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To quote Obi-Wan: "You were the chosen one". Coming from Fate/Zero and Kara no Kyoukai, many people, me included had great expectation for Unlimited Blade Works. However, unlike its forefathers, UBW barely scratches the tip of its source material. Well yes the core plot remained, but you could say the same thing about the awful DEEN adaptation done in 2006 (ignore the other review by the way, he is a well known forum troll on MAL and Crunchyroll). Its flashy, it wowed people and introduced Fate/Stay Night to the mass.... but that's all it is.
In trying to keep it fresh for VN readers, Kinoko Nasu (and co.) created a tough pill to swallow for both the veteran and the newcomers. Your everyday CR viewers will be woah and wowed by the "hype" and "budget", but the seasoned critic easily pointed out issues in characterization (shallow, 2d characters) and plot (the VN used the cliched plot as a medium to deconstruct Shirou's ideal). VN readers either saw it as a way to get their favorite fights animated, or a complete failure that made the same mistakes DEEN made nearly a decade ago.
If this was the first adaptation, it could've been accepted as a "promote the source material" type of anime, similar to the 2006 adaptation (which was made in conjunction with the voiced sex-less PS2 edition), but as a standalone from a company with an impressive track record, it is a flub.
TL;DR: Read the VN, watch it for comparison, the extra stuffs and fights being animated.
And just a minor note, just because the original author worked on it, doesn't mean its as good as the original. Shitty sequels are common, and while this technically isn't a sequel, it doesn't really hold up to the original
Eh this is ok review I tried reading the vn got bored fell asleep never cared to read it agian
Also why all this hate towards 2006 fate/stay night it has ok reviews.
I would call this adaptation a polished turd, sure it polished some of the rough stuff from the novel, but a polished turd is still a turd. The novel honestly ranged from unremarkable to downright bad.
Following up on this review, another thing that was disappointing of this coming off the same studio that did Fate Zero was just how tame the fight scenes where. Just flashy random swinging with no substance.
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