Fate/Apocrypha First Impressions (1): Learning it all over again

Well, the Fate train is still alive, so I'm probably obligated to jump on board. I don't mind that this series started out with an action sequence (that's presumably in the future) to give us a sense of how it will look. The rest of the episode seemed like a pretty standard introduction to the setting, so it's nice to get a taste of the action early. As for the introduction itself, it seemed a bit dense with information, but I think I got the gist.

I guess the Grail of this universe decided that it didn't want to give a single person the victory for free, so it forced two sets of seven Servants to be summoned instead of the standard seven. That way, Servant deaths will be less important. Other than that, there wasn't all too much more to this premiere. All that being said, there's no way I'm going to be able to remember these names...like Yggdmillennia.

I want to talk briefly about the fight scenes in the opening of the episode. While I didn't think it was bad for having to be compared with Ufotable, I thought that most of the attacks looked a bit fast. It was hard to keep track of weapon movements when a clash was happening because the weapons seemed to disappear a lot. Also, the red and blue beam attacks seemed a bit tacky, especially when they combined to create a purple explosion. That's my take on it, at least.

On another notes, I liked the music in the episode. I think the score is done by the same composer who made the score for Gundam Iron-blooded Orphans. It sounded very similar. I probably would have preferred Yuki Kajiura like other Fates, but this is fine.

There are a couple of scenes I wanted to note here. First off, doesn't the golem in this scene look a lot like the droids from the Star Wars prequels?

I should probably have expected this, but it still caused me to sigh a bit. They really can't resist this reference, can they? That being said, I have to admit that the armor looks pretty sweet.

Anyway, that was my take on Fate/Apocrypha. Whether or not I continue to write about this series depends largely on my schedule...unless a good case is made in the comments.

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