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Review: Fate/Zero Blu-ray Box Set 2

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So much talking!

When Fate/Zero Set 2 starts off, we're thrown right in the middle of a major battle. Caster has created a huge monster and it's up to Saber, Lancer, Rider and Archer to defeat it before it can cause major damage to the general populace. After he is dispatched, it's back to the Grail War and tons of talking, plotting, planning and backstabbing.

To make it clear, I enjoyed the second half of Fate/Zero but there are flaws within it which the audience should be aware of before picking it up. Just how big are the flaws? Join me after the jump to find out. 

Saber

In the second half of Fate/Zero, there are a multitude of things to praise. From the pacing to the animation to the music to the fight scenes there are just so many things that you can enjoy about it. Let's start with the animation: this is a good-looking series. The character designs are very aesthetically pleasing to look at and it will be easy for everyone to pick out their own favorites as you go along. The animation is also very fluid and the fight scenes (when there are fight scenes that is, but that's a point for later on) are just riveting to watch because of how good they look. 

Fighto Fighto

None of these scenes would be anywhere near as good however if it weren't for the beautiful soundtrack composed by Yuki Kajiura. As usual, Kajiura uses her skill to blend and traverse multiple genres of music seemingly effortlessly to match the scene. Sometimes somber, sometimes uplifting and sometimes plain beautiful, there are very rarely any moments when the music is not a wonderful match for what is happening on screen. Looking back over my notes, I see only one occasion when I actively noticed the music hindering or distracting from what was happening and that wasn't until towards the end of the series. 

More fighto?

As much as I want to praise everything about this set though, I have to admit that there is one place where Fate/Zero doesn't hold up well and that's in the action. For those of you who watched the first half of the series hoping that the action would pick up and more people would actually, you know, start fighting like they're in a war, you're going to be sorely disappointed. 

While it's never quite as bad as the first half where people would literally walk in circles while rattling off endless monologues, the second half does have more than its fair share of endless talking scenes as characters maneuver their way into contention through whatever means necessary. This means many episodes will pass before anyone even draws a sword. That isn't to imply that the series is boring (well, generally not). Far from it. However, don't expect to see these servants do any kind of serious battling until near the climax of the series. 

Alright, you've heard all about the series but what about all the shiny extras? What makes this set so special and worth putting hard earned money down for? 

Aniplex of America really packed this set with extras to make it worth your money. Included with this set are bonus discs which feature the second soundtrack and interviews with the English cast. Also included with the set is a deluxe illustration book which features some gorgeous character artwork, the standard collection of promotional videos, commercials and trailers and the discs are all housed in a special artbox which features artwork from the original character designer Takeshi Takeuchi. Whew!

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Overall Aniplex of America did well with this release. The series itself is absolutely worth watching and the extras are plentiful. If you're a fan of the Fate universe and want to see how the heroes of Fate/Stay Night got to their starting points, this is your entry ticket. This is a recommended addition to your collection. 

8.0- Great. A great example of its genre that everyone should see, regardless of their interests.

 


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Fate/Zero Blu-ray Box Set 2 reviewed by LB Bryant

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GREAT

Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.
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