Fate/Zero #02 — I See the Want To In Your Eyes

October 8th, 2011

  

I don’t think they’re supposed to be spaced like that.

Oh boy, the ItsuTen model of Niconico’s hardsubs before raws. Oh well.

Impressions:

That was a significant improvement… mostly. I’m not entirely sure why UFOTable seems to be allocating animation budget on a sliding scale according to the age of characters though. Maybe Rin, Waver, Ilya, and Iskander are the only ones with working limbs. Saber and Iri’s conversation in particular was the exact same abuse of static distance shots and talking heads spewing out exposition with seemingly no direction whatsoever as plagued the first episode. Uryuu’s introduction was fairly underwhelming too, especially compared to Gilles’. Both of them suffered from appearing and then immediately explaining to the audience how they’re soooo evil. Like many antagonists, the more they posture, chatter, and actually explain their madness instead of actually being insane, the less threatening they are. UFOTable really needed to actually be using lighting and angles to highlight the crazy there instead of… more distance shots. At least Gilles had the decency to kill a kid eventually, even if he then did feel the need to explain it afterwards. 

Like I said though, most was much better than the first episode. Waver was one of the few parts in the first hour-long tedious affair that wasn’t terrible, and the first 10 minutes were all spent on him and Iskander arguing between conquering the world or fighting the Grail War. UFOTable did a decent job actually giving Kiritsugu a bit of personality besides "standing there stoically" with his interactions with Ilya too. Assassin dodging Adobe After-Effects at the end was rather corny looking, but hey… actual movement showing his agility and skill instead of just telling us about it. It’s a bloody Christmas miracle.

 

Posted in Fate/Zero | 6 Comments »

6 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Sterling01 says:

    I was just wondering what your first exposure to FSN/Type-Moon was, the VN or the anime?

    Aroduc says:

    Door #3, Melty Blood.

  • Anonymous says:

    And no flashback about what happened at Saber’s summoning!

    icymirage says:

    As Irisviel explained, they couldn’t believe King Arthur was a woman, and the rest they can’t show on public television!

  • Keith Kurogane says:

    I hate to say this but…
    They almost stick to the Fate/Zero novels…
    Almost is the keyword…

  • DMZ says:

    Did anyone else notice the door Iskander wrecked to exit the building was fixed when the camera angle changed? I guess I’m just far too picky with these type of things.