Reviews: Fate Zero Sense

A really funny and enjoyable fanfic, but not without its flaws

I started reading this fic on the advice of a friend. I usually am not that big of a fanfic reader, but I do casually enjoy some of them when they are well-written or interesting, and I do like Crossovers when they exploit their premise well. Fate Zero Sense is one of those.

The premise is based on the events of Fate/Zero, except that, for some reason, the Holy Grail messes up with the summoning of the Servant, resulting in most of them being replaced with characters from anime (plus Deadpool). A very simple premise, which frankly doesn't really need to be more complicated, as long as it's well-used. And well-used it is; the contrast is quite hilarious, the interactions are interesting and the repercussions it has on the universe are actually important rather than just following The Stations of the Canon. Kamina, especially, makes for a very effective replacement for Yksander, and Deadpool is... well... Deadpool. Every Servant gets his fair part of development, and the fight are really fun to read.

However, this fic isn't without its downside. One of my main problems with it can be summed up in one name: Saber. Since all the other Servants are despicted as either overpowered or too unpredictable to be defeated (Deadpool), Saber suffers a major combination of The Worf Effect and Overshadowed by Awesome. Now I am all aware this is played for comedy, but Saber is one of my favourite characters in the source material, and I feel disappointed the author couldn't think of anything better to do with her than reduce her to a Butt Monkey for everybody. I wasn't a fan of her portrayal either, though I guess that might have been in line with how she is portrayed during canon Fate Zero. Inversely, Kirei gets essentially turned into a Villain Sue around the second part of the fic. Now true, that actually makes him hilarious, but I personally found it funnier when he was The Comically Serious to Deadpool. After his Sanity Slippage, he essentially becomes Deadpool's Master equivalent, and while he does end up losing, it doesn't feel like a big deal to him.

Overall, the fic was an enjoyable read, but I didn't feel like watching the sequel as a result, because I was afraid to see the flaws amplified. And from what I heard about it, I was right.