Time for a surprise new series episode review post. This show is only airing once a month, as for how many episodes, well, I honestly don’t know. Either way, it has Artoria in it, so, why not do a review of it. I really like the Fate Series, and after seeing Fate/Stay Night nearly five years ago, well, although other series have appeared since then, this one I decided to make a first and review the episodes as it comes out. Now, it is not about that hardcore action, drama, or insane dialogue, but cooking and eating food.

Although, I still expect lines like this at some point:

Anyway, let’s get right into it.

The Plot:

Well, I assume some time has passed since the Holy Grail War, days are peaceful and the New Year is fast approaching. Thus, Shirou, while accompanied with Saber/Artoria, need to pick up some food for the next few days.

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Thus, Shirou talks about some of the things they do and eat to celebrate the New Year to fill Arotira in on some traditions. One dish is osechi, which has smaller dishes, with each dish representing something important for the new year, like health. Of course, Taiga filled Saber in on these sort of things.

Anyway, the two get home to see Illya, who is not suffering, and Taiga resting in the Kotatsu. Of course, this fearsome foe takes Saber as well, rendering the three ladies useless for the time being.

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Thus, Shirou cooks. Honestly going into an insane amount of detail, like temperature, time to cook, how much the size of what ingredients should be cute, and everything step by step. I honestly never seen a cooking anime go into that much detail, good for you Fate. Anyway, the dish is Toshikoshi Soba.

Then comes the eating time. Look how nice it is.

So, Shirou and Artoria go to the shrine. Artoria asks if there was anything special about that dish. Well, Shirou responds that it can mean that they will be near each other forever. (Even though one day they will have to separate). Saber smiles, wishing for the same and a good new year.

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Overall Thoughts:

Wow, there was a lot of detail. I mean, shows that are known to be focus around cooking seemingly never go into that much detail on prep. For a thirteen minute show, a good four minutes were dedicated to talking about it. I honestly feel like I could go and try to make this for myself, which I won’t since I am not great at cooking. Still, it is a cooking anime that feels like how a cooking anime should be. For a Fate series this was the last thing I thought possible.

This short was a lot better than I expected. Between the cooking and the cute interactions. A Fate Slice of Life series is going surprisingly well. It is nice to see a huge change compared to what the franchise has been in recent years. Still, I guess this might be the closest we get to seeing more Carnival Phantasm. But, seeing all the servants enjoying good food instead of doing random things might be fun too.

Not much else to say, but it was cute, enjoyable, and certainly a surprise in multiple ways. It might not be for everyone, even those who enjoy Fate. That is probably the biggest downside. Not knowing the original series for the characters, since this one will bring out their other side. It will be nice to know what this show does on a monthly basis, for now, I am certainly asking for seconds.

Plus it is always nice to see a new anime with your waifu in it.

Overall Enjoyment: 90/100

Overall Score: A

Crunchyroll is streaming the series, while Aniplex has the license.

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– Joe