Genre: Fantasy, Action Length: 12 episodes "Raised by a mysterious sorcerer after the horrific death of his parents, Shiro Emiya has only just begun to help others using the small tidbits of magic that he's learned. However, when he's suddenly caught in a battle between two more powerful Magus, Shiro finds himself performing a spell above his expected ability, summoning the beautiful spirit warrior Saber to protect him! But safety is only momentary as Shiro and Saber now find themselves thrust into a secret world of dark magic and deadly challenges: a no-holds barred duel to the death known as the Holy Grail War! At stake: a prize of unimagineable power. But can the inexperienced Shiro and Saber survive long enough to even enter the contest? First they'll have to withstand waves of treachery and assassination, even as Shiro scrambles to learn everything he'll need to know to stay alive as seven teams of Magus and Spirit Servants face off in mortal combat! The ultimate game of death and magic comes to Blu-ray as the Holy War erupts in Tate/Stay Night Collection One! Fate/Stay Night is one of those legendary titles put out by TYPE-MOON. The series originated as an eroge/visual novel but was made into a 24-episode anime series after achieving very high appeal. The visual novel has never been officially translated and released in North America, but there are fan translations if you can get ahold of the game...and I recommend that you do. As the title suggests, Fate/Stay Night is about the life of Shiro Emiya as he is thrust into mortal combat against other magus. The spirit servants are legends of the past and they all seek the Holy Grail as it is said to grant them any wish they desire. These heroes were unable to fulfill their desires in their lifetimes and have offered their souls for the chance to have their desires come true. The series does have a lot of dialogue in addition to the action and fighting. It's to be expected with the amount of information that needs to be explained. Any visual novel turned anime will have to explain a lot...takes a lot longer to read through it all. Some may find it tedious, but there's action in every episode and I found it to be extremely entertaining. If you were lucky enough to buy this series when it released on DVD, I still recommend purchasing the Blu-ray version as it is much prettier. Original DVD of the series run for over $200 since they're out of print. Full DVD version did just release though with the release of the 2nd Blu-ray volume, though. I'll admit that I didn't buy mine from Best Buy. Really wanted to, but I wanted to preorder it and there was no picture listed for this release and they also put it under the wrong title of "Saiyuki Gaiden". Found it in one of the Nashville stores on a trip to the area and was shocked to find such an error. Contacted the company through every means available: stores, email, community forums, and phone calls to no avail. Luckily the 2nd volume was titled correctly and I was able to preorder it from BB. Acting was done pretty good but I still like the original voices as they are the same voices from the visual novel...too used to them. However, the translations aren't the best for the subtitles. Little stuff like "Onii-chan" translated as "Mister" instead of "Big Brother" but it adds up the more you know.
I would recommend this to a friend