now featuring transbearency
I remember reading the first couple chapters of the manga for some reason. The fact that all I can remember about the experience is that it occurred tells how much of an impression it made.
I got the distinct feeling that the visual and art direction was purposefully aiming for a retro look. Whether that's the case or not, it was certainly the result; it seemed especially evident in the linework, and the way the camera moves.There's something slightly old-fashioned in the character designs, which is compounded by the beautiful pastel watercolor-ish backgrounds.
That last bit was weird. And way to ruin what I guess was a cliffhanger guys.Now, things get weird towards the end, as Kaori finally finds the nerve to confess to Sou, only to be hit by a truck. No, seriously. Except everything's back to normal in the next scene, as we seem to have slided back in time slightly... and then a naked girl shows up in the next room over from the Astronomy Club's. The heck ?
I've only seen Fate/Zero, but I thoroughly enjoyed this opener.Still, this is a good start. Way less infodumpy than Fate/Zero, and with some actual impressive battles right off the bat in this opening double-length episode. It helps a lot that it features Rin as a protagonist ; as someone who actually has a clue what's going on, but not the details of who she's fighting, she offers a more interesting and proactive perspective than Shirou did the first time around.
So far, so good. I was wondering whether I had lost interest in the franchise, but this looks fun enough to be worth watching.
I did notice that Sakura had the 'creepy blank eyes' thing going on when she showed up, so I guess her life is still pretty fucked up, but I didn't think that was something that got covered in this arc, except for a certain dick getting some deserved comuppence. It's interesting how less perfect Rin comes across in this version - in Emiya's path, she's the school queen, a talented mage and generally awesome. here, she sleeps in late, and summons the wrong servant because she forgot the clocks were wrong. Interesting to see her mundane friends get screen-time as well - I can't see them being useful in the Grail War itself, so unless we get a 'Rin being normal' episode I'd be surprised if they appear much more.
My view is that this was abrupt Bad End that triggers Nagisa's plot device and forces the narrative back to a workable divergence point.That last bit was weird. And way to ruin what I guess was a cliffhanger guys.
It's a very clumsy one, though ; a gigantic "this character is an evil twat" postsign that doesn't seem to care about the original character's significance. It reflects a "let's randomly pick names from French culture" attitude that rubs me the wrong way and reminds me of terrible fanfics.If it helps, Thenardier is possibly a deliberate Victor Hugo reference-
There's certainly a lot to enjoy there, even without the foreknowledge of stuff like Archer's true identity.I've only seen Fate/Zero, but I thoroughly enjoyed this opener.