31 January 2013 | boffley
Great looking movie, filled with action and fantasy, but hard to follow if you have not read the visual novel it was based on.
This animated fantasy action drama, is a story about a young man with an ideal about being a hero, and is suddenly thrown into a magical war with 13 other people set in teams of 2. The teams consist of a "Servant", a summoned hero, and their "Master", a mage that summoned said hero. During the movie, our idealist hero finds out what awaits at the end of his ideal. The voice acting depicts the characters in a realistic fashion that stays true to the original. The characters act close enough to the originals that it would be a truly great movie not a great looking movie, if not for the issues in story progression. While the movie itself looks stunning, the action scenes are great; the story has some plot holes that will leave you wondering what is going on; if you have not read the visual novel it is based on. The director does a good job in keeping the story close to the original, but again there are major plot holes that will leave anyone unfamiliar with the original wondering what just happened. This is most likely due to the fact that the original had at least 20 hours of reading in it, and the movie is only 107 minutes. Now that said, in the original the story takes place over 14 days, the movie makes it look more like 5, which makes the relationships between characters seem incredibly fast evolving. Now the movie does do a good job depicting all the action scenes in the original, it does leave out some critical info. However, it does follow the story of the original, making it out to be one of my favorite animated films.