Fatevember: Quick Thoughts on Heaven’s Feel: Lost Butterfly Trailer 2

Fatevember will continue this week with a look at the other three main spinoff series (Apocrypha, Last Encore, and Grand Order: First Order), but I first wanted to drop a post sharing some quick thoughts on the second trailer of Heavens’ Feel: Lost Butterfly, the second installment of the Heaven’s Feel trilogy.

As I stated before in my look into the first movie Presage Flower (which you can find here.) That movie was hampered in many ways by having to be 90% set up for the rest of the story. This film, however, seems to be doing exactly what I want by kicking things right into high gear.

Once again, everything looks absolutely gorgeous. Say what you will about Fate, as many people on the internet have, but you can’t deny that Studio Ufotable is pouring millions into making these movies look absolutely stunning. I’m really looking forward to finally seeing Sakura Matou step into the spotlight and getting to watch the major plot divergences that Heaven’s Feel is famous for. Also excited to see Illyasviel step center stage as well, as she acts very much like the secondary heroine in the route.

Presage flower was a good start, but I am hoping that Lost Butterfly starts delivering the goods, and by the looks of this trailer. I think Fate fans are in for a really fun ride.

Fatevember: Fate Stay Night’s Rin Tohsaka: The Tsundere with the Iron Will.

When it comes to anime, there is no greater stock archetype than the Tsundere. If you aren’t aware of what that means, the Tsundere is a type of (usually) female character who presents herself as cold, stand-offish and prone to anger, but behind her mask is a kind, warm and loving person. In terms of romance, they will often be dismissive and hostile to their love interest, but deep down harbor deep and loving affection towards them.

Simply put, if you have ever heard a variation of the phrase: “It’s not like I like you or anything” then you are probably seeing some type of Tsundere.

A fair criticism of the Fate Franchise is that most of its main cast are just stock archetypes and that despite being affected by the story, they don’t really do much to set them apart from the vast sea of other anime males and females. Shirou is the plucky young hero, Sakura is the quiet shy girl, Saber is the strong and duty-bound fighter and so forth. All of these traits have been done in other, possibly better animes. Now while I would argue that Fate does try to wrap these characters with depth and complex emotional stories, I must admit that after watching every single piece of Fate media there is, the cast of Fate Stay Night still feel very…basic.

Now I would argue, as I have done in the past with this years’ How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord, that basic can be good, even great. Sometimes just playing within your limits and doing what you know can lead to some truly great work. As I once heard: “You can eat all the caviar you want, but sometimes you just need ham and eggs.” I think Fate Stay Night succeeds in part because it doesn’t try to veer too much outside its comfort zone. Yet from within that zone, they can create wonderfully memorable characters and that is no clearer than with who we are talking about today. After the cut let’s take a dive into Fate Stay Night‘s second leading lady: Rin Tohsaka.

(SPOILERS FOR FATE ZERO, AND ALL THREE FATE STAY NIGHT ROUTES, ESPECIALLY HEAVEN’S FEEL)

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Anime’s crystallization of “Ham and Eggs”

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Fatevember: Fate Stay Night’s Shirou Emiya: The dreams of Youth.

He is not the most popular character in the franchise, nor is he the reason it is popular. If you were to have a list of the top characters among every installment of Fate, I don’t think he would even make the top 10. Hell, if you were to just have a poll using the characters from the Fate Stay Night visual itself, he might not even make the top 5. The franchise has already proven multiple times that it can create a successful anime without him in it at all.

However, despite all of that, the main lead of Fate Stay Night is an integral part of the series and serves as the vessel in which many of the themes and ideas of Fate are explored, and the dream he holds and believes in is something that is fun to discuss and explore in depth, especially because of Fate’s separate route storytelling. So after the cut let’s take a character dive into the main male lead of Fate Stay Night, Shirou Emiya.

(SPOILERS FOR FATE ZERO, HEAVENS’ FEEL, AND UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS)

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Loved by few, Important to all.

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Fatevember: Fate Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel: Presage Flower

The great thing about the original Fate Stay Night is the fact that it has three different routes. Once you have the ability to choose all three, you can pick what story you prefer and ignore the others. Don’t like Saber and Shirou as a couple? Go read or watch Unlimited Blade Works. Think Rin is just a glorified Tsundere and prefer to have your sword waifu? The Fate Route is waiting for you. And if you don’t care for both of them, you can go through door number three, and pick the final route.

This ability to choose the direction the story goes is the hidden strength of the OG Fate visual novel, and adapting each of those routes into their own series has allowed fans to have three separate servings of the characters, stories, and world that they love, and each is different enough to be its own complete entry. However, the anime journey remains incomplete, as the final route’s story has yet to be fully told. We only have a piece of it now, so after cut let’s take a dive into the first installment of Fate Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel. Presage Flower.

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Too many Colons, and not enough Plot.

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