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spectacular, but not very accessible
enkephalin0711 September 2011
I've followed Fate/Stay Night through the visual novel and Fate/Zero sequel, so I had no difficulty following this, -- it kept me in fangasm! The animation, color and shadow was as bold and beautiful as the VN artwork, and far superior to the previous anime, and the powerful music expertly finished the work. These are all the features that kept me involved in the only Visual Novel I've ever completely read, and this was just as satisfying.

The romance between Shirou and Rin was unfortunately overshadowed by the clash between Shirou and Archer -- but it's Archer, so I can't complain (got GAR?) Punches were pulled with Ilya, toning down her scene which still managed to remain appropriately disturbing (enough to leave even Ilya-haters in shock.)

However I was occasionally distracted by how confused someone would be if not familiar with Fate/Stay Night, or who had only watched the anime. It's still engaging to watch, but so much of the meaning was sped past or glossed over that it would leave most bewildered through it. It was also littered with continuity nods that would please the fans but be lost on the unversed viewer.

So the rating I give this is only representative of my own enjoyment of it, but isn't likely to apply to anyone who isn't a Type-Moon fan.
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Decent movie if you're familiar with Fate/Stay night.
Tman21523 September 2012
The plot of this movie is seriously lacking. If you are unfamiliar with the Fate/Stay night universe, you will find yourself quickly confused. Many, many important aspects of the story are skipped over to shorten it to around two hours. Characterization (One of the strongest parts of the Fate/Stay night VN) is almost not existent. Unlimited blade works is more of a collection of the stories' action scenes than a valid depiction of the story. This being said, the artwork and animation is well done. The voice acting is tolerable as well. If you know enough about FSN to handle the huge plot holes, I recommend watching this for the brilliant action animation alone.
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A good take for a different direction on stay night
WeAreLive5 December 2020
The war for the Holy Grail is on. Master/Servant team pairs made up of Magi and the summoned spirits of legendary warriors do battle to the death in their quest for the right to claim the prize. The winning team claims the Grail and it's power to grant each of them a wish.

The movie even though majority of it was a recap of a few of the episodes I thought it was a pretty good take on the series even if it changed certain things. The animation even improved a bit from the show as well as a lot of the voice actors. Liam O Brein knocked it out of the park as Archer and his performance in this movie show why i prefer his take over the current guy.

overall good
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Great looking movie, filled with action and fantasy, but hard to follow if you have not read the visual novel it was based on.
boffley31 January 2013
This animated fantasy action drama, is a story about a young man with an ideal about being a hero, and is suddenly thrown into a magical war with 13 other people set in teams of 2. The teams consist of a "Servant", a summoned hero, and their "Master", a mage that summoned said hero. During the movie, our idealist hero finds out what awaits at the end of his ideal. The voice acting depicts the characters in a realistic fashion that stays true to the original. The characters act close enough to the originals that it would be a truly great movie not a great looking movie, if not for the issues in story progression. While the movie itself looks stunning, the action scenes are great; the story has some plot holes that will leave you wondering what is going on; if you have not read the visual novel it is based on. The director does a good job in keeping the story close to the original, but again there are major plot holes that will leave anyone unfamiliar with the original wondering what just happened. This is most likely due to the fact that the original had at least 20 hours of reading in it, and the movie is only 107 minutes. Now that said, in the original the story takes place over 14 days, the movie makes it look more like 5, which makes the relationships between characters seem incredibly fast evolving. Now the movie does do a good job depicting all the action scenes in the original, it does leave out some critical info. However, it does follow the story of the original, making it out to be one of my favorite animated films.
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True to the novel, with few details removed.
KruDam23 November 2010
I like Fate Stay/Night, so my opinion is biased. The movie starts out with the first UBW chant. (I like it already :) Plenty of exposition is skipped, (see aside) and the action starts around 4 minutes into the film, as the concept is being explained.

Aside: To any unfamiliar with F S/N, it's a visual novel with 3 paths/stories in it. There's Fate, UBW, and Heaven's Feel. The Fate story branch was released as a 24 episode anime. That should give you a good idea of how much material they had to fit into a roughly 1 hour and 42 minutes movie. (not including credits) To those familiar with the novel, you may notice some inconsistencies, which I guess were put in to make it shorter.

Characters- I like a lot of the characters. Shinji is a jerk, as always. Rider doesn't get much time in the spotlight in UBW, unfortunately. Berserker destroys everything, as usual. Ilya doesn't get much time in the movie. Lancer is cool in UBW. Caster's kind of a jerk, as is her nature.

Shiro - A nice guy, too much so. But he manages to not be entirely lame because of it, which is quite a feat. Archer - Sort of a jerk to Shiro, but cool in general. Plus his abilities are just too awesome. I can't really say more without giving away spoilers. Saber - because UBW is about Shiro, Rin, and Archer, she doesn't get much time/exposition. Unfortunate, as she's one of my favorite characters. Rin - the shortened movie doesn't give Rin as much depth as she has in the novel, or highlight how antagonistic she is at first.

Scenes- When one finds out which Hero Archer is. Archer's last major battle against (too much of a spoiler to say but you should know if you're familiar with FSN) The final battle. Any time Unlimited Blade Works is used. The fight against Berserker at the start. When Lancer throws Gae Bolg.

TL;DR/sort of summary

It's a movie based on a visual novel, heavily edited to be short. Magical familiars called Servants (who are heroes of legend, like... Achilles, or Lancelot) are summoned to fight for the Holy Grail, which grants a wish to the victor.

I can only review this as to how it compares to the novel. There are several plot details cut out, and exposition. But there's nothing that can't be understood because of it. However, to know everything that's happening, it would appear that one would have to either have a basic knowledge of what happens or would have to watch it a few times.

9-10/10. I am biased though. Plus, I am thinking of it as much in terms of movie to novel as I am thinking of it in terms of entertainment. They did a pretty good job of fitting a lot of material in a little space.

IMDb says 7.2/10 right now. Well, first, there aren't many ratings on it yet. But I could definitely see giving it a 7-8 if I saw it without being familiar with it. I'd be a bit frustrated by not knowing everything, maybe.
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