A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch. After a good 2 minutes of scrolling, I was about to succumb to watching Naruto and Sasuke’s epic fight at the Valley of the End for like the 5th time this year. But then it happened. I stumbled upon Fate/Apocrypha. Without any thought, I automatically assumed this Anime would be great and pressed play.
It is worth noting, I’ve seen Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night and absolutely love both shows as Saber, Artoria Pendragon/King Arthur, has become one of my favorite Anime characters. Both series have tremendous action and the characters’ desire for the Holy Grail is carefully crafted, which allows the viewers to at least respect everyones goals regardless of whether or not they agree with the characters’ morality.
So here are my thoughts after watching season 1 of Fate/Apocrypa…
This Anime has several masters and servants separated into two Factions (red and black). So each faction has a Saber, Archer, Lancer, Rider, Caster, Berserker, and Assassin to go along with a Master for each of these servants. It’s an actual all out war. Another addition is that there is now a Ruler-class servant, Joan of Arc, summoned to act as mediator for the Great Holy Grail War.
Overall, Fate/Apocrypa shows promise. It’s fun to see a lot of notable servants such as William Shakespeare as Caster of Red, Spartacus as Berserker of Red, Achilles as Rider of Red, and Jack the Ripper as Assassin of Black among others. And there is such a wide age range of masters, it is very interesting to see how they get along, not only with one another, but also with their respective servants. The one master that appears to be far superior to the rest is Shirou Kotomine, who was sent by the church to act as supervisor and he is also the master of Assassin of Red. I am interested to see his progression as he appears more powerful than even most servants.
Though season 1 is very good, I wouldn’t rank it above Fate/Zero or Fate/Stay Night. The main reason being is that there are way too many characters to keep track of. Between all of the servants and masters, it’s easy to get lost on who is who and I found myself wanting to rewatch the season to fully grasp all that is going on. It’s hard to root for a character if his or her story isn’t effectively flushed out. In this case, there are so many different characters and storylines to throw into 20 minute episodes, which makes it difficult for the viewer to fully immerse oneself into the story.
With that said, there are a ton of action scenes especially leading up to the season finally. That’s one thing the Fate series continues to get right, which keeps me coming back as viewer. I am definitely looking forward to next season and seeing more it has to offer.
Let me know your thoughts. Do you think this is worth watching? How does it compare to the rest of the Fate series?
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