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January 10, 2013

Anime Review: Fate/stay night

Like many shounen anime featuring loads of action and supernatural powers, Fate/stay night certainly fulfills the conditions of such an anime. Interestingly enough, it doesn't get repetitive or boring at all. Thre is always something that will spark you interest along the way.

Fate/stay nightSynopsis:

Raised by a mysterious sorcerer after the horrific death of his parents, Shiro Emiya has only just begun to help others using the small tidbits of magic that he's learned. However, when he's suddenly caught in a battle between two more powerful Magus, Shiro finds himself performing a spell above his expected ability, summoning the beautiful spirit warrior Saber to protect him! But safety is only momentary as Shiro and Saber now find themselves thrust into in a secret world of dark magic and deadly challenges: a no-holds barred duel to the death known as the Holy Grail War! At stake: a prize of unimaginable power. But can the inexperienced Shiro and Saber survive long enough to even enter the contest? First they'll have to withstand waves of treachery and assassination, even as Shiro scrambles to learn everything he'll need to know to stay alive as seven teams of Magus and Spirit Servants face off in mortal combat!

Review:

I love it when shounen anime portray the main character to be all helpless with a seemingly weak power at first, but discovers that the power is actually really powerful and useful in the end. Something about that just ticks something inside. Apart from that, Fate/stay night is your typical shounen anime. Shiro Emiya is the main character of the story. He has absolutely little magic power in which he uses it to help people fix electronic goods. Then one day, being hunted by random people, he somehow summons a powerful warrior to his side. And then, he gets thrown into a world in which he has to fight for his life and of his Servant. It is a game involving seven Masters and Servants to claim the top prize; that which is the Holy Grail. The story was entertaining and engaging.

The artwork was quite good and it was fluidly animated. For a 2006 series, the characters looked appealing, the fight scenes were brilliantly played out, the still animations, everything just felt well connected. The environments were highly detailed and camera direction was perfect.

The sound quality was quite good. The voice acting was superb and I did not find any issues with any of the characters. The songs are catchy in their own merits and somewhat memorable. They do come off occasionally on the wrong scenes but for the most of the time they are spot on. Aside the soundtrack, the sound effects are also ok and fit the scenes they take part into.

All the characters are well made. They all have distinct traits, they all have particular looks, they all have background, objective and dept, but the problem is most of the time this is all crammed up so much it end up not living to the expectations. For example, about Saber and the rest of the classes. You don't get a proper explanation as to why they are there and how they got to be involved in the game. However, there is a prequel that came out after Fate/stay night and that will probably explain in more detail.

In the end, aside from the improper introductions of most of the characters, the story was quite entertaining to watch. The characters looked great and the art was simply stunning. I didn't really have any problems with the anime whatsoever. Even if some questions didn't get answered, I'm sure the prequel Fate/Zero will answer everything for me.

STORY: 8

ART: 9

SOUND: 9

CHARACTER: 8

ENJOYMENT: 8

OVERALL: 8

Firefox updated for all platforms including Android

Firefox
Mozilla has announced a new stable Firefox release for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux. The ever-popular browser’s update includes improvements that will increase its speed and overall performance. The new features are available now.

The Android version of the new Firefox update includes a faster Javascript compiler called IonMonkey as well as Google Now integration. There is also support for loading new fonts. Firefox is also the first mobile browser to have Safe Browsing enabled. The desktop version of Firefox also has the new Javascript compiler, which allows web apps and games to run 25 percent faster. Mac users also get support for the Retina display on OS X 10.7 and up.

[via Android Authority]