Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Fate/Aprocrypha 1

The series opens with a monologue. A man with his arms wrapped around a glowing orb, sleeping, when a woman with blonde hair walks up to him and tells him to "wake." The man opens his eyes and it turns out he's a dragon. The scene shifts to a battle scene between a monster army and disciplined human forces with the ability to use magic. The battle becomes that between two swordsmen with magical powers.

In yet another scene shift, the mage Sisigou is summoned to the office of Rocco Belfeban. Rocco wants to hire Sisigou as a master of Red in the Great Holy Grail War orchestrated by Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia, the leader of the Yggdmillenia group who took the Holy Grail during the recent Holy Grail War. The Great Holy Grail War is apparently a battle between the two factions, Red and Black, and requires each faction to have 7 masters -- or 14 masters all in all, each with their own heroic servant. Rocco bestows Sisigou a relic of the Arthurian Round Table in order to allow him to summon a hero from the Arthurian Legend.

Meanwhile, the ruthless Darnic swiftly dispatches of the mages sent by Rocco. He kills all of them except whom he uses to send a message to Rocco. Darnic is revealed to have fused his soul with a baby's in order to retain eternal youth. He is likewise using live humans to power his homunculi experiments. Later, Darnic assembles his masters in order to summon heroic servants.

Rocco informs Sisigou who the other masters of Red are: Jean Rum, Rottweil Berzinsky, Feend vor Sembren, the Pentel brothers and a priest known only as Shirou. After mulling over Rocco's offer, Sisigou takes the relic as well as a jar of preserved snakes from Rocco and agrees to be a master. Sisigou later summons the servant, Mordred, the one true heir of Arturia Pendragon.

Somewhere nearby, a blonde woman prays to God when she suddenly grows quiet -- and then, she reveals her name as Jeanne d'Arc.

I honestly have no idea what's going on. Wtf was that naked dude with the glowing orb doing? Why is he suddenly a dragon? Wtf is the Holy Grail War and Master and Servant? I've no idea. 
The art looks good. The history is convoluted. I don't think this show is for me.