Anime of Tomorrow
Fate/Futures – I Dream of Anime
I recently had a dream in which I envisioned the entire setting and plot of the sixth Holy Grail War (the Holy Grail War in Fate/Zero was the fourth and the one in Fate/Stay Night was the fifth). I’ll call this “vision” I had Fate/Futures and it was such a vivid dream I feel like sharing it with all of you. The rest of this article is something of a fan fiction, which isn’t something I set out to do with my blog, so don’t expect to see this kind of post… well… ever again, probably. Here we go
The setting is Mars over 300 years in the future. Mars is a mining colony and people live in a connected series of domed and underground cities. The planet is in the process of being terraformed, but the surface is far from habitable. Our antagonist is the head tycoon of this mining colony and is from a mage family. Unbeknownst to his workforce, he has been preparing Mars as the setting for sixth Holy Grail War rather than Earth by directing the mining project to set up leylines and reactivate the magic circuits of the planet. Because the population of the cities and colonies are small and none of the laborers in the mine are from mage families, the antagonist (nameless in my dream) predicts an easy victory, the outcome of which he will gain full control of Mars.
Now for the servants
Archer – Crazy Horse – This servant belongs to the antagonist’s advisor / cohort who has been promised a share in the control of Mars. The antagonist’s sidekick is of Native American descent and earned her fortune from a family casino back on Earth. In the final stages of the war, Archer catches wind of their plan to become tyrants of a whole world, turns on his master and attempts to kill the antagonist, but is killed by Lancer.
Caster – Stephen Hawking – The master of Caster is one of the scientists working to monitor astronomical activity at the mining colony. She briefly allies with the antagonist because that’s her boss, but after learning of his plans, joins forces with the protagonist, but loses to Archer. Stephen Hawking’s noble phantasm is “black hole.”
Assassin and Rider – Bonnie and Clyde – Bonnie is assassin and Clyde is rider. Their masters are miners who happen to be a married couple. Bonnie’s master is the husband and Clyde’s master is the wife. Bonnie and Clyde are seeking the Grail to restore themselves to life and play their masters against each other. They are defeated by Saber.
Saber – Joan of Arc – I’m pretty sure everyone thought Saber from Fate/Stay Night was Joan of Arc before it was revealed that she was King Arthur. In this dream I had, I guess I subconsciously wanted a little moment of retribution for the Type-Moon writers’ unusual choice to make King Arthur female. Saber’s master is a zealous security guard who is disgusted by the whole Holy Grail War, seeks to put an end to it and is generally the enemy of all combatants. Saber and her master are loners for the entire series and are defeated by Berserker.
Berserker – Berserker is a young, Japanese woman who was the world Judo champion who died a few years ago (in the context of the setting). She qualifies as a heroic spirit for the Holy Grail War because she gained world renown for being a woman who competed and won in the men’s leagues and Olympics. She is the servant and fiancée of the protagonist (well, since she died, that makes her the former fiancée of the protagonist). The protagonist was crushed by the loss of his love and went to Mars to get away from the pain. But the pain followed him and continues throughout the series. Because she’s Berserker, she’s mindless and doesn’t remember him. It’s his goal to win the holy grail war and restore her to life and sentience. Like the rest of the masters, Berserker and her master were nameless in my dream.
As I said at the beginning of this blog post, I know this may have read like a fan fiction, but rather than being the product of a lot of brainstorming and personal biases, what I’ve shared with you here is the result of one dream I had. So what do you think? Should my dreams be used as the basis for anime plots?