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Fate/Extra: Last Encore
Fate/Extra: Last Encore is an alternate continuity of the popular Fate franchise where the Holy Grail War is now set in a virtual world within the far future, with heavy implications that said future is a post-apocalyptic one in its focus on Hakuno and his Servant, Saber. As the animation studio behind this series, Shaft's typical creative elements are on display here with avant-garde visuals and dabbling into long conversations on character mentalities and backstory, though they don't really mesh well with the high-fantasy and heavy action that the Fate franchise is known for. |
Outside of this, Extra: Last Encore doesn't really offer much to make it engaging. While Saber's got a peppy personality, the rest of the cast leave much to be desired having shallow or archetypal personalities. A few popular characters from the Fate franchise like Rin and Kirei do pop up at points, but mostly serve as supporting or cameo roles. Plus, the story narration is structurally a mess with no answers provided about the virtual world that the series is set in, the overall time frame of the show feels quite disjointed, and assumes too heavily that one has already played through the Extra video games to know how their events play out. Not helping matters is the series also ends inconclusively as Hakuno and Saber are no closer to figuring out the mysteries of the Moon Cell.
There's a TV special later released that I assume continues the story with Fate/Extra. But with how much of a muddled mess this series was, I don't think I'm tempted to want to venture any further into the series.
Last updated Thursday, December 06 2018. Created Thursday, December 06 2018.