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Posted 4/17/18 , edited 4/17/18

KingKaio wrote:

Fate UBW came out after, not before F/Zero. However I don't see a problem with watching something out of order. I've watched other anime out of order, if it's a well done story sometimes it's more fun to see the first episodes as 'prequel'.
In the case of Fate/Zero, I happened to watch that one first, several years ago. Then watched UBW (and liked the first half but the second half carried the Shiro vs Shiro thing over the top) I feel like Fate/Zero is one of the best adult anime I've ever seen; it ranks pretty high up there in that respect but also gets weighed down by too much unnecessary violence- especially the extreme violence towards women didn't feel too great seeing that done TWICE.

I would recommend doing two things from this point. First, I would re-watch Fate/Zero in the English dub if you haven't already- which as I remember it was almost better than the Japanese dub- and the Japanese was excellent anyway. It will make for a different viewing- it's a dialogue heavy story so you'll enjoy those parts much more.
Second, watch the original Fate/Stay Night anime, I think it's from 2006. Unless you're one of those people who never watches anime more than 5 years old, it's a much better telling than UBW to my opinion, it's less violent and more enjoyable, and you'll want to watch it again and again. It also takes the story in a more plausible direction- and for Saber fans- a more preferable one. (I might count myself as a Rider fan in that one- she's one of the sexiest and most mysterious servants, and has a much bigger role in the original anime whereas she gets dissed in UBW.)
Given its impact I feel like Fate/Stay Night was a ground-breaking anime for its time, a transformational event in fantasy story telling. Due to that it's probably among the most unappreciated- made worse because of the unfortunate method of alternate retellings as opposed to linear storytelling which resulted in Unlimited Blade Works being made. Decide for yourself- I think it can be had on DVD fairly cheaply.


Yes and no. The UBW route has been well-known for years prior to both the UBW (2014-2015) and Fate/zero (2011-2012) anime. The Fate/zero light novels (2006-2007) were released some time after the Fate/stay night visual novels (2004). The Fate/stay night visual novel includes the UBW, Fate, and Heaven's Feel routes. The 2006 Fate/stay night anime was released the same year that the Fate/zero light novels began to be released. Later, the 2010 UBW movie came out as a tease for the 2014-2015 series, and Fate/zero was something of a tide-over between the two.
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Posted 4/17/18 , edited 4/17/18

Man_Of_Leisure wrote:


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Reading is fundamental. I really enjoy reading Visual Novels...although I think they tend to add in more superfluous text than many novels...other that Michener.

So did Heaven's Feel part 1 have much sexual content, or was it all dolphins and hugging like the TV series portrayed it?


Did you just name-drop James A. Michener in an anime forum?


Well, Michener was known for being verbose, and even turgid at times. I've read that F/S N has more text than all of the Lord of the Rings novels combined
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