Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fate/Zero: Memoria

Here's the ending song for Fate/Zero. Don't forget to turn captions ON so you could read the english translations while playing. Also, did you know that this video was based on famous artworks of the heroic spirits? Amazing, isn't it? ­

Memoria (TV version)
Performed by: Eir Aoi

Shizuka ni utsuriyuku
Tooi kioku no naka
Omoide ni yorisoinagara
Kimi wo omoeru nara

Itsumo minareteru madobe ni utsutta
Sono hitomi wa ashita wo muite ita
Ah sakaraenu sadame to shitte mo
Kowakunai kokoro kara shinjite iru

Shizuka ni utsuriyuku
Tooi kioku no naka
Kimi to sugoshita akashi wa
Tashika ni koko ni aru

Afuredasu kimochi wo
Oshiete kureta kara
Kono sekai ga nakunatte mo
Watashi wa soko ni iru

Memoria (TV version)
Translated by: Unlimited Translation Works (UTW)

Amidst the quietly shifting
Distant memories
If I can find peace in my recollections
While reminiscing about you

I am all too familiar with the window reflection
Of your eyes that were gazing into the future
Ah, even though I know there's no escaping this fate
I'm not afraid. I have faith from the bottom of my heart

Amidst the quietly shifting
Distant memories
Proof of the time I spent with you
Is right here with me

You've shown me what it means
To have overflowing feelings
Even if this world were to end
I'll be right by your side


Did you notice anything familiar while watching the slideshow of the characters? Well, let me inform you then. Those still images shown while the ending song plays are based on real life artworks inspired by their myth. Here's a list of them:

● Rider

This painting is called "Alexander in Babylon" by Charles Le Brun. It is a painting of Alexander the Great as he triumphantly enters the ancient city of Babylon. As you can see, the painting is perfectly replicated into anime that even the structures are identical. You can even see the smoke at the far back.

● Archer

This is the Statue of Gilgamesh located on the school grounds of the University of Sydney, Australia. Gilgamesh holding a lion, enough said.

● Lancer

This sculpture is known as "The Tree of Love" located at Kilbaha, Clare, Ireland. It is sculpted by Jim Connolly and is inspired by the legendary love story of Diarmuid and Grainne. Unlike Gilgamesh who is a bit farfetched, this is actually quite accurate, it even has that brick wall in the background.

● Caster

This piece is titled "The Execution of Gilles de Rais" and is found inside the National Library of France. This picture depicts the last few moments of Gilles before he was executed by hanging and burning. At first glance it looks different, but if you look to the left, you can see the same tree in there. You can also see the gallows to the right, used for hanging convicts and the same buildings in the background.

● Assassin

This is the only artistic rendition of Hasan Sabbah that I can find online. An exact replica, don't you think? The only difference is the point of view. He have the same sword, same clothes, same horse and he's even facing the same direction.

● Berserker

This work is taken from Alfred Tennyson's poetic cycle, Idylls of the King. It illustrates the Lady of the Lake as she takes an infant with her. As you can see, both images are similar. The lake, the grass and even the moon is there, the only difference would be that he's all grown up in the 1st picture and he's still a baby in the 2nd.

● Saber

This piece is titled "Battle of Camlann" and is illustrated by Arthur Rackham. It depicts the final battle of King Arthur and his son Mordred. Arthur impaled Mordred with his lance, killing him. Mordred swings his sword just before dying, inflicting a mortal wound that would soon cause the fall of the King. I must say that this is pretty accurate since both poses are similar and the lance pierced through the exact same spot.


Fate/Zero episode 1 and 2 are still available to watch on Nico Nico's Fate/Zero channel until October 15, 2011. After that date, they'll remove both videos and replace it with episode 3 so you better watch it now if you're planning to. Every episode will be available for a whole week so check the channel at least once a week.

Many thanks to this guy for discovering this stuff.


Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

great video, beautiful song

Rawr said...

cool vid!

Crisalys said...

Nice video! And it's great to see the references for each image.

Max Power said...

really cool stuff man

Hasidic Plumber said...

Loved this post. Great interpretations of classic art pieces.

DWei said...

Yeah, they seem to take their inspiration from just about everywhere.

Fang said...

Hory sheet, that's pretty amazing!

Watchful Cat said...

Nice song, interesting to see the similarities between the pictures.

Anonymous said...

Nice post this is!

Anonymous said...

that girl in thee tree has nicee shoes <3

Laughing Vault said...

beautiful pictures. and great song, i love it!

Mai Yang said...

wow. cool archer :)

re your comment: hmm..I'll try to see if I can still find Chai's video =)

Gizmo said...

I like how Alexander's picture is replicated..very realistic!

neatfit said...

That's really cool for you to show it in comparison, I like the ending and the song is catchy and nice :)

Anonymous said...

Cool video.

Noah Homola said...

Wow, I feel like I just got a history lesson. Don't worry, history was my favorite subject. Awesome post.

Bersercules said...

The historical art was great and the modern interpatation art was great! I love this kind of stuff!

To Tipota said...

I thought Mustafa karnas was Alexander the great at first scroll. Lovely post.

Lendo Khar said...

Oh boy, I just started watching Fate Zero, didn't know it was based in real pieces of art.

Lendo Khar said...

I mean, the pictures in the ending, argh sorry for double posting.

Vincent Lee said...

Great post :) I loved that video and the subs are nice too. And great job on the reference pics.
I live in Ireland so it is exciting to see folklore heroes in Japanese anime. I must go and read more about The Fianna (haven't read anything since elementary level stories :P ).

GADAFINY said...

Great pic and the song rocks.

Joe said...

I like this site

Simon said...

excellent work ^_^ really appreciated it! However I would like to point out a mistake. The second to last artwork actaully depicts Lancelot du lac, not the lady of the lake.

Lord Phrozen said...

Really? I found that image on the Lady of the Lake's Wikipedia page since I can't find it on Lancelot's.


Simon said...

@Lord Phrozen
lol sorry I did not read your description carefully...I thought you said the lady holding the baby is the the knight looking at the lake (who's supposed to be lancelot of the lake). Indeed you're correct, the baby is Lancelot. But since I did not see the name Lancelot poping up in the description, there was a misunderstanding :p

Anonymous said...

Kinoko Nasu, Urobuchi Gen, and the entire ufotable staff, just how much more awesome can you make these series?!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Background of Assassin...http://www.fouman.com/Y/Get_Iranian_History_Today.php?artid=1240

玥馨 said...

Saw these pictures
I was moved to tears.

玥馨 said...

Saw these pictures
I was moved to tears.

Mr. Blue said...

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