Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower
|Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tomonori Sudō|
|Produced by||Hikaru Kondo|
|Screenplay by||Akira Hiyama|
|Story by||Kinoko Nasu|
|Music by||Yuki Kajiura|
|Box office||$19 million|
Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower is a 2017 Japanese anime fantasy film produced by Ufotable, directed by Tomonori Sudō, written by Akira Hiyama and featuring music by Yuki Kajiura. The film focuses on Heaven's Feel, the third and final route of the visual novel Fate/stay night, being the first film in the trilogy. As in previous routes, the story focuses on a teenage mage named Shirou Emiya who takes part in a conflict known as the Holy Grail War to protect his city from corrupted mages through the grail, encountering not only other mages and warriors labeled as Servants but also a mysterious shadow killing most of the participants.
The film premiered in Japan on October 14, 2017, and premiered in the United States between November and December 2017. Its English dub premiered on June 5, 2018 and June 7, 2018 in the USA. Its sequel came out on January 12, 2019.
The only survivor of a fire that destroyed Fuyuki City, a child named Shirou was rescued and adopted by Kiritsugu Emiya, a magic-user who later inspired Shirou to pursue his ultimate goal to become a "Hero of Justice" before his death. Shirou grew up to be the star of his high school's archery team alongside Shinji Matou, until an injury sidelines him. Around that time, Shinji's sister Sakura befriends Shirou and starts to regularly visit him at his home. Shirou sees a fight between two warriors, with one of them killing him with his spear. Shirou is somehow revived and accidentally summons Saber - an armored swordswoman who protects Shirou from the spearman. The other warrior, Archer, turns out to be in the service of Rin Tohsaka, a school acquaintance of Shirou. Rin takes Shirou to see Kirei Kotomine, a priest at a nearby church. Shirou learns he is a Master in a conflict between magi that occurs in Fuyuki every few decades, called the Holy Grail War -- a battle royale to claim an ancient, magical artifact that is said to grant a wish to the victor. Each Master is given the responsibility and protection of a single Servant, which takes the form of a powerful hero of legend.
En route back home, Shirou and Rin encounter a child named Illyasviel von Einzbern who nearly kills Saber and Shirou with her Servant Berserker, but the two manage to escape death. Some time later, Shirou and Saber run into Shinji, who reveals himself as the Master of Rider. Shinji orders Rider to attack Saber who defeats Rider in a single blow. Shinji attempts to flee, but is stopped by his grandfather Zouken. Shirou asks if Sakura is involved in the war, but Shinji denies it as he departs. Saber stays in Shirou's house where Shirou confronts Rin about the news of citizens suddenly falling ill and dying. Suspecting the Servant Caster is responsible, Rin agrees they should find the cause of the disruption. Shirou convinces Sakura to stay at the Emiya Residence for the time being, hoping to keep her safe with Saber. At Ryuudou Temple, Souichirou Kuzuki and his Servants Caster and Assassin are killed when a True Assassin bursts from Assassin's body and slays them. As Souichirou never returns to school, Rin deduces he was the Master of Caster, yet people are still falling ill. Shirou and Rin encounter Zouken, who reveals he is controlling Caster's corpse like a puppet. A shadow appears, devouring Caster's corpse. Zouken reveals his true form - a swarm of insect familiars called Crest Worms - and retreats. The shadow attacks Rin, but leaves when Shirou shields her and is injured.
The next night, Sakura asks what would Shirou do she was a monster, satisfied when he says he would simply admonish her and then save her from her troubles. Meanwhile, the blue spearman, Lancer, is ordered to track down the new Assassin but is devoured by the shadow while facing Assassin. The next day, Sakura confronts Saber about Shirou's safety, while Shirou meets with Kirei who reveals both Lancer's demise the prior night and himself as Lancer's Master. He says the shadow's actions are a threat to the entire city but Shirou is unable to trust him.
Later that night, Shirou and Saber go to Ryuudou Temple, where Assassin ambushes them. Assassin draws Saber away in a duel while Zouken corners Shirou. Saber is presumably killed during the battle while Rider aids Shirou. Rider defeats Assassin and drives him away. As he departs the temple, Shirou finds himself face-to-face with the shadow, but it vanishes without harming him. However, Saber is revealed to have survived, having chosen to let the shadow devour her rather than be killed by Assassin. Inside the shadow, she encounters a dark version of herself. Meanwhile, Rin and Archer break into the Matou's basement and find it infested with Crest Worms. In an alley, Zouken has his insects devour a woman and explains he must do this every so often to sustain his life. Shirou returns home and finds Sakura who displays her concern over his injured state, but he comforts her.
An adaptation of the Heaven's Feel route was first announced by Ufotable, the animation studio producing the Unlimited Blade Works anime adaptation, on July 27, 2014 with the release of a preview featuring characters Shirō Emiya and Sakura Matō. In March 2016, Ufotable announced that the movie would be split into a trilogy. The theme song for the film was composed by Yuki Kajiura and performed by Aimer, titled "Hana no Uta" (花の唄, "The Song of a Flower").
Director Tomonori Sudo said he wanted to further explore the past between Shirou and heroine Sakura Matou, as he believes their relationship is the most important part of the story. Producer Yuma Takahashi had similar opinions, believing the style of some scenes that symbolize the romance between Shirou and Sakura were needed. These scenes were mostly included by Ufotable, as Takahashi believes people might want to watch the film another again. Noriaki Sugiyama expressed pleasure for working as Shirou again while also noting him to act in a different way to the different route the films are taking based on the visual novel. Voice actress Noriko Shitaya enjoyed the new level of depth brought to Sakura due to how the scenes explore her feelings towards Shirou. Bryce Papenbrook looked forward to Shirou's role in the Heaven's Feel movie due to how different he is from other series, mostly due to how he is related with Sakura.
The film was released in Japan on October 14, 2017. Aniplex of America screened the first film theatrically in the U.S from November 3, 2017. Madman Entertainment announced that it would premiere the film in Australia at Madman Anime Festival in Melbourne on November 4, 2017, with a wider release to follow on November 16, 2017. Presage Flower premiered in the United Kingdom at Scotland Loves Anime on October 14, 2018, with MVM Entertainment releasing the films on home video. The Japanese Blu-ray/DVD for Presage Flower was released on May 9, 2018, with the English release on November 20, 2018.
Presage Flower in its opening weekend reached #1 at the Japanese box office, grossing ¥413,030,840 from 247,509 admissions within two days. It has grossed $19,020,100 worldwide as of January 2019, including ¥1.5 billion ($13.7 million) in Japan, CN¥31.6 million ($4.67 million) in China, $417,439 in South Korea and Australia, $193,833 in the United States and Canada, and $38,781 in Argentina and New Zealand.
Anime News Network gave Presage Flower an overall grade of 'A', calling it a fine work of cinema and the best Fate adaptation yet. As the movie focused more on Sakura, the Fandom Post stated that her interactions with Shirou make the best scenes since Shirou's personality did not differ too much from Unlimited Blade Works. In another review, the Fandom Post enjoyed how Shirou's posttraumatic stress disorder over the fire in his city is shown connecting the story with the ending of Fate/Zero, thus exploring deeper area of his past. While the writer enjoyed his interactions with Sakura and Saber, he rdid not find him as engaging as the Shirou from Unlimited Blade Works persona. UK Anime Network criticized his traits, finding them "bland," but they also thought that the anime adaptation was able to properly capture Nasu's writing.
The site Anime News Network also listed it as the best film from 2017.
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