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Anime Movie Review: "Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel III: Spring Song" (2020)

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"Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel: Spring Song" official Japanese Blu-ray cover.

"Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel: Spring Song" official Japanese Blu-ray cover.

Quick Info

Director: Tomonori Sudou
Distributor: Aniplex USA
Release Date: March 31st, 2021
Runtime: 122 minutes
Availability: on Blu-ray and DVD, available on CDJapan, not legally streaming anywhere

Story Summary

Shirou Emiya has to figure out how to stop Shadow Sakura after she murdered Shinji. Shirou has decided to save Sakura over trying to save everyone else. Will he have enough power to do it or will using Archer’s arm destroy him before he can save Sakura?

This Movie Ended a Spectacular Trilogy

Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel: Spring Song brings an end to this fate, and that’s not just the tagline for the trailers. It marks the end of all the mainline Fate/Stay Night adaptations, barring a remake of Studio DEEN’s Fate/Stay Night from 2006, if that ever happens.

Heaven's Feel was the darkest route of all three, but it also has a spectacular and well-earned happy ending; it's the second happiest besides the Fate route.

The story ended very well; I loved the writing and the character motivations and how we learned more about everyone in the cast, not just Sakura. Everything came together in a solid ending. This movie isn’t perfect, but it was a lot of fun.

Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song

The Animation Is Stunning and Jaw-Dropping!

Ufotable is known for their amazing animation. Their clever use of 3D animation is always a treat for the eyes. They’ve been animating amazing sequences in their anime in recent years with Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba and Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel II: Lost Butterfly, so they’ve been delivering stunning visuals on a regular basis.

Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel III: Spring Song topped all the amazing work they’ve done in the last few years. This is probably the last Fate property they might do outside of readapting the Fate route or animating Fate/Hollow Ataraxia should it ever be adapted into an anime. They saved their best for the end as they produced some jaw-dropping animation here that is absolutely stunning.

The fight scenes are amazing for the most part. Herakles does look a little weird when it comes to his animation for his fight scene, but they probably didn’t work as much on his scenes as the others because the other fights are more important to the plot. Herakles is the only fight that looks lackluster compared to the others.

The art style and animation all look stunning and there are fights that left my jaw on the floor. It’s a visually stunning movie that looks amazing and sends Fate/Stay Night off on a high note.

Audio and Subtitles

Audio:Subtitles:

Japanese (available on blu-ray and DVD)

English (available on DVD and blu-ray)

English (not yet dubbed)

The Japanese Dub Is Amazing!

I have reviewed the entire Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel trilogy, so praising the voice cast is a regular occurrence. Saying that the performances are amazing is a bit repetitive now.

Kana Ueda did a great job as Rin Tohsaka, and I loved her voice work in this movie. She did an amazing job and gave a performance for Rin that was top-notch. She’s always been spectacular as Rin Tohsaka and she was amazing in this film.

Noriko Shitaya did a great job as Sakura Matou. She’s been a great voice actress in all the mainline Fate entries, but because this is Sakura Matou’s route, she really got to shine in this role with all the emotions Sakura goes through. She gave a stunning performance.

Noriaki Sugiyama did an amazing Job as Shirou Emiya, He gave an amazing performance that made me cry at a very pivotal scene. He just gave it all as Shirou Emiya.

All the other voice actors are amazing as well. The Japanese dub was an amazing experience, and I enjoyed all the voice work.

Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. Spring Song Ending Full『Aimer - Haru wa Yuku』

The Soundtrack Is Amazing!

Yuki Kajura composed the soundtrack for Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel III: Spring Song. Her music is stunning, emotional, and beautiful. The music fits the movie scenes and makes them breathtaking on every level. The music, along with the animation and voice acting, makes the movie a memorable experience.

The ending credits song is "Haru wa Yuku" by Aimer. It’s a beautiful ending song that suits the movie quite well.

Every single track in this soundtrack is stunning and beautiful. It’s an amazing soundtrack that complements the movie perfectly.

