Thanks to Aniplex USA and niwango Inc (“NicoNico Douga”), Fate/Zero episode 1 is available for streaming in 8 different subtitled languages worldwide for one week only. For streaming, the quality’s not bad, but don’t expect HD. On the other hand, changing the menu language though, was like a manhunt. The page was in Japanese and there was no real instructions on how to access the menu. I was trying to change the subtitles language for my roommate (whom prefers Chinese subittles), only to find that the Chinese subtitles is bugged. When you turn off the comments captions (by clicking the comment bubble icon), it turns off the Chinese subtitles with it too. You could watch the episode with Chinese subtitles at this point, but you would have to watch it with everyone else’s comments rolling across the video. For those of you having trouble with figuring out how to change the language of the subtitles, you can change the language at the bottom of the page here.
Anyway…let’s talk about the first episode. I was sooo excited for it and it does not disappoint! Graphics was amazing, as expected of ufotable. Music composition was excellent; Yuki Kajiura (Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Kara no Kyoukai) is composing the music score, after all. OP/ED are motivational songs too. With that said, the first episode was well-composed, stirring curiosity and emotions. The atmosphere was great. If you’ve only watched Fate/stay night, the story that happens after, (like me), then you will discover some new interesting facts about the characters and their relationships.
I believe this will be another series that I want to delve deeper into. I believe I’ll read the light novels and other sources after the series and give an analysis on it later on.
I can’t wait for the second episode!