Fate/Extra: Last Encore

Title:Fate/Extra: Last Encore
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Notables: Animation - Shaft
Original Concept - Type-Moon
A technological hell masquerading as paradise, Tsukimihara Academy is an artificial high school that serves as the setting for the next Holy Grail War. Created by the Moon Cell computer, the school is inhabited by Earth-projected souls who have even the slightest aptitude for being a "Master." Of these 256 souls, 128 will be chosen for the main tournament and granted a Servant. With all of the Masters selected, the Academy activates a purge, targeting the remaining lifeforms for elimination.

Awakening in a pool of his own blood, Hakuno Kishinami refuses to die. Fueled by unknown feelings of hatred, he vows to fight for survival. As he struggles to escape from a relentless pursuer, he finds a crimson blade plunged into the ground; and by pulling it out, Hakuno summons his own Servant, Saber, who instantly destroys his pursuer in a flurry of rose petals. With his newfound power, Hakuno must now begin his journey to Moon Cell's core, the Angelica Cage. There, he will unveil the reason for this artificial world and the secrets of his own blood-soaked past.
(Summary Courtesy of MyAnimelist.net)

10-episode TV anime that premiered on January 28, 2018.
Animated by Shaft.
[edit] The ↗Fate/stay night franchise:

Fate continuity Kaleid Prisma continuity
  • (2013) Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya (TV+OVA series, 10 TV episodes and 1 OVA)
  • (2014) _ Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! (TV series, ? episodes)
Apocrypha continuity Grand Order continuity Extra continuity
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 7 7 7 6 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:3614#1552]
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.

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