Anime / Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel

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Foreground, counterclockwise from top right: Illyasviel von Einzbern, Rider, Sakura Matou, Angra Mainyu, Shirou Emiya, Rin Tohsoka, Saber Alter, and Dark Berserker; Background: Kirei Kotomine, Shinji Matou, and Zouken Matou

Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel is a 2017 - 2018 trilogy of anime movies adapting the visual novel Fate/stay night, directed by Tomonori Sudou and produced by studio ufotable. First announced in 2014, Heaven's Feel was originally going to be released as a single film, but was split into a trilogy so as to include all - or at least most - of the vast amount of story contained in the third and final route of the visual novel.

Presenting an alternate take on the Fifth Holy Grail War from that seen in Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Shirou Emiya becomes closer to his classmate Sakura Matou, but in the process uncovers a dark secret about her and her family that threatens to destroy the world.

The first preview can be viewed here, the second preview here and third preview here.

The first film, titled Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower, was released on October 14, 2017. Aniplex USA has, naturally, picked up the movies and screened the first film in U.S. theatres, with the L.A. debut on November 3, 2017, with wider limited release beginning on November 18th. Madman Entertainment has picked up the movies for Australian & New Zealand release and premiered the first film at their MadFest Melbourne convention on November 4, 2017, with a wider release following after.

The second film, titled Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly will be released in 2018.

This page assumes that you watched both the Fate/Zero and Unlimited Blade Works anime, so there'll be unmarked spoilers.


