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Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note
Marking my 1900th review here on Mikomi is one of the latest installments within the popular Fate franchise. Lord El-Melloi Case Files serves as a sort of interquel between the events of Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night exploring how 4th Grail War Master, Waver Velvet's, life has been since the Grail War as he serves as the current lord of the El-Melloi magus family. The series helps to further explore the world of human magi within the Type-Moon universe, particularly the inner workings of the Clock Tower that Waver serves as an instructor for with his apprentice, Gray. In the case of Waver, the series explores him taking on solving a number of magic-related mysteries around the Clock Tower, along with an extended mystery arc in the anime's second half where he tries to reclaim a piece of Iskander's mantle stolen from him. In addition, he is still coping with stress from the previous Holy Grail War as he misses the time he spent with Iskander. Outside of Waver, other major characters get fleshed out throughout the mysteries that take place through out Lord El-Melloi Case Files and in the mundane life explored within the Clock Tower. A few familiar faces from other installments of the Fate franchise do make appearances at points in the series such as Luviagelita from Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya and Kairi from Fate/Apocrypha, that have roles to fulfill beyond cameo bonuses for Fate franchise fans. Plus visually, Lord El-Melloi Case Files is among the best animated titles I've seen for the year thus far with highly-detailed scenic shots and character designs, as well as nicely animated fight sequences that usually take place involving human magi and magical beings. |
Overall, I'd say Lord El-Melloi Case Files makes for a worthwhile addition to the franchise for the exploration of Waver's life following Fate/Zero, as well as further world-building of the magi world within the Fate franchise. Anime fans might want to look into Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night before delving into this series though as the characters and events referenced at points throughout this series may fly over your heads if you are not familiar with what transpires between both titles.
Last updated Saturday, September 28 2019. Created Saturday, September 28 2019.
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