SPOILER CODE TEST! Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works – 01

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works – 01 review
フェイト/ステイナイト [Unlimited Blade Works] – 01

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works - 01MATOU Sakura wakes her senpai, EMIYA Shirou, in his workshop where’d he’d fallen asleep. She goes to make breakfast for him and for their teacher, whom Shirou addresses as Fuji-nee (FUJIMURA Taiga). Taiga plays a practical joke on Shirou for addressing her by the nickname she hates before taking off for school. When Sakura and Shirou go, Sakura invites him to the dojo, but since Shirou has repair work to do for the Student Council, he has to decline. While he’s assisting his friend and Student Council President (Issei), Rin comes by, so Shirou says something to her as she leaves. During lunch, Shirou continues to make repairs on things as Issei tells Shirou he needs to learn to say no at times.

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works - 01That night on the way home, Shirou encounters a young girl, who addresses him as “oniichan” after he passes her before she disappears. Shirou comes home to dinner with Sakura and Taiga. After they leave, Shirou returns to his workshop to attempt to use magic to strengthen a pipe, but fails. The following morning as Sakura makes breakfast, Shirou notices bruising on Sakura’s left hand and believes her brother Shinji is abusing her, though she denies he is the cause of this. At lunch, he eats with female Archery Club member Mitsuzuri to inquire about Sakura. He learns from her about Rin having turned Shinji down and his plans for revenge on Rin.

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works - 01After a confrontation with some girls on the lookout for Shinji, Shirou learns of a recent murder from them. After checking out the house where the murder happened, Shirou recalls his hospital meeting with Kiritsugu, who adopted him. Shirou wanders around the still damaged parts of Fuyuki City before heading to work, then home, recalling times he had with his adoptive father. At home, Taiga is waiting to be fed and there’s no Sakura. Taiga says she sent Sakura home with protection. The next day, Sakura tells Shirou she won’t be around for dinner for the next few days. It is there that she notices what appears to be bruising on Shirou’s left hand, which Shirou doesn’t remember having injured.

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works - 01Early evening at school, Shirou confronts Shinji, who’s flirting with two female students, about Sakura. After conceding that Sakura has not said she was abused by Shinji, Shirou agrees to clean the archery dojo for him. That night, after finishing up, Shirou hears noises and goes to see what his happening. He sees the battle between Archer and Lancer, then flees when Lancer comes after him. Lancer stabs him in the heart, but Shirou is saved by Rin, though he doesn’t know it is her. When Shirou gets home, Lancer confronts him again, where Shirou is able to turn a rolled up poster into a weapon. Shirou is about to die again when Saber arrives and forces Lancer to have to leave, thanks to his Master. Saber senses Rin and Archer and goes to attack, but Shirou accidentally uses a Command Spell to stop her. Since he wants information, Rin steps forward to greet him.


Whew! Another episode of goodness from ufotable.

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Before I forget, I’m going to use ROT13 for this post to disguise anything that might be a spoiler of future episodes for those who’ve never watched the original Fate/stay night, nor read the original visual novel.  (As an aside, I’m going to look into getting some kind of spoiler feature for the blog and comments, but  work as to calm down a bit first. I barely have time to do these posts.)

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In that light, watching this episode and knowing what I know has lead to an all new viewing experience on top of whatever story shifts are coming.  Having watched the original Fate/stay night anime, having watched the Fate/Zero anime, and then having excellent fans provide outstanding information on the franchise have given me new eyes for the series. So while I may know what is going to happen, there’s something special about actually understanding things from the big picture perspective while watching this iteration of the anime.

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As expected, the story shifts to Shirou, who is the lead character in all routes of Fate/stay night. I’ve been amused by some chatter I saw where folks expressed disappointment that Shirou and Saber were at the forefront. Since Shirou is the lead and Saber is his Servant, that’s how the story goes. The difference is in choices made, which if I recall correctly in this episode is Shirou using a Command Spell by accident to stop her from killing Archer and Rin. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)

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Some of you guys had mentioned the blonde guy last episode, and for some reason, nothing clicked. That changed with this episode. When I saw Blondie, I thought, “Hey! That’s

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Question is, why was he chatting with Sakura? I don’t recall him doing that during the original anime, but I could have forgotten.

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Speaking of Sakura, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. For starters, she’s so clearly in love with Shirou, who’s seemingly oblivious to it. (“Notice me, Senpai!” is the meme I saw going around for this.) Then there’s the talk of Shinji’s abuse (which I know the full extent of from the first anime series and the discussions had there). Having watched Fate/Zero and seeing her past makes it even more tragic for me to watch now.

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I couldn’t help but laugh when Ilya showed up for her cameo in this episode. Ilya here is so vastly different from her alternate world persona in the Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya series.  I wanted to say, “Hey! Where’s Magical Ruby?”

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That brings me to Crunchyroll’s craptacular translations of this episode.  Last episode, there were some mistakes, but they appeased me by having full usage of Japanese honorifics. For this episode, the mistakes seemed worse, and all of the Japanese honorifics were dropped, saved for Sakura’s addressing Shirou as “Senpai” and Shirou addressing Taiga as “Fuji-nee.” It was downright bizarre for me to see Ilya address Shirou as “mister” in the subtitles rather than “oniichan,” which pneevrf pregnva sberfunqbjvat ryrzragf. Someone from Crunchyroll did say that the episode isn’t being done by their usual folks and that they’d fix the errors. I’m not sure if that also will include the Japanese honorifics or not.

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Beyond that, this was a really good episode.

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4 Responses to “SPOILER CODE TEST! Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works – 01”

  1. AstroNerdBoy says:

    Testing spoilers…

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    Comment testing…anon.

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    One more test.

    Attempting update.

    And again.

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    Third comment test…this time, edit and no approve.

    This is the update…will it crash MySQL?

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