Fate/hollow ataraxia

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Fate/hollow ataraxia
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Fate/hollow ataraxia visual novel cover
フェイト/ホロウアタラクシア
(Feito/horō atarakushia)
Genre Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Game
Developer Type-Moon
Publisher Type-Moon
Genre Visual novel, Eroge
Platform Windows, PlayStation Vita[1]
Released Windows
28 October 2005
PlayStation Vita
27 November 2014
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Fate/hollow ataraxia (フェイト/ホロウアタラクシア Feito/horō atarakushia?) is a Japanese visual novel game created by Type-Moon in 2005 which is the sequel to its earlier visual novel Fate/stay night. The word ataraxia in the title is a Greek term for tranquility, giving the title the combined meaning of "empty (or false) tranquility".

The game will also be ported to Playstation Vita, and will include full-voice acting, among other enhancements. It will be released in Japan November 27, 2014.[2][3][4]

Plot[edit]

The plot of Fate/hollow ataraxia is based half a year after the events of Fate/stay night. Like its preceding counterpart, the story is set in Fuyuki City. Bazett Fraga McRemitz, a member of the Mages' Association and a master in the 5th Holy Grail War, wakes on the fourth day of the 5th Holy Grail war with a new servant, Avenger, and no memory of what happened to her beforehand. She and Avenger set off to fight and win the Holy Grail War.

Meanwhile, Shirō Emiya lives a peaceful life with all his friends from the 5th Holy Grail War. After one of her experiments changes time and space, Rin Tōsaka leaves for the Mages' Association in England to fix things. The Servants sense a new danger while dark creatures appear soon afterward. Shirō, as a precaution, sets off to ensure nobody is in danger and instead finds himself frequently meeting a mysterious girl, Caren Ortensia.

Both Bazett and Shirō find themselves in time loop that lasts four days, beginning of the fourth day of the 5th Holy Grail War. Each time they die or survive four days, they always awake on the first day of the loop aware of what has happened to them since the first time loop began. Determined to end the loop, Bazett, Avenger, and Shirō fight to discover the truth behind what's causing the endless four days.

Characters[edit]

