You need to watch Fate/Apocrypha. It’s the newest addition to the Fate series that came out this season. The anime has several reasons that makes it a must watch.
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Well, there are a couple of reasons not to:
1. Arturia and Rin aren’t there.
2. Ufotable isn’t animating it.
3. You won’t be getting a showdown between 7 mages and their servants.
But if you do decide to watch it, here’s what you’ll get instead:
1. A new Saber and her awesome Master.
2. A1 Pictures doing their best to match the anime’s hype.
3. Double the mages, double the servants, double the showdown.
We all know of the massively-hyped anime Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks that came out last 2014. This season, a new installation in the Fate series has been added: Fate/Apocrypha.
Unlike the previous Fate installations, Apocrypha is set in an alternate universe. The Holy Grail War and mages still exist, but this war, the Great Holy Grail War, has different rules and a different setting. Unlike the other Fate installations, Apocrypha is not set in Fuyuki city. Instead, it is set in Trifas, a village in Romania. Its greatest deviation from the original Fate series would be the fact that instead of the Holy Grail War being fought by 7 Masters, it is fought by two sides: the Black faction and the Red faction.
For those familiar with the other Fate titles, Apocrypha may be different but it carries over the layered themes and well-woven universe that Kinoko Nasu is known for. While the animation might not be as visually spectacular as the past series, A1 pictures still does a great job in keeping the heart of the story. You might even find a new waifu/husbando among the new cast of characters.
For those who are new to the Fate series, Apocrypha will serve as a great introduction to a series that will suck you into an addicting world of magic, warfare, and other complex themes. You’ll need to watch until the end, though, if you want to find out how this story of immortal heroes concludes.