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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic anime presented in a nice collectors box., 3 May 2014
A. Timmins (dudley UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Fate Zero Pt 1 - Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I have this early due to the fact i buy wholesale anime so i didn't buy from amazon nor did i watch a pirate copy or stream so i am commenting on the actual blu ray quality.

I wont go into the deep story/plot detail other reviewers have but will just comment on a few points.

1) The animation is superb as is the picture quality.
2) The collectors box is very nicely made,basically its a cardboard sleeve its thick and well made with great quality artwork on it. It houses disc 1 and a little insert which can be removed to house disc 2 when it is released officially.Its definitely a cut above the usual flimsy cardboard trash sleeves you usually get and has a nice glossy look to it.
3) The soundtrack is very nicely done - probably not a soundtrack i would purchase but the songs are good.The sound quality in the blu ray is also exceptional.
4) The first episode is quite long and gives somewhat of an information dump but never gets boring, the series however really starts to kick in at episode 3 and you will be glued to the screen from then on.
5) I have been informed directly by MVM that this collectors edition is limited to 1000 copies of blu ray and dvd so if thats true the collectors ed wont be around very long and i am unsure of what the cost of the basic blu ray will be yet, so if you not sure then i would make up your mind quite quickly just in case you miss out.

All in all a great anime / soundtrack / story , and some very interesting portrayal of historical characters its probably as close to a 100% score as any anime would get from me.The only extras are a textless opening and closing so if you are hoping for plenty extras on the collectors ed part 1 you will feel let down, extras dont matter to me at all so were not relevant in my scoring of the product..

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Hope You Like Conversation, 22 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Fate Zero Pt 1 - Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Fate/Zero is an adaptation of a series of light novels which is also serves as a prequel to the popular visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night. Fate/Zero which tells the tale of the Fourth Holy Grail War. Once every sixty years, seven mages are selected by the Grail to partake in a battle royal in which only one will survive and the victor will have one wish granted. These mages (dubbed 'The Masters') are able to summon a heroic spirt (or a 'Servant'), each also seeking the Holy Grail and each fitting into one of 7 different classes with different abilities to fight alongside them. These spirits are the souls of ether powerful historical figures or famous legends, with some slight differences from the familiar tales.

First of all, Fate/Zero looks fantastic, with both excellent animation and art style, the series is very similar to the Kara no Kyoukai (or Garden of Sinners) film series, which makes sense given that Ufotable animated both. It also blends CGI into the mix almost perfectly, through it is mainly limited to magic and the character of Berserker, which serves to give him an otherworldly look.

Now, the important thing to note about the first half of Fate/Zero is that its greatest strength might also be greatest weakness, the first 13 episodes are about explaining the world and introducing all the major characters. The first episode is 40 minutes long, and entirely based on introducing the majority of the cast. The focus of the entire series is not on one single Master/Servert team, but on the web of relationships between all the teams and their different motivations or lack thereof.

The relationships between the Masters' and their Servant are all different and interesting, be it a strained partnership, a twisted and yet strangely charming friendship or the role reversal of Master being subservient to his Servant. It also does a good job of explaining the relationships between the Masters and the people around them, setting up impossible situations for some.

The other benefit of given the focus to a wider range of characters is that there is no clear main team. While his servant does get more focus than most and he is the first major character to appear, the character of Kiritsugu Emiya is still a mystery, it isn't clear what he is planning or what his motives are., he is mostly stoic but clearly suffering from guilt for what he has done and what he is going to do. By contrast Kariya Matou has very clear and very human motives, but he is in control of the most dangerous and mysterious Servant, uses a grotesque from of magic and has stuck to the shadows for the most part. This adds something needed for a battle royale: a lack of a clear victor, which means every fight has the risk of defeat for the characters the audience assumes are the main characters.

While a lot of these relationships are compelling and a lot of the dialogue and debate about various philosophy are interesting, the first thirteen episodes of Fate/Zero are simply build-up to what is presumably, an action-packed second half. That's not to say their isn't any action, there is a tense dual which becomes increasingly more dangerous as time goes on, as well one or two other battles that are different, well handled and each having multiple layers and elements to them, but ultimately the focus is on the people involved so when bad things start happening, you either want them to survive or enjoy seeing them receive their just deserts. However some viewers might be disinterested due to the sheer amount of talking about different viewpoints between characters who in theory should be trying to kill each other each other when ever they meet.

