Post by Old Man Dream on Dec 31, 2017 17:56:06 GMT
This spinoff for the Fate franchise focuses on two factions of Masters and Servants competing against one another to claim possession of the Holy Grail for themselves. As a result, this series sports a bigger cast compared to what is found in the Fate/stay night timeline which contributes some major pros and cons for Apocrypha.
On the one hand, the battle between two sets of Masters and Servants creates a more grand-scale conflict for this particular Grail War and makes for some entertaining fights between the Masters and Servants participating in the Grail War, especially when multiple characters are involved in elaborate action sequences. The series also provides a good amount of fleshing out on many of the major characters within the series and like Fate/Zero, explores the dynamics between a number of the Master and Servant pairings. Pairings like Kairi/ Mordred and Jack/ Reika gave me the most interest in their character dynamics with how they interacted with one another. Also while its major plot twist going into the second half of the series may have some drawing parallels to Fate/ Stay Night with how it plays out, it makes for some more intriguing plot developments with the motives surrounding it and actually gives the series more dimension to work with compared to its first half.
On the other hand, the larger cast does result in a number of characters left being underdeveloped, some of which being reduced to mere archetypes. The first half of the series is a bit dry in its storytelling as it gets too focused on the conflict between the Black and Red factions with its action scenes and there are points where it felt like it was pandering to its audience a bit too much. Also for lead characters, Ruler and Sieg seemed a bit bland in their roles for me with Ruler playing the pure and neutral mediator of the Grail War who later takes on a more active role in it and unconvincingly develops feelings for Sieg, while Sieg does not having much to show in personality beyond taking on a heroic role and mostly being drawn to Ruler. In addition, the ending for the series felt a bit underwhelming for me as it seemed done just to have Sieg be the big hero in the end despite his underwhelming character.
Overall, I suppose that I found Fate/Apocrypha to be inferior in quality compared to titles within the Stay Night continuity of the Fate franchise. In spite of its grander conflict, the larger cast results in a good deal of characters being underdeveloped and its first half feeling a bit stagnant in its developments until events in its second half pick up. Not to mention it felt like the series was pandering a bit much to its audience at points with the noticeably greater emphasis on conventional anime tropes. I would be hard-pressed to pick up the series again with the mentioned issues I covered.
Rating: 6 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
In addition, the ending for the series felt a bit underwhelming for me as it seemed done just to have Sieg be the big hero in the end despite his underwhelming character.
I pretty much agree. I was at a loss on who was the main character for the series. I thought maybe the series didn't pick one and I thought everyone was going to get killed off, maybe 2 survived but they weren't the emphasis of the show like without spoilers: Juni Taisen.
I thought the main were Kairi/Mordred and Jeanne/Sieg. I did feel Jeanne/Sieg's romance was superficial. I found Kairi/Mordred and Chiron/Achilles (despite not being master servant) the most interesting pairs. Never did like Jack the Ripper. I hope they could have fleshed out Shirou so I can understand why he went to an extent of materializing souls. He didn't do it out of revenge but just salvation. I zoned out during the whole argument between Jeanne and Shirou since it didn't attract me to care.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
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Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
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Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
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Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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