Series Review - Fate/Apocrypha

Available on NetFlix

Synopsis (from IMDB): In an alternate universe the theft of the Holy Grail 50 years previously ushers in a new conflict between the Mages Association and the rebellious Yggdmillenia family. With the activation of the Greater Grail, 15 servants are summoned for an unprecedented battle royale in a new Holy Grail War.

Fate/Apocrypha is the latest story in the Fate series. If you are new to the series, this show may not be the best one to start with as they don't spend a lot of time explaining the Grail War. That being said this story is not in line with the rest of the series and is set in an alternate universe. For this Holy Grail War, the battle will take place between two separate factions, Red (the Mages Association) and Black (the Yggdemillenia Family). The series has always had great animation and that doesn't change with this latest story. The action scenes are where this anime shines, as every fight is well done. The story itself has a lot of twists and turns in it as well. One of my favorite things about the story is looking at each of the character motivations. Some of them are noble, some not so much but seeing the motivations and the interactions between master and servant in this anime are great as it reminds me a lot of some of the interactions in Fate/Stay Night. This anime is dubbed, for those that prefer english and the dub itself is pretty good. I have not heard the Japanese voiceover but from what I tell it is pretty good as well.

If there is anything that I didn't like it is that its broken up in to two parts. We only got the first twelve episodes and the way episode twelve went I was truly ready to binge the rest of the series. Having to wait aside, there wasn't anything glaring that I didn't like with the series so far. There are a couple of things that I am scratching my head over but I am waiting to see the rest of the series to see of those plot points and issues are answered/resolved.

For Parents
This anime is rated TV-MA. There is some language, a lot of violence, and some gore in this series. One gorey scene in particular happens pretty early on and its pretty gruesome. This one isn't for the young kids that's to be sure. Oh and there are a few suggestive scenes between a master and servant that are kind of funny but once again still not for young kids. Each episode runs about 25 mins and like I said earlier the action is great. Nothing drags and there weren't any episodes that felt like filler.

Final Thoughts
For a part one of a series I thought it was done well. My favorite in the series is still Fate/Stay Night but this one may take it depending on how the story wraps itself up. I gave it 5 STARS on NetFlix. I am looking forward to part two, hopefully a release date is revealed soon. Have you seen Fate/Apocrypha? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments and as always thanks for reading.


Images via IMDB

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