Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works – 02
「開幕の刻」 (Kaimaku no Koku)
“The Curtain Goes Up”
After two amazing prologue episodes that established the world we’re about to dive into, this third episode scaled things back a bit and focused on some of the finer points about this “Holy Grail War”.
Getting Up to Speed
Out of all the things that draw me to this series, one of biggest is watching Shirou as he adapts and grows to the idea that he’s really living in a world where magic exists. Sure, his late stepdad may have introduced him to the basics but there’s a huge difference between imagining what you can do and seeing it unfold right before your eyes. And I don’t know about you but between being brought back from the brink of death and summoning one of the strongest servants, you have to wonder why Shirou isn’t asking even more questions than he already has.
Luckily this episode did a great job at giving us a quick and dirty explanation about just how serious of a situation Shirou landed himself in. Coming straight from the mouth of the always-creepy Kotomine, it became crystal clear that Shirou isn’t in any position to just walk away and ignore what’s slowly unraveling before him. Stuck in an inner battle between living a normal life and doing the right thing, you have to wonder just how far he’ll go to stand up for what he believes in.
Ever since episode 00, a recurring question I’ve seen in the comments has been newer viewers asking whether or not it’s safe to watch this adaptation without watching Studio Deen’s take at it or the prequel to all of this. While I’ve already copy and pasted a great comment that explains everything in a few sentences, it got me thinking — how much of a difference is there really? Specifically, how different is the experience for viewers who’ve already seen everything versus someone who’s watching all of this for the first time? While I can’t speak for the later, I can say for sure that as a veteran of the series, I’m excited for the journey we’re about to embark on. And if anything, I’d love to hear what new viewers have to say!
So after three episodes, I must say that Fate/stay night UBW seems to be doing everything right. While it might be a little unrealistic to expect any show to give us two double length episodes to get all the introductions out of the way while giving us a taste of what’s to come, there’s no denying that its an effective way of getting the ball rolling. Anyways, I hope you’re as excited as I am for what’s to come! See you next week when we get to see Berserker (Berser-car?) and his fabulous muscles.