YMMV: Fate/hollow ataraxia

  • Ascended Meme: The idea of Archer having an Unlimited Food Works attack, given his younger self loved to cook. In the Illya Castle minigame, he assaults his enemies with a hail of cooking utensils.
  • Author Tract: During the opening montage, Avenger starts ranting about how the world is dying and how much better things were in the good ol' days.
  • Awesome Music: The opening theme "hollow". The PS Vita remake's opening theme also counts, Hollow World, sung entirely in Surprisingly Good English by Aimer and the other opening's song Broken Night, also sung by her.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Caren's line "Stop? Or what, you'll violently rape me? That's a bit out of character for you, isn't it Shirou?" Later on, Shirou -actually Angra Mainyu possessing/disguised as him- violently rapes Caren.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: Assault Einzbern and the Hanafuda game can get quite addictive.
  • Tear Jerker: During the opening, when a Brainwashed Shirou sees Saber again for the first time, he starts involuntarily crying with joy even though he can't remember why.
    • The ending. Angra Mainyu's final confrontation with Bazett, the reveal that he saved her life so she can return to the real world alive, their final parting and Angra Mainyu's Heroic Sacrifice to end the cycle of four days, calmly accepting that he must return to nothingness because taking on Shirou's form has made him also a "hero of justice".
    • Both the backstory of Princess Medea, the Witch of Betrayal (aka. Caster) and the recounting of one possible route of the Holy Grail War (not one of the potential canon ones from the game) where Gilgamesh attacks the temple, mortally wounds Kuzuki, and leaves Caster to grieve over his dying form.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: You might expect that now the Holy Grail War is over (and almost all the characters are inexplicably still alive) they'd take the time to explore Archer's backstory, particularly what he went through to turn him from the idealistic Emiya Shirou to the cynical Archer, as well as how he's dealing with being back in his own past, seeing people he knew from his youth again. You might expect this. But apart from a single scene where Those Three Girls mention that Archer seems strangely familiar for some reason, you'd be completely wrong and Shirou and Archer just continue with their usual offhandedly antagonistic relationship.

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