This is an amazing soundtrack that is only available with the limited edition Blu-ray set.

Shirou using his projection magic against Berserker.

Shirou using his projection magic against Berserker.

Herakles’ Animation Looks Weird

Corrupted Herakles looks really weird compared to the previous version of him. It does look kind of ugly, and not in the cool kind of ugly way.

It’s the only part of the movie that looks really jarring. It doesn’t detract from the film that much because he doesn't get much screen time.

Previous Experience With the Franchise Is Required

This film trilogy expects you to have either read the entire visual novel or have previously watched Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.

You can try to go into this movie blind to the franchise, but the movie leaves out a lot of world-building because it expects you to be familiar with the narrative and cast.

Because this film leaves out many inner monologues and exposition, not everything is explained to the viewer. There are things that are vague in the story because they are not explained.

The Ending Is Confusing Because It’s Not Explained Verbally

The ending is confusing because, while it was visually shown, we were not told exactly what was going on. Fortunately, I had read the TV Tropes page, so I was able to understand what was going on.

Unless you were paying a lot of attention to the exposition that is in the movie, you will be confused without having an explanation of the ending. Reading the visual novel could also help out.

Saber Alter VS. Rider in the climax of "Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel III: Spring Song".

Saber Alter VS. Rider in the climax of "Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel III: Spring Song".

Parental Warning

This movie is meant for an adult audience as it features violence and nudity. There is no sexual content, but it is recommended for ages 17 and up.

It’s a Stunning Conclusion That Blew Me Away

Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel III: Spring Song is an amazing movie. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a ton of fun. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

I loved how the story ended and how Shirou and Sakura earned their deserved happy ending. It was a beautiful conclusion to an amazing trilogy that Fate/Stay Night fans had been anticipating for years.

Ufotable didn’t give us a perfect adaptation, but it was very well done. It is heart-wrenching if you’re attached to Shirou and Sakura. After being introduced to Sakura Matou in Fate/Zero, it meant a lot for me to see Sakura get the happy ending she deserved.

While Shirou and Saber will always be my favorite Fate/Stay Night couple, Shirou and Sakura come in a very close second. Shirou and Rin are not a bad couple at all, I just think Shirou and Saber, as well as Shirou and Sakura, are more interesting as couples.

This was an amazing movie trilogy. It will go down as one of my favorite trilogies, although nothing will ever beat out The Lord of the Rings for me when it comes to movie trilogies.

Reader Poll

Story Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great story, characters, and world-building

Herakles looks weird compared to previous installments

Stunning and spectacular animation

The ending is not explained very well

Great Japanese dub

Amazing soundtrack

My Grade: A+

Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel III: Spring Song is an amazing film that brings an end to this Fate. Fate/Stay Night is finally over when it comes to adaptations of the visual novel by Kinoko Nasu.

This is the spectacular climax of the final route of Fate/Stay Night, and it was amazing. It is a movie that shows Shirou in a different light as he decides to be Sakura’s personal hero. The film shows how he’s a hero no matter what choice he makes and that he always saves the person he loves.

This is also the route where everything is at its worst. Everything you know from the previous anime installments have been turned on its head, forcing these characters into situations that they’ve never been in. It’s a great way to explore their characters.

I loved this movie as it was a thrilling ride from beginning to end. I highly recommend this movie, and not just because it’s a spectacular ending to an amazing trilogy. It’s just a great movie.

It’s not a perfect movie by any means, but it was heartfelt, emotional, and grabbed your attention because you have to see how this story ends. The fantastic ending was a great payoff.

I’ll be buying this for my physical collection eventually, but it’s worth owning because it’s an amazing movie that is worth your time and money. I wish there were legal places to rent it digitally, but it is currently not available anywhere. If they ever make the Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel movie trilogy available for digital rental, I’ll update this article, but for now, the only way to legally watch these movies is to buy them. They are worth the money, they’re just expensive compared to other movies. It’s well worth your time and money to buy these movies.

My Rating

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