Fate is one of the most confusing anime franchises of all time with its untimely releases that do not follow chronological order. There are movies, light novels, games and of course, the anime. In 2018 Fate / Extra Last Encore and Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family started airing. While diehard fans of the franchise can easily pick up what Fate / Extra Last Encore is all about, it can be very confusing if it is your first time seeing a Fate anime. The franchise also saw a major shift with Nasu being appointed as the writer for Last Encore and it definitely led to a sense of confusion among fans. The change of vision seen in Last Encore does have its highs and lows. The visual design for one is absolutely staggering; it is arguably the best the Fate series has ever seen.
Last Encore is essentially a spinoff series that is set in the Fate/Extra universe. The new series is virtually incomplete with the last two episodes being scratched midway due to production issues. While we did get three additional episodes much later to conclude the story, there is a bit of a disconnect in the whole plot. Since Last Encore is based on the original Fate/Extra game for the PSP, you can try it out on a PS Vita or check out the cut scenes online to pick up on all the little pieces the anime adaptation left out.
The Fate Timeline
The Fate franchise is covered across games, books, anime, and movies but for the sake of explanation, we will stick to visual media only. Multiple titles portray alternate universes, and it can be confusing to pick up on what’s going on. you hop on to Netflix and start with Last Encore because it’s one of the latest in the franchise, check out the viewing order for the shows and movies so you can make sense of the mad franchise that is enthralling and overwhelming at the same time. While you can go ahead and watch everything in chronological order because that is how most of the long-term fans of the show experienced it, we recommend going through this timeline instead.
- Fate / Stay Night (2006)
- Fate / Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014)
- Fate/Zero (2011)
- Fate / Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel Presage Flower (2017)
- Fate / Kaleid (2014)
- Fate Apocrypha (2017)
- Fate / Extra: Last Encore (2018)
- Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family (2018)
- Fate / Extra CCC (2013)
Fate/Extra Last Encore was advertised as a spinoff series and, it is important to watch it after you have a grasp of what the Fate franchise is all about. The Fate franchise became with a visual novel that debuted for PC in 2004. Visual novels are games that tell a story through text, sound effects, and images and sometimes there are player interactions as well that can manipulate the outcome of the story.
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