The anime provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: In the first movie, a lot of scenes were either changed or removed from the original VN to fit into the time slot. These scenes were either scenes that were already in other routes or stuff that wasn't essential to the plot.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The first film adds some scenes that were not present in the VN.
    • The beginning of the film shows Shirou's First Year, how he met Sakura, and how his relationship with Sakura grew. All of these were either just flashbacks or briefly mentioned in the VN.
    • The fight between Lancer and True Assassin, is a lot more elaborate in the film then it was in the VN, where it was mostly a Curb-Stomp Battle. As opposed to meeting True Assassin at the Ryudou Temple and quickly pressuring him near the lake, the movie goes out of its way to showcase what Lancer is capable of when he's out to kill his opponent. True Assassin is no slouch in this regard either, as both run, jump and attack each other in the city's highway and skyscrapers. One can tell that the most of the budget for this movie went into this battle.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Archer saves Saber by cutting off Caster's arm, which held Rule Breaker.
  • Adorkable: Shirou, Saber, Rin, Taiga and Sakura all have their moments:
    • Whenever Shirou is dealing with the opposite sex.
    • Taiga and her very actions.
    • Saber thanking Sakura for the food and asking if she can help in any way.
    • Rin getting surprised when Shirou asks for her help.
    • Sakura not used to being asked by others for her help or advice.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Shinji pathetically begs Zouken for another chance after he loses his first battle as a Master. Zouken hears none of it and practically admits that he never expected anything from his grandson.
  • Badass Transplant: Shirou's left arm, which is wrapped in red cloth on the poster, belongs to Archer, his Heroic Spirit future self. It lets him use Unlimited Blade Works' full potential (with the exception of the Reality Marble itself), but is slowly killing him by turning his body into swords.note 
  • Big Bad: Zouken Matou upstages Kirei Kotomine and Gilgamesh as the main villain of this route. He himself is upstaged by Sakura once she succumbs to Angra Mainyu's corruption.
  • Big Brother Bully: Poor Sakura is subjected to Shinji's abuse several times throughout the first movie. This is not lost on Shirou, who looked ready to beat the ever living shit out of Shinji for this action.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Zouken's entire fighting style and background revolves around this trope. At one point in the movie, from Sakura's point of view from the "training' room, the audience can see not only thousands of insects crawling everywhere, but insects the size of cars and buses moving around on the walls...
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Like with the other adaptations made by Ufotable, a lot of the deaths are more gruesome than in the VN.
    • When Shirou comes to the rescue of Saber, we get to see Shirou's intestines flying out from his stomach after Berserker strikes him.
    • We also get to see Assassin comes out from inside Kojirou, and his smashed chest cavity afterwards.
    • Also when Zouken summons Caster she appears as a corpse showing where her injuries were, when in the VN she was just a black void.
    • While the movie skips over the gruesome and horrifying first hand account of the random woman being eaten by Zouken's worm familiars, it does show for a brief moment a purse and a shoe covered in blood on the ground...
  • Black Knight: Saber Alter is clad in black and red armor, and wields a demonic version of Excalibur. She is also far more powerful than in her standard form.
  • Body Horror: Several examples:
    • Assassin (Sasaki Kojiro) dies when True Assassin bursts forth from his chest for his "summoning". The camera lingers a bit on his corpse before its devoured by the Shadow.
    • Caster is killed by True Assassin and then has her corpse paraded and infested by Zouken's worms. In one shot, insects can be seen scuttling around in Caster's mouth. Throughout the fight with both Saber and Archer, Caster's body starts falling apart.
  • Chain Pain: Rider's primary fighting style.
  • The Corruption:
    • Saber's corruption into Saber Alter by Angra Mainyu's cursed black mud is treated as a Late-Arrival Spoiler by the poster. Towards the end of the first movie, Saber is consumed by the mysterious Shadow. She then later wakes up and sees the "Holy Grail" above her head; in her excitement to finally "obtain" her prize, she does not notice a darker and colder voice telling her that she can't have it. As she turns around to tell the voice off, she's in shock as she looks upon Saber Alter, her corrupted version.
  • Cry Cute: Sakura cries tears when she sees Shirou coming home all beaten up, after she spent so many hours looking for him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Rider's first battle with Saber goes so poorly for her that the latter doesn't even need to exert much effort and takes her down with one strike of her sword.
    • The battle between Saber and Berserker is this. Unlike the UBW anime in which Saber and Archer manage to put up a good battle against Berserker and even end one of his lives, Berserker effortlessly beats the ever living stamina out of Saber when Archer isn't around to provide support.
    • Rider saving Shirou from True Assassin and then painfully giving the ghoul the beatdown to end all beatdowns.
  • Downer Ending: The ending to the first movie. Shirou loses Saber and is out of the war. Saber is corrupted by the mysterious Shadow. Heroic Spirit Lancer is killed by both True Assassin and the Shadow. Zouken and True Assassin are still alive and are determined to cause as much grief for our heroes as possible. People are collapsing mysteriously in Fuyuki City en masse.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: When Shirou first meets Sakura, this was her default expression. Over the course of the year in which both get to know one another better, Sakura gets a bit of life back in her eyes.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Angra Mainyu, the corrupted Avenger-class Servant summoned by the Einzberns in the Third Grail War, was transformed into the embodiment of All the World's Evil by the Fuyuki Grail and seeks to be reborn as a God of Evil. Using Sakura as a host, it manifests as the Shadow and goes on a rampage, devouring countless people, blackening both Saber and Berserker, eating Gilgamesh, and eventually blackening Sakura as well.
