Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] II Limited Edition Blu-ray review

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The battle for the Holy Grail continues in the second season box set of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]. Caster has captured Saber after using Rule Breaker, thus negating Shiro’s contract as Saber’s Master, and worst of all, Gilgamesh, the previous Archer from the fourth holy grail war, has shown himself with some evil plans in store.

Ufotable did a great job of expanding not only the story but also some scenes that felt short in 2010’s Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] film. It has a more in-depth look at certain characters who didn’t get the time in the movie due to time constraints. There are some subtle changes that you see in the series, but by adding these along with a look at the past for characters like Caster and Illyasviel von Einzbern, you get a much better impact that just couldn’t happen in such a short film.

By far my favorite part of the series was the longer fight sequences. With 25 episodes to work with, Ufotable was able to bring out a better level of action which is really detailed in the fight between Emiya and Archer, then again in Emiya vs Gilgamesh. However, I couldn’t help but feel that the second season of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] missed out on some very important marks that could have created a stronger impact mainly towards the end. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it, but Gilgamesh made a perfect villain you can’t help but hate.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms            

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-
Video

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Ufotable does another incredible job bringing the series to life with amazing visuals and fluid animations throughout the series. Season two of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] features more intense battles than the first series, returning to familiar locations from the series season with a great use of both light and dark colors complete with dynamic lighting and shading creating.

On the technical side, the video runs under an MPEG-4 AVC codec and supports 1920 x 1080p resolution. Subtitles are displayed both in English and Spanish. Subtitles are very clean and accurate to the context of the scene in both languages. All of this makes for a very pleasant viewing experience.

Video Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

Audio

You’ll hear no complaints from me when it comes to the audio quality in Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]. Featuring crystal clear audio tracks in both Japanese and English, depending on your preference, you are in for a great sound experience from every fight and clash, while still enjoying the character conversations. The Linear PCM Stereo sounds good even without surround sound.

Audio Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

Special Features

FSN All 1 Disc Specs:

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Subtitles: English & Spanish
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Episodes: Episodes 13-25, Sunny Day OVA (13 episodes)
  • Total Run Time: 325 min
  • Number of Disc: 5 (4 Blu-ray Disc + 1 Soundtrack CD)
  • Rating: 13 UP

The Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Limited Edition Set 2 includes:

• Original Soundtrack featuring 24 tracks
• Exclusive Weiss Schwarz Collectible PR Card
• 24-Page Deluxe Booklet
• Illustrated box designed by Takashi Takeuchi (Original Character Designer)
• Textless opening & ending
• Trailer/TV Spot/CM/PV Collections

They say detail is everything and the second season box set of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] is not a joke, especially since it retails for $179.99. It compliments the first set perfect, with a simple yet elegant white box that shows the Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] logo in a reflective red and silver lettering, along with some beautiful artwork featuring Rin, Shiro, Kuzuki, Illyasviel, Archer, Lancer, Assassin, Caster and Gilgamesh on the back.

FSN Disks

The set includes three discs cases, two of them containing 4 Blu-ray discs featuring all 13 episodes of season two, along with a bonus OVA Sunny Day which is an alternate ending to the series. You’ll also find an exclusive Weiss Schwarz Collectible PR Card, trailers and TV spots for Shiro and Archer, and a 24-page deluxe artbook including character designs along with episode synopsis of all 13 episodes.

I love the music of Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]. From the background music to the fight music, it just sounds amazing. With this set, you get another soundtrack disc featuring 24 tracks to listen to and enjoy.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

Final Reaction

With two of the three routes complete, I’m looking forward to seeing the Heaven’s Feel route series coming later also from Ufotable.

Owning both Limited Edition sets is rather expensive for these 26 episodes, and for hardcore fans, it’s a great set to have since you are paying for a quality product. If you’re not looking to spend the money, I don’t blame you at all, but it’s a good investment because when these sell out, they go for a pretty insane premium. There is always a chance you may see them released in smaller releases in the future from Aniplex, so if you don’t mind waiting you always have Crunchyroll till then.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B
Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Limited Edition Set 2 – $179.99

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.

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