On that note, I thought I’d give Fate/Zero the benefit of the doubt, but after two episodes, no, this is standard shounen action bullshit, just with a much higher budget along with added violence and misery-porn. Everyone’s either a one-dimensional stereotype, implausibly stupid, contemptible or all three - if I’m not actually supposed to root for anyone, then that means it’s even more boring. Gen Urobuchi might well be a lovely human being in person, but Christ, as a writer he’s a pretentious prick*. At least it’s not as loathsome as Psycho-Pass, but other than the action sequences there’s nothing worth getting excited about here - and given there’s no conceivable reason to care about any of the characters involved, other than the money Ufotable are throwing at the screen there’s nothing really out of the ordinary there either.
*EDIT: No, I should admit that’s going a bit far, because I did just find out - much to my shock - that he wrote Madoka, and I quite liked what I saw of Madoka, so the guy’s plainly not beyond redemption. But I’ll leave the insult in, because as far as I was concerned the first three or four episodes of Psycho-Pass (I forget how many I saw) were beyond terrible. The idea they represented any kind of mature, adult storytelling whatsoever was hysterically funny when it wasn’t deeply upsetting. Fate/Zero doesn’t seem to be quite that bad overall, but the first appearance of the “Such murder, very gore, so scare” psychopath character is exactly the same laughable I CAN SEE YOUR DEEPEST FEARS juvenile nonsense Psycho-Pass reveled in, so he clearly seems to think this stuff is cool. It’s really, really not, and anyone who holds it up as an exemplar of the medium needs to take a long, hard look at themselves.