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Anime Movie Review: 'Fate Grand Order Divine Realm of the Round Table Camelot Wandering Agateram' (2020)

"Fate Grand Order Divine Realm of the Round Table Camelot Wandering Agateram" official blu-ray cover.

"Fate Grand Order Divine Realm of the Round Table Camelot Wandering Agateram" official blu-ray cover.

Quick Info

Director: Kei Suezawa
Distributor: AniplexUSA
Runtime: 89 minutes
Released: December 14th, 2021
Availability: Available on blu-ray, digital purchase, and rental

Story Summary

The Chaldea Security Organization travels back to Jerusalem in A.D. 1273 (the English dub says C.E.) to put an end to the strange anomaly that has occurred in the city of Jerusalem. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have destroyed Jerusalem and built their own Holy City, it’s up to Mash Kyrielight and Ritsuka Fujimaru to set the Singularity right and restore proper human history. Accompanied by Servants in the area, the trio of Mash, Fujimaru, and Leonardo Da Vinci to accomplish their quest.

Mordred wouldn't be herself if she wasn't angry.

Mordred wouldn't be herself if she wasn't angry.

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The Animation Is Great!

The animation is nice and the art style looks great. I like how the characters look and the character designs are nice. The animation is also well done and the fight scenes look good.

Signal M.D. did the animation and while they did a fantastic job with the characters and the designs, these things can’t carry the movie. The movie is dragged down by other problems, but the animation isn’t one of them.

Audio and Subtitles

Audio:Subtitles:

English (Avaiblale on digital rental on iTunes, GooglePlay, and Amazon, buy the blu-ray on RightStufAnime)

English (Avaiblale on digital rental on iTunes, GooglePlay, and Amazon, buy the blu-ray on RightStufAnime)

Japanese (Available on digital rental on iTunes, GooglePlay, and Amazon, buy the blu-ray on RightStufAnime)

The Voice Acting Is Great!

Mash Kyrielight

Erica Mendez is excellent as Mash Kyrielight. I enjoy her voice acting a lot and I’ve heard her in other anime and she makes Mash adorable. She’s not quite as adorable as her Japanese counterpart Rie Takahashi, she still did a great job in this role and she’s cute as Mash.

Ritsuka Fujimaru

Griffin Burns is great as Ritsuka Fujimaru. I enjoyed his voice acting as well. He’s great at voicing the everyman that is the player character for the game. His performance has personality for his character and he’s very easy to understand and relate to since he is the insert for the Master in the Fate/Grand Order.

Bedivere

Max Mittelman is great as Bedivere. I’ve enjoyed his voice work in the video game Persona 5 and Persona 5: The Royal. He’s a great voice actor and I’ve enjoyed his work. Bedivere had a small part at the ending of Fate/Stay Night (2006) but the character had a different voice actress and so the new voice casting is very nice for this role.

Mordred

Erica Lindbeck reprises her role as Mordred since she voiced the character in the anime Fate/Apocrypha (2017). It’s nice to see her voicing the role again because I enjoyed her voice acting in Fate/Apocrypha and having her return to voice Mordred is a lot of fun.

Leonardo Da Vinci

I enjoyed Erika Harlacher as Leonardo da Vinci. She was great in Fate/Apocrypha as Jeanne d’Arc and reprised her role as Leonardo da Vinci in Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia. She did a great job in her role as Leonardo da Vinci and I enjoyed her voice work for this anime movie.

Nitocris

G.K. Bowes is great as Nitocris. I like her voice acting; she made Nitocris fun and entertaining to listen to and gave the character a lot of personality. She did a great job in this role and I enjoyed her voice work a lot.

Tristan

Griffin Puatu is an interesting voice actor as Tristan. He doesn’t quite sound like Kouki Uchiyama, but I enjoyed his voice acting a lot. He makes Tristan a very interesting character and I enjoyed seeing the character on screen for the first time.

Agravain

J. Michael Tatum is great as Agravain. I love his voice acting even if I am disappointed in some things he’s done off-camera and the stupid things he’s said on Twitter, I still enjoy his voice acting and I was surprised to hear him in this anime movie.

He did a great job in this role and I enjoy his voice acting for the character he portrayed.

Gawain

JP Karliak did great as Gawain. He replaced Chris Patton, who voiced him in the Netflix exclusive anime Fate/Extra: Last Encore. While I like Chris Patton a little more, JP Karliak did a great job as Gawain too. He gave an excellent performance that I liked a lot.

