The last installment of Heaven’s Feel film trilogy was released last year amidst the Covid-19 global pandemic and while it didn’t break box office records like the Demon Slayer: The Movie – Infinity Train (another work by studio ufotable, however, it was still able to accumulate a total of 1.95 billion yen from the Japanese box office, and it sure does justify the climax of the story and let us witnessed the remaining characters in their utmost glorious moment.
In this post, I would like to share my short review of the film, and my entire experience of watching it. But first, let’s take a brief moment on the film franchise as a whole.
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel is a film trilogy that adapts the last route of the Fate/stay night visual novel where it focuses on Shirou Emiya and Sakura Matou who had been caught in the middle of a sacred competition of mages known as the Holy Grail War.
The first two films of the trilogy are titled Presage Flower which was released in 2017, and Lost Butterfly released in 2019.
Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song Overview
The third film is titled Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel III. Spring Song was released in Japan on August 15, 2020.
Spring Song continued the events that took place from Lost Butterfly and this time, Sakura Matou had been fully corrupted by her newfound power and got possessed by the Shadow, all thanks to the evil plot of her grandfather Zouken Matou.
The last film features Shirou Emiya, Rin, and the remaining characters battles against time to save Sakura from her madness, and the imminent danger that could destroy the world.
The Fifth Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City has reached a turning point in which the lives of all participants are threatened as the hidden enemy finally reveals itself. As Shirou Emiya, Rin Toosaka, and Illyasviel von Einzbern discover the true, corruptive nature of the shadow that has been rampaging throughout the city, they realize just how dire the situation is. In order to protect their beloved ones, the group must hold their own against the seemingly insurmountable enemy force—even if some of those foes were once their allies, or perhaps, something more intimate. As the final act of this chaotic war commences, the ideals Shirou believes will soon be challenged by an excruciating dilemma: is it really possible to save a world where everything seems to have gone wrong? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
There are several highlights from the film and it was amazing that ufotable was able to keep the quality throughout the whole franchise since the first film was released. We were treated to a delightful experience into the Holy Grail War, the intense emotional maelstrom felt by the characters, their inner struggles, and pain, from the intense fight scenes with gorgeous animation up to the heartfelt dialogues, the entirety of Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song truly proves that it is the climax of the trilogy.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead!!!
Here are some of my favorite highlight of the film as follows:
Shirou and Kirei Retrieved Illyasviel from Sakura
To save Illya from Sakura, Shirou had joined forces with an unlikely ally and that is Kirei Kotomine. They break into the Einzbern mansion and took Illya away. This leads to Sakura summoning the Berserker who had been controlled by the Shadow to chase Shirou and Kirei. This part of the story highlights the final fight between Shirou and Berserker, as well as the battle of Kirei against the True Assassin and Zouken Matou.
A Glimpse of the Past
Shirou takes a look in the past, 300 years earlier with the help of Illya to project the Jeweled Sword, treasured items by the Tohsaka Clan which they will use to fight against Sakura. Here, we can see the founding member of the Tohsaka Clan, the progenitor of the Einzbern homunculi, and the younger self of Zouken Matou; who established the Holy Grail War in their quest to reach The Root and to eliminate evil from the world.
Saber Alter vs Rider
Now, here’s one of the best parts of the Spring Song, and I think in the entire film. To save Sakura from her madness, Shirou, Rin, and Rider worked together, and the one that hinders their way to their mission is Saber Alter. Shirou and Rider come up with a plan to eliminated Saber Alter. The entire fight is amazing and fitted with epic music that makes the entire experience of watching it a spectacular view. The fight was brought to an end with Saber Alter using Excalibur against Rider’s Bellerophon which Shirou combined with Archer’s Rho Aius shield.
Rin Tohsaka vs Sakura Matou
The sisters ended up fighting and Rin had shown a spectacular effort to thwart Sakura’s assault with the help of the Jeweled Sword but eventually sacrificed herself to help Sakura come back to her senses.
Shirou Emiya vs Kirei Kotomine
The final highlight of the film is the fistfight between Shirou and Kirei, both are on the brink of death. This part also featured the clash of their ideals in an intense dialogue between the two characters.
In the end, Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song concluded in a kinda happy ending mood. It shows the survivors from the Holy Grail War, Rin and Sakura can mend their relationship as sisters, and while I think this ending had been reached through so many sacrifices, it has been a satisfying ride from the beginning until the end.
Overall, Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song was a spectacular film and the entire Heaven’s Feel route seems to be the best of all the routes of Fate/stay night in my own honest opinion albeit the Unlimited Blade Works was also an appealing ride for me.
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