Friday, May 31, 2013

Fate/Zero Volume 1 - 4

Fate/Zero Volume 3 Cover

Source : Fate/Zero in Baka-Tsuki

Overview

War of the Holy Grail - Pursuing the power of the "Holy Grail" which grants a miracle, this is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete for it. In that battle whose conclusion was postponed three times, now, the fourth war commenced again. Entrusting their dearest wish of victory, the magi joined the battleground called "Fuyuki", but amongst them, there was a man who was always alone, and could not find out the meaning behind his fights. His name was Kotomine Kirei. Not comprehending the guidance of fate, Kirei was lost, and had kept questioning. Why someone like his was given the Command Seals. However, the fate of his fights crossed Kirei's path with a nemesis by chance. That person is - Emiya Kiritsugu. A man who was sterner than anyone else, more merciless than anyone else, and who sought the miracle of the Holy Grail.

Merely recited in fragments in Fate/Stay Night, this is the Fourth War of the Holy Grail 10 years ago. The truth which unfolded behind the battle between Shirō's foster father, Rin's father, and the younger Kotomine Kirei, is finally revealed......


My Personal Review

First of all, Fate/Zero is definitely a good read. It is however, is overrated in my opinion. The story is pretty great and all, but I still can't comprehend what made people praises this novel (and the anime) so much. In fact, I think all Urobuchi Gen's works are overrated as well, and it is beyond my comprehension to grasp why people love them (is it because of the 'dark' endings?).

I simply don't get it.


Putting my literary appreciation skill aside, Fate/Zero is certainly worth your time (assuming you  have read Fate/Stay Night and don't have sky-high expectation like I did). The story is about what happened in the fourth holy grail war, ten years before the plot of Fate/Stay Night unfolded. It is told from many point of views, including some disturbing ones unfortunately (I don't exactly want to understand the mind of psychopath killing maniac). And bit by bit, we're guided to the grim ending everyone knows.

This book left me with a gloom feeling, but I'm glad I read it.

PS : Compared with Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night seems like just some children playing war.


Rating : A



Download Links

Fate/Zero Volume 1 - The Untold Story of the Fourth Holy Grail War

These are an improved version of kureshii's PDFs.
Improvements :
  • Added the illustrations
  • Added bookmarks
  • Cropped the pages so the text looks larger

3 comments:

  1. Saying "I don't understand why people like it-it's overrated" and not giving a reason as why it comes short of the expectations you were having is a sign of an incompetent reviewer.

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    1. Well, this is not a "serious" review in the first place, just my personal thought. But if I have to say the reasons, mostly it was because people were saying how good it is. Just imagine if you got told by your friends and family that a certain food is super-tasty and absolutely delicious, but then when you tried it yourself, it turned out that it wasn't as tasty and delicious as they say.

      Maybe that was a bit abstract, but it's the best explanation I can think of at the moment.

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  2. The links to the PDFs are broken; can you reupload them on mediafire or mega and share them?

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