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Animation article for this months will cover a japanese magical-based animation, Fate Stay Night. The animation basically is about action, romance, supernatural and thriller.
Fate Stay Night originally a visual novel created by Type Moon released January 30, 2004 for PC. It is later being adapted into animation, which is animated by Studio Deen and aired between January 6, 2006, through June 16, 2006. The series also adapted into manga series in Shonen Ace magazines.
The story is about Emiya Shiro, an amateur mechanic which attends a school named Homurabara Gakuen in Fuyuki City. 10 years ago, he is the only survivor of the massive fire hazard tradegy that has destroy a large portion of the city. He later being adopted by a man name Emiya Kiritsugu. Shiro later know the identity of his adopted father which is a mage on one conversation with him.
Unknown to Shiro, Fuyuki City were a venue to a secret and violent battle royale for a mage. Held every 60 years, 7 mage will participate in this battle and only one will emerges as the winner to grab the Holy Grail, which capable to granting any wishes. The most recent battle were 10 years ago.
Each of the competing sorcerers, known as Master will summon one familiar known as Servants. This spiritual beings has an unique super abilities and wields powerful artifacts. This servants were also a legendary spirits from the past.
His life changes after cleaning his school's kyūdō (archery) dojo late one night, Shirō stumbles upon two Servants, Archer and Lancer, battling in the school courtyard. To avoid compromising the war's secrecy, Lancer hunts down and pierces Shirō's heart with a spear. For an unknown reason, Shirō's classmate, Tohsaka Rin, uses an heirloom filled with concentrated magic, Mana (魔力, Maryoku), to resuscitate him. Shaken and dazed, Shirō returns home only to be assaulted a second time by Lancer. Shirō weakly defends himself against Lancer, but is soon overwhelmed by the powerful Servant's attack, and is sent flying into his shed's storage room. Cornered, Shirō prepares for the worst; but before Lancer can inflict another fatal blow, a young woman outfitted in alabaster armor blocks Lancer's spear. After driving Lancer away from Shiro, she introduces herself as Saber, and greets him with the words....
"I ask of you, are you my master?"
From left, Archer, Saber, Tohsaka Rin and Emiya Shiro
Character base in Fate/stay night is extremely comprehensive and expansive, with characters possessing varied and extraordinary abilities.
Shirō Emiya is the main character of the story. He is a serious yet helpful, hardworking, and honest teenager. His hobbies include fixing a variety of broken things, from VCRs to stoves, as well as cooking and cleaning. He has some slight talent with sorcery, though he was discouraged by his foster father Kiritsugu Emiya from improving his gifts. He is initially confused about the Holy Grail War and attempts to irrationally shield others from danger, including his own Servant, Saber.
She is Shirō's Servant, an agile and powerful warrior. Loyal, independent, and reserved, Saber acts coldly but is actually suppressing her emotions to focus on her goals. Her class is considered the "Most Outstanding", with excellent ratings in all categories. Since her Master cannot effectively provide her with Mana, she minimizes her activity to preserve what she has. Saber is frustrated by Shirō's "protective" tendencies, believing his erratic and reckless behavior will jeopardize her chances of winning the Holy Grail War.
A model student and idol of Shirō's school who is secretly a sorceress and Master in the Holy Grail War. She is a descendant from a long line of sorcerers, and though she lacks a formal magic education, she is extremely powerful in her own right. Her father was killed in the fourth Holy Grail War, and she has trained since his death to succeed him. She is perceptive, resourceful and avidly competitive. She tried to summon a Saber-class Servant, but she accidentally called Archer instead.
He is the Servant of one of the series' main heroines, Rin Tōsaka. Due to an incomplete summon, he apparently has no memory of his previous life or identity. Archer is sarcastic and cynical - but under his hardened exterior lies a complex and dark personality that unfolds throughout the story. Though skilled with ranged weapons, he can hold his own in mêlée combat. Archer considers Shirō Emiya's idealism to be weak and delusional, recognizing Shirō's mentality of "wanting to save everyone" as naïve and impossible.
Plus, 7 sorcerers in the series will summon servant from 7 class. Saber, Archer, Lancer, Rider, Berserker, Assassin, and Caster. Only one can be summon from each class.
The storyline and the improvement of each character are impressive. Each of the character has their own personnal struggle and had to overcome them alone. Out of seven sorcerer, some of them are acquaintance with each other and had to kill each other to gain the ultimate price, The Holy Grail.
One thing that I like about this story is each Master summon a servant that are heroic figure in the past. Example, Gilgamesh, heracles, medea, King Author alongside with their special weapon like Excallibur...
If the battle happen in Malaysia, it's just like Hang Tuah being summon with his Taming Sari.... :)