Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Premiere Event

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“Are you my master?”

Those are the words of one who is ready to fight in the next Holy Grail War. We were lucky to be in attendance at the worldwide premiere of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (UBW) at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. Announced as a full TV series, ufotable’s much anticipated adaptation of the UBW story was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm and hype among the international fans. The event was sold out within a week and people already began lining up hours before the screening.

For those who aren’t initiated, Fate/Stay Night was originally released as a highly successful visual novel in 2004 by TYPE-MOON, a Japanese game company. It tells the tale of a war fought every sixty years to win the Holy Grail, a device that would grant the winner any wish. Seven individuals (known as Masters) are selected and assigned a servant who will do battle in their stead. Fate/stay night chronicles the story of the 5th Holy Grail War and its characters across three different stories: Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven’s Feel. 

On the way into the theater, we were handed this lovely memorabilia that lists the main characters along with the other locations that the premiere was being held.

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As the premiere started, audiences were first screened a short Q&A from the team at ufotable. They thanked the fans for all their support and to look forward to upcoming series. While I’m sure the majority of the viewers already know the story of fate/stay night, I’ll spare the exposition and say right off the bat that it’s gorgeous eye candy from start to finish. ufotable brought a level of quality that was rare in TV animation with fate/zero and UBW already exceeds beyond that. The subtleties of the character animation and attention to background details could have had me fooled for something with a movie budget. All that work only to end at a crucial point in the prologue definitely both filled me with disappointment and excitement for this week when the series official premieres on streaming channels.

Look forward to the series on CrunchyRoll and Hulu on October 4th.

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