Fate/Stay Night 1

October 20, 2008

My track record with Type-Moon series has been sort of interesting.  I really like the manga adaptation of Lunar Legend Tsukihime, I really disliked the excerpt I read in Faust of The Garden of Sinners, and I kind of liked this one.  This has a great plot, but the first volume feels rushed and somewhat bland.

We are introduced to a boy who was orphaned as a small boy and has resolved to be a hero.  Things happen, and it turns out he is a participant in some sort of battle royale for an item that grants the winner of the contest one wish.  The battle is fought with… I don’t know, people who may be considered some sort of familiar that fight to protect their contestant.  They are called Servants.

The servants are by far the most interesting part of the series so far.  Each of the contestants has a Servant that does the fighting for them, and the servants can be summoned and dismissed in a magical way.  I think they can be compared to stands, or a summon, or something.  Each servant is based on a legendary warrior from history, and each servant takes on a particular characteristic unique to them.  The main character uses Saber, and by the end of the volume, we’ve also met Berserker, Archer, and Lancer.

The part where the servants are based on a legendary warrior is really what interests me.  The more famous the warrior, the stronger the servant.  Sometimes the connection to the legend is blatant, as when the master of Berserker reveals that he is Hercules, the most famous legendary hero.  Sometimes the connection can be inferred, as when Lancer reveals he is wielding the Gae Bolg, which makes him Cu Culannin.  I suspect that this isn’t going to play a huge part in the battle, but it’s still the best part, as far as I’m concerned.

Most of the volume is spent explaining the mechanics of the fighting system and the master/servant relationship and convincing the main character to participate, etc.  As I said, it’s a bit bland and rushed, but I was interested enough in the plot that I’m interested to see what happens when the story slows down and things get a bit of depth.  I like Lunar Legend Tsukihime enough to believe that this one can be that good, too.

This was a review copy provided by Tokyopop.