A movie premiere stage greeting event for the second installment of the Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] trilogy, ll. lost butterfly, took place at Shinjuku Ward 9 in Tokyo on 12 January 2019. Voice actors Noriaki Sugiyama (Shiro Emiya), Noriko Shitaya (Sakura Matou), Ayako Kawasumi (Saber Alter), Kana Ueda (Rin Tohsaka), Mai Kadowaki (Illyasviel von Einzbern), and Yu Asakara (Rider), appeared on stage together with director Tomonori Sudou and producer Hikaru Kondo. The beauty of the female cast members, who were wearing character-inspired costumes, stunned the fans at the venue. The star-studded event had a celebratory atmosphere on the premiere day in Tokyo where the year’s first snow was falling.
The first movie of the trilogy depicted Shiro taking part in the Holy Grail War as a master and losing his servant, Saber. The second movie focuses on the relationship between Shiro and Sakura and depicts their feelings and struggles in detail. The hidden truth about Sakura is gradually revealed in the movie. Check out my upcoming spoiler-free review of the movie for more details.
The cast members passionately talked about how they faced the characters they portrayed, how their recordings went, and their honest thoughts about the movie. Although they couldn’t touch much upon the storyline before the screening, they all agreed that it was ‘an overwhelmingly impressive movie’. It has improved upon the previous one with its dynamic battle scenes and elaborate story which intricately weaves together the feelings of each of the characters. I bet viewers won’t even want to blink while watching!
Sugiyama said that he approached the recordings by thinking about how Shiro’s core values had been shaped by his childhood, about Sakura’s background and the balance between Shiro’s feelings for Sakura, and how he faces the Holy Grail War. Shitaya said she desperately tried to understand Sakura’s untold feelings by re-playing the game and reading between the lines for Sakura’s parts. She said that her journey to portray Sakura was to experience Sakura’s struggles. Kawasumi disclosed that she was still feeling uncomfortable with her role’s new name, Saber Alter, but wanted viewers to feel the character’s awe-inspiring presence from the movie’s sounds and visuals.
Sugiyama confessed that as he watched the movie, he found new meaning in Shiro’s facial expressions. He also said it is easy to empathize too much with Shiro and start over-acting, so he always kept Shiro’s trait of ‘cool-headedness’ in mind when performing. Shitaya asked the audience to focus on scenes which depict Sakura’s cuteness. She also emphasized how cool Shiro was in the movie while revealing that she had always liked Shiro not just as Sakura but as Shitaya. It became very obvious to the audience just how happy she is to finally have Shiro notice Sakura and her feelings.
Shitaya went on to tell us that the way the movie painstakingly depicts the feelings of the characters means it would move anybody who watches the movie, even if they aren’t Fate fans. She also asked the audience for their continuous support of Sakura and to watch the trilogy until the very end. Sugiyama proclaimed the excellence of the movie thanks to its story, music and visuals, declaring it to truly be a world-class animated movie.