I just finished watching Fate/Stay Night, and it is incredible! The story is deep and involved, the characters are well rounded and personable, the visuals are crisp and vibrant, and the music adds well to the series. The basic focus of the story is that of a boy named Shirou Emiya who is an ametuer mechanic. Ten years previously, he had been orphaned by a huge fire that tore through Fuyuki City and killed many people. Shirou was rescued by Kiritsugu Emiya who adopts him and raises him as his son. When his adoptive father tells him that he is a magician, Shirou begs to be taught magic so that he too can be a Protector of Justice. After his father dies, Shirou becomes frustrated is his efforts to hone his magical skills, and is unsure of what path he should take in life. Little does he know that the city he lives in is a battlefield. For that past couple centuries, Fuyuki City is the location of the Holy Grail Wars, where seven sorcerers summon spiritual Servants who are the incarnations of legendary heros from across time. These Servants have superhuman abilities, and wield powerful weapons or skills known as Noble Phantasms. After staying late after school to clean the archery dojo one day, Shirou sees a couple Servants fighting on the school grounds. After seperating from the skirmish, one of the Servants tracks down Shirou, a witness, and kills him. Shirou's classmate, and the Master of the opposing Servant, revives Shirou. Dazed and confused, he goes home, only to find that same Servant waiting for him again. Unable to effectively fight back, Shirou finds himself cornered. Just as the Servant is about to deal another fatal blow, a woman in gleaming armor blocks the attack and chases the Servant off. She turns and introduces herself as the Servant Saber, and says, "Upon your summoning, I have come forth. I ask you, are you my master?" This anime shoots towards the top of my recommended list. If you are a fan of epic battles and a moving story, look this one up!