Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works – 3/4

Missed last week’s po63a8f57f-414f-4e56-a5ce-a2a92ac134d51st for Fate/stay night, probably because I was still recovering from the visual orgy. I do love anime when it has no budget restrictions. Watching Berserker and Saber clash in a foggy courtyard and Rin/Ilya duel was a sight to behold. I’ll be honest: I was afraid the writers would try to be lazy and copy the first few episodes of the original Fate/stay night, but I’ve been happy to see they didn’t fall into that trap. We’ve met Lancer as follows, but I seem to recall that they encountered Rider next and did not go straight to Ryuudou Temple. Caster didn’t even play a part in the original anime until the very end of the series. Still, that just gives us more opportunity for beautiful animation, and it keeps the plot from losing its luster so quickly.

Alas, what goes up must come down (Spider-man is wrong here), and even if you don’t have budget restrictions, you will inevitably spend less time and effort on some areas than others. In anime, this typically follows immediately after a full-budget episode, so episode 4 was pretty quiet and, frankly, the worst episode of the anime so far. It wasn’t particularly bad in anyway, just dull when compared to the last few weeks. Not much happened except at the very end, where Rin got to show off her power again. She needs to shout more German. That’s fun.

I eagerly await next week.

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