Bazett Fraga McRemitz (バゼット・フラガ・マクレミッツ Bazetto Furaga Makuremittsu?)
A mage sent from the Mage's Association to fight the 5th War of the Holy Grail, born in Ireland as a descendant of old mage family of an unusual bloodline. She is mentioned very briefly in Fate/stay night. The original Master of Lancer, she was betrayed by Kirei Kotomine and became the master of the Servant Avenger. She manages to end the time loop by sealing Avenger in the form of a new arm and, being broke, begins staying at the Emiya residence by taking advantage of Shirou's kind nature. She is voiced by Hitomi Nabatame in Fate/tiger Colosseum, Fate/Unlimited Codes, Carnival Phantasm, Fate/kaleid Liner PRISMA ILLYA Anime and Fate/hollow ataraxia PSVita.
Caren Ortensia (カレン・オルテンシア Karen Orutenshia?)
The main heroine of this game, Caren is a member of the Church and works as a priestess. She is kind and forgiving to the point that she believes her only purpose in life is to help others, even if she is hurt in the process. She never blames the person who has hurt her and blames the act on demons who caused the person to commit the sin. Whenever she is at fault, she apologizes to God rather than the person. Despite her kindness, she has a love for teasing and exploiting others' emotional vulnerability. Upon discovery of an individual's weak spot, she enjoys bringing it out to light in front of all to witness. While this antagonizes many characters and causes much outrage and humiliation, she remains calm. Also, in spite of being a priestess, she has deliberately chosen to wear a revealing costume with no skirt to both increase her mobility and to seduce men.
As a member of the Church, Caren assists in exorcisms. Her body itself possesses an unusual property: if there is a person nearby who has been possessed by a demon, she will experience the same pain as the possessed person. As a result, exorcists employ her to act as a radar of sorts to find demons. This ability is most evident whenever she comes in proximity to the Servant Avenger as her body sprouts grotesque spikes. As a result of this power, she is covered in bandages. She also experiences physical pain whenever people in proximity do evil things. In battle, she uses a red cloth of Magdala, which has the power to forcefully bind men. However, while the man is bound, no harmful physical attacks can be made against him or Magdala will be rendered useless. She is actually the daughter of Kotomine Kirei. She has a crush on Shirou due to her interactions with Avenger during his time mimicking him.
She is voiced by Ami Koshimizu in Fate/tiger colosseum, the All Around Type-Moon Drama CD, Carnival Phantasm, Fate/kaleid Liner PRISMA ILLYA Anime and Fate/hollow ataraxia PSVita.
Avenger (アヴェンジャー Avenger?)
The 8th Servant, who was summoned in the 3rd war in lieu of a Berserker, appears suddenly as Bazett's new Servant and granted her wish to live by creating the time loop the story takes place in, using the 5th war servants to reenact the 3rd war over and over. In life, Avenger was a normal boy in the ancient middle east, but in a cruel twist of fate was labeled as being Angra Mainyu and tortured until he died of old age so that he, as the embodiment of evil itself, could allow the other villagers to die free of sin and as a result became the first "Anti-Hero" to enter the Throne of Heroes. He was later summoned as Avenger in the Third Grail War by the Einzberns in an attempt to cheat, but was the first to die (as he is not the actual Angra Mainyu) and corrupted the Grail, as the belief of others made him into All The World's Evils. He was released when Shirou and Saber utterly annihilated the Grail and its contents and came upon a dying Bazett, granting her wish so as to fulfill the Grail's purpose. He assumes Shirō's form in the daytime to blend in, but forgets his actual identity because he, as a non-existent being, is overwritten by Shirō's "existence". He grows closer to Sakura Matō due to her Imaginary Numbers magecraft naturally attracting him, earning him the jealousy of Saber. When he discovers the truth about his and Shirou's connection, Avenger attempts to continue the loop forever so that he might continue being Shirou (despite that personality wanting to end the time loop), but is stopped by Bazett, who uses her command seals to make Avenger into a replacement arm. She and Caren still care about him despite his betrayal and continue to talk to him even as an arm. He wields a pair of misshapen and brittle daggers in combat and his Noble Phantasm is "Verg Avesta" which transfers the wounds Avenger sustained in life to his opponent. He is voiced by Takuma Terashima in Fate/tiger colosseum and Fate/hollow ataraxia PSVita.
Shirō Emiya (衛宮 士郎 Emiya Shirō?)
Within this installment, Shirō experiences unexpected changes in personality and momentary lapses in memory, particularly related to his own skills. It is eventually revealed that this Shirō is actually Avenger, who assumed his form. The actual Shirō is off on business for the Mage's Association with his partner and (apparent) admirer Luviagelita Edelfelt and was not present in Fuyuki when the loop began. He does, however, appear in the ending when Bazett and Caren take advantage of him and begin staying at the Emiya residence.
Rin Tōsaka (遠坂 凛 Tōsaka Rin?)
In the first half of the game, Rin is in London. She returns in the second half with an apparently dramatic change in personality (specifically, a penchant for cosplaying as a miko or magical girls). However, she has also become an experienced mage, demonstrating this when she was the first to logically compose an explanation as to why time has been looping for four days and when she gives Shirō advice. In Fate/hollow ataraxia, she wields the Kaleidostick, another of Zeltretch's inventions which, when activated, transfers knowledge from an alternate version of its user into its current wielder, in addition to providing an ample source of Mana. However, the Kaleidostick dislikes its creator, and frequently manipulates its user into humiliating situations. In Fate/hollow ataraxia, the Kaleidostick is responsible for transforming Rin into the magical girl Kaleido-Ruby. Rin is partially responsible for the current state of affairs as she and Shirou's sister, Ilyasviel von Einzbern, were experimenting with creating a copy of the Jeweled Sword of Zelretch and accidentally caused the Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven's Feel routes of the original visual novel to converge into a single timeline.
Saber (セイバー Seibā?)
Saber is portrayed as having become more willing to open up and try and embrace her gender, rather than rejecting it as she did before, and engages in traditionally feminine tasks such as baking. She remains fiercely loyal to Shirou/Avenger and several times puts her life on the line to protect him. As she gets more in touch with her gender, Saber also begins to reveal more about her real personality: she is loyal and brave, but is also shy, gluttonous, and gets jealous, such as when Shirou/Avenger has dinner with Sakura. Saber Alter also exists within her, and comes out whenever Saber's ahoge is pulled off, though it regenerates; Saber Alter is portrayed as the opposite of Saber, as she is blunt, loud, and enjoys fast food such as hamburgers, but her affection for Shirou remains.
Other characters
While playing less prominent roles, all Masters and Servants of the 5th Holy Grail War from Fate/stay night appear again, with the exception of Kirei Kotomine, Zouken Matou, and True Assassin, as they are dead in all timelines.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

There have also been many sets of manga anthologies bases on the series produced by different companies and drawn by a multitude of different artists. The first volume of the earliest anthology series was released by Ichijinsha with the title Fate/Hollow Ataraxia Anthology Comic, on January 7, 2006 under their DNA Media Comics imprint; the Fifteenth volume in the series was released on August 25, 2008.[5] Two anthology series were then released by Kadokawa, the first was the entitle Fate/hollow Ataraxia ~ Comic la carte and was released on January 10, 2006.[6] The second Fate/hollow ataraxia Comic a la carte ~Happy Life hen~ was released on May 24, 2006.[7] Another two anthology series were then released by Enterbrain, Fate/hollow ataraxia Anthology Comic was released between on January 30, 2006 and May 25, 2007 in nine volumes under their Magi-Cu Comics imprint.[8] A 4-koma series was later published by Enterbrain between on December 25, 2007 and December 25, 2008 in six volumes.[9]

Music[edit]

A soundtrack to the game, entitled Fate/hollow ataraxia Original Sound Track was published by Geneon Entertainment on November 23, 2005.[10] The single Hollow was released by Type-Moon on October 28, 2005.[11]

Reception[edit]

Fate/hollow ataraxia became one of the top selling visual novels of 2005.[12]

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