  • Erotic Dream: Shirou has a dream where Rin actually Rider in disguise jumps onto him and suggests erotically that she's willing to go all the way with Shirou, even allowing the lucky guy to fondle her breast. Mid-cut, Rin suddenly becomes Sakura, which then finally ends with Shirou waking up, his hand outstretched, grabbing air...
  • Flower Motifs: One of the promotional posters depicts a colourful greenhouse with blackness seeping into it. In accordance with the trope, it is foreshadow-licious.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Rider goes from targeting Shirou's life to protecting and even trying to seduce him.
  • Hope Spot: Saber gets one, and the audience for that matter, when she pours all of her magic into resisting the Shadow's corrupting influence when it grabs a hold of her. For a while it looked like she was about to escape when the corrupting veins and tentacles on her body starts to recede. Then True Assassin attacks Saber and it all goes to hell...
  • Kick the Dog; Shinji and Zouken love doing this to our heroes:
    • Shinji trying to force Rider to get up after she is too wounded by Saber.
    • Shinji hitting Sakura whenever he's upset.
    • Zouken violating Caster's corpse with his insects to fight for him. Even Saber is disgusted by this action.
    • Zouken taunting Shirou during their fight at the temple with the knowledge that Saber was killed in action.
  • Large Ham: Illya demonstrates this as Berserker attacks Saber, getting overly excited and telling Berserker to not only behead Saber, but violate her as well.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Saber Alter, Dark Berserker, Angra Mainyu, and Sakura being connected to Rider are four major spoilers from the visual novel that the poster blatantly reveals.
  • I Lied: Caster tries to save Souichirou's life by offering to release True Assassin from her thrall by stabbing herself with Rule Breaker. She implores the ghoul to leave her Master alone since True Assassin insinuated that he would stop if she did so. For her trouble, Caster is quickly killed by True Assassin, who then follow up this callousness by murdering the helpless Souichirou without a backward glance.
  • Luminescent Blush: Shirou has this happen to him several times in the movie whenever he's staring at an attractive girl and notices their bodies. He even blushed as a child whenever Taiga was teaching him how to properly hold a bokutou (by hugging him from behind)!
    • Several girls in this movie (Sakura, Rin and Mitsuzuri) aren't immune to this either, as the object of their affection, Shirou, causes them to get hot and bothered at times.
  • Mood Whiplash: The hilarious "mapo tofu" scene from the game is preserved in all its wacky glory, with Kotomine delivering shocking plot revelations while eating Chinese food so hot it causes steam to escape when he opens his collar. Because of the movie's condensed pace, it's even weirder than it was in the game.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Saber has heavy focus in the 2nd trailer, not revealing the fact that in this route she doesn't survive a quarter of the scenario and then gets transformed into Saber Alter.
    • The after credits trailer for Lost Butterfly teases some heavy focus on Gilgamesh even though his actual role in the story is minimal and he gets taken out very quickly.
  • No-Sell: The Shadow and its "fights" with other Servants. Lancer and Caster learn the hard way that magic is essentially useless against it.
    • Caster charges up a miniature sun that threatens power outage in the city. It gives Archer and even the magic resistant Saber pause. She fires it at the Shadow...which does absolutely nothing.
  • Not So Stoic: Issei's reaction when he learns that Souichirou was killed. The camera doesn't show his face, but he starts to shake with grief.
  • Oh, Crap!: Quite a few in the first movie:
    • The "battle" between Saber and Rider ending with Saber effortlessly taking down Rider with a bored expression on her face, even showing severe disappointment a few seconds later. Shinji's reaction after boasting he's a great master is a sight to behold.
    • Lancer's reaction when he's fighting off both True Assassin and the Shadow. He ends up getting killed despite his best efforts.
    • Saber's reaction when she underestimates True Assassin's ability to resist her wind magic. She then reacts with horror when the Shadow gets a hold of her and ends up eating her. She has a final one when she comes face to face with her corrupted version at the center of her mind.
    • True Assassin gets hit hard with this when he runs into a powered-up Rider, who demonstrates that she is not to be messed with when she's serious.
    • Rin and Archer react with horror when they find Zouken's "training" room and what this meant for Sakura...
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Shadow is a black jellyfish-like entity with red-trimmed ribbon-like tentacles. Saber Alter's armor and sword turn black with red markings, while Dark Berserker turns black with exposed red veins. As Angra Mainyu's avatar, Dark Sakura retains the Shadow's red-trimmed black color scheme.
  • Shipper on Deck: Both Taiga and Issei (and even Rin) think Shirou and Sakura would make a good couple.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side:
    • After being consumed by the Shadow, Saber is blackened by Angra Mainyu into Saber Alter, a callous, tyrannical version of herself who hates weakness, has a limitless supply of mana due to her connection to the Grail, doesn't hold back when fighting, is physically stronger and more durable, has a Healing Factor, and fully embraces her Dragon Ancestry.
  • This Cannot Be!: Rin and Archer discovering what sort of training Sakura went through when they investigate the Matou manor. Even Archer, as battle-hardened and stoic as he is, is freaked out by what he sees. Rin falls to her knees since she now knows what sort of "training" her little sister was forced to endure since childhood... and her inability to save her.
  • Tranquil Fury: Sakura subjects Saber to this when she sees Shirou coming home covered in wounds. Saber can only look on, feeling guilty for not protecting Shirou and ashamed that she made someone as sweet as Sakura become disappointed in her.

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