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 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 to follow 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 timeslot. 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Like with the other adaptations made by Ufotable, a lot of the deaths are more gruesome than in the VN. 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.
  • 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.
  • The Corruption: Treated as a Late-Arrival Spoiler by the poster. Saber is devoured by the Shadow, and through exposure to Angra Mainyu's cursed black mud she is corrupted into the evil Saber Alter. Similarly, Berserker is consumed and corrupted into Dark Berserker. Sakura herself succumbs to Angra Mainyu and transforms into Dark Sakura.
  • 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 use her sword to win.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Saber Alter, Dark Berserker, Angra Mainyu, and Sakura being connected to Rider are three major spoilers from the visual novel that the poster blatantly reveals.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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