I am the bone of my sword.
Steel is my body, and fire is my blood.
I have created over a thousand blades.
Unknown to death.
Nor known to life.
Have withstood pain to create many weapons.
Yet, those hands will never hold anything.
So as I pray, Unlimited Blade Works!
Finished watching the movie, Unlimited Blade Works. Geesuz, remind me to finish reading the UBW route in the game.
I can’t say it was really that awesome but it was a good watch especially if you’re a TYPE-MOON fan and you’re already nerd enough about the terminologies and back stories of Fate/Stay Night. If not, well, prepare to get moon struck. I don’t recommend if for general viewing’s sake. I advise you watch the series first (which follows the very first storyline, “Fate” and has been considered as the game’s default plot) since it tackles the basics. This movie is notorious enough to go through weird transitions and leaves the good parts.
Aside from the that, Unlimited Blade Works was animated by Studio DEEN and I must say that they did a good job with all the battle scenes (Archer vs. Shirou was IMO the best) and overall, the animation was smooth and sharper than the F/SN series. I’m probably going to be bias especially after watching the movie series, Kara no Kyoukai but the quality of UBW still cannot come on par with how ufotable moved KnK. However, it can still stand on its own and even make a name for itself.
Unlimited Blade Works is about Rin and Archer, master and servant consecutively. While the anime series is all about Saber and doesn’t explicitly shows the ugly face of the Holy Grail War, UBW brought out the undertones and brutally shows the real meaning of warfare through violence and deception. Archer plays an antagonistic role in UBW. He plans to stop the war (ultimately betraying everyone) and at the same time eliminate the main protagonist, Emiya Shirou for his own goal.
Do you remember the ridiculous mana transfer in Fate/Stay Night? Well, guess what. Instead of a dragon, the movie has dolphins! What the fuckery.
Movie Rin isn’t as lesbiany as the game Rin but the ending with Saber disappearing and Rin looking in distraught was a treat for this pairing. (Good ending in F/SN allowed Rin and Saber to live together as master and servant)
Saber is, more or less, useless in the film and got her role cut off early. On other hand, UBW’s version of Shirou was pure awesome. He literally fought Gilgamesh in equal strength. (No, in fact, he was overpowering him)
Expect some fan service though.