Archer, the mage’s servant
Archer is a character of the visual novel Fate/stay night. The visual novel has three scenarios (or paths/routes) each with a different main character and objective: Fate, Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven’s Feel. The visual novel also gave birth to various anime and manga interpretations. The first anime was also named Fate/stay night, like the visual novel. It ran for 24 episodes and the storyline follows the Fate scenario of the visual novel with a few scenes parts from the other two scenarios. It aired in 2006. There is also the Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works anime movie, which deals with the Unlimited Blade Works path in the game (2010), a Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works anime 26-episode series (2014-2015) also dealing with the Unlimited Blade Works scenario, and a trilogy of movies dealing with the Heaven’s Feel path is planned for 2017.
When we meet Archer in the visual novel, he has partial amnesia, not really remembering who he is. He is summoned by the mage Rin Tōsaka to be her servant to help and protect her in the fifth Holy Grail War. In the Fate, Unlimited Blade Works and Heaven’s Feel routes of the Fate/stay night visual novel, his story changes and has existing twists. In a game where there are 40 endings, his character can end up in various exciting manners at the end of the game, or even die in some endings. There is much about this character to explore in the game as well as in the anime.
Name: Nendoroid 486 Archer – Super Movable Edition – Re-Release
Release Date: 2016-03-31
Size: 10 cm
Weight: 400.0 g
Material: ABS ATBC-PVC
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Artist: Ajiken Nendoron
Anime/Manga/Game: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works
This Nendoroid has a lot of different poses that are available to display. Included are his ‘married’ twin swords Kanshou and Bakuya for close combat, his bow and an arrow for long range attacks. A Standard expression, as well as a shouting expression, is included. The possibilities to reenact favourite scenes from the anime and game are endless.
Overall: A well deserved 8.5
Paint Job – 8
Beautiful paint job, the detail on the sword accessories especially. The paint job is well translated from how Archer looked in the visual novel and anime.
Sculpting – 8
The sculptor did a great job making the fierce warrior look as kawaii as possible. The facial expressions are wonderfully sculptured to catch Archer’s essence.
Design – 9
The design team faithfully recreated what Archer is all about, and did something that is rare but not usual in Nendoroid design, the fact that they made his joints at the elbows ‘Super Movable’. It is something one can expect more from a Figma since Nendoroids are more used just to stand there and look kawaii. They have done a great job bringing more variation to a Nendoroid.
Display Worth – 9
Archer’s Nendoroid is most definitely a great addition to any collection, perfect for display.
The team responsible for this Nendoroid must be praised for their diligent and precise work. It is not always easy to bring cuteness out of a warrior for a Nendoroid but they really did a superb job as he did not loose any of the elements that make him the super sugoi character from the anime and visual novel. This Nendoroid is a perfect addition to any hardened Fate/stay night fanatik’s collection.
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