With the recent launch of a new Fate/Zero
website and the impending February announcement that Fate/Zero
will be a 2011 anime series to be produced by Aniplex
(studio responsible for both anime series Shiki
and another Type-Moon film series, Kara no Kyoukai
has the potential of being among the best anime series of the year.
Those familiar with the original visual novel and franchise of Fate/Stay Night
may also be aware of its prequel series of light novels by the title of Fate/Zero
. Even if you aren't familiar with the franchise, you might recognize this infamous moment from the anime adaptation (produced not
by Aniplex, but Studio DEEN
Now a "Genius" demotivator!
Memes and terrible moments in anime aside, I actually appreciated the anime series of Fate/Stay Night
and the interesting universe it established. It was also my first glimpse on the works of Type-Moon
. Because of this series, I actively began to look out for what works might be adapted from Type-Moon
next. If it wasn't for my interest in the publisher coming out of the Fate/Stay Night
anime, I never would have known the exceptional anime film series Kara no Kyoukai
- my all-time favorite completed
(Rebuild of Evangelion may challenge this over the next few years when it concludes) anime film series. Kara no Kyoukai
is, essentially, a series of seven feature-length supernatural, psychological thrillers following the story of Shiki Ryougi,
a teenager gifted with the ability of visualizing every living thing's mortality in the form of lines. By cutting those lines, she able to instantly kill any living thing. While most of the film series follows her work in assisting an agency tied with maintaining the balance of magic's delicate existence by investigating unusual, supernatural occurrences, there are some very profound conflicts in these cases and even underlying the core of this series of films. As I've said, this film was done by Aniplex
and is among my favorite profound anime series of all time.
Her talent is known as the "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception." Those familiar with another Type-Moon franchise, Tsukihime, may not be surprised to find that Kara no Kyoukai exists in a unvierse parallel to that of Tsukihime.
Because of how much I loved Kara no Kyoukai
and the fact that Aniplex
will also be responsible for producing the Fate/Zero
anime, I have high expectations.
If you're getting turned off that this risks being another Fate/Stay Night
, I'll present a little background that may dismiss your low expectations: this prequel follows the story of Kiritsugu Emiya
, who much unlike his son Shirou
, doesn't mind adopting questionably underhanded strategies such as taking advantage of technology to exploit the weaknesses of competing magicians. Kiritsugu lacks the idealism of Shirou and doesn't mind being a coldblooded killer to achieve his ultimate end of defending humanity.
He has the potential of being a refreshing, anti-hero of a protagonist, something I haven't seen in an anime of this sort for a while. Aniplex
has done an awesome job with developing morally ambiguous characters (once again, I cannot praise Kara no Kyoukai
enough, here) and I expect Kiritsugu to be one my favorite anime protagonists for the upcoming year. Not to mention, I am also excited in seeing more of Saber
I am definitely looking forward to the upcoming Fate/Zero
anime series. Are you?