaven’s Feel.

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        Well, it is possible that in doing a remake, they may try to bring in all the routes, but we’ll know more fairly soon I hope.

        • lordcloudx says:

          It would be nice to see a Heaven’s Feel adaptation though as it takes a very drastically different path from the two other routes — almost like it’s a different genre on its own. (more serious and bordering on horror/supernatural like Saya no Uta… if you’re familiar with that VN.)

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            I’ve heard of it, but that’s all. It would be an interesting challenge for ufotable to craft the story such that in not only ties in with Fate/Zero and brings in all the routes from Fate/stay night. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do.

  4. Liquidacid says:

    as long as they don’t replace the sex with dream sequences of f***ing dolphins I’ll be happy

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