@lordcloudx: Yeah, it's like I really do care about the characters (that they want us to care about). Nice backstories for the ones that are getting fleshed out, and still a mysterious aura around those you've yet to familiarize yourself with. The action's pretty good, but I feel like they lack speed that really gives an oomph to fight scenes. Like, they do tend to banter, but the swinging of weapons themselves are kind of slow, heavy. I know, it should reflect the weight of the weapons, but I feel like they're overexaggerating it by slowmoing them too much. Otherwise, I love this show.
@HanaMori: Actually, I'm almost done the Fate/Stay Night game, but I think this anime series is better (I dropped FSN the anime after a couple episodes). The FSN novel uses waaay too much repetition of scenes, and it hardly feels like a war; you play a kid from high school who likes his women in the kitchen. Though Kiritsugu prefers using himself as a means to kill other Masters, at least he won't outright tell Saber to not fight. Playing the game does clear up a lot of things for F/Z, though. And yes, Gilgamesh is so hnng (when he gulped that wine down holyshitmyovariesss). Almost as sexy as Lancer and his Mole of Power.
@Pugfarts: I never played Fate/Extra, so I don't know what it's about. If I recall correctly, the FSN anime sucked (DEEN did produce it), but this one blows FSN (game and anime) out of the water. Muscle-guy would be Rider, and he and Waver (his Master) are sort of the comedic duo of the series. Of course, they do kick ass on the side, as well. Good thing Rider and Waver get plenty of screentime to offset the angst of the rest of the cast. This series is still ongoing, and only 13 episodes long for the first season (second season airs in a couple months, I believe, and is 12 episodes). Not everyone dies at the end of the series (I know at least two survive, of the Servants), though I'm pretty sure most do (if they're not somehow bypassing the rules of the Holy Grail war).