10 years after the Holy Grail War—a battle waged by Masters and Servants over the wish-granting container, the Holy Grail—another war breaks out in Fuyuki City. Shirou Emiya—the adopted son of Kiritsugu Emiya, a participant of the previous Holy Grail War—resolves to fight, carrying out Kiritsugu’s dying wish. There’s a young girl by Shirou’s side who’s in love with him—Sakura Matou. Every morning, she goes to Shirou’s house to make breakfast and dinner for him, bringing kindness into the life of a boy utterly alone in the world. But once the Holy Grail War starts, there’s a change in the air in Fuyuki City. Murders abound across the city, and the atmosphere grows ominous. Shirou decides to shelter Sakura in his home. Along with Saber, the Servant he summons, Shirou allies himself with the magus Rin Tohsaka and takes part in the Holy Grail War. But the battle starts to go awry as secret maneuvers by unseen forces are put into play.
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I will try to not spoil this movie for people. But I might put a few things in there so to be careful im going to say SPOILER WARNING. This is my first experience with the Heaven's Feel route. Some of the most epic fight sequences ever put to the animated screen. The fight between Lancer and Assassin truly shines as one of the best battles we've ever seen between two servants. It's not even just the fights though. The stakes are incredibly high, and we know there's some greater evil at play. The visuals are nothing short of spectacular. Ufotable at their best as usual, you can feel the Kara no Kyoukai similarities. I liked how the movie 'fast-forwarded' through some of the introductory stuff, it doesn't re-tread over old ground (When Shirou emiya's first encounter of a battle between Servants). It very much assumes that the audience have already seen or experienced the first two routes so one should be familiar with the Fate series before watching the film. Sakura comes off as extremely bland in every other Fate series, but this version of Sakura has some emotion and character which I like (best Girl). There are some beautiful flash back scenes between her and Shirou, you see from the very beginning that there is something incredibly tragic about her. We may not have the answers yet, But...... Given how the film ended, the best is yet to come. There are still so many mysteries to uncover. While this film focused on Shirou and Sakura, while also giving characters like Rin, Saber, Kirei, and Zouken moments of Epicness. Archer didn't have much to do and Illya appeared only briefly. Yuki KAJIURA at her best composing the music for this film, WOW. That ending song!! We still have two more films to go!!!
Before watching this I would recommend watching Ufotable's Fate/Zero and Unlimited Blade Works if your interested in getting a better understanding of who some of these characters are and how they play a role in the Holy Grail War. Outside of that as a stand-alone film Presage Flower is one of the greatest things I've ever watched. Every frame is so masterfully crafted, simple scenes feel so natural while the fights look amazing. Nothing looks cheap or stiff, every motion big or small really leaves an impact. Background lights and cars, weather, the characters themselves; there is so much motion in this movie and it all looks so natural and detailed. The mixture of 3-D and 2-D animation is really impressive, it's so rare that the two animation styles look good together but Ufotable makes it just seem normal. Real eye candy for animation lovers. The sound production is edited flawlessly, every scene sounds so crisp. You can hear the rain, a cool brease, leaves, snow, and bugs so clearly without it ever overpowering the dialogue. The sound team really did an outstanding job, background sounds in anime don't really make a big impression on me most of the time but it does such a great job here adding extra layers to the film. On top of that you have Yuki Kajiura handling the OST and she delivers one of her best scores really giving the film that final magical touch. Tomonori Sudou makes Fate/stay night look better than it ever has before, Ufotable already proved they know how to make an amazing multi-part film with The Garden of Sinners eight part series but this was even bigger and better than The Garden of Sinners. It's absolutely insane that we are getting two more of these films.
What can be said about this movie? I must say because of this movie I am very disappointed in myself for waiting this long to watch them. I am now on a mission to make sure to watch all of them all. The studio really has outdone themselves. The art is incredible from the backgrounds to the character its all immaculate. I must say that the level of seemlessness between cg and standard is transitioned very well. I love the way they did the various senes and how cleanly they imbedded floating objects. If you like Fate/ Stay as a series this is a must SEE!If you think this is just the standard Grail War you are mistaken. The interpersonal conflict and the build up to the battles are all very well done. Battles are outstanding and watching the snow fall and, waterdroplets are done so cleanly. And the exagerated blood shed is incredible. The characters are what you expect except very nicely cleaned up and crisper than before. They has stronger shadowing and more definition. Music was amazing! Sequencing and placement for each piece seemed perfect for the correct momements
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