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Fate/stay night: Volume 1    by Dat Nishiwaki & Type-moon order for
Fate/stay night
by Dat Nishiwaki
Order:  USA  Can
TOKYOPOP, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Fate/stay night is Dat Nishiwaki's manga adaptation of TYPE-MOON's anime series. I have never seen the anime, so I do not know how the two compare, but the manga presents a fast-moving action/fantasy tale that really captures the reader's attention.

Shirou Emiya does not know anything about his real family. Adopted by a magus at an early age, Shirou is determined to become a hero himself. Little does he know that his fate lies in fighting a much bigger battle than any his adopted father has encountered. One night, on the way home from school, Emiya witnesses a duel between two men. Even though he runs away, one of them follows and threatens to kill him. A mysterious girl appears out of nowhere and defends Emiya. She is Saber, a legendary spirit who is sent to be Emiya's Servant in the Holy Grail War. Unbeknownst to Emiya, he is the Seventh Master in this battle royale where masters have Servants battle each other in a fight for the Holy Grail. With the help of his classmate Rin, Emiya learns what it means to be a Master. Now it is up to him to decide if he wants to fight or walk away.

The fight scenes in Fate/stay night are very intense but not gory, which makes the manga accessible and appealing to a wider audience than some action titles. Also, while Emiya is a rather simplistic protagonist, he is incredibly likeable, and the reader will find himself or herself easily rooting for him. Nishiwaki's artwork is consistent and detailed throughout, helping along an already strong storyline. Both male and female action fans will want to check out Fate/stay night. The story sucks the reader in immediately, and the cliffhanger ending leaves the reader yearning for volume two.

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