The english dub is fairly strong; Kari Wahlgren bestows Saber with the pride and dignity that the character demands, David Vincent's Archer drips with egotism and arrogance and Johnny Young Bosch playing a remorseless, giddy serial killer is also quite nice. However problem (if you can call it that) is that despite being very talented, some actors, like Crispin Freeman have very recognisable voices, which can be distracting at times.

In conclusion, the first half of Fate/Zero can either be a dull watch brightened up with great action or an fascinating clash of ideals between historical and legendary characters, added to by intense combat, depending on whether or not you find the dialogue engaging. If you are interested in the series, it might be worth waiting for the second part to be released before making a purchase as then the cliffhanger at the end might be less bothersome. If the second half is a exciting bloodbath than the slow burning first half will be justified.

Also on the matter of the collector's edition it is simply just a study cardboard container for both sets of discs. It looks nice but if your willing to wait, it is fairly likely MVM will release a complete collection at some point. but if you can't wait and like having different parts in one place, it might be worth a slight price increase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fate Zero Pt 1 - Collector's Edition [Blu-ray], 13 July 2014
D. G. Slade "anime fan" (hazlemere uk) - See all my reviews
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This is the prequal to Fate Stay Night.The series take place ten years before the original series and explains a lot that was not covered in the original.Some review have said that this first half is mainly talk and no action I disagree.Yes there is some character introductions and explanations but this needed to explain what is happening.But the action does start in this first half and a lot of unanswered questions answered that were not explained in the original.If you have not seen Fate Stay Night then you might want to watch it first as it will give you an insight in to the grail wars.Or watch this first and wait for the new version of Fate Stay Night to come out. Either way well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST SEE ANIME, 7 Jun 2014
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I am a huge fan of all of Type Moon's series, if you like action fantasy then this is a must see anime. It can be watched as a stand alone, however I would suggest watching Fate/Stay Night first (Also an MVM release, only on DVD though). Stay Night came out 5 years previous to this series and it is kind of expected that you have watched Stay Night before Zero (Zero being a prequel to Stay Night).

I watched this series as it came out in Japan and as is now expected of Ufotable- the creators of this series, it is fantastically well written, the animation is gorgeous and the character development is some of the best I've seen after 16 years of watching anime. Each given their own back story and enough time on screen for you to develop an attachment or hatred towards them. The plot twists and turns, giving really high and low moments. As previously mentioned this is a prequel series and as such many questions that remained unanswered in Stay Night are answered. The focusing being mainly on character backgrounds and more in depth reasons as to why certain characters act the way they do in Stay Night. Personally I watch it in the Japanese dub, the voices just match the characters better than the English dub, again it is personal opinion.

On to the packaging, this collectors edition comes with the standard edition Blu-ray disks. What makes it special is the box it comes in which will eventually house both parts of this Fate/Zero release. The box itself is really good quality, being made of a thick, high quality cardboard and covered in high resolution artwork. It would have been nice if some sort of art book, postcards or poster were included just to make it that bit more special from the standard edition, but this would have bumped the price up a bit so it is a compromise. Overall it is a very nice looking package, wanting a few extras but still very reasonable for the price.

In summary, if you are a fan of Fate/ Stay Night, Type Moon or any kind of fantasy related franchise this is a must see series. Ufotable have absolutely pulled it out of the bag for this series, compared to Stay Night it is above and beyond in terms of writing and plot, breathing new life into the franchise. So much so that a complete Fate/Stay Night reboot will be begin broadcast in October 2014.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic series that will please any anime fan, 25 Mar 2014
This review is from: Fate Zero Pt 1 - Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Without boring you, i'll quickly go over the good and bad parts of the show -

Good -
- Fantastic art and animation (some of the best merging of 2D and 3D animations you'll see)
- A great and varied cast of characters, filled with people you'll love, hate and feel sorry for
- Zero filler, it's all plot and story
- The fight scenes are awesome and epic in proportions
- Amazing orchestral score that will give you goose bumps
- Little fan service to undermine the gritty nature of the show
- Interesting and mature themes are explored throughout
- The story is packed with twists and turns, where anyone could die at any moment...
- Almost every episode is great

Bad -
- First episode holds a huge info dump, made even worse by it's boring nature
- Last episode doesn't answer many questions, leaving the viewer unsatisfied
- At certain points, character dialogue and actions become tiresome and annoying
- Huge cast of main characters means you'll struggle to keep track of names and allegiances, something I had a huge problem with initially

Conclusion - If someone ever asked me what series combines everything great about anime into one story, i'd immediately think of this as a contender. Without a doubt one of the greatest anime shows, ever. Buy it, watch it, enjoy the heck out of it!
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