Lion King/Atoria Pendragon

Kari Wahlgren reprises her role as Lion King/Artoria Pendragon. Even though she is in the movie for a very short amount of time, compared to the written Singularity, she’s still an important character.

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I loved her voice acting in this movie and I’m happy she was able to reprise her role in the movie.

Overall, the English dub is amazing and I loved the voice cast, even with the voice acting changes for Gawain the dub is still excellent. I enjoyed the English voice acting for this anime and the dub is a highlight of the movie.

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The Music Is Great!

Hideyuki Fukasawa composed music for this movie, I know that some of the music is from the mobile game and so not all the music is original but I enjoyed the soundtrack and the music in this movie.

The endings song "Dokuhaku" (Monologue) by Maaya Sakamoto and it’s a very nice song that I enjoyed a lot. It’s a good ending song that fit the movie.

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It's the Lion King, and no she's not Simba!

It's the Lion King, and no she's not Simba!

The Writing for This Movie Is an Absolute Mess!

Fate Grand Order Divine Realm of the Round Table Camelot Wandering Agateram is a mess, it suffers from the same problems that caused Studio DEEN to lose the Fate to Ufotable after Studio DEEN released the Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works movie, they tried to cram an enormous six-hour story into two movies, and while the second movie does fix the problems of the first but the first film is incoherent unless you’ve played the games.

The movie is confusing and some characters don’t get a lot of character development as the movie goes on. It’s very unbalanced, the main characters, Mash and Fujimaru will get some development, along with Bedivere and Arash, but some of the other characters were either sidelined or removed completely from the film.

It’s a Great Story With a Mediocre Adaptation

The Camelot Singularity in the game Fate/Grand Order is a fantastic story that every Fate fan will enjoy, but not every fan of the franchise will enjoy this movie. I do enjoy Fate Grand Order Divine Realm of the Round Table Camelot Wandering Agateram when it comes to the visuals for the artwork and animation. The voice acting and the soundtrack is great, but the story, which is the most important aspect of this film is lost in adaptation.

I’ve seen people trying to explain away the movie’s flaws by saying this was an adaptation of the stage play which was also based on the same singularity, but I haven’t anyone give negative reviews to the Japanese stage play, I have seen a lot of negative review s for this movie.

While my review isn’t as negative as other reviews, this movie could have been much better than it was when it came to the storytelling and adapting the Camelot singularity which was very long in the original Fate/Grand Order mobile game.

Even though there was a lot of content cut from the adaptation it still feels extremely rushed when it comes to the pacing of this story and you don’t have time to breathe and understand what is happening, and you only know what’s going on if you have already read and played through the Singularity.

Quick Summary

What Works:

Based on an amazing story and good characters

No one gets character development

Nice animation

The story is incoherent if you haven't played the game.

Great English dub

The story is too rushed for you to understand what's going on.

Good soundtrack

My Rating: C-

While it’s a decent movie to watch, Fate Grand Order Divine Realm of the Round Table Camelot Wandering Agateram can’t stand on its own as a story, even though it’s part of the first arc of Fate/Grand Order even the anime Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia explains enough that even if it’s your first exposure to Fate/Grand Order enough is recapped for you to understand what is going on.

Fate Grand Order Divine Realm of the Round Table Camelot Wandering Agateram does not give new viewers any background for what’s going on and you will only understand the story if you have played the original mobile game.

It’s a very incoherent movie and has the same problems that the Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Bladworks (2010) movie had of trying to cram too much in too short a time despite this adaptations having two movies instead of one.

It’s not worth your time if you aren’t a Fate/Grand Order fan and you will just be confused if you start here trying to get into the franchise; you are better off just downloading and playing Fate/Grand Order because this movie is not a substitute for playing the mobile game.

I only recommend this to fans of Fate/Grand Order but you might be disappointed so just give this a digital rental on Amazon, iTunes or borrow it from your friends if they have it, it’s not worth your time unless you are a diehard fan of Fate/Grand Order and buying the physical blu-ray is expensive at $69.98 on RightStufAnime.

Give it a try if you want, but please do not feel that you have to spend a lot of money on it if you just want to watch the movie, renting it digitally is better than buying the physical release because AniplexUSA is very expensive.

My Rating

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