We’ve entered a reality where Fate is one of the biggest franchises around. Fate/Grand Order (the gacha-based mobile game) alone passed the $3 billion marker in gross revenue in 2019, meaning it’s made about as much money as the entire Legend of Zelda game series combined. How did this franchise, unknown in 2010, become an international juggernaut?
While the GLORIO blog has technically only existed since 2012, we are still declaring the 2010’s “The GLORIO Decade”. And so as we move into the 2020’s, we’re taking a look back at just how GLORIO the decade was. First up: Jel’s favorite anime of the 2010’s
Years after the events of Fate/Zero, Waver Velvet has risen the ranks in the Mage’s Association and been given the title of Lord El-Melloi II, but he still can’t help getting dragged into trouble at every turn.
Kids these days with their Fate/Grand Orders and Fate/Apocryphas, making up servants all over the place… BACK IN MY DAY, there were only seven servants with seven masters. Well, technically eight I guess… and wait, there’s the Caster and Assassin thing so uh not sure how many masters… ANYWAY, join Jel, Iro, and Gee for an anime-focused discussion of their love/hate relationship with Fate/Stay Night and the various sequels and spinoffs it has spawned over the years.
Archer protects Shirou from Caster while Assassin guards the temple entrance from Saber. The next day, Shinji makes his move at school, only for Rider to be mysteriously defeated by Caster.
Shinji reveals himself as a Master, and Caster makes a sneak attack in the dead of night.
Shirou goes to school like any other day, but Rin’s tolerance of his obliviousness is at its end.
Waking up miraculously unharmed by last night’s escapades, Shirou now has to acclimate to living with Saber.
Shirou and Rin run across Illyasviel and Berserker, leading to a pitched battle between both Masters and Servants.
Recap Rin takes Shirou to Kotomine Church so the priest can dump some exposition.
Shirou spends three days cooking and cleaning before he nearly gets himself killed, causing him to summon Saber.
Ten years after Fate/Zero, the Fifth Holy Grail War begins, dragging Shirou and Rin into a conflict between magi and legendary heroes. Unlimited Blade Works stars Rin and not Saber as the main heroine, and deeply explores Shirou’s ideals and personality. Also, there’s a lot of